Inspired by the 2004 BBC poll "50 Things to Eat Before You Die", Melissa at The Traveler’s Lunchbox has started a food blogger joint project (aka meme) called "5 Things to Eat Before You Die". Julia at Tasting Life tagged me and I wasn’t sure if I would participate because although I’m a passionate foodie, I’m definitely not a well-travelled one. But I live in one of the most diverse food areas in the country so I thought, heck, why not?
My 5 things to eat…
Spicy Angel Wings
Marnee Thai Restaurant, Sunset District, San Francisco
Chicken wings that are deep fried and slathered in a sticky, sweet, spicy, garlicky glaze and topped with fried Thai basil. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Coffee Crunch Cake
Eastern Bakery, Chinatown, San Francisco
I call it the mother of all Chinatown (style) cakes. Sponge cake layers filled and frosted with coffee whipped cream and covered with a coffee brittle. It’s my favorite cake from childhood and still one of my favorites today. I have never found anything else close in taste or price (currently $11 for an 8 inch cake).
Super Carnitas Burrito (with extra hot sauce)
Gordo’s Taqueria, Ninth Avenue or Clement Street, San Francisco
I love the crispy, salty edge pieces of the carnitas. The super burrito is almost too big to eat all by myself. Almost.
Dad’s Fried Chicken
My dad learned how to make fried chicken from my uncle who learned from a kind Southern gentleman.
Anything and Everything
French Laundry, Yountville, California
I know it’s a total cop-out but I couldn’t pick just one item from the menu. Our entire meal was absolutely amazing.
And I’m tagging all of you. So feel free to play along and send your five things to Melissa. By the way, I’ve tried 41 of the 50 things on the BBC list . How many have you tried?