This week I made a short excursion to Berkeley and San Francisco. Since I am studying abroad in March this semester, I’m thankful I didn’t have to worry about school (yet). Therefore, I was able to meet up with a lot of my friends, declare my major, and have my fill of some of my favorite food and dessert.
I also had the unique opportunity of touring Little Giant Ice Cream along with a private tasting. One of the owners, Neil, was extremely polite, and I really admired his entrepreneurial spirit. They had classic ice cream flavors like vanilla, but also interesting ones like pistachio with meyer lemon cookies, mexican hot chocolate infused with marshmallows, and bicycle coffee ice cream. It was such a fun experience, and the decor is stunning. Both the toy robots that hung around the walls and miniature furniture provided a nostalgic reminder of childhood.
Little Giant Ice Cream
On this trip, my friend showed me an amazing cafe in Berkeley: Mission Heirloom Cafe. It has easily become one of my favorites at Berkeley, and I was so reluctant to share this find (just kidding). The restaurant leans more towards healthier eats, but there’s so many eclectic options like camel milk. I had the Chicken and Waffle, and my friend had the Shepherd’s Pie. When my dish first arrived, the chicken was black. I thought my chicken was burnt, but it ended up being a sweet, tasty seasoning. The waffle was gluten-free and drizzled with a floral honey. The decor reminded me of a greenhouse.
I couldn’t stop at Berkeley without making a trip to the city! One of my favorites and a San Francisco classic is Sushiritto. I’ve heard about the sushi burrito concept many times, but there’s no other place that makes them better than this restaurant chain. I had the Sumo Crunch, and the ingredients were so fresh. From the shrimp tempura to the surimi crab to the tempura flakes, it was sooo good.
Every time I visit San Francisco, I seem to stumble upon a new part of the city. There’s so much to explore, but there’s never enough hours to explore them. This time I came across Yerba Buena Gardens. The park is absolutely stunning, and the view of the skyline is unparalleled. My friends and I went to Samovar Tea Lounge. We were drinking tea in the middle of skyscrapers! If I had more money, I would want to come here everyday. I’d highly recommend the California Rose black tea.
Last stop: Elmwood Cafe is an oldie, but a goodie. Breakfast food is my favorite food, and this is my favorite brunch location in Berkeley because it is both tasty and affordable. I’ve tried just about everything on the breakfast menu; I usually like to indulge in their seasonal waffles or poached egg sandwiches. However, this time I had two poached eggs on acme toast and a side of Niman Ranch Bacon. I thought the eggs were poached to perfection, but I loved adding bacon to my toast. It provided an extra note of savory. I ended the morning drunk on laughter and a full belly.
Thank you Berkeley and San Francisco for all the amazing memories and food; the Bay Area will always be a destination I hold close to my heart.