NorCal Night Market

This past weekend was the first ever NorCal Night Market. From the creators of 626 and OC Night Market (from LA), it was a 3 day event which lasted until 11PM each day! It was held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Parking is $10 per car, and entrance fee is $5 per person. Lots of local vendors, such as artists, food trucks, and clothing companies, had a space to showcase their craft.

Some examples of food vendors were:

•A takoyaki truck (very long line! my boyfriend’s boss said it is just like Japan)

•Many different kinds of pearl milk tea

•A Hong Kong food truck

•Ramen

•Egg waffle with ice cream

Some examples of other vendors were:

•LED lined clear balloons ($10+ a pop but very cute)

•Local artists selling prints, shirts, and pins

•Stussy & UNDFTD sale section (although it just seemed like overstock from their warehouses)

 

       

 

We got there at around 7PM on the final day (Sunday), and were surprised to see that the crowd was nowhere near as large as Facebook had warned. We spent about 30 minutes perusing and weighing our options before settling on taiyaki ice cream from Uji Time. I got the classic Matcha and my boyfriend got the Black Sesame.

Although the scale is nowhere near how enormous I imagine 626 Night Market to be, I thought that the turnout was pretty decent for the first time. Like many others, I felt that the ground was uneven and dusty, which could both be considered hazardous. I also felt like the vendors could be a little more varied, as more than half were dessert or milk tea.

Either way, the first NorCal Night Market was a good time and I’m excited to watch it become bigger and better. They’ve already made huge adjustments for the next iteration of the event a month (September 28-30) from now.

*Some tips for those planning to attend!*
p.s. This post is dedicated to Martin 😛

  • Eat a little before going, the lines can get pretty long and could take up to 2 hours.
  • Bring cash! While most of the vendors may accept card, both parking and entry are cash only. They do have an ATM, but who wants to pay that transaction fee?
  • Wear comfortable shoes, the fairgrounds are spread out and you’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.
  • If you’re planning to attend towards the end of the night, bring a jacket! It gets pretty cold after sundown.
  • Bring an external battery pack if you plan on being there more than a few hours.
  • Although signs say dogs are NOT allowed, I saw a lot of people bringing their pups without any problems!
  • Most importantly, have fun! 🙂

 

Hope to see you there!


Thanks for reading!
Michelle & Brendan

 

 

 

 

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Momofuku Milk Bar

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of checking out the Milk Bar pop-up location on Melrose Ave. They set up a little stall in the corner of the boutique and sold a lot of yummy treats! It was inside a boutique called Reformation. They carry a lot of cute pieces that are high quality. Check out their website to see more!

 

Ordered the Crack Pie Latte, this is a new drink that isn’t on their menu yet, but it is surprisingly delicious! It is pretty sweet, so if you don’t really like sweet drinks, I recommend asking for less sugar. It is made with dark brown sugar, corn ganache, espresso, and steamed milk. Definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a new latte to try. Some of the yummy treats they sold were the Birthday Truffles, Chocolate Malt Cake Truffles, Compost Cookie, Confetti Cookie, Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie, and the Crack Pie. I got one of each to try, and my favorite so far has been the Confetti Cookie or the Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie! All the cookies are super soft and chewy. The Crack Pie was crumbly and buttery, and tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before. It is pretty sweet, but I highly recommend trying it!

 

I had such an amazing time visiting their pop-up location and getting to try all their delicious treats! I can’t believe that Momofuku  Milk Bar is finally opening their first CA location in LA on Melrose Ave. I’ve been dying to go to their NY locations, but I’m so excited that they’ll be opening this coming July! Can’t wait until I can finally try their Milk soft serve!

 

 

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Bitter+Sweet Cafe

What better way to start the day than with a red velvet latte. I’m typically not someone who likes red velvet, but this latte is something I found myself appreciating. This is one of Bitter+Sweet’s most popular drinks, and for good reason. Despite it being well caffeinated & plenty flavorful, it is incredibly balanced. It’s not sweet, and it doesn’t leave a heavy coffee taste in your mouth! I definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.

For food, I got the prosciutto and date panini. Although I was skeptical of the combination at first, the sweetness from the dates turned out to go really well with the dry saltiness of the prosciutto.

Bitter+Sweet Cafe is located near the Cupertino Library. The layout of the cafe is really cute, but it does get crowded during lunch time. There is plenty of parking in the structure behind. While their specialty is coffee, they sell pastries from Satura Bakery and ice cream for Humphry Slocombe. They have high speed wifi, so it’s the perfect place to stop by if you’re looking to do some work!

 

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Michelle

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