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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.
Those mourning the loss of tourist favorite Tavern on the Green after its closing last year can soon start dining again in the Central Park restaurant. And this time, you'll get better eats because some of New York City’s best food trucks will be the ones serving you grub.
Starting October 15, four food trucks will be parked at the Crystal Room's former location. Beloved food truck Rickshaw Dumpling will sell its dumplings, with flavors like pork and Chinese chive, chicken and Thai basil, and vegetarian edamame. The truck will also serve sides like chili sesame noodle salad and miso soup. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream will also be there hawking scoops of pistachio, currants and cream, espresso. It'll also have an extensive coffee menu and rotating pastries, like crème brulee with kettled ginger.
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Here at Jaunted, we love to talk about food trucks, and a lot of our love for them stems from the creativity they have every day, serving gourmet meals and specialty items from a mobile restaurant, but also some of it comes from the mystery of it allwhere will they be, will they have this favorite dish and will they have any new menu items? As excited as we get for a good food truck, it's however just as important to remember that before food trucks, New York City had (and has) vendor carts, which have set up shop on their usual corners for years and years, serving up excellent halal or Koream bibimbap.
Now (finally) there's an iPhone Travel App called New York Street Food that plots these vendor carts and a few of the regular food trucks onto a handy-dandy Google Map of the city, with categories searchable by food ethnicity (Japanese or South American?) and food type (soup or pizza?).
The Van Leeuwen Gourmet Ice Cream truck beats a regular one
This Labor Day Weekend, we stayed in New York City for a major event: the PARKED Food Truck Festival held on Governors Island, which promised 10 of the tastiest trucks all together on an island in the middle of New York harbor. Sadly, it seems everyone else shared the same idea, since the lines to get the free ferry were over an hour long, and then word was that so many people had turned out, that the trucks were running out of the food hours before closing time. We gave up and took the free ferry to IKEA instead, for Swedish meatballs.
Nonetheless, the city is still hungry for food trucks, and the new Food Channel show The Great Food Truck Race has only whetted the appetite of tourists as well. Whether or not you made it to Governors Island, we've gone to the hassle of tracking down the ten featured trucks. Get their daily specials while they're hot, because they will sell out...
The Parked event in May drew more than 3,000 famished followers, who gorged on brick-oven pizza, dumplings, German soul food, Vietnamese barbecue, ice cream, cup cakes and key lime pie. Organizers say that 8,000 to 10,000 are expected to turn up at Colonel's Row on Governors Island for the event.