YYC Food Trucks Anniversary
Aug12

YYC Food Trucks Anniversary

First off we’d like to congratulate the Food Trucks in Calgary on their one year anniversary since the launch of Food Trucks in Calgary.  What an amazing year it has been with the growth and the ideas that have been rolling out throughout the city.  I’ve heard there will be 40 plus food trucks in Calgary by the end of the year.  Wow, I wish them all the best, I’m doing my best to support them but I may bust out of my pants sooner or later. On Friday, Aug 10, 2012, YYC Food Trucks, led by James Boettcher (mastermind behind Fiasco Gelato) and Brittany Back (the brains behind the whole operation) hosted this informal gathering down on the river walk in East Village.  There were 18-19 trucks participating that day and crowds of thousands.  I remember one year ago I was one of the first persons down at the launch of the Food Trucks on Stephen Ave, not even half an hour and the place was jammed packed.  This year, it was no different, I was first down, but in no time, line ups at each truck were 50 to a 100 plus deep in people. Today Fuzzy and I went down for food we have not had a chance to try.  Our goals were high but I think we met or exceeded them.  First up we had to try Cheezy Bizness, I just had to eat here, I ate at Gorilla Cheese in Ontario and it was outstanding, so I couldn’t wait to see what they had to offer.  We went with the Home on the Range $9.50 (In truck made Silver Sage Roast Beef, Gruyere, Cheddar, Horseradish Mayo, Red Onion) and the Kimchikaze $9.50 (In truck made Pastrami, Gruyere, Kimchi, Sriracha Mayo), then we split them so we could try both.  Both were different and very good.  The Kimchikaze out edged the Home on the Range for me but both were delish and delightful.  The pastrami was melt in your mouth, the cheese was melted just perfect and the Sriracha Mayo gave it that perfect tanginess.  The prices seem a bit high but once you sink your teeth into these sandwiches you’ll forget all about it. Next up is from one of my favourite places to eat, The Blues Can, they recently rolled out with a new Food Truck called the Blues Mobile, where they specialize in their Po’ Boys, Frog Legs, and a bunch of other things.  The one and only thing I needed was the Cat Fish Po’ Boy with Coleslaw.  This cat fish is outstanding, you have to try it, the cajun spices...

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Steakout Food Truck by Holy Grill
May06

Steakout Food Truck by Holy Grill

There’s a new food truck in town and it’s called the Steakout Truck which is created by Holy Grill down across from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).  They’ve been parked at the MEC Parking lot by 10th Ave and 8th St SW most days from around 11-3pm, you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook or the Calgary Street Food iPhone app.  One of my friends on Facebook, Cory L., has been raving about this place non-stop, so I knew I had to check it out. It was a beautiful sunny day out, perfect food truck eating weather, there are a few benches around the truck and some rocks to sit on so there isn’t a shortage of places to sit and eat.  It was pretty busy with such a great location, just outside the doors of MEC.  It was pretty easy to order, they have some menus lying around and the girl helping everyone was great! Super friendly and excellent at recommendations.  Since it was our first time we had to go with the biggest possible order.  We both went with the Prime Rib Sandwich Combo (the large 8oz) for $15, which consisted of tender and juicy local prime rib aged a minimum of 21 days, served on a toasted italian ciabatta with hand cut parmesan fries.  I was expecting some shaved roast beef (where you wondered if it was prime rib), but NOOOOO it was a serious slice of prime rib cut right into your bun.  There’s no fooling anyone here, it was straight up delicious prime rib in a bun, fries were great and the parmesan was a nice touch.  At the side of the truck there was some horseradish where you can top on the sandwich and I slathered it all over plus on the fries.  Next time I would get extra au jus so the sauce would drip all over my fries while I ate it.  It wasn’t the easiest sandwich to eat on your lap but if you brought it back to the office and ate it at a desk or table, it would be just perfect. I’m looking forward to trying the steak bites next time, I saw a few people eating it and it looked tasty. Go check out Steakout Food Truck if you’re craving some meat and prime rib sandwiches!...

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Pho a Blammin’ Good Time Food Trucks
Nov03

Pho a Blammin’ Good Time Food Trucks

Last week Calgary Tourism put on a food truck event in their parking lot, hope there is many more to come.  They had the newest and latest food truck The Noodle Bus and Blamwich on site.  The weather was a little on the chilly side which made it perfect Pho weather.  I’ve been looking forward to checking this truck out and have been following all the tweets and have only seen great comments from their fans. The way it works is, fill out the form, pay and BAM the food is there in a jiffy.  I mean real fast.  I ordered the spring rolls and the satay beef pho.  It came on a neat cardboard tray and a nice sized bowl of pho.  Don’t expect the traditional restaurant style with a side of bean sprouts, mint and a wedge of lime.  Everything you need for this quick bowl of pho is already in it and ready to go.  I sat on the curb and chowed down!  The spring rolls were quite good almost too good for my health.  Cooked perfect, tasted delicious and a perfect starter for my lunch.  Next up was the Satay Beef Pho, seriously this is some good food.  The broth was sooooo good, I literally drank it all up and the noodles, beef and all the goodies were delicious too.  This is an excellent food truck and can’t wait to try more of it, that’s if I can pry myself away from ordering the same again.  You can follow them on twitter @thenoodlebus.   I wasn’t going to hit up Blamwich since I just finished eating the tastiest thing that day, but my greedy eyes and stomach allowed me to order the Hypocrite Blamwich.  This sandwich consisted of homemade ratatouille, grilled mushrooms, provolone and bacon.  The bun was excellent, the sandwich was tasty with a nice mix of healthy and bacon.  It could have used just a tad more bacon for the salt flavour.  I’ve had the Bacon Storm before and that sandwich is Baconlicious.  You can’t go wrong with Blamwich for a good lunch time eat!  Follow @BlamWich on twitter to find out where they are located....

