My friend K decided to drive down to the Peninsula from Oakland to meet me for brunch at Alana’s Cafe in Burlingame. Although this branch does not have the same old-school charm as the Victorian house in Redwood City, it’s still a pleasant sun-filled cafe with a friendly vibe and great service. Both of us ordered the egg scramble – I chose the “Mediterranean” with prosciutto, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil and provolone cheese, and K picked the “Florentine,” which was a mix of mild Italian sausage, spinach and provolone cheese. We really enjoyed the food (I made a mental note to get some sundried tomatoes for home – the intense flavors were great) and the opportunity to catch up. It was so fun to see her!
To walk off the food, we strolled over to the Burlingame farmer’s market, where I picked up a bunch of gorgeous ranunculus for $5, and then stopped by a pet store. K wanted to pick out a few toys for her new cats, Cupcake and Honey (such adorable names!), and she carefully sorted through the inventory for “Made in the U.S.A.” labels. I had no idea that pet owners were so conscientious these days. Apparently it’s for safety reasons – there has been a spate of unsafe products manufactured overseas, and she didn’t want to take any chances. I have to keep that in mind next time I pick up a new toy for my mom’s dog Commie.
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