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Jul 27, 2014
Jim Benson

At the Met, 8 Food Carts Stake Sidewalk Claims

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Jul 25, 2014
Jim Benson

Orlando restaurant’s food cart stolen

Thieves stole more than $6,000 worth of equipment from behind the popular Orlando restaurant The Smiling Bison early Tuesday morning, according to a report from Orlando Police.  Co-owner Joshua Oakley knew something was wrong as soon as he pulled up to the back of the restaurant.

“Our cart is always chained up out there, and obviously it stuck out like a sore thumb. I knew it was gone right away, and there was only one possibility. I knew it had been stolen.”

The report says the thieves cut several chains and 4 locks to remove the food cart from the property, and a piece of the tail light was still laying on the ground Wednesday. Oakley says they also managed to cut two more locks and several chains in a storage area fenced in behind the eatery.

“All of our empty kegs that had been chained up, all of our propane tanks for the cart and for our smoker that had been chained up, and then our smoker itself were just gone.”

Oakley tells FOX 35 it’s business as usual inside the restaurant, but they have lost a key marketing tool and a way to make extra money by going to events.

“Everybody knows about the cart, so and it has always just had a big following, and it still is a big part of our business even though obviously the restaurant is bigger.”

Oakley is hoping someone will spot the cart and its recognizable “hot hot” sign on the side.

“We’re just really disappointed, you know?  We’ve put our entire, all of our eggs into one basket being this business, and just really trying to make it work,” says Oakley.  “It’s really frustrating when my partner and I have been here 100-plus hours a week for a year straight, just trying to make this place happen for our selves and for the town, and you lose a little faith in humanity I guess.”

Orlando Police are asking anyone with information to call them or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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Jul 25, 2014
Jim Benson

New food cart pod on SE Division; Woodstock shooting details: SE and SW …

Good morning Southeast and Southwest Portlanders!

Neighborhood news you should know about:

Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood is closing Aug. 3. Owners Ted and Ruby Madrona are eager to spend more time on their other business ventures, including winged dog carriers and art-based tiny houses.

new food cart pod is coming to Southeast Division Street and 28th Place, courtesy of the developers behind Trifecta and the Bollywood Theaters. The pod will feature 24 vendors, including a plant nursery, vintage dress shop and produce stand.

Maxine Bernstein has more details about the fatal shooting in Woodstock Tuesday night. The victim’s name is Paul William Krekeler.

EastBurn is donating all proceeds from its grilled cheese sandwiches to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line in August. Samantha Bakall reports the benefit is an unexpected response to a crass abortion joke a customer posted on their Yelp page.

A flea market is coming to Oaks Amusement Park Friday. Janet Eastman has details about early bird shopping and admission.

Andrew Theen has a few helpful takeaways from the Draft Comprehensive Plan released this week.

Upcoming events:

The Division/Clinton Street Fair is Saturday in inner Southeast. The full day event includes a parade, vendors and live music.

The second of four summer work days for the Foster-Powell Street Tree Inventory project is Saturday. The neighborhood needs volunteers for each work day.

The Lents Street Fair is Sunday, kicking off with a parade at 12:15 p.m.

The second annual Songbird Café Block Party is Sunday in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. Find music, arts and food from noon to 7 p.m. at Southeast 66th Avenue and Belmont. Proceeds benefit Friends of Mt. Tabor Park.

health and safety fair will be held at Elizabeth Caruthers Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2. You’ll find live bluegrass music, health screenings, disaster planning and more.

Have an event or meeting you’d like to see included in a roundup? Or a story you think deserves coverage? Please email me! I’m always looking for story ideas. You can also follow and interact with me on Twitter at @SEPDXreporter and @SWPDXreporter.

– Melissa Binder

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Jul 25, 2014
Jim Benson

Food Cart Workers Awarded $60000 in Unpaid Overtime Wages

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Jul 24, 2014
Jim Benson

What to eat at Food Cart Fest Vancouver

Now in its second year at its location between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue), the fest takes place every Sunday until August 31 from noon to 5 p.m. A sister fest launches August 2 at Surrey’s City Hall Plaza (13450 104 Avenue, Surrey) and runs from noon to 5 p.m. every Saturday until August 30.

Situated in a massive repurposed concrete lot, Food Cart Fest Vancouver gets a whole lot of unrelenting sun and heat when the weather’s good. Fest veterans come prepared with parasols, jaunty straw hats, and plenty of sunscreen. This year there’s an artificial turf area complete with umbrellas, lounge chairs, a DJ, and Ping-Pong tables. Look out for urban gardening demos and a kids’ bouncy castle.

