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Eat Real 2011


This past weekend, I attended the Eat Real Festival in Oakland for the third year in a row. (Some of you might remember these entries from 2009 and 2010.) Unlike previous years, the weather was wet and gloomy. Regardless, TC and I tried to make the most of it. Since there were only two of us, we had to use our food “allowance” (aka “food wad”) judiciously. What to eat, what to eat?

New Mexico-style beef enchilada from The Whole Tortilla

As we walked past The Whole Tortilla, a waft of deliciousness hit us. We decided to get the New Mexico-style beef enchiladas. Can you blame us? I mean, look at that photo. Doesn’t it look delicious? Well, as it turned out, it looked better than it tasted. It was good, but perhaps a little shy of being worthy of our food wad.

The upside to the grey weather was that it was slightly less crowded than in previous years. I decided that this would be the year that I’d wait in the long-ass line for the Chairman Bao truck.

TC at the end of the Chairman Bao line (the red truck at the upper right corner).

I got the five spice pork belly bun with pickled daikon, and TC got two buns: the spicy red sesame chicken with pickled cucumber and carrot, and the crispy garlic tofu with miso greens. His were good, but mine was the best thing that I ate all day.

Buns from Chairman Bao (left to right): pork belly, chicken, tofu. Yums.

We wandered about, looking for our next food destination. I made it a point to skip the stuff I’ve tried in previous years, such as Kung Fu Tacos and Homeroom Mac & Cheese. We came upon Tante’s, who were serving knishes and freshly made corndogs, stuffed with either spicy beef sausage or a veggie dog. We opted for the sausage, and it was the best corndog I’ve ever had. The cornbread surrounding the sausage was perfect in taste and texture. The whole thing had just been freshly fried, so it had that “oh, it’s so delicious but I can’t eat too much of it at once or else I’ll burn my mouth… oh, what the heck, I’m just going to go for it” type of thing.  Sadly, corndogs aren’t very photogenic but here it is anyway:

We dipped this heavenly snack in ketchup. It was great.

Remember what I said about food wad? Well, I had a small amount left and wasn’t sure what to spend it on. The lobster rolls were intriguing, but were they worth the line around the block? I saw a sign for jambalaya and decided, “yes, that’s it!” It wasn’t until I had paid that I looked up and realize it was a charity food truck. Which is nice and all, but it probably meant that the food wouldn’t be as good as most of the other food trucks. And I was right. Oh well, at least I was helping some people out, though at some point, I disappointedly yelled out to TC, “I blew my food wad!!!” (Sob.)

This is before I ate the jambalaya. That's why I actually look happy about it.

So there you have it, our Eat Real Adventure 2011. Oh, we also saw this guy talk about apples for about 5 minutes:

p.s. I have good news and bad news. The good news: I got a job! And I like it a lot so far. I’m also moving to Oakland in a couple of weeks! The bad news: POU project is on hold indefinitely. Also, I won’t be blogging as much in the next few weeks, but I’ll try to post at least once a week. Arrivederci!

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

5 thoughts on “Eat Real 2011

  1. Yay! I love this, it felt like being there. Sort of, without all the booze. Ha!

  2. Making me hungry! Timothy would’ve loved the corndog. Actually, I would’ve loved the corndog! 🙂

  3. Now I really want a corn dog.

    And is that an effing hot dog wiener in a bowl of jambalaya? I’m gonna have to fly up there and lambaste me some volunteers if it is…

  4. I want me some Chairman Bao!!!

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