Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Berkeley, CA

New Year's Eve, we decided on a trip up to wine country, Napa and Sonoma. But on our way, I was hell bent on having breakfast at Bette's Diner in Berkeley.

Any recommendation coming from Val has my attention!

There was quite a wait, always worth it, but coming in from frigid Alberta, we were quite happy with sitting outside in the "balmy" weather.

My eyes went right to the Banana Souffle Pancake. Yours?

The hub ordered his fave, corned beef hash.

The kid, his regular, pancakes with a side of sausage.

And then mine arrived. Ok, wipe your mouth.


And a side of grilled potatoes. Wipe again.

Of course, I had to have the recipe, so I bought the Handbook, but you can find the recipe HERE.

As if Bette's wasn't heavenly enough, just about next door was Castle in the Air. I have always wanted to go into this shop since discovering Ulla's blog many years ago.

Unfortunately, Ulla wasn't there, but the store was amazing just the same. I could have spent hours in this little space if the men hadn't been with me. (smile--kinda like the time I took the kid into Liberty of London and he wouldn't let me shop! Grrrrr.)

Yes, I found some goodies and brought them home.

There were other shops on the block and it was a lot of fun looking through them. So creative. I need to live here!



Annie said...

I swooned when I saw the scrapple breakfast (hold the tomato). And Ulla's next door????? Where has my mind been. I'm 90 minutes from Berkely. I'm smelling a roadtrip.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great pancakes!



Ulla said...

Ohhh, I'm so SORRY I missed you too! You'll just have to come out again! Looks like you got some wonderful goodies though,and lunch at Betties is tops!

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! I'll go with ya....XXOO

Vallen said...

I always order the corned beef hash but i have the banana souffle pancake recipe too, in case I'm hungry when I get home!!!

Vallen said...

And yes, you need to live here!!

Pearl said...

Oh my goodness the Banana Souffle Pancake would have been my first choice also. I can only imagine how wonderful that tasted.
Looks like you all had a wonderful breakfast.
Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

I'm sitting here reading blogs, haven't had my breakfast yet, and I see that banana souffle pancake thingie....now I'm in trouble!! It looks like I'm gonna have to go cook something and you know I hate doing that!!

Lisa Oceandreamer said...

I am freaking out that you were on 4th Street!!!! I love it there and we go often to stroll, and eat at Bettes - so many places we could have met you. BUTTTTTT I know how it is when on vacation and you have so many things you want to see and do. I SO GET IT! Hopefully you'll be out this way again and MANY of us can meet up with you for some playtime!! Think about it...hmmm California in the Spring?? heehee

Beth said...

Ok,,had to skim over the breakfast pics,,my tummy is empty and pleading for food, banana and yogurt didn't last long. But wow on that cool shop you went too. I so want to go to Cali one day. So many friends I would love to meet up there.
Great pics, Rosie!

PEA said...

Great, now I have drool all over my keyboard. Banana Souffle Pancake...it looks and sounds sinful but oh what a way to go! hehe I'll have to check out the recipe link:-)

I would have wanted to spend the day in that shop as well, look at all the fabulous stuff...I noticed the fairies and gnomes right away!! lol

Glad you had such a fun time:-) Love ya. xoxox

Jeanie said...

Love the graphics on that menu. And that shop looks to die for~



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