San Francisco’s Mission District is a foodie paradise, a world of tastes unto itself and a crossroad, where food meets politics and where tech-elites meet immigrant families who have been Mission-dwellers for years. Multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, noisy, colorful, aromatic, its the perfect place to live and work if you want to write about food, traditions and culinary justice. A Mission resident since 1999, this is my backyard, a sprawling shopping mall of foods, spices, and flavor; and in it, I am constantly discovering new gems, like a fruit from Mexico that’s only available for a week just before Christmas (tejocotes) or a restaurant that converts its menu and name one night week to support and celebrate free-range, sustainably sourced hogs (Regalito becomes Pigalito on Tuesdays). Join me on a journey to where food is more than a passion, its a destination.
Andrea Lawson Gray, a private chef (see Una Señorita Gourmet) and owner/chef at Tres Señoritas Gourmet Mexican Catering, travels between San Francisco’s Mission district and Mexico, tasting her way through both, studying, honing her skills as cook and budding a food anthropologist. CASA DE LA TIA, her guest house is under construction in Tenango de Valle, Mexico and scheduled to open Summer 2016. A single mother of 3 amazing, tril-lingual, multi-cultural kids; her award-winning food history and cookbook, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes is available now on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other on-line booksellers.