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We’re going to go ahead and call it at this point, as we think the food truck craze has finally jumped the shark. Please let us know if you feel differently, but the latest offering by the folks over at Royal Caribbean just takes things to the next level of wrong.
It attempts to cash in on the food truck craze Royal Caribbean is working to install a food truck—or the equivalent sea-worthy version. The plan is to get things up and running aboard Quantum of the Seas, as SeaPlex Dog House will serve up things like hot dogs, sausage, and other to-go eats as part of the ship’s entertainment hub.
Although we’re quick to criticize, we’d probably visit for a bite to eat after taking in a ride on the very first bumper car track aboard a cruise ship.
At this point we get it—everybody loves food trucks—as everywhere and everyone seems to be getting in on the mobile restaurant craze. We’ve seen food trucks make appearances in cell phone lots and waiting areas at the airport, and even airports have launched their own on-the-go eats. However, now things have gone a little too far, as Los Angeles International Airport is getting their own food truck right inside of the terminal.
It’s not a real food truck, as one business is planning to pretty much set up a fake food truck within Terminal 4. It’ll be like a food truck facade, and everything will be prepared inside and served from the side of the “vehicle.”
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Food trucks go where the people go, andshockerpeople go to the airport. We’ve seen trucks set up shop over in San Francisco, and they’ve been involved with an extended layover down in Orlando as well. This time they’re on the moves overseas, as the latest airport food truck is doing a little airport promotion and marketing in Sweden.
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To help spread the word about their upcoming movie Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (which hits theaters on September 27), Sony Animation has dispatched two film-themed food trucks to family-friendly sites across the U.S.
As part of the Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimobile Tour, the food trucks will serve the film's famous "foodimals," including tacodiles, hippotatomuses, fruit cockatiels, subwhales, and watermelophants. The snacks will even come packaged in exclusive CWACOM2 lunch boxes, all for free.
Food trucks at the airport are hardly a new concept, as we’ve seen them pop up all over the place. The latest airport to get in on the food truck fun is San Francisco International Airport, as a whole bunch of on-the-go eats are on their way to just outside the terminal.
Things started up as a test earlier in the summer, but the project must have received a passing grade—as the trucks are staying around as a permanent addition to the airport landscape. The Off The Grid trucks will now be doing their thing each and every Thursday—that’s tomorrow—between 11am and 2pm.
The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.
Portland has an estimated 600 food trucks offering cuisines from Scottish to Korean, and you could spend weeks trying them all. If you don’t have weeks, though, sign up for the insanely well-curated food truck tour organized by local institution Brett Burmeister.
Burmeister is a native Portlandian, and he started a blog documenting the local food truck scene several years ago. Since then, his hobby has turned into a bona fide vocation. For $37.50 (and free for kids!), you're off on a 1.5-hour tour of downtown food trucks, with tastings from at least four places along the way.
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We’ve seen celebrity chefs, organic ingredients, and even technology—think iPads—show their influence on the airport dining scene, but now it looks like another trend is heading to the airport. Apparently the food truck craze has arrived at the airport, so the long-term parking lot is no longer just for parking.
Obviously food trucks aren’t exactly arriving inside the airport—at least not yet—but if you need to grab a bite before hitting the terminal or after touching down they’ve now got you covered. ABC News reports that the cell phone lot seems to be the new food court, as airports like Orlando International Airport have started slinging street fare right outside of security. In fact over at MCO it sounds like they’ve got at least six food trucks rotating in and out over a their commercial lot as well as their taxi staging area. Clearly the airport eats aren’t just for travelers anymore.
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OH MAH GAWD you guys. So we like food trucks, that much is plain, but we love dessert food trucks even more. Something about decadence on the go seems like the answer to all of life's problems. After spending last week in Miami, we can pinpoint that even further to the awesomeness that are deep-fried Oreos.
The yummy is made by taking regular ol' Oreos, dunking them in batter and popping in a deep fryer. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Occasionally the food truck (called 80s Sensation) is parked in Wynwood at NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd Street and they specialize in such junk food indulgences. To be fair, we didn't know they were '80s-themed or what was going on; we just saw the sign "deep-fried Oreos" from across the parking lot and made a bee-line for it.
The biggest sporting event of the year is coming up next week and some of its competitors are beginning their warm ups this weekend. We're talking, of course, about Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, the banner event for Major League Eating, taking place at NY's Coney Island on July 4th.
But you don't have to wait until then to see some of the world's best stomachs in action. Two of the top-ranked eaters in the world, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown will begin working their jaws this weekend in their hometown of Chicagowhere they will take on four of the city's biggest eating challenges.
The duo, who have just launched their own food truck, the awesomely named Glutton Force Five, kick off their marathon of mass consumption tonight at the Fifty/50 Bar, where the challenge is to eat 50 items off the menu in 50 minutes.
Though a city of tastemakers, London is decidedly behind on the gourmet food truck front. The U.S.-bred phenomenon has yet to catch on with the same fervor as in the States, though there are a handful of British culinarians taking a cue from Roy Choi's book, like the good people of Meatwagon and Street Kitchen.
The Long Table, set to launch this Friday, November 25th, is a fashionable fusion of London's beloved pop-up trend and mobile food. A handful of respected local restaurants and street food purveyors will make weekly appearances in the ever-so-hip neighborhood of Dalston, providing chilly pub hoppers with warm dishes to tide them over, pre- and post-pint.
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The South Beach Wine & Food Festival may be four months away, but the date to mark on your calendarthe day tickets go on sale to the general publicis much sooner: October 24.
And if you're an AMEX card holder, you can go ahead and start plotting your February gluttony now, via the American Express pre-sale. After standing on many a line and overhearing many a desperate plea for spare tickets at this year's fest, we recommend making your plans for February 23–26 pronto.
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If you're looking for a quick meal between panels at Comic-Con, skip the pretzels and hot dogs inside the Convention Center and head over to the Food Truck Food Court across the street instead. Located in a parking lot at First and J Streets, right next to the South Park Year of the Fan Experience, more than a half dozen of SoCal's best food trucks have lined up to serve hungry geeks during Comic-Con.
Though some of the trucks may change on a day-to-day basis, Thursday's offerings included The Great Food Truck Race participants, Devilicious Food Truck, the Chop Soo-ey Food Truck, which locals call the “Pig Rig” thanks to its primarily pork menu, Street Eats, who serve the best breakfast burritos we've ever tasted, and Two For The Road, known for their Capn'Crunch Crab Cakes. Most prices ranged between $6 and $9.
The Comic-Con Food Truck Food Court will be open Friday (July 22) and Saturday (July 23) from approximately 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
[Photo: John Matthews]