New Delhi, April 27 — Delhi Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene, 35, says he is a big foodie and wishes to have proper Delhi food. “Delhi is a lovely place and I’ve always enjoyed being here, thanks to the delicious food it serves. I am craving to try Delhi street food. Although I had visited a few eateries in Delhi last year, I couldn’t go to the ones that are famous for their fiery flavours,” says the cricketer in an exclusive interview.
“I’ve many friends in Delhi. Hopefully, I’ll go to some good food joints with them this time,” he adds.
About Virender Sehwag, the opener of the Delhi Daredevils team, who has been criticised for his poor form lately, Jayawardene says, “Viru is a very talented player. As a non-striker, watching him bat from the other side feels great. It’s fun opening the innings with him and it’s good to have him back in the team after his injury. He is now getting back to his usual rhythm.”
Jayawardene has led the Sri Lankan cricket team in the past, but says leading Delhi Daredevils is a different ball game altogether. “The dynamics and challenges are different when you are captaining a domestic T20 team. I know the results haven’t been great but we have played good cricket.”
Asked if he has picked up some Hindi words from the Indian players, Jayawardene says, “Yes, a few, but I cannot say them in public!”
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By Susan Frick Carlman
April 25, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: April 26, 2013 12:32PM
Food cart operators are likely to remain a presence in downtown Naperville this summer — though it still could be their last.
After wrestling with the issue for several months, members of the Downtown Advisory Commission Thursday voted to ask the City Council to allow the two vendors now selling hot dogs and barbecue to keep working past the scheduled mid-summer expiration of their permits, through the end of the year.
Then they’ll resume the wrestling.
Commissioners will recommend that two other permits that have been granted, but are not being used, be suspended. The policy will be revisited again next year.
As she presented the staff’s most recent suggestions for tweaking the policy to address assorted concerns, community planner Allison Laff told the advisory commission that while the sale of food late at night is generally more palatable to existing business owners than lunch-hour vending, which also is allowed under the granted permits, the idea somewhat conflicts with the vision in the downtown plan and is thought by some to be at odds with the city’s image as a family-friendly place.
“There is, we’ve found, limited support from the downtown business community for the downtown vending program as it is,” Laff said.
Christine Jeffries, president of the Naperville Development Partnership, reiterated her opposition to the mobile vending practices, especially late at night. The vendors may sell food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. nightly, and until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Although she acknowledged the restaurant owners have not been consulted by the city or the commission formally, Jeffries said of the 45 downtown restaurants, 21 serve food until 11 p.m., and nine keep their kitchens open later.
“I just want to point out that there are businesses, brick and mortar, operating and serving food” at the time when the mobile vendors serve, Jeffries said. “Quite a few of them.”
Other advocates for the business owners also aired qualms about the vending program. Merchant Joe Costello said he could find no compelling reason to allow it, and that it brings no benefit to the downtown brand.
Katie Wood, executive director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance, echoed that perspective.
“I do not feel that having downtown vendors adds to the ambiance of the downtown,” said Wood, who was representing Mike Evans, president of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Along with Jeffries, Costello and commercial property owner Dwight Yackley, Evans last month voted to discontinue the vending program. The motion failed with a 4-4 vote.
Others see the food carts as a positive thing, however.
“I think the market has spoken as to whether they’re a good idea or not,” said Joe McElroy, a City Council member, who thinks it’s a good idea to offer bar patrons a quick bite before they head home. “They’re doing quite well.”
Responding to assertions that late-night patrons can behave badly, McElroy said there are often problems at Five Guys, which also serves late, that bring out police.
“I have a problem with that,” he said.
Naperville North High School student Austin Hansen, a nonvoting commissioner, said he asked police Chief Bob Marshall about similar troubles in the areas where the street vendors work, and the chief reported there had been none.
Connor McGury, a Naperville Central student who also sits on the commission, wants to gauge the residents’ sentiments on the matter.
“I think it’s more important to ask the public what their opinion is before we ask the restaurant owners what they think,” said McGury, who also thinks the food carts are a plus, but wants the restaurateurs to have a chance to weigh in, too. “It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s on the go. And that’s how our country is now.”
Commission member and City Councilwoman Judy Brodhead said the brick-and-mortar food merchants are abundantly represented on the commission.
