Restaurant Reviews: Best of Berkeley, CA

View from our afternoon hike in Berkeley, CA

Over the past month or so, we’ve been fortunate enough to get to travel to some awesome places. When I travel, my #1 priority is always finding the best food, so my pre-departure checklist always involves hours of Yelp-ing to find the critically-acclaimed restaurants and top spots to grab a local favorite in the area.  However, for various reasons – a lack of time, knowing a local, and traveling to a country that is not necessarily known for its food, among them – I kind of just left the culinary aspect of these trips up to chance. I may not have eaten at the top restaurants in each city, but I lived in the moment, went with the flow, and honestly enjoyed every bite. I hope you enjoy these tidbits of my favorite foods while traveling over the past month or so!


Whole-Wheat Pizza with Summer Veggies


Like most little kids, one of my absolute favorite foods growing up was pizza. Eight-year-old Meg could GET DOWN with some Hawaiian Pizza Hut pan pizza anytime, anywhere. And also like most little kids, my tastes have changed as I’ve grown older – more wood-fired thin crust with fancy meats and cheeses than greasy shredded mozzarella on an even greasier crust. But when it comes down to it, I have truly yet to meet a pizza that I didn’t prefer to most other things. From hearty and heavy deep dish (I am a Chicagoan, after all) to cracker thin crust with a delicate spattering of toppings, I love them all and could easily eat pizza every day. So considering how much I love to cook and bake, it surprises even me that I’d never attempted my own pizza crust before.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


How is there not a peanut butter recipe on here yet? As a person who adores peanut butter in any form – covered in chocolate, smushed into a sandwich, baked into something delicious, or just eaten straight out of the jar – this is simply unacceptable.  Since I have started this blog, I haven’t made a single recipe with peanut butter, not a single peanut butter cookie, PB-swirled brownie, or even a proper PB+J (or, my preferred pairing, PB+pickle…don’t knock it ‘til you try it). What have I been doing with my life?!