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FollowFriday: @KorillaBBQ on Twitter

October 26th, 2010 Comments off

Korilla BBQ is new to New York, but the concept is proven in L.A.

A special Tuesday version of #FollowFriday as I’ve been hitting the food trucks and have another scheduled for this Friday. Check out past Food Truck reviews here.

OK, so last week I had a little hissy fit when the new Korilla BBQ (Twitter link) ran out of food… at 12:40 PM… with me on line. I did not appreciate the opening day hiccup as I was really looking forward to trying them out. I had loved Los Angeles’ Kimchi21 Korean BBQ Taco Truck when I was back out west in February — granted that those visits were 2 AM runs — so I had really been looking forward to the new East Coast truck.  To calm down, I Schnitzified (Schnitzel Truck review here) later in the week and decided to give it another shot when they returned to 55th and Lex. Today was that day.

I actually canceled plans to bring in Waffle Truck (review here) for breakfast for me and a colleague when I saw that Korilla was going to be in the hood.  In lieu of breakfast, we embarked early, being wary of the long lines that follow a newly hyped truck (especially one which lets users vote on where they will show up). Arriving just before noon, the line was already 30 deep. That said, we got through in about 15 minutes or so (or about as long as it took Mexicue (review here) to serve a shorter line two weeks ago). The assembly line system the Korilla guys have established works very efficiently and effortlessly, to the point you have a hard time believing they’ve only served eight lunches. They have a protein guy who starts you, a kimchi (veggie) guy who finishes and a separate cashier in the front seat.

My review and picture evidence of the deliciosity, after the jump. Read more…

FollowFriday: @WaffleTruck on Twitter

October 19th, 2010 Comments off

You can follow Wafels&Dinges on Twitter or just on the web.

A special Tuesday version of #FollowFriday as I’ve been hitting the food trucks and have another scheduled for this Friday. Check out past Food Truck reviews here.

Wafels & Dinges (follow them on Twitter) (full website, including menu, here) is venerated here in the New York food truck scene.  As early as a year or two ago, most would laugh at such a suggestion, but the food truck industry is really big business and to be heralded as a breakthrough venture in the street food world of Manhattan is no small feat.

I hadn’t really kept an eye out for W&D, largely because I’m neither a sweets person, nor a breakfast person.  But I do like my waffles, so when I temporarily moved home to my parents’ for three weeks while renovating my apartment (fulfilling the Greek prophesy for all 30 year old sons), I took note that the truck would be en route to the office on Tuesdays.  I woke up this morning, called my paralegal who’s been working long hours and asked her if she wanted me to pick her up breakfast.

Oh what a breakfast it was.  We both went with the liege wafel, the chewy, moist version of the Belgian waffle that is, for lack of a better term, the most ridiculous, melt-in-your-mouth experience one could possibly have with a bread-like food.  Good gawd, that first bite was unexpected.   Admittedly, I shouldn’t get too far ahead of myself, because the blueberry pancakes at Nashville’s Pancake Pantry are still slightly more nom-nom-nomalicious, but this was so unexpectedly excellent texture wise.

The flavor, I knew would be good, so I didn’t overdo it on the dinges (their word for toppings).  I went for natural flavor of the liege wafel, topped only with their Belgian pearl sugar and a healthy dollop of sliced banana and strawberries.  My colleague was a bit less faithful, topping hers with maple syrup and the pearl sugar.

The fruit was fresh, the sugar was light enough to not be too overwhelming (or give me a head rush).  All in all, it was great.  I wish I’d been able to stop and eat it there (their Tuesday parking spot on 52nd and Lexington is outside a Starbucks with outdoor seating) for freshness and the full experience of the outdoor waffle, but I’ll live as it was still delicious.

Photo evidence of excellence after the jump, so click through.

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FollowFriday: @Mexicue on Twitter

October 15th, 2010 1 comment

The poor image quality was due to shooting from my blackberry as I walked by right after they opened at 11:30AM. I didn't make it back to order until almost 2PM.

My love of the New York food truck is not an affair borne of the City (check out my Food Truck Reviews here).  It was actually this past February when I was out in Los Angeles that I was introduced to the Korean Barbecue Taco Trucks.  I didn’t actually hit the Kogi Taco Truck, but rather found its knockoff competitors (pretty sure it was Kimchi 21, and it was amazing) a few nights, ordering next to a homeless looking Tim Robbins on one of those nights.  Another night, I made the driver’s irony day by ordering a Trailer Trash Dog from Downtown Dog and paying with a $100 bill.

In any respect, I’ve spoken very fondly of my experience with the Schnitzel Truck.  Since visiting it for the first time, I’ve stopped back three more times for two doses of Veal Schnitz (just OK the first time, amazing the second) and a Chicken Schnitz.  One of those Veal Schnitzes was taken on an amazing Ciabatta roll, rather than in platter format.  I’ve also fallen in love with their chickpea salad and Austrian potato salad.  As they Tweeted to me, the Schnitz may not be the healthiest, but the sides are just as good and actually are healthy.

Well, I finally got around to hitting one of the other three must-try Food Trucks in Manhattan, the Mexicue BBQ Taco Truck.  Get my thoughts, after the jump. Read more…

FollowFriday: @SchnitzelTruck on Twitter

September 3rd, 2010 Comments off

The Schnitz Truck in action (photo from MidtownLunch.com).

Oh, the humanity.  I recall as a young boy visiting Austria and having a brief, torrid love affair with schnitzel while on a ski trip.  The pounded, breaded and lightly fried deliciousness has since existed only in spirit in the vacant hole in my stomach where true, schnitzely love once resided.

Rewind about seven months to my week-long vacation to Los Angeles, where I was introduced on several nights to the late night magnificence that is the Kogi Taco Truck — OK, it was actually one of the knock off Korean barbecue trucks, but it was still amazing.  Peking duck tacos equals heaven at 1 a.m.

I’d not yet strayed into the world of high end New York food trucks as my employer has a pretty decent (and subsidized) cafeteria and there’s a Chop’t Salad Company right nearby.  Pretty darn convincing arguments for food service, right there.  But a few weeks ago as discussion of the Vendies street food awards was ramping up, I started to take notice.

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Things for which I am Thankful, Days 6 and 7

November 28th, 2009 Comments off

In the process of transitioning from Tumblr to WordPress, I neglected to close out my weeks worth of posts on things for which I am thankful.  I came up empty on Tuesday and Wednesday,  so I thought I’d backdate a couple of entries for that purpose.

Mom had the table all set from the start.  Though we were missing two in Chicago, it was nice to have substantially all the family around the table for Turkey Day.

Mom had the table all set from the start. Though we were missing two in Chicago, it was nice to have substantially all the family around the table for Turkey Day.

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My Palette Prefers Things Not Moving

November 17th, 2009 Comments off

Good grief. Two days after discovering the awfulness that is Live Lobster Sashimi (served in some Japanese restaurants — example after the jump — where the still alive lobster is forced to watch you eat its tail raw), the Chinese have invested a way of deep frying a fish’s torso while keeping the head alive so that the fish is still breathing while you’re eating its damn cooked flesh (again, video after the jump)

You’ve done enough, Asian cuisine. Have you no sense of decency, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency? You’re libel to start creating vegetarians.

Vegetarians certainly won’t like the below. For those who are just curious, click away. Read more…