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Really-mini-fest in Berkeley

Heather's picture

Ann (APonKP), Jocelyn, and I met in Berkeley on Wednesday for some provisioning, general shopping, and a wonderful lunch.
We ate at Ajanta, on Solano Avenue. This is a terrific Indian restaurant which is frequently rated best in the Bay Area--we shared several dishes, the flavors were complex and truly delicious. We were all moaning with delight. If you are ever in the neighborhood, please try this place! The owner/chef has recently published a cookbook that is high on my wish list.
Much shopping was done--4th Street, Tokyo Fish, Magnani's for poultry and some of their wonderful bulk olive oils and vinegars, a quick trip through Berkeley Hort.
Jocelyn and I visited a couple of favorite yarn shops and Ann stocked up on produce and essentials at Monterey Market.
We all agreed that we have to do this much more often. And we hope that some of our other Bay Area CTers will join us next time. Kris was already committed to going on a hike, Marie and Karen were working. We missed you all. Any other Bay Area people here who would be interested in casual get-togethers?

Edited to add--thinking about our lunch at Ajanta forced me to go to Amazon just now and order the book. I couldn't help it! They have several used ones for under $15 if anyone's interested.


Edited 5/3/2007 4:08 am by Heather

Wolvie's picture

(post #56864, reply #1 of 265)

I think CT ought to have a Bay Area Fest. It would have to last 2 weeks to get it all in tho. :-)

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56864, reply #2 of 265)

I might have to make it to that one!  I've never been, but I start drooling every time I hear about all the fabulous stuff.


Leigh


Cooking is messy.  Deal with it or stay out of the kitchen.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
APonKP's picture

(post #56864, reply #6 of 265)

Hold that thought!

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #16 of 265)

Can you come for a few days at the end of June, Leigh?  I will be in the area from Sat June 23 - and I leave Wed June 27th in the morning.  I already have hotel plans in Napa for Mon night and Tues night, but no social plans for those days...  :)  I am not exactly sure where I will be for Sat/Sun/Monday day but am working on determining this.  Probably San Fran with some time in Berkley of course.


Supposedly the hotel that I will be staying at is walking distance to French Laundry.  LOL!   Do they do lunch?   I'm not sure that I can justify the moola, but I will certainly have to walk over and check it out.  Of course, if I eat there, I just might have to weebel-wabble back.  My lord, have you seen their menu??


Perhaps Bouchon makes more sense.


 

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56864, reply #17 of 265)

Bouchon is a wonderful, wonderful place to eat-one of my favorites. They have a courtyard between it & the bakery; I'm not sure if they serve lunch out there, I've just had coffee and pastries from the bakery.

It would be fun to get together-you are one of the few CT'ers I've actually met.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #20 of 265)

I would love to see you again too! :) Is it even possible to meet up in Napa on a monday or tuesday? I know you work full time. My general plan was to be in San Fran or Berkley on Sat/Sun. Of course we could meet up a couple of times in different places. I am sure that others would want to see the embarkadero farmer's market and berkley. I've missed both of them. Plus Japantown for all the bento box supplies. LOL...

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #23 of 265)

Japantown is definitely not what it used to be. I haven't checked out the hardware store for years--they used to have a lot of great bento stuff.
There is talk of someone taking over the hotel and doing a major upgrade in a very contemporary style. That might help the entire area perk up.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #27 of 265)

oh, really? I moved away about 5 years ago. I was looking forward to buying bento box stuff since that post about the bento box lunches was put up. hmm...

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #28 of 265)

I'm sure you can still find what you want, but the whole area is a little sad right now. Some of the shops have closed and things are looking tired.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #29 of 265)

oh, that's really too bad. I will still try to check it out.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56864, reply #30 of 265)

That IS too bad, we used to live quite near Japantown. I always loved to shop there.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #18 of 265)

From the website:
The French Laundry serves dinner seven days a week, with reservations available between the hours of 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Lunch is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Reservations are accepted two months in advance by calling 707.944.2380. The reservations desk is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations can also be made online through OpenTable.com.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #21 of 265)

LOL! Yes, but did you see that dinner without wine starts at $240? one of my closest friends went there with her DH and their meal was $400 per person. They had quite a bit of wine. LOL.

