Eat Real. Eat Fast. Eat This.

This past weekend was the Real Eat Festival in Oakland‘s Jack London Square. You’re probably thinking to yourself, ‘another food festival?’ Why, yes foodie friends, who doesn’t love eating good, fast, cheap food under blue skies and a bright shining sun. Given my limited budget and fluctuating waistline (I’m the maid of honor for my best friend’s wedding next weekend), I only made it out to the Saturday festivities. This time I got to be an attendee rather than a worker bee. Working food festivals is hard work, but a rush of fun! I got to see some familiar faces from La Cocina and Off the Grid, all hustling their products to the masses with their beauty and grace!

There were a ton of vendors bustling out a variety of hot, cold, packaged, and speciality foods. Lots of good beer, mixed drinks, and agua frescas by the lovely Hella Vegan Eats ladies (a La Cocina incubator program member).

Pineapple infused with mint agua fresca
Hella Vegan Eats slanging their juice!

Aside from the amazing variety of food available, there were food and cooking demonstrations, life-style booths spreading the word on urban gardening and farming, and live music.

The first dish of the day was from Chac Mool (another La Cocina incubator program member). Two tacos of carnitas (stewed pork) and nopales (sauteed cactus) on two freshly made corn tortillas. Yummy!!!

Carnitas and Nopales Tacos

Next was on to Chop Bar and their whole roasted pig! I love me some pork, especially when it’s a whole roasted hog. Crunchy, succulent, and salty pig skin encasing a tender, juicy meat..mmm mmm oink oink… It was finger licking good!

Pork and Corn Bread
This little piggy went into my mouth!

Did someone say corn dog??? That’s right folks, next was Tante’s hand-dipped corn dog that was oh so delicious!

It was THAT good!
Delicious Corn Dog!

Finally, a little something sweet. A freshly made cookies n’ cream ice cream sandwich from Sift’s Cupcake and Dessert Bar.

Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream Sandwich!
Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich!?

I even grabbed some Cheddar Apple Pie biscotti from Saint & Olive (a new comer to La Cocina as well!). I saved those special treats for my Sunday morning coffee.

The Biscotti Queen!
A Special Treat!
A beautiful handwritten note from Miss Olive!
Sweet, Salty, Spicy, and So GOOD!

All in all it was a fabulous day and I left with a full belly and a happy heart!

Eat Real. Eat Fast. Eat This.

Spice up your life!

My name is Vanessa and I love food. Not only do I love food, but I love photographing it, feeding people, and talking about it too! I currently live in Berkeley, CA and am studying Anthropology at CAL. When I’m not being a full-time student, I’m busy being a full-time mom and a part-time street food vendor for Azalina’s Malaysian (Check us out every Friday at the Fort Mason Off the Grid).

Working for Azalina at the San Francisco Street Food Festival

My passion for food started at a young age while making tamales with my family during the holidays and going to the taco trucks in my hometown of Modesto, CA. I was the kid in the kitchen asking twenty questions about everything and always made sure I was the first to eat! Oh, did I mention that I love to eat too!

Living in the food capital of California means that I get to release my inner foodie and explore the diversity of foods in the area. And let me tell you, there is SO much good food to be eaten! I’m an avid home baker and love to bake delicious treats for my friends and family.

You’re probably thinking why did I name my blog The Edible Anthropologist…Well, food and culture go hand in hand. Food is the one language everyone knows. It crosses borders, cultures, race, and class. We all need food. It tells a story of our evolution as a species, it’s something to fight about, it brings people together, heck we even blog about it too!

The Edible Anthropologist

I want to share with you my love for food. With this blog I hope to tell you a story of food. An Anthropology of food by the Edible Anthropologist.

Spice up your life!