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Jun 23, 2014
Tim Lester

Mumbai street food guide: Top 10 tempting street foods of Mumbai

Mumbai is known for its busy schedule and narrow roads. However, little do we know, but Mumbai is well known for its variety of junk food. No matter how good the food is back home, nothing beats the mighty food of the streets! Attractive, affordable and tasty, street food is one of the most preferred by more than half of the population. Here is a list of few such mouth-watering unhealthy dishes:

1) Chaat – Pani puri, Bhel puri, Dahi puri, Sev puri, Ragda pattice, etc. What’s wrong? Started drooling already? Chaat food offers a wide range of sweet, sour and spicy dishes which make you go insane. Doesn’t if feel good to get an extra Puri at the end, for free?

2) Samosa – Crispy on the outside, tasty from the inside, samosas are very popular amongst the north Indian people in Mumbai. Best eaten with chutney and best tasting when stolen from a friend. Everybody fights for the crispy base, true story.

3) Bhajiya – Most preferred in the monsoon, bhajiya are very popular amongst the youth. Slices of potato or onion dipped in Gram flour preparation and deep fried to perfection, Bhajiya are the reason why monsoon seems pleasant in Mumbai.

4) Dabeli – Mostly preferred by people in Navi Mumbai, Dabeli is a rather sweeter dish. Crispy, crunchy and topped with peanuts and sev, Dabeli is the kind of dish you don’t just have once.

5) Vada pav – Okay! Whoever came up with this thing, is GOD! Vada pav is the most common and highly preferred delicacy. Preparation of potato dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried, this is the Elvis Presley of Mumbai street food. Literally, half of the Mumbai survives on vada pav.

6) Dosa – Dosa is a south Indian delicacy, often found in the streets of Mumbai. With sambar and coconut chutney for sider, dosas have different varieties like Masala, Sada, Rava, Mysore Masala, etc.

7) Idli – By far, the healthiest option available on the streets. Idli is a south Indian delicacy made by steaming the fermented rice flour. Often preferred by the health freaks who still wish to enjoy a quick bite.

8) Anda Pav – Anda (egg) pav is nothing but the street version of bread and omelette. However, when you eat it, its no ordinary omelette you find in the restaurants. Often preferred by the meat lovers and also the EGGITERIANS (wannabe meat lovers), anda pav sensation is slowly catching on.

9) Bread Pattice – Mostly preferred in Navi Mumbai, Bread pattice is an upgrade of the mighty vada pav. Whats different? Well, instead of just potato preparation, how about deep frying a potato preparation sandwich dipped in gram flour batter?

10) Medu vada – Better invention than the internet, Medu vada is a south Indian delicacy, ironically, most loved by the north Indians. A doughnut shaped crispy crunchy dish sided by sambar and coconut chutney. Best breakfast for the Mumbaikars.


Modified Date: June 23, 2014 11:29 AM

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Jun 23, 2014
Tim Lester

2014 LA Street Food Fest

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Photo courtesy of Crossings Restaurant

We’ve heard good things and bad things, marvelous raves and emphatic thumbs down, but we’re still going to provide a promo for this year’s L.A. Street Food Fest held at the Rose Bowl because, well, we love food. Any time there is an opportunity to avail ourselves of a wide selection of cuisines and libations, we gravitate towards it. An irresistible magnetic field.

This is the 5th year of Altadena resident Shawna Dawson Beer’s food festival. Guests will get to sample signature bites from one hundred—100—street food vendors such as gourmet food trucks, old school carts, celebrity chefs, pop-ups, and restaurants.

Angel City Brewery, Singha, Golden Road, and Stella will have cold beer for a hot day (the forecast for Saturday is a high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit), while cocktails will be offered at the Fest’s so-called “Caroline on Crack Approved” bars, frozen treats may be enjoyed at the Ice Cream Social, and local roasters may be found with a caffeine boost at the new Iced Coffee Lounge.

Representing local eateries will be Grist Toll, Picnik, Sushi Roku, Trattoria Neapolis, CRÊPEstudio, Dog Haus Dogs, and South Pasadena’s new Aro Latin Bar Restaurant and Crossings.

