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Festival goers stroll around Jack London Square during the Eat Real Festival in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (Ray Chavez/Staff)

The only thing hotter than the sizzling temperatures at last weekend's Eat Real Festival in Oakland's Jack London Square was the amazing street food on mouthwatering display — lavender creme brulees, Caprese salads, and crisp margherita pizzas, crusts blistered from a lingering sojourn in a Neapolitan wood-fired oven.

This wasn't just some gathering of taco trucks. Eat Real's foodie salute to healthful, sustainable, local fare featured 40 street food vendors who tote their Chowdermobiles, ice cream carts and, in the case of Petaluma-based Pizza Politana, a trailer with a wood-fired oven, to farmers markets, festivals and street corners around the Bay Area.

In other words, Eat Real may be over, but you can still dine on Soul Cocina's vegan Bhel Puri, a chaat that is popular on the streets of Bombay. On Sunday, chef Roger Feely was filling newspaper cones with puffed rice topped with potatoes, tamarind, heirloom tomatoes, and three chutneys for a sweet-and-savory delight. Follow him on the festival circuit and throughout San Francisco at www.twitter.com/soulcocina.

Inside the Good To Go Market, housed in Jack London Square's in-the-works foodie marketplace, we satiated our sweet tooth — and cooled off — at Kika's Treats (www.kikastreats.com). Brazilian-born baker Cristina Besher knows her way around cacao. Her s'mores, made with caramelized graham crackers dipped in milk chocolate, were unbelievably tasty. She assured us we could find them at Whole Foods locations.


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For savory, tender-loving-care in truck-form, follow Jon's Street Eats at www.twitter.com/jonsstreeteats. Chef Jon Kosorek spent six months launching his custom-built, mobile kitchen and food cart. He parks it in various Oakland neighborhoods during the lunch rush, providing on-the-go eaters with a healthful and seasonal selections of salads, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. His concept is simple.

"I like to give people a main dish, a healthy side, and a drink for around $10," he said on Sunday, spooning chicken liver mousse on a crostini. All plates and utensils are biocompostable, and you'll find no potato chips or high-fructose corn syrup sodas accompanying his hand-pulled, fresh mozzarella sandwiches.

"I get to cook good, quality food," he said, "and have face time with my customers."

Look for Kosorek and the others at farmers markets and track their trucks on Twitter.

On the Peninsula
  • Sam's Chowdermobile: This 24-foot-long lobster red van is the mobile presence for Half Moon Bay's Sam's Chowder House. The truck serves creamy clam chowder, Maine lobster rolls, fish tacos and key lime pie. Find Sam's latest locations around Brisbane and other locations by following him on Twitter @chowdermobile.
  • El Porteno: Find Argentine empanadas and other South American treats at the College of San Mateo Farmers Market on Saturdays and Burlingame's farmers market on Sundays.
  • Roli Roti: This street food vendor offers gourmet rotisserie fare at farmers markets in Palo Alto, Daly City, San Jose and Los Altos. Track the truck on Twitter @RoliRoti.
  • Localicious: Headed for the City? Look for such gourmet fare as chevre and caramelized onion tarts on the corner of California and Montgomery, at Stanford's Senior Games and other Bay Area locations. Find other Localicious locations and news on Twitter @LocaliciousSF.

    In The East Bay
  • Pizza Politana: This pizza vendor totes an authentic Neapolitan wood-fired oven to various East Bay farmers' markets, including Oakland's Temescal Farmer's Market. Follow on Twitter @PizzaPolitana.
  • Phat Matt's Barbecue: Look for Phat Matt's Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork and more barbecue goodies at the Oakland Grand Lake Farmers Market on Saturdays and San Francisco's Metreon on weekdays. 
  • Roli Roti: This street food vendor offers gourmet rotisserie fare at farmers markets in Rossmoor, Pleasanton and Oakland. Track the truck on Twitter @RoliRoti.
  • Zella's Soulful Kitchen: Southern comfort food is dished up from Zella's truck at the Jack London Square Farmers Market every Sunday.
  • Jon's Street Eats: Look for Jon Kosorek's fresh seasonal street food in the Rockridge, Claremont and other Oakland neighborhoods. Follow him on Twitter @Jonsstreeteats.