We got off bart and walked a ways down 24th street of the Mission District in San Francisco. Going into it I was excited. I had never been to that part of town, only heard the bits and pieces from my classmates. When we arrived to La Victoria we all sat down in the back area and listened to our tour guides talk a little bit about the history of that part of San Francisco. As we listened to them talk, we were able to try the Mexican bread that was being passed around. This wasn’t the first time I have had that. My sister and I grew up with a Mexican family (who we consider our second family) and I remember always having Conchas. It’s a traditional mexican sweat bread.
After about twenty minutes we split up into two groups. My group went to Mr. Pollo first. The restaurant was tiny but cozy, there was probably seating for fifteen people. The cook made us chicken empanadas in about five minutes. This was probably my favorite thing that we ate that trip. The texture reminded me of tamales but they were a little more crunchy. Salsa dialo, made of cilantro, mayo and salt was drizzled over the empanada but didn’t over power it. Once you bit through the empanada the inside became softer. The inside was soft and tasted like mashed potato.
Mission Mini’s Cupcakes was our next stop. The cupcakes were probably an inch and a half tall with the frosting. I tried the coconut swiss almond one. I could taste the cinnamon inside the cupcake along with the almost paste. The frosting left a sweat after taste but almost seemed a little flavorless when I tasted it by itself. All together the frosting seemed to overpower the cupcake itself but it all mixed well together.
I would have to say that the empanadas were my favorite but the next two things were tried, definitely came close. The Haurache we tried was really good. It was filled with beans and topped off with cabbage, ricatta cheese and salsa. The spicy was a little two spicy for me but it didn’t stop me from eating it. The beans in it added a nice touch. Al Pastor was the last thing we tried. It’s pork that has been marinated for thirty-six hours. This was the first I ever tried it. I was skeptical at first because I never really eat pork. This was something I will definitely have again. The pork seemed to be marinated for the perfect amount of time and the onion and salsa added flavor to the taco.