Monday, January 24, 2011

San Francisco Soul Food

Welcome to Off The Grid!
It's been a while since I've had a day like this. "Fun," without a doubt, is far too much of a understatement to even be close to the truth. Lately, the golden sun has come out of hiding, and the San Francisco Bay Area has been lucky enough to experience some of its beautiful rays. I was thrilled when I had Friday off and was able to take advantage of the sunshine, with my very good friend from college, Alex N. We started the day at Off The Grid in San Francisco's Civic Center. As soon as I got off the BART train and felt the soothing sun seep into my skin, I knew it was going to be a sublime day. It was my first time at Off The Grid and I wanted to try everything -- literally. But, Alex, my voice of reason for the day, reasoned that I should pace myself and start off slow. So, in the end, I tried the Hapa SF food truck and their "modern organic Filipino cuisine" and CupKates, the cupcake dessert truck.

Hapa SF
Even at lunch, I am always on the lookout for dressy diners. I didn't want to bother this stunningly dressed San Franciscan, so I hope my creepy, long distance shot will do her justice. Aren't her heels adorable?
My delicious Sisig Tacos from Hapa SF
The food trucks parked in front of San Francisco's City Hall
Spiced Carrot Cake Cupcake from CupKates
Alex's Lumpia from Hapa SF
Off The Grid wasn't just a treat for the tum tums; our ears were treated to the soothing sounds of these jazz players
Lemon Raspberry Cupcake from CupKates
Doug's tasty Chicken Tikka Masala Burrito from Curry Up Now
Photos by: Chandamheer

So What - Miles Davis

At first, I felt slightly unadventurous choosing familiar Filipino food for lunch, but as soon as I sat down and tried the Sisig Tacos I ordered, my mouth was in heaven. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Filipino food, Sisig is a term associated with a style of cooking meat, usually pork.  Covered in guacamole, cilantro, and the most mouth-watering and juicy meat I have ever had the pleasure of tasting from a food truck, my tacos with a twist, were worth every penny of the minuscule $6.00 I paid. Alex enjoyed Hapa's Lumpia (think egg-rolls, but way better), which featured a spicy chili dipping sauce and a citrus-infused one. Not ones to skip out on the sweets, we made sure to stop by the CupKates truck for dessert. I enjoyed a rather moist Spiced Carrot Cake cupcake, while Alex tried the tart lemon cupcake topped with raspberry butter-cream frosting.

Feeling full and very satisfied with my food truck experience, it wasn't until my friend, Doug, stopped by  and sat down with his Chicken Tikka Masala Burrito from Curry Up Now that I felt like I was missing out on the full food truck experience. Luckily, Doug was kind enough to offer a bite of his flavorful burrito, and all I have to say is, Curry Up Now, I'm coming for you next! With amazingly delicious food, soulful jazz players playing in the background, the sun smiling down on the stunning San Francisco scenery, and the company of all-around awesome friends, all in all, I felt so incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy such a marvelous day in such a marvelous city. Really, it doesn't get much better than that. In fact, as soon as I got home, all I could think was, "Wow, San Francisco, I am so in love with you." Do visit my beautiful hometown, if you ever get a chance.

If you have a food truck you think I should try next, please share your recommendations. I am always looking for yummy places to add to my growing list entitled, "Foods That Must Make it Into My Body," haha! Also, stay tuned for my next post, which will feature the rest of my beautiful day off in the city. I hope you all had a very relaxing weekend and are ready to start off the new week. Happy Monday, my loves!

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Blogger Anisa said...

OMG everything looks delish! You make my stomach growl at 1AM, sad. Can't wait to try out curry up now! looks freaking amazing, i mean burrito+curry=WINWINWIN!


January 24, 2011 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger dgf said...

aw, my first cameo in your blog! you're very welcome for sampling my burrito, but I must say I'm disappointed that you didn't devour the rest of it ;) I look forward to reading part deux of this blogpost (as I wasn't present for that part of the day)! Until then, keep eating!

January 24, 2011 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Stacey Kay said...

DELICIOUS! Great post.

Stacey Kay
“Runway Inspiration, Vintage Decoration”
Women’s Fashion Examiner-Cleveland

January 24, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Glocal Girl said...

Okay, seriously? This looks SOOOO delish. San Francisco, sunshine, good (filipino) food, cupcakes = all my favorite things. Thanks for sharing but I'm jealous! What a great post.


January 24, 2011 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger 2Anchor said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE lumpia! Especially the dipping yummy. Looks like you had a blast....I'm still hoping to get to SF one day, looks like so much fun.
Happy Monday.

January 24, 2011 at 5:45 AM  
Anonymous modanista junkie said...

Now I'm hungry! :) That cupcake looks delish!!


January 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger djlan said...

looks like you ate everything as usual ... I'm planning to go to OTG this Thursday at UN Plaza if you want me to shoot ya kk? ^.^

January 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Emilie said...

Love your pictures!

January 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Amber's Notebook said...

I too love the food trucks! One of my favorite things to check out, I love trying them all!
Amber's Notebook

January 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger BenchesandChandeliers said...

omg, everything looks scrumptious!

January 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Mary @ stylefyles said...

Yum, that Masala Burrito looks fantastic! I'm such a food truck groupie, and love that you shared this. Looking forward to more food truck reviews!

January 24, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Orchids said...

Oh man, I wish I lived in SF just to try the food trucks! Those cupcakes look scrumptious!!

January 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Charleston said...

makes me crave the sun

January 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Carla. said...

i LOOVE this post! def need to check out the Hapa and Curry Now food trucks!! they're def on my food-destination list. lol. keep making more Bay Area food reviews, so helpful esp because i loove food :). hope you're having a good week so far girl! :)

<3, Kathleen.

