I'm heading over to the Rockridge brand of The Pasta Shop to pick up some Mariage Freres tea for two thank you presents I need to buy. Since it's been awhile since I've been out that way, I thought I'd see what people like out there for lunch and shopping.
Farine and Peaberry's immediately caught my attention: are they both worth checking out? Perhaps some fresh bread/pastries or a bag of coffee would be a nice addition to my gifts. Both of my gift recipients live in SF, so some East Bay flavor would lend some uniqueness to my efforts. What are your favorites, or should I just be going to Tartine and Blue Bottle?
And after all that shopping, I'll need to eat lunch. I'm thinking Oliveto Cafe or A Cote, but would love some cheaper casual options if they are easy to get to and tasty.
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618