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Oct 19, 2013
Tim Lester

Street Food Market Helps Customers Get Around With Tweet-Powered Rides

The folks in Leeds can share a tweet and get a ride to the new indoor street food market in Trinity Leeds.

Launched to celebrate the opening of Trinity Kitchen, the Tweet To Ride rickshaw service drives customers to the new food market for a tweet. People can get a ride from one of ten rickshaws available simply by tweeting and including the hashtag #TrinityKitchen.

The rickshaw service is a great way to attract people to the new food market. Instead of ordering food delivery, customers are delivered to the food vendors.


Trinity Kitchen is a new take on street food. Each month, five street vendors from across the country are selected to offer their goodies at the indoor food market. Trinity Kitchen works with Richard Johnson, curator of the British Street Food Awards, in choosing the street food vendors.

Aside from the changing street vendors, the food destination also has seven permanent restaurants like Pho Cafe, Chicago Rib Shack, 360 Champagne Cocktails, PizzaLuxe, Tortilla, Chip + Fish and Notes Cafe.

The Tweet to Ride service is available across the Leeds city center from 11 in the morning to 9 at night from October 17th to October 19th.


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Oct 18, 2013
Tim Lester

Mumbai’s street food goes international

comfortable spot on that list is street food from Mumbai.

“There was a strong feeling of homecoming while shooting for the series. To come back to Mumbai and was an overwhelming feeling. The show will also focus on cuisine from places like Turkey, Vietnam and Malaysia, along with Mumbai’s very own flavours,” says Bhogal, who specialises in fusion food and calls her way of cooking an “alchemy of sorts”.

For the show, she has taken inspiration from several local recipes and has combined them with global spices. “I believe that even if a person cannot travel to foreign lands, he or she can definitely bring home those flavours by cooking global dishes,” she says.

During her stay in the city, the award-winning author  (of Cook In Boots) ate at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu, and visited the hole-in-the-wall eatery Lebanese Point in Bandra (W). She is a big fan of Indian street food and has featured many local recipes from the city on her show. “I miss Indian street food back in London, especially Pani Puri and Vada Pav. Since I believe that the street food here comprises signature local flavours, I decided to feature them for the world audience,” she says, adding that she’s looking forward to returning to Mumbai for its fast food. “There are many Indian restaurants in London, but none of them offer fast food,” she says.

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Oct 18, 2013
Tim Lester

Amritsar’s delicious, dangerous street food

Like many cities across the world, Amritsar is also busy celebrating the World Food Week by organising seminars to create awareness about hygienic food, but the reality is something else.

Stalls and small shops in various nooks and corners of the city, especially near tourist attractions like the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Attari border, Lawrence Road, Queens Road and Mall Road, continue to serve unhygienic food, which is relished by all, no matter what their level of education and awareness is. The question then arises if the district health officer is performing his role actively, and who should be blamed for this gross health hazard.

Locals say that though they know that the kind of food they eat affects their health and know the difference between hygienic and unhygienic food, and their consequences, they are still attracted to the food, uncovered and unclean, being served on the roadside. While the hygiene level of the food can be gauged through the preparation method, which is quite visible, they say that the lure of gol gappas, chat, tikkis and kulfis is too strong to be resisted.

“Most of the street food available in the city is really harmful to health as health checks are not done on a regular basis. Every day, we see many cases of abdominal infections, followed by hepatitis, which leads to liver cancer,” said Dr Rani Sodhi, who runs a clinic in Ranjeet Avenue.

Parneet Kahlon, who holds a degree in food science and technology said, “Street vendors are not aware about the importance of health and hygiene, so they use contaminated raw material and unclean water, which leads to water and food-borne diseases.

“Utensils used for cooking and storing food are not washed properly with clean, filtered water, and they do not use gloves or hair nets while preparing food. Authorities should awaken from their slumber now,” she added.

