TT...oh you had to have a field vision test..? I hate those! My eyes are so tired after that test. I have it twice a year because of a medication I take. The only time it ever came out abnormal was right after the first time I was diagnosed with "migraine with aura". Thankfully it was normal a few weeks later.
The Loft is probably about 15 minutes from Angelica's. You would take 114 west to 125 north. I've been to Angelica's a few time and enjoyed it. It feels like a bit of a throwback restaurant..lol. If you like seafood, Joe Fish is located right next door to The Loft and they have amazing seafood. ( great lobster bisque and lobster rolls). Sometimes the service isn't that great but on off peak times it's never an issue.
I am not sure about getting the passport quickly but I will be on it first thing Monday morning. I think you can pay extra for a rush..and I also think the conference organizers will help try to speed things up since they are eager for me to attend.
" Above all..be the heroine in your life..not the victim" Nora Ephron