Because UC Berkeley students often dedicate their time outside of studying to food, texting or some combination of both, we decided to make a list of some of our favorite food emojis. We included our comments and concerns with each emoji and where you can find the real food around Berkeley.
The creators of emoji must have had a stake in pleasing clientele who frequent the Renaissance Faire. Though such a faire is hard to come by in Berkeley, stop by Star Meats on Claremont Avenue for some high-quality cuts that have potential to be made into a delicious mutton leg of your own.
2) A 3-year-old’s birthday cake
We may not be 3-years-old anymore, but we still love cake. For great cakes and pastries in Berkeley, try La Farine on College Avenue.
Could it be chilled cucumber soup that was mistakenly microwaved? Witches’ brew? Hot pesto sauce? Perhaps steaming hot green tea served in a salad bowl? It’s unclear exactly what this concoction is, but for great tea we recommend ShareTea on Bancroft Way. Its take on passionfruit green tea is refreshing and decently priced at $3.50.
4) Bento box
Despite the random red lump in our rice, this food emoji is far less confusing than the previously mentioned pot of green, steaming liquid. For tasty and cheap bento boxes, sushi and more, check out Tako Sushi on Telegraph Avenue.
5) The mochi ice cream kabob
Though there’s much debate surrounding the question of what exactly this emoji represents, we like to imagine that each item on the skewer is one of those tasty mochi ice cream snacks from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t want to make the trek to Trader Joe’s for these delicious snacks, you can buy them at Bear Market.
6) The other skewer
What kind of kabobs do the creators of emoji eat? This one appears to be a kabob of different shapes in various colors you would use to paint a wall. For some extraordinary kabobs and other Mediterranean delights that taste better than this emoji looks, dine at La Mediterranee on College Avenue.
7) Perfect for the summer weather
Mmm, your classic vanilla ice cream cone. This one is perfect for Berkeley students since ice cream is a staple in our diets. From the classic $2 CREAM ice cream sandwich to gourmet scoops at Ici on College Avenue, delicious ice cream opportunities are abound in Berkeley. And if you’re really willing to make the trek, Fenton’s Creamery on Piedmont Avenue is an ice cream mecca.
8) Unidentifiable vegetable
Is it an eggplant sliced in half, covered with melting cheese? Or could it be a yam or sweet potato? Others speculate it must be an eggplant-potato hybrid. Assuming it’s some combination of all of the above, we recommend you find fresh eggplants, potatoes and other produce at Yasai Produce Market down College Avenue.
Upon first look at this emoji, you might think, ‘Wow, emoji finally hit the nail on the head! An extremely common, delicious, accessible fast food that people often discuss in texting conversations.’ But upon looking a second time, one might notice that this burger has no toppings. What kind of blasphemy is this?! If you want a decent burger, stock full of toppings, take the bus down to Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers on Shattuck Avenue.
10) The thing in udon
Buried deep within the plethora of food symbols that Emoji provides lies this gem. This emoji is great for Berkeley students — how can we describe our love for ramen using the ramen emoji alone? For a wide variety of noodles and sauces and soups, we recommend Toss on Shattuck Avenue.