How much is food a part of your travel? What’s your most notable food exploration amongst all your travels?
Some people would say, “What is travel without food”. I say it’s still a travel. My blog shows evidences that food is not a big part of my travel. Being a very spontaneous, shoot-from-the-hip kind of guy who just let the chips fall where they may (I actually don’t get the phrase, I’m pretty sure chips fall on one place, which is a poker table :D), let alone I plan on what I was going to eat when I travel. I’m actually stingy with food when I travel. I sometimes just bring a lunch box before I head out. I am no epicurean. I buy those taquitos, hotdog or small burger at a gas station because they’re filling for such small price. If you eat near your travel destination, you expect the cost to be higher than regular. I sure can sacrifice food in replacement to the price of parking or admission to where I go.
There’s an exception to every rule, of course. That means, there must also be an exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. Unless the food is the travel destination itself, then I’m all for it!
All that I mention here are from California. There’s definitely much better food exploration opportunities outside the country. Here is the post where I sum up my food explorations outside the country – I Crave (Expanded).
One of my notables is in City Heights in San Diego. The special thing about eating at an African restaurant is that you have to get your hands dirty, not literally of course. You eat without any utensil. No spoon, no fork, no knife, nada, niente, wala! You tear the sponge-like bread, injera, and use it to scoop the sauce and the meat. I went to Asmara, a very decent establishment, and actually quite popular. You can definately taste the spices, this time literally. The taste truly emanates and the hot-ness will have you constantly reach for the glass of water.
Next. When I went to San Francisco a month ago, I got to indulge into a “Menage A Trios”.
… Sorry, it’s not the kinky stuff you have in mind. Ike’s Place is a cool place. That is, your regular Joe kind of sandwich joint. They don’t even have tables for crying out loud. Their cashier is just a regular stainless table. Another interesting thing is that they do not have Doritos for you. They have some unknown brand names of chips and drinks. The best part is their sandwich names – Backstabber, Hot Momma Huda, [Name The Girl I'm Dating?], Ugly Owl, We’re Just Friends… and you can read the others from the picture. Geez, I don’t have to write it all for you :D. Do take a notice the numbering on the menu.
There is a complete listing of sandwich names on their website – ilikeikesplace.com
Ike’s Place was featured on a TV show “Man Vs. Food”.
Let’s go back down South. Philippe’s The Original is THE birthplace of, air-quote, French Dipped Sandwich. It is surprisingly located in Chinatown in LA. Look at all the cool old signs!
It’s another no supercilious food place. Going down the stairs upon entering, it was like getting into an underground banquet, only workers and locals frequently hang out here. Looking around, there are old newspaper articles in frames where you can read significant periods of this old place all the way back when they were serving .05c per cup of coffee. They also made room for a little Museum of Railroading.
Last one, hang in there. My favorite hang-out spot in California is a food place slash vintage store slash bath accessory store slash candy store slash PHARMACY!
This is Fair Oaks Pharmacy. Like said, it’s a blast-from-the-past establishment where you can buy vintage memorabilia, old candies, wind-up toys, etc. They also have made-to-order sodas!
And their ice cream is just … wait, what’s that food adjective again? …
Their ice cream is just … hmmm …. More on my post about Fair Oaks Pharmacy.
Gourmand Chic is my favorite food blogger. She cooks, shares food stories, writes restaurant reviews, explores exotic food, and shares her recipe and tips. What I love about her is she’s not your ordinary snooty food bloggers who only focuses on their blogs :D. She’s one cool gal who also participates to Weekly Photo Challenge, travels around, and even shares some Youtube videos.
So, what’s your most notable food exploration again?
My post on Italian Food.