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Depending on where you fall on the spectrum of hipster foodie-ism, Twittering food trucks are either awesome innovations or eyeroll inducing fads. Tech site CNET recently did a writeup of how this new trend is sweeping LA and NYC, with trucks that provide everything from Korean food to music samplers.
Cool Haus, an ice cream sandwich truck, is one of the newest entrants into the LA mobile food market. Its approach to differentiating itself from other food trucks - and from other ice cream trucks - is exquisitely hipsterific. The @coolhaus Twitter page describes it as: "All natural ice cream sandwiches designed and imagined by Architects. Look out for the COOLHAUS truck roaming the streets of LA this summer!"
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It takes coglioni to open a fancy new pizza restaurant in an Italian part of Brooklyn, but Motorino is giving it a go in Williamsburg anyway. Just three blocks from the mostly take-out Sal's Pizza - a longtime favorite of mine - Motorino is looking to attract a more upscale, sit-down clientele, with a handsome wood-accented interior, dim lighting, and downtempo techno tunes piped through the sound system. Motorino's claim to fame is its wood-burning oven, which produces Neapolitan-style pizza with its signature fluffy crust that's ever-so-slightly scorched on the bottom. Since Williamsburg was originally populated by Italians from in and around Naples, particularly the town of Nola, Motorino's version of Neapolitan pizza is sure to receive a curious yet skeptical reception.
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The venerable Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, El Cholo is notable for at least three things: (1) being open since the Great Depression, (2) making mind-eraser strength margaritas, and (3) introducing to the City of Angels a little thing we like to call the nacho. Heady stuff, we know. We'll address each in turn.
Starting this month, tourists in Rome will have to get their pizza-and-pasta fixes in before hitting the bar scene, as late-night snacking will be officially outlawed.
Authorities in the Eternal City are looking for ways to quiet the town's rowdy tourist-fueled bar scene. They already go against the European norm by closing most bars by 1 a.m., but apparently that isn't doing enough to stem the party tide, as revelers tend to just move the fun out into the streets, soaking up the alcohol at the city's omnipresent roving ice cream and snack trucks.
But not anymore—a new city ordinance that goes into effect this month orders all food vendors in the city—mobile stores and more traditional ones—to shut it down by 1 a.m. as well.
Hmm…no WiFi and no late-night eats. We're not feeling too happy with you, Rome!
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After we left the Peabody Museum last Sunday, we headed over to Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to pick up a couple of pizza pies.
I knew nothing of New Haven's famous pizzerias until the previous evening, when a friend took me aside to explain the age-old rivalry between Frank Pepe and Sally's Apizza, the two Wooster Street restaurants that have defined New Haven-style pizza for generations. Our friends were partial to Pepe's, so we ordered one pie with "mootz," (mozzarella, which counts as a topping), marinara sauce, sausage, and onions, and another with mootz, marinara, pepperoni, and mushrooms. If it wasn't the best pizza I'd ever had in my life, it was at least in the top five, and I'm left pondering the unthinkable: could New Haven-style pizza be better than New York-style pizza?
Food fights don't just happen in the cafeteria at sleep-away camps. They can also be part of larger geographical strife. Today Juliana Shallcross looks at one ongoing war between North and South Jersey. Know of any other food fights? Send 'em to us.
New Jersey. Yes, it's been called the armpit of America. (Or as Chunky Pam argues, "It's the Brad Pitt of America.") When you deplane in Newark, your nose will be accosted by a indescribable pungent smell. Rude people are never hard to find and the numerous highways (shout out to the Garden State Parkway!), routes and toll booths are extremely difficult to navigate.
But this is my home state. And like any good Jerseyan, I'm never at a loss to highlight our state's proudest accomplishments: The Sopranos, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Thomas Edison and no sales tax on clothing. There are many things that I love (and now miss) about New Jerz but, right now, at the top of my list is Taylor ham.