Archive for the ‘Food Truck’ Category

When in New York and I am in the mood for some Food Truck food, it seems that the best port of call these days, is to head over to Union Square. There are always a whole mass of Food Trucks lined up there and the only decision for me is to try a new one that I have not encountered before. On this day that encounter was to be with The Morocho Van.

Even though there were many tasty looking items on the menu board, if you stick a sign in the window that claims that you have one of the best 10 burgers in New York well that claim has to be tested.

The Morocho Burger is an All beef patty topped with a fried egg, fried plantain, lettuce and tomato, some salsa criolla (basically a Peruvian Onion, Pepper & Lime Salsa), and Rocoto mayo (the Rocoto is a Peruvian red pepper). So the first picture on the left is the actual burger as presented to me, the second one on the right is the picture from the village voice. Both look equally good and it was a particularly tasty burger. Top Ten? Um not sure. As always I love a fried egg topping, but it is getting a bit ‘de rigeur’, everyone is doing it these days, we need something new to tickle our taste buds with. I quite liked the plantain, but the whole burger was so big that they fell out too easily and got lost in a whole pile of bits in the tray. The mayo and the salsa were total money, I think that they could have been the factor propelling the burger into the Village Top Ten, originality could have been the key here.

It was still pretty darn good though!

 

I have a general rule that if I see a Food Truck I have to cross the road to try it out and even if totally stuffed from eating elsewhere I just cannot resist one. On Tuesday I was heading across to pick up the Brown Line in the loop when I saw the Cupcakes for Courage Food Truck at the foot of the steps leading up to the Quincy CTA Station   platform. I didn’t really look for traffic, maybe there should be a warning sign “Beware of drooling  cake eater’s crossing”

This was my first encounter with this particular truck, apparantly it is here every Tuesday, When I got there just before rush hour home time they had three flavours left. The Salted Caramel, a Spicy Sriracha one, and a Vanilla on Vanilla Bean. Although I was tempted to try the Sriracha one, I was more tempted by the Salted caramel. Now having checked out their website http://cupcakesforcourage.com/flavors.html  I kind of wished I had tried the Spicy Sriracha turtle.  It is described there as “A spicy & savory take on our Turtle cupcake that got us to the final round of Food Network Cupcake Wars!  Mesquite chocolate cake filled and topped with smoked caramel, dunked in pecans candied with a spicy syrup, and topped with our homemade fudge frosting.”

That sounds really intriguing, perhaps next week if I am lucky enough to catch them. But as I said I got the Salted Caramel one this time.

So anyways, I grabbed my cake, took a few photo’s and ran up the steps to jump onto the Brown Line towards Kimble.  Once unwrapped, it pretty much saw about as much home life as it took to photograph it, it never even saw a plate, and I think it might have just about touched the sides of my throat I as I munched it down waiting for the kettle to boil for my tea.

As you can see this cupcake got slightly squashed on the way back as I was jostled in the rush hour El train crowds, but it was still delicious. This was a salted caramel cupcake, a Vanilla bean cake, very moist and soft to eat,  filled with homemade salted caramel sauce and topped with sweet caramel buttercream. Then drizzled with a touch more salted caramel sauce and sprinkled with smoked sea salt. It was really really good, I loved the contrast of the saltiness with the sweet caramel.

I also totally  love their website, it gives you their background, their story and you can click on each cake to see a picture and a mouth watering description (which you can pinch to make your memorised description more accurate 🙂  ), to top that as well they have a blog which gives a little insight into the history of getting their truck on the road. It makes interesting reading. You can also folllow them on Twitter and Facebook.

website: http://cupcakesforcourage.com

Walking along West Montrose towards the Wilson Red Line from the Montrose Brown Line stop in the sunshine I saw a familiar face up on the wall and it created a brief flashback to the previous weekend. King Kong had clearly headed back over to New York from Chicago, perhaps he thought that everyone had forgotten about that small incident with the Empire State Building.

 

Last weekend in Union Square New York I had bumped into the Gorilla Cheese Food Truck, this was my second encounter I had met the truck some months previously over near the East Village.

 

On this occasion I decided to go for one of the daily specials. Todays option as it happened was cheddar cheese with bacon and tomato, it came with tater tots and a drink for $9. It was not bad, the toast almost a little close to being burnt but lets call it lightly charred in the interest of food truck slight bias. The filling was nothing too exciting and the tater tots were just plain old tater tots. Despite all that it was very pleasant sitting in the sunshine in Union Square eating this food truck offering.

  

The Gorilla Food Truck can be found on the streets of Manhattan and their locations are posted on their website http://gorillacheesenyc.com/ you can also follow them on twitter and facebook. Not the greatest grilled cheese in the world but good enough to fill a small hole if you chance upon them.

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Flirty Cupcakes Food Truck

Posted: March 16, 2012 in Food Truck, Quincy

Walking towards the Quincy CTA stop to jump onto the Brown line home I was bemoaning in my head the lack of places to eat nearby that were not chains such as Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds. I was thinking that I was going to struggle to find anything decent to eat and blog about in the near vicinity without walking closer to another loop stop. Then as if by a small miracle I saw the Flirty Cupcake truck parked up right at the foot of the stairs leading to the station. Well it had to be fate or something like that, a small morsel of opportunity sent from on high.

 

I snagged myself a cupcake a Tall White Expresso chocolate cake with milk chocolate filling and white expresso frosting for $3.79, tucked it in my bag and headed up on to the Brown Line towards Kimball.

