Need a Breather? 8 Convincing Ideas for a Midday Break in East Bay

Susannah Chen
Go Away Doc from Joe & The Juice

While it’s been nice to have an excuse to work on the couch in our sweats, let’s be honest: There are some things about being in the office that we can’t help but miss. Exhibit A? Taking that mid-afternoon breather from work and grabbing a quick little pick-me-up. Missing that 3:00 p.m. perk? Here are some ways to bring that concept home by having snacks and sips delivered straight to your door.

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Belotti Bottega

You can’t get more literal when it comes to a 3:00 p.m. lifter: In Italian, tiramisù translates to “pick-me-up.”


Hawking Bird

Turn your day around with an order of these crispy-sticky-spicy fish sauce caramel wings.

Brown Sugar Pearl Matcha Latte 黑糖粉圓抹茶鮮奶

Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Equal parts drink, snack, and dessert, boba is the consummate midday pick-me-up. This version, made with matcha green tea, brown sugar, and milk, can be ordered either hot or cold.

Baba Ghanoush

La Mediterranee

It’s OK that you don’t have the usual stash of office pretzels and hummus; La Med’s roasted eggplant and garlic dip with pita is even better.

Ride Your Sweet Senses 

Roll & Bowl

What better way to bring a smile to your face than with a spontaneous delivery of oh-so-’Grammable rolled ice cream?

Orange You Glad

Main Squeeze

Maybe, just maybe, this immune-boosting juice made with carrot, lemon, ginger, and turmeric will help to keep any and all viruses away.

Frango Empanada

Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom

Brazilians do bites so well that they have their own category of snacks called salgados. Try the frango empanada, stuffed with chicken, scallions, and cheese.


Cafe Buenos Aires

Popular in places like Miami and Cuba, the cortadito is equal parts espresso and warm milk—in other words, the perfect instant mid-afternoon wake-up shot.

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