Hyatt Amritsar’s chef de cuisine Manohar Singh Devandi said, “maintaining hygiene, which is quite possible, is the only way to make street food clean. Besides, health officials must conduct regular checks.”

While district health officer Yogesh Arora could not be contacted in spite of repeated attempts, municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda claimed, “We are serious about the street food issue, and our health officials regularly conduct quality checks.”

With just a few days to go for Diwali, the problem gets more serious, with adulterated sweets flooding the market.

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Oct 18, 2013
Tim Lester

Whole Foods Aventura Street Food Festival: Indoor Food Truck Tomorrow

wholefoodsaventura.jpgIndoors Street Food. Come on in!Miami is known for outdoor eats. Food trucks revolutionized the Magic City’s street food scene four years ago, and now they’re going indoors. At Whole Foods for a day anyway.

Whole Foods Market in Aventura is celebrating Miami’s street food scene by transforming their store into a street food festival tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.,= and you’re invited.

See also: Miami’s Best Pho

The street food festival will benefit Casablanca Academy , a non-profit school for students with autism. The money raised will go towards providing high-quality programs and expanded treatment options in South Florida.

A homemade food truck, outdoor lighting and scenic vegetation will adorn the store. Live music will be provided by the Jeff Egan Duo from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meanwhile on the food side, there will be sustainable, ethically produced dishes like cheese pinchos, Moroccan lamb gyros, jugo de piña (made from real pineapple, of course), minuto catfish sandwich on a brioche bun, and vegetarian picadillo stuffed crepes. Dishes range from $2 to $10 and the event is cash only. Bring the kids — it’s a family affair — but leave the dogs at home.

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Whole Foods Market

21105 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL

Category: General

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Oct 18, 2013
Tim Lester

Upcoming Events: Street Food, Discovery Green Margarita Festival, Plus Wine …

azumapaloozaphoto.jpgPhoto from Soma Sushi FacebookYou know you want to hang out with these cool cats at AzumaPalooza.Chef Geoff Hundt of Benjy’s in Rice Village will head up the second installment of the REMIX Pop-Up Dinner series on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. The Flat has opened its doors for guests to enjoy a menu (not yet announced) from Chef Hundt, as well as a multitude of drink specials. One can expect the Benjy’s chef to create a menu featuring local produce, especially judging from this picture posted on the event’s Facebook page. Each item on the menu will cost between $7 and $10. Johnny Moon, along with DJ Klinch and DJ Good Grief, will provide the music for the evening until midnight.

Head to Soma Sushi on Thursday, October 24, for a night of street food, beer and music during AzumaPalooza 2. The Azuma Group owns and operates five Houston restaurant concepts: Azuma Sushi and Robata Rice Village, Azuma Sushi Downtown, Azuma on the Lake, Kata Robata and Soma Sushi. Purchase a ticket for $40 and enjoy unlimited tastings of food from all five restaurants and beer from 8th Wonder Brewery. DJ Sun will be in charge of the tunes, and Yamato Taiko Drummers will put on a special performance.

margarita_lee_edwin_coursey.jpgPhoto from Lee Edwin CourseySpend the Saturday sipping margaritas at the Houston Margarita Festival.The weekends are meant for relaxing, and what better way to do that than spend the afternoon at the Houston Margarita Festival at Discovery Green? On Saturday, October 26, you’ll have the chance to try just about any margarita flavor you can imagine. In fact, the festival will have 17 flavors on hand for guests to enjoy. General admission ticket costs $25 in advance, or $35 at the gate, and include $6 of drink tickets – tastings cost $2 each, a full margarita costs $6 and premium margaritas go for $8. You can purchase additional drink tickets inside the festival. To soak up that tequila (no one wants to be hungry AND tipsy), the festival will sell a variety of food, including hot wings and empanadas from Caribbean Cuisine, Mexican food from Henry’s Dream Distributors and Cajun food from Baines Family Concessions and Lee’s Fine Foods. The festival also includes a salsa competition, so be sure to head over to the main stage to cheer for your favorite salsa.

