Yesterday, we held our very first SweetsCrawl of 2014. SweetsCrawl is an occasional dessert-fueled meetup of Ever In Transit’s San Francisco Bay Area readers and friends, and an excuse to travel as a group through our local community, exploring a new city each time.
Saturday’s event was focused on the East Bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley. We visited eight different sweet shops and cafes in the Oakland/Rockridge neighborhood and the Berkeley/Elmwood neighborhood. Serena from Localite Tours, who leads a variety of fabulous food and culture tours in Oakland, helped me craft the itinerary and joined us to share insight into the city and her favorite eats at each stop.
In total, I was joined by 12 people, 3 dogs, and 2 baby rats, brought by a teacher who adopted them for her 5th grade classroom and picked them up on her way to the event. Generous participants raised $120 that I donated to the Oakland-based nonprofit, City Slicker Farms.
Along the route, we popped into two more bakeries and cafes we discovered along the way, and several local shops including a vintage-inspired hat shop. Two SweetsCrawlers went home with swanky new hats.
I’m planning the next SweetsCrawl for later this year, this time exploring downtown Palo Alto. Stay tuned for more information.
Thanks to everyone who joined me on this delicious adventure. See you next time!