This week Oakland runs a restaurant week, so MX and I tried a neighborhood cafe that offers an interesting brunch menu. Besides some traditional brunch items such as bagels, sandwich, and chicken waffle, Actual Cafe really thinks outside of the box and brings creativity to the brunch (I am all in for innovation!). For example, I tried Caribbean veggie arepa, which is a type of Latin cuisine – crispy fried plantains as the bun with avocado, smoky tofu, tamarind-coconut chutney, & spicy slaw inside. It is so yummy that I didn’t felt like eating something vegan (usually I think eating vegan is a sacrifice). They also beer-battered onion rings which I didn’t have the stomach to try – next time!
My favorite part of Actual Cafe is that nobody here uses a laptop in the weekends. The owner Sal Bednarz started this initiative to create a more social and welcoming environment. So remember to disconnect yourself from the social networks and start face-to-face conversations.
Caribbean vege arepa
Love the combination of orange and black
A wall filled with stickers
My chai latte