Who goes to Berkeley for school when you can go there simply to eat?  Day five in Cali lead us to a Berkeley food crawl after adventuring around the campus failed and we had nothing better to do.  And when a girl likes to eat, food crawls are always the best way to pass the time!

We first started the day in Oakland’s Chinatown.  Never have been to Oakland, I was a bit skeptical to begin with and honestly, a little scared being the sheltered little girl I am, but found it to be somewhat clean and not scary during the bright daylight!  Here, we ate some Chow Jew soup noodles at Vien Huong.  Surprising, it was refreshing and light, a perfect way to prepare my stomach for what was in store!  The place was packed on a weekday during lunch hour, with a constant line.  Just a testament to its popularity!

Chow Jew Wonton Noodles

Next we headed over to Berkeley to “tour” the campus and so I could see what a college city feels like.  As much as I love being in Seattle, sometimes I wish my school were in a college town so I’d get that college towny feeling.  Who am I kidding?  I’m too much of a city girl to even think that. 🙂  Our “tour” of Berkeley lasted for about half an hour of walking aimlessly around the same 10 buildings until we realized we were lost, confused, and super hot.  Especially after our tour guide left us to go work on a project of sorts.

Berkeley’s Main Street Area

After we got ourselves some boba to quench our thirst, we began our food crawl.  First stop, to beat the heat, we headed over to Ici, a super cute ice cream shop with a ever constant line.  Slightly reminiscent of Molly Moon’s, but with a larger selection of treats beyond just ice cream.  New flavors everyday and a surprise at the bottom of the cone, Ici is almost as good as Molly Moons, possibly better!  Their coffee flavor ain’t got nothing on Vivace Coffee, but the Cinnamon Caramel Swirl was oh so good, I still dream about it!  I’m definitely a girl who loves her sweets, especially ice cream!

Next stop on our food tour was Cheese Board Pizza, which also features a new pizza everyday.  And for $2.50 for a GIANT slice of some of the BEST pizza I have had to date, why not?

Cheese Board Pizza

The day’s pizza was roma tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, fresh herbs, and garlic oil.  It tasted so good and delicious and I could go back and eat it all day everyday.  The picture just makes me drool.

We then traveled over to Gregoire, famous for their crispy potato puffs.  Although a bit heavier than I was expecting (actually, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting), they were super delicious, especially when dipped in the accompanying tartar sauce.

Crispy Potato Puffs

Since we could still fit a little more into our stomachs, we went to Kirala, where I had a soba noodle salad and salmon roll.  I can never say no to sushi!

I definitely do want to go back and try some more of their rolls though!

To rest our stomachs a bit, we headed over to the marina to watch the sunset, where we made it just in time.  The view was so gorgeous and it was a full moon out.  Such a romantic setting for such a non-romantic day.

Finally to end the night, we headed back to Oakland for some Hong Kong desserts at Shooting Star.  Nothing says dessert like mangoes.  Mangoes with coconut milk and sago and ice, mangoes and black sticky rice, and strawberry gai daan tsai were so reminiscent of Hong Kong.  Oh how we all longed to be back there!

Mango Drink
Black Sticky Rice and Mangoes
Strawberry Gai Daan Tsai

I cannot wait for my next food crawl adventure!  (but I need to give it some time to let my stomach and body recuperate)  Nothing beats boredom and touristing like a food tour in a new city!