We got hooked following all the links to food trucks, restaurants, and caterers—especially since it’s midday and only coffee and a horrid combination of water, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper (supposedly a metabolism stimulant for the 50+ club) has passed our lips so far today. One particular business that caught our attention is Octavio Olivas’ Ceviche Project:

I am Octavio Olivas, founder and owner of Ceviche Project, a concept that my wife Shannon and I have been dreaming about and developing for several years. I work in law by trade and enjoy rock-climbing and spinning records for fun but my passion is preparing Ceviche. I was born in Mexico City and my love for the cuisine started when my parents introduced me to the sea at a very young age. My dad used to take me fishing in Mexico and together we’d prepare a fresh and simple citrus-marinated-fish using the catch of the day. Since then I have lived in New York, London and Los Angeles… tasting Ceviche in as many places and as often as I can. My travels have brought many moments of inspiration that I’ve incorporated into my own recipes. Today, Ceviche Project is a Los Angeles-based pop-up concept that aims to bring together family, friends, music and new tastes in a communal and one-of-a-kind dining experience. ( 

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The Ceviche Project; photo by Rachel Jacobson


On Saturday, for $55 and a four hour span, attendees may eat and drink as much as they desire. Stretchy pants highly recommended.

2014 L.A. Street Food Fest
Saturday, June 28th, 6-10 p.m.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Tickets: $55, general; $80, VIP early admission at 4 p.m.
No tickets will be sold at the door
For complete details, visit

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Dieter Foerstner, head brewer at Angel City Brewery; photo by Mel Melcon/LA Times (photo found at 213Nightlife)

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Jun 23, 2014
Tim Lester

Don’t miss street food in Berlin’s historic market hall

BERLIN — We arrive at 5 p.m. just as Street Food Thursday is kicking off.

It’s a wise strategy. Since starting in April 2013, this weekly foodie event has become one of Berlin’s most popular draws.

Tables quickly fill up as people from all over the city descend upon the Markthalle Neun in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. For five hours, they can sample food from more than 20 stalls in the cavernous hall built in 1891.

We snag seats at the end of a long picnic table. We guard it with all our might. Any time one of us gets up, someone comes over and asks to sit down.

“It’s like being at a biergarten at Oktoberfest,” says my companion Virginia Giordano, co-founder of Culture Trip, one of Berlin’s leading luxury travel planning companies.

The success of Street Food Thursday is more proof of Berlin’s growing reputation as a culinary destination. In recent years, chefs have gotten more inventive with their dishes, generating buzz for the city’s restaurant scene.

But street food, popular in the USA for years now, is relatively new to Berlin. And Berliners have quickly embraced it.

“The concept is new and exciting,” says Beatrice Oeckers, who drove more than 30 minutes to get to Kreuzberg. “I want to tell our neighbors about it.”

She and her husband Achim eat fish and chips next to us. It’s easy to make friends at Street Food Thursday.

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Giordano, her boyfriend, and I divide and conquer. While one person stays to protect our seats, the other two forage for food and drink.

Traditional German food such as Spaetzle, a type of dumpling, is available. But German chefs are embracing other cultures as well. Among the options: Taiwanese pork belly buns, Thai papaya salad, tacos, friend plantains, pulled pork sandwiches.

We start with a few German dishes, including a beet salad and a carrot salad. They are light and tasty.

Next, we indulge in fish and chips from a stall with a sign that says it’s “The Original Fish Chips from 1851.”

“I’ve never had fish and chips in Berlin,’ Giordano says.

For 8 euros (about $11) we get a cone filled with fluffy fried fish and French fries. A sign notifies customers that all the ingredients are handmade and local. “Think Global, East Local,” the sign says.

We wash it down with a lovely French rosé.

It’s my turn to grab more to eat or drink. I walk around the increasingly crowded hall. The lines at the stalls are long now. People bump into each other as they walk around.

I stop by Knippenbergs, a wine and cheese stall. I try a 14-month old French cheese with a 2011 German Pinot Blanc. The combination works.

“To me, cheese is art,” says Kathy Knippenberg, who owns a shop of the same name.

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Not all the chefs at Street Food Thursday have brick-and-mortar shops. Some aspire to that.

At Fufu Co. Ghana Imbiss Berlin stall, Rita Helfers cooks fried plantains, spicy beans, and yams with the help of relatives.

