The Black and Blue (berry) Pie for Folsom Street Fair

by Irvin on October 13, 2011 · 11 comments

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[Warning: If you are easily offended or work in a sensitive environment, you may want to click away, as this post has pictures that aren’t what you usually find on a food blog. Nothing too risque, but I felt obligated to warn you ahead of time.]

It’s been awhile since AJ and I have had people over to our place for pizza and pie. AJ and I had our last party down in Los Angeles a while back. So, taking out our calendar, we decided that the end of September would be the an ideal time, as several of our friends (including the ones from Los Angeles) would be visiting, making it the perfect excuse for our “Pie and Pie” party. Of course, we realized after we scheduled our party, that the weekend happened to also be the time of the infamous Folsom Street Fair, a unique San Francisco event celebrating the leather, fetish & BDSM fair that apparently is the third largest spectator event in California behind the Tournament of Roses Parade and the San Francisco Pride Parade. Since I enjoy being thematic in my desserts, I decided to make a Blackberry and Blueberry pie for our gather evening, or as I liked to call it, the Black and Blue (berry) Pie.

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Blackberry Blueberry Pie

The party was quite the success. AJ and I made four pizza (or was it six pizzas? I can’t remember) of which maybe three were eaten (it must have been six because we froze the rest for later and we’re still eating it). The best thing about making pizzas is that people who have food restrictions can be accommodated. Luckily we didn’t have anyone so sensitive that we needed to worry about cross contamination. We had a few vegetarians, and one person allergic to onions, which meant pesto pizza for him!

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AJ taking out one of the pizzas.

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AJ offering up pizza to our guests

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Friends enjoying pizza and company in our tiny apartment. Note adorable baby on the right.

Afterwards I had made three types of pie. But the one most fitting, that people seemed to really like, was the Black and Blue (berry) Pie. Totally appropriate for Folsom Street Fair! For those who have never experienced the Folsom Street Fair, it is a singular event that has to be witnessed to be understood. Some 400,000 people attend this event where there is often public spanking, whipping and random tying up of people in the streets. As shocking as some of the public spectacles are when you walk around, it’s often the unique costumes and outlandish gear that always turns my head.

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Queen Nefertiti made an appearance at the Folsom Street Fair.

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A dominatrix drag queen completely with bouffant at the Folsom Street Fair

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Large Geisha Love at the Folsom Street Fair.

There is often a lot of nudity and skin that gets shown at the fair. Most people are either excited or offended, but truly my first thought when I see people walking around with all their leather gear on is always “I really hope they wear a lot of sunscreen, because that’s going to give them really funny tan lines.”

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Goths love to hang out at the Folsom Street Fair.

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I think he may be sucking in his gut for this shot.

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You KNOW she's going to have a fun time explaining her tan lines the next day.

And, of course, you can’t really help but find some of the outfits and booths hilarious. Sure you guys (and gals) go there to flash their private parts, but the more creative people get dressed up in various ridiculous outfits, the sort of thing that always makes ask “Does that REALLY turn someone on?” But hey, to each their own.

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AJ loved the the gay Darth Vader at Folsom Street Fair.

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One of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence working the front entrance gate.

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Does this even need a caption?

Folsom is often an excuse for people to get dressed, or undressed as much as they want. The costumes can be elaborate or they can just be ridiculous and often times they are both. Of course, it doesn’t take any real reason for people to dress up here in San Francisco, where a usual weekend night out, has a multitude of drag queens working their ensembles that would put Lady Gaga to shame.

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White face makeup always scares me, but clearly it doesn't faze anyone else.

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Raccoon guy just hanging out on the street corner.

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Don't be fooled. These are not actual policemen.

The tattoo work that you see at the fair is always interesting and elaborate. Of course, living here in San Francisco you also get immune to the fact that most everyone has some sort of tattoo. But it always makes me pause and wonder how the tattoo is going to look in 30 years from now. Perhaps this is the reason why I don’t have any tattoos myself. That or I’m just too skittish to commit to something permanent.

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Shoulder inkwork.

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Lats inkwork.

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Chest, arm and lats inkwork

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Monster of Frankenstein on the shoulder.

It’s fascinating to go with my friend Steven who had never been to Folsom before. It’s as if I have a fresh set of eyes as well. Though he (and I) both agreed that it can be sensory overload. Too many people, too little space, the fair filled up fast. With my jaded eyes (having lived in San Francisco for 13 years, nothing ever really shocks me anymore) I still found plenty of stuff to look and take pictures of.

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Steven insisted I take a photo of him here.

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Everyone loves a good public spanking. Especially for a good cause!

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A celebratory bear dancer at Folsom Street Fair.

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A little confused as to why the man is wearing a mask over his mask.

Of course it’s not just the people that amuse. It’s often the booths and signs as well. It IS the Folsom Street Fair after all.

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Because not everyone has an unlimited budget for their dungeon.

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Why be subtle at the Folsom Street Fair?

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I don't know why, but this somehow seems like one of the most obscene pictures I took that day.

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Oh wait. This one seems more obscene than the last one.

As is often the case, I got crowd fatigue fairly fast. And despite what it may seem on this blog, I am not a super social person. So after all the excitement of the fair, I went back home, cut myself a slice of the black and blue (berry) pie, and decided that was it was as close as I was going to get to indulging in some sin for the day. The perfect slice for Folsom Street Fair.

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Blackberry Blueberry Pie, perfect for Folsom Street Fair.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Steph October 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

That pink Darth Vader is singularly awesome.

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Irvin October 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

Right? So awesome.

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merri October 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

hey thats my friend luke on the phone in front of the hotdog! i didnt see you at the fair, but then again i didnt see 90% of the people i know that weekend. it was just too hectic! super fun though, i love folsom weekend. strangely, i never find anything to take photos of anymore at the fair tho..i always feel like it gets tamer each year and plus, even the tame stuff i have no use for photos of. lol. oh someone getting spanked yawn so what and oh ill have to make it r rated on my flickr. lol sf has so jaded me!

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Sabrina Modelle October 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

Love this! We actually skipped Folsom this year because I was so beat (get it) from my party the weekend before. But, it’s always a good time.
um, btw, in this case, beat does mean tired ;)

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Ken⏐hungry rabbit October 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

You have the most wholesome photos I’ve ever seen. Must be your delicious-looking pie that did the trick.

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Alicia October 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

This looks like so much fun! The pie looks delicious, too. Aaaannnd now I want a pink Darth Vader helmet. SO awesome.

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laura October 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

SO pretty much everyone from my home town would crawl away from the Folsom Street Fair crying and praying for the sinners. AWESOME–I’m loving the black and blue pie…so will my husband ;)

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Mags October 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Haha wow this post is amazing

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Broderick October 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Folsom on a food blog. Irvin you’re awesome

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Barbara October 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Amazing pie. It disturbs me, but I’m attracted to that spanking machine.

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Trevor November 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

What does it mean that this is the first post I read on your blog? I think it means I’m gonna love your blog! Cheers!

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