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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.
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Our Arnold Palmer slush
It was 100 degree in New York City yesterday. No lie. It took about five seconds in the sun to have us craving an old school slusheesomething portable, refreshing, thirst-quenching and delicious. Luckily, we were headed in the right direction and ran smackdab into our favorite new food truck: Kelvin Natural Slush.
This is only The Kelvin Slush truck's second year on the increasingly crowded Big Apple food truck scene, but the big blue thing has a unique offering: cold slush treats customized, made with pure filtered water, all-natural cane sugar, real fruit and free from any artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup, colors or preservatives. And to top it all offeverything is Kosher!
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A Meatwagon burger
Though they may have Yanks beat in terms of pop-up restaurant popularity, our 'cross the pond friends are only now catching on to the culinary fad that is mobile food. Whereas Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard is lined back-to-back with food trucks during lunch hour, in London one is hard pressed to find an abundance of similar on-the-go fare.
Recently, however, the tide has been turning as foodies take to the streets with affordable eats made of fresh, local ingredients. Think the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall philosophy meets taco truck, and you'll start to understand how the scene is shaping up.
Papaya King Hollywood, which will be on Wilcox just south of Hollywood Boulevard, is scheduled to open in May. And we're loving its ad campaign, "We're 100% Natural, But We Think We'll Fit in L.A. Just Fine."
Horse-racing fans are getting pumped for Santa Anita Derby. The April 9 race is the last major California stakes for three-year-olds advancing to the Kentucky Derby. But this weekend, the races will be secondary to the massive Santa Anita Food Truck Festival II that will take over the racetrack.
About 80 food trucks from all over Southern California will drive into Arcadia, 14 miles northeast of downtown L.A., for the April 2 festival. They will roll up to the racetrack's infield. Some wildly popular trucks will be cooking up their gourmet goods, including Great Food Truck Race competitors Crepes Bonaparte, Nom Nom Truck and Ragin' Cajun.
FREE FOOD! Okay, New Yorkers, put your running shoes onthe ones you keep in a gym bag for those lunch hour gym sessions you keep planning on doingand insert this into your calendars: Air France is commandeering a food truck tomorrow through Monday, including the weekend, to give away breakfast, lunch and dinner options from their in-flight menu, a selection by über master chef Joël Robuchon.
No, Robuchon will not be manning the mobile grill, but his Michelin stars means that foodie New Yorkers will flock to grab some grub from this truck, and maybe some Air France goodies? Who knows? We're going to check it out ourselves tomorrow to let you know if it's any good, but thanks to Gothamist, we have the whole schedule of where to find the truck and when:
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With so many panels, parties and live shows happening all at the same time, Foodspotting.com realized there's little time for a square meal during SXSW, so they brought together Austin's best food trucks to create a sort of makeshift food court on Sunday afternoon. But, just because their event is over doesn't mean the trucks are gone. Here are the best food trucks to look for around town this week:
If one of your go-to comfort foods is a peanut-butter and jelly or anything topped with the delicious peanutty spread, be prepared to drool at the "Nutropolitan Museum of Art", the "World's First PBJ Art Exhibit", in New York City's Openhouse Gallery March 4 to 6.
To celebrate National Peanut Month in March, the free exhibit will feature 365 hunger-inducing peanut-butter photos by Theresa Raffetto, with food styling done by Patty White. You'll see every kind of PB concoction imaginable, topped with everything from marshmallows to sardines to fruit.
If you're looking for some good eats in San Fran, hop aboard the shiniest, newest bus in town. The bustaurant, a fully functioning gourmet restaurant on a bus, seems to be the next evolution of the food truck. Bustaurants one-up food trucks by not only have a kitchen in the bus, but seating as well.
The first bustaurant, the "World Fare," is actually chugging around Los Angeles. The double-decker started making the rounds in March, but San Fran is running with the idea and already has a fleet of two.
New York City food truck fiends (ah hem, like us) won't want to miss the sixth annual Vendy Awards, the Oscars of the street food scene, on September 25 at Governors Island. But like the Oscars, it'll cost you to attend: only $500 and $1,000 packages remain, though you can get on a wait list for $175 tickets.
Vendy finalists, who are chosen by public vote, square off in a competition for the coveted Silver Vendy Cup. The nominees include Bistro Truck, which serves Moroccan fare; El Rey del Sabor, a Mexican vendor; two-time nominee The King of Falafel and Shawarma, which dishes out Middle Eastern eats; Patacon Pisao, the city's first Venezuelan truck; and Schnitzel & Things, an Austrian peddler that was the 2009 Rookie of the Year.