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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Food Trucks

Milo's Kitchen: Your Dog's Very Own Food Truck

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Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Milo's Kitchen - ELI ZATURANSKI
  • Eli Zaturanski
  • Milo's Kitchen
You knew this was coming, right? Because in a world where you now have bakeries for dogs and bakeries for people that also sell dog treats, in addition to the stuff that we already take for granted (dog parks, dog sweaters), it was only a matter of time before there was an actual food truck for dogs. 

Milo's Kitchen, yes, a food trucks for dogs, will be in town as part of a national tour, starting this Thursday, July 3, and extending through the holiday weekend. Where? Guess. The three announced stops (there will be more), are at the Airport Dog Park, the Redondo Beach dog park and the Huntington dog beach. 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

LuckDish truck - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • LuckDish truck
If you didn't grow up eating Japanese food, you probably came to it through sushi, long ubiquitous in this town. Then probably ramen, thankfully pretty common lately. Then maybe other iterations of noodles or bar food, thanks to your local izakaya — assuming you have one, which you probably do if you live in L.A. But Japanese food also extends to the rarefied realms of kaiseki, and to other street food, of which there's a lot more than bowls of noodles. There's okonomiyaki and yakisoba and udon — and maybe the best comfort food of all, curry rice. 

You can find Japanese curry in restaurants, although not as many as you'd think and mostly in Torrance or Gardena. And you can find some pretty terrific curry on the road, courtesy of LuckDish, which is not a food truck exactly but a food trailer — or, more accurately, a refurbished 1968 Airstream. 

Tokyo native Hiro Seo, called Tomo, started LuckDish two and a half years ago, serving curry rice and other curry dishes out of the silver trailer. And this is not curry from a packet, as so many resort to, but homemade curry, which Seo cooks for 48 hours in his Airstream's tiny kitchen. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

COURTESY: OITNB TWITTER FEED
Love the new season of Orange Is the New Black so much you want to eat it? Good, because starting this Friday, you can. Netflix is bringing an Orange is the New Black food truck to the streets of L.A. to promote Season Two of the hit show, which was released in its entirety on June 6. 

Thankfully they won't be serving Red's prison cuisine — but the alternative is confusing and almost as unappetizing: "fruit-flavored hand pies" (the "fruit-flavored" should tip you off) and "chocolate and vanilla swirl" soft serve ice cream. Yum? 

Apparently the menu items are throwbacks to some of Crazy Eyes's most beloved lines from season one   — "I threw my pie for you" and "chocolate and vanilla swirl." The truck itself goes by the name Crazy Pyes. The connection between food and Crazy Eyes seems sketchy at best, but who cares when free food is on the table? The truck left Mexico City on June 3 and is currently in New York City, but is on its way to L.A. 

This Friday at 4 p.m., the Crazy Pyes truck will land at Hollywood and Highland, followed by an appearance at The Culver Hotel at 1 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the truck will stop by the Brig on Abbot Kinney in Venice (each stop will last four hours).

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Frappuccino truck Twitter map - PHOTO: STARBUCKS
  • Photo: Starbucks
  • Frappuccino truck Twitter map
There's already a Starbucks on nearly every street corner in L.A., but starting this week, a Starbucks frappuccino truck might be parked on your street corner, too. The brightly-colored truck, which looks like something Urban Outfitters might've designed, made its debut last month in San Diego and hits L.A.'s most visible tourist destinations - the Hollywood Bowl, Venice Boardwalk and Dodger Stadium - tonight through next Sunday. 

The Frappuccino Truck Tour, as its billed, is clearly a campaign aimed at Millennials who'd much rather buy from food trucks and local market vendors than from a corporate brick-and-mortar storefront. Hot on the heels of the Roy Choi-advised food truck movie, Chef, and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race reality show, Starbucks is attempting to camouflage its corporate ubiquity by debuting a hand-painted gas-guzzler. For Starbucks, jumping on the foodie bandwagon now literally just means launching a food truck. 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hot Dogs

Vancouver's Japadog Food Truck Comes to L.A.

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Fri, May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Terimayo hot dog at Japadog - T. NGUYEN
  • T. Nguyen
  • Terimayo hot dog at Japadog
Maybe consider this consolation for you Canucks fans still grieving over the team's lack of a postseasonJapadog, the Japanese hot dog cart that started in Vancouver pre-Twitter (that would be in 2005), has officially arrived in Los Angeles.

