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Oakland Breakfast

Every Oakland Breakfast should feature local California produce and Acme bread. At least they would if we were in charge.

Scones and Blueberries Oakland Breakfast
Scones and Blueberries

As much as we love restaurant meals while traveling, there’s a lot to be said for a homemade meal made with local products. We were thrilled to enjoy an Oakland breakfast after a great night’s sleep at our friends’ Oakland Victorian house.

Our friend Marilia put together a lovely breakfast after her husband, Al, left for work. She used local fruits and local products to create a delicious breakfast for our last morning in California.

Blueberries and Yogurt Oakland Breakfast
Blueberries and Yogurt

Most of the breakfast items were purchased at the Berkeley Bowl, an amazing independent supermarket in nearby Berkeley. Even the blueberries and yogurt tasted better than what we normally eat in Philadelphia.

We love Acme Bread. How thoughtful that Marilia remembered. Interestingly, she served the bread with a lemon. Hmm.

Acme Bread and ... a Lemon Oakland Breakfast
Acme Bread and … a Lemon

Okay, the lemon was actually for the papaya.

Fresh Papaya Oakland Breakfast
Fresh Papaya

The figs didn’t need any citrus assistance.

Fresh Figs Oakland Breakfast
Fresh Figs

After the satisfying breakfast, we spent a little outdoor time before leaving for the airport. We love the fruits and flowers in the backyard. Apparently, the bees do too.

Oakland Flowers
Oakland Flowers

Did we mention that Marilia is a wonderful artist? She is lucky that Al set up a great studio for her in the backyard.

Backyard Artist Studio Oakland
Backyard Artist Studio

Light and airy, it’s a great space to create art.

Inside the Studio Oakland
Inside the Studio

Even the flowers in the studio look like art.

Flowers in the Mirror Oakland
Flowers in the Mirror

We left for the airport with just enough time to stop at Acme Bread in Berkeley for some bread for the road.

Acme Bread Oakland
Acme Bread

This bakery is a happy place.

Inside Acme Bread - A Happy Place Oakland
Inside Acme Bread – A Happy Place

We bought an olive boule to take home and enjoy later.

More Acme Bakery Bread Oakland
More Acme Bakery Bread

When we got to the airport, we found out that our flight was delayed. Though we weren’t thrilled by the news, we used the extra time to enjoy one last meal in terminal 3.

Once we decided on Chinese food, we skipped the standard food pre-made for the combination platters and had dishes prepared especially for us. It was worth the wait.

SFO Airport Meal Before the Long Flight Home
SFO Airport Meal Before the Long Flight Home

We came to California for a solstice wedding in the Sierras. One week and several excellent meals later, it was time to go home and back to work.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Holly Rosen Fink

Thursday 8th of August 2013

I love your photos. What a beautiful day of beautiful food, art an memories.

Sean Breslin

Thursday 8th of August 2013

Wow...that bread looks so fresh!