DAY ONE of time off:
I awaken in time to shower and head out to catch up with my colleague Janey at one of my favorite places to eat breakfast in Berkeley. This is not my regular go-to spots, though it is a favorite nonetheless. Today reminded me why. There is always a line, but it moves quickly because the service is outstanding as is the food.
It’s always crowded with interesting people. So, even though once you’re seated, the tables are so close that you feel like you’ve joined a party of 8 rather than the one other person you’re dining with; it’s still a great experience.
The view from the left of my seat at La Note. You feel like you’re in a lovely Provencal kitchen in the heart of southern France. Oh YEAH!
Check out this breakfast menu! I ordered LES OEUFS MAISON *With chicken apple sausage. Oh, Mon Dieu! The potatoes had no less than FOUR full cloves of roasted garlic, cooked through to perfection as were the potatoes. The over-easy eggs were tasty as was the sausage. Heaven on the first day off in a few difficult weeks since Thanksgiving.
La Note server: vit vit
Janey and I had a wonderful time with food, discussions of our teaching, , podcasts we enjoy, and a bit of chatter about the best audio purchases she can make to create a fantastic podcast of her amazing teaching and work in Health Education. I look forward to subscribe!
After breakfast, I meandered further around downtown Berkeley to attend my church (AKA: Half Price Books in the Kress Building /Arts District). En route there, I couldn’t help but notice the plethora of food joints. I already knew about the tasty Comal that I have dined at more than a few times. This is a MUST stop for dinner to anyone living in NorCal and if you’re visiting: “Do Not Pass Go. Go Directly to Comal!”
I passed by another place I tasted recently with my pal Hugh. This, too, was an abundance of molecular wonder on my tastebuds: Eureka! Known for it’s EAT | AMERICAN | DRINK and the lovely natural wood interior with the crazy list of Whiskey and Bourbon (American, right?)
One of my all-time best date-for-dinner spots is Revival. Yum, delish, hot (in the right way), and great libation creations (leading to the aforementioned adjectives). Comal is good for these as well, btw.
More YUMMM than you’ll know what to do with and it’s all there in a 10-block radius for you. Start with La Note for one meal in the morning, head to the new location of the Pacific Film Archives (opens Feb. 3 2016). Then go directly to Half Price Books for an hour or two before you need to eat again at any of the above named restaurants or literally HUNDREDS more food joints in the neighborhood. A work out at the Berkeley Y might be a good idea in between too!
OK. It’s 5:42p. Time for…something!