“Maybe over-represented, if we’re thinking about the whole town,” Brodhead said. “I have a very hard time believing somebody selling hot dogs, somebody selling ribs can put Five Guys out of business.”
She added that she doesn’t see the logic in the undue-competition argument.
“I think we’re worrying too much about it,” she said.
Commission chairman Steve Rubin asked rib vendor John Singleton how much he brings in on a good night working his cart in front of the Chicago Avenue parking deck, and Singleton said maybe $250-$300. Rubin agreed it’s not much of a threat to most of the downtown restaurants.
“We’re talking about $300 an evening,” said Rubin, who noted many cities have found success in allowing both forms of commerce. “It seems to be a symbiotic relationship that works.”
Jeffries also appeared displeased that when Joe Hornbaker asked to be allowed to sell his Joey’s Red Hots at the Riverwalk and Main Street late at night instead of Fredenhagen Park, where he is currently required to operate for both shifts, his request was granted.
“So he would be across from Sullivan’s day and night?” she asked.
McElroy didn’t see the logic to that argument, saying, “There’s not many times that I’ve gone out of this building and said, ‘I was going to go for a steak but hey, I think I’ll get a hot dog instead.’”
Quick, cheap and chock full of flavor, street food gives hungry passers-by a lot to love in locales around the world. Trying the local open-air fare is also a key ingredient to sampling any city’s culture.
That’s why online travel adviser Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) has put together its Top 10 street-food cities. Reuters has not endorsed this list:
1. Hong Kong, China
With a bustling international food scene, Hong Kong offers up everything from sweet tofu soup to dumplings all from street-side stalls. Long under British rule but now part of China, the city is famous for everything from snake soup to egg tarts, and serves up an interesting mix of Cantonese delicacies and Western favorites. Markets like those on Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei, the Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street and Kowloon City are popular places to peruse Hong Kong’s street food scene and taste test items like hot pots, curried fish balls and skewers of stinky tofu (your nose will guide you to that one). The city’s dai pai dongs – open-air street food vendors – have been dwindling since the 1980s when regulations tightened, but places like noodle shops and markets still thrive. Some of Hong Kong’s food stalls like dim sum canteen Tim Ho Wan on Sham Shui Po even made the most recent Michelin Guide – a significant honor from a guide that’s notoriously stingy with its stars, reserving them mainly for high-end brick-and-mortar restaurants.
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Food stands are a staple in Rio de Janeiro. Vendors offer everything from cod fritters to feijoada (rice, beans and pork) and salgadinhos (salty aperitifs). The scene has stretched to the city’s waterfront and its suburbs. Beverages are popular street-side buys here, especially drinks like fruit smoothies and suco de acai (acai juice). Sweet treats like tapiocas (crepes) and churros filled with chocolate or caramel are also popular. Stroll the boardwalk of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to find 24-hour food stands. Street meat called churrasquinhos, hot dogs known as cachorro quente and cheese bread (pao de queijo) are all common street food fare in Old Rio.
3. Paris, France
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Snake meat soup in Hong Kong can be served up streetside.
Paris may be famous for decadent sit-down mid-day meals, but its street food offerings are extensive. After all, who can resist that wall of Nutella jars practically calling your name from every Parisian crêperie? The city’s iconic street food specialty is the heavenly crêpe. The thin pancakes are typically made to order and filled with your choice of ingredients, which could be anything from a savory combination like ham and cheese, or a sweet specialty like that heavenly chocolate-hazelnut spread paired with slices of banana. But the French city’s street food scene goes beyond its network of street-corner crêperies. Sandwiches from bakeries, falafel in the Marais district and Indian specialties like samosas are all served street side. A surprising amount of food trucks – many of them dishing out traditional American favorites like burgers – are also popping up around Paris. Just be a little discerning with your selections in popular tourist locales, such as the areas around the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.
Barroco, a Columbian and Latin American restaurant with another location is in Lakewood, recently opened a small cafe on W. 6th Street to bring its signature Latin American street food to the Warehouse District.
The new eatery, which can seat about 40 inside and outside on its patio, offers the popular arepa — thick corn tortillas that are split like English muffins and filled with a variety of meat and veggies — as well as other favorites such as a Cuban sandwich, Colombian chicken and Barroco burger.