Chefs Roshni Gurnani and Monica Pope have collaborated to bring you a four-course dinner with wine pairings at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop on Monday, October 28. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. The menu for the evening has yet to be released, but we should expect amazing things from these two reality show chefs. As many of you know, Pope starred on season 2 of Top Chef Masters, and Gurnani won Chopped on Food Network and competed on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen. With Pope’s free-flowing style of cooking and Gurnani’s practice of blending different cultures, this is bound to be an exciting evening. Purchase your ticket for $95 to embark on this food journey.

Triniti will host a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Fisher Family Vineyards on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. The meal begins with duck in a blanket with jalapeño apricot jam, served with Rose of Pinot Noir, followed by autumn squashes with black quinoa and chestnut foam, paired with Mountain Estate Chardonnay. The third course includes Arctic char with chanterelle and pickled blueberry bordelaise, served with a Pinot Noir. Next, the chefs offer venison tartare with a beet macaron, roasted finger banana and a blended demi-glace, with Mountain Estate Cabernet. The evening will conclude with a salted chocolate hazelnut tart and apple streusel, paired with Cameron Vineyard Cabernet. Reserve your spot for $125.

Location Info




2424 Dunstan, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Flat

1701 Commonwealth, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Azuma Sushi Robata Grill

5600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


909 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Azuma on the Lake

15830 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kata Robata Sushi Grill

3600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

Caribbean Cuisine

7433 Bissonnet, ste. F, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2815 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Oct 17, 2013
Tim Lester

Saigon street food secures permanent home on Spring Street in Bon Banh Mi

Bon Banh Mi

Bon Banh Mi

Cuisine: Vietnamese-influenced street food

Representative dish: The banh mi sandwichAddress: 162 Spring St.Phone: 414-7320Web: bonbanhmi.comBar: Beer and wineHours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed SundayFood: 3Service: 3Atmosphere: 3Price: $Costs: Sandwiches $8.75-$9; salads $8.75-$9; tacos $3.75-$4; 2 for $7.25; 3 for $10.25; daily specials MPVegetarian Options: Yes, vegan, gluten-freeWheelchair accessible: Yes, but it is a tight spaceParking: Designated spots (four) in rear of building; street parking Other: Free delivery to peninsula Charleston; $4.99 delivery charge to James Island, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley; online ordering, happy hour specials, daily specials, beer and wine list available at, Facebook, TwitterWhat our stars mean:5 stars: Exceptional; sets a standard for dining excellence.4 stars: Superior; worth a trip beyond your neighborhood or culinary comfort zone.3 stars: Solid example of this type of dining.2 stars: Adequate if you’re in the neighborhood or seeking this type of dining.1 star: Generally disappointing dining experience.What our $ signs mean:One $: $5 to $15Two $$: $15-$25Three $$$: $25-$50Four $$$$: $50 +

Bon Banh Mi operates out of a bandbox-sized space with nine stools for eat-in dining. You can choose your view: to look out at the traffic on Spring Street as it funnels into the Crosstown or belly up to the counter where the sandwich assembly takes place.

Take-out business is brisk and most regulars have called in their order for easy pick-up. Bon Banh Mi offers a menu of sandwiches, salads and tacos inspired by the flavors and ingredients of Vietnam.

The banh mi (bun-meeh) is the love child of France and Vietnam during the period of French occupation when Vietnam was French Indochina. The French brought their love of baguettes, jambon (ham), pate and sweet butter. They layered it on crusty bread and topped it with crunchy, tart cornichons, a French gherkin.

As this classic sandwich was assimilated into Vietnamese culinary culture, the cornichons were displaced by a crisp slaw of pickled carrot and daikon (do chua); the butter replaced by mayonnaise; and the more expensive goose and duck livers in the pate traded for the readily available and cheaper pork and chicken livers.

