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A Day in the Bay: Coffee, Pizza, & IKEA

A Day in the Bay: Coffee, Pizza, & IKEA

The hubs and some dear friends of ours spent the day in the Bay this past Saturday celebrating one of their birthdays. It was a lovely, lovely day with coffee, gourmet pizza, and a trip to one of my favorite places in the world--IKEA. 

We started the day with an attempt to visit Counter Culture Coffee--a huge favourite of ours!--only to discover that the Emeryville, CA location is not a cafe but just a wholesale location. 

They won't give us coffee here, but we still love them. 

They won't give us coffee here, but we still love them. 

Undaunted, we made our way to Blue Bottle Coffee in North Oakland. This is such a beautiful location in a historic building with high ceilings, lots of light, and of course, delicious coffee. 

Then, the wonder that is IKEA. Fun fact: The Emeryville IKEA was John and I's very first date, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. :) 

Dreaming of a white + bright kitchen, and seriously swooning over that kitchen island. 

Dreaming of a white + bright kitchen, and seriously swooning over that kitchen island. 

After trekking around IKEA for a solid few hours, we satiated our hunger with a trip to Jupiter in Berkeley for a late lunch. Gourmet pizza, house-made beer, and a magical outdoor seating area with a lovely fire pit and lots of greenery--Jupiter was the perfect cap to a lovely day in the Bay (if you do go to Jupiter anything you order will be fantastic, but spring for their house-made Ranch dressing--it is SO GOOD).  

Happy, happy birthday, Jo! 

The only thing that would have made this day better was if Josi's husband could have been there with us. We missed you, Dennis! 

Ain't she pretty? 

Ain't she pretty? 

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