The joint truly will be jumping when the W. 6th Streetscape project wraps up later this summer, allowing Barroco’s patio to flourish. Co-owner Juan David Vergara says the clientele includes downtown office workers, residents and late-night revelers.
“This is a faster version of our restaurant,” he says. “We still specialize in arepas, but we’re also throwing in a couple of new items such as a loaded baked potato.”
Vergara is working on some new concepts, including collaborating with Bank Street Wine and Spirits next door to allow BYOB, adding a larger chef’s menu for dinner, and displaying what he calls “Barroco TV” (viewers can watch their food being prepared). Barroco is open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Latin American street food is pretty much drinking food, bar food,” he says. “People go out and stop by the street carts early or late. That’s our concept.”
Barroco makes its own arepas by hand, a three-day process that Vergara says is “like the ancients” — they use hominy corn, not corn flour. The restaurant has been getting attention for its food and just won Best Latin Restaurant in Scene.
“So far it’s been phenomenal,” he says. “We’re getting office people for lunch, people who live around here for dinner, and drunk people after the clubs let out.”
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Writer: Lee Chilcote
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On our walk there we had been given the evil eye by a man with a giant snake slithering around his neck.
Outside the restaurant we queued for an hour and a half, during which time we were engaged in baffling conversation by a passer-by who engulfed us in clouds of cannabis smoke.
Inside, we queued to order and then faced a long wait for our food.
drinks we drank were served in plastic glasses and cups and the napkins
on the table took the form of a roll of kitchen paper.
The meals arrived in plastic baskets.
And yet here we were – my wife, my son and I – discussing whether this meal should merit four or five stars.
Which rather suggests that the evening had been a success. And it was.
But let’s put things in context.
The Meat Shack – aka Paul Collis – is one of this city’s growing army of street food vendors and his burgers are renowned.
renowned that Brad Carter, chef-patron of the fabulous Moseley restaurant that bears his name, invited him in to stage a pop-up because
he was keen to collaborate.
a surprise, perhaps, because there’s a real buzz about street food in Birmingham right now – the recent launch of the monthly Kings Heath gathering and the weekly Digbeth Dining Club event, for instance.
Hence the queues outside Carters on a dry and warm Monday evening.
the presence of so many well known chefs and foodies, including one who’d received a text from his wife telling him that he’d missed his baby daughter’s first words (though it didn’t seem to detract from the enjoyment of the burger he was eating).
was a sense of occasion about the evening, so it’s difficult to separate the glow of satisfaction that I felt as I ate the food from the
sense of being at an event.
But there’s no doubt at all in my mind that the burger that I’d ordered was the best I’d ever eaten.
the Jam Pudding, it was a moist, melting delight that balanced an array
of savoury, sweet, smokey, sour, creamy and sharp flavours brilliantly.
precisely-cooked patty – a winning combination of good-quality, dry-aged ground beef and black pudding – was a thing of supreme beauty.
piled on to a glazed, slightly sweet bap was bacon chilli jam, cheese, a
smokey chipayo sauce, pickles and crunchy iceberg lettuce.
Alongside lay a rasher of bacon – described as ‘candy bacon praline’ – the sweetness and crisp texture of which were wonderful.
Deftly seasoned and perfectly cooked spaghetti fries were a good alternative to chips.
My son Ewan was equally as delighted as he tucked into his Jam Pudding.
meanwhile, was slightly less adventurous with the Mr ‘OG’ Shack, which included a patty with a Jersey milk cheese called Ogleshield, pickled red onions and slaw.
She, who is no fan of burgers, was suitably impressed by this.
that others were still queuing outside, and also replete, we decided against ordering the dessert of popcorn sundae, a decision that I now slightly regret, for it sounds to me like a blissful combination.
and greater, regret: that I didn’t spot on the menu the McFoie burger that I’m sure would have been worth every penny of the £25 that it cost.
it was our bill, which included a couple of bottles of an excellent German pilsner and a glass of red wine, was the right side of £30.
Watch out for Meat Shack at various venues in the city.
The burgers are well worth hunting out.
Three more places for unfussy food
All-day operation offering quality food. 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS.