“I love cooking,” she says. “I cook a lot at home every day.”

Her husband convinced her to show off her skills at Street Food Thursday. Some nights, she runs out of food within two hours.

When I return to our table with another bottle of rosé, we have a new neighbor. Claudia Zaltenbach writes a food blog called Dinner um Acht, or Dinner Around Eight.

“Have you tried the pulled pork?” she asks.

We haven’t. She offers each of us a bite. We take her up on it. In return we pour her a glass of our rosé.

I get up to look for more food. This time, Zaltenbach helps us secure our seats.

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Jun 23, 2014
Tim Lester

This Year’s SF Street Food Festival May Well Be Its Last

Fernandez says that the nonprofit, which spends most of its year helping immigrant and minority women start their own food businesses, has increasingly been consumed by logistics and complaints related to the festival, from 24th Street merchants citing decreased foot traffic and sales to long lines and lost parking spots for the neighbors. “La Cocina was born out of a community and into a neighborhood, and it is our obligation to listen to the voices of that community and of our neighbors.”

With that said, it might not be curtains for the festival just yet. “We’re looking for grander, and equally urban, settings to feed [diners] faster, better and with ever increasing attention to detail,” says Fernandez. The Dogpatch’s Pier 70, which has played host to the Urban Air Market, is one potential location; the La Cocina team is also open to alternate suggestions (here’s their contact info). But if they can’t find an acceptable new space, then they consider this year an opportunity to go out with a bang. “We love this damn festival, and would give the world to keep growing it, and we hope people will join us this year, just in case we don’t figure that out,” Fernandez says.

· The Menu For 2013′s SF Street Food Festival [~ ESF ~]
· The 2012 SF Street Food Festival Guide [~ ESF ~]

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Jun 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

McDonald’s Maltese Food Truck

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is one of McDonald’s Corp.’s smallest markets. Its franchisee operates only 10 stores in the country, which covers just 122 square miles and has a population of roughly a half-million citizens. But that small size made it the perfect place for McDonald’s and agency TBWA/ANG to mount one of the most creative initiatives in the chain’s product-quality campaign.


In most countries, McDonald’s is using broadcast, digital and media to tout the quality of its meat and produce. In Canada, for example, a dedicated “Our Food. Your Questions.” site addresses questions about food quality and offers behind the scenes videos (including one video–which has had 10 million-plus views–that answers the “Why does your food look better in ads than in the stores?” question).

But in Malta, McDonald’s literally took its quality campaign to the streets with what it called the Quality Truck, as reported by French site Creapills. The chain stocked a traditional Maltese produce truck with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and lettuce, painted it in McDonald’s colors and drove it to outdoor markets. Representatives of the chain passed out information on its fresh-foods commitment, answered questions and directed consumers to its website.


McDonald’s may not bring the Quality Truck to other markets, but it could use the “100% Real” tagline used on the truck and in-store on tray liners promoting food quality.

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Jun 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food truck festival draws tourists, foodies

WORCESTER — Gary Roy ran the Insanewiches food truck for Super Fans Deli and Pizzeria in Fitchburg, a popular draw — and the only vendor from Central Massachusetts — at the third annual Worcester Food Truck Festival at Elm Park Saturday.

“I want to put one here,” Mr. Roy said. “As soon as they do it (allow more food trucks), I want to apply.”

While city councilors bandy about a proposal by its Economic Development Committee to loosen restrictions on food trucks set in 2008, the crowd at the food truck festival presented by Hood Cream showed that gastronomic tourism can be a boost to the city.

Worcester’s ordinance requires food truck vendors to obtain permission to operate from abutters within 50 feet, and 250 feet for restaurants, and limits where in the city food trucks can be located, among other restrictions. The proposal would allow food trucks to operate for a fee in certain areas of the city by right, particularly downtown around Worcester Common, but also in other neighborhoods and parks.

David Maxwell, 15, of Ashland was just one of the many out-of-town folks who came to Worcester specifically to sample the food truck fare.

As he prepared to dig into his “Chubby Ortiz” sandwich from Super Fans — a roll stuffed with barbecued chicken, french fries and ranch dressing — he positively appraised “one amazing barbecued wings” he also had at a food truck.

