Berkeley Walkabout

We had tickets to the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) in Berkeley on Sunday.  We decided to make an afternoon of it and take a safari stroll around town. 

We took BART from San Francisco to the Rockridge Station in Oakland.  Our first stop was the Rockridge Market Hall.  The Pasta Shop featured all sorts of yummy looking fresh noodles.  

The Market Hall Bakery had some nice looking sweets.

This vegan chocolate cupcake caught my eye.  Unfortunately, it was not as delicious as it looked.  The frosting was hard like a chocolate bar which made the confection more challenging to eat.  

We got turned around a bit and actually started walking away from Berkeley on College Ave.  Good thing we took this wrong turn or we wouldn't have seen this aluminum foil robot-monster creation in an open doorway.
We soon got reoriented and headed toward the UC Berkeley campus.  We stopped at Spasso Coffeehouse to caffeinate and thereby speed up our walk toward campus.  I saw this Newton inspired drawing in the restroom.

Spring is definitely on its way.  We saw this lovely tree in front of a house on College Ave.

This flower specimen really caught my eye.  Perfection!

Of course, as we approached campus, school spirit became more and more apparent.  Go Bears!

We continued onto Telegraph Ave. to do some more window shopping.  We saw these junkyard robots in the window of Amoeba Music.

"Help!!!  I'm Being Sucked into the WARPZONE of lame stuff..."  Won't anyone help this mannequin in the window of Mars Mercantile?

My stomach was happy after stopping at Naan and Curry for a quick and inexpensive dinner.

After dinner, we made it to our ultimate destination -- The Pacific Film Archive Theater for the SFIAAFF.  We saw The Equation of Love and Death a film out of China.  The movie was a bit confusing with a terribly complicated plot.  It was one of those films where seemingly unrelated characters are somehow connected to the central story.  I left the theater scratching my head a bit.  We thought it was worth seeing but not the best film we've seen in the film festival circuit this year.  


We made our way to the Downtown Berkeley BART station to complete our adventure and head for home.

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