Tasty Mexican street food from a street vendor near the cathedral. Temple Row, Birmingham.
Great coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches and stews. 1-3 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 3NH.
One of the happiest signs that warm-weather is fast approaching is when the outdoor film festival announcements begin to roll in. They say, in effect, in a loud speaker-style voice, “people of Southern California, languorous nights spent on a lawn eating snowcone-type foods while watching awesome movies is just ahead. Hang tight.”
But the hanging tight is loosening its grip, because the announcements are coming in. Street Food Cinema, that Saturday-night-y summertime soiree has just beckoned us over and given us a peek at the 2013 schedule.
It opens on Saturday, May 25 with “Stand by Me.” None other than Corey Feldman will play host, and he’ll play some music as well. The spot? Exposition Park.
Exposition Park will serve as the setting for many of the movies, but LA State Historic Park and Poinsettia Park will jump in on some nights, too. And the films themselves? ”Risky Business” — it’s the 30th anniversary this year — and “Mean Girls” and “Skyfall” will all screen. Plus the inspired pairing of “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Reality Bites” on June 29.
You know to expect the tunes and the heavy-duty food truck presence, but the 2013 season will add a few new features, like an MC, double-features (like the aforementioned on, hooray!), and hellos from cast and crew. Giveaways and other goodies are in the queue, too.
The mostly complete schedule is up, but there’ll be more announcements to come. Best of all, you can jump on those tickets now. How good will you feel knowing that you and your childhood bestie already have a pair of entries to “Jaws” on July 6? It already feels like summer is here, loud and clear.
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Daisy Green was originally founded by Australian-born Prue Freeman last year after she left a job in the City to sell natural, fat-free frozen yogurt from a 1975 Ford Transit van at various festivals and street food sites including Kerb at King’s Cross.
“The idea was to try and set up a street food business which was focused on doing high-quality food on the street in a way that changed street food from being dirty to being more upmarket and healthy,” she told BigHospitality.
Daisy Green was founded by Australian-born Prue Freeman
“We found an old property agent shop very close to Marble Arch station. It felt like a good space where we could do more interesting things and also have a kitchen and a place to prepare food for all of our vehicles.”
The West End venue features a ground-floor shop and dining area, an outside space complete with deckchairs and a downstairs ‘vault’ area described as a ‘quirky’ retreat – it has been designed by an up and coming street artist.
Daisy Green diners are able to order the banana bread and frozen yogurt which have become the brand’s trademarks as well as chocolate brownies, homemade rocky road and hot salmon smoked on site, chicken or beef served either in a salad or a wrap.
Frozen yogurt is available with a range of toppings including rosewater jelly, balsamic strawberries or caramelized bacon.
Daisy Green features a dining room, an outside area and a downstairs vault space
The simple menu also includes artisan coffee which is roasted from Daisy Green’s own blend of Brazilian and Rwandan beans.
Daisy Green now operates six food vans and tricycles, two of which are dedicated to artisan coffee and banana bread.
Freeman said she was not looking to operate only permanent sites and was instead viewing the Marble Arch venue as a complement to the street food operation.
“When you have a street food stall, you think it would be amazing to have a fixed stall because there is so much more ability to do things but the logistics in terms of people and deliveries is a lot harder,” Freeman admitted.
“We are very focused this year on the street food side, this shop feels like the perfect place to prepare for those things and where people know they can find us. At this stage I don’t think we would look to have another permanent site but it is so difficult to know – in twelve months we might change our mind,” she concluded.
Lovers of Asian cuisine should not stray away from the recently opened Mira Sushi Izakaya, located in the Flatiron district. The giant menu reinterprets Asian street food, overseen by Chef Brian Tsao and Chef Owen Wu.
