Taste the world: Food trucks arrive in San Francisco and NYC
Sampling foods from around the world is easier than you think. From July 24 to August 13, we'll be sharing some of our favorite sweet treats from a few of the daily nonstop destinations we serve. Popping up all over the San Francisco and New York City areas, United food trucks will feature desserts from Munich, Japan, Latin America and Tel Aviv, and will be sure to satisfy every taste bud.
In San Francisco, German-themed trucks will hand out traditional almond horseshoes and apple crumb cake to celebrate our Munich route. While Munich is typically known for Oktoberfest and an abundance of biergartens, the city also boasts beautiful architecture, wonderful museums and a unique history. While there, view a wide expanse of must-see artwork at the trio of Pinakothek museums, which house pieces from the 14th century to now. Last but not least, your itinerary wouldn't be complete without a beer hall — make sure to stop by Hofbräuhaus for the ultimate experience.
To celebrate our routes departing from New York City, food trucks will hand out a dessert from a new destination each week. The first week (July 24 – July 30) will feature a Tel Aviv-inspired rugelach and black-and-white cookies. Tel Aviv is a great place to get the perfect mixture of a sunny beach destination and a city rich with history. A few notable spots are Gordon-Frishman Beach, the ancient city of Jaffa, Old Tel Aviv Port, and the open-air Carmel Market.
The second week (July 31 – August 6) will serve up dulce de leche and coconut cream/pineapple doughnuts from Latin America. With non-stop service to Brazil and Argentina, Latin America is full of adventure. In Brazil, wander the Atlantic rainforest Parque Nacional da Tijuca, summit Pão de Açúcar and soak up the sun on Copacabana or Ipanema beaches. In Argentina, explore the Palermo or La Boca neighborhoods and enjoy the National Museum of Fine Arts.
The third week (August 7 – August 13) will feature the Japanese sweet treats of "sakura" cherry doughnuts and "yuzu" lemon zest doughnuts. Offering a completely different cultural experience, Tokyo is a city longing to be explored. Some notable places to see are the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji, the Meiji-jingū Shintō shrine and Shibuya Crossing — one of the busiest intersections in the world. Of course, a trip to Japan isn't complete without enjoying sushi for a meal.
Be sure to check out the food trucks at varying locations across San Francisco from 10am to 4:30pm during the week and on the weekends from 11am to 5pm, and in New York City from 11am to 3pm. Planning a vacation to one of these destinations? Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your next adventure.
New York food truck schedule (*locations subject to change*)
Wednesday, July 26 | 47th Street between 5th and 6th Ave
Thursday, July 27 | East side of 7th Ave between 34th and 35th Streets
Friday, July 28 | South lane west side of Park Ave between 47th and 48th St
Saturday, July 29 | Southwest corner of Broadway and 80th St.
Sunday, July 30 | East Side of Broadway between W Houston and Prince
Monday, July 31 | West side of 6th Ave between 52nd and 53rd streets
Tuesday, August 1 | East side of Lexington Ave btwn 52nd and 51st
Wednesday, August 2 | West side of Madison Avenue between 59th & 60th
Thursday, August 3 | West side of 6th Avenue at 42nd St.
Friday, August 4 | North Lane (East Side) of Park Ave 52nd and 53rd streets
Saturday, August 5 | Union Square West between 17th and 16th
Sunday, August 6 | West Side (south lane) Broadway btwn 67th & 66th
Monday, August 7 | South Lane west side of Park Ave South btw 34th & 33rd St
Tuesday, August 8 | Broad Street at Beaver Street
Wednesday, August 9 | East side of Lexington Ave between 59th and 58th
Thursday, August 10 | West Side Broadway between 37th and 36th
Friday, August 11 | East Side of Lexington between 45th and 44th streets
Saturday, August 12 | 14th Street between 3rd Ave and Irving Place
Sunday, August 13 | 86th Street between Lexington and 3rd
San Francisco food trucks schedule (*locations subject to change*)
Wednesday, July 26 | Design Center at 470 Brannan
Thursday, July 27 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, July 28 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Saturday, July 29 | 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
Sunday, July 30 | 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA
Monday, July 31 | South of Market, 470 Brannan
Tuesday, August 1 | Financial District, 768 Sansome
Wednesday, August | 2 Financial District, 768 Sansome
Thursday, August 3 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, August 4 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Saturday, August 5 | 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
Sunday, August 6 | South of Market, 470 Brannan
Monday, August 7 | Design Center, 100 Henry Adams
Tuesday, August 8 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Wednesday, August 9 | Financial District, 768 Sansome
Thursday, August 10 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, August 11 | Financial District, Embarcadero Center
Saturday, August 12 | 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA
Sunday, August 13 | Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
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The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.
Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.
Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.
Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.
"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."
When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.
For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.
Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.
That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.
"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."
The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.
About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.
"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."
When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.
"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."
On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.
"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."
For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.