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Lunch at Twitter HQ

At Twitter HQ in San Francisco: a quick look at lunchtime in the microblogging giant's lunch room - which also happens to be one of Bon Appetit's flagship cafés.

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Topic: Start-Ups
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This sign welcomes employees into Twitter's spacious kitchen and indoor/rooftop dining area, which also features a stage for live performances when artists drop in.

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The lunch menu on the day of our visit (Monday September 10, 2012). Twitter's catering contract is held by Silicon Valley based Bon Appetit, and the menu is published weekly in advance on the Twitter Bon Appetit Café blog.

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Twitter HQ's beautiful indoor dining room; in the back we can see kitchens and several serving areas. This is as seen from the doors to Twitter's outdoor rooftop garden and lounge area.

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The menu sign at one of the Twitter themed food serving areas.

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So much bacon.

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Twitter's #tenderloin café.

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Bon Appetit's cafes are known for their dedication to sustainability, their 'farm to fork' program, and a focus on food service with the lowest carbon footprint possible.

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Bon Appetit's kitchens at Twitter HQ are still so new, they barely look like they've had flame to pot.

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Kitchen staff hard at work to feed Twitter and its guests. The food was, in fact, delicious.

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Fresh local produce from Nothern California farmers to feed Twitter's friends and staff.

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Another view of Twitter's gorgeous communal dining area.

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Twitter's sunny roof deck outside, where we can see just a sliver of San Francisco's famous City Hall; epicenter for the start of California's groundbreaking marriage equality push under former Mayor Gavin Newsom (among other historical events of national signifigance). Twitter has become a global phenomenon on par with our traditions: it's certainly part of San Francisco's rich tapestry, and our history of cultivating cultural upstarts.

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Everything has a bird on it - but not just any bird, of course.

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It's not quite Twitter soda, but just as good, I'm sure.

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Cold cases for employees bear the iconic logo.

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Snacks on tap.

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Another tasty display of Twitter's logo. The company logo on every surface would seem disingenuine (or darkly ironic) if the spirit in Twitter's halls wasn't so enthusiastic and engaged - and it is.

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One of many coffee stations. Yes, the mugs are pretty cool.

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If you can't find a utensil, can you search by hashtag?

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No #spork for you.

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Whoever added this to Twitter's dining area is marriage material.

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In the hallway outside the dining area: the first Twitter logo depicted in two different eras of California license plates.

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The second official Twitter logo depicted in an early era of Californina license plates - the gold on blue ran from 1969-86.

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The third - and current - Twitter logo.

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This hallway was a popular spot for invited guests to post for photographs on the day of my visit.

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