Chef Wu is a fifteen year sushi veteran, overseeing the sushi bar, which makes up half of Mira‘s menu. Offered on the sushi menu are a number of cold small plates, as well as both signature and whimsical sushi rolls and sashimi, ranging from the classic California Roll to the inventive TNT Roll (made with yellow tail tuna, crunch, and cucumber topped with spicy tuna and jalapeno relish). Chef Tsao, formerly of Telepan, comes from a Chinese-Korean background, which serves him well at this new venture. The fare here is really out of this world—favorites include the Beef Bulgogi Tacos, Kyoto Crunchy Sloppy Joe, Spicy Wontons, Honey Yuzu Chicken Wings, and the Spicy Tuna Pizza. All of the dishes are great recreations of classic plates and are accompanied by delicious cocktails. Bartender Raphael Lester has created complementary cocktails to go with the unrivaled food. We love the Crimson Moon (made with Kokuto umeshu plum, sweet potato shochu, orange, lemon, plum bitters) for something refreshing, but can’t say no to the wide selection of sakes they have to offer. To end your night the right way, make sure to order up one of their desserts, like a unique Malaysian cookie, the Honeycomb Dream or Sticky Bun Poppers. Furthermore, the venue itself is comfortable and unpretentious, yet is inviting to all. Best of all, everything on the menu is priced so that you won’t have to save a month’s paycheck to order…even though we gladly would.
Mira Sushi Izakaya is at 46 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
To see their full menu check out their website.
All photos by Kate Gibbons. The chorizo tacos. With ingredients like sambar curry, lacinato kale and pickled jalapeños, Linger’s new brunch menu allows you to travel the globe without dusting off your passport.
No strangers to traditional eggs and bacon, chef/owner Justin Cucci and his
team also incorporate Japanese, Indian, New Orleans and Mexican influences into their
“street food”-themed brunch menu for Sunday. Given Cucci’s success with brunch at Root Down, adding it to Linger’s offerings wasn’t a complicated decision.
“Brunch is the gateway drug of restaurants,” he says.
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If addiction to delicious food alone isn’t enough, the Linger brunch menu also features cocktails. You won’t find a bottomless mimosa on it, but you will find three $3 options. Aiming to create drinks that would be especially delicious on the patio, beverage director Mike Henderson created the Linger mimosa, a Bloody Mary and a coconut fizz.
The $3 cocktails. Swapping out orange juice for ginger, Japanese yuzu citrus and Thai basil, the Linger mimosa is heavy on ginger and packs a sparkling punch. Brunch without a Bloody isn’t a brunch for some, and Henderson didn’t want to ignore them. With just the right amount of heat and more than twenty ingredients, the Bloody Mary is garnished with an olive, lemon wedge and cucumber slice to balance out the spice.
While Henderson likes the new mimosa and Bloody Mary, he’s most proud of the coconut fizz. Taking inspiration from the Ramos in New Orleans, he set out to make a tasty gin fizz. Combining gin, coconut milk, simple syrup and sparkling water, the coconut fizz isn’t too sweet and goes down quickly, even if gin isn’t your favorite.
To soak up the libations, “street food” has been brought to the table as “a way to intimately connect with communities different than our own. All around the world, ‘street food’ is vibrant, social, humble and diverse,” Cucci proclaims on the Linger menu.
The sopapillas. For a taste of New Orleans, combine the coconut fizz with the sopapillas. Beignet-like pastries served with cinnamon whipped cream and dulce de leche and sprinkled with powdered sugar, they can satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Forget frozen burgers, soggy sausages and stale chips, street food has had a makeover. Mary Griffin
finds Birmingham’s brightest young chefs are taking to vans and snack shacks to bring gourmet dining to a street near you.
Stuffy restaurants can be enough to make any foodie lose their appetite.
But a new wave of chefs are going back to basics, turning their backs on permanent premises to serve their
signature dishes from trucks and pop-up gazebos.
recipe books, TV series and the annual British Street Food Awards (which drew 300 entries for its debut in 2010, rising to a whopping 3,000 entries last year), food-on-the-go is taking the country by storm.
And the revolution is alive and kicking in Birmingham, with last week seeing the launch of a monthly street food market in Kings Heath where queuing foodies had the pick of 15 different vendors in the village square.
concept of street food is nothing new. For hundreds of years cooks without their own premises have been hawking their wares from street corner stands.
But today’s street food is a cut above the cheap bread rolls stuffed with frozen burgers sold in lay-bys.
the average dish costing somewhere between £3 and £7, the emphasis is on top quality – and usually locally-sourced ingredients – that have been skillfully transformed into moreish meals through tried and tested recipes.
And instead of serving to a captive audience at an event or positioning themselves opportunistically on a busy high street, today’s street food traders are
teaming up to form their own markets, making their dishes the destination.
