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I went to Berkeley Bowl off Shattuck for the first time yesterday and left wondering where it had been all my life. Berkeley Bowl is a local, non-chain store version of Whole Foods, that carries fresh local produce at eye-poppingly low prices.
How much would you pay at your local supermarket for this collection of vegetables? (Hold on to your eyeballs.)
Here’s how much you can expect to pay at Berkeley Bowl:
- Baby carrots: $0.89
- Sprouts: $1.15
- Roma tomatoes: $0.50
- Red potatoes: $0.64
- Bunched broccoli: $1.08
- Celery: $0.59
- Credit for bringing my own bag: -$0.05
- Total: $4.80
I thought that the cashier had made a mistake at first and forgotten to swipe half of my produce through the register. I wouldn’t have even been able to pay for my purchase if I used debit card because it was under the $5.00 minimum charge. Wowza.
I’ve spoken to a few veteran shoppers and they agree that you’re better off buying non-produce at Trader Joe’s or another supermarket, but that you can’t beat Berkeley Bowl for its selection and prices of fruits and veggies.
Here’s the info, in case you want to make a visit to see for yourself:
2020 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Berkeley is famous for its Gourmet Ghetto, an area of North Berkeley near Shattuck that contains legendary restaurants like Chez Panisse, The Cheese Board, and the first ever Peet’s Coffee. One restaurant is a cute cupcake shop called Love At First Bite.
Love At First Bite capitalizes on the cupcake trend of recent years, selling $3 cupcakes in unusual flavors like “razzle dazzle”, “PB affair”, “matcha green tea”, and “chocolate maltball”. I think that’s a bit pricey. The cupcakes are not especially artfully decorated, and I’ve heard the cupcakes are nothing to fall in love with, but it’s a good concept nonetheless.
My younger sister and I made these cupcakes with her icing decorator tool one 4th of July:
I browsed Flickr and found some more awesome cupcakes for you to feast your eyes on: