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2017 02 12 11.48.39

Asha Tea Blood Orange Oolong Tea: Blood Orange (one of my favorite citrus) + oolong (one of my favorite teas) somehow, in combination, doesn't reach the heights I was hoping for. The orange is faint, and the pulp is not as substantial as other fruit teas I've had from this establishment. It's not bad, but I wouldn't get it again. 3.0/5.0

drinks berkeley asha citrus tea ashatea blood orange oolong 3.0
2017 02 03 15.25.59

Cheeseboard X-Bread: Slightly spicy roll with jalapeno, scallions, and cheddar. Best served warm, as most baked goods are, when you can most enjoy its warm and fluffy interior. The flavor is bold but relatively one note. Still, if you enjoy cheesy breads, you will likely have no complaints. 3.0/5.0

bread berkeley cheddar jalapeno spicy cheeseboard x-bread 3.0
2017 02 03 15.25.44

Cheeseboard Corn Cherry Scone: Wholly satisfying combination of textures, with a slightly crusty baked exterior, soft but grainy textured interior (from the cornmeal), and plump and tart cherry halves scattered throughout, Areas of sugar coating seem extraneous, as it is just sweet enough without. A nice sweet baked good that's substantial but not heavy. 3.5/5.0

recommended bakedgoods berkeley cheeseboard corn cherry scone 3.5
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Cheeseboard Daily special muffin: On my latest visit, Cheeseboard's daily special contained citrus and ginger, with a sharp and sweet orange flavor. Batter was moist. Good baked treat, though not as special as some of the other items in stock. 3.0/5.0

bakery berkeley orange cheeseboard daily special muffin 3.0
2016 12 29 08.37.14

Cheeseboard Brioche: The Cheeseboard brioche is a knotted roll that's more rich than sweet, with what must be a very generous amount of butter and eggs. They're what give it a vivid yellow color and soft texture. Raisins add to the lightly sweetened bread. A more neutral offering than their savory breads. 3.5/5.0

recommended cheeseboard berkeley bread brioche 3.5
2016 12 29 08.36.59

Cheeseboard Asiago Roll: While I find the pizzeria next door to be overrated, I've generally had great experiences at the Cheeseboard cheese shop and bakery. The asiago roll, covered in sesame seeds, demands to be eaten fresh out of the oven, when tearing the crust reveals a warm and soft wondrously scented interior, smelling strongly of yeast, cheese, and onion. The onion is caramelized, and combined with the crunchy bits of toasted cheese on the outside, the bread is the ideal savory snack. 4.5/5.0

exceptional bread berkeley cheese cheeseboard asiago roll 4.5