summer’s gone, but I still have photos to share. here’s a watermelon from an eating about beer rehearsal dinner.
I went to a beautiful foggy wedding in at the botanical gardens in Fort Bragg yesterday:
huddling because it was breezy and chilly
Eat Real Festival 2010 was amazing. Jack London Square was beautiful. Oakland is beautiful.
Here are the photos:
Food Vendors and the Marketplace
Sometime Emeryville vendors Primo’s Parilla showed up with their meats and grill. They’d recently run into some sort of permit issue with Emeryville regarding the grill but that wasn’t a problem at Eat Real.
Folks from Boccalone (“Tasty Salted Pig Parts”) had a small stand:
Rachel and her crew from Blue Chair Fruit selling some wonderful jams (including black fig, strawberry-pink peppercorn, and spiced burbon-tomato)
This guy was getting ready to make a watermelon salad in the Marketplace area:
A sale at Marshall’s farm natural honey:
The Taco Guys had a sweet paint job on their truck.
Chinese Noodle Pulling
In short, the Chinese noodle pulling demonstration was amazing. At first, being unfamiliar with the art, I was almost bored – this guy is just kneading dough. But then, he started doing some twists and stretching..
Chef Gordon from ARK restaurant in Alameda, CA gets to work, starting with a lump of dough.
In a short amount of time he went from what appeared to be a few strands of dough to hundreds of noodles:
I was able to get an aerial view of part of Jack London Square. Super-crowded. It’s an interesting contrast compared to how empty it normally seems.
This is Dave the Butcher participating in the live pig butchery competition against Dan the butcher from Jim & Nick’s BBQ . Apparently he liked the photo enough to tweet/facebook update about it: http://twitter.com/davethebutcher/status/22709779717
Cool. More photos of the butchery competition to come in the next post.
Today was the 7th annual Temescal street fair along Telegraph ave in Oakland between 45th and 51st avenues.
Berta Olivia y su mariachi performed an impressive set near 51st ave:
there was a train (with a horn) for the kiddies:
oakland recycles and composts:
I couldn’t resist stopping by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. I’d sadly never been in there. There is so much awesome junk just begging to reused (or “upcycled” if you will):
awesome drawers of markers and pencils with scribble marks everywhere (of course!)
Raciel and Tara (and sorry, I don’t know your name) from Tara’s Organic Ice Cream at their tent:
Bartender at Barlata:
This is part 4 of the bike and coffee tour.
Abraco (86 East 7th Street New York) is a small space with a strong smell of coffee and a distinctive neon sign that is featured prominently as their logo on their website. The beans are from counter culture, and the guy apparently has Bay Area roots and had previous experience at blue bottle. For more information, there’s a good writeup in New York magazine.
Abraco’s website pushes some delicious looking pastries, but I only ended up getting an espresso:
The espresso, a ristretto, had a very “traditional” taste to me.
As claimed, the place was tiny and crowded. Nothing wrong with that.
Sam and I continued walking in the east village, headed towards brooklyn but in search of food.
We stopped by Dumpling Man for a snack:
I only ended up with a shot of the bathroom. “Please be good”
We took a little stroll through Tompkins Square Park and then came across Busy Bee Bikes (437 East 6th Street, New York, NY)
Nothing too crazy here. You can see a pretty big used part selection behind the glass on the right and a pretty bright paint job outside where some of the people from the shop were working on repairs.
Our next stop was Bike Works (106 Ridge Street, New York), just on the manhattan side of the Williamsburg bridge. they had a decent selection of cycling caps here, so I picked a couple up as souvenirs.
Also in front of Bike works:
The city was painting new bike lanes on Rivington St as we approached the Williamsburg bridge. Fresh green paint!
Williamsburg bridge photos:
Heavily covered with graffiti good and bad:
aand plenty crowded with cyclists and pedestrians. It was cool to see the variety of styles. There were old beater bikes, fixies with chopped bars, cheapo mountain bikes and nice road bikes.
We took a break to sit down and rest our legs in Williamsburg. There was some group ride going on that looked more instructional than anything else:
we started walking in the general direction of park slope, feet and legs starting to get tired. I happened to spot Bicycle Station (171 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). I went in for a bit. The shop seemed small, and relatively sparse possibly due to the fact that they had moved to this location not too long ago. A family came in with a bunch of bikes needing attention and they were starting the repair as I left.
I stopped into La Bagel Delight for some food and then took a quick peek into Bespoke Bicycles (64-B Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn) before meeting Sam for a beer at Mullanes across the street. It was well-lit with some beautiful signage.
replenished and rested, we continued towards park slope.
Saw this on Atlantic Ave:
worst prizes ever. but cool tape job.
This little amendment to the BNE sticker took some planning. I got a kick out of it:
we had some time to spare before meeting up with Sam’s friend for dinner, so naturally we walked up and down 5th and 7th avenues.
Stopped into R&A Cycles (105 5th Avenue Brooklyn) for a second:
R&A has a big shop with many fancy road/tri/whatever bikes.
passed by Dixon’s (792 Union Street Brooklyn), so I stepped in for a second too:
Dixon’s is also a pretty large shop but their focus seemed to be used bikes and repairs:
We walked on to Tea Lounge (837 Union Street Brooklyn) where I didn’t get more coffee because I was already 2 espressos in for the day. Instead, we sat on a comfy couch and rested.
I tried making a google map of all of the places visited but am having a hard time embedding that onto this site. So, here’s a list of places that I visited (thanks again to Brooklyn by Bike and the New York Times Interactive Coffee Map! and the people who helped me along the way)
- cafe grumpy
- b’s bike shop
- king kog
- blue bottle coffee
- oslo coffee
- gimme! coffee
- affinity cycles
- velo brooklyn (bushwick bike shop)
- lit fuse cyclery
- stumptown roasters
- conrad’s bike shop
- busy bee bikes
- bike works
- bicycle station
- bespoke bicycles
- dixon’s bike shop
- tea lounge