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Sights and Tastes of Berkeley, California

Happy Memorial Day!

After waking up ridiculously early to drop a friend off at the airport (read: 5:45 am but I will do anything for the promise of breakfast), the boyfriend and I spent the day exploring Berkeley. I’d only been to Berkeley once before and he had never been at all. Here’s what we discovered.

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81 Comments

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    Angharad
    May 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I wouldn’t mind discovering this either! Those sausages and home fries look perfect. Love discovering new places with people. Great photos!

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    Angharad
    May 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I wouldn’t mind discovering Berkeley this way either! Those sausages and home fries look perfect. Love discovering new places with people. Great photos!

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    Angharad
    May 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I wouldn’t mind discovering this either! Those sausages and home fries look perfect. Love discovering new places with people. Great photos!

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    Angharad
    May 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I wouldn’t mind discovering Berkeley this way either! Those sausages and home fries look perfect. Love discovering new places with people. Great photos!

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    kellyO
    May 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Looks like a great day and that food….!

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    Karen
    May 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I’ll say it once again, why does CA have the best food?????? Was that cinnamon bread? My all time favorite, would make a wonderful french toast…

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    Jenna (Hello, I Love You)
    May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Every single thing looks amazing! I must make a little trip to Berkeley next time I am up north! πŸ™‚

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    Meghan@traveleatlove
    May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    We always pass by Berkeley. It will definitely be a must visit next time we are in CA!

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    Meghan@traveleatlove
    May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    We always pass by Berkeley. It will definitely be a must visit next time we are in CA!

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    Meghan@traveleatlove
    May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    We always pass by Berkeley. It will definitely be a must visit next time we are in CA!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I love the picture of the two different coffees πŸ™‚ So cute!

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    Evan Thomas
    May 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Those chocolates look DELICIOUS

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    Erin
    May 31, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Oh man, you’re making me HUNGRY and it’s bed time. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous, delicious day. πŸ˜€

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    Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    May 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    What a fun day! I want to go explore Berkeley now (the chocolate may or may not have influenced that urge!)

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    Jennu
    May 31, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Looks like a blast!

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    Charlotte
    May 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Ah, you went to Indian Rock!…one of my favorite places in the world. I’m from just outside of Berkeley and whenever I go home I have to make a stop by Indian Rock – it’s especially beautiful after sunset!

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    adrienmelaine
    May 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I love Berkeley! I’ve only been twice, but can never get enough when I’m there!

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    jenny
    May 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    So we ever gonna see a picture of that boyfriend of yours? πŸ˜‰
    just wondering

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    Sarah (OC2Seattle)
    May 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Looks like a great day (minus the 5:45 am part of course). Don’t you just love exploring new cities?

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    Daisy
    May 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    thanks for showing us Berkeley CA. incredibly gorgeous. I love the pictures of you hiking through the rocks.

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    Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    May 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I’m so glad you got to experience my town! I love brunch at La Note and live only a block away from it. If you come back you NEED to check out La Burrita, cheapest dare I say BEST burrito in California?

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    jenny
    May 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    those chocolates look so rich. I’ve never been to Berkley, but it looks lovely.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Oh my GOSH that looks like the perfect breakfast! Geezums.

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    Hayley @ Breath of Fire
    May 31, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I want that lululemon hoodie! love the pink.

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    Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine)
    May 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I work in Berkeley. I wish I could find it as fun and exciting as this post makes it out to be. πŸ™‚

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    Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine)
    May 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    On a more positive note, if you’re ever near Oakland again, you should check out Brown Sugar Kitchen. It is one of the few places that could get me to the East Bay on a day off, it’s that good!

    http://www.brownsugarkitchen.com/

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    Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets
    May 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love all these photo posts in the blog world recently. Words are overrated. πŸ™‚

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    nora
    May 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I love Berkeley! Try the Acme bakery the next time
    you are in Berkeley. The Botanical Garden is another must see.
    Have you gone north of Berkeley to Point Reyes? That is one of the most awesome places I have visited.

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    Karla
    May 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Aww this makes me miss Berkeley!!!

