Archive | September, 2013

Food Truck Spotlight: Kasa Indian

30 Sep

Our spotlight today is from Anamika Khanna of Kasa Indian. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Anamika!

Q: What sparked the interest to start Kasa Indian?

A: I wanted to introduce people to traditional home-style, authentic Indian Food.  The kind that we actually grew up eating.  Not too greasy, not over spiced.  There is an emphasis on vegetables and balanced eating.  We also use Roti, which is the traditional bread eaten at home.  Naan, mostly very popular in restaurants, is eaten more for special occasions such as weddings or other parties.

Q: What kind of food does your truck serve and what inspired that choice of cuisine?

A: Indian Food.  I’m born and raised in London, but was taught to cook by my aunt and grandmother.  They are both excellent cooks, and really know how to spice food delicately enough to bring out the natural flavours, and not overpower the dish. I love to cook almost anything, but I wanted to introduce the American culture to Indian food, as it is a way of introducing them to my culture.  It’s a way of making my immigrant family feel super proud that they and their culture are incorporated into the mainstream Western culture.  I also feel that the food is so good for you and hearty.  Often people try only to eat salads in an attempt to eat healthy. This food is centuries old and very balanced between lentils, vegetables both cooked and raw, carbs and proteins.

Q: What do you recommend first time visitors to try at your truck?

A: First timers usually LOVE the Chicken Tikka Masala Kati Roll and a Samosa with chutney.  I also recommend they say ‘NO’ when asked if they like it spicy.  Once they try the food, if they love their food spicy, then we add Kasa Super Hot sauce to the roll.

Q: What’s the best part about serving at the SF State campus?

A: It’s great for us because we get to feed students who have open minds and are excited to add new foods to their palette.  It’s great that we can start to educate people early on to the different types of Indian Food.  The food is also inexpensive so it feels good to be able to feed a student who is often on a budget, a full meal that they can afford!

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about your truck?

A: On the truck’s design is the phrase ‘Horn Ok Please’ – This is a nod back to India where this phrase is on almost EVERY truck.  I have written a blog about this where you can learn a little more about it.

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Food Truck Schedule Sept 30 – Oct 4

30 Sep

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Food Truck Spotlight: Naked Chorizo

30 Sep

Our spotlight today is from Zenia  Llamas of Naked Chorizo. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Zenia!

Q: What sparked the interest to start  Naked Chorizo?

A: My passion for cooking and creating a twist of nakedness.

Q: What kind of food does your truck serve and what inspired that choice of cuisine?

A: My Choice of cuisine is inspired by my background of Spanish-Filipino food. These are delicacies from a different region of the Philippines. Where we were colonized by the Spaniards.

Q: What do you recommend first time visitors to try at your truck?

A: Of course the Chorizo.

Q: What’s the best part about serving at the SF State campus?

A: As the students pass by and grab there lunch.  They are excited and giddy and willing to explore.

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about your truck?

A: That is a Spanish- Filipino Truck .. They get confused because of the diverse menu.

Food Truck Spotlight: The Missing Link

26 Sep

Our Spotlight today is from David Smith (SFSU Alumnus- Gators FTW!) of The Missing Link. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us David!

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Q: What sparked the interest to start The Missing Link?

A: I spent a few summers working in Denali National Park. The first dish I had was elk chops, which were amazing. It grabbed my interest about other specialty meats. A friend of mine had a unique cart for sale and I wanted to compliment it with a different idea; thus the Missing Link. Would you expect anything less from an SF State graduate!

Q: What kind of food does your truck serve and what inspired that choice of cuisine?

A: The Missing Link serves 1/4 lb organic specialty sausages: wild boar, elk, buffalo, pheasant, and yes a sun dried tomato vegan link. There are regular beef and polish links as well. The meats are all sourced from a governed free range and contain only meat and spices. I would have never stumbled into this type of cuisine without them.

Q: What do you recommend first time visitors to try at your cart?

A: Elk- a rich beef flavor with a smoky barbecue finish that does not disappoint. It’s the best seller no matter where I go.

Q: What’s the best part about serving at the SF State campus?

A: I graduated from SF State in 2008. After graduating I traveled for a year before getting serious about a career obligation. Along my travel, summer in Alaska, a career picked me. Working as an entrepreneur back on campus is fitting. Life in a way has a made a full circle. Very cool!

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about your truck?

A: How much goes on behind the scenes. I have a healthy corporate catering list with companies such as Sony, Craigslist, Barracuda Networks, and many more. The catering menu has more side options such as: red beans and rice, almond and cranberry salads, cold pesto pasta salad..

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Sept 23-27 Food Truck Schedule

23 Sep

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Where is the West Campus Green?

17 Sep

Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you, the West Campus Green is not some far off location! It is conveniently located next to the Humanities Building and the Village dormitories, and is definitely walking distance from Mary WardMary Park and the Student Services Building.

More than just a recreational field, the West Campus Green offers generous seating and a comfortable grassy ground for lounging next to the playing field. Gator Group is bringing food trucks to the West Campus Green  to serve the southwest side of campus. Take advantage, they’re here for you!

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Kasa Indian serving home-style Indian food at the West Campus Green location, behind the Humanities Building.

West Campus Green hosts food trucks for lunch Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our original food truck location, between Hensill Hall and the Science Building, is still serving the northeast corner of campus, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Want to know who’s coming to campus ahead of time? The  weekly schedule is posted on Facebook and Twitter every Monday at 9 a.m. Be sure to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date info on the trucks, including  menus, specials, and photos of the delectable entrées available.

SFSU Gator Group is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us, like us, love us, and let us know who you’d like to see return to campus more often, or who we should invite here for lunch.

Shop24 Grand Opening Photos

16 Sep

It was just 10 days ago that we had our official Grand Opening celebration for Shop24! Over 200 students, staff, and faculty had a chance to use Shop24 for a free product of their choice, and several others sampled food and drinks and won prizes from other vendors. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the SF State summer day!  Special thanks to our own SFSU cheerleading team, our vendors, and Shop24.

For more photos, check out the SFSU Gator Group Facebook album, and the Life at SF State album.

David Zhu, representing the Student Center Governing Board, cuts the ribbon for Shop24 at the Grand Opening.

Students enjoy free snacks and prizes on a hot San Francisco summer day.

In addition to free items from Shop24, there were samples of food, drinks, and a prize wheel.

The SF State Cheerleading team announces the Windows 8 Surface Tablet Winner.

Our Windows 8 Surface Tablet Winner collects her prize at Shop24!