We took at trip out to Vietnam last week and enjoyed the most amazing fresh food. Pho, summer rolls, banh mi, etc. Here’s a roadside cart that I found near our hotel in Hoi An Vietnam. The banh bread rolls are kept warm and crispy over a charcoal burning stove. The don’t use mayo here but a combination of fish sauce, oils, and spreads. Meats are a little different from the usual bbq pork that I’m used to. Pickled carrots and daikon are fresh, also sawtooth corriander is a popular addition to food in this region. Really brings out a new texture and taste.
Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!
From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.
Here’s the line up so far:
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream
This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.
See you there!]]>
Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.
Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:
See you there!!!
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!
Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.
I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.
If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.
Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!
Little Morocco Halal Middle Eastern Food Cart Located at 39th and 7th Ave Midtown New York NY
I’ve been working in the garment district for over 6 months now and although I do miss the famous halal guys cart out on 53rd and 6th, I’ve found some equally good carts near my new job. Particularly great is the Little Morocco cart on 39th and 7th Ave next to the famous Pentagram Needle and Button Sculpture on Fashion Plaza.
While you don’t get as much quantity as the halal guys, at Little Morocco you definitely get more quality. Ok, before I piss off a lot of hard core street food enthusiasts, let me explain what I mean by quality. I like the food at 53rd and 6th, but if you break it down, it’s rice, some salad (iceberg lettuce and tomatoes), tons of meat and then the white sauce and hot sauce. At Little Morocco, the halal plate is a lot more: in addition to the meat, rice and salad, you get some garbanzo beans, some onions, some corn, parsley, dill, and other herbs that add complexity and flavor to the meal. Plus, if you are nice
they’ll throw in a few French fries or a falafel for free. The result is a very tasty platter of Middle Eastern food. I’m a little disappointed that the hot sauce is not nearly a fraction as spicy as the hot sauce at the Halal Guys, but as an added bonus there isn’t a line halfway down the street, so you can just go and pick up the food immediately at Little Morocco. If you really like halal street food, you definitely should check out the Little Morocco halal cart on 39th and 7th avenue. The guys are always really friendly and deliver consistently great halal. Enjoy!
When: Sat Oct 2, 2010 11:30-4:30PM
Where: Govenor’s Island NY (Ferry Schedule Link)
More Info: www.PigIsland.com
What: Twenty chefs from some of New York City’s finest
venues along with an impressive cast of food experts and personalities are expected to dazzle the crowd with their “whole hog know-how”. All participants will work with locally sourced ingredients, including whole pigs purchased directly from farms, such as Violet Hill Farm and The Piggery. The talent includes Sara Jenkins of Porchetta, Jacques Gautier from Palo Santo, “Chopped” champion Michael Jenkins from Butter Restaurant, along with other barbecue masters such as Hoppin’ John Taylor of Low Country cooking fame and Sam Barbieri with the award-winning Fuhgeddaboutit BBQ Team.
Ok, I know what you are thinking. The Parked Food Truck Festival a few weeks ago was a disaster (too many people and not enough food). But hear me out, I think the Pig Island festival will be a much different and awesomer event. First off, there a limited number of $75 tickets to the event in order to control the crowds. Your ticket to the Pig Island Festival gets you unlimited tasting of the dishes. Beer and other refreshments will be available for sale. It’s being organized by Food Karma Projects, and a charitable donation goes to Food Systems NYC Hope to see you there!
Waterfront Ale House
Tamarack Hollow Farm
Jimmy’s No. 43
The Green Table
The Piggery farm/charcuterie
The Food Experiments
School House Kitchen
Grill a Chef
Up Inside Park at St. Barts
The Brooklyn Standard
Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!
Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:
Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!
WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th
Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!]]>
108 N 6th St
Last week (Fri Feb 12th) I attended Vendr.TV’s birthday celebration. It was one of those special ‘foodie’ events that you couldn’t quite pass up – cool people: Dan Delaney of Vendr.TV, James Boo from The Eaten Path and Seth Unger from Hamburger America / NYC Food Film Festival) + great food from Schnitzel and Things Food Truck, Calexico Carne Asada Food Cart, and Wafels and Dinges Food Truck. Of course with Dan Delaney and the rest of the Vendr.TV crew, you couldn’t expect anything less but some amazing food truck action and despite the freezing cold weather that night the turnout was quite impressive.
We got there about an hour after it started but at least I got one of the last remaining Schnitzel and Things’ burgers (these are amazing) and bratwurst (they only had chicken schnitzels left). Calexico only had chicken tacos at this point (no pork!). Then there was Wafel and Dinges. The line wrapped around the Calexico cart and almost back into the bar. Smelling the mixture of the smoky grilled chicken from the Calexico Cart and the sweet buttery aromas of Waffels from Wafel and Dinges made for an interesting (chicken and waffels anyone?) yet agonizing wait (approx 30 mins), but I have to say it was well worth it! It’s all about the Liège wafels my friend – and do yourself a favor, just order it plain with a little powdered sugar. It is good enough alone and the endless toppings only distract away from this pure perfection of a wafel. Awesome party Dan – Happy 1 year bday Vendr.TV !]]>
Location: Dumbo Flea Market (literally directly under the Brooklyn Bridge landing).
