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Top Food Trucks in London

It is no secret that we are mad about food carts, and we consider them to be one of America’s most important exports. Food cart culture has spread to Paris in recent years and has taken root in London. It is worth noting that food “cart” and food “truck” have very different connotations in British English, with food carts having a somewhat dubious reputation. Not to fear though, high quality and innovative food trucks are on the rise in London, right on the heels of booming food truck culture in the US. The variety of London food truck is admirably vast and street foodies can choose from gourmet burgers, curry, chocolate, Vietnamese, and Mexican, among others.

The Luardos Food Truck in London

The Guardian has a list of food trucks picks in London , along with some mouth-watering recipes from each (we are especially digging the Carnitas recipe from Luardos). Migrationology has another round of 6 picks, including meatballs and hotdogs (sounds a little familiar to Chicago, no?). Another truck that found its way onto nearly all of the lists was Crêperie Nicholas, a fan-favorite for crêpes, served out of a restored 1965 Citroën truck. Southern food has also made its way to London, and the Pitt Cue Co. truck even offers pulled pork. This extremely important development means we could move to London easily, should the need arise. Most intriguingly we are excited to note the appearance of the HMS Flake 99, an ice cream truck that doubles as a BOAT (see below). For the latest in London street food developments, you can keep up with the Eat.st site.

HMS Flake 99 photo by Eater

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Food Trucks Roll Into Paris

 New York, Or Paris? photo by Stephane

When I learned that Chipotle had arrived in Paris, it seemed that anything was possible in the French capital. Now, food trucks, one of our favorite food delivery methods, are becoming very popular in Paris, something that is surprising Parisians almost as much as Chipotle. The featured food trucks in the article specialize in gourmet tacos and burgers with fresh and well-sourced ingredients. While living in Lisbon some of things we missed most were good Mexican food and burgers, so we would have definitely visited Cantine California or Le Camion qui Fume!

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Recipe for Food Truck-style Halal Chicken and Rice

If you have been to Midtown Manhattan in NYC (especially if you had a hankering for a late night snack) you would have no doubt passed at least 1 food truck in the area selling Halal Chicken and Rice, a completely singular NYC dish. If you want to recreate the in/famous chicken and rice – which is usually spiced chicken chunks over yellow rice with garlic sauce – in your home, Serious Eats has a new recipe.

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The Food Trucks of Austin

SXSW is notorious for having free food at many shows, and I definitely enjoyed this aspect. At the British Music embassy, food was available nearly all day every day, ranging from tacos to trifle. The Barbados tent, on the other hand, was dishing out BBQ and the Dutch party had Speculoos and tea. However, the pickings were more slim at night time, and that’s when I took to the food carts. Austin is known for its competitive and varied food truck scene, even branching out into some more esoteric varieties.

The first food truck we tried was on our night of arrival – Mmmpandas. They served nothing but – you guessed it – empanadas – in my opinion one of the most perfect portable meals. There was a small variety of empanadas for sale, though the selection dwindled rapidly as the night wore on. One of my colleagues in fact snagged the last green chile chicken empanada. I ordered the ($4) spinach and cheese empanada.

After seeing many of the shows at venues around 5th and Congress, we frequented what I would like to call the “Food Truck Court” a small gathering of foodtrucks in a parking lot. Over the course of our stay there we indulged in many of their offerings. By far my personal favorite was a cleverly titled truck called “Coolhaus” – which combines playful Mid-century modern references with build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. The truck itself was tiny and had a very midcentury-modern sloped roof, as befitting the name.

An ice cream sandwich at Coolhaus runs $4, and allows you to choose the type of cookie outer layer (chocolate, ginger, oatmeal or chocolate chip) and a rotating range of ice cream flavors (Mocha, Mexican Chocolate, Pistachio, Vanilla), etc. We actually ended up eating at Coolhaus 2 nights in a row and I can safety recommend their ginger and chocolate cookies and the Mexican chocolate and coffee/toffee ice cream. In theory the sandwiches are portable, but definitely only if you eat very quickly (I opted to put the whole sandwich in a bowl to consume at a slower pace). The cookies were soft and fresh-baked and as if that wasn’t cool enough, the labels were even printed on edible rice paper.

Also in the food truck court was a rather well-known truck called Chi-Lantro. Chi lantro is a purveyor of tacos with a Korean Twist – such as bulgogi or kimchi tacos. We split a chicken bulgogi burrito, and enjoyed the vinegary tang of the kimchi with the usual taco fixins. Korean Quesadillas and loaded fries were also available.

The final stop in the food truck Court was The Peached Tortilla  – an eclectic truck selling exotic tacos ($3) (Bahn mi, BBQ Pork) and sliders (like crab cake). However, they also had sweet potato fries ($3.50) an assortment of sauces (like peach mint and sriracha mayo). I was also impressed by their wide selection of esoteric canned and bottled drinks – including canned Thai iced tea.

On 6th street, right in the heart of all of the SXSW mayhem, another foodtruck caught our eye with it’s aesthetic sensibility. Housed in an airstream trailer with a giant Plexiglas cupcake on top, “Hey Cupcake,” serves nothing but cupcakes ($3). A small menuboard announces the flavors – including carrot cake, red velvet and a confection called the Michael Jackson – a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting (my pick). While the hordes descended on the pizza stands we were happy with our choice to go sweet.

While I only scratched the surface of the Austin Food Truck Scene, it was easy to see why it was popular – Austinites are definitely spoiled for choice. Hopefully Chicago will someday reach such food truck heights. Which reminds me, we need to visit the Southern’s Mac and Cheese Truck very soon.

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The Gaztrowagon hits the streets

Food trucks are finally becoming a reality in Chicago, after a long period of waiting (and petitioning). In fact, today is the first day the Gaztrowagon food truck – formerly only a brick and mortar store located on North Clark – hits the street.  Hopefully this means a food cart explosion is headed Chicago’s way.

We visited the brick and mortar Gaztrowagon about a month ago and we were very impressed with their naan-whiches (what it sounds like, sandwiches on Indian naan flatbread), especially the pork shoulder with radish, cilantro and queso fresco ($7.00).

Food CartFood Cart Eatin’ by VeryBadLady

In November we are going to cart mecca San Francisco, and are pretty stoked to have carts in our own city, too! Hopefully, in the meantime, we’ll be able to track down the Gaztrowagon – you can find out about its location by checking out wherezthewagon on Twitter.

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Why doesn’t Chicago have food trucks?

Seriously!!! Going to Philly, New York , LA and San Fran, the sidewalks are chockablock with awesome food carts. It’s not just tacos and burgers anymore either, check out the creme brulee cart (which like many other food trucks, Twitters its news and location), a must do for when we go to San Fran. Sure, in Chicago there is the erstwhile paleta cart, but I’m talking about the full out Food-Truck experience. Check out Chicagofoodtrucks.com a site with more info about how food trucks might come to the Windy City.

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The (non)local Taco Truck

A group of students tracked back the sources of the food found in a taco truck taco. Though some of the food was in fact local, some of the spices had traveled around the world to get there. Makes you think how truly global most eating nowadays is (for better or worse), even when we don’t realize it.

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Friday Foodie Link: Paper Food Trucks

We here at ETW are huge fans of mobile food. Whether it’s a taco stands or ice cream trucks. So we were excited to see this new Flickr set of printable models that you fold into food trucks of all varieties. Seems like a fun Summer project.

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