We were bummed when we found out that The Lime Truck, OC's most famous luxe lonchera, would be opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant--in Los Angeles. Luckily, it's now expanding--to Irvine. Woo hoo!
Read our interview with Alissa Grenis and Chris Rubinstein of Bite Me Foods, Part One. And now, on to Part Two. . . Where's the strangest place you've ever parked? Grenis:I don't know if we have ever parked anywhere that strange, but until recently, she has never been scratched. I'm driving the t ... More >>
Fresh from an appearance at MesAmerica, Mexico's most prestigious international chef conference founded by Chef Enrique Olvera of the legendary Pujol, our own Sabina Bandera of La Guerrerense has been given the honor of representing Mexico at the 1st annual World Street Food Congress in Singapo ... More >>
There are a lot of food events this weekend. Too many, in fact, for us non-Supermen to attend at the same time. But heck, here's another. Macy's Culinary Council is celebrating 10 years as, umm, as being Macy's Culinary Council, with a cross-country food truck tour that visits various Macy's with a ... More >>
"Just when I thought I was out--they pull me back in."--Michael Corleone, Godfather Part III. There has been a lot of press about the Baja Med explosion, and Baja fine dining--on both sides of the border--what really makes our hearts flutter here in the U.S. is street food. In trends, you can always ... More >>
Martin describes his desk setup at his previous job for a financial company, where he worked for eight years: "I had two toaster ovens and two waffle makers. I was living out of my cubicle, and people knew I loved to cook. My co-workers always told me I should do something with food."In today's inst ... More >>
If you didn't catch God Thomas Keller there on Tuesday, another brush with celebrity chefdom occurs this Friday at Williams-Sonoma. Best known for his hosting gig on The Great Food Truck Race, Tyler Florence rolls into our favorite shopping mall for a book signing.Bay Area-based with both a successf ... More >>
Andrew Zimmern already travels around the world for a living--now, he's bringing grub. This month, the delightfully expressive Bizarre Foods host is launching his own food truck, AZ Canteen. Don't worry--the menu won't be outrageous as you might expect. No scorpion pancakes or maggot pie ... More >>
After the pop-up with Jason Quinn at The Playground tonight, Chef Geeta Bansal of Clay Oven will team up with Jason Quinn's fellow Great Food Truck Race alum, Stephanie Morgan of Seabirds.
UPDATE: I was completely off the mark on the date. It's tomorrow night, not tonight...which means there's still time if you want a reservation at the 9 p.m. seating.ORIGINAL POST:If you're reading this, it's close to dinner time, and the Playground and Clay Oven pop-up that I wrote about a few weeks ... More >>
Steven Greenhut, the onetime editorial writer at The Orange County Register and a man loathed by public employee union bosses, and state Senator Lou Correa recently met with 12 food truck owners who claim Santa Ana police and California tax officials are harassing their businesses.According to Green ... More >>
Not thrilled with the sad Lean Cuisine you brought for lunch today? Come on over to the OC Weekly World Headquarters for something much more appetizing. Every week, we'll be hosting Food Truck Fridays, featuring five different OC food trucks. Today's lineup includes:
The former luxe lonchera goes brick-and-mortar but is just as great
Mike Dimmitt was difficult. And by difficult we mean next to impossible to get a hold of. We'll let the fact that he was in the process of moving be an excuse, but c'mon! He's lucky we share a favorite chef and infatuation with dim sum and (San Diego) breweries. A purveyor of this stinking rose, the ... More >>
There's that old saying about doing as the Romans do when in Rome. But when you're in Cairo, don't mimic the Egyptians like you would the Romans--at least when it comes to eating street food. The number of food carts in the country's capital is as many as the warnings you'll receive from fellow E ... More >>
Michelle reported last week that Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to prevent food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a public school between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This, of course, is crap, and we can count the number of food trucks that ply the streets of Carmel wi ... More >>
Luxe loncheras looking to attract hungry schoolkids may have to wait until way after the bell rings to do so if a proposed law goes into effect. Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced a state bill that would ban food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a public school between the hou ... More >>
Dave, Edwin, Shuji and I have written so much about Alebrije's that we could publish a book about it (or--cue Oscar Bluth--am I?). It's all about the food: Mexico City-style favorites like pambazos, quesadillas and alambres, and the legendary taco acorazado, that monster of milanesa and masa that ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaSet your DVRs. OC's own Stephanie Morgan and her vegan truck Seabirds will be on Ellen tomorrow, and she will presumably feed host DeGeneres her signature tacos stuffed with fried avocado or the jackfruit one that actually kinda tastes like pork.
