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Expanded Orange County and L.A. Food Truck Directory on Tom’s Foodie Blog

3 Feb

A couple trucks out at the Youth Expo

http://tomsfoodieblog.com/the-o-c-food-truck-directory/

Just a quick note to my Foodie followers and fans of Gourmet Food Trucks. I have expanded my Food Truck Directory to include Orange County based Gourmet Food Trucks and Los Angeles carpet bagging Gourmet Food Trucks that pouch the O.C. food truck lots. Don’t worry L.A. Truckers we still love you!

I have included links to all their available Social Media and Website, including Yelp Reviews.  Using the Trucks social media site is the bet way to find out where your favorite truck is located that day, as a service to my users I have done the hard work for you!

 

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www.TomsFoodieBlog.com Top 10 Gourmet Food Trucks of 2011

25 Dec

2011 was the year that food trucks exploded on the scene across the country and mainstreaming a niche foodie cult. Orange County became ground zero for the proliferation new food trucks (good and bad), food truck lot turf wars, high-end chefs going mobile and the movement even produced a couple of celebrities as a result of the Great Food Truck Race television show. By the end of 2011, there were some casualties as some trucks failed, while other’s flourished. This top 10 list is based on my personal observations and multiple visits to each truck I listed. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my list. Thanks to all the food truck owners for making my lunch hour pleasant and for being the genesis of Tom’s Foodie Blog.

#1- Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon – This truck features rustic Southern Italian Cuisine, with a high-end flare. The truck is owned and operated by a  former Ritz-Carlton Chef, Joe Youkhan. He knows how to perfectly integrate high-end ingredients into food truck friendly fare. Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon epitomizes the true essence of the gourmet food truck movement and does it with a foodie friendly flare.

Must Try Dishes: Foie Gras Slider and any of his flat bread pizzas

#2 – SlapFish Truck Truck specializing in sustainable seafood dishes. Not only do Chef Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude prepare fish dishes to perfection and they bring a creative twist to their dishes. Since their fish comes from sustainable fisheries and are not on endangered or watch lists, you can feel good about eating these dishes.

Must Try Dishes: Lobsticle, Major Crunchy, and “Because we have to” fish tacos

#3 – Chomp Chomp Nation – This truck features Singapore Street Hawker style dishes, customized to the American Palate. This truck uses O.G. Singapore recipes from an O.G. Singapore Native Shaun Ng, and operates along side with his business partner Robert Zuetell. Some of this dishes use up to 26 ingredients and are full of complex flavors. The truck’s dishes are truly amazing and the food is always fresh. This truck did a good job at picking a niche theme and basing their entire menu around it.

Must Try Dishes: Surf and Turf Combo, Singapore Sloppy Joe, Hibiscus Ice Tea, Chili Crab Cake

#4 – SeaBirds – This is a Vegan and all girl operated Food Truck. Seabirds offers exclusively plant-based, raw and vegan dishes. To anyone who doesn’t think they will like this type of food, guess again! I avoided this truck for almost 3 months until I tried it for the first time and then I was hooked! The food is amazingly fresh, vibrant and you feel good about eating these dishes.

Must Try Dishes: Deep Fried Avocado Tacos, Jack Fruit Tacos, Locals Burrito, Coconut Crusted Deep Fried Mango

#5 The Lime Truck – This truck specialized with fresh/local ingredients and high-end menu. This truck won the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and have expanded operations to three trucks. Although the original dream team is no longer together, the owner Daniele Shemtob still manages to keep the fresh food rolling out to the same high standards. I am hoping 2012 is the year that The Lime Truck starts resumes offering new and innovative items each week.

Must Try Dishes: Yum Yum Lamb Sandwich, Carnitas Fries, Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos

#6 – Dos Chinos – An amazing fusion concept truck that blends Vietnamese with Mexican Cuisine with a whole lota love. The owner, Hop Phan, grew up in Garden Grove and regularly would trade and mix and match Vietnamese Food with Mexican food to create innovative fusion dishes. When Hop grew up he opened up a food truck that capitalized on this fusion food concept.

Must Try Dishes: Stoner Burrito (on the secret menu), Hollywood Chicken, Garden Grove Taco, Surf and Turf Taco (on the secret menu)

#7 – Home Skillet – A newer truck on the scene that features a modern twist on Americana Comfort food and infuses occasional hints of Asian seasoning. The owner of the truck Chef Christie Morisoli is a classically trained chef who has worked at some of the top restaurants in San Francisco and O.C. This truck’s dishes have clean flavors and will make your Mama jealous

Must Try Dishes:  Mini Lamb Burger, Pomegranate  Riblets, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Fried Mac N Cheese Balls

#8 – The Lobsta Truck – Real Lobster or Crab on a bakery roll, that is pretty much it! This truck takes a North-Eastern Lobster shack and puts it on wheels. The Lobsta truck takes real crab  or lobster and shoves it into a fresh bakery roll. This truck offers very simple but amazing dishes, but it’s not cheap

Must Try Dishes: Lobster Roll (mayo based or Butter glazed), Crab Roll (mayo based or butter glazed), Clam Chowder Soup

#9 – Bacon Mania – This truck’s bacon based menu makes me smile because Bacon = Happiness. Baconmanias dishes all involve some aspect of bacon or pork. Extremely delicious food.

