So on my first visit to the London office of Google last Thursday, Iâ€™m mostly remembering the food experience as much as the people who were there.
That experience was when I joined in with nearly 100 others to celebrate the third anniversary of the London Girl Geek Dinners.
Indeed, reviewing the few photos I took on Thursday, the focus is very much on Google food. Take a look through this Flickr slideshow and youâ€™ll see.
The event took place in Googleâ€™s employee cafeteria on the fifth floor of the London Googleplex, a rather nondescript office building in Buckingham Palace Road close to Victoria station.
I wouldnâ€™t call the event nondescript, though, as it sparkled with great conversation along with some formal presentations during the course of well over three hours.
Yet Iâ€™m hard pressed to remember the detail of those presentations – Sandrine Plasseraud has a good account – as Iâ€™m still thinking about the dinner.
So Iâ€™d say that the stories you hear about Google and restaurants for employees are probably true.
I did enjoy this London Girl Geek Dinner event. Iâ€™ve been invited to a few before but this was the first one Iâ€™ve been to.
They are the brainchild of Sarah Blow, pictured at last Thursdayâ€™s dinner, who attended a geek dinner in London in June 2005 at which Robert Scoble was guest of honour (I was at that one, too: a small world), and noted that her gender was in a distinct minority as well as outnumbered by marketing folk.
Incidentally, the words â€˜girl geekâ€™ donâ€™t necessarily mean technology, as Sarah notes.
But rather than me trying to explain what Girl Geek Dinners is all about, listen to Sarah as she describes the background to what today is a network of Girl Geek Dinners in 24 cities in eleven countries.
Judging by last Thursdayâ€™s event in London, itâ€™s a terrific community. And itâ€™s not only women â€“ men are welcome if you meet the conditions :)
And with plans for the future:
London Girl Geek Dinners aims to change the world! No really! Honestlyâ€¦ we really doâ€¦ we want to make technology accessible and interesting to all age groups and all peopleâ€¦ no matter what age, gender etc. We have grand plans for conferences, vlogs and who knows what elseâ€¦ so watch this space!
More commentary about last Thursdayâ€™s third anniversary dinner: