Friday Link Love

10Jul09

Bay Area Bites – Red Crawfish

One of my favorite culinary mash-ups of recent years is the Vietnamese-Chinese-Cajun crawfish boil served with rice or garlic noodles. Following the arc of families moving from Vietnam to New Orleans to Southern California to, finally, San Jose and San Francisco, mud bugs have taken a garlicky turn and shown up, of all places, in Little Saigon’s across the country.
Red Crawfish in San Francisco’s Tenderloin is the one closest and dearest to me, as I head over that way anytime I’m craving familiar, comforting flavors. Boiled crawfish is a new tradition among my peeps, but it’s one that I’m very happy to adopt, too.

One of my favorite culinary mash-ups of recent years is the Vietnamese-Chinese-Cajun crawfish boil served with rice or garlic noodles. Following the arc of families moving from Vietnam to New Orleans to Southern California to, finally, San Jose and San Francisco, mud bugs have taken a garlicky turn and shown up, of all places, in Little Saigon’s across the country.

Red Crawfish in San Francisco’s Tenderloin is the one closest and dearest to me, as I head over that way anytime I’m craving familiar, comforting flavors.

Food and the City – Maybe Tomorrow [Ferry Building Street Food]

A few months ago I posted about the new Thursday market at the Ferry Building, something I’ve been looking forward to. Well, last week it finally came, and what an unexpected clusterfk it was! Eight word reaction: Ferry Building “street food” with Ferry Building prices.

Mission Loc@l – Riding Muni’s 14 Mission — For 24 Hours

At 2:10 a.m., two men get on around 16th and Mission. One, an older white man with a sunken shriveled face, the other a Latino, who appears to be in better shape, but maybe not. He still wears a hospital bracelet. As they sit, the woman next to them gets up and finds another seat.

“You didn’t have to move,” the white guy says softly.

It’s loud. Someone smells like urine. Passengers talk to one another in the intimate tone of those who’ve stayed out way too late.

An old, dirt-caked Chinese man with half-inch long fingernails gets on somewhere in SOMA. He takes his shoes off to reveal badly torn socks. He apparently doesn’t notice or is long past caring because he props his feet against the front rail and lays back to enjoy the ride through SOMA to the homeless resource building at 150 Otis.

Maybe he knows something we don’t. It appears to be one of the hot spots at this early hour.

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