The Great Food Truck Race

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    April 2, 2014

    Now Casting: The Great Food Truck Race 5

    ​Remember the first two seasons of The Great Food Truck Race? When they pitted actual working food trucks against each other? Remember when OC's own The Lime Truck won Season 2, which provided co-owner Jason Quinn some of the seed money for his now infamous brick-and-mortar, The Playground? Thos ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    TLT Food, The Lime Truck's Restaurant, To Open In Irvine

    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!

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    January 4, 2013

    Jason Quinn To Do Free 2-Hour Cooking Demo At Surfas Tomorrow

    Hey, ya got two hours to kill mañana? Chef Jason "Burn in Hell" Quinn of the Playground and The Great Food Truck Race-winning The Lime Truck is going to conduct a cooking demo for free at Surfas Culinary District in Costa Mesa tomorrow, Saturday, January 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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    December 12, 2012

    Tyler Florence Coming To South Coast Plaza Friday

    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 >>

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    November 1, 2012

    The Lime Truck Gets Put Into New Mobile Game 'Order Up!! Food Truck Wars'

    The Lime Truck's action-packed run on The Great Food Truck Race is long behind us, but now you can relive the competition-on-wheels simply by pulling out your phone. "Order Up!! Food Truck Wars" (yes, that's two exclamation points) is a new multi-player mobile game from Irvine-based Superv ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    The Lime Truck To Open TLT Food, A Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Westwood

    The Lime Truck is going wheel-less. After two years of feeding hungry mobs at business parks, festivals and street food events throughout OC, Daniel Shemtob is taking his innovative New American fare north. He's the latest luxe lonchera chef to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a move that ha ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Anaïs Raya: Farmers Markets Produce, Weekly Feasts, and Culinary Education

    People ask food critics such unimaginative questions. What's your favorite restaurant? Where should I eat? Do you really eat everything you write about?Every food critic I know secretly wants home cooking. They want to go to a place and not have to be anonymous or photograph the food; they want simp ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Seabirds Will Team Up With Clay Oven In September Pop-Up

    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.

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    July 25, 2012

    The Playground Clay Oven Pop Up Tonight Tomorrow Night (July 26th)

    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 >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Back the Birds: Seabirds Launches Kick(starter)-and-Mortar Campaign

    ​Late last year, we reported that Stephanie Morgan and her partners in awesome vegan cuisine were looking at the space next to Playground in downtown Santa Ana's Fiesta Marketplace East End. It's taken a few months, but they've finally committed to the space.

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    March 14, 2012

    Food Network Casting Season 3 of The Great Food Truck Race. Food Truckers Need Not Apply.

    ​Have you been thinking of starting a food truck but just don't have the capital? Tyler Florence wants you for The Great Food Truck Race! The casting call was put out today for new teams to compete in the third season of the show and the producers aren't exactly interested whether you even have a ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    The Playground Is the Brotherhood of the Purple Pants

    'The Great Food Truck Race 2' co-winner Jason Quinn opens his long-awaited restaurant

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    January 20, 2012

    This Week In Food: Japanese Video Game Food, Doritos Invented At Disneyland? & Sex In Exchange for McNuggets

    Mmm...brains...​As always, each week we bring you tales of the weird, wacky and delicious (see above). Here's your handy guide to the awesomeness we brought you this week!

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    January 13, 2012

    Ten Great Vegetarian Restaurants in OC

    ​Orange County, for all its Republican, meat-and-potatoes reputation, has a fantastic array of vegetarian restaurants; not just vegetarian, but vegan, and from a wide variety of ethnic traditions. We have little patience with hippy-dippy vegetarian places that skimp on flavor in order to emphasize ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    PALMO Pop-Up: A Vegan Destination In Newport Beach