Must Try Dishes: Chili, Bacon Wrapped dates, Bacon wrapped Hotdog, speedy Gonzalez

#10 (tie) – Front Porch Pops – Gourmet and hand crafted popsicles from a push cart. Although this vendor is not a truck (actually a push cart), don’t judge Erin Witcomb’s Popsicle cart by its size. She produces some of the best gourmet items in the food truck scene. In the summer, there is a line forming for her yummy treats

Must Try Desserts: Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, Salted Caramel

#10 (tie) – Chunk N Chip : A desert truck that combines homemade ice cream with fresh-baked cookies to create custom ice cream sandwiches. Although this truck has a standard menu, you are encouraged to mix and match Ice Cream and cookies to make it your own.

Must Try Desserts: Snicker Doodle , Red Velvet

Tom’s Cameo in Man Versus Food with Adam Richman -> look for Tom in the Pig costume!

5 Oct

Tom\'s cameo in Man versus food!

OC Foodie Fest Ticket Winner and Interview with the Founder of OC Foodie Fest

25 Aug

***If you  are ADHD amd can’t wait to see if you won the free tickets, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to read the rest of the blog :)****

I recently had the opportunity to interview the founder and organizer of the “OC Foodie Fest”, James Foxall . Last year’s event received some mixed reviews due to a number of failings in the organization of the event. Although this year, the “OC Foodie Fest” is back like a fighter who has learned from the school of hard knocks. James was passionate in telling me that he has listened to all the feedback and took it to heart. He expressed a desire to improve the attendees experiences,  “our goal was to keep the food truck lines under 20 minutes.” So how do the organizers plan to accomplish this feat?

Improved Formula for keeping the Food Truck Lines Short:

  • Doubling the amount of food vendors, yet retaining the same number of attendees. There will be over 75+ food trucks, 25+ restaurants and food vendors.
  • Adding a bigger entertainment line-up, including bands, mini Angel training camp, food eating contest, cooking contest, car show and don’t forget the bud light girls are hosting a beer pong contest. James noted, “This festival environment will help spread out the crowd instead of jumping from one food truck line to the next and going home.”
  • Adding restaurants and farmer’s market vendors to provide more food options
  • Expanding the Beer Garden to the size of half a football field

Speaking of the Beer Gardens, James indicated that they are really amping up the beer garden by expanding it to the size of half a football field. This year’s beer garden will be sponsored and operated by Aramark and Budweiser, bringing a level of experience and professionalism to it’s operation. The Beer Garden will also feature food service from , Top Class Pizza, SuperMex, Aramark, and even some of the food trucks like Bacon Mania and Tornado Potato. James indicated that he wants to WOW the guests with the beer garden and make it a “festival within a festival.” There will even be a DJ in the Beer Garden. Woot Woot! Fist Pump Jersey Shore Style!

Speaking of keeping cool and hydrated, the biggest complaints I heard last year was the lack of cool shade, seating and water. This year the follow measures have been added to ensure you are comfortable.

  • More umbrella covered tables
  • Added a giant water mister on the giant “A” of Anaheim Stadium to cool off
  • Added a total of 6 drink stations, that will be “sufficiently stocked with enough water to handle the crowd” (I will be monitoring and reporting back on this)

Charity Support

James indicated that they are trying to support the community and use this event to springboard a couple of charities. Some of the charities supported by the OC Foodie Fest include:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank,
  • Feed the Hungry,
  • Hosting an outing for 500 marines to a baseball game.
  • “Evocal” Artist Troop

***Help the Second Harvest Food Bank and yourself.  Bring (5) Cans of food and receive a ticket to a future Angels game. If you go to 99 cent store, it will only cost you $5, cheaper than purchasing a game ticket***

Getting There and Away

If you Drive

  • On site parking is $8 (cheaper than last year) and $5 for off site parking.
  • Use the Orangewood exit for the main entrance, this entrance has the most parking
  • Need an alternative? Take the Douglas Exit

Eco Friendly Alternatives

  • Take the Train! There is a station at Angels Stadium
  • Take your bike! Just follow the Santa Ana River Trail to the stadium

The Contest Winner Is……..WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!

I randomly selected the winner, literally by printing out the page and cutting out the names and picking the winner.

The Winner of the Free Early Entry Tickets to the OC Foodie Fest is Karen Carter! Congratulations! Woot Woot! You have been notified by Facebook Messenger with instructions to claim your free tickets.

