Every week seems to get a little better all because of Wellness Wednesday. It seems like every single Wednesday there is a new booth to visit.Of course, there are the hand-sewn bags, the endless collections of crystals and jewelry and the flower bouquets, but the best part of the fair is the plentiful options of different food booths.
As a Wellness Wednesday regular, I have tried every single food booth over the course of the semester. Here are some insights, tips and hidden gems about all of the food options.
Chaupain Bakery is one of the most underrated booths at Wellness Wednesday. They carry all different types of pastries from croissants to slices of quiche. You can also buy loaves of sourdough and full-sized baguettes. My personal favorite item is the spinach and cheese croissant; it features the perfect amount of flaky croissant and savory filling. You won’t want to miss out on this pastry experience next Wednesday.
Aloha Catering is the most popular booth without a doubt. After trying their food, it immediately makes sense why the line goes across the whole fair. They serve Hawaiian barbecue plates that come with your choice of chicken, beef, rice, salad or pasta salad. Despite being a tad bit pricey, you definitely get your money’s worth. The quality of the rice and chicken is unlike anything else at the farmers market.
Pupusas Salvadoreña is the best deal by far. They are the most reasonably priced, as each pupusa is around $4 and doesn’t disappoint. Pupusas are a Salvadorian dish composed of a corn-based pouch filled well with your choice of beans, cheese, vegetables or meat. This booth also carries the most vegetarian options, as many of their pupusas do not have meat. But the best part of the pupusa booth is their endless collection of agua frescas, where you can mix different agua frescas with flavored lemonades in a large cup.
Zingo Tacos Al Carbon sells burritos, quesadillas and tacos. You can customize any of these items to your liking, which is the best part about this booth. They also have Mexican Coca-Cola and several flavors of Jarritos to pair with your tacos. Zingo is notorious for having a long wait time, but it always ends up being worth it.
The Tamale Fiesta is always guaranteed to quickly satisfy all of its customers. These well-priced tamales are all pre-made, so you receive your tamale as soon as you order. The only downside to these tamales is that they have an extremely thick coat of masa in comparison to the amount of filling, which makes the tamale really big and hard to finish.
The Dutch Pancake booth isn’t as consistent in attendance as the others, but whenever they show up to the fair, I am always reminded how good their miniature pancakes are. They serve them in orders of 10, 15 and 20, and you can get a long list of different toppings on them. The best topping combination is Nutella and strawberries, which pair so well with warm, mini pancakes. They are perfect to share with friends.
Neapolitan Wood Fired Pizza is a good take on making a classic Neapolitan pizza. They have a good menu selection of different kinds of pizzas, such as a classic Margherita pizza or a delicious goat cheese pizza. But depending on the pizza of your choice, the cost can range between $15-17.Despite being one of the priciest booths at the fair, you are still getting a tasty, whole personal pizza.
This is the opinion of Cerys Davies, a sophomore journalism major from Monterey Park, California. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow and tweet comments to @LALoyolan on Twitter, and like the Loyolan on Facebook.