 

25min later I had a nice cup of tea lined up and happily munched my way through the cake. It was nice and soft, moist, not too chocolatey and not too much coffee flavour. It was well worth the diversion on the way home through the loop that led to this chance Quincy encounter.

Flirty cupcakes weekly schedule on the road and their story can be found on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook

website: http://www.flirtycupcakes.com/

Seoul Food Wagon

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Food Truck, Off Track NYC

I chanced upon the Seoul Food Wagon in Union Square on a small trip last weekend to New York City. It was such a good looking truck I felt I had to give them a chance and sample their fare.

On occasion I really despair,  I stood in the queue, or line if you like, listening to someone explain that ‘Seoul’ Food was like “soul” food because it was a play on words, as it was from the country with a city called Seoul NOT spelt incorrectly. Blank looks all around, Seriously America you sometimes really embarrass yourselves with your ignorance. It hosted the Olympics in 1988 and I suppose not worth mentioning the World cup in 2002 as that involves association football or soccer as you call it. I forget that you only admit to competing in sports that no-one else competes and insist on calling the world championships such as baseball, american football, and ice hockey..but no-one else can play.

  

Anyhow I found the Seoul Wagon in Union Square and as you can guess it might not have been the best experience. First off I stood in line for about 15 minutes until I gave up as the line was not moving and the guy trying to take orders was well lets be polite, he wasn’t succeeding. I mean guys do you want to make money? FFS.  That day you were hopeless. But OK I walked off and about an hour later I walked back, it was not much better zombie boy was still there but he managed to put a couple of sentences together and take my order. Only just though.

I went for the “Seoul Sliders”  – advertised as a “..twist to a classic favorite”   I had one of each for $5.95.

Sweet and Spicy Pork on a brioche bun

 

Bulgogi Rib-Eye on a soft brioche bun, topped with kimchi aioli, cucumber, crisp romaine lettuce, seoulfood spicy mayo and pepper jack cheese.

 

both were topped with kimchi aioli, cucumber, crisp romaine lettuce, seoulfood spicy mayo and pepper jack cheese.

I think that I liked the spicy pork better it had a nice kick. Both were pretty decent though and in the end although I moaned a little about the whole experience I did quite enjoy them.

I guess my only other gripe is that they charged tax on top. I haven’t yet met another food truck that does that.

The truck is on facebook and twitter and if you signed up or favorited them you could get a free taco, so pretty good deal if you are nearby.

“Like us or post a photo on Facebook: 1 free taco
Follow us on Twitter: 1 free order of Seoul fries
Check-in on Foursquare: 1 free taco”

Website http://seoulfoodnyc.com/

Located on the roads in Manhattan and has been seen in Hoboken and Jersey City

Oh my Gawd, I was just hitting food truck after food truck. I had headed down on the red line just to hit up Union Square to see if the traders at the regular farmers food market were still there. On my way from the station walking along 14th St I bumped into Phils Steaks. With a total lack of self control I swayed across the road through oncoming traffic like a game of frogger only the lily pad was a food truck and my name was all over it. No lives lost, high score on the way.

 

Once there I was well happy to discover that it was a Philly Steak Truck, I guess the name could have given it away. Chatting to the guy behind the counter I just assumed Phil owned the truck. It was only later that my brain kicked into gear and made the leap. There was some discussion of the cheesesteak situation in Philidelphia and the total lack of cheesesteak situation in my current home of Chicago. I was also chuffed to hear that I was probably their first Brit to sample their fine fare.

Apparantly only open for a couple of weeks, the guys seemed to have been doing well, and to be honest having sampled one of their cheesesteaks it is pretty easy to see why. The bread is authentic, soft and hard at the same time, solid enough to support a big pile of meat but soft enough to absorb a good bit of gravy and cheese wiz. The meat was chopped up, a little different from Geno’s and Pats in Philly where it is more sliced. Nonetheless it totally worked. Meat, Cheese Wiz, Onions, Bread – perfected combination and totally recommended.

I recommend hunting them down using twitter at http://philssteaks.com/ it is worth the effort

Real Good Truck – NYC

Posted: February 18, 2012 in Food Truck, Off Track NYC

I am a total sucker for a food truck and even if I have just eaten I can’t pass one by, even if I just have a taste.

20 minutes earlier I was walking out from the Chelsea Market with my meat pie from “Tuck Shop” and I was heading over to Myers of Keswick on Hudson St  to get some English snacks and provisions when across the road at the intersection of 14th St and 9th Avenue just outside the Apple Store I sniffed the scent of food truck.

From the other side of the road all I could see was “Real Good Truck” which to say the least was slightly ambiguous.

 

I crossed over and checked out their menu. There seemed to be quite a few waffle inspired offerings which didn’t quite “float my ‘culinary’ boat”. So I went for what I thought was going to be a jalapeno ‘brat’ hot dog. A good friend of mine Brian who hunts, once gave me venison hot dogs with jalopeno cheese in them, and I was so hopeful that this was going to be very similar. It was but not quite in the same way.

In the end it was a sliced brat between two waffles (a waffle dog), an intriguing yet surprising combination. I ended up with a spicy warm mouth, dry flaky waffle,  plus a sweet spicy brat and spicy tomato relish. I should have clocked the waffle component when one of my options was maple syrup.

It was very pleasant eating this in the late winter sunshine in Chelsea. A total bonus, and yes waffle and hot dog does work, surprisingly.

website: http://therealgoodtruck.com/,   Address:

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