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JoJo’s BBQ Food Truck
Oct02

JoJo’s BBQ Food Truck

I love BBQ which I mean smokey, saucy, tasty, tender BBQ.  I’m a huge Holy Smoke BBQ fan and love their sandwiches.  I’m surprised it’s taken me this long, but I finally got the chance to check out JoJo’s BBQ Food Truck with Fuzzy and another well fed friend.  When we got to the location which was Barbecues Galore North this day, it was perfect because I needed to pick up some Maple Charcoal for my grill, in the parking lot sat an old looking camper with the JoJo’s BBQ logo all over it.  We knew it was going to be good because it just had that look screaming, Great BBQ In Here! The service is excellent, the menu is easy to read and navigate.  The food, MMMMMMMMMM, so good I’m telling you.  There were many highlights in the smorgasbord of BBQ we got, but the absolute favourite was the BBQ-TINE (Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef Brisket, Homemade Gravy, Real Cheese Curds over Fries).  I’m usually one for traditional poutine but I have no complaints about this and by the way, it’s a meal on it’s own or share it with someone.  This was the first of the four things I ate. HAHA.  Next up was the Sloppy Jo Jo’s, a sandwich with both the pulled pork and brisket, once again delicious, had the meat sweats at this point but I couldn’t put it down, the slices of brisket were delicious.  We ordered a Full-on Rack O Ribs to share (12 bones), these were outright amazing, just the way I like it, meaty, tender, but not fall off the bone.  The last killer item was the corn fritters, I love the ones at Chicken on the Way but these ones, WOW, it really tasted of corn and was fried perfect. Obviously I’m coming back to JoJo’s whenever I can and so should you! What’s In Front Of Me:...

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Los Compadres – Part Dos
Aug22

Los Compadres – Part Dos

Fuzzy was the first to try Los Compadres, this is my review on this food truck.  As you’ve all read my posts previous, I’ve been super excited to hit up all these trucks and give their food a try. One beautiful Saturday, I saw a tweet that was pointing me in the direction of Deerfoot Meadows where Los Compadres will be for lunch.  I was 2nd to arrive, there ended up being a bunch of us waiting for the truck to open, so I was glad to see that people were interested in trying some fresh authentic Mexican food. I was first to order, so I wanted to try a variety of things, just to get a good idea of what I would like.  I went with the Bisteck (3 top sirloin tacos), this wasn’t my favourite out of the bunch, the way the sirloin was cooked was not something I desired, it was more like “I hate to say it” boiled meat.  I’m not sure of the authentic way of doing this but it just didn’t do it for me.  The saving grace was the sauce which was absolutely delicious.  The next up was Campechano (3 mixed dishes tacos), this was really tasty, more my style and flavours, very fresh tasting, perfect amount of cilantro and just wishing it came with a wedge of lime.  The last I one I tried is the Torta (French Baguette Sandwich with Bistek), the baguette was nice and fresh, unfortunately I had the sirloin that I didn’t enjoy on there, but funny thing was adding the sauce on there made this sandwich actually pretty tasty, I did enjoy it but will probably try the chicken next time.  The tortillas for all the tacos were excellent, great flavour and fresh feeling. Los Compadres has lots to offer, if you’re looking for Taco Time or Taco Bell, this is definitely not what you’ll be getting.  You won’t be getting loads of cheese, you will be getting a fresh, authentic style Mexican food.  I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the menu, because I really do enjoy authentic Mexican flavours.  What I really want is some delicious fish tacos.  I heard it was a special the other day.  Can’t wait for that! Bisteck Bisteck Torta Campechano...

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Calgary Food Truck Revolution
Aug11

Calgary Food Truck Revolution

I love Calgary!  Best tweet of the night comes from Alley Burger “Our city rocks and our mayor is cool”  Yes, Mayor Neshi and many others, thank you for bringing us to Food Truck Nation!  It’s great being one of those destination cities that people have come to and must do (insert certain things), like Food Trucks, Stampede, Festivals, and etc.  Today was one of those ground breaking days where Food Trucks are allowed on city streets.  For the past few weeks we’ve seen them in parking lots and construction sites constantly following their tweets and Facebook updates to find out where they will be.  This will be the most exciting part of this who food truck thing, is finding out where there are and if we can make it to have their delicious food. Lined up on Stephen Ave today were 7 food trucks, Perogy Boyz, Fries and Dolls, Alley Burger, Fiasco Gelato, Los Compadres, Chef Mario Pimento’s, and JoJo’s BBQ (today running out of Chef Mario’s 2nd truck).  I saw a few people also roaming around with BlamWich T-shirts where I hear they should be up and running in about a week.   To find out where they are everyday, find them on Twitter and Facebook.  There will be an Eat Street app soon that will also show their locations. I got there today around 10:30am, I swear I was the first one there so I got a chance to meet a few people and fellow food bloggers.  By the time I was done mingling and taking pictures, I turned around and there was 100 people in line at Alley Burger.  There was no one at any of the other trucks and this was before opening.  So I kept mingling and BLAM, I turn around and every truck had a line up of at least 100 plus people deep.  Bad move for me, I should have been on top of this.  I quickly hopped in the Perogy Boyz line up while one of my foodie friends lined up at Alley Burger so we could kill 2 birds with one stone (yes my 3rd time at Alley Burger in less than a week).  The Perogy Boyz line actually moved quite fast, still took about 30-45 mins but the whole atmosphere of 1000 plus people down there, it was pretty neat to see.  They didn’t have their normal menu out, you could get a sampler for $5 which included sausage, so this is what I ordered.  I was praying that I didn’t get the Carrot Cake perogies, because I wanted something like the duck or pork belly.  But as...

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