So this past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and that means a 3 DAY WEEKENDD!!!!
Original, the Schmucks and I were going to go to Monterey Bay to visit a friend down there, but things came up here and there, so we postponed it.
But that leaves me with plenty of time to do other things, and that I did.
It was a super fun and super busy weekend. I think I am done driving for a bit though.
I woke up early to go to Mahoroba because I was going to visit my boyfriend’s family for the 2nd time, and needed something to persuade them to like me.
Since I know they love food, I thought Japanese pastries/bread would be a good bet since I had a feeling they haven’t had something like that before.
I got a lot of bread guys….my car smelled so nice within the 1 hour I drove to their house.
I got my usuals – Kobe cream, curry, yakisoba, croquette, the whipped cream with a strawberry and red bean paste.
But before my eyes…..WAS THE CREAM PUFFS!!!
I am never up early enough to get these and mannnnnn I made sure I got some.
You can only get cream puffs early in the morning and you are limited only 5 in your purchase.
I MADE SURE I GOT 5 AND SAVED MYSELF ONE!
Behold the puffs:
Anyway, I got my breads and head out to Hercules.
I got there fine, and the moment I dropped off the bread to his family, half of it was disappeared that instant haha!
So my boyfriend and I went to Berkeley and it was a very nice change in weather.
Sacramento, at the time, was super hot and to step foot into Berkeley with cooler temps and a breeze. It was amazing.
Our first stop was Artichoke Basille. It is a pizza joint that smells amazing!
They have some unique flavors of pizza. I don’t like artichoke in anyway, but it was recommended to me and it is one of their specialties, I ended up getting the artichoke cream sauce pizza and my boyfriend got the lasagna (a newer addition) pizza.
I liked it. The artichoke wasn’t overpowering, probably because of the cream sauce.
I tried the lasagna one, as well and it was good, but then again I also love lasagna haha.
The price per slice is a little over $4, so it does seem expensive, but these slices are HUGE!
It was bigger than my face, and I was full for most of the day. So it is a good price, in my opinion.
We finished lunch and was going to head to Daiso, but we got sidetracked with Games of Berkeley. This place is FULL of board games. There are more well known ones and some indie ones. It was a very cute store and they had some games out on display for you to try out.
We browsed, played, and explored and headed out to Daiso before the car meter runs out.
Daiso was a pretty cramped, but because it was full of people, but full of stuff.
We just went up and down the aisles looking at what was there. I was tempted to get a gel pad and cooling towel to prepare myself for Sac summer, but decided against it. But I did purchase extra long chopsticks for cooking.
We headed back to the car and headed to Uji Time.
So this was the one place that I really wanted to try out when I first heard about it, and I finally got to!
They share a store with Vampire Penguin, a shaved ice joint.
Uji Time only has 4 flavors – tofu, matcha, lavendar, and black sesame.
I told the cashier it was my first time there, and he let us try the different flavors.
I was very surprised that the tofu flavor actually tasted really good!
So this place has a small menu. You can get a regular cone with two flavors (or one if you want), a taiyaki cone with up to two flavor ice cream, a parfait with lots of toppings included, or mini taiyaki bites.
I made up my mind before trying the flavors, that I wanted matcha and black sesame taiyaki cone.
I said that it would be great if they had red bean paste at the bottom of the bottom, and oh man did it!! It was a great surprise and would explain why the taiyaki cone was a bit heavy.
They put the red bean paste on the bottom of the cone, then put black sesame in the middle, and matcha on top.
My boyfriend got a lavender parfait and that was delicious as well.
I am definitely going back to try the tofu flavor fully.
For my cone and the parfait, it was about $11. Pricey, but I wanted to try it.
(There is also an Uji Time in Japantown in SF, just a heads up.)
Here is a pic of my taiyaki cone:
We had some time left over in the car meter, so we just briefly explored downtown Berkeley and grabbed some coffee before heading back to the car and back to Hercules.
We ended up watching Kubo and the Two Strings, since my boyfriend hasn’t seen it and is really into animation.
After the movie, we walked his dog Snow along the trail behind his house.
The trail curves around a bit, but has plenty of sunny spots and shady spots. It is pretty ideal for a jog or even a dog walk.
My impression of Hercules is that it is a small quiet town, similar to Davis, but even quieter because it isn’t a college town.
