Street food is one of our absolute favorite things about traveling abroad. It's the fabric of a culture...what ties communities and generations together while allowing locals to make a living and share their authentic food with those who come to visit. Eating street food is like drinking locally grown wine...it allows you to taste and get a sense of place. Terroir, if you will.
The relatively recent swell of food trucks in our own country brings this glorious tradition to our own backyard...but even a die-hard foodie like me found it hard to keep up with all of the different trucks and be where they happened to be just at the right time. So for the first couple of years when food trucks were all the rage, I kind of missed out which was frustrating! But who has time to chase trucks all over town just to show up right when they're running out? So when Matt Cohen founded Off the Grid, which brings food trucks from all over the Bay Area together into centralized locations I was thrilled! Finally, an efficient way to sample from many food trucks and support my local food scene. It's like I'm traveling & eating all around the world right in here in San Francisco.