With the busy schedule I’ve had lately, and the numerous outings and events I’ve attended, the wonderful happenings of last weekend are still some of the best times that are standing out in my mind. Aside from stuffing my face with the Irish cream bundt cake, chocolate stout cake, and dark chocolate cake truffles, my weekend was also filled to the brim with even more delicious food!
I know it’s a little late, but I am going to share my latest adventures with you! Last Friday, my friends and I attended a Golden State Warriors Road Viewing Party at The Broken Rack in Emeryville. This pool hall was a great little joint and had plenty of tables to play pool, an assortment of TVs with various sports games playing, and even a little room with a couch that a group could enjoy. It also had amazing bar food! The fried shrimp (top right picture) was extremely delicous and the jalpeno poppers (pictured on the left) were so savory we ordered a second plate! There was also an assortment of sandwiches and burgers which also looked incredibly mouthwatering. The best part about the night was that the Warriors Girls gave everyone a raffle ticket, and throughout the game they raffled off prizes. My friend won an autographed photo of David Lee, and I won two tickets to this Sunday’s game! It was all very exciting for us. And that was just the start of our adventurous weekend.
The next day, we ventured to Walnut Creek so I could get my phone fixed and we could all do a little shopping! We ate lunch at Boudin Bakery. I’ve heard a lot about the little bakery but had never been there, so I was excited to try it out. Let me just say that it did not let me down! I ordered the Sunday Pot Roast Soup in a bread bowl and it came with a side of mixed greens. A couple of my friends ordered the soup of the day which was a Garlic Tomato Soup, and the way it was cooked really brought out the best flavors in all of the ingredients. The pot roast soup was very hearty and the beef, potatoes and carrots were stewed to perfection. We also ordered sandwiches and salads to accompany our meal. This quaint lunch was the perfect meal for the rainy day.
And even though those events were so much fun in themselves, it did not end there. One of the best (and most hidden) treats of all was discovering the Emerybay Public Market in Emeryville on Sunday. Only a couple doors away from The Broken Rack, I neglected to pay attention to it when we were visiting the area earlier that weekend. Once you walk through the doors of this marketplace, you will be blown away! This food court is filled with over 20 food retailers from all over the Bay Area! The international food court serves dishes ranging from Japanese, Korean, Carribean, Chinese, Mediterranean, Persian, Indian, Vietnamese, Jamaican, Cajun food and much more! The experience in itself is fascinating to be a part of because it feels more like you are traveling from one country to the next instead of station to station! Plus, everyone is so friendly there, and they hand out samples of their food as you walk by. And on top of all that, the entire place is eco-friendly–who could ask for more?! It was a food haven for any food lover. Needless to say, it took me about a half hour to decide which place I wanted to eat at because I literally wanted to taste everything. The area is set up so you can walk around through the isles and end back up where you started. It’s a great way to be able to see every booth! Here is what the Marketplace looks like (sorry, some of the pictures are blurry–maybe because I was jumping up and down in excitement!):
And while still in shock over the abundance of food places, I finally settled on Indian food. I enjoyed some spicy chicken curry, chicken with potatoes and vegetables curry, and (for only 25 cents more! What?!) their special of the day: goat curry! This meal was served with rice, a side salad, and big piece of naan bread. Then I added a dab of mango chutney on the side, and it was so delicious! I also ordered a mango lassi to go with it which was the perfect addition to the meal. This was the first time I’ve ever had goat, and I found it…interesting. I did enjoy it, but it was a lot different than what I expected. The meat was very dark and not as soft as I thought I would be. Perhaps it was just the way it was cooked though. Everything else was so aromatic and wonderful though, and we all left feeling content and very full!
Does anyone have any other fun recommendations for food festivities or have encountered something like this themselves? I’d love to know!!