Even the baguette had an ingredient adjustment as local rice flour was used to stretch the more costly wheat-based dough.

Jason Sakran and Jeremy Spencer were introduced to the banh mi in New York and California. Intrigued by its bright flavors and lush fillings, they tested their business model at portable food events and farmers markets. You may have tasted their handiwork at Street Hero at the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square.

They opened the brick-and-mortar luncheonette in the food-centric Cannonborough and Elliotborough neighborhoods.

The menu is simplified into three base options: sandwich, salad or taco. Six fillings form the protein core.

Cucumber slices, pickled carrots and daikon radish along with cilantro, crispy-dry fried shallots and holy basil are the repeated refrain that snaps each composition to attention. Select the sandwich and chili mayonnaise coats the crumb of the baguette. In the salad, mint, scallions and peanut bits tumble the greens and vegetables with bite and refreshment. The tacos, soft corn, not flour, are laced with sriracha lime cream sauce lending tart heat to each bite.

Balance is found in beef, chicken, egg, pate, pork or tofu options. Red curry beef is braised and contributes a proper texture as a sandwich filling.

Ginger and lemongrass nibs in the chicken filling spark the flesh of white meat chicken with interest and the notes of cinnamon, star anise, ginger and cloves load the five-spice pork with flavor and dimension. Tofu is seasoned in a similar manner.

The more traditional ham and pate sandwich features a substantial slab of rustic pate made in the terrine style.

You can have a breakfast banh mi with egg and Canadian bacon. The latter is not so common but the egg is definitely so.

Daily specials have included tamarind shrimp, shrimp summer rolls and bun cha, the refreshing noodle salad topped with the traditional cha lua or Vietnamese sausage that tastes like pork roll’s Asian cousin.

You can adjust the flavor profile of your sandwich, salad or taco with fish sauce, soy sauce, nuoc mam and spicy chili sauce.

Multiple visits found the garnishes, greens and herbs to be fresh, crisp and vibrant. The bread is locally made to BBM’s specifications and maintains a gentle arc of crust with a soft and absorbing crumb.

If there is a quibble, it is the leanness of the proteins rendering the five-spice pork a tad dry and the white meat lemongrass chicken sharing a similar fate.

That aside, crisp vegetables and the perfume of licorice and anise in the holy basil and citrus in the cilantro brought a lively chorus of flavors to each sandwich bite.

Black jasmine tea is brewed in-house and a variety of boutique beverages provide a wide swath of liquid refreshment. Give them a “holla” at for current selections of craft beer.

Kudos to Sakran and Spencer for their choice of fold-pak paper products for carryout. The green-friendly coating will keep your meal in good condition for transporting to home or office.

The kitchen at Bon Banh Mi is not bound in cast-iron covenants of conformity. Inspired by a culinary merger of French-Vietnamese-Chinese influences, the humble sandwich, cross-cultural taco and ubiquitous salad celebrate the street food culture of Southeast Asia with a decidedly local spin on a street whose culinary accent celebrates our appetite for the pan-Asian canon.

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Oct 17, 2013
Tim Lester

Street food market comes to Trinity Leeds

Tasting the best street food from around the world is usually reserved for food fanatics, but today in Leeds an entire street of edible delights is waiting to be explored.

Leeds Trinity is launching its new Trinity Kitchen, which will host the best street food from the UK in an innovative new take on eating out.

A procession of food vans, trucks, tuk tuks, and campervans and even garden sheds will be lifted up two floors into a one-of-a-kind indoor food market at the shopping centre every month to give shoppers a taste of the world.

Working with food journalist and the brains behind the British Street Food Awards, Richard Johnson, Trinity Kitchen will select five new street food vendors to replace the existing line-up every month.

Paul Smith, marketing manager for Trinity Leeds said: “Trinity Kitchen promises to give shoppers more than simply a place to refuel.