Today is something called National Taco Day, which is a total bullshit holiday made up in 2000 by Chuy's in Austin. It started as a marketing ploy, and Chuy's actually filed a trademark application for it, but it let its rights to the term slip, meaning hundreds of lazy bloggers and reporters can ... More >>
Last night's Great Food Truck Race finale was a satisfying as these kind of shows can get, as the last two trucks, Hodge Podge and The Lime Truck, rolled into Miami for their last elimination challenge. There would be no Truck Stop, host Tyler Florence announced, at least not until later. They wo ... More >>
Gumbo galore at Ragin Cajun on Wheels. . . . and now you have plans. FRIDAYEats in the Streets What: Another food truck fest with a lineup that includes Ragin Cajun On Wheels, Dos Chinos, Baconmania and White Rabbit Truck (whose 6lbs Burrito Challenge will be attempted by Adam Richman ... More >>
Orange County BBQ BonanzaBabyyyyy, baby back ribs [barbecue sauce] at the Orange County BBQ Bonanza. You're busy people. Let us plan your weekend for you. Happy eating! TODAYOrange County BBQ Bonanza What: BBQ ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, sausages. And maybe some Handi Wipes. The four- ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLast year's event. This is the big one, folks. The Coachella of OC food truck events. Get out your walking shoes, elastic waistbands/maxi dresses and dollar bills. The OC Foodie Fest 2011 is coming to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim in two weeks--Sat., Aug. 27. It' ... More >>
Oscar MeyerHere's a luxe-lonchera we can wholeheartedly endorse: to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its iconic Wienermobile, the country's first gourmet food truck (Gustavo note: not really, but let's play along, shall we?), the hot dog giant has trotted out a mini-version from which its frank ... More >>
SeabirdsTruck.comThe Seabirds girls in VegasWe already know The Lime Truck and Seabirds are in the midst of competing in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race at this very moment. Seabirds' website has a picture of Stephanie Morgan and her two gal pals pre-race, along with this not-so-cr ... More >>
Piaggio on Wheels: bad-ass choripán...Ustedes know about my skepticism to the luxe-lonchera craze, especially the attempt of some to claim they sell honest-to-goodness street food, then charge you Ritz-Carlton prices for a pinche slider. Is it legit, or just Marie Antoinette dressing as a milkma ... More >>
Instead of scrolling through your Twitter stream for the whereabouts of your favorite food trucks, find them all on one trusty map, updated live on your iPhone. TruxMap is a free app that lets you see what food trucks are currently near you, browse menus and photos, and get directions to your mob ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioNot this giant cluster-truck... Word nerds, help me out here. What do you call a gathering of luxe-loncheras? I'm not talking about an oversized catastrophe special event like the OC Foodie Fest shown above, but a run-of-the-mill, cluster of food trucks that happens ... More >>
Come on, LA food trucks. We know traffic on the 5 and 405 sucks, but if you make Orange County a regular stop on your weekly routes, you'd surely have lines waiting. Bonus: OC has more parking. Here are five of my favorites: 1. LudoTruck LudoTruckI had a chance to try the very-hype ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioFood truck gatherings happen practically every day, but few usually benefit charities. Those happening today and tomorrow do. Today, a so-called "Gourmet on the Go Food Drive Event" is happening at the OCEA (Orange County Employees Association) office in ... More >>
Next week, on Tuesday, November 2, at noon, Crepes Bonaparte, Orange County's own Great Food Truck Race celebrities with those darned funny French outfits they wear, are holding a Nutella eating contest for a chance to win free crepes from their truck for a month.
