I will admittedly say that Chinatown in San Francisco blew my mind. While exploring the city I decided to take a stroll through the heart of it. While initially their was a ton of tourists, I managed to escape and landed in the heart of the market place. I immediately felt like I had flown someplace much further then California. There were no gringos in sight. I had asked a local grocer if in fact those were durian fruit (which I have never seen in real life and only heard stories about) and he responded to me in a firm Mandarin. As if to say "No English will be spoken in these parts".
The smells and sights were some completely foreign to me. Dried fish in boxes along the road with vegetables & fruits I'd never seen before. Extensive tea and spice shops. I felt foreign and completely out of place, I loved it. Finally something new, new food, new sites, something culinary that wasn't totally predictable. That being said I tried nothing! I was too in awe behind my camera and exploring the area to eat anything. I was totally smitten with the interactions I was encountering. Plus I will be honest to say that dried fish ain't really my thing. I only like fish when it's super fresh out of the sea and most certainly doesn't taste fishy. I am not really a huge fan of pickled fish or even smoked fish. I know that my Scandinavians friends will gasp. What can I say I like my fish fresh and well everything else too in that matter. I did have a truly fantastic time exploring this area and I recommend getting lost there if you ever make a visit.