Each year we eagerly look forward to the San Francisco Street Food Festival, a boisterous celebration of street food fare. Put on by La Cocina, a community incubator kitchen that prides itself on working predominantly with female immigrants, the festival serves up a variety of enticing ethnic foods that are hard to find elsewhere. Recently, we attended a preview of some of the delectable bites that will be on offer. Keep clicking to see some of our favorites of the night, many of which will be available at the festival on Aug. 17.
Some might call it played out, but there's a reason why street food is so popular, and well, that's because it's pretty awesome. Authentic and usually priced way below what you'd see at a restaurant, there's perhaps no better way to appreciate its convenience than looking at street food from around the globe. Here, we've rounded up some photos of well-known snacks like churros and more exotic ones like octopus balls (yes, you read that right). Have a look and let us know if you have any favorites!
From seminars to tastings and everything in between, I've had a lot of fun attending this year's NYC Wine & Food Festival. But even though I loved the grand tasting and Friday night's star-studded Burger Bash, if you ask me, the best event of the weekend was Carts in the Parc, an outdoor gathering of more than a dozen food trucks that are not just a quintessential part of New York's food scene, but a seminal influence on the street food movement in general. From chicken biryani to Chinese pickles and pork, this event had world-class everything. Keep reading to take another look at the Carts in the Parc Event at the NYC Wine & Food Festival.
The price tag — which is awfully steep to pay for something coming out of a cart or a truck — got me thinking about what the price ceiling is when it comes to street food. What seems like a reasonable amount to pay for offerings such as banh mi tacos and caramelized s'mores? I don't think I would spend more than $12 on any single item I've ever seen come out of a food truck. Do you, like me, have a magic number?
While food trucks and street carts are just starting to heat up stateside, peddling food on the streets has been a longtime phenomenon across the rest of the world.
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This past weekend saw the third annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, a gathering of San Francisco's most sought-after street merchants, food trucks, and restaurants, organized by nonprofit incubator kitchen La Cocina. The occasion — "a celebration of vendors and entrepreneurship," according to the organization — helped increase awareness (and funds) for up-and-coming food businesses. It was also just plain delicious. See what you missed when you click through.
We named five of our food-truck favorites and asked him to blurt out the first wine pairings that came to mind. Ray's best street-food drink matches:
- Carne asada tacos: "To go with the steak, a Zinfandel, or a Malbec from Argentina."
- Grilled cheese: "Oh, a white like an Alsatian Pinot Gris. Or a rosé; I like the ones from Provence. Either way, something with body that's rich, nutty, and has enough acid to cut the cheese."
- Pork belly buns: "A wine with tannins to counter the fat. Maybe an American Syrah; it'd pair nicely with the hoisin or plum sauce."
- Fish tacos: "Definitely a wine that's nonoaked. A bright white like Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, or an Albariño from Spain."
- Fried chicken: "Sparkling rosé! Bubbles will clear your palate. Like Krug's rosé — only someone else has to fork over the $300!"
Got any food-truck and wine pairing faves? Share them with us below.
Source: Flickr User Bob B. Brown
Think of the pupusa as a more glorious quesadilla. The people of El Salvador flatten balls of corn dough (made of masa that's been treated with an alkaline solution) into flat filled cakes, each hiding a sliver of refried beans, pork, vegetables, and, more often than not, melted cheese, then heated until warm on the griddle. The end result's served piping hot with piquant curtido (pickled cabbage) and a thin red tomato-based salsa.
On a recent excursion to Balompie Café, the best pupusa I tried was a traditional version filled with cheese and loroco, a Central American flower bud that tasted a bit like bell peppers. If you love Latin flavors and have never laid eyes on the pupusa, it's a Salvadoran street food worth seeking out.
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With all the buzz that Americanized street food is picking up, I figured that by now, there's a good chance you've got a handle on some of the country's most popular food trucks — so I'm putting you to the test. Can you match the street vendor to its city of origin? Take my quiz and see how well you do!
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