Sunday, May 22, 2011

Y'all Like Food, Right?

Apparently not having plans on the weekend must give Thatboy and I some sort of anxiety. Perhaps it's a fear of having to spend too much time together. He's not very entertaining and there's only so many times that "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" will amuse him.

At any case, as soon as we realized we'd have no plans this weekend, we quickly filled it up. Yesterday was the McDonalds journey, and today we ventured to Alaska for a Food Truck Festival.

Picture this as an ultimate Food Truck Mashup - 10 LA Food Trucks meet with 10 San Diego Food Trucks. In One Location. 10 Come, but, as we all know, There Can Be Only One. Alright, not really, it wasn't a competition, but still, it's fantastic to have so many great food sources in one place!

We ended up only sampling 6 trucks before we decided it would probably be a health hazard to continue. I tried to convince Thatboy that we should try to squeeze in four more just to get in a solid 50% and he looked at me like I might have lost my ever-loving mind.

So here are the six we tried, from worst to best (That will keep you scrolling down!)

Vizzi (LA)

Truffle Popcorn

As soon as I saw popcorn on the menu I was hooked. As usual. But that's the problem. We order popcorn at restaurants a lot. And it's always better than this batch. Always. Thatboy thinks it's because the local restaurants all use heirloom black kernel popcorn. Yeah, we're spoiled.

LobstaTruck (LA)

Lobster Roll

We really wanted to like this, given it's high praise . In fact we hit this truck up first, before too much of a line could form. But both of us were really unimpressed. Maybe because I've had some really fabulous lobster rolls before? Maybe because we do lobster a fair bit at home? I dunno.

Kalbi-Q (San Diego)

Moo Taco - Korean Rib-Eye Tacos

The hot sauce really made this taco. The taco itself was okay, but once we added the hot sauce it was phenomenal

Grill Em All

The Grill Em All truck opened an hour and a half after the festival started. About 30 minutes before they even opened, this is what the line looked like:

And that was just the first half of the line! We ordered the Witte - cream cheese, fried bacon, and beer soaked and sriracha soaked onions.

This truck was especially popular given that they won the "Great Food Truck Race" on television. There was a local truck there who competed this year, but since it hasn't aired yet, their line was pretty normal sized. Just to let you know what draws people in. Thatboy really liked this burger, which is why it ranks higher on the list. I was less impressed. It was kind of bland to me - I felt like it needed more kick. Especially since I was expecting it with the sriracha.

Tropical Shave Ice

This was the truck I was most looking forward to since my love of shaved ice is no secret. These were the best I've had "on the mainland." Super finely shaved, perfect amounts of syrup. Thatboy even wanted some more, and they were happy to oblige.

Super-Q (San Diego)

Pulled Pork Sandwich - pulled pork, carmelized onions, and macaroni and cheese.

This was our favorite - hands down. Seriously, whoever decided it would be a good idea to put macaroni and cheese on a sandwich should be knighted at the very least. And the pork was just perfect - sometimes there's not enough barbeque sauce, which really makes the pulled pork. This one was saucy and flavorful without dripping sauce everywhere.

The five dollar entrance was redeemable for a five dollar gift certificate to the amusement area where the festival was held. We decided to use it on Laser Tag since Thatboy has never done Laser Tag before. (I know, I don't know where he grew up either.)

After all that food, we were pretty certain we'd never need to eat again. Dinner tonight was just pickings. So I'll share a backup recipe with you - another lamb dish. Another braised dish. You know how I love braised meats! Like most of my braising recipes this is pretty simple - meat, veggies, liquid and cooking low and slow.

Braised Lamb
1 Tbsp butter
1 lb breast of lamb
1 sprig thyme
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 onion
2 cloves
1/2 turnip, cubed
salt and pepper

  1. Melt the butter in a dutch oven. Brown the lamb.
  2. Sprinkle thyme over lamb and pour in a cup of boiling water.
  3. Add carrot, onion, cloves, and turnips. Lower heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes or until done.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Two very important things. One, I forgot how much I love shave ice until just now. I may need to head south and stalk that food truck since I will not be in Hawaii any time soon. And also, mac and cheese on a sandwich?!?! I'm trying this as soon as humanly possible.

  2. What a fantastic opportunity. You should have gone with a crowd and had tastes of each all the food to get in more samples - but you did fantastic for just 2 of you! We have about 2 food trucks here. The weather is just not conducive to a big bunch of them - but we would definitely be out in droves should they send a few our way in the summer months. We are food truck deprived! You two do have a sophisticated palate! I think there are only 2 restaurants here that even serve popcorn - and shaved ice? No place local.

    I have been in a super slump lately after the Eat Alberta conference we put on here. I knew I needed time to catch up - but didn't expect it to take this long. I have hardly posted all year, and my reading and commenting used to be daily with tenacity and I wouldn't miss anyone's post - but I am just overwhelmed. I am trying to get back and do better. I enjoyed catching up with you this morning, a bit! Thank you for not forgetting about me. I appreciate it!

  3. Those lines flabbergast me. It must have been great fun. I love vendor food and I know I'd have had a blast. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  4. Pulled pork and mac and cheese on the same sandwich???? Yes, please!

  5. You know this is torture for me, right? Such is the case anytime I read about people living in places with a good truck culture. We have no such thing. Which is a huge shame given how right up my alley they sound. I'd be just like you, trying to convince my hubby that we need to try more because, well, just because. Which I suppose means that you and I together at the food trucks would be dangerous!