Carnival Food (Straw, Hayes Valley, San Francisco)
It began with the sweet smell of funnel cake, wafting by and tantalizing my senses. And, like a coquettish flirt who can’t resist, the titillating scent hooked and dragged me in.
Who can blame me? Carnival food! Who wouldn’t like it? Deep fried, overly-sugared savory and sweetly decadent goodness!
It’s officially begun– my last round of finals! I took the first of my rather brutal set of finals yesterday. To celebrate our mushy brains that had so recently been ravaged by California Civil Procedure, my friends and I stumbled over to Hayes Valley for drinks and ended up at Straw, a restaurant with a carnival theme (it’s on Octavia St.). I was completely enchanted.
Sweet potato tots. YUM. Hello, childhood! Where have you disappeared to? I have missed you!
The mini fry-basket that the tots came out in was absolutely adorable. I just wanted to tuck it in my purse and cart it home with me. I wonder where they got them.
The sweet potato tots are a great idea, too. The next time I make patatas bravas or something potato-ey, I think I might use sweet potatoes instead of regular ones. There’s just something about the starchy sweetness that lends itself to something deep fried and bite sized. Plus, these came with a blackberry barbecue sauce, which had the tangy barbecue flavor that was infused with a sweetness that could only be the blackberry. Delicious!
I ordered the Fried Chicken-n-Waffle Monte Cristo (see below right). I almost (read: not really at all) felt guilty. It was like breakfast for dinner!! How awesome.
AHEM~~~ By the way (dearest East Coast readers, you should understand) a little dish that contained a golden condiment of some sort came with my sandwich . . . and I thought it was vinegar to go with the fries! My friends all laughed at me. Vinegar? Why would you put vinegar??
It’s an East Coast thing, I swear.
Anyway, turned out it was maple syrup for my waffle sandwich. Aheh. Oops.
I still say my confusion is justified. Besides, West Coasters don’t know what Old Bay seasoning is either. Come on, California! Learn how to eat fries!
Ooh la la, I definitely want to go back at some point.
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