Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday’s East Bay Chocolate

My Saturday schedule in the Bay Area was focused on the East Bay (Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley). I had a meeting in the morning and a dinner planned, so my mid-day hours were devoted to the further amassing of sweets.

I didn’t buy as much, mostly because I already have so much stuff from my previous days, these were kind of informational, not acquisitional.

Michael MischerMichael Mischer Chocolates
3352 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA

  • 12 piece Chocolate Assortment @ $55.00 a lb. $13.05
  • 3 bar single origin sampler - $12.95
  • Total: $26.00

    Sampled: raspberry truffle

    Lovely shop that is at once spare and comfortable without feeling sterile. There are even some sugar-free selections. Michael Mischer himself was there, I asked him about the salted peanut butter cup that I tried the day before at Fog City, alas, he didn’t have any more of them. So I got a plain peanut butter and a salted caramel ... I can put them in my mouth together.

    Charles Chocolates
    6529 Hollis Street
    Emeryville, CA
    (510) 652-4412

     

  • 2 - Meyer Lemon Marmalade (this stuff is too darn good not to stock up, even at $11 a jar) - $22.00
  • 9 piece assortment of chocolates @ $54 a pound - $9.72
  • 1 small tub of Chocolate Covered Matzah $20.80
  • Sampled: chocolate covered matzah, triple chocolate hazelnut

    Total: $52.52

    Sweet Dreams
    2901 College Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    (510) 549-1211

    I stopped into this old fashioned candy shop & gift store. I didn’t buy anything there, not because it’s not a good store, but much of the inventory is stuff that I’ve already reviewed. They have a nice selection of class bulk candies (sour balls, mary janes, imported hard candies, Koppers cordials, etc.), some chocolate candies in the case and the usual fun candy novelties.

    Bittersweet Cafe in OaklandBittersweet Cafe
    5427 College Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510) 654-7159

     

  • 1 - Pralus Sao Tome Bar - $8.95
  • 1 - Poco Dolce Toffee Tile Collection - $22.95
  • Total: $31.90

    No samples. I asked about the Pralus bars, the fellow said that the best was the Sao Tome, but beyond that, I couldn’t seem to get much interaction going about the chocolate. (Two of the folks were eating and the manager was chatting with some regular customers.) It was probably one of the loudest cafes I’ve been in for quite a long time. I’ve been in the shop before, so I think I just caught them at that bad moment after the lunch rush while everyone needs a little break. They have an amazing selection of chocolate bars on display, like some cafes will have poetry books.

    Total for the day: $110.42

    I’m packing up my car this morning to get ready for the drive back to Los Angeles. This time I’ll be taking the 5 South, which goes through the intensely-agricultural San Joaquin Valley. Not really much to stop for candy-wise. That’s fine, I have plenty.

    You can look forward to the inventory from my three day adventure to be photographed copiously and reviewed here.

    Related Candies

    1. Friday’s San Francisco Candy Adventure
    2. Thursday Candy Trippin’
    3. Charles Chocolates
    4. Recchiuti
    5. Treat Trip: Scharffen Berger Factory

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:50 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     Bay AreaBehind the ScenesCandyShopping

    Comments
    1. If you get to visit Bittersweet Cafe again, remember to try their brownie bites and chocolate drinks (my favorites are the Spicy and Mocha). The store on College Avenue does get pretty busy and crowded, but it also has a “homelier” feeling than the SF one.
      Hope you had a nice weekend in the Bay Area! wink

      Comment by Verena on 4/27/08 at 8:28 am #
    2. Look like a completely awesome trip Cybele! Can’t wait to read more about it and see more photos! smile

      Comment by Sera on 4/28/08 at 12:10 pm #
    3. I hope you make it to some of the other East Bay offerings next time! Lulu Rae is very cute, with things I think you’d like. And very near Bittersweet Cafe.

      I’m heading down to LA this week and spending a day touring some of the shops on your LA list. I’m very excited (especially if I manage to get some Valerie nougat. I’m keeping my fingers crossed). I have my cooler ready, but will use frozen packs, as the temps look prepared to soar. I hope that a day in quality shops will keep me away from overpriced Disneyland fare.

      Comment by KateC on 5/12/08 at 12:26 pm #

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