Tiffany Batchelder of Chester, Connecticut, and Rob Martindale of Deep River, Connecticut, said they too came to Worcester for the food trucks.

“We saw a lot of unique food down here and thought we’d come down,” Mr. Martindale said. “I think it’s a fun getaway.”

Mr. Martindale, who said he was already full from an Insanewich, was waiting with Ms. Batchelder in line at the Jamaica Mi Hungry truck. Ms. Batchelder was eyeing the jerk chicken.

The pair had already enjoyed fish bites from Captain Marden’s Cod Squad.

Joe and Beth Murray of Leominster were looking forward to trying kabobs from Uyghur Kitchen, as well as Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Trolley Dogs hot dogs, down the line of some 20 food trucks.

“We actually never come to Worcester,” Ms. Murray admitted. “We just came for this.”

A trio of college students attending the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, or MassDiGI, at Becker College were also drawn to the event as something fun to do as they discovered the city.

Andrew Krischer of Chicago, a student at Northeastern University, said, “I’m very pro-food truck.” He added that Chicago also restricts food trucks and he was happy to find the culinary options at the Worcester food truck festival.

Aislynn Kilgore a student at Hampshire College, said she enjoyed the plentiful food trucks in her hometown of Austin, Texas, especially one that sold cupcakes, and she’d like to see more food trucks locally.

Tufts University student Aromie Kim, of New York City, spoke highly about the food truck scene in Boston, where most of Saturday’s vendors were from.

The locals were out in force too, enjoying culinary delights on a perfect first day of summer.

David Phillippi of Worcester said, “I think there’s enough people that walk around and would go to one (a food truck) during the day.”

His wife, Ari Phillippi, joked: “We only came because I’m pregnant” and said she wanted to eat all sorts of food. But she agreed that she would walk down the street from her job for a quick food-truck lunch, especially if healthy menu options were available.

Several visitors to the food truck festival were notably colorful, with multicolored dye on their hair, clothes and skin. It wasn’t the food that turned them green — or blue, red or yellow. They had just finished the Run or Dye 5K at Institute Park.

“We did the run and we were hungry,” said Fauve Wiggins of East Brookfield, who was there with her son, 7-year-old Haiden Eliason, and her sister Angelina Fernandes, 11, of Worcester. “They want to try everything.”

Haiden, however, wasn’t too happy with the Happy Taco he tried first. “It’s not the kind I like,” he said. But he was eagerly looking forward to some pizza or Chinese food from other vendors.

For those wanting to branch out to new tastes, the festival offered plenty of options, including the gourmet Plouf Plouf Gastronomie truck from Providence, Rhode Island.

Epicureans could order fresh Maine lobster gnocchi with parmesan cream sauce for $24, or seared organic duck breast with green peppercorn brandy sauce and organic carrot-potato mash for $18.

According to Plouf Plouf vendor Kevin Popovich, however, the duck burger, for $14, was the most popular item. “It’s unique,” he said.

Even those who partook of the beer tent after sampling just a portion of the food vendors’ fare seemed pleased overall.

Ryan Thompson of Worcester, Tom Chamberlain of Worcester and Chris Dias of Uxbridge said they saw the festival on Facebook and thought they’d give it a try. One suggestion offered by Mr. Thompson: the live music from Waldo the Band should have been placed by the beer tent instead of at the other end of the street.

With the lines around noon the longest for Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and The Pasta Pot, one could surmise that Worcester has a hankering for comfort food. But vendors of the more exotic cuisines were doing a brisk business too.

For visitors, it was all about having choices.

“Worcester has always turned out strongly for our food truck festivals and we have seen as many as 5,000 people in attendance,” said Janet Prensky, a spokeswoman for the Food Truck Festivals of New England. “It’s a fun event.”

Contact Susan Spencer at Follow her on Twitter @SusanSpencerTG



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Jun 23, 2014
Jim Benson

Meals on wheels: Vancouver’s annual Food Cart Fest is back

Bob Belcher might not be the biggest fan of food trucks, but Vancouverites seem to have a different opinion.

For the third year in a row the annual Food Cart Fest is back again and open to the public with an expanded repertoire this summer including DJ’s, live music, ping pong tournaments, and plenty of food.

Located in the Olympic Village, a steady rotation of 40 food carts will be there every Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. offering everything from homemade popsicles to waffles to curry.

