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Taste in Mediterranean Food

What’s good food without good service?

Customer service is extremely important in the food industry. No matter how delicious the food is, poor customer service will ultimately ruin your meal. If the food isn’t that great, service still has the power to elevate your meal. To put it simply – being in a good mood will make everything in life seem better (this doesn’t only apply to food!).

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Perhaps it is because they are a family business, but Taste in Mediterranean has some of the warmest customer service I have ever received. They treat you as if you are their friends, which makes the food taste even better than it already does. You can not only tell how much they value their customers, but also taste the wholehearted love they put into their cooking. (more…)

Ham Ji Park

Come here for a group for some gooood authentic Korean food because this place’s portions are HUGE.

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Pork Spare Ribs

Gamja Tang

Gamja Tang (Pork Neck Stew)


Ham Ji Park
3407 W 6th St.
Ste 101C
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Yakitori Kokko

I love this place so much I try to come here every time I’m in the bay.

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Everything is good, but here are some must-gets!!

  • fried garlic
  • grilled okra
  • grilled leeks
  • bacon wrapped tomatoes
  • croquettes
  • takowasa
  • tori soboro don

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Farmer’s Market – Ferry Building

Remember how I mentioned that we went to the Farmer’s Market last month? Today, I’m finally going to walk you through what we had there that day!

We started our day with some ice cream for breakfast.

Humphry Slocombe

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Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee & Secret Breakfast

Their Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee is the best coffee ice cream evaaar. It’s bitter but has the sweetness you expect from ice cream (whereas others tend to taste a lot more like sugar than coffee).

If you like cereal and bourbon, then you’ll absolutely love their Secret Breakfast because it’s a happy marriage of the two ingredients! It may sound like an odd combination, but they make it work and it’s their most popular flavor. They make cookies using Kellogg’s corn flakes and bake them until they become so crispy that they won’t become soggy when mixed into the ice cream. The bourbon adds a slight warmth while the crunchy corn flakes add a nice texture.

Humphry’s is one of my favorite ice cream places not only because they offer unique flavors (that they execute flawlessly), but also for their wonderful customer service. So much better than Bi-Rite!

For lunch, we had food from one of the vendors outside of the building.

4505 Meats

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“Zilla Hot Dog”

My boyfriend got their Zilla Dog, which was topped with kimchi, chicharonnes, scallions, and their “money” sauce. Except for rare occasions, I avoid hot dogs because they’re too salty for me. 4505’s hot dog was salty (as expected) but flavorful. Their chicharonnes were airy and crispy like Asian shrimp crackers. My boyfriend thought the hot dog overall was good, but not amazing.

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“Best Damn Cheeseburger”

I, on the other hand, got one of their burgers. This was also good, but not the best. The grass fed beef patty was tender and a nice medium rare, but it needed more seasoning. However, the gruyere cheese was beautifully melted, and the toasted handmade sesame brioche bun (wow, that’s a mouthful) complimented the burger as a whole. It got messy to eat later on though because the bun soaked up the juices of the meat so well. This small burger costs $9, making it a little pricey. Is it worth trying? Ehh, that’s hard to say.

Not pictured from 4505 is their Lime Mint Iced Tea, which is basically a non-alcoholic earl grey mojito! It was refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect to have in the hot weather that day.

We then headed back into the ferry building to have a post-meal snack.

Delica

Chicken Dumpking and Crab Croquette

Chicken Dumpling and Crab Croquette

The chicken dumpling is more like a meatball instead of the normal wrapped dumpling you would expect. It’s $3 for this sweet and savory thing that’s smaller than a sauce container, but it’s ohhhh so good. Personally, I’d rather buy a bunch of these instead of spending the same amount on macarons!

The crab croquette, similarly priced, was so rich and creamy that it seemed to mold everything we had eaten so far that day together in our stomachs. It made us quite full.. But that didn’t stop us from continuing our food adventure!

Boccalone

MEEEAAAAAAT COOOONE

Here, you could customize a cone with three high quality pig parts of your choice for only ~$7!! My boyfriend got prosciutto, headcheese, and lardo. I don’t like headcheese, but I’ll admit that theirs is pretty amazing. And think eating a piece of pure pork fat is gross? Have their Lardo Iberico de Bellota and try thinking that again. As it melts in your mouth, you’ll be converted to a fat lover if you’re not one already!

I love roses but I honestly wouldn’t mind getting a bouquet of these instead. *coughcoughnudgenudge

Afterwards, we walked around and enjoyed the nice weather with happy food babies in our stomachs.

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Then we headed out to start our bar hopping journey.. Stay tuned!


Humphry Slocombe
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 8
San Francisco, CA 94110

4505 Meats
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

Delica
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 45
San Francisco, CA 94111

Boccalone
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 21
San Francisco, CA 94111

Doori

Being in Santa Barbara is depressing sometimes because there is no. good. Asian food. anywhere. The restaurants that dooo exist are unfortunately not authentic (*sob). I’m sitting here on my chair literally counting down the days until spring break, when I can go home and eat legit Asian food again – like at Doori!

Samgaetang

Samgaetang

Although Korean restaurants often offer a lot of banchan (side dishes), Doori only gives four: 3 types of kimchi and either bean sprouts or fishcake. I believe this is because they like to keep things simple and have the kimchi act as a refreshing contrast to their soups, their specialty. (more…)

Fil-Am Cuisine

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A family-owned place that’s not necessarily the cleanest, but their food is delicious overall and very cheap. They give generous portions for their skewers, which are super tender and flavorful. I didn’t like that some of the meat was burnt though (as you can see above). There is little seating and the place is small to begin with, so I suggest getting your food to go!


Fil-Am Cuisine
66 School St.
Daly City, CA 94014

Lilly’s Taqueria

Do you guys remember Tacos El Gordo? I think they’ll always be my favorite taco place since they were the first to make me like tacos. Unfortunately, they don’t have a location here in Santa Barbara, but Lilly’s Taqueria easily takes second place in my book.

Their menu is very simple because unlike many taquerias that offer other food such as burritos and nachos, Lilly’s literally only makes tacos!

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And they sure do well at it. (more…)

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas

For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE Yelp addict. Reading reviews for all sorts of places, looking at pictures of food, and searching for hidden gems is one of my hobbies. I currently have 920 bookmarks.. yes, I might have a slight problem LOL. Every few months, I go through all of them to delete ones that don’t interest me anymore, but I end up finding other places so they keep adding up more and more. As much as I love to read other people’s reviews though, I rarely ever write one on the site myself. Today, I looked at my drafts for the first time in a while and found this one that I had basically completed but never uploaded:

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Gyutan Kakuni

The first time I ever tried beef tongue was here at Gochi. This braised beef tongue was served with mashed potato butter gravy. Fast forward a little over two years to this day, and their beef tongue is still the only one I have actually enjoyed because it tasted like regular meat (with none of the chewiness that comes with tongue).  (more…)