“With everything from live entertainment until late into the evening, to cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and of course, tastes of street food from around the globe, Trinity Kitchen will be a buzzing social hub for shoppers and visitors to Leeds. It’s incredibly exciting for the British Street Food movement and the vendors involved to be able to serve up their food to a whole new audience.

“We can’t wait.”

The first vendors that are moving in today for one month will include Leeds-based company The Marvellous Tea Dance, London’s most renowned hot dog trader, Big Apple Hotdogs, as well as traditional Italian three-wheel Piaggio van Gurmetti, award-winning Indian snack stall Manjit’s Kitchen and overall winners of the British Street Food Awards 2013, Katie Kim’s Kitchen.

The launch at 11am today will also feature the UK’s first rickshaw service, called Tweet to Ride.

Shoppers will be able to take rickshaw rides across Leeds, the only payment needed is to tweet about it using the hashtag #TrinityKitchen during the ride. The rickshaw service will be ferrying office workers and shoppers to Leeds Trinity in a traditional Bangkok style to give the full visitors a unique experience.

The Tweet to Ride service will be available from 11am this morning until Saturday October 19.

The ever-changing food vendors will join the seven permanent food and drink eateries, Pho Cafe, Chicago Rib Shack, 360 Champagne Cocktails, PizzaLuxe, Tortilla, Chip + Fish and Notes Cafe.

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Oct 17, 2013
Tim Lester

Delhi to get 8 ‘safe zones’ where street food vendors are trained in food hygiene

  • Vendors surveyed admitted to scratching body parts while preparing food
  • ‘Street safe food’ zones to be introduced to encourage better practices
  • 2,000 vendors in Indian capital to be given courses in food hygiene

Neha Pushkarna and Hayley O’keeffe

02:31 EST, 17 October 2013


05:00 EST, 17 October 2013

Delhi belly, which has plagued travellers since before time began could be a thing of the past – thanks to a hygiene crackdown by Indian food chiefs.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is creating eight ‘safe street food’ zones in Delhi where food lovers can enjoy the delights of the capital city without being worried about falling ill.

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), which is working with FSSAI on the project, has pledged that the vendors in these zones will follow the best hygiene practices and food handling methods.

The UPSC Chaat Shop in New Delhi, during peak hours - 2,000 vendors are to be given food hygiene training

The UPSC Chaat Shop in New Delhi, during peak hours – 2,000 vendors are to be given food hygiene training

NASVI is training nearly 2,000 vendors in these eight zones, following which the concept will be replicated in other parts of the capital. By December, all vendors serving safe food will also carry the stamp of NASVI to reassure consumers of its quality.

The association has already started the training process and is bringing together 500 vendors from across the city on October 21 for an elaborate workshop.

The eight zones – Nizammuddin, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, Paharganj, New Delhi Railway Station, Tilak Nagar and Krishna Nagar Jheel – have been taken up in the pilot project because of their popularity and high footfall.

In consultation with the government and food safety experts, NASVI has prepared elaborate guidelines to be followed by every vendor, which cover things as basic as not touching any part of the body while cooking and serving food, or specific techniques for food storage and handling.

“Vendors in these zones have been put together in groups for better cooperation and monitoring. We have appointed peer leaders for every area who would make sure that vendors follow the set standards. Their role will be crucial for the creation of such zones,” said Arbind Singh, founder and coordinator, NASVI.

Travellers are locals alike are attracted to Delhi street food as it looks good and is inexpensive

Travellers are locals alike are attracted to Delhi street food as it looks good and is inexpensive

The registration of street food vendors by the Delhi Government under the Food Safety and Standards Act is yet to be completed, as the food safety department did not have enough staff to carry out the process.

NASVI plans to professionalise the whole industry by bringing all stakeholders on board with its plans.

