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The Food Spotting Field Guide: A Passport to Food Adventure

The Foodspotting Field Guide journal was born from our collaboration with Foodspotting, a global online community documenting its delicious food discoveries. This handy journal highlights 75 dishes from around the world and provides tools for recording and rating your experience, inviting you to “spot” them all in your own cities and travels. Moroccan tagine, Filipino halo halo, and Danish smørrebrød, anyone?

After flipping through many tantalizing dishes described in the journal, I let my cravings direct me and set off on a small Foodspotting adventure around San Francisco and Oakland. Disclaimer: I did not consume all three dishes in one day. Only two.

Foodspotting Field Guide: the Scotch Egg

First up, this Scotch egg from Wexler’s in downtown San Francisco. I remember seeing Scotch eggs everywhere during my travels in London last summer, but never actually trying one.

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I jotted down my thoughts while taking one big bite after the other, and yes the egg really did look like it was wearing a fuzzy brown coat. Overall, the Scotch egg was tasty, indulgent, and perfect with a glass of cold Saison beer.

Foodspotting Field Guide: Ceviche
Next up, ceviche from La Fusion in downtown San Francisco. I’ve actually been here several times before, but never with a Foodspotting journal to record my exact thoughts whilst consumption. Sadly, though the ceviche here has been  quite good before, it was overly acidic this time around. But I remain a staunch fan of ceviche, especially at Kiraku, my favorite Japanese joint in the East Bay.

Foodspotting Field Guide: Chicken and Waffles

And lastly, chicken and waffles with roasted peaches. I know– roasted peaches?! Such a good idea. I’ve had quite a few delectable plates of chicken and waffles in my lifetime but whew, this one was good. Found at Flora in Downtown Oakland, I only wrote happy scribbles in the journal.

Now, I’m inspired to go on even more Foodspotting adventures and reunite with the food I miss most from my travels last year. Anyone know where I can some find hokey pokey ice cream, liege waffles, or currywurst with frites? I’d be forever grateful and really full!

Irene Kim
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Irene Kim Shepherd

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