Jack writes: Dear Cosmos, As someone who can chew my way through anything I get my paws on in a matter of minutes, I was wondering if you could recommend any activities in Balboa Park that I can savor for more than just a few hours.
Cosmos: Hey Jack, chew on this: my favorite annual springtime event, the Ethnic Food Fair, hosted by the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages is expanding by an entire day. That means 100% more time to enjoy music and dance performances from around the globe, and 100% more time to sample a tasty assortment of scraps dropped by 100% more visitors who will be attending the now two-day event from May 23 to 24.
By expanding to two full days, the Ethnic Food Fair not only solves the problem of giving guests adequate time to sample delicacies from all 32 cultures represented, it also allows time for seconds!
I’m sure this will give even you, Jack, plenty to chew on so you won’t feel the need to destroy certain non-edible household items from 10am to 5pm on those two days.
So what exactly will you be chewing on at this year’s Ethnic Food Fair, you may ask. For starters (or should I say appetizers?), I highly recommend the Swedish meatballs and pancakes served by, you guessed it, the House of Sweden. That should be followed by the House of Palestine’s chicken shawarma that’s good enough for even the mighty Avengers®.
By the time the lunch hour rolls around, or you roll into the lunch hour, you might try the House of Argentina’s empanadas and flan, topped off by varenyky and kovbasa sandwiches at the House of Ukraine. Your first post-lunch afternoon snack could then consist of Finnish crepes smothered in whipped cream and strawberries. And for your mid-afternoon snack, I suggest going for the House of China’s savory barbeque beef skewers (if you’re careful, the wood skewers provide another item worth chewing).
This would bring you to your pre-dinner appetizer meal. Columbian tamales would be a good way to go. Or you could keep it domestic by grabbing some hot dogs and baked beans at the good ol’ House of USA.
Of course, the above suggestions only account for 8 of the 32 cultures serving food that day. For the rest, you are on your own. Thankfully, that’s only Saturday’s recommended menu.