Eating in Oakland

I admit that when I think of Oakland, I do not think of good food.  Best known to me as the original home of the Black Panther Party (and its national headquarters), as well as the home of the A’s (sharing the American league with the Baltimore Orioles, much beloved by South Delawareans), I was a bit snobby about the foods I would find there and planned to spend my weekend there chowing down on my beloved childhood snacks from American mini-mart.

I was so, so wrong.  Oakland is a diverse, vibrant city, which merely suffers due to comparison to it’s uber-hip, so trendy it’s geeky it’s trendy neighbour, San Francisco.

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The comfortable and well-climate controlled BART to Oakland, as well as the sign to Alameda (you know, where they keep the nuclear wessels).

My first stop was Miette Bakery.  I have a copy of their e-cookbook, the Miette Bakery Cookbook, and I was dying to see if their adorable cakes lived up to the pictures in their books.  Did they ever!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARight on the bayfront in Oakland, it’s an absolutely beautiful spot and you can imagine office workers enjoying their lunch there!

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It’s such a cute, girly little shop – it makes me want to just hang out with a cup of hot chocolate and some sweets and read their cookbooks!  I treated myself to this amazing salted caramel mini-torte.  SO delicious.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy other major calorie binge was the Home of Chicken and Waffles.  I was finding a place to eat with a bunch of Southern girls from Kentucky – we were definitely up for authentic American soul food.

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See quintissential Brit chick Sophie about to chow into some chicken (she opted out of the waffles! You can take the girl out of London…)

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I introduced Sophie to biscuits (Brits are always skeptical about these, but despite sharing a name with a British cookie, they’re beyond delicious.)  I also had my first sample of grits – not bad, actually!

These were definitely my two “can’t miss” places in Oakland.  What’s yours?

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One comment

  1. Still very disappointed I didn’t come with you all for chicken and waffles! But can’t believe you hadn’t tried grits before. Even I can make grits!

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