First, my husband and I stopped off in Berkeley to try the famed pancake souffles at Bette's Oceanview Diner:
Chocolate Swirl Souffle Pancake
Have you ever seen such a beautiful pancake? Incredibly fluffy and light, this pancake reminded me a little of the lightly sweetened cakes found in Chinese bakeries. This singular pancake was quite large - perfect for sharing.
Homemade Corned Beef Hash
Ok, I am a very amateur, semi-shakey-handed photographer so while this photo does not convey how delicious it is, please trust me when I say that this was out of this world! Flavorful with big chunks of corned beef and perfectly crisped edges, this was hands-down the best corned beef hash I've ever had.
How can you not love a place with a gigantic slice of pie hanging overhead?
In Oakland, we joined the girls to indulge in mac & cheese at Homeroom:
Homeroom pic from Ping's Instagram
Top: Gilroy Mac - Creamy gouda, sharp pecorino and just the right amount of roasted garlic
Middle Right: Mexican Mac - Niman Ranch chorizo, chipotle peppers, jack cheese, and cilantro, served with a wedge of lime
Bottom: Smoky Bacon Mac - Rich and bold with smoked cheddar, jack cheese and bacon
I love when an eatery "reinvents" mac & cheese. Typically, it starts with the same base foundation and add-ins are the point of differentiation. At Homeroom, each variant tasted distinctive and unique. What a treat! My favorite was the Mexican - the chorizo was divine and I loved the spicy kick.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!