For the uninitiated, these are terrific, hefty hot dogs topped with things like teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise and nori, or all things that make you readily believe in their mission statement ("Making the world happy and alive through hot dogs!"). They've grown considerably in popularity over the last few years, with several locations sprinkled throughout Vancouver. And now Los Angeles.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tillamook's ice cream truck - COURTESY: TILLAMOOK
  • courtesy: Tillamook
  • Tillamook's ice cream truck
Way before the current wave of food trucks began roaming the streets, there were the ice cream trucks, or in this town, often the ice cream carts - old school vehicles with tingling bells and refrigerated cases that, when you opened them in the heat, let out billows of cold air and paper-wrapped cones and popsicles like colorful frozen presents. Fortunately, there are still ice cream trucks, and at the moment there's also an ice cream VW van, of all things, from which the Tillamook dairy company is giving out free ice cream as part of its current West Coast anniversary tour.

The Tillamook ice cream truck is in Lakewood today, in Torrance and Redondo Beach and Hawthorne (parked at various Albertsons and Vons locations) over the weekend, and then on Thursday, April 17, it will be heading to Westwood, where the truck will be parked outside of Simplethings  Because that's a very good place to be anyway, and a tacit reminder that ice cream made from a farmer-owned co-op that's been around for 105 years is itself a simple thing worth celebrating. Especially when it's free.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Food Trucks

Taco Truck Report: Garcia Bros.

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Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Garcia Bros. taco truck - ANDREW SIMMONS
  • Andrew Simmons
  • Garcia Bros. taco truck
Most trucks have a defining trait, a characteristic which separates each from the pack and can typically be discerned after a few visits. Garcia Bros., which operates a few taco trucks, including one located most nights at the corner of Venice and La Cienega, stands out for its salsas - a sweet, thick dark red and a thinner, lime-accented onion-y green.

When you order a quesadilla ($5), ideally a corn mushroom or flor de calabaza number, the salsas come splattered over the top, as if Ushio Shinohara has punched them over the quesadilla's griddled surface. When you opt for the latter choice, the interior is full of diced summer squash along with softened blossoms that disappear into a luxurious ooze of cheese.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in Open Road Films' Chef - OPEN ROAD
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  • Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in Open Road Films' Chef
Chef, the back-to-his-roots indie flick that Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) just premiered at SXSW, is to modern foodie culture as his own Swingers is to '90s swing revival. Favreau plays Carl Casper, a culinary bad boy, barreling egotist and divorced father with a chef's knife tattoo stretching down his right forearm and "El Jefe" across his knuckles.

Casper is hungry to follow food trends: pork belly, kimchi, carne asada. (It's clear that Kogi's Roy Choi was Favreau's technical adviser.) But his nouveau-rustic passions have been tamed by restaurant owner Dustin Hoffman, who only wants him to be a brand-name kitchen slave turning out snooze-worthy cruise-ship food such as deviled eggs with caviar and chocolate lava cake.

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soft serve ice cream cone - COURTESY CVT SOFT SERVE
  • Courtesy CVT Soft Serve
  • soft serve ice cream cone
Is March 20 a particularly special day in your life? Perhaps not - until you realize that it's the first official day of spring this year. Our long regional nightmare of not using an air conditioner is finally over - quick everyone, to the aging power grid!

Or, if you're welcoming the return of warmer weekends but don't want to jump your energy bill by plugging in an AC unit, you could always cool yourself down with a tall cone of soft serve ice cream. Except soft serve, long a post-Little League summertime staple on the East Coast, is exceedingly hard to find in Los Angeles. There are gelaterias, yogurt franchises, inventive scoop shops and plenty of places that make milkshakes - but the true, simple swirl of a soft serve ice cream cone is, somehow, a rarity.

Joe Nicchi agrees, and has spent the better part of the past two years trying to change the ice cream landscape by launching his own mobile soft serve operation, known as CVT Soft Serve. And, very un-coincidentally, it hits the ground running on March 20.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

$10 combo from Chicken and Rice truck - FARLEY ELLIOTT
  • Farley Elliott
  • $10 combo from Chicken and Rice truck
Well, that was quick. Just 20-odd days since the official unveiling of the Chicken and Rice truck, we've already seen late-night lines around the block, question-and-answer odes to the second coming of Manhattan's halal-cart culture and lots of early Yelpers Photoshopping their tin of food next to the version found at the Halal Guys cart at 53rd & Sixth, some 3,000 miles away.

It's all to be expected; Chicken and Rice is new, it's offering the latest in late-night, cheap-eating street food, and it's giving New Yorkers one less thing to self-consciously brag about. What's not to love?

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