Of course, the main attraction is the diverse gorging that can be done, especially if you invite a gaggle of friends who aren’t possessive of their food. (Sharing is indeed caring.) On a recent visit, carts in attendance included Ze Bite (a crêpe or baguette with rosemary ham, grainy Dijon mustard, tomato sauce, and greens for $8.50), Mogu (featuring a pork katsu sandwich with house-made red miso sauce and Asian hot mustard coleslaw for $8), JJ’s Trucketeria (garlic fried rice with Filipino barbecued pork and a fried egg for $9.50), and Slavic Rolls (a pastry cylinder with a filling such as Nutella or Bavarian cream for $5.99). All trucks post a list of local ingredients they’re using.

Other food vendors were also on-site, such as the Pie Hole with its sweet and savoury pies, Delish Gluten Free Bakery, and Lukes General Store.

After much debating, we decided to start at Varinicey Pakoras with a small order ($5.50) of the original pakoras, which feature battered and deep-fried onion, ginger, carrot, kale, yam, and Swiss chard. The pakoras arrived crispy, with subtle spicing, and were especially delicious dipped in the cooling raita and sweet mango chutney. Tip: try not to dig in too quickly, lest you burn your fingers and tongue.

Fliptop Filipino Fusion Food Truck’s pulled-pork sandwich ($8) was a daunting and unwieldy tower of slow-cooked pulled pork, barbecue sauce, roasted-garlic aioli, achara (pickled green papaya and cabbage), and crispy leeks—all on a sweet pan de sal bun. Sadly, some of the tender pork hit the pavement despite our best efforts to contain it all, but overall we loved the combo of textures and ingredients.

Community Pizzeria sells Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza, baked at 900 ° F in a wood-fired oven. Frankly, we were in awe that staff could stand to be in the truck on an already blazing summer’s day. The prosciutto and arugula ($11.50) version was a refreshing choice in the heat, the fresh, peppery greens pairing well with the salty prosciutto. The crust had great char and a nice chew to it—pretty darn good for food-truck pizza.

The gargantuan lamb kebab pita ($9) from Mangal Kiss Mid East BBQ was packed with organic greens, cucumber, radish, daikon, fresh mint, hummus, fig vinaigrette, harissa aioli, and zhug (Middle Eastern hot sauce). Each bite offered a zippy and crunchy mix of veggies alongside the tender ground-lamb kebab.

By that point, it was time to surrender and finish with frozen yogurt at Sweet Ride. We opted for the crowd favourite, Sweet Monkey ($8), their signature plain, tart frozen yogurt topped with Nutella, peanut butter, banana slices, Skor bits, and a Belgian Liège waffle. We weren’t fans of the froyo’s sandy texture but happily scraped off and ate the sweet goodies that accompanied it.

Our wait time at each truck ranged from five to 10 minutes, although by the time we were done, the more popular trucks, like Mom’s Grilled Cheese and Pig on the Street, had lengthy lineups. But judging by the satisfied expressions of visitors chowing down, the food at this year’s Food Cart Fest is well worth the wait. And if you can get there early and beat the crowds, even better.

Entry to Food Cart Fest Vancouver costs $2 per person, or it’s free with a nonperishable-food-item donation. (It’s also free for Vancity and Car2Go members, children under 13, and seniors over 65.) For more information, see the Food Cart Fest website.

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Jul 24, 2014
Jim Benson

Smiling Bison food cart, smoker stolen, Orlando police say


A food cart and numerous other items have been stolen from The Smiling Bison restaurant, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The food cart, propane tanks, a smoker, metal kegs and an extension ladder were among the items stolen from the restaurant’s fenced-in area, located at 745 Bennett Rd.

There is no description of who stole the items from the restaurant, but it is known the items were stolen between the hours of 11 p.m. Monday and 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, according to an OPD report.

The food cart is an orange and black homemade trailer with the words “HOT HOT” on the front. There is also chalkboard on the trailer with The Smiling Bison’s menu printed on it.

Contact the Orlando Police Department with any information regarding this case.

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Jul 24, 2014
Jim Benson

New food cart pod coming to Portland’s popular SE Division Street

Southeast Division Street is about to get nearly two dozen new eateries — all at the same time, all at the same place.

There’s going to be a new food cart pod in town, brought to you by the developers behind Trifecta and the Bollywood Theaters.

Tidbit Food Farm and Garden will open next month on a now-vacant lot at Southeast Division Street and Southeast 28th Place. Vendors will move to the site the second full week of August, and likely start serving by Aug. 16.

Reworks, Inc., duo Aaron Blake and Christina Davis were planning to open the food cart pod in Southeast Portland next spring, but bumped up their timeline when two local pods announced impending closure. (Good Food Here won’t be closing after all, but Cartopia appears destined for redevelopment.)

