Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boudin SF debuts 3 new salads!

What famous San Francisco bakery is known for their sourdough bread? Boudin Bakery of course! Boudin SF, their fast casual eatery, recently debuted three new salads on the menu!  This is my go to restaurant whenever we're in California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. I was delighted to be able to taste their new salad offerings at a preview event for local San Diego bloggers. It was perfect since spring just started and I needed to get more greens into the diet after all the holiday feasting!
I found out a few fun facts after listening to Executive Chef Alan Skversky's presentation:

  • Every 30 days a shipment of the mother dough is flown in from the original Boudin store in SF to the Balboa store to continue the unique sourdough taste that only Boudin bread has. This is the mother dough that has been kept alive since 1849.
  • The San Diego Balboa store is the hub store that bakes the bread and delivers to the other SD locations.
  • Boudin SF offers wine!  After 4:30 pm, every day, the alcoholic beverages are half off!
  • Every Boudin entree whether it be a salad, sandwich, or hamburger (did you know they offer hamburgers?) is made-to-order. They are serious about their food, no shortcuts used here!
The three new salads are Chicken Kale Caesar, Lemony Couscous and Chicken Banh Mi.
The serving portions are huge, if you can judge from my top picture, and are all served with bread. Our sample servings were very generous as well. 

Chicken Kale Caesar served with  sourdough garlic crisps!

The Chicken Kale Caesar was tasty, but I couldn't help finishing that yummy crispy goodness that came with it first! I would order a side of those by themselves! This was paired with a Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA.

The Lemony Couscous salad was my favorite of the three. I am fond of Mediterranean flavors, something about olives, cucumbers, and feta cheese! The 2013 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir it was paired with was also my favorite of the wines.  I ate this one all up!
Lemony couscous drizzled with creamy lemon dressing!
The Chicken Banh Mi definitely had the Asian flavors going on, a little on the sweet side with the sesame ginger vinaigrette and a little kick from the jalapenos tossed in. This was paired with a Kendall Jackson Chardonnay 2013 Vintners Reserve.  Soba noodles nestled inside are a fun surprise in this salad! This one was received very well from many tasters! Although some of us thought it would be spicy, on a level of 1 - 5, with 5 being the "Requires a glass of milk!" spiciness, I would give this a 2 in terms of spicy level.

I want to thank Boudin SF for hosting this lovely event and for introducing me to some healthy alternatives this Spring season. The three salads were all winners in my book.  Next time you're looking for a meal with real flavor and real history, try Boudin SF! The Spring Collection salads were indeed #saladelicious! Available now through the end of June!

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