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    lola
    May 31, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love all your photographs!! you are a very talented photographer Jenna πŸ˜€

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Exploring fun places with great people is so much fun. Looks like you had a great day πŸ™‚

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    Lindsay
    May 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Your day looks remarkably similar to mine, except you obviously ate much better (but what else is new?!). I went over to Marin and discovered an awesome beach called Rodeo Cove. You should definitely check it out!

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    That breakfast looks absolutely amazing!! Lovin’ the egg cups! πŸ™‚

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    Kate
    May 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Oh that breakfast looked so good. Very nice pictures too ! Why are u hiding the identity of your boyfriend? I was reading your past posts and you never hid it back then so why now?
    Aren’t you tierd of saying “the boy” or “the boyfriend” ?

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    Lindsay
    May 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Your day looks remarkably similar to mine, except you obviously ate much better (but what else is new?!). I went over to Marin and discovered an awesome beach called Rodeo Cove. You should definitely check it out!

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    Kate
    May 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Oh that breakfast looked so good. Very nice pictures too ! Why are u hiding the identity of your boyfriend? I was reading your past posts and you never hid it back then so why now?
    Aren’t you tierd of saying “the boy” or “the boyfriend” ?

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      Heather
      June 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

      It seems strange that she is hiding it. But I saw a comment that gave it away…. its pretty obvious who it is, not sure why they don’t make it public on the blog. Guess its their decision tho.

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    Samantha @ Food Edu
    May 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    That breakfast looks phenomenal!!

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    Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I LOOOVVVEEE The Berkeley area. There are so many little vendors on the streets and an amazing crepe place out near the University. I think I have to say for the bizillionth time, I’m very jealous of you! Happy Memorial Day!

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    Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    May 31, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. It looks like Berkley is a great place to spend a day exploring in! That rock park looks like a ton of fun especially. I love anything I can scramble up or summit! Hence my blog name. πŸ™‚

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    You are a cutie patootie in those pics. That chocolate looks freaking amazing!!

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    Lisa
    May 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I have to concur with Taysa. Used to work and live there too, was not impressed. Glad you enjoyed it though!

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    Sarah for Real
    May 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t know what that bread is, but I must find out!

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    Adam
    May 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ah, i find out tomorrow if i am moving to SF for the Summer! You have me psyched!

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    Amber K @ sparkpeople
    May 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The food looks great and the park looks like fun!

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Wow! Looks like a fab day!

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    Camille
    May 31, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Oooh, I love Berkeley!
    I used to go to school in SF, and my best friend at Berkeley, so Berkeley visits were a weekly occurrence!

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    Ellie
    May 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Looks like a fun day! Love the chocolate YUM

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    Claire
    May 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    My boyf is from the East Bay so he raves about Oakland, SF, and Berkeley but I’ve only been to SF and loved it so much. I hope to go back and explore the rest! It all looks great lady!

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    Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    May 31, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Looks amazing. I love that area of California.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Terrific hot pink top!

    Love Berkeley Hills, the Rose Garden, the Gourmet Ghetto, 4th St. They have the best pizza ever at The Cheeseboard a block or so north from Chez Panisse. Weird Berkeley Factoid: Albert Einstein’s brain wound up there. After he died in 1955 a Princeton pathologist removed his brain during autopsy and was disgruntled with the university–so took it (pre any laws prohibiting) and kept it in a Tupperware container filled with formaldehyde in his basement for decades. A young reporter discovered his secret, and took him on a cross country trip to see all of his ex-wives and GFs one last time and to deliver Albert Einstein’s brain (the smartest of the 20th century) to his relative in charge of his estate in Berkeley. Very funny/true story, ‘Driving Mr. Albert. ‘http://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/index.cfm/book_number/581/Driving-Mr-Albert

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    Hillary
    June 1, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Oh my gracious! Fabulous pictures. I love the looks of that adorable French restaurant. I also love your hot pink sweatshirt – Lululemon?

    I thought of you today because I went to the AIDS exhibit you mentioned earlier this wk, but I think you forgot to ‘report back’ : )

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    Jaime
    June 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Yummo – Berkeley looks like a good place to have some food πŸ™‚ Cute photos!

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    Christie {Honoring Health}
    June 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

    It all looks fabulous! Glad you had a great day!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 1, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Beautiful sights in that park!

