As many of my friends know, I’m not the biggest fan of driving to San Francisco. Think: pedestrians everywhere, parallel parking, and the headache of finding actual parking. But when the city has a big food event, like this weekend’s San Francisco Street Food Festival, I’m there! Dexter and I met up in Berkeley before heading to the city because he had previous arrangements there. I’ve been to Berkeley a handful of times during college, but I didn’t remember it being as cute as I saw it when I got off BART. I definitely want to go on a food adventure in Berkeley sometime!
When we got to the San Francisco Street Food Festival, it took us a very long time to find parking – go figure, right? Driving up and down multiple streets, we finally found one that was relatively close to Folsom Street. This food festival featured more than 80 food vendors and some musical talents too! With 80,000 visitors, it’s no wonder the street was still completely packed when we got there around 4:45pm. (The festival ended at 7pm).
Originally, Dexter and I were going to check out all the food stands, then go back and eat at the ones that caught our eyes. However, once we got to To Hyang, we stopped and picked up Bibim Guksoo (spicy cold noodles in kimchi sauce) and Daegi Kalbi Chim (spicy pork ribs). We’d thought the pork ribs would be spicier, but it was the noodles that made our mouths feel like they were on fire! Both were so yummy!
We saw a bunch of dessert options, but we skipped them since we planned to eat dessert last. But sometimes, plans just don’t fall through right? Right… Especially when you stumble upon the Creme Brulee Cart! The Creme Brulee Cart, which started serving SF in 2009, is one of the first on the street food scene.
They were serving the original Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee and the Kentucky Creme Brulee. The Kentucky creme brulee, which was a vanilla creme brulee topped with housemade candied pecans and bourbon butterscotch sauce, was a big hit! Everyone was ordering it.
I love eating with people who love the same kinds of food as me. So when I found out Dexter loves seafood too, we stopped to get some from Basa Seafood Express. We got the Spicy Salmon Poke (creamy, spicy salmon dish topped with tobiko, green and red onions, black sesame seeds, and a spicy mayonnaise) and the Fish Ceviche. The ceviche came in a little plastic cup, so we were able to walk around enjoying that while checking out the other food stands.
I love that the streets are lined with buildings and their stoops. Although the festival had standing tables and wooden crates for people to eat or sit on, it was funner sitting on these stairs and watching the diverse crowd.
Our last food stop was at Good Foods Catering. It was actually the first place we wanted to stop by because of the jambalaya and the strawberry basil lemonade. The Southern Gourmet Jamabalaya had smoked chicken, rice, tomatoes, smoked local sausage, sherry, herbs and spices. I was pretty excited for the Strawberry Basil Lemonade, but by the time we stopped by the booth, they were all sold out.
After the festival, Dexter drove me back to Fremont so we could catch a movie. We ended up watching We’re The Millers. I usually don’t like watching comedies at the theater, but this movie was hilarious! (Thank goodness this was the good kind of comedy I like!)
“San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home. - Benjamin F. Taylor