Made a full day in Oakland, Emeryville, & Berkeley for the chow.
Temescal Street Fair. Walked from MacArthur Bart which is about a 15 min walk to the festival. A bit early for the festival, found a lot of ppl at Bakesale Betty. Decided better to get the strawberry shortcake first. $4.5 for a good size portion. Thought it was tasty, good whipped cream & strawberry, shortcake was just ok. Got a banana bread loaf $6.5- will eat tomorrow.
Genova Delicatessen for lunch. Lots of ppl at noon, best to go there early. In the Walgreen's shopping center on Telegraph. I got the #4 special sandwich $7.75-which is prosciutto, basil, tomato, fresh mozzarella on a sourdough roll. Should have gotten it on Dutch Crunch cuz I love Dutch Crunch, the sourdough is not sour enough, everything else was good. Windy also got a deep fried ball filled w/ artichoke hearts but I didn't try it ($1.39).
There is a back area with a salad bar, Italian cookies/candy, ready made sandwiches, and a dessert case.
Credit cards taken. My total $10.91. Some tables in the back area and out in front of the store.
Beverley's Absolutely Ginger drink is Awesome. Made from fresh pressed ginger & agave nectar..$2 for a small/$4 for large. Spicy, fresh tasting, & refreshing. She sells at Lake Shore Natural Store. check out her website at: www.thegingerlady.com
Lanesplitter had pizza for $2 a slice. Didn't see sausage on the menu so didn't get anything. Didn't see any stand for Pizzaiolo.
Then we went to Teacake, Emeryville. Got a red velvet cupcake $3. Just ok. I don't care much for cream cheese filling, cake was kinda dry. Orange DiVinci cookie is pretty tasty $2. Chowhounds like the cookies here, it's the thing to get!
Winnie, the owner, was at the bar to introduce the new Spring White, Green, and Oolong Teas. We got lots to sample for free.
1. Dragonwell A
2. Yellow Mtn-Maofeng
3. Maojian Hair tip
4. Lu Shan - Winnie likes, not my fav.
5. Bi Luo Chun
6. 8 Immportal - can't buy it, something similar is honey fragrance of the Phoenix
7. Sencha - a Japanese tea
My favorite is still Dragonwell A and Oolong.
I ended up getting:
Flower Bouquet Hand Tied Green Late Harvest 2 oz for $20. All the Late Harvest was buy one get one free.
Immortal Peach hand tied green 2 oz for $16. This was Free for me.
Yoku Moku Bateau de Macadamia-macadamia butter cookies w/ milk chocolate filling from Japan. A 4.97 oz tin fo $19.50
One unisex bathroom in the back is very nice.
Credit cards taken. My total $41.21
The Pasta Shop, Berkeley
Lots of goodies here. I got a box of Poco Dolce Tiles which is 8 pcs total of: burnt caramel, almond, ginger, aztec chile. $15.95
Also got June Taylor Blood Orange Marmalade for $12.50
Acme bread, cheeses, lavender honey, greek honey, all kinds of yummy looking things.
Credit cards taken. My total $28.45. Wish I had one closer to me.
Viks Chaat Corner, Berkeley
We came here for an early dinner. We tried:
chicken biryani $6
gobi baratha $5
masala dosa $6.25
Everything was pretty good. My favorite was the masala dosa. Bathrooms available but didn't use it. Warehouse atmosphere, casual. Not fine dining here.
Takara Sake USA, Berkeley
This is probably my third visit to Takara Sake. We rushed here about 15 minutes before it closed for the day. The tasting room is open daily from 12p-6pm for FREE tastings.
We got to try 13 sakes:
Tokubetsu Junmai-premium junmai
Nigori-silky mild sake
Creme de Sake
Nigori that they just added mango juice to-not for sale, u can make it yourself
From the NEW flavored sake we tried:
Koshu plum sake
Takara plum wine
We ended up getting a bottle of ginjo and Lychee
Separate men/women bathroom available, small museum in the back.