“The zones were identified in June this year and the training of street vendors has already begun. A few such vendors had also gone to Singapore for the World Streetfood Congress in May-June this year and learnt about the best practices. They will share them with other vendors at the training sessions,” said Ranjit Abhigyan, programme coordinator, NASVI.

NASVI has already sent a detailed project report to FSSAI following a survey of the vendors. The association met 139 food sellers in the eight zones to discuss the issues they had and also their level of awareness.

The survey found that 127 admitted to scratching their body parts while cooking, all but one failed to wear aprons, and none of them used gloves while on the job. Most were unaware of the storage techniques for raw, cooked and leftover food.

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17 minutes ago

If you go anywhere in the world where hygiene is questionable take a swig of whiskey before eating breakfast, and a swig before you go to sleep. The whiskey will kill any bacteria. I was advised by the wife of a Colonel who was in India during the Raj and it worked for me. In a group of 27 people I was the only one who never fell ill. Some were really bad. A doctor confirmed that it is a good remedy.



50 minutes ago

Could do with one of those over here, food poisoning is a common complaint of takeaways in London.



59 minutes ago

I don’t think Delhi its BELLY is quite ready yet..



1 hour ago

Eat street food as part of a calorie controlled diet – I lost (projected) 2 stone following a short break in Goa. You need the immune system of a bubonic rat to survive street/beach food there.



6 minutes ago

Actually street food is your best bet for avoiding bad guts, as it’s cooked fresh from fresh ingredients. It’s the food in Western-style restaurants that’s the killer – they don’t really know how to cook or store it and because it’s western food it’s been shipped in from some major city in somebody’s glovebox and then left for a couple of days. Always eat what the locals eat and brush your teeth in the tap water to give yourself a head start on the local amoebae.


hereford, United Kingdom,

3 hours ago

Ah finally! I almost died of delhi belly 20 years ago in Pahar Ganj, took 1 month to recover!! LOL.. Although I must admit that my last trips to India were fine on the belly department!!



3 hours ago

This is probably counter-productive, as it implies that those outside the zones “don’t need to bother”. Why can’t people just let things be?

A Smoker…..,

Smoking somewhere near you…,

3 hours ago

I regularly work in Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore and have never had a problem eating food from any of these places. The only time I have been ill (Wasnt quite full on Delhi-Belly) was when I drunk their water. Stick to bottled water and havent had a problem since.



3 hours ago

No mention of the hygenic toilet facilities for these vendors to use and ensure that they make themselves sterile afterward or instructions on not to pick their noses or scratch themselves in between handing out the samosa’s..



4 hours ago

this dose happen in India that is why i never eat anything from the road side in India. I hope things do improve.


coventry, United Kingdom,

5 hours ago

when I travelled India, I ate from loads of street stalls without issue, but the only problem came was when I stayed at a Palace in Jaipur. Just shows you just can’t tell by the look of a place

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Oct 16, 2013
Tim Lester

Street vendors campaign as healthy food providers

New Delhi: On the occasion of World Food Day Wednesday, street food vendors across the country launched a campaign to promote their potential to provide healthy and nutritious food, a statement said here.

“We are the guarantors of food security and have the potential to provide healthy and nutritious food,” read banners that have been put up by street vendors at several locations here.

The campaign will continue till Oct 26 and includes food safety and hygiene training Oct 21 for the street vendors.

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Representatives of World Health Organisation (WHO), ministry of health and family welfare and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India will participate in the training.

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Oct 16, 2013
Tim Lester

Food trucks to gather for party at Armory

Mardi Gras in October? And on a Saturday?

The Golden Slipper Club Charities will turn the 23rd Street Armory (22 S.. 23rd St.) into a Mardi Gras party on the evening of Oct. 26.

Food trucks Street Food Philly, Spot Burger and Say Cheese will serve New Orleans-style food, and entertainment will include street performers, magicians, fire breathers, a Dixieland band and a Mummers band for “Beads Bids.”

It’s $125 per person ($100 per person 35 years of age and under).

Details are here.

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