Posts Tagged ‘V&I Eats’

killing me sweetly

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Call us cliché, but at the end of a long work week, our guilty pleasures always include a little LMN {that’s Lifetime Movie Network for those who possess a Y chromosome}, a beverage of the alcoholic variety and sweets. What can we say? Something saccharine +  the sauce is always a winning combination. Which is why it didn’t take us long to fall in love with Sugar Knife – the newest addition to our lineup of sweets here at Oxford Hall. This Oakland-based confectioner lives and dies by sugar and booze, infusing them into traditional treats like marshmallows and brittle to make something h*lla delicious {when in Oakland…}.

Besides being just plain awesome, owners Josh and Jenna make all of Sugar Knife’s goodies by hand in small batches and use only the finest ingredients. That means absolutely no preservatives {as if they’d last long enough to need them}, food dyes or other scary sounding acronyms or otherwise unpronounceable words. They also have a certain je ne sais quois when it comes to naming their concoctions – which leads to playful monikers like “Lemonage à Trois” and “You Fancy, Huh?.”  The result is – well, something you’re going to need to taste. Trust us.

Sugar Knife - Town Biz

Sugar Knife - Lemonage a Trois

Sugar Knife - Fancy Huh

Sugar Knife - Samples

Sugar Knife - All in a Row


A selection of Sugar Knife marshmallows and brittle are available at Oxford Hall now – {$6 – $7}


weekend warriors

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Oh, Friday. As our UPS driver always says, it’s his {and our} favorite time of the week. After all, there is nothing quite like those last few hours at the close of a long work week. For us 9 to 5ers, the prospect of 48 hours of freedom makes for an anticipatory buzz that is deadened only by the deafening sound of our alarm clocks Monday morning. The possibilities seem endless – our DVRs are full of trashy reality shows, primed for a Sunday afternoon of marathon couch potato-ing, lazy Saturday brunches beckon with the siren song of butter-laden French toast and seasonal vegetable scrambles and, if the weather agrees, the sunshine demands that we must bask in its rays in any and all manners of outdoor activity. {Our recommendation? Not that you asked, but nothing tastes better with early spring weather than two fish tacos from the Cholita Linda taco stand at the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market followed by a catnap on the grassy area conveniently located twenty feet away from the aforementioned tacos. Just sayin’.}

But, just before we turn our weekend daydreams into a reality, we must admit it hasn’t been that shabby of a week. Valentines Day was a complete and total success – we sent many a significant other home toting treats of edible and inedible natures to make their counterparts have a sweet February 14th. We enjoyed a few treats of our own from our very own sweeties, and we are wrapping up this delightfully warm Friday with a fabulous Viv&Ingrid feature in the March 2012 Self and some cupcakes.

Not a bad way to end a work week, if you ask us. Now we’re off to conquer the weekend. ‘Til next time.


The skinny wrap hoops from the March issue of Self. We fell in love with these all over again.


Mmmmm cupcakes. And tacos. And cupcakes and tacos. We know what we’re doing this weekend.

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…