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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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Jul 22, 2014
Jim Benson

Mississippi Marketplace food cart offerings: Monday munchies (photos)

You don’t have to lower your expectations for tasty, creative foods Mondays just because many eateries choose to rest. At Mississippi Marketplace food carts (at the corner of N. Skidmore and N. Mississippi), you’ll find three carts open seven days a week. And Prost! pub is next door, welcoming food cart diners if they buy a drink. Your Monday just got better.

KOi Fusion 

Used to be, you had to be quick on your toes to get your Korean taco fix from the roaming KOi Fusion truck, its whereabouts broadcast on Twitter. But Bo Kwon has turned his once humble business into a mini-empire, spanning nine locations regularly visited by food trucks and five stationary locations, including a new brick and mortar shop on the white hot Southeast Division food corridor.

KOi Fusion serves up tacos, burritos, sliders and rice bowls with your choice of bulgogi beef, chicken, pork, kalbi short ribs or spicy tofu. Don’t forget the kimchi quesadillas or tamales.

Monday hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (every other day, open at 11 a.m., close at 7 p.m. except for close at 9 p.m. on Friday/Saturday)

Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

On a recent Monday, the owner’s niece was one of two people dishing up the hearty meals, which includes gluten-free options. The cart started in 2009 near Portland State University, but has been right at home at Mississippi Marketplace for a couple of years.

Jeff Ridabock, the owner, states on a website: “No meat, no dairy, just pure smokey goodness in the form of cruelty free comfort food.”

Items on the menu include: gluten-free cup of chili and hush puppies, Applewood smoked Tempeh ribs, smoked soy curls with maple bourbon BBQ sauce and Mac-Nocheese.

Monday – Thursday hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (otherwise, open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday)

five mississippi coffee

The brothers Nelson, Wesley and Baxter, aren’t new to the coffee business. They are the purveyors of brick and mortar Coffeehouse-Five on North Killingsworth. With this cart, freshly open for about a month, they hope to convey their passion for coffee in a “quietly and confidently schmancy” way. No fancy here.

Wesley says their fellow cart owners are extremely neighborly. Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen next door stopped serving coffee so as not to compete with the Nelsons, whom they gave their unused cups and lids to.

Look for coffee and cocoa popsicles in the hot weather. They rotate their coffee bean and offer Dragonfly Chai.

Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

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Jul 21, 2014
Jim Benson

Tasty Thursday: Food Cart Life

After only two days, Love Belizean’s Kickstarter campaign has about 40 backers, and is nearly one-third of the way toward its $15,000 goal: to help owners Andy and Tiffany Love establish their first real restaurant.

Their love for Belizean food began on their honeymoon, the Loves say, when they discovered Belizean chicken and rice, “a national staple dish made with a spice rub called recado rojo. Everywhere we went we were served this dish and fell in love with its unique flavor. We took as much of the spice back to Portland as we could but soon ran out and had to learn to make it on our own.”

According to their story on Kickstarter, the Loves bought “an old trailer, tore it down to its metal frame, and over the next six months built our own restaurant on wheels! In January 2013 we opened our food cart in downtown Portland.” They went on to critical and popular success, and now want a more secure location than a food cart affords. (As PRP.FM Food Cart Correspondent Steven Shomler reported in June, Love Belizean was recently displaced.)

More food cart news for July 17:

Food carts will join forces to battle multiple sclerosis July 19, and event appropriately named MS Bites. Cartlandia, the cart pod on S.E. 82nd Ave., will host live music, prizes, and of course food this Saturday.

Lovers of lefse, rejoice! Viking Soul Food is back. (Lefse is a scrumptious Norwegian bread.)

And, a Cajun Life Food Cart Second Anniversary Celebration Crawfish Boil!

Portland Radio Project Midnight Party at Cartopia is Saturday Night July 26. PRP.FM’s Teri Briggs will be there.

The post Tasty Thursday: Food Cart Life appeared first on Portland Radio Project.




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Jul 21, 2014
Jim Benson

Disco Food Cart on Columbia Heights

First there was the rogue hot dog vendor who decided to set up shop on Montague Terrace. Now there’s a disco food cart on Columbia Heights near Squibb Park entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. While we’re pretty sure this is a legal spot, BHB commenter Peter points out in another BBP related thread:

Yes, such an astounding success that during the weekends it feels like we’re living at Great Adventure. The kabob cart with the flashing neon signage on Columbia Heights completes the scene. Wonderful.

So is this a thing? Do you think that this sort of enterprise should be allowed in the area? Comment away. Oh and we’ve created a GIF so you crazy kids could use it on your Tumblrs and whatnot.

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Jul 18, 2014
Jim Benson

Community rallies around Chandler man robbed of food cart


A Valley man sells hot dogs and hamburgers in Chandler but he’s so popular people call him the mayor.

That’s why when he recently had a horrible string of bad health and bad luck, the community rallied around Randy Walters.

“Three weeks ago Friday, my hot dog car was stolen from me, right behind the restaurant,” Wimpy’s Paradise and Pittsburgh Willy’s Owner Randy Walters said.

The cart was a big part of his business and without it, Walters had to keep the restaurant open later. The first night, he hailed a cab home.

“I had a money bag with my receipts plus a large deposit that I hadn’t made yet because my car wasn’t running, so I wasn’t able to make a daily deposit, so I had quite a bit of money in that bag. I get up Sunday morning and I sit up quick and realize I don’t remember putting my money bag away,” Walters said.

That big bag of money was left sitting on the cab’s backseat, never to be seen again.

No with no car and no cash, he suddenly couldn’t make payroll and for this normally jovial businessman, things went from bad to worse.

“Two days after that, I was coming into work, it was an emotional couple of days and I started having pains, heart attack pains. And I had a heart attack two years ago,” Walters said.

His daughter rushed him to the emergency room where after surgery, he was told if he hadn’t made it to the hospital before the full-fledged heart attack, he wouldn’t have survived.

But years of treating customers with class, even sitting and gabbing with them while they ate, all that good karma started to pay off when his story circulated among his loyal clientele.

“He’s an incredible man. He’s so inspiring. His positive attitude. No matter what he goes through,” Rebecca Powers said.

Powers, with the help of CBS 5 News’ Pay It Forward program, presented Walters with $500 cash.

“This just blew me away because I had no idea,” Walters said. “I mean $500 right now is like $5,000. It’s going to make a big difference.”

“I love my job, it’s not even a job, I can’t wait to get here and I hate to leave and I have fun,” Walters said. “I’m one of the blessed people because I’m in a business where I can impact someone’s life everyday.”

Walters is still weak from surgery, only working a few hours a day, but he still keeps that positive attitude and his customers are intentionally keeping him busy.

They’ve also started a “Go Fund Me” account for him. Click here if you’d like to help out.

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