Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Berkeley Visit and Vegan Food at Herbivore

On Saturday, we decided to visit Andy’s alma mater. Before exploring the campus, we went to Herbivore – a vegan restaurant at 2451 Shattuck Avenue. Herbivore also has two locations in San Francisco, and I had been wanting to visit one of their locations for quite some time. Luckily, we were not disappointed.


We decided to split the raw kale salad. I was going to get the lemongrass noodles and Andy the shawarma wrap with “chicken.” Our waitress had indicated that Andy’s order was her favorite. The menu can potentially be a bit confusing as it lists chicken and beef strips (without quotes). Clearly, they are meat substitutes, but we actually overheard customers asking for clarification as they were confused by the language on the menu. Perhaps it would be a bit clearer if “chicken” and “beef strips” were in quotes…


Since we weren’t very clear when we ordered, our waitress only ordered the kale salad and the wrap. This was actually a good thing as the kale salad filled me up. It was simply dressed but very tasty. The onions were very mild (maybe soaked in ice water?) and added a nice crunch to the salad. It’s definitely a kale salad that lets the kale shine and doesn’t try to cover up its flavor. I enjoyed it a lot, and even the kid ate his fair share of it. I also had some of the filling of Andy’s wrap, and it was very tasty as well. It was marinated in a very flavorful, slightly spicy sauce and came with a nicely dressed side salad. The meal left us satisfied and ready to explore the campus. We can’t wait to go back and explore more of the menu!


After lunch, we walked toward campus.


But first we stopped at the student bookstore. 


We had to take a picture in front of the famous Sather Gate. 


And then we headed to the Campanile Tower. 


We took the elevator to the top (unfortunately you can’t take the stairs) and enjoyed the view. 


Then we headed to the Life Sciences Building and checked out some dinosaur bones. This was definitely the highlight for the kid!


Then we explored the beautiful campus some more. It was a great way to get some steps. I love it when we get plenty of steps effortlessly! 


Exploring Berkeley and the university campus was a great way to spend a Saturday. I love the relaxed, offbeat atmosphere of the city, and there is lots to explore on campus, including lots of things to keep kids interested. We can’t wait to go back to explore more and try more dishes at Herbivore! 

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? Do you have a list of restaurants you want to visit? I do have quite the list, but since we hardly ever go out to eat, we pretty much never visit any of them. I’m glad I can cross Herbivore off the list but also want to go back! Smile 

Be well,
Andrea

11 comments:

  1. What a fun weekend! The last (and only) time I was on the Berkeley campus was when my mom and I went to look at colleges many, many moons ago :-) This weekend was pretty fabulous at home. We had a BBQ with friends, went to the races at Del mar, and I (finally) cashed in all the spare change I had been saving up for a grand total of $298.00! Hope you're doing well, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Sounds like a great weekend, EA! And cashing in spare change is the best! It's like "free" money... :)

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  2. What a great trip, the campus is beautiful. What a nice place for students to visit.

    I don't have a list with restaurants I want to visit. I try new places usually by using a Groupon and if we like it, we return there.

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    1. Yes, Berkeley is a very nice campus.

      Groupon is a great way to try out new restaurants.

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    2. I would recommend Smashon. It's better than Groupon because it focuses on local health & wellness merchants in your city and gives you a platform to interact with members in your community. Have you heard of it?

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  3. Such a great trip & fun times & beautiful!!!!

    I am not one to eat out much & have no list - really don't care.. :)

    We saw family in Idaho over the long weekend - it was amazing!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      Glad you got to see family last weekend!

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  4. You can keep the kale, but I would have been all over those lemongrass noodles - oh well, maybe next time! I have never been to California before - it's so pretty. It's on my bucket list though! :D

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    1. We'll have to meet up whenever you make it to California!!!

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  5. It looks like you all had a fun outing! The picture of the kid in school gear is too cute :)

    Have you ever heard of the website Unnecessary Quotes? It sounds like this restaurant could have used some Necessary quotes. The kale salad looks amazing, though - perfect fuel for a fun day!

    Hope you have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. Yes, it was lot of fun! :)

      Just checked out the Unnecessary Quotes website - too funny! And, yes, they definitely could use some necessary quotes... :)

      Have a great week, too!

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