Halloween: Street Food Fare

2 Nov

I brought a few friends along to 360 Ritch Street, an alley of sorts, inhabited by Little Skillet (a grand chicken and waffles joint) and a slew of street food venders. We taste-tested the whole menagerie.

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Soul Cocina rocked my world with a healthful and incredibly flavor packed risotto ($6). The dish was made complete with morel mushrooms, blue corn, edible flowers (presumably of a zucinni plant), red walnuts, pesto, and a bit of parm he grated fresh for every bowl. The mix of ingredients posed as exotic fare in comparison to my oatmeal breakfast.

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Also delightful were the mini cupcakes ($1.50) from Sweet Constructions. Such flavors as coffee and sweet potato struck an intriguing note. Consuming them both, in the spirit of Halloween, was quite satisfying. These bite sized beasts were elegantly slathered in frosting and were flavorful, moist, rich, and decadent to the max.

The Creme Brulee Man was present, but had sold out before I could get a chance to discover his new flavors. I did acquire a decently filled tin of custardy goodness ($4), of the vanilla bean variety, a few weeks back at Fabric 8. I was familiar with his choices of coffee, lemon lavender, and vanilla bean. Yet Twitter revealed his exploratory nature in such additions as frosted flakes, smores, and baileys. Before the Creme Brulee Man’s disappearing act, I spied the remnants of some Berry Cap’n Crunch resting on his cart…I am comforted in the fact that he frequents the mission district quite often.

Evil Jerk Cart made her debut. A veggie stew was served atop coconut-rice-n-beans and skewers of chicken and pork. The meal ($8) was a bit lacking. Dry pork doesn’t pair well with salty chicken. The stew made up of carrots, sweet peppers and squash was a coherent blahh. It looked pretty though.

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I still look forward to experiencing the wonder of cardamom, ginger, masala, chocolate or malt chai from The Chai Cart. She was not present at the festivities. I am patiently awaiting her next location update on Twitter! (The Chai Cart being the initial reason I made a Twitter account).

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