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The Eat Real Festival Returns to Jack London Square
Like a free Oakland block party that feels a little like the Iowa State Fair, the Eat Real Festival comes back to Jack London Square Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Among the many demos, contests, and tastings is another go-round of the whole-hog butchery session known as the Sausage Rebellion, a Cookbook Cook-Off pitting Belcampo co-founder Anya Fernald against Sunset‘s Elaine Johnson, meet-the-brewer panels, and tons of street food and food trucks selling tasty nibbles priced at $8 or less. Oh, and there’s a “musical instrument petting zoo” by the Oakland Symphony.
Robin Song’s Junju Kicks Off a Series of Pop-Ups at Mister Jiu’s
Junju, the forthcoming Korean restaurant from Robin Song (formerly of Hog & Rocks), will serve three dishes out of a takeout window at Mister Jiu’s (28 Waverly Place) this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m. The $30 ticket for this first in a planned series of pop-ups includes potstickers from both restaurants, jjajjangmyun (fermented black bean noodle with crispy pork belly), and a jjampong French dip (a spicy pork sandwich with spicy seafood broth on the side), but you can also just show up.
California Academy of Sciences Fermented NightLife Is Sept. 1
You know your Labor Day weekend is going to involve a fair amount of fermented beverages, so on the Thursday before, the Academy of Sciences’ NightLife (Sept. 1, 6-10 p.m.) is all about that mystical process by which food becomes good. Watch Kirstin Jackson of It’s Not You, It’s Brie demonstrate how to make mozzarella, examine fermentation vessels from throughout history, get elbow-deep in kimchi and sauerkraut with Kraut Source, and learn all about kombucha and home-brewing.
Marianne’s Reopens Inside The Cavalier
We touched on this yesterday, but Marianne’s has officially opened behind The Cavalier (360 Jessie), the ground-floor restaurant inside the Hotel Zetta. A Rolling Stones-themed candlelit speakeasy with seating for 20 and room for another 50, it’s open to the public most nights, serving cocktails like a Long Island Iced Tea, a Dark Side of Hemingway (Brugal dark rum, grapefruit, lime cordial, and maraschino), and a Sticky Fingers (Michters Rye, Balvenie 12-year Scotch, Angioletto, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier, and lemon bitters). For food, there is a two-minute quail egg, lamb schnitzel lollipops, a smoked brook trout dip, and a potted Dungeness crab with shallot, tarragon, and brioche. You can’t always get what you want, but maybe at Marianne’s you can.
Bluestem Brasserie’s Honolulu Hangover Cake Returns
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Bluestem Brasserie (1 Yerba Buena Lane) will bring back the Honolulu Hangover Cake that debuted back in 2011 as an ode to the Mounds bar. Pastry chef Lori Baker’s reinterpretation soaks a devil’s food cake in rum, alternates it with a coconut-rum filling, and holds it together with toasted marshmallow meringue, chocolate-coconut sauce, caramel-rum sauce, and coconut shavings, plus an edible flower. It’s $11 and it will only be around for a short time.
More Bagel Shade From the NYT
“San Francisco, where airy buns with holes try to pass for the real thing,” is the initial gauntlet in this otherwise amiable account of a bagel showdown between the writer and an Oakland baker, which takes a cool turn over the issue of adding a tiny quantity of lye to the water to alter the pH. But why must The New York Times always pick on S.F. bagels, as if we’re the isolated pocket of substandard embagelment on the entire continent? I mean, one time I was in New York and I saw a salt bagel covered in table salt. Table salt! And let’s not even talk about the substandard bagels in South Florida, which is like 40 percent native New Yorkers and New Jerseyites.
A Burger Chain Offered Kevin Bacon Free Burgers For Life If He Changed His Name to “Double Bacon”
In honor of International Bacon Day (Sept. 3), 120-location Connecticut-based chain Wayback Burgers wrote an open letter to actor Kevin Bacon saying that if he legally changed his name to “Double Bacon” in honor one of their cheeseburgers and showed the documentation proving it— which he would also be reimbursed for, as if that were an issue for Kevin Bacon — he would get free burgers for life.