 If you didn’t win tickets, I’m sorry gorgeous, but I will be having other contests soon:)   Thanks for playing and I really appreciate you visiting my food blog <3. Please visit again, I will be having more food related giveaways in the near future 🙂 🙂

The OC Food Truck- A Food P*rn Twist to Classic Dishes

19 Aug
**Note: I had to mask the word Food P*rn do to overzlealous Websense monitors- sorry for the redaction**
I have seen a truck floating around the local Food Truck lots with the  name, “The OC Food Truck.”   All I gotta say is that you better have some big fried balls and even bigger burgers to claim you are representing “THE OC” by displaying the name on your truck. So did they have the right stuff? Lets find out.
 
I noticed that the “The OC Food Truck” has arrived at the Teller Lot, with it’s flashy orange wrap sporting scenes from the OC Fair. I did some background investigation on this truck, via social media and fellow food truck stalkers. The common opinion is that these guys put an irreverent OC Fair Twist on their dishes.  “Hmmmm” I thought, “OC Fair Food Twist?”. After chatting with the dude working the window, he told me that they actually became the official food truck of the fair and were invited to add the word “Fair” to their truck to make it official.
 
I looked on the side of the truck to read the menu and it contained mostly sandwiches, burgers and fries. Although these dishes may sound pretty standard, don’t be fooled! Their food pictures are tantamount to brandishing pure food p*rn.One of the dishes featured was one of my OC Fair Favorites, Deep Fried Twinkie!  My delicate eyes were not ready for their scandalous creations. These dishes would make Martha Stuart blush from the impurity of the sight, but would still make her secretly aroused by the wanton display of full calorie flavors on otherwise wholesome dishes. Let me provide some examples. They have 4 Angus Bugers varieties, but each is deliciously defiled by a calorie perverted topping. For example, The BBQ Bacon Cheddar Melt contains “Cheddar inside and out, layered with more cheddar, bacon, tempura onion ring , all smothered on an angus patty.” 
 
The sandwiches range from well-manered to wild. For example, the “Mi Amore” is a Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich with spinach, tomato, avocado and served on a native herb bread. The Mi Amore Sandwich is  their “good girl with the pony tail and white socks sandwich,” appealing and delicious in a wholesome kind of way.  Let’s say that the “Mi Amore” sandwich starts hanging out with the wrong crowd,then you get the “Ex Girlfriend” sandwich, which has grilled chicken, pepper jack, mozzarella, honey mustard and real honey all on a sourdough roll. With this sandwich you feel o.k. introducing it to a couple of naughty add-ons like fried onion rings or dare I say…bacon. Although I did not feel like ordering a well mannered sandwich, I asked the cashier to give me their most obscene dish.  What I got was the “Tempura Burger.”
 
Tempura Burger
But what happens when the food gets tramped out? That takes us to the Angus burgers. The dish I ordered was the most obscene of the group, called the “Tempura Burger”. The chef takes a lesson from the Orange County Fair and takes a thick cut slice of bacon, smothers it with Tempura Batter and then deep fries the tempura bacon until it comes out puffed and golden brown. The golden brown batter actually encapsulates the bacon and crisps the bacon inside a crispy sarcophagus. Two Strips of this fried bacon are placed on the burger along with spinach, carmalized sweetonion, tomato, purple cabbage and melted mozzarella cheese and then drizzled with their secret “OC Sauce,” all sandwiched between a large sesame buns.   
  
The first thing I noticed about the burger was that it’s deep-fried bacon was popping out of the bun, like Dirk Diggler on Boogie Nights. When I bit into the main section of the burger, the sesame bun was fluffy and fresh. When I bit down into the burger further, I tasted a combination of sweet/salty/savory/ creamy  from the three proteins (beef, cheese and bacon) and then sweet/acidity from the condiments (OC Secret Sauce, grilled onions and tomatoes).  The ingredients together were surprisingly balanced, considering this burger contained competing big flavors. The 1/4 pound Angus patty was cooked med-well and was juicy in it’s own right. The OC Secret Sauce appeared to be slightly reddish and was most likely a mayo / tomato paste concoction that had a creamy, sweet and tangy flavor. 
 
My Final Thoughts 
 

This is the situation! The OC Food Truck guys won an epic fried battle against the venerable Chicken Charlies Fist Pump Jersey Shore Style

The OC food truck provided a delicious hamburger that pushed the limits of decency and flipped the proverbial middle finger at healthy lunch options. After all, if I was looking for something healthy I would have gotten their fresh and light “Tree Hugger” or “Mi Amore,”  both would have less than 400 calories.  I am giving the OC Food truck a 3.75 out of 5, a very good score that could improve over time, as I try more of their dishes. I would recommend trying this truck if you are looking for something gluttonous or even healthy. They have plenty of delicious options that are worth trying, I know that I will be back.  Back to my opening point, do they deserve to name themselves “The OC Food Truck?” I say Yes!,  they have embraced the culture of both OC Fair Food and OC Healthy living options as well. Keep Food Truckin fellas!

 
The OC Food Truck Website: http://theocfoodtruck.com/
 
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