|One of three areas of the festival, probably the least crowded one!|
A fixture in Jack London Square is what my friend Kristin calls the Crooked Bar. Heinold's First and Last Chance (opened in 1883) is said to have been frequented by Jack London himself and is mentioned in one of his novels several times. The floor inside is terribly sloped due to earthquakes over the years, which adds to its charm. It has survived despite all the recent development in the area.
Next, we decided to go support the cheesecake guy, aka Crumble and Whisk Patisserie - I'm so glad we did. Although he's sporting an Oaklandish hat, the owner went through San Francisco's La Cocina incubator program to build his business, now located in the Mission.
His peach and blackberry cheesecake was out of this world.
With our bellies full, it was time for some learnin'. After a little time figuring out the map, we found the people from Sweet Maria's Home Roasting, where we got a lesson in roasting coffee beans at home.
Lest you think it requires fancy equipment, he showed us how to roast a small amount of beans in a popcorn popper. Yup, a little old air popper. He also sent us home with free samples of green beans to try the technique ourselves...I'll be checking to see if my popper is the right kind later this weekend!
As he spoke, Marco put together a beautiful and delicious salad of dry-farmed tomatoes, Asian pears, frisee, shallots, and pomegranate seeds. He showed us a good way to remove the pomegranate seeds and suggested re-purposing the water we use to wash vegetables for gardening.