Tidbit will feature 24 vendors, including:

  • Love Belizean
  • Pyro Pizza
  • PBJ’s Grilled
  • Dog Town (new, gourmet sausages and hot dogs)
  • Namu
  • Azul Tequila
  • Buki (new, Japanese street snacks and bubble tea)
  • Smaaken Waffles
  • Tambayan
  • Hapa Ramen
  • Tandoor Indian Kitchen
  • Aybla Grill

Davis said the pod will also be home to a plant nursery, Lodekka (vintage clothing, shoes and accessories), a produce stand from Parsons Farm and Dragonfly Monet (cut flowers, small kitchen wares from France).

The diversity of vendors not only serves customers well, Davis said, but prevents the carts from competing with one another.

“We’re trying to create a really amenable, fun, unique place to hang out on what has been a vacant lot,” she said. “We’re trying to create a place that is very supportive and community oriented.”

The 15,000-square-foot lot used to be an auto repair shop, Davis said, and the city used it to park equipment during street repairs. It will be paved where the carts stand and gravel beneath the plant nursery.

“Who doesn’t like to eat amongst plants?” the designer said, laughing. “Everything is better with plants.”

– Melissa Binder

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Jul 22, 2014
Jim Benson

Enter to win one of six fabulous Food Cart Fest prize packages for Vancouver …


This year, the Food Cart Fest is happening not only in Vancouver on Sundays but also in Surrey’s stunning new civic plaza on Saturdays starting Aug. 2.

So, adventurous food lovers from all over the Lower Mainland have double the options for a fun afternoon of local food, music, and other family-friendly summer entertainment.

Please look below for more information on each festival.


Grand Prizes (two winners)

  • Free lunch for August ($120 in vouchers)
  • $15 in Vancity vouchers for select Farmers Markets
  • A Vancity swag pack

Runner-up Prizes (two winners)

  • $25 in Vancity vouchers for food carts
  • $12 in Vancity vouchers for select Farmers Markets
  • Vancity swag pack

Second Runner-up Prizes (two winners)

  • $20 in Vancity vouchers for food carts
  • $9 in Vancity vouchers for select Farmers Markets
  • Vancity swag pack

Contest ends midnight, Monday Aug 4.

Please note that you do not have to be a Vancity member to win, or to use Vancity vouchers.

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Vancouver Food Cart Fest

Location: 215 West 1st (Between Olympic Village
Cambie Bridge). [Map]
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Date: Runs every Sunday from June 22 to August 31. (11 weeks)
Cost of entry: $2 per person. But free for Vancity members, car2go members and those who bring a non-perishable donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

What will you find there?

Twenty of Vancouver’s best food carts (all members of Street Food Vancouver Society), representing cuisines from around the world. DJs. Kids’ activities. A local artisanal market and community market. Urban gardening demonstrations by Victory Gardens, bee-keeping tutorials, and back-yard chicken raising workshops. Soccer matches. And a bike valet by B.E.S.T for your sweet ride.

Last year, close to 5,000 people took part every week. Sounds like a pretty good party… and this year there will be more seating, more trucks, and more shade!

Check out some pics from 2013 festivities.

  • Food Cart Fest is a delicious way to support local business, local food and zero waste.

  • Zero Waste Events Recycling Ambassadors offer recycling tips and help sort waste during the Festival.

  • Food Cart Fest happens along the Seawall and is easily accessible by bike. Not only that, there’s complimentary bike valet service.

    Photos by Lindsay Elliott

  • Get ready for some food, fun and sun! Bring your hats, sunglasses, and appetites.

  • Food Cart Fest is a family-friendly event with loads of activities to keep kids happy.

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Surrey Food Cart Fest

Location: Civic Plaza, Surrey City Centre, 103rd Ave (Right at Surrey Central Skytrain station). [Map]
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Date: Runs every Saturday from Aug. 2 until Aug. 30, 2014 (four weeks)
Cost: $2/person or $5/family. Free entry for Vancity members, car2go members, children under 13 and seniors over 65.

What will you find there?

Some of Vancouver’s best food carts (all members of Street Food Vancouver Society), as well as some of Surrey’s own vanguard food carts will be assembled in the new Surrey Civic Plaza.

Experience cutting edge architecture, great food, music, and kids’ activities. In addition, Vancity will be inviting two of its community partners each week to showcase their positive community impacts, including DeltaAssist, DIVERSEcity, Earthwise Society, Keys Housing Health Solutions, Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Phoenix Society, Stepping Stones, and the Surrey Women’s Centre.

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