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Here’s the latest in my food truck adventures.

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Lamb platter from Tasty Kabob

I tried Tasty Kabob’s lamb platter, which came with rice, side salad, and chick peas.  The portions were generous.  I liked the chick peas.  I was a little disappointed with the lamb which was actually gyro-style meat, cut into cubes so as to look like pieces of regular, non-compressed lamb.  On the positive side, it had good lamb flavor but was very salty.  Overall, it was solid especially if you like your food salty. I will warn you that after eating this meal, I was in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon.

 

Souvlaki Stop’s Gyro

Gyro from DC’s first Greek food truck — The Souvlaki Stop — was ok but also on the salty side and I think the feta was to blame. I can’t believe I’m about to say there can be such a thing as too much feta, but there can be.  The feta used was too salty to begin with and threw off the whole balance of the sandwich.  (When I tasted the gyro meat by itself, it was well seasoned but not salty.)  Overall, though, the gyro meat, pita, and tzatziki satisfied my gyro craving.

Of course, what’s better than a caramel popcorn chaser to a salty gyro?  Stella’s Popkern hit the spot and brought my taste buds back into neutral.  The popcorn was good and reminded me of my childhood snack Cracker Jacks, except Stella’s was way better.  Stella, where’s my prize??

Caramel popcorn from Stella’s Popkern

 

Last but not least, I checked out the Big Cheese.  My top two choices quickly sold out so I went for the Mt. Fuji — Mt. Tam brie, fuji apples, and honey, on multigrain bread.  It was good but a mushed mess.  I’m not sure there’s a way around this problem — other than eating the sandwich right on the spot — since anytime you wrap up a piping hot grilled cheese sandwich, soggy ensues.

Tune in next week for more food truck adventures.

Pepe Food Truck

I have to hand it to José Andrés and his Pepe food truck for making one hell of a sandwich even though it felt wrong to pay $14 for a food truck sandwich.

I’m speaking of the Pepito de Ternera, made with seared beef tenderloin, sweet caramelized onions, piquillo pepper confit and blue cheese. All these simple but quality ingredients are piled into a ficelle, which is a long thin baguette provided by Panorama bakery in Alexandria.

The bread is just as important as the filling in terms of making the sandwich so delectable – it’s crusty on the outside, spongy on the inside, and almost the same width as the pieces of seared tenderloin within it.

All in all, the sandwich gets high marks for its bread-to-filling ratio and contrast of textures. It also hit the right salty-sweet balance – the blue cheese is very instrumental in this regard. I warn you that the sandwich is a bit greasy. In the 10 minutes it took me to walk back to my office and inhale my sandwich in privacy, I narrowly averted decorating my business suit in oil dripping through the wax paper. I will also suggest you eat the sandwich soon after purchasing as it tends to cool down rather quickly.

Next time, I might give in and order the Iberico, which seems to be the priciest, single item ($20) available from any DC food truck due to its main ingredient — Iberico ham, which commands a hefty price on its own.

Free Food for D.C. Feds on Thursday, 12/8!

Below is a guest post from GovLoop’s Lauren Modeen.  As a former federal employee and a friend to many Feds out there, I’m happy to help promote this event!  Plus, the free food at issue here includes two of my favorite food groups: mac and cheese and BBQ.  Now if only I could find that old Government ID . . .

There is such a thing as a free lunch. For government workers, that is, on December 8!

Being a government worker is a thankless job and in most instances that’s just not cool. GovLoop.com, the “Facebook for Feds” sees the good work govies do every day, and wants to say thanks.

That’s why GovLoop is planning to feed public servants, FOR FREE, on December 8 from 11:30am – 1:30pm (or until supplies run out) at the L’Enfant and Federal Triangle metro stops. It’s simple – government employees just need to show up with a government ID, business card or something else to prove their public service credentials. If indeed a government employee, they will get their choice of lunch from one of two food truck partners: BBQ Bus (L’Enfant Plaza) or Cap Mac (Federal Triangle). The lunch menu will include:

  1. Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with chips and a drink
  2. Three Bean Vegetarian Chili with a drink
  3. Classic Macaroni and Cheese with a drink
  4. Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with a drink

The exact locations of the food trucks will not be known until the day of the event. When arriving at the metro stops, follow @GovLoop on Twitter to find out exactly where the trucks are stationed. You can also call (202) 709-7472 on the day of the event for exact locations.

Want more details? Check it out here.

Image source, http://www.facebook.com/bbqbusdc

Food truck review: The Rolling Ficelle — Another food truck, but not just another sandwich!

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Are there any of you out there that still believe that I just *happen* to walk by a food truck?  If so, then let’s say it happened again.  This time, I happened to be walking by the Rolling Ficelle food truck.

The menu features several sandwiches, all of which are served on a “ficelle” from Lyon Bakery.  What’s a ficelle? Well, the picture to the left says it all.  It’s a very long, thin baguette-style bread.

If you’ve read some of my other sandwich-musings (e.g. El Floridano, America Eats Tavern’s lobster roll), you’ll know that I have talked about key metrics for assessing the quality of any sandwich.  First, the bread-to-filling ratio.  No one wants too much of either.  Second, the bread.  Obviously, it needs to be fresh.  It also needs a little texture.  It needs to hold its own against the filling but not fight with you as you try to get to the filling.  Based on my first and only experience with Rolling Ficelle, its sandwiches pull in high scores with respect to both of these metrics.

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Food Truck Review: Tacos from Takorean

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Yesterday, I *happened* to pass by the Takorean food truck around the time people eat what’s commonly known as lunch.  I can’t pass up a good taco, especially given that one of Takorean’s options yesterday was a beef bulgogi taco.  Beef bulgogi is a delicious Korean dish.  In simple terms, it’s beef that has been marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, peppers and other yummy stuff.  At the truck, I opted for two tacos: the beef bulgogi and tofu.  They were also offering a chicken taco but I felt like that would be too safe a choice.  Plus, I actually do like tofu despite my love of the meats.  Tacos are $3.50 a piece, but you can get 3 tacos for $9.   Though I found that two tacos were filling enough for me.

 

Each taco comes with your choice of meat or tofu nestled in two corn tortillas and topped with Sriracha (hot) sauce, cilantro, lime crema (a/k/a lime flavored sour cream), one of two types of slaw, and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  Your slaw options are napa romaine or kimchi.  The tacos were tasty.  In fact, I may have like the tofu taco more than the beef!  I know, insane!!   It’s probably becaues the tofu soaked up the hoisin marinade resulting in a spicy, salty finished product.  Now, my one big disappointment was the kimchi slaw.   I thought it would be real kimchi until I re- read the description on Takorean’s website a little more closely. It accurately states that you’re getting cabbage with a “kimchi style sauce”.   Daggers!  So much for my reading comp skills.  The slaw didn’t do much for me, but it’s a necessary component of a good taco — you need the crunch to add some texture and brine to the savory filling. Maybe Takorean can consider souping up the kimchi sauce a bit and/or marinating the cabbage a little longer so as to absorb more of its flavor.  I guess using real kimchi might be too expensive…

 

So Takorean is a good choice if you’re looking for a quick lunch and are in the mood for some Asian-style tacos.  They change up their taco menu periodically.  For example, today they will be featuring a special short rib taco.  Sounds awesome.  Now where did they say they will be parked . . . hmm.

Until next time folks, remember, life’s too short to eat crappy food!