Can it be possible that I've lived in NorCal for 12 years now and had yet to visit one of Oakland's most famous spots? I suppose, but that meant it was time to remedy things.
Tonight I went with my friend Neal to experience
Today's New Activity: Jack London Square
What got us up that way was a vegan restaurant called Solely Vegan, which was pretty damned good! I'm usually a little leery of vegan food, just because my experience has not been all that stellar, but this was really pretty flavorful. We got a combo plate of everything, including bbq tofu, mac n cheese, potato salad, greens, southern fried tofu, cornbread...come to think of it there was a definite southern theme there that I somehow completely missed until just this moment, writing about it. And it was so flavorful and the textures so NOT unpleasant that I forgot it was vegan and not just vegetarian.
After that we checked out the docks, passing by the iconic Yoshi's, which is a jazz venue I've been meaning to go to since the first year I lived here. I felt happy just to have finally gotten THAT close to it, and it's on my list of things to do before this year, this project is over.
Verdict: will definitely be visiting both Jack London Square and Solely Vegan again...great experience in great company :)