    ​If Thursday is the new Friday, Wednesday is hump day, and Tuesdays are for tacos, what do we call Monday....sandwich night? We're thinking either meatless, or, as Raya Belna would like you to refer to it, PALMO. That's right. There's a new pop-up in town, and it's found in a different, non-car de ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Slapfish Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Let's count 'em, shall we? OC food-truck chefs who went brick-and-mortar: There was Hop Phan of Dos Chinos a few months ago, then the folks at the Tropical Shave Ice Truck. Most recently, Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck opened his Playground in Santa Ana, with fellow Great Fo ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Seabirds Brick-and-Mortar to Open in Downtown Santa Ana

    ​The Chase family's controversial rebranding of the Fiesta Marketplace as the East End Promenade caused a lot of hand-wringing and angry words from people who've accused downtown Santa Ana of pandering to hipsters and gentrifiers. Well, we've got a new idea: just call it "Great Food Truck Race" al ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    10 Great Luxe Loncheras in Orange County

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​I was thinking of making a list that included ALL loncheras, luxe and not, but it'd be a wash: loncheras in a landslide. That said, I've warmed up a bit to the idea of non-Mexis muscling into the food-truck business with gourmet, usually overpriced meals. The one wond ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Seabirds Truck to Appear on Ellen Thursday

    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.

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    September 30, 2011

    This Week In Food: Doritos' Dad Dies, Nicki Minaj's Pink Chicken Wing Necklace And More!

    ​We love food. Some of us love food so much we want to wear it as jewelry. Some of us have Doritos sprinkled over our graves. Others dislike food and are totally boring like Anderson Cooper. Read all about these tales of culinary love and hate after the jump!

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    September 23, 2011

    Weekend Guide: Beer Mimosas, Tiki Drinks and The Lime Truck Season Finale Party

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2011

    The Lime Truck Gives Out Free Food Tomorrow

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​Another two cities before the final showdown of The Great Food Truck Race and OC boys Daniel Shemtob, Jason Quinn, and Jesse Brockman of The Lime Truck are still very much the contenders we knew them to be. Last episode they came out victorious, wowing a Memphis veget ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Food Network Commemorates 9/11 with Half-Assed See-Through Graphic

    ​Every media outlet had their own way of commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Some, like the news stations devoted all their coverage to it; others, like those airing NFL games, did it through specials or the use of ribbons by on-air hosts. Others made logical mentions when necessary--on Si ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2

    ​Last night's episode of The Great Food Truck Race took the remaining five trucks to Manhattan. Not that one. Manhattan, Kansas. The so-called "Little Apple", a small college town with a population of over 50,000. And emphasis was made on simplifying dishes and how college kids wouldn't have much ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Daniel Shemtob Chats About The Lime Truck's Semi-Permanent Home in Costa Mesa

    ​During The Great Food Truck Race premiere party last Sunday night with The Lime Truck and Seabirds at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3303 Hyland Ave.), I noticed that there was a bar area set up inside with indoor seating and a wall of blackboards with "The Lime Truck" scribbled in gigantic lette ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2​For an hour-long show (has it always been an hour long?), last night's premiere of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race whizzed by like those sponsored VW pace cars. As you may already be aware, OC's born and bred luxe loncheras, Seabirds and The Lime Truck, are ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    This Sunday: The Great Food Truck Race Viewing Party with The Lime Truck & Seabirds in Costa Mesa​It has finally come. The premiere of The Great Food Truck Race featuring OC food trucks, The Lime Truck and Seabirds, is this Sunday, August 14 on the Food Network.

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    July 27, 2011

    The Lime Truck's Jason Quinn To Teach Burger Cooking Class at Sur La Table This Saturday

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​My, how far Jason Quinn has come in a year. Around this time last summer (well, actually closer to June), he and partner Daniel Shemtob bought a used truck from a failed luxe lonchera (Brooklyn Boys, if you must know), painted it green and called it "The Lime Truck." ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    "Great Food Truck Race 2011" Teaser Now Playing​As far as the food trucks who participated in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race are concerned, the competition was over when the show finished taping its final episode weeks ago. But for the rest of us (who may or may not already know who got eliminated and when), the ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    On the Line: Christian Murcia of Crepes Bonaparte & Brats Berlin, Part Two

