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Friday International Café

  • International Cafe
  • International Friday Cafe
  • International Cafe
  • International Center's weekly Cafe
  • International Center's weekly I-Cafe on the patio

Café hours: 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Every Friday during the academic year

Cost: All lunches are only $5 per person.

There is always a vegetarian alternative available.

Spring 2014 Menus

Grilled chicken in a bowl with rice

April 4: Laos

  • Ping Gai (Cilantro Lime Chicken)
  • Lao Style Fried Rice 
  • Laotian Salad 
  • Coconut Custard 

Sponsor: Outback Adventures

Empenadas on a plate with rice and lime

April 11: Argentina

  • Chicken Empenada
  • Saffron Rice
  • Tomato Cilantro Salad
  • Dulce de Leche cake
Sponsor: Office of Graduate Studies
Sauerbraten with red cabbage

April 18: Germany

  • Bavarian Bread Dumplings 
  • Sauerbraten – Traditional Bavarian Pot Roast
  • Rotkohl - German Red Cabbege
  • Rote Grütze - Mixed berry compote with whipped cream
Sponsor: Provost Office
Canadian Shepherds pie slice on a plate

April 25: Canada

  • Pâté chinois - Shepherd’s pie 
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Spinach Salad 
  • Flapper Pie 
Sponsor: Chancellor's Office
Greek chicken suvlaki skewers

May 2: Greece

  • Pita Bread with Tzatziki Sauce Sauce
  • Chicken Souvlaki 
  • Greek salad with lemon garlic dressing 
  • Spiced Black Beans 
  • Baklava
Sponsor: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Kabsa chicken with rice

May 9: Saudi Arabia

  • Roasted Lemon Chicken Al Kabsa 
  • Kabsa Style Rice 
  • Salad 
  • Crispy Date Squares
Sponsor: UCSD Extension
Pad Thai dish on plate

May 16: Thailand

  • Chicken Pad Thai
  • Thai Green Salad
  • Coconut Pudding
Sponsor: Division of Social Sciences

Roasted Chicken with herbs on top

May 23: Lebanon

  • Falafel
  • Lebanese Grilled Chicken 
  • Tabouleh Salad 
  • Sahlab Vanilla Custard
Sponsor: UCSD Retirement Association
Teriyaki Chicken with rice

May 30: Japan

  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • White Sushi Style Rice
  • Cucumber Salad 
  • Green Matcha Cake
Sponsor: Eleanor Roosevelt College

Red Beans in pot

June 6: Burundi

  • Ibiharage - Fried Red Kidney Beans
  • Beef and Greens in Peanut Sauce
  • Tomato Salad
  • Date & Banana Cake
Sponsor: Burundi Friends International

Winter 2014 Menus

chicken leg in a sauce on a plate

January 10: Bolivia

  • Picante de Pollo - Spicy Chicken
  • Garlic White Rice 
  • Chopped Iceberg Salad 
  • Cocadas – Traditional Bolivian Coconut Candy
Sponsor: Outback Adventures
kebabs in a pita bread with salad

January 17: Iran

  • Pita Bread with Roasted Pepper Hummus
  • Salad Shirazi 
  • Kabab Koobideh
  • Baklava Dessert
Sponsor: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
chicken leg in a sauce on a plate

January 24: Lithuania

  • Rye Bread Cooked in Oil with Caraway Seeds
  • Bigos – Shredded Beef Stew
  • Darzoviu Misraine – Lithuanian Mixed Salad 
  • Simtalapis – Tartar Cake 
Sponsor: Office of Graduate Studies
cubed chicken in coconut sauce

January 31: Colombia

  • Arroz con Coco - Coconut Rice
  • Pollo con Leche de Coco - Chicken in Coconut Sauce 
  • Columbian Salad 
  • Torta Maria Luisa
Sponsor: UCSD Library
adobo chicken on a bed of salad

February 7: Philippines

  • Adobo chicken
  • Fried Rice 
  • Filipino Salad 
  • Champorado – Chocolate Rice Pudding
Sponsor: VCSA
beef bourguignon

February 14: France

  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Green Bean Salad
  • Chocolate Covered Croissants
Sponsor: Division of Social Sciences
beef stroganoff on a white plate

February 21: Russia

  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Egg Noodles
  • Russian Beet Salad
  • Ptichye Moloko (Dessert)
Sponsor: UCSD Retirement
chicken dish with mushrooms

February 28: Switzerland

  • Zuercher Geschnetzeites (Chicken with Mushrooms)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Swiss Style Mixed Salad 
  • Chocolate Cake
Sponsor: Department of Economics
Brazilian Chicken Dish

March 7: Brazil

  • Vatapá de Galinha (Roasted Chicken in Coconut Milk Broth)
  • Brazilian Red Beans
  • Tomato Cilantro Salad
  • Mardi Gras King Cake
Sponsor: Oceanids
Goulash in a bowl

March 14: Poland

  • Beef Goulash
  • Paprika Sauerkraut
  • Corn & Pea Salad
  • Makowiec Cake  (Dessert)
Sponsor: Del Mar Rotary

Want to volunteer or sponsor a Friday Café?

Be a luncheon host to over 300 UC San Diego international students, scholars, faculty, and staff.

Take part in exploring the world around you by participating in our weekly Friday Cáfe events celebrating culture and diversity.

Meet people from around the globe, make new friends and learn more about their cultural heritage.

Volunteers get an opportunity to engage our guests by helping us serve lunch, and assist with extraculicular activities.

For more information about volunteering and/or sponsoring a lunch, please contact Martin Láhtov.

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