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Pepperoni sticks at Cafe Rouge

PegS | Sep 29, 200303:14 PM

Mmmmm. I'm a big dried meat fan and I finally got a chance to try the jerky and the pepperoni sticks at the meat market attached to Cafe Rouge on 4th St. in Berkeley.

The jerky wasn't bad, but it was too sweet and sticky for my tastes (which is why I'm not a fan of Chinese jerky). Almost like there's too much honey incorporated into the glaze. Not as sweet as some Chinese jerkys (jerkies?) I've eaten, but enough to obscure some of the beef taste.

I loved the pepperoni sticks, though. Like a dry salami shriveled down to snack-size. They were the size of a beef stick--somewhat thicker than a Slim Jim, more akin to those Tilamook beef sticks you see at 7-Eleven--and nicely dry and crumbly. They tasted like my favorite part of a salami--the mouldy casing--but with a strong and pleasant overlay of heat.

Okay, I'm not sure if I made it sound at all appetizing, but I thought it was great!

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