Thursday, April 15, 2021

Work It, Oakland: Rachel


Rachel is wearing Clergerie wedges. You can follow her on Instagram.

Spotted on Telegraph and 51st.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Eat in Berkeley: Vik's Chaat (Pt. 2)


Chicken Biryani served with raita (not pictured)


Dahi Papdi Chaat made with flat papdis, potatoes, garbanzo beans, yogurt, and chutneys (partially pictured)


Samosa (left) and Masala Dosa made with potato and served with a sambar lentil curry and chutneys


Rasmalai (left) and Kulfi, a saffron flavored ice cream topped with vermicelli, basil seeds, and a hint of rose

I always forget about Vik's, an Indian cafeteria-style restaurant on 4th and Channing in West Berkeley. I have reviewed it in the past, but I realized that I only covered a couple of the dishes. After remembering their incredible food recently, I stopped by last week with fellow blogger Moriah VanVleet of the über innovative dessert blog, butter, sugar, flowers

Per usual, we ordered a variety of dishes: the Dahi Papdi Chaat and Samosas as our appetizers, the Chicken Biryani and Masala Dosa for our main entrees, and Rasmalai and Kulfi for dessert. The chaat was as good as I remember—it comes with three combined chutneys to truly bring out the flavor of the dish. The samosa, dosa, and biryani are also exactly what I want from these types of dishes. The desserts were interesting to say the least. The Rasmalai features a clotted cream, while the saffron flavored ice cream came with vermicelli noodles and basil seeds. Both were a bit heavy on the saffron, but I would be interested in trying the dishes with a bit more balance.

They have created an open, distanced seating area in their parking lot I would recommend taking advantage of. I'd also suggest visiting their grocery store while you're waiting for pick up. It's located on the 4th Street side of the building and in it, you can pick up everything from Cadbury chocolate to chai tea.

If you've visited Vik's Chaat recently, what did you try?

Vik's Chaat Corner
2390 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Open: Monday - Thursday 11 - 2:30pm & 5 - 7:30pm, Friday 11 - 3pm & 5 - 7:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 11 - 7:30pm

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Eat in Oakland: Tasty Bowl


Tofu Spring Rolls


Stir-fried Chicken Ho Fun Noodle


Left: Grilled Pork Banh Mi
Right: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

I ordered pick up from Tasty Bowl, a casual Vietnamese restaurant on East 18th Street and 2nd Avenue in East Oakland, a few weeks ago. 

My dining companion and I tried a few different dishes: the tofu spring rolls, Stir-fried Chicken Ho Fun Noodle, Grilled Pork Banh Mi, and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. My favorite part of the spring rolls was dipping them into the peanut sauce, while I liked how the noodles came with a good selection of vegetables. The overall hit was the banh mi—the pork was very flavorful and the bread had the right amount of crunch. The iced coffee provided the kick I like. 

If you've visited Tasty Bowl, what do you recommend trying?

Tasty Bowl
205 E 18th St., Oakland, CA 94606
Open: Daily 9:30am - 8:30pm

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Eat in San Francisco: Del Popolo


Shaved Nantes Carrot salad made with avocado, crispy chickpeas, and salsa rosa


Arrabbiata pizza made with spicy crushed tomato, red onion, parsley, pecorino, and house made sausage

A couple weeks ago I visited Del Popolo, a sleek Italian restaurant in Lower Nob Hill on Bush at Taylor, for the first time. 

My dining companion and I ordered a couple dishes: the Shaved Nantes Carrot salad made with avocado, crispy chickpeas, and salsa rosa, and the Arrabbiata pizza made with spicy crushed tomato, red onion, parsley, pecorino, and house made sausage. Both were very good. The salad was so perfectly Californian in its fresh, bright, and light ingredients. The Neapolitan style pizza had generous pieces of sausage and a fluffy crust that I will be remembering for a while. We ordered the Inizi “Hi-Jump” rosé, which paired with our dishes perfectly.

We sat in their beautiful back patio area that truly felt like a respite from busy city life. They have a large seating area, lined with lights and heating lamps, with every table spaced pretty far apart.

The next time I stop by, I might try the Bianca or Potato pizzas. If you've visited Del Popolo recently, what do you recommend trying?

Del Popolo
855 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 8:30pm

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Work It, Oakland: Amanda


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Spotted on Florio and Claremont.
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