Sandy and Jason Espedido were selling their homemade cotton candy and were excited to share their gourmet sweets with attendees.

Sandy and Jason Espedido are selling their homemade cotton candy this summer at the annual Food Cart Fest located in the Olympic Village on Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

Sandy and Jason Espedido are selling their homemade cotton candy this summer at the annual Food Cart Fest located in the Olympic Village on Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

“We’re really excited to be there,” Jason said. “It’s great to be able to get out here and be able to show off some of our flavours, and also try out some of these other food trucks as well.”

The Espedido’s company is called Cloud Nine Cotton Candy and they offer 20 different flavours, but they were just one of several choices available.

Daniel Fazio, brand and marketing director of Food Truck Fest, said the event is continuing to grow because people want a nice, family-friendly event to go to on Sundays.

“We usually get about three- to five-thousand people every week,” he noted. “They come because it’s about good food, community, and hanging out in a comfortable environment.”

The Food Cart Fest will run for the summer. For more information on the trucks involved, visit here.

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Jun 23, 2014
Jim Benson

Amid closures, new food cart pod comes to Portland

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:00 am

Amid closures, new food cart pod comes to Portland

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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There’s been a recent wave of publicity — and plenty of attendant hand-wringing — about the closures of some of Portland’s iconic food cart pods, including the Cartopia cluster at 12th and Hawthorne, home of poutine, potatoes, pizza and gourmet PBJs.

But all is not lost. From Eater PDX today comes word that a brand-new pod will be popping up on SE Division Street’s Restaurant Row, at 28th Place.

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      Jun 22, 2014
      Kim Rivers

      Marijuana food truck coming to farmer’s market in Tacoma

      They call it butter because that’s what the Magical Butter machine can make, and they call it magical because that butter is psychoactive, what with the main ingredient being concentrated cannabis.

      The company that makes the machine that makes the butter also has a truck – called the Samich Truck – from which marijuana-infused foodstuffs are sold.

      The Samich Truck will make its Washington debut at the Jet City Farmer’s Market, 1120 112th St. S.W. in Everett, on June 28 and 29.

      Samich, incidentally, is short for Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness, and the truck is a former Freightliner school bus, now painted hot pink and mellow green.

      And the food goes beyond brownies.

      Chef Jeremy Cooper and sous chef Zach Murray have developed a menu that includes “The Samich,” a nut butter, banana, infused honey and jelly sandwich; Banh Mi, a Vietnamese pork concoction; “Danks-giving,” a combination of smoked turkey and stuffing served on cornbread; and “Truffle Popcorn.”

      All food items will contain between 30 and 100 milligrams of THC, the ingredient that produces a high.

      Along with the food, the company will also be selling its Magical Butter machine.

      C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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      Jun 22, 2014
      Kim Rivers

      Food truck owners pleased by St. Petersburg changes

      Laws kept food trucks from flourishing in St. Petersburg. The City Council changed that this week.

      Maggie Loflin been on the move for almost a decade. She’s whipping up Greek food with a Maryland twist from inside a truck.

      “Now it seems to be getting easier and easier. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a lot of hard work,” said Loflin, owner of the Maggie on the Move truck.

      Now it’s going to get even easier for Loflin.

      St. Petersburg scaled back its food truck laws this week, making permits and spots to park more available to food trucks.

      The new laws will allow food truck rallies, let vendors buy an annual permit instead of costly temporary use permits, and allow trucks to park on streets in certain downtown areas.

      Opponents, though, believe it will negatively impact the brick and mortar restaurants who serve food and pay taxes in St. Petersburg.

      “I think that’s ridiculous,” Loflin said. “Bringing the food trucks and bringing food truck rallies to the area brings new people in, and they look and they see other businesses.”

      Charlie Davis, who works at Dome Grill in St. Petersburg and owned six restaurants in Kansas City, agrees with Loflin.

      “So I think food trucks will just add to the personality of the entire community, and it should draw more people because there’s different things to do,” he said. “Just like when there’s a broader range of shops, it brings a different mix of people.”

      Davis and Loflin believe competition breeds success, and food trucks will only improve the St. Petersburg food scene.

      City Council still prohibits food trucks in most of downtown by limiting parking and creating a buffer in the city’s core.

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