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2012 Eat Real Festival in Oakland


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2012 Eat Real Festival in Oakland

Melanie Wong | Sep 21, 2012 11:37 PM

Guess I'll start the thread for this year's Eat Real Festival in Oakland, the fourth edition.

Arrived on the grounds at 3:30p and people were pretty sparse on the ground.

First bite, pepperoni pizza, $4, from Pizza Hacker, soon to be Forge on JLS, was two good size slices.

Cooked in a wood-burning oven, not in a tricked out charcoal grill, this was my first experience with this producer. Low point was the crust. Not much flavor and far too much of it burnt to bitter, black charcoal, as can be seen from this upskirt shot.

I'm one who requests my pizzas scorched, but this went way beyond that level. Seemed to be an intentional style as all the other ones I saw come out of the oven looked the same.

To wash that out of my mouth, off to Frozen Kusterd, which offered three flavors plus a choice of toppings.

They encourage samples and I had a taste of vanilla and the cinnamon toast flavor before settling on Thai tea. Quite intensely flavored, lovely silky texture with a slight etch of tannin in the finish. I liked this quite a bit.

From there, I headed over to the Meatopia event to help out. Here's the slideshow,

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