Tag: Street Food

Tourism Promotion Through ... Food Trucks?

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)


Jonathan Gold Goes to Bat for Food Trucks

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)


Kogi Truck Chef Turns Restaurateur

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)


How to Eat Fried Tarantulas in Cambodia

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The crunchy exoskeletons are a favorite snack. Darrin DuFord explains where and how to chow down. (Think drive-thrus!)

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Montreal vs. New York City: The Hotdog Showdown

Last year we blogged the great bagel debate. Now, Gadling weighs in on another staple.


Kimchi Taco, Meet the JapaDog

Kimchi Taco, Meet the JapaDog Photo by macrohead via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by macrohead via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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.


The Hard Life of Los Angeles’ Street Tamaleros*

street tamales Photo by JOE M500 via Flickr, (Creative Commons)
Photo by JOE M500 via Flickr, (Creative Commons)

We’ve written before about the sometimes tough plight of L.A.’s taco trucks. Fortunately, taco trucks these days are ascendant—thanks in part to the mobility patterns of young urbanites.

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.)


Taco Trucks and the ‘Mobility Patterns’ of Young Urbanites

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.

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Asia’s Food Vendors: A Plus for Work-Family Balance

Asia’s Food Vendors: A Plus for Work-Family Balance Photo by René Ehrhardt via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by René Ehrhardt via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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.

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Eight Great Travel Stories About Food

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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

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Morning Links: Polish Milk Bars, Talking Travel With Thomas Friedman and More

Dempster Highway, Yukon Photo by rocco.degiacomo via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo of the Dempster Highway by rocco.degiacomo via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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Eight Best Cities for Street Food

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Terry Ward lifts the lid on a few of the world's tastiest places to eat the people's cuisine

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‘Street Food Doesn’t Have to Mean Rat on a Stick’

‘Street Food Doesn’t Have to Mean Rat on a Stick’ Photo by avlxyz via Flickr (Creative Commons).
Photo by avlxyz via Flickr (Creative Commons).

So says the Times of London. We’re inclined to agree.


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