Long time no post! I’ve been in California visiting my older sister, I turned 19 last week, and I moved in to my dorm for my sophomore year of college. Instead of a recap of the things I did on vacation, I thought I would show all of the amazing food I ate on my trip to the Bay Area.
Sushiritto – Palo Alto, California (and other locations around the Bay Area)
I heard of the sushiritto a long time ago as this really cool fusion food that was in trendy cities like New York and Los Angeles. I resigned myself to the fact that I would never have a sushiritto just like I never got to try a cronut. A sushiritto is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten. It’s like a sushi roll sized burrito made of incredible, fresh, and Mexican inspired ingredients mixed with traditional Japanese sushi.
At the sushiritto in Palo Alto, I ordered the Salmon Samba, a sushiritto made of “oven-baked agave-soy salmon, tempura asparagus, names cucumber, green leaf lettuce, ginger guac, pepitas, wasabi dust, and teri-mayonesa”. Basically it’s incredible. The medley of flavors are a delight to eat and I wish I could have somehow brought the sushiritto with me to Seattle somehow.
CREAM – Palo Alto (and various locations in the Bay Area)
My older sister like swears by this place and their ice cream sandwiches. At first I was was curious as to how an ice cream sandwich could be so good that we drove all the way to another city for it, but after trying my first CREAM ice cream sandwich I was sold. At CREAM they have a ton of types of cookies you can use for the base of your ice cream sandwich (even gluten free cookies) and a whole host of decadent ice creams! Since I’m super cool and lactose intolerant, I got a chocolate chip cookie filled with soy mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was the perfect treat after the amazing sushiritto!
On my first full day in Oakland, my sister took me to get Ethiopian food because she knows it’s one of my favorite cuisines. Red Sea looks kind of like a hole in the wall food spot, but the food is just as good as any other Ethiopian restaurant I’ve been to. I ordered a vegetarian variety plate and all of the sides were flavorful and filling. I really like the lentil side the best because they were the aromatic and rich on the plate…but everything else was really tasty too!
I’m not a huge fan of breakfast meals beyond my usual rice crackers and avocado, but Brown Sugar Kitchen left me craving a good hearty breakfast for days after I left. The restaurant has the feel of diner, but with a lot more soul. They serve a ton of different breakfast items inspired by traditional soul food. I ate the cheddar grits with poached eggs and a biscuit when I went to Brown Sugar Kitchen and omg those grits were good. They were probably the smoothest, creamiest grits I’ve ever eaten in my life. Their hours aren’t longest, but the good food was worth it.
Johnny Garlic’s – Dublin, California (and other Californian cities)
Somewhere along the way Guy Fieri has become a total meme on the internet, so when I went to his restaurant I was hoping to bask in the greatness and meme-y goodness of Mr. Fieri. His restaurant seems a lot like a place where you would listen to karaoke. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. My favorite thing about this restaurant is that there’s a legit huge wall photo of Guy Fieri and his chef’s jacket.
The food at Johnny Garlic’s was really good and cheap, plus they serve the most delicious onion bread with a balsamic/olive oil mixture.
I really wish I could somehow import all this food back to Washington somehow and I may have to make a trip back to California for some more food 🙂