This weekend, Jack London Square transforms itself to a veritable souk of street food, live performances, and hands-on DIY food workshops. It's the Eat Real Festival, Oakland's yearly autumn food festival.
This year's food vendors are listed here. I'm looking forward to trying the following:
- Grits by Sugarfoot Grits. I love a good bowl of grits.
- Neapolitan pizza by Casey's Pizza. Neapolitan by way of New York. Hoping for a thin, crisp crust and fresh mozzarella. The big question: will they stand up to my favorite pizza joint, Una Pizza Napoletana?
- Chef Eskender Aseged's African-influenced menu by Radio Africa. I've been wanting to check out this restaurant. Shakshouka is on their current menu. Wonder what they'll bring to Eat Real?
- Mochi by Simply Mochi. That stuff you get in a box is colorful rubber compared to the real thing. I had wonderful house-made mochi at a little Okinawan tea shop in Manhattan several years ago (they've since closed down). Looking forward to trying Simply Mochi's version.
- Knishes by Tante's. A good knish is hard to find. Tante's is on my "must try" list.
- Beef pho rolls by Rock, Paper, Scissors. "Fresh rice noodle rolls filled with ground beef in a house made oyster sauce, lettuce, and Thai basil. Served with nuoc cham." These are delightful. I like them liberally doused in Sriracha sauce.
- Fried chicken and waffle sandwiches by Soul Groove. Good Lord. Who wouldn't want to try one?
Times like these I wish I had a second stomach. I'll likely be eating my way through the weekend. See you there!