This is a sponsored guest post written by me on behalf of Nestlé® SKINNY COW®.
My WoCavé Mission 2 assignment package arrived in style:
It contained goodies along with my mission letter:
WoCavé Mission 2: “Around the world in 24 hours” – Whether it’s a French cafe for breakfast, Italian ice cream for an afternoon snack or Thai food for dinner, scope out unique ethnic foods that bring flavor to your neighborhood. Showcase your foodie photos and share a favorite ethnic recipe that could e served in your WoCavé.
24 hours? That is my mission in life!!
Sending me out to discover more tasty finds is definitely not a hardship!
I took my assignment seriously. I am an overachiever, so 24 hours turned into a weekend, although I am not sure how far around the world I got. I spent a lot of time in Asia as you are about to find out!
Being that I work in San Francisco, where you can literally find cuisines from everywhere in the world, finding Ethnic flavor in my neighborhood is easy.
Right around the corner from my office is John’s Snack and Deli. It is not much to look at. It reminds me a bit of New York. But I had noticed that there were crowds at lunchtime.
I finally took the time to check it out one day, but the lines were too long. Then I saw they served breakfast. When I got my mission, it literally took 30 seconds to decide that was going to be my breakfast stop!
John’s Snack & Deli is famous for their kimchi burritos, in fact it is #15 on the SF Weekly’s 92 best dishes in San Francisco. A personal bucket list along with the 7 x 7 Magazine Big Eat list.
I wasn’t up for a burrito, I was interested in trying their Korean sushi, Kim Bap. I ordered a spicy chicken Kim Bap and took it back to my office for breakfast. A perfect way to start the day, there is rice and egg and cucumber and chicken wrapped up sushi style.
Breakfast had set the bar high and when I considered how I would match that for lunch (because yes, immediately after breakfast I was thinking lunch!) I could only think of one man in the neighborhood that could meet the challenge…Charles Phan. I headed to the Ferry Building (so blessed, it is two blocks away my office) and headed to Out the Door.
There was no way I was going to have lunch at the famous Slanted Door, you need a reservation weeks in advance, but I can get delectable Asian delights from his take-away spot adjacent to his restaurant. Having recently tried his steamed buns, I had been dying to try the chicken rice porridge. Which is exactly what I did (plus another bun of course!).
The porridge is like heaven, or at least my idea of heaven. It is cooked with large chunks of ginger which infuse the rice and chicken. It reminded me of a ginseng chicken dish I had during a very cold winter trip to South Korea. It warms the belly and the soul.
The other treat that went with lunch and the recipe I plan to share, is something that I have a weakness for. In fact now that I know that this item is only two blocks away, I am incredibly worried about how many pounds I might gain if I allowed myself to have it daily….all the more reason to keep Skinny Cow stocked in the freezer (I am so serious about that!). Boba tea. Sometimes called bubble tea or pearl tea. It is seriously addicting!
Boba tea is a Taiwanese drink with tapioca pearls, and it is to die for! It comes in a million flavors, but I like the classic black milk tea variety. And while it will probably be a long while before boba tea shops proliferate America, this is something you can make at home!
Thank you Skinny Cow WoCavé for sending me out on this mission! I spent the rest of the weekend having Thai, dimsum, Japanese with a French breakfast thrown in between. If you want to assign me this mission every week, I won’t turn it down!
How about you? Do you seek out international restaurants in your neighborhood? What has been your favorite experiences?
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