I've had occasion to be in a number of airports during the last 5 years and I've noticed something interesting. The shopping and dining available at airports has gotten ... well ... better than I remember it in the past. This is particularly nice if you have any kind of layover or wait.
The San Francisco Airport is one of my favorite airports to hang around. I actually schedule my flights out of SF later than necessary just so I can meander around the place (shopping and dining guides). I usually get sushi or a noodle bowl at Sankaku. Then I head over to Boudin's Bakery for a loaf of bread to take home to Mr. Distortion. After that, it is onward to Peet's Coffee for a latte that I take with me to Compass Books.
Compass Books is no ordinary airport bookstore. In fact, the Books Inc. website calls it "one of the few credible airport bookstores in the world." And they aren't kidding! On my last trip, I went into the store with a list of books in the areas of classic literature, crime fiction, history, technology, and young adult fiction. I found each book on my list. Then I browsed the science fiction section, the popular culture section and the magazines. I had to catch my plane before I was finished browsing ... and yes, I must admit, purchasing.
So now my little secret is out. I keep the most patient husband in the world waiting for me to come home so I can dine and shop at the airport. Hence the guilt offering from Boudin's Bakery.
Does anyone else out there have this strange compulsion to spend time at the airport? If so, what is your favorite and why?