Open from 11am to 6pm every Sunday.
Haven’t completed your holiday shopping yet? Check out the Brooklyn Flea! Under an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge near the Brooklyn ferry landing is an excellent line up of vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, art, collectibles and more! Even more amazing to me was the lineup of food vendors in the back corner. A few weeks ago when we went to visit, there was an interesting Korean Hot Dog stand that took the Kogi BBQ concept by combining traditional Korean with sausages. There was also a full fledged mobile wood burning pizza cart and a fresh lobster bisque from Red Hook Lobster Pound. But that day, by measure of the long line of patrons slicing through entire length of the flea market, the most popular food vendor was the Salvadorean Pupusa Stand. It’s the same Pupusa vendor from the legendary Red Hook Soccer Fields. Everything is freshly handmade and grilled before you. For all you procrastinators, the Brooklyn Flea is a great way to get out to the city, pick up some great gifts and most importantly some awesome food at the same time! Enjoy!]]>
Besides friends and family, the top 3 things I miss since moving here from California:
3) Cheap, good Mexican food.
The weather isn’t too bad here for most of the year and although getting to the beach is kind of big hassle, I can deal with the top 2 for sure. The lack of cheap good Mexican food though, still baffles me to this day. Sure there’s the Super Tacos truck on 96th and Broadway on the Upper West Side but I don’t really live up in that area anymore. Here in Williamsburg there’s the local Mexican 2000 Deli/Restaruant but honestly a $9 burrito still doesn’t make sense when you compare it to the quality and taste of a $4.50 burrito from King Taco, Albertos, Robertos or the thousands of non franchise places in Southern California. So what to do? Well, as in most instances, go where the locals go and you’ll not only get the most authentic but you’ll also get it at local prices.
The Food Trucks of Red Hook Soccer Fields
I love food trucks and I think I found the food truck jackpot of New York at the Red Hook Soccer Fields. Located on the corner of Bay and Clinton in Red Hook, the soccer fields are where many local South American and Mexican soccer teams compete throughout the year. To feed the supporting families
and fans of the players is an armada of food and drink trucks that completely fill 2 city blocks. I took a bike ride out to the fields a few weekends ago and checked out the trucks myself. There is so much variety it blows my mind! Salvadorian pupusas, Mexican tacos, cheese corn, and sopes, Columbian arepas, Guatemalan drinks, etc.
By way of a woman with a pair of gigantic tacos’s recommendation, I tried out the Country Boys taco truck ( New York Top Vendy Award Winner 2009) At the Country Boys taco truck, they hand roll their corn tortillas, grill them to a crisp, then fold and stuff them with your choice of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, pork skin, or vegetarian (zucchini, mushroom, spinach), loads of guacamole, lettuce and cheese. All for $6!
I have to say that because this taco was so enormous I was too stuffed to try out any of the other food trucks. Oh well, definitely will be returning here to sample the nice selection. With the food trucks of Red Hook, I guess missing good cheap Mexican food is sort of taken care of. Now, if we could just get an In and Out Burger to open up here that would really be something.]]>
Location: Corner of Metropolitan and Bedford
Everyday except Tuesday
How I love the gentrification wars of Williamsburg. In Feb 2008, I wrote about a new taco truck on Bedford and N 6th. Since then, they’ve become super successful and the line for the tacos further crowds the tight space on the Bedford street sidewalk. One thing to note, the N6th taco truck is run by hipsters. Now enter the locals of Spanish decent back to claim their turf with the new taco cart on Metropolitan.
On the menu, the new taco cart features $2.50 tacos (beef, chicken, veg, chorrizo and more), $5 Burritos, $5 Quesadillas, and Mexican corn on the cob with cotija cheese. We sampled the Burrito and the Quesadilla. First the burrito. It’s a healthy low carb burrito – no beans nor rice, but instead sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms. It also comes in a choice of spinach tortilla or regular. Personally, I think selling out to the health conscious marketing segment is a mistake. It’s ok to include the healthy variety as an additional option but why alienate the core audience who want the real deal (rice and beans!)? Now the Quesadilla on the other hand, they do it right. I would order one of these anyday over the disappointing burrito. It’s served on a thick corn tortilla and grilled to a crisp. Well, it is only a few weeks in so maybe things are to change. In the mantime, I guess I’ll continue to go to my favorite Mexican Food Cart while I await my SF Mission style greasy carnitas burrito with black beans rice and super hot sauce.]]>