One of my truest passions is traveling and eating good food. I like to say that Dom and I go by the motto, "Eat Well, Travel Often." This last weekend was the epitome of those four words! We finally took advantage of the awesome Christmas gift my parents gave us, which was a day in San Francisco that we hadn't experienced before.
We took the Mission 24th Street Tour from Edible Excursions, which was a three hour adventure that included delicious food and lots of relevant facts about the culture in The Mission.
Lisa was our tour guide and she started off my telling us some history about San Francisco and also narrowed on The Mission and its roots. On our first stop we ate at Mission Minis, which make the cutest, tiny cupcakes. I had to try the horchata flavor and it didn't disappoint!
We made our down 24th Street and next stopped by the first Jewish deli I've eaten at in the Bay Area, which is called Wise Sons. The pastrami sandwich was EVERYTHING I could have hoped for. The fun surprise was trying their celery soda which I'd never had. It was the perfect compliment to the sandwich. I was snooping over at the other food that folks had, and it all looked amazing!
A part of this tour included a cultural background of The Mission's beautiful street art all around the neighborhood. Balmy Alley was where we met up with Patricia Rose, a long time muralist in The Mission. For about 45 minutes she talked about the history behind most of the murals, which stems from a lot of Central American immigration. It really hit home to me, because my mother is from El Salvador and the harsh realities was something she lived through first hand.
I mean these murals were GORGEOUS! If you are from the Bay Area or are traveling to San Francisco, I'd say you've got to go to this street! I mean I know these pictures are vibrant, but seeing them in real time is another experience. Definitely a huge bonus on this tour!
After some time, we worked up an appetite and made four more stops which were Taqueria El Farolito (great inexpensive Mexican food), La Palma (maiz (corn) central-- tamales, corn torillas, you name it), d'maize (Salvadorian food- all I need to say is PUPUSAS!), and Humphry Slocombe (probably the best ice cream I've ever had)!
All around, this tour really just encompassed everything we wanted-- food, culture and a ton of fun! Again, I'll say you've got to check out Edible Excursions if your local to the Bay Area or are traveling here! I can't wait to go on my next one. :)