Of bigger consequence, my boyfriend of almost two years just moved to L.A. this morning. I'm an emotional person and I don't do well with goodbyes. So that *really* sucked.
There are lots of other sucky things going on in my life today that I could bore you with, but I won't. Instead I want to tell you about HRD because I think it will cheer me up, and hopefully it will do the same for you.
HRD Coffee Shop isn't really a coffee shop in the traditional sense. It's Korean food served up in some pretty ridiculously amazing and creative ways. As you can see from the first photo, there was a line when I went yesterday. There's almost always a line. And they often run out of food before they close for the day. That's a sign of a good spot. That, and it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Oh, and the prices are pretty reasonable for San Francisco too.
I call this sequence: "Anatomy of Spicy Delicious Bliss." Actually, it's my go-to order at HRD, the Spicy Pork Kimchee Burrito, which is only $7.25. It's kimchee. And spicy pork. In a burrito. As I told you in my post about Curry Up Now, I'm totally on board with putting non-traditional items in a gigantic flour tortilla. This burrito is seriously out of this world good.
It's got the kimchee (or kimchi if you prefer), which is a traditional Korean dish made with fermented vegetables, along with perfectly tender pork that's seasoned with a mixture of spices I could only dream of recreating. It's got cucumber, sprouts, fried rice, and KIWI. The first time I had one I didn't realize there was kiwi in there until halfway through. For you people out there who don't generally like fruit and meat together (I hate Hawaiian-style pizza), don't be alarmed. The symphony of flavors all work together to make sweet music in your mouth. If you really like it spicy (which I do), it comes with more spicy sauce for dumping on each scrumptious bite.
This photo I took when I was there a couple months ago. I had gone too late in the day (after 2PM), and they were literally out of almost everything. Gary, the friendly cashier, suggested some pineapple fried rice topped with a fried egg. Done. It was delicious.
Another one of their signature items is the Mongolian Cheesesteak. As you probably know by now, I hate bell peppers, so I haven't been able to try this. But I hear nothing but rave reviews from my friends who have. They basically take a Philly favorite and put an Asian spin on it with Hoisin sauce and different spices and then melt some mozzarella cheese on top. Genius.