You do have the ocean view and the breeze. Temperature is cooler than Sac, but not by too much.
But honestly, a very relaxing town to be in and seems safe enough.
After heading back to his house and chilling a bit, I went home.
This day was a very tiring day, but totally worth it.
Originally, my sister and I planned to visit my brother in SF, to give him some homecooked meals and to bring back whatever he didn’t need home.
But since he works from 9am to 5pm, we had to kill some time.
My mom took that day off to join us, while my dad took care of the shop.
The itinerary was Sutro Baths, Little Henry’s, and Serramonte Galleria.
So we left Sacramento at about 10am, to head to SF.
We took a detour through San Rafael because traffic on the main road was crazy bad.
The scenery was nice, but man did the lanes get so narrow the closer we got to SF, once over the bridge.
But we got the Sutro Baths fine and got really lucky with parking!
We did get to go down to Sutro Baths because my mom said she would not be able to get back up, so we just walked along the beach on the sidewalk and enjoyed the cooler temps!
(On a side note, when I told my dad we were going here, he said that I should never take my mom too close to beaches here since they are haunted and may people were dragged into the sea by these spirits. He wasn’t sure what Sutro Baths was, but he mentioned that once he and his friends were are a cape or something near the Cliff House, and a spirit grabbed his friend’s leg to trip him. He always banged his head really hard on the concrete but luckily, my dad and friends caught him in time. When I told my mom, she said it was total bs and my dad was making up stories haha.)
We got hungry, so we decided to visit a restaurant my dad’s side of the family frequented a lot when they use to live in the area, called Little Henry’s – or how my mom calls it ‘Little Hangry.’
My mom was escorted up and down hills by my sister:
At this point, I don’t mind driving to and around SF.
But I absolutely abhor the pushy and no signalling and rude drivers and THE TIME IT TAKES TO FIND PARKING OMGGGGG!!!
Anywho, we got our food and some food to go for my dad. The place is pricey, but my mom really wanted to go there and they did have Vietnamese waitresses and had an option for no meat, since my mom is vegetarian.
We tried to get boba at Purple Cow…but what kind of boba place doesn’t have taro… so we decided against it.
So because I parked on a hill, my mom decided she was done walking for the day, and had me, and only me, go up the hill to fetch the car and pick her up haha. Leave it to my mom to be done with exercising.
We drove to Stonestown Mall to pick up my aunt before heading to Serramonte Galleria.
It’s been forever since we’ve been to this mall, that my family use to go to allllll the time when we were little.
Parking wasn’t hard to find, but I was super happy to find an 85C Bakery.
We got some pastries for my dad, because we promised to bring something back. LOTS OF TARO THINGS! And a guava smoothie for my aunt, and mixed berry green tea for me.
My sister, aunt, mom, and me:
We walked around the mall and got things for my mom for a couple hours. Just killing time before going to my brother’s place.
We took my aunt home and chilled a bit with my 3 youngest cousins for half hour.
The road to my brother’s place is SUPER HILLY! I was surprised Suzie (my car) could handle it, but then was scared she might roll down the hill…
So I finally picked up my big baby of a TV (YAY FOR GAMING ON A BIGGER SCREEN AND GREAT FOR MOVIES!). We rested at my brother’s a bit before headed out and home.
Here we are in all our glory (wished my dad would’ve just closed shop and joined, but oh well:
The drive home wasn’t so bad. My sister sleeps the WHOLE way to and from SF….note to self, never have her help you navigate or anything…
We got home and I’ve never been so tired in such a long time, but it was totally worth it and I would’ve mind doing it again…just gotta rest for a bit and not drive for a while.
This is my relaxing, make me sister do everything because I am tired, day.
I just drove my mom to Michaels and Target to get the things she needed and wanted and just chilled at home.
We had seafood hotpot with my family and some of my uncles and that’s about it.
All-in-all, it was a really fun weekend despite all the busy and driving.
It is always nice to spend time with family. Though I did learn that I have a new pet peeve, which is when I am driving and people talking at the same time to me…It confuses and annoys me.. so I apologize beforehand if I am snappy.
I hope you all had a great and relaxing 3 day weekend!
I do have another blog entry in the making, but will not post or start it until I completely finish what I am making.
Until next time!