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    Laura @ youngDCliving
    June 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

    All of that food looks fabulous! What a great Memorial Day πŸ™‚

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    eatmovelove
    June 1, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I love all these Rock Caves you have to explore in Cali.
    Great way to spend the day. A delicious post.

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    Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    June 1, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I would totally love to just “find” that in my hometown πŸ™‚ That chocolate factory looks to die for – I think you’d have to haul me out of there!

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Those are some fabulous discoveries, for sure!

    xo
    K

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    June 1, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Looks like a fun day. Are you climbing rocks in flip flops, crazy girl. πŸ™‚

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 1, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Seriously, Jenna, the California Tourism Board should pay you. This makes me want to visit Berkley badly!

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    diana@mymarblerye
    June 1, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I love that your bf is a foodie as well…helps you feel “normal” right? πŸ™‚

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    kristina
    June 1, 2010 at 5:43 am

    oh wow, you were at indian rock! i spent many of my adolescent years there with friends!! raised in berkeley for most of my life, i just recently moved out of state, but you’re making me miss it! the house that i grew up in is just right around the corner from the rock. i’m so glad that you got to experience berkeley, it really is a must do if you’re in california ~ bay area. since i know you’re love of mexican food, check out “cancun” – they grow their own organic vegetables on their own farm ~ BEST burritos, and they have the most awesome pineapple salsa for your chips. also check out “picante” ~ another mexican joint around 4th street. berkeley is really, imo, the best place for food heaven! oh and also check out “berkeley bow” ~ it was converted into a huge grocery store with tons of the best organic produce, out of what was once a bowling alley. MISS my hometown! πŸ™

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      kristina
      June 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

      I meant to say “Berkeley Bowl!” ^^

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    kalli@fitandfortysomething
    June 1, 2010 at 6:01 am

    berkeley is a wonderful place…..i always thought i could live there πŸ™‚ how fun!

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    Sarah
    June 1, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I spent last summer taking classes at Berkeley and exploring the city. Do you like Ethiopian food?! If yes or if you haven’t tried it, there is incredible Ethiopian food available in Berkeley, and it’s hard to find it elsewhere in the Bay Area! (There is one good place on Geary Street and one good place in San Jose but Berkeley and South Bay is totally the Ethiopian food mecca…)

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    Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Two words: Yum and Fun! Looks like it was a great day!

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    Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife
    June 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

    BEAUTIFUL, as always!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 1, 2010 at 6:31 am

    What a fun discovery day!!!

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    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 1, 2010 at 7:16 am

    That breakfast looks AMAZING! I must recreate it at home since I am no where remotely close to Berkeley – or the state of California for that matter. Love the pictures of your day! You’re a great photographer (:

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    Heather Pierce
    June 1, 2010 at 7:54 am

    where where where is your cute pink jacket from? i want one!

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    Lauren
    June 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I love Berkeley, next time make sure you check out Vikks Chaat Corner (most authentic and cheap Indian food for miles), and the Berkeley Rose Garden.

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    Corinne (breathe and savor)
    June 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

    picture perfect!

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    Sami
    June 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Where on earth did you find that adorable pink zip up? I think I’m in love! πŸ™‚

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    Katelin
    June 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for getting my hubby back home to me at 5:45! πŸ™‚ He was so glad to meet you this weekend. I hear we might get to cross paths soon too. Thanks for the sweet words on my blog. πŸ™‚

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    Kate
    June 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Love your blog! Quick question – just wondering if your lulu is the remix hoodie? I need to know please! πŸ™‚ Love it!

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      jenna
      June 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      Yep–that is the remix light hoodie from Lulu!

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    Amy @ForDGRedial
    June 2, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing!! I am so envious!!!
    x

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    Amanda
    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Can I just say that the french toast you had for breakfast make my mouth water…yumm.

    Amanda
    amandaonfoot.blogspot.com

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    Ulli
    February 17, 2011 at 1:27 am

    thanks for sharing these!! i’ll be in berkeley in a few weeks (i live in europe) and am really looking forward to that! (i’ll be in the US for 2 months, yay!!)

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    gina
    August 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    a bay area native living in Paris, i am allll about la note. hands down one of the most delish breakfast (and lunch) places around! after an all-nighter study sesh at cal i would chow down big time the next morning on some roasted tomatoes and garlic over eggs. heaven!

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