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May 2, 2012

Berkeley Adventure: Pizza, Food Trucks, and Beer Gardens!

B and I had another food adventure, and this time we went to Berkeley. The food truck event wasn't going to start until later that night, so we stopped by the Cheese Board Collective and got half a pizza to tide us over for the afternoon. They have a different flavor pizza everyday, and it's never the same, so you probably won't see this one if you went. It was a very simple, tomato, mozzarella, garlic, and red onion pizza. It was so simple and perfect, and I would highly recommend trying anything they have there. I was worried half a pizza wouldn't be enough for us, but it was just the right amount. We didn't really feel like paying for the whole pizza, as that was $20. 

As we waited for the food truck event to start, we headed over to the East Bay Vivarium to check out their reptiles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and turtles. When it was finally time for Off The Grid, we headed over there, and started scoping out the trucks. I wanted to try something from the Taco Guys truck and I got their pork taco with mango, and pickled cabbage. It had good flavor, but by the time I got to eat it, the tortilla was a little soggy. That was my own fault though.

I also ordered a couple drinks from the Taco Guys, I don't quite remember the full flavor profiles, but one was hibiscus, and the other was peach? I think. I just remember the light pink one was a little better. And they switch out their tacos and their drinks on a regular basis, so if you went they probably wouldn't have them anyways.

The last truck we tried was the Arki Truck. B and I shared a Works sandwich, which had fried chicken, cole slaw, fried potatoes, and spicy aioli on a torpedo roll. It was definitely a lot of food, and better to share it with someone!

For dessert, we ordered 2 beignets to share from the Arki Truck. Honestly, I think these were the stars of the night, The glaze was perfectly sweet, and even when they sat there for a few minutes with glaze all over them, they were still crispy and airy inside. Highly recommend!

We decided to end the night over in Redwood City, at the Gourmet Haus Staudt beer garden. I have no idea what the first beer I ordered was, because the glasses didn't always coordinate with the beer. I just told the bartender I liked wheat beers and he gave me something kind of fruity, which was ok. Not my favorite, but drinkable. B ordered a delicious Paulaner Salvator, and I ordered that as my second beer. It's now one of my favorites, and I've found it at BevMo. 

Everything was delicious from the day, and I can't wait for my next food truck adventure!

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