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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Forbidden Island for Jennifer's Birthday

It's bound to be a good evening when you walk in and are greeted by a flaming Mystery Bowl with six straws and told to sit down and have some.

And so it was. Forbidden Island wins again as my favorite place to go relax with friends while tasting unusual flavor combinations. I've never been a drinker and the whole concept of going to a bar to hang out has always seemed unappealing. Forbidden Island has been a surprise, because it is at once beautifully themed, has a menu that still allows me new experiments and multiple favorites every time, and is so comfortable that you don't feel any qualms about just settling in for hours on end with good friends.

And so we did. The birthday girl was treated to a mai tai on the house and the staff made no complaint about our ever expanding and sprawling group. Our server would pop by, ask if we needed anything, and bring us stuff as needed. I tried a China Clipper, which was a new and quite interesting taste treat. Then I went with the Missionary's Downfall, which Rachel described as the unholy lovechild of a mojito and a daqueri. Add to that some crab rangoons and spring rolls and I was a happy girl. It felt really really good to unwind with old friends in a safe, cozy place.


  • for one, had a lot of fun and enjoyed seeing you.

    By Blogger Anselm, at 12:54 PM  

  • The only lame thing about this terrific bar is it is in the middle of nowhere so someone has to be the DD or spend way too much on a Taxi.

    By Blogger mice, at 1:09 PM  

  • It was a fun evening and a good way to unwind. It's fairly easy to get to via public transit. It's only a few blocks from a stop for AC Transit rt 51, which runs 24/7 ( though only 1 an hour after midnight, so you have to time it right). From the 51, you can catch Bart or after midnight, take the 51 itself out to Oakland or Berkeley.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 9:22 AM  

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