Posts Tagged ‘Things Your Mouth Will Thank You For’

the cookies are coming!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Just call us the Paul Revere of cookies.

But seriously now, these delicious little bites are worth the fuss. And a few squeals of delight. Not to mention a frantic midnight horseride. But, as is the case when any baked good is involved, we digress. All we really wanted to tell you was that we couldn’t be more excited to welcome emmacakes to Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall! Oh yes, and their cookies.

Helmed by locals {and cousins} Jennifer and Michelle, emmacakes is small, custom bakeshop located right here in the Bay Area. They specialize in artisanal cakes and cookies for every special occasion, from the bittiest of the bitty birthdays to your biggest of big days. And when they found Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall, it was love at first sight. A leisurely Friday afternoon meeting and some cookie samples later, the feeling was entirely mutual.

So, if you’re still in the market for a Mother’s Day present, or if you just like delicious cookies {everyone better be raising their hands here} then we highly suggest a visit to Oxford Hall. Starting tomorrow, we will be carrying all manner of their delectable shortbreads, the likes of which include lemon creme “sandwiches” and chai spice-infused cookies. But enough from us – we’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.




Three Things

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Call it a gift from mother nature or global warming, but we’re preparing for weekend number two full of copious amounts of sunshine in the Bay Area. To celebrate, we’re lining up some serious Saturday and Sunday plans {think the tasting menu brunch at Sunnyside Cafe, a day trip to the Lake Tahoe area and baking four dozen cupcakes big}. And to prepare for our all out fun-tastic extravaganza, we’ve done a little retail therapy here at Oxford Hall to put together an awesome weekend crash kit. Yes, we shop in our own store – so sue us.

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week – wherever it may take you.


1. LaNatura Lip Balm: Seriously folks, we never leave home without a lipgloss or chapstick handy {not to mention two to three back ups}. These colorful offerings from LaNatura pack a serious moisture punch with their organically-grown shea butter base and they’re finished with one of a few fruity flavors. What’s not to love? Our favorite is the CocoVanilla, but for those with sensitive noses the Vitamin E and Aloe version is scent free. {Tangerine, CocoVanilla, Strawberry, Vitamin E and Green Apple available in Oxford Hall now; $9/ea.}

2. For the lady that carries a lip gloss, a back up lip gloss and a back up, back up lip gloss – meet Stephanie Johnson and her slew of cute mini-carryalls that will conceal even the most serious of chapstick addictions. This sweet, pastel-colored flat pouch is from her new Spring 2012 line. We fell in love with the tweedy texture that still feels refined with the addition of the gold brushing. {See this bag and more from Stephanie Johnson’s new line in store now; from $32}

3. Admittedly, we’re having a star moment here at Viv&Ingrid. These little jet-puffed versions from our Pretty Post line  are an oldie but a goody and have been among some of our favorites lately. They’re simple yet chic and feel fresh for Spring. We throw them on and forget we’re wearing them – which is perfect since they go with just about everything in our closet. {In Oxford Hall or online; from $48}

Good Eats: Part Un

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Having a storefront in the heart of downtown Berkeley opens us up to a whole world of passerby our previous cozy spot on Solano Avenue never afforded us. From the 9 to 5-ers to the dedicated evening yoga-ers, Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall has played host to many a pedestrian in the close to two months we have been open. And with the sunshine shining {finally!} and vacation season in full effect, it is a rare day indeed when we do not have one or two tourists popping in to shop. And whether they’re from halfway across the world or barely halfway across the US, once they’re done shopping their next question is always inevitably: where can we get something to eat?

We’re so happy you asked…

If there’s one thing we’re always happy to discuss, it’s food. From things of a more saccharine nature to the more savory end of the spectrum, we love it all, and every last plate or taste in between. And we know where to find it. And we’re happy to point you in that direction, or perhaps accompany you, because the moment we recommend it we’ll generally remember how much we love it and must at that moment procure some it for ourselves {after you order, of course, we do still have manners – unless you take too long to order, then all bets are off}.

In that spirit, we thought we’d dedicate at least part of our blog to all our favorite places with all our favorite foods. Local or not, we hope they become some of your favorites too! And of course, we’d love to hear about some of yours – we’re always looking for the next big restaurant or best hole-in-the-wall we’ve never heard of. Share away!

To kick things off, we thought we’d start close to home. When we first made the move to downtown Berkeley, we wept at our lack of proximity to Talavera, our previous taqueria of choice. No sooner had we arrived on Oxford however had our IT king/human carne asada detector sniffed out Cancun Taqueria and our tears quickly became ones of joy. Crispy fish tacos with perfectly crunchy, corn-y outer shells filled overflowing with grilled fish and tomatillo sauce that is out of this world. Super burritos that could very easily provide three meals but sadly {just for our waistlines} never make it past one. Oh, and did we mention the salsa bar? Yes, you read correctly: salsa bar. One that is stocked with delicious classics like smoky strawberry and tangy mango as well as seasonal varieties that are all craving-worthy and may or may not be consumable all on their own {not that we’re admitting to anything}. And don’t just take our word for it – the line that often extends out the door and onto Allston is full of dedicated customers who will tell you more of the same.

So if you ever find yourself in downtown Berkeley and are in the mood for a life-changing, grub-tastic experience, head to Cancun. Then perhaps stroll over to Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall for a post-mexican feast shopping excursion – just don’t forget to bring us a crispy taco…