August 30th, 2009

Review: Eat Real Festival eats

The first Eat Real Festival happened in my neighborhood this weekend. Since it's hard to resist yummy food that's just a few blocks away, I walked over all three days. It was a most excellent event, with lots of great stuff happening and all kinds of yummy food. Here are capsule reviews of what I had:

Fenton's Ice Cream: Tasty, but not something I'd go very far out of my way for.

Kara's Cupcakes: Mmm, chocolate. It's hard to screw up a cupcake, yanno?

Adobo Hobo: very yummy chicken adobo drumstick over rice. If there weren't so many other tasty things to try, I would have had seconds.

Los Cilantros: a reasonably good taco truck tamale. Excellent strawberry agua fresca.

Phatt Matt's BBQ: Yummy brisket, but it wasn't my favorite. They served it with a sweet sauce on a Hawaiian sweet roll, and that was just too much sweet.

Urban Nectar: watermelon agua fresca was the perfect thing for a warm sunny day. I wished for a slightly stronger strawberry lemonade.

Chop Bar: Tasty roasted pig is a good start. Tasty roasted pig with yummy relishes is even better. Tasty roasted pig with yummy relishes served with made-on-the-spot flatbread is heaven. I'm looking forward to having them in my building.

Kika's Treats: Holy mother of a deity I don't even believe in. Start with a caramelized graham cracker. Top it with a handmade marshmallow. Torch the marshmallow with a creme brulee torch, then to the whole thing with a dark chocolate covered graham cracker. This particular bit of delicious evil was worth the $3 and the ten minutes I spent in line. And then some.

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The kittens are pretty much permanently hiding behind the washer right now. However, I'm tricky! I set up a motion-detecting webcam so that I could see when/if they came out and what they did. Lo and behold, I caught one of them going walkabout for a few seconds. I'm hoping they start exploring soon. Maybe when they get hungry?

OK, I'm not sure I want to admit this but we're all friends, right?

I was in the grocery store this evening, reading the labels on various cat foods. OK, I was trying to, and cursing the small low-contrast print that was used for nutrition info. I eventually gave up and headed for another department. As I turned the corner out of the pet aisle, I came across an endcap that was full of reading glasses. Hrmm. I grabbed a pair at random, and put them on, then went back and tried to read a cat food label. Much to my shock and horror, I could. I grabbed a can, went back to the endcap, and tried on several different strengths, found one that worked pretty well, and bought a pair.

It's official. I'm getting old.


I snagged this image from the Mt. Wilson observatory webcam a couple of minutes ago. Yikes! Here's hoping for a speedy containment of the fire, and for everyone in the area to be OK.

(OK, I probably violated copyright by doing this, but I'm guessing they wouldn't find it objectionable.)