Monthly Archives: March 2013

Berkeley Brunch, Again

The Alameda @ The Sunny Side Cafe, Berkeley

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The Alameda features a crispy french toast sandwich with ham, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese, crowned with eggs in Hollandaise sauce. Verdict in three words: Delicious, heavy, overrated.

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Greek Out

Chicken and Lamb Shawarmas @ Troy, Berkeley

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No, I did not eat two whole wraps. I had the chicken shawarma and had a sample of  my friend’s lamb shawarma. They were both good but what I liked best was not the wrap itself but the red hot sauce that came with it. The hot sauce had a sufficient level of spiciness that was not overpowering and complemented the wrap very well. Totally love the sauce and may or may not have gone berserk with it…

The greek fries topped with cheese and herbs are delightfully crispy and delicious. Gotta have some of these while you’re at Troy.

 

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Time to Roll

Baked Salmon Roll @ Nanayiro, Berkeley

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Good stuff.

Parfait, my Ben and Jerry’s

I have recently developed an unhealthy addiction for the school’s yogurt parfaits. The layers of sweet vanilla yogurt and heavily sugared granola, topped with blueberries in sweet syrup is just too much to resist for my sweet tooth. Even the thought of 400 calories and 40 grams of sugar in a cup of parfait is not good enough to deter me from reaching out for this when I am upset or just plain greedy. Yogurt parfaits are essentially my tubs of Ben and Jerry’s.

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Indian Snack Time

Viik’s Chaat Corner on Fourth Street in Berkeley has been claimed by some to be one of the best Indian food spots in the East Bay. I was excited to try this place out not only because it has been highly acclaimed but also because I had never really tried Indian snacks besides curry puffs and samosas.

Batata Puri

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What is batata puri? To this day, I do not know. Pictures on Yelp made it look deceptively warm and savoury, but this appetizer is actually slightly sweet and cold due to the cold yogurt on top of the deep fried thing. I still do not know what I think of this.

I also ordered something a little more familiar to me — the lamb samosa.

Lamb Samosa

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My favourite out of the three appetizers I ordered was the masala dosa. This savoury crepe has delicious potato fillings and gravy on the side.

Masala Dosa

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The vast array of vibrant and colorful Indian sweets looked very appealing and I intend on trying some of these the next time I come to Viik’s. This place is also connected to an Indian convenience store in which I spent a good amount of time browsing Indian snacks, spices and ingredients.

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This place isn’t too bad at all but I think this place is a little overrate. However, it is my words against people who grew up in India. Perhaps my palate for Indian food has — unfortunately — been Americanized and I am too content with chicken tikka masala.

Berkeley Brunch

Banana Pancake @ Ann’s Kitchen, Berkeley

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Western Country Omelette @ Ann’s Kitchen, Berkeley

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Unhealthy Vegetarian for a Day

My appreciation for vegetarian and vegan food has grown a lot since I have been in California. If you think vegan equals super healthy and bland food, this picture may make you think twice…

Space Cowboy @ Saturn Cafe, Berkeley

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The Space Cowboy features a burger with veggie patty, onion rings, fake bacon, mayo and regular vegetables found in burgers like lettuce and tomatoes. The patty itself was good but I thought the fake bacon had a weird crumbly texture to it. Still a pretty good burger considering it is vegetarian, and it gave me the illusion that I was eating ‘healthy’ fast food.

Bowl’d

Many Friday nights ago, I decided to expand my dining options and explore the restaurants in Solano Avenue. With a huge craving for some Korean food, I found myself stepping through the doors of Bowl’d. This restaurant’s main specialty seems to be its bibimbap, which is a large rice bowl with tons of assorted vegetables, meat and a sunny side up egg to top it all off. Bowl’d breaks down the process of selecting the rice bowl into three steps:

First, you choose between a regular bowl or a sizzling bibimbap served in a hot stone bowl. Go for the hot stone bowl.

Secondly, your rice of choice — white or mixed grain rice. For this step, I highly recommend going for the mixed grain rice which has wild sweet rice, sweet brown rice, barley and wild red rice. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough, perhaps the superior health benefits of eating mixed grain rice will persuade you.

And finally, no bibimbap will be complete without your meat of choice (or tofu if you are vegetarian).

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I was also excited to see the Korean fish ice cream in the restaurant’s fridge close to the entrance. I have seen them in the telly or in friends’ pictures but never really knew what they were. They were priced at a dollar each, and the restaurant uses the honor system as customers are just expected to pay for the ice cream by putting the money in a glass jar by the fridge.

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It was alright — it had vanilla ice cream and red bean filling. Nothing much to rave about but the idea of eating a fish ice cream still excites me to this day.

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