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #22 of 265)

I know a lot of people who have gone for dinner--with varying opinions. If you go, you can't think about the bill.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #26 of 265)

I think I am at heart, more of a cheap eats or great value eats kind of girl. I love the idea of the French Laundry, but I think there are still so many wonderful places to explore that I probably don't need to go there. If I had something huge to celebrate, ie major graduation,big wedding anniversary etc, then I certainly would go. I don't want to spend that kind of money on just another Sat night dinner. On the other hand, I might prefer going to the Inn at Little Washington (and spend the night ) in VA for the money, but then I am a DC girl at heart anyway. LOL.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56864, reply #34 of 265)

Hmmm, I'll check and see.   Definitely interested!


Leigh


Cooking is messy.  Deal with it or stay out of the kitchen.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #36 of 265)

I'd love to meet you. Come if you can! :)

APonKP's picture

(post #56864, reply #40 of 265)

Hold it! Let me get this straight. Mon and Tue? Hooray! I think that might could work.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #41 of 265)

We arrive in San Fran late in the evening on Friday  22nd.  Sat/Sun/ Mon AM in San Fran.  Shuttle van to Yountville on Monday.  Stay until Wed 27 morning.  Shuttle to airport.


I am returning home on Wed the 27th.   I actually have very little control over the dates since I am coming along on DH's work trip.  He must be in napa Mon 25 - Wed 27th.   Tough life isn't 'it?  LOL!  I will not have a car to use unless I decide that I have to rent a car but otherwise I will be on my own.  I wonder if I can rent a bike?  I am actually serious.  LOL...


 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56864, reply #49 of 265)

Okay, I checked flights and it looks like there are plenty available with my Delta miles.  I'm seriously thinking about this, but I'll have to see--DH would have kid-duty, I'll have to see about hotels, $$$, etc.


I'll send you an email.


Leigh


Cooking is messy.  Deal with it or stay out of the kitchen.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Marie Louise's picture

(post #56864, reply #52 of 265)

At least at this point, I could take off for some or part of June 25 or 26 & join you. I am teaching all day on Thursday, June 28, but it appears you will be long gone by then.


Let me know, I would love to get together w/ everyone.

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #53 of 265)

Could you ask for time off on Tues the 26th?  I will be available the whole day in Napa.  I am talking with Aberwacky to figure out if she can come too.


 


Wouldn't it be sooooo much fun to go around to vineyards and perhaps tour the CIA or check out the restaurants?  I 'm soooo excited!


Wolvie, you had better come.  Save your pennies.......  :)

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #54 of 265)

Looks like I'm going to be free on Tuesday, June 26th. I'm REALLY looking forward to this! We're going to have fun!

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #55 of 265)

Yea!!

Wolvie's picture

(post #56864, reply #56 of 265)

so - is it June 25th and 26th? Napa or San Fran? Enquiring minds want to know. :-)

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #57 of 265)

Well that is a great question. We very well might have a couple of days to meet up. San Fran / Berkeley on Saturday or Sunday. Then Monday is an awkward day for me, but then we will get together in Napa on Tuesday for possibly an all day Napa extravaganza. :)

I will be traveling with DH and I do have a cousin and some friends that I must see, so it won't be all CT all the time, but the schedule is pretty open.

Aberwacky is considering coming at least for the San Fran part. Since she won't have a car, is there another way for her to get from San Fran up to Napa on Tuesday?

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56864, reply #58 of 265)

If I come, she can ride up w/ me. I could pick her up at the Rockridge BART station-w/ a bonus stop at one of the Bay Area's best bakeries (La Farine) & a drive through Berkeley-then we can head up to the Napa Valley. Bonus-the BART station is across from Oliveto's & The Market Hall.

This could be a lot of fun!

Wolvie's picture

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can 2 fit in your vehicle? I may come for the weekend as it is easier to find a place to stay (for me) in SF. :-)

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

mer's picture

(post #56864, reply #63 of 265)

LOL!   We might have to meet you in Berkeley on Sat or Sunday.  If you all stop at La Farine, a drive through Berkeley , Oliveto's AND the Market Hall, we won't see you until 4pm!  LOL.   (And I'll miss all that!  LOL!)

Heather's picture

(post #56864, reply #64 of 265)

Yes, we could all spend a day in Berkeley and another day in the Napa Valley--and we'd just be scratching the surface!