Dave leaves for his business trip to Hong Kong tomorrow, so we decided to go out for a lovely brunch date at Lake Chalet in downtown Oakland along Lake Merritt. The sunny weather was perfect for sitting outside on the dock as we enjoyed our meal. Afterwards, we stopped by the Oakland Cathedral for a quiet stroll around the park.
I saw a picture of this adorable cafe while browsing my Instagram suggestion feed and had to check it out for myself this weekend. It's called Trouble Coffee and it's located in West Oakland. From the outside, it doesn't seem like much. Anyone would think they were walking by a random warehouse unless they looked at it carefully. There also wasn't official signage to indicate this was a coffee shop except for a small board propped on the street, so it was tricky to find. Once we were inside, I was impressed by the minimalist interior design along with the bright natural lighting. This was indeed the perfect setting to enjoy our cup of coffee...and take some amazing photos!
Lately, Dave and I have been making it a weekly goal to dine at one new trendy restaurant in San Francisco. He usually leaves it up to me to make the selection, so it makes coordinating much easier for us. This weekend, we visited Foreign Cinema which is located in the Mission district. I highly recommend this place for the perfect rustic style brunch spot. They also have a semi-outdoor area covered by a transparent ceiling shade + a blank wall in the back for playing classic movies at night. I had a smoked salmon toast and the husband dined on the Heavenly Scramble.
We headed off to the Legion of Honor Museum after lunch to view a lovely art exhibit dedicated to the initial phase of Claude Monet's career. I enjoyed seeing how his painting style evolved throughout the years as well as his deep mastery for creating natural light on canvas. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos during my time there, but if you are in the SF Bay Area, I highly recommend it before the next exhibit rotation kicks off after May 2017. Link to event HERE.