June 19, 2016 |
This Saturday and Sunday, about 20 mobile cuisine vendors from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and beyond will congregate at Atlantic City's Brighton Park for the inaugural Food Truck Festival. The vendors' stories are as varied as their menus, which span categories and continents. Wink Hall of Little Egg Harbor dishes out eccentric, potato-based eats from his 1 Potato Two truck. His signature Spudwich comprises a filling - lobster salad, steak and cheese, or chicken parm, to name a few - sandwiched between two large fried potato skins.
June 10, 2016 |
MARGATE, N.J. - At 11:52 a.m., Jym Paris, on a day off from his job impersonating colonial painter James Peale, walked up to a building impersonating a food truck in a beach town whose symbol is a hotel building designed to look like an elephant. The resemblance was uncanny. No, Paris, 71, did not look like the actual Margate Burger & Food Truck building, though his pink shirt and teal vest did coordinate well with the pastel color scheme on the adobe talk-of-Margate building, literally fashioned in the shape of a giant food truck, with wheels, windows, even windshield wipers, carved and painted into a stucco exterior.
June 4, 2016 |
Building fences, or walls, doesn't make for good neighbors. Tearing down economic barriers and creating friendly public spaces do. That's essentially the thinking behind the Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit now meeting in Philadelphia - with presentations by Knight Foundation grant winners past and present introducing fresh and low-cost strategies to make cities more vibrant and inclusive. Projects ranged from "Pop-Up City Halls" in Charlotte, N.C., that take council meetings to the citizenry, to an educational eco-science barge floating in the Miami harbor beside million-dollar yachts, to a multi-cultural "New Flavors" food truck in Grand Forks, N.D., that immigrant groups from Africa and Southeast Asia can use to introduce their exotic food.
May 16, 2016
Hooked on fun Connecticut. All hail the great shad! In this town, the celebration goes on for weeks, culminating in a party on the green with a parade, games, food, arts and crafts vendors, magicians, and family activities. Shad Derby Festival , Windsor, May 21. www.windsorshadderby.com Arts outdoors Delaware. More than 50 art vendors with visual arts, upcycled art, jewelry, clothing, and more, plus dance and live music. Also food and kids' activities to make this a lively day. Bellefonte Arts Festival , Bellefonte, May 21. http://bit.ly/1W9Rb64 Native American celebration Maryland.
April 22, 2016
The truck: Totally impossible not to notice Wheely Wheely Good, the snazzy new truck on Drexel University's campus. Blood-red, decorated with smiling cartoon chefs, the truck grabs your eyeballs and entices your stomach. It whispers, "Forget that lame hot dog stand around the corner. Spread your wings. Try some Asian fusion. " Not literally, of course, but that's the vibe we get. The menu: "Overwhelming" is the first word that comes to mind. There's just a lot happening here. We were nearly paralyzed by the options, from the rice balls to the soup to the spring rolls to the sushi to the popcorn chicken to the . . . you get the idea.
April 1, 2016 |
It might seem odd for a pair focused on Filipino and Hawaiian street food to dabble around ancient Rome for culinary inspiration. But Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca, co-owners of the Hawaiian-fusion food truck Poi Dog, each majored in classics at Bryn Mawr. So, for them, it's a sensible step in their evolution as chefs, using food to tell personal and political stories. Though Poi Dog's street fare tells the story of Aranita's heritage (she grew up in Hawaii and Hong Kong), this latest endeavor looks at not only what ancient Romans were eating, but why this food was only available to the elite class in their society.
March 13, 2016
Original Big Island Shave Ice Co. Parks at Blue Dragon Restaurant & Spa, 61-3616 Kawaihae Rd. 808-895-6069. obisic.com. Hours: The Original Big Island Shave Ice Co. food truck operates primarily in Kawaihae. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Price: An average shave ice costs $4 to $5. Special flavors such as Halo Halo, Kona Coffee, and Trini-Chantilly cost $5 to $6.
February 17, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC SAFETY Rate eateries After reading about the Health Department finding subpar conditions around food at Center City restaurants, I propose that Philadelphia adopt the letter-grade system used in New York and Los Angeles ("Phila. health inspectors soon can close eateries," Friday). In those cities and others, eateries must prominently post inspection ratings. That way, customers can see at a glance that the restaurant, lunch counter, or food truck adheres to proper food preparation standards.
January 19, 2016
J USTINE CARMINE, 28, of Mayfair, owns Happy Hippy Veg, a vegetarian catering service she launched last summer. She rents space at the Dorrance Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises in West Philadelphia, where she stores her food, does prep work and cooks. A Tacony native, she's a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton . Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: It stemmed from a yoga teacher-training weekend, and I'd been a vegetarian and love to bake and make healthy food that tastes good.
January 14, 2016 |
I had come for the smoked mushroom tacos because, well, it had been a vegan kind of week. But then there was duck. And knowing the kind of talent chefs Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen have displayed for the unconventional at their Taco Mondo food truck, it made sense to indulge that instinct in my first visit to Revolution Taco, the brick-and-mortar shop they just launched near Rittenhouse Square with fellow food trucker Alan Krawitz of...