Moseley resident and food fanatic Duncan Stanley, working under the name of Brum
Yum Yum, launched last weekend’s event – and already has designs on weekly street markets, touring Kings Heath, the Jewellery Quarter and the city centre.
As an apprentice producer with UB40, Duncan first got a taste for street food on tour and later tickled his tastebuds as an independent traveller in South Asia, South and Central America and Europe.
He says: “My background is in music events but I’m a foodie at heart.
“Street food is stripped down cuisine about depth of flavour and the honesty and care that goes into creating that.
“It’s about independent chefs taking one or two dishes and perfecting them.
“In Birmingham we’ve got plenty of choice at the top and bottom ends of the market. But there’s a middle market malaise.
street food the quality of the ingredients and the dedication of the chefs shine through and all the bits that turn us off restaurants – the stuffy staff, the decor, aren’t there so there’s nothing to take away from the value of the food on the plate.
vendors are trained chefs with many years’ experience of catering but in this economic climate they don’t have a hope in hell of opening a restaurant – and the chance of making money is quite slim even if they did.
“This is a way of getting out there and reaching a discerning audience with quality dishes.”
street food scene was born last August when Moseley-based freelance videographer Jack Brabant, 30, launched the Digbeth Dining Club at Spotlight, under the railway arches.
With a rotating weekly roster of two or three vendors, the club serves freshly cooked food every Friday night.
events such as Day of the Dead, a Halloween weekender and the festive Digmas (designed to rival the “boring and overpriced” food at Birmingham’s German markets) have been touted on Twitter and Facebook, attracting a growing crowd with most vendors now selling out.
who got the idea after being commissioned to film of London’s street food traders, says: “We wanted to get the scene going, get people enjoying good food and dispel the myth that street food is just cheap burgers and jacket potatoes.
“People came down not knowing what to expect and we have a lot of discerning foodies.
“We make it so that you almost have to sit or stand next to someone you don’t know and it gets people talking.
“It’s not at all stuffy. It’s very European with no pressure.”
on Digbeth Dining Club’s foundations, Duncan’s Brum Yum Yum has been licensed by Birmingham City Council to operate street food markets and is already looking to expand with sister markets in the Jewellery Quarter and city centre.
The organisation is also in talks with BBC Good Food producers about featuring street food at their shows.
The Kings Heath Streetfood Market returns on the second Saturday of every month, running from noon to 6pm.
Digbeth Dining Club’s choice of best street food vendors
* The Original Patty Men
Their burgers use beef that has been hung for nearly five weeks, allowing
the marbled meat to reach its ideal maturity and full potential.
They have developed their own Krispy Kreme burger and are also fans of smoked
brisket and pulled pork.
tour the Midlands promoting the humble toasted sandwich to a delicious dining experience, using quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
* Hungry Toad
Hungry Toad, from Redditch, has been a hit with barbecued baby back ribs and their own special recipe buttermilk fried chicken as well as huge burritos, two-hour slow cooked chilli, curries and, the street food favourite, burgers.
* The Meatshack
Under the strapline “Dripping filthy goodness”, the Meatshack claims to serve “the
best burgers in Birmingham”, cooked to order in five minutes.
Tasty toastie is turning heads
What makes a successful professional couple choose to tour the Midlands selling toasted sandwiches from the back of a van?
For Flic and Barny Luxmoore it was a chance to share their love of food and follow the dream of being their own bosses.
Barny is head chef at Merchants
restaurant in Warwick while Flic works full-time in marketing, but in their spare time the pair from Leamington have been developing a successful business selling gourmet toasties under the name The Jabberwocky.
Their latest creation is a toastie filled with smoked wood pigeon, red Leicester, spring onions and red currant sauce.
Flic, 28, says: “We were thinking about starting a restaurant but it was just too expensive.
“So we looked at alternatives, came across this van on eBay and decided to go for it.
“With street food the people who are serving you are the business owners, managers and chef, and you get direct contact with them.
“It has to be cooked fresh and it has to taste amazing – something that people couldn’t easily make themselves at home.
“We hope to get to the stage fairly soon where we can live off it.
“Since discovering street food there’s nothing that suits us more.”
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