Posts tagged ‘Mexican’

September 1, 2012

San Francisco, USA

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Laid back and chilled; San Francisco is home of the food trucks, take-away, the Golden Gate Bridge and picturesque “Full House” homes. There’s plenty of character, friendly places and the most amazing views of the city from it’s crazy topsy turvy roads.

San Fran

After hitting a long weekend of partying in Vegas, it was nice to lay back, catch up on sleep before we hit the road again to NYC. Staying in Japantown was an interesting part of town and quite convenient to head up to Mission, SOMA and the Bay area. A car is highly recommended to fully soak in the sights and for food truck hunting!

Lusk 25, SF

Lusk 25, SFTwentyFive Lusk

Our first night lead us to SOMA, a pretty hip and happenin’ part of town when the sun sets. We hide from the outrageous wind and cold (even in the Summer..) in TwentyFive Lusk. Decked with fireplaces, bare timbers and candle lights; it looks as warm as it is.

Nom Nom

Food trucking is the way to go in San Francisco. It’s embedded into the culture and the chase of hunting one down in time, gets any food blogger into an natural high. Get geared up with napkins, picnic blankets and bibs as there’s a huge variety from burgers, burritos, rice, cupcakes and even, ramen. Roaming Hunger was one of my favourite sites to follow where they conveniently collate all the Twitter feeds into one.

JapacurryJapacurry Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom’s Banh Mi

Our first find had our knickers in a knot as we’re huge fans of The Great Food Truck Race – a reality TV show that showcased a number of food trucks in challenges across the US. The Nom Nom Truck took the good ol’ banh mi on the road and came up in 2nd place. Japacurry was hot on our radar as we have been craving a bowl of rice since LA. With queues around the corner, the katsu curry, teriyaki chicken and bento boxes sell out within minutes.

Kara's Cupcakes

Kara's Cupcakes

On the sweeter side of the food trucking business, Cupcake Wars‘ winner, Kara has an abundance of sweets. One of my favourites is the good ol’ vanilla which is soft as clouds with just enough frosting and sprinkles.

Haparamen

HaparamenHaparamen’s More Pork Ramen

What I love about San Fran is the love for food collaboration in its culture; with food truck meet ups (over 25 in one spot!) and local restaurants that close up on a night kindly offer their kitchens to food truckers to come in and take over. After an expensive walk into a snowboard shop, we stumbled into Wild Wings that food truck Haparamen took the night’s reigns of. Delish!

Little Skillet

Little SkilletLittle Skillet’s Chicken & Waffles 

There’s also a craze with chicken & waffles. Absolutely as straight forward as it sounds, it is just, plain fried chicken with waffles on the side. Madly searching, we ended back in the back alleyways of SOMA at Little Skillet for a oily fry up that lead us all into a 3 hour food coma.

'wichcraft

'wichcraft

Our love affair with Tom Colicchio’s never-ending restaurants continued on in SF. There’s a huge trend and success for top-end restaurants to open up a sandwich joint, so ‘wichcraft was no brainer. Good ol’ sandwiches (they call burgers, sandwiches) with a pick me up coffee and bag of crisps.

El Farolito

El Farolito

And when in doubt, hit up Mission St for some street style tucker. Yelp! led us to El Farolito, and keeping the appearances aside, the queues go out the door serving up fat burritos, overflowing tacos and nachos.

Lombard St

While in San Fran, don’t forget to pay a visit to the windiest street in the world, Lombard St!

TwentyFive Lusk
25 Lusk St
SOMA, CA 94107
www.25lusk.com

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Nom Nom Food Truck
http://nomnomtruck.com

Japacurry Food Truck
http://japcurry.com

Haparamen
http://haparamensf.com

Little Skillet
360 Ritch St
(between 3rd & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA
www.littleskilletsf.com

Little Skillet on Urbanspoon

‘wichcraft
868 Mission St
(between 4th & 5th St)
Mission, CA 94103
www.wichcraftnyc.com

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El Farolito
2279 Mission St
(between 23rd & 24th St)
Mission, CA 94110
www.elfarolito.com

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June 12, 2011

Cafe Pacifico

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Cafe Pacifico

On the outside, Cafe Pacifico is like an abandoned restaurant decked in red and laced with an ol’ school sign. But at night is where all the magic happens, walking down Riley St, you’ll begin to hear music and laughter, bright lights and the clanking of tequila shot glasses.

Walking up the seedy and colourful staircase, we’re welcomed by smiling faces at the door who walk us over to mismatching coloured tables and chairs. Dim candles light up the table along with crunchy nacho chips to keep the waiting happy.

Cafe Pacifico

To be honest, Mexican cuisine isn’t too much drama, it’s always the same ol’ refried black beans, meats, lettuce, guacamole and tomatoes – whether they are pre-prepared or DIY. As a group, we’ve opted for the Mexican banquet menu ($33 per person).

For our entrees, crunchy nachos kick us off and for our mains, it’s DIY time with a generous wooden platter of the goods for us to wrap in fresh soft tortillas. Douse with tabasco and viola!

Cafe PacificoPina Colada 

The food isn’t spectacular but feel truly transported to Mexico with friendly staff, cocktails and amazing tequila tasting platters (yep, that’s right – tequila platters).

Cafe Pacifico
95 Riley St
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.cafepacifico.com.au 

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June 5, 2011

El Loco

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El Loco

Three day weekend means, tequilas and tacos! And there was without a doubt that there were plenty of people thinking the same with either a Corona or a margarita in their hand. Attached to The Excelsior Hotel by the hip, Dan Hong’s next adventure is here at El Loco; dishing up simple tacos, nachos, burgers and some tequila liquid courage to down everything down with.

El Loco

Knocked up in 7 days, the exterior is bright and colourful giving some life to the easily missed Surry Hills street. Inside, it’s a mix of new and old with crazy colourful prints across the wall, heated lamps, fairy lights, a bungalow looking bar and open kitchen with chefs crazily working away.

El Loco “Carne Asada” Taco

El Loco Excelsior Hot Dog & “Al Pastor” Torta

It’s hard to snap up a table, so we’re huddled around the corner bench chowing down our Mexican feast. There’s tacos to suit all from pork, beef, tofu and even the secret taco of the night. My Carne Asada Taco; lemongrass beef with salsa verde quickly arrives in a paper boat, warm and delicious.

For my cheese loving companion, he dives into the Excelsior Hot Dog; a grilled pork frankfurt on a super soft bun with picked jalepenos, pico ge gallo (salsa), mayo and plenty of soft, finely grated cheese that melt in your mouth. The cheese looks crazy and scary (I am slightly lactose intolerant), but I was being reassured that there really isn’t as much as it seems! Peeking from the corner of the photo is the Al Pastor Torta; the grilled marinated pork from the spit sandwiched between a seeded soft bun topped with crunchy cabbage, pico de gallo, mayo and with asian twist, coriander and spring onions. Mmm, it has to be my favourite.

Even though Mexican is not too fancy, it’s amazing that quality ingredients makes all the difference – meat that have been given tender loving care, and damn fresh bread.

El Loco

The bar is overflowing with slushie margaritas, Mexican beers and tequila shots. My favourite is the the El Loco slushy of El Jimador tequila, pink grapefruit and lime mixed with homemade coriander and raw ginger syrup. Definitely my sweet pick over the Classic Margarita.

When asked whether this is just a “pop up” or here to stay, the waitress was a little hush hush… so better get in regardless!

El Loco
64 Foveaux St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.elloco.com.au 

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