When I took the job with Philips, I knew that it was going to be a big life change. I’d been out of the corporate world for nearly six and a half years. And while there have been adjustments, the majority of the experience has been positive. Especially last Thursday.
Philips places a great deal of importance on Work/Life balance, and on Employee Engagement. As such, team building “outings” aren’t uncommon. Now, my team has been pretty damn busy since I started, so the first real outing we got to take came last week.
The four of us departed the Foster City office at 4:00 and drove up to Sausalito for dinner at Le Garage. We started with a really nice Cline Carignane. Big, fruity and tasty tasty tasty.
We splurged a bit because it was Shari’s birthday on Monday, so the appetizers were… indulgent. A Brie Beignet and frisee salad with prosciutto, pumpkin seeds and a roasted walnut vinaigrette was followed by Black Mission Figs with fourme d’ambert, pistachios, mizuna, organic French prunes and a huckleberry vinaigrette, and finally a Filet Mignon beef tartare with quail egg, shallots, parsley, capers, ground mustard and grilled croutons. The tartare was beyond amazing. I could have eaten 3 orders of it for dinner.
We bolted from dinner and made our way over to the kitchen shared by Dragonfly Cakes and Coco-luxe for the team building part of the evening. The awesome ladies at Coco-luxe were offering a two hour chocolate bar making class, and if there’s anything better than learning, it’s learning about chocolate.