Being serenaded and followed by a vagabond isn't unusual for the streets of downtown L.A. But a booth selling crack pies at the Downtown Art Walk? That's different. Last night during Art Walk, Paul Schneider stood at his small booth on 5th and Main Street with the words “Crack Here” scattered about, as his girlfriend, the baker behind Crack (pie), Tiffany Fairbrother, distributed the goods. By day Schneider heads a chemical manufacturing company, while Fairbrother works for an interior design company. By night, they bake crack pies. “It's so addicting,” said Fairbrother. Though the small packets of powdered sugar scattered on the table added to the trashy druggy feel, the pies are made will all-natural, organic ingredients. Each batch takes over two hours to make. “It's kind of like a soufflé texture,” said Fairbrother. So what makes a crack pie so addicting? Oatmeal cookie crust crumbled on top; heavy cream, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk inside.
And no street festival in this city would be complete without a string of foods trucks. With the Lakers game on TV last night, the Vizzi truck (launched about a month ago) hooked up flat screens to its sides. Lines formed at other trucks including Calbi BBQ, Kabob N'Roll, and Party Q'sadilla. Hot dog vendors wrapped their dogs in bacon, as a young woman rolled her vegan dessert cart selling chocolate cheesecake. Streets buzzed with chatter of gallery art and drinks at The Varnish. Ambulance roars mixed with live reggae, as bookstores stayed open late and DJs spinned at shops such as Big Man Bakes. More photos after the jump.