January 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Zarna said...

those cupcakes look AMAZING!

i love food trucks in nashville - we have a gourmet grilled cheese truck and it is one of my favorite places to eat in the city!

January 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Robbie said...

This sounds like such a perfect day, I am incredibly jealous of your sunshine. It seems like it's been grey forever over here.
The food looks delicious, I would definitely like one of those cupcakes!
Sorry I have been distant from commenting, thanks so much for all your lovely messages.


January 25, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Blah Blah Becky said...

Hi I'm a first-time visitor and just wanted to say I love your blog, I'm following!

Great photography ^_^

January 25, 2011 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger cryskay said...

those tacos look delish! i love SF. xo

January 25, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger bravegrrl said...

modern organic filipino cuisine???? wow, i need to try that!!!! my mom would flip! it'd be combining her cooking and mine! haha!

looks like such a lovely day!

the litas really are amazingly comfortable for their height. i waited forever to buy them cuz i don't buy things for myself through the holidays... but after i had some money i got as gifts and i am sooo glad i bought them. love them so much that i want them in black pony fur.. but they are sold out everywhere :(


January 25, 2011 at 1:13 AM  
Anonymous cuteredbow said...

Really nice blog !

January 25, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Bruna Capraro said...

hmmmm... lots of delicious foods, omg!!!

January 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger elena-anna said...

great blog, is really something.
check mine, and if you like it follow me and i will follow you :)

January 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Allergic to Vanilla said...

oh man- is it lunch time yet??! ok, one, I love lumpia, so much!! I used to have it on the regular growing up in Daly City- all my besties would always share..haha!
two- curry up now is the bomb-for real! I had that same buritto at vintners market last year. I don't know which was better, the unlimited wine, or that delicious curry buritto!!!
happy tuesday ;)

January 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Martina said...

i can't mention enough how much i miss sf. the food looks soo yummy, i'm hungry now! it looks like you guys have already cozy weather - enjoy it!

January 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Nnenna said...

I'm thinking about moving to San Francisco after I graduate and it sounds like there are some amazing eats! :)

January 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger zahira said...

those tacos look soo good,
and those cupcakes are adorable!

yummy post,

January 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger simplychic said...

soooooo yummy. i've never eaten at a food truck? who am i? def have to give it a try.

i hope we continue to have all this fab weather...

January 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kaitlyn McCall said...

That carrot cupcake looks amazinggggg..
Love your style, and congrats on your feature in Glamour Fashion! What an honor!!

Hope you visit me sometime!


January 25, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Kristal Elise said...

oh wow the food looks so yummy, and a spiced carrot cupcake. Never head of such a thing until now. Really love your blog!

January 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Jenni Austria Germany said...

i have never been hungrier in my life!!

January 26, 2011 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Amelie said...

All of that food sounds amazing...especially that lemon cupcake...mmmm. I never thought I'd hear of eating good food from a food truck, though!

January 26, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger TheChambrayCountess said...

I love food trucks! Everything looks SO good in your pics! I don't have anything to add to your list, but when you are in LA, do yourself a favor and rundown Cool Haus-- Best.Ice Cream. Sandwiches. Ever.

January 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM  
Anonymous leanlegsandham said...

I am salivating right now...I want that taco and cupcake in that order! I've been trying to plan a trip to San Fran for a looong time now, we even had a flight and everything but had to cancel because of work. When I eventually get there I will still want that taco and that order!

That's my piece, xo

January 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Cylia said...

oh my goodness that looks really darn yummy. I'm craving for a late night snack..

January 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous THE CHEAP said...

Looks SOOOO good! Honestly, I love indian food and I can't believe I never had it in a burrito!


January 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everything looks so yummy


January 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger veryhighbrow said...

I just graduated too! Great blog and great outfits. I love that area outside the Asian Art Museum, but now I'm back in the OC...I'm going to miss that bay area food for a while...

January 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Nubiasnonsense said...

This looks really yummy! Some street cartfood doesnt always look too appealing but this looks mouthwatering! great pictures

January 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Abi said...

I've been itching to take a trip down to San Francisco as of late. These photos just put it in full gear again. Love your food posts. Makes me hungry, but looks so yummy!

January 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Wow, I am incredibly hungry now. and I love that girl's shoes they are so cute!


January 26, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Sasha B. said...

YUM this post makes me so hungry! These pics are fabulous!

January 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger BarelyVogue said...

OMG!! you got me hungry now :)

Everything lokos delish.


January 27, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Isabel said...

sounds and looks like an amazing day!

Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

January 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Closet Hound said...

I hate reading your blog before class. I get so hungry, but all I have to look forward to is a poorly made turkey sandwich.

I love that you always size up how relatively expensive/inexpensive some of your food places are. It's always nice to know that kind of info, especially for college kids.

xo Sherrie

January 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger J'Adore Fashion said...

Lovely pictures and the foods look so yummy!


January 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

looks so fun I love it there!

January 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Oh my goodness, I'm totally drooling for everything! Those cupcakes look DIVINE!

January 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

omg this loos so yummy!! fantastic pictures :) xo

January 27, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Lane said...

that sounds amazing! now I waaayy want to visit san fran <3


January 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger kate funk said...

OMG Cupkates!!! Love! This is such a yummy post!
velvet cupcakes

January 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Style with Benefits said...

Your photos are just insanely beautiful! Love food trucks! They are just as big in L.A.! Speaking of which, if you ever visit L.A., make sure to let me know so we can meet up! :)

xx, becs

January 31, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Carly said...

Just finished dinner and I want a spiced carrot cupcake with creamcheese icing.

February 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

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