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​Our conversation with Christian Murcia continues as we discuss family, animal-style fries and Crepes Bonaparte's stint on The Great Food Truck Race. To read up on yesterday's installment, you can click here. For a savory cooking lesson, come back tomorrow.Hardest lesso ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Santa Ana

    Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly​We've always wondered why the Lime Truck never made the Roy Choi-esque jump to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but now the wait is over.Jason Quinn, the 25-year-old chef behind Orange County's beloved Lime Truck, will be opening a high-end burger restaurant in downt ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    [UPDATED: It's The Great Food Truck Race's Fault] The Lime Truck Sued For Alleged Trademark Infringement

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​UPDATE, JUNE 23, 2011, 8:28 A.M.: Gustavo here, so don't blame Edwin for my subsequent rant. Just got the paperwork for the lawsuit that some weak-sauce chain of "Mexican" food called Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, filed in United States Federal Court, Southern District of ... More >>

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    June 4, 2011

    Live Blogging The Finale of The Great Food Truck Race

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob of The Lime Truck​Our sister paper New Times in Miami is in the heat of it. The filming of the Great Food Truck Race finale is happening this weekend in their city. Their reporter, Alexandra Leon, is doing a bang-up job live blogging the ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Did OC's Luxe Loncheras Make It To The Great Food Truck Race Finale? (SPOILERS!)

    Photo by Christopher VictorioDaniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck​This weekend, contestants on the second season of The Great Food Truck Race finished up its last stop before the finale. The show won't air until August, but as we've been reporting, fans, local news and bloggers have be ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    This Week in Food: Mother-Daughter Kimchi, Chewbacca Soba, and

    Flickr user tsechuen26​So many great posts, so little time to read--so get the highlights after the jump!

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    May 26, 2011

    Interview with a Great Food Truck Race Contestant's...Dad

    Photo by Christopher VictorioThe Lime Truck's Jason Quinn​As I wrote earlier this week, two of OC's luxe loncheras are contestants on the second season of The Great Food Truck Race, which is being filmed at this very moment. Although The Lime Truck and Seabirds are contractually prohibited by The ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Contestants for The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 Revealed

    SeabirdsTruck.comThe Seabirds girls in Vegas​We 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 >>

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    April 29, 2011

    This Week in Food: Luxe Loncheras, More Luxe Loncheras, and Even More Luxe Loncheras!

    Photo by the Elmo MonsterOur requisite mention of Piaggio for the week!​We went luxe lonchera crazy this week, and even crazier in other departments. The bedlam after the jump!

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    April 27, 2011

    Is The Lime Truck Competing in The Great Food Truck Race?

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​So is The Lime Truck going to represent Orange County in the second season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race?  All evidence points to yes. 

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    December 3, 2010

    Two Truck Events, Two Days, Two Charities

      Photo by Christopher Victorio​Food 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 >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Food Truck Hosts Nutella Eating Contest Next Week

    ​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.

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    October 7, 2010

    LB Street Food Fest This Saturday at Rainbow Lagoon Park

    Dave Lieberman​Are you tired of these food truck festivals yet? Judging by the lines I keep seeing, probably not. Well, there's another one this weekend called LB Street Food Fest on Saturday, October 8th, from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. It'll cost you $6 at presa ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Christopher Victorio​  Edwin goes on a tasting tour at the Fountain Valley Cupcake Showdown and more tasty tidbits you miss this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

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    September 22, 2010

    Last Night at The Cupcake Showdown OC

    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 >>

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    September 17, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user selva​ Read up on Dave's encounter with summer produce of the mythical variety and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

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    September 3, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user Thomas Leplus​ Five ways to prevent cooking catastrophes and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

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    August 30, 2010

    The Great Food Truck Race: Can Anyone De-throne Nom Nom?

    Courtesy of Food Network​Never underestimate the power of people who've been churned through the Anderson School of Business machine. This week's episode of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" showed that an ounce of amazing marketing savvy can overcome a pound of unfamiliarity with the pro ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Ready for OC Foodie Fest?

    ​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.

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    August 26, 2010

    OC Foodie Fest

    Honda Center

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