Tag: Street Food
by Eva Holland | 10.20.10 | 1:10 PM ET
The Wall Street Journal notes a potential new trend: Foreign tourism boards stirring up interest abroad by offering free food-truck meals to entice potential visitors. Here’s reporter Sumathi Reddy:
Foreign countries are increasingly hoping food is the key to New Yorkers’ hearts—and purse strings. In June, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism had a Treats & Tweets truck dishing out free Junkanoo drumsticks (chicken wings), Bahamian macaroni and cheese and virgin Bahama Mamas for a week. “It was promoting tourism and travel to the Bahamas using food as a conduit,” said Chelsey Lutz, a spokeswoman for the ministry.
This is one form of promotion I can definitely get behind. (Via @collazoprojects)
by Eva Holland | 09.15.10 | 2:05 PM ET
In response to some legal pushback against the popular trucks—driven in part by restaurateurs worried about lost business—the L.A. Times’ food writer explains their appeal. Here’s Gold:
The draw could be the communal experience, or it could be the feeling that you belong to a fraternity of the plugged-in. It could be that moment that defines street food of all types—your food is cooked, served and consumed in what seems like a single fluid motion; desire and fulfillment becoming one. Or it could be the impulse of citizenship: This sidewalk looks a lot like Los Angeles.
(Via The Atlantic)
by Eva Holland | 01.12.10 | 1:44 PM ET
Now that his Korean taco trucks have made their mark on the Los Angeles food scene, chef Roy Choi is ready for his next challenge: the restaurant biz. Choi’s new restaurant will open in West Los Angeles in February, but the famous Kogi taco won’t be on the menu. Instead, he tells the Wall Street Journal that he plans to “update the rice bowl.” (Via @JohnnyJet)
by Darrin Duford | 12.18.09 | 10:41 AM ET
The crunchy exoskeletons are a favorite snack. Darrin DuFord explains where and how to chow down. (Think drive-thrus!)
by Eva Holland | 10.21.09 | 12:36 PM ET
by Eva Holland | 09.24.09 | 3:18 PM ET
Anyone who was intrigued by L.A.s kimchi tacos will want to read the latest Frugal Traveler dispatch from Vancouver, wherein Matt Gross explores daikon- and soy-sauce-topped hot dogs and other low-budget fusion delights.
by Jim Benning | 08.07.09 | 10:55 AM ET
So let us now turn our attention to L.A.s Mexican street-food vendors. They’ve never had it easy, what with gang battles sometimes raging around them and the watchful eye of health inspectors threatening their livelihoods.
Public radio’s Marketplace recently put together a fine little profile on the struggles of one tamale vendor who works the tough neighborhood of MacArthur Park.
Tamalero Antonio, who sells tamales out of a box mounted on a tricycle, told the show: “It’s dangerous. It’s very, very dangerous. You have to be careful with the gangs, you have to be careful with the police, you have to be careful with the cars. There are a lot of dangers in the street.”
(Via Boing Boing)
* Update 4:16 p.m. P.T. Speaking of dangers, today’s L.A. Times reports that at least 22 taco truck operators have been robbed at gunpoint in East L.A. in the last three months. (Thanks for the tip, Eli.)
by Jim Benning | 07.22.09 | 1:37 PM ET
By now most people have heard of the L.A. Twitter taco truck phenomenon that is Kogi. Well it seems that Kogi’s success has spawned a slew of other food trucks in Southern California, from the Coolhaus ice cream sandwich truck to the Franken Stand hawking vegan sausages.
And the trend is going national, so if you’re in the U.S., look out for a gourmet food truck coming soon to a neighborhood near you.
Today’s Los Angeles Times story on the phenomenon includes an interesting bit of sociology.
by Julia Ross | 05.28.09 | 1:38 PM ET
I’m not a parent, but I’ve sympathized with two sisters and plenty of friends who bemoan the constant time stresses on working parents with young kids. Grocery shopping and cooking rank high among parental time-sucks, of course, so a Thai curator’s recent comment to the New York Times that Bangkok’s ubiquitous food carts “provide a vital support system to people who work, especially couples with children” got me wondering about the benefits of raising kids in Asia.
by World Hum | 04.28.09 | 4:06 PM ET
To mark World Hum's eighth anniversary, we've collected eight favorite stories from our archives that explore the sweet spot where taste meets travel
by Michael Yessis | 01.27.09 | 8:21 AM ET
- Milk bars in Warsaw are frozen in time, and that’s just one reason people love the relics of the Soviet era.
- Keith Bellows talks to Thomas Friedman about “the future of green technology and travel.”
- Road-tripping Yukon’s Dempster Highway.
- In Australia, incinerated meat “occupies a singular place in the national psyche.”
- World Hum contributor Frank Bures on what’s “possibly Wisconsin’s most famous landmark and definitely one of the world’s strangest tourist attractions.”
- Airports in the U.S. will soon begin testing radar designed to track birds.
- London officials warn: Watch out for those takeaway kebabs!
- Inside the Iron Maiden hotel.
- In the Western U.S. train travel is making “a heady comeback during these volatile energy-conscious times.”
- Scott McCartney on “the quest for perfect airline food.” Wait. Airline food still exists?
by Terry Ward | 12.15.08 | 12:16 AM ET
Terry Ward lifts the lid on a few of the world's tastiest places to eat the people's cuisine
by Eva Holland | 11.24.08 | 11:56 AM ET
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