Updated, with new info on the bottom, which you kind of get from the new headline...It wouldn't be a week without a new food truck festival or gathering. I got a press release today announcing the birth of yet another one.
Food Network If you think five previous straight wins secured by the unstoppable Nom Nom Truck was going to make the finale of The Great Food Truck Race a bore to watch, you'd be wrong. The episode, which took the final two trucks, Nom Nom and Grill 'Em All, to New York City turned out ... More >>
Edwin GoeiClick here to see the slideshow!Last night, inside an unmarked warehouse deep-set in Fountain Valley's furniture row, a party happened. A party centered around cupcakes. The Cupcake Showdown OC, an event that seemed to come out of nowhere, brought the crowds, a line out the door, th ... More >>
The Food NetworkIf you're still folowing The Great Food Truck Race, last night's episode is the semi-final of sorts. By the time the hour was over, two trucks roll on to next week's finale. Here be a summation of what occured last night. Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Photo by the Elmo MonsterReal damn street food: the taco acorazado at Alebrije'sI wasn't able to attend this past weekend's OC Foodie Fest (congrats to the organizers, btw, on the turnout) because I attended another one: the Eat Real Festival, held around Jack London Square in Oakland. You though ... More >>
Originally posted June 30, but NBC re-aired it this week, so might as well repost...enjoy, and please excuse the ugly mug to the right...The clip was filmed in March, originally aired around Cinco de Mayo, and was rebroadcast this week--and I finally found a clip online that I could legally share ... More >>
Niyaz and Jeff at the Register's Food Frenzy blog have posted their list of picks for tomorrow's OC Foodie Fest at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and for the most part, we agree. Since there will be 50 trucks, obviously no single person can try all of them. Here are our choices.
At least they didn't call them "cantina" tacos, I guess...So the country is wild about street food right now, luxe-loncheras and the like, and I can live with that. Debate rages about what constitutes "authentic" Mexican food as opposed to the "fake" stuff, and I like debates like that.What I can ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyRachel Klemek has always been a friend to OC's new brand of food trucks. Her Blackmarket Bakery in the Skypark Circle section of Irvine plays host to different ones just about every week. But tomorrow is special. Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, she will welcome four food truc ... More >>
Photo: Meg StrouseJames Foxall and Virginia Strickland, organizers of the OC Foodie FestThe success of last weekend's Long Beach Street Food Fest bodes well for OC Foodie Fest, a gathering of fifty food trucks (the final list of which was just published on their website) at the Honda Center on Sa ... More >>
Photo: Meg StrouseJames Foxall and Virginia Strickland, organizers of the OC Foodie FestJames "Fox" Foxall is the owner of Taco Dawg and one of the organizers of the upcoming OC Foodie Fest, a gathering of 50 of the new-style food trucks at the Honda Center. He took some time out of his two-job d ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Jose Piaggio takes his Argentine restaurant wherever he roams
Remember when we asked if OC was ready for a street food festival?Well, ready or not, here it comes! The OC Foodie Fest will take place Saturday, August 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Honda Center in beautiful Anaheim.
Burnt LumpiaFood bloggers and food trucks form a symbiotic relationship. You'll likely hear about a new food truck from a food blogger before anyone else. Nastassia Johnson and Marvin Gapultos are food bloggers. But they're not content on just writing about food trucks anymore--so they're s ... More >>
Flickr user goopymartThis week Stick a Fork In It covered food trucks, Tila Tequila, the new McDonald's geolocation app and more. Catch up on what you missed after the jump!