Eden Eats: San Diego
Eden is ready to see whom she can meet and what she can eat as she travels the globe via food in San Diego.
Savoring San Diego
Eden has 24 hours to taste the flavors of the world in San Diego.
San Diego is known for its beautiful weather, sandy beaches and Mexican food (Mexico shares a 15-mile border with San Diego. Immigrants make up one-fourth of the city's 1.3 million residents, and the city boasts over 100 different neighborhoods.
Lunch in Laos
Some 40,000 Laotian Americans call San Diego home. This city is where you'll find the first Laotian Buddhist Temple in the United States.
Laos New Year's Festival
During this exciting annual festival, Eden samples some traditional Laotian street food and culture.
Grub and Garb
Eden always tries to fully immerse herself in other cultures; here she decks herself out in this traditional Laotian dress.
Robert (on the right), the owner of a popular Laotian cafe, tells Eden that he loves to dance to Michael Jackson songs while he cooks.
This fried-rice dish is made with Som Moo, pork sausage that has been fermented for three days.
Get the Recipe: Nam Khao
Next up: Norway
For dinner, Eden heads to a 112-year-old Norwegian supper club that hosts 300 members.
Karin is the head cook for the Norwegian fraternal organization whose membership is open to anyone with an interest in traditional Norwegian culture.
This lamb-and-cabbage stew is served with lefse, a flatbread made with potatoes, flour milk and salt.
Get the Recipe: Farikal (Lamb in Cabbage)
At 10:30 pm, Eden arrives at Sultan Kebab and Baklava for Turkish coffee and pastry to keep herself fueled through the night.
Caffeine and Sugar Buzz
San Diego's first Turkish bakery and restaurant serves up 12 different varieties of baklava, a sweet dessert made with phyllo dough and pistachios.
Baklava was considered a food for the rich until the mid-19th century.
Get the Recipe: Baklava
Turkey is the world's biggest producer of pistachios, followed by Iran and the United States.
Even More Baklava
The baklava is made with sheep's butter, which has less water than cow's butter, so it doesn't cause the pastry to rise as much.
Feasting in the Philippines
San Diego is home to the second-largest Filipino community in the country.
At 1 am, Eden heads to Conching's Cafe, a late-night hot spot. "Conching" is the nickname of the owner, Consuelo.
Pancit Palabok (aka Pancit Lug-Lug)
This comfort food is made with shrimp heads that are blended into a gravy. The sauce is mixed into noodles and topped with hard-boiled eggs.
Get the Recipe: Pancit Palabok (Pancit Lug-Lug)
A Moveable Mexico
Less than five miles outside Tijuana the Mexican sweetshop Dulceria El Ranchero welcomes its customers.
Eden samples a chamango, the sweetshop's blended fruit drink topped with sweet-and-sour plums.
Chamango Con Ciruelas Enmieladas
The smoothie is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and sour because it's made with fresh mango, tart tamarind pulp, apricot pulp (chamoy) and one-half gallon of both fresh lemon juice and dried chiles.
Secret South African
The restaurant Deli SA is hard to find but worth the trek for delicious South African favorites such as meat pies and samosas.
Despite its name, there's no rabbit to be found in the South African favorite, Bunny Chow.
A hallowed-out loaf of homemade bread is filled with chicken curry and spices.
Get the Recipe: Bunny Chow
Another 24 Hours
It's time to work off some of the day's delicious dining. Then it's time for a nap.
Get all the locations Eden visited in San Diego.