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700 Turkeys for the Needy

Yesterday, my husband John and I were at Britannia Arms pub (5027 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA) with a crowd of other wet volunteers helping with their 8th annual “Brit Turkey Drive”.* Michael North and John McKay and pub regulars collected enough donations to buy 700 Thanksgiving turkeys to distribute to the hungry of our community. The turkeys and other food will be given out through the programs of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) of San Jose. Dignitaries helping with yesterday’s delivery and distribution included The Very Reverend David Bird (Dean of the Cathedral), San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco, and SMUM’s Executive Director, Rev. Lawrence Robles. Channel 7 ABC news was there to film the story.

There were several dozen individual turkeys waiting in the freezer of the Britannia Arms but the morning’s drama was provided by the arrival of four large pallets of frozen birds emerging one by one from the frosty mist of a large delivery truck. Within minutes of the last touchdown on the parking asphalt, individual turkeys and boxes of turkeys were passed from arm to arm into the backs of cars and trucks driven by volunteers to the programs waiting to distribute them. Three cheers for the generosity of the Britannia Arms!

The Channel 7 cameraman said that they might be back to film SMUM serving a full turkey dinner to 200 homeless people under one of San Jose’s bridges – later this month.

* “The Brit Almaden is your authentic neighborhood San Jose British Pub, restaurant, live music venue and Sports bar.”

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

No lunch plans on Tuesday? Let me fix that!

The trend of food trucks continue and thankfully there are a few more available to us in the South Bay. Two somewhat new trucks are the Louisiana Territory and No Way Jose. Both trucks were started by the well known local catering company, Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme. I’m officially warning you now – this post is long and filled with photos of food. You might end up having to get a snack after reading this post!

Louisiana Territory
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After checking out the calendar on the LT site, I picked a Tuesday to try out the food. The closest location near my job (I work near downtown San Jose) was up at the Netgear campus around Montague Expwy and First St. Easy to get to and plenty of parking was available.

As my coworker and I drove up we noticed the truck right away – a large banner on top of their truck had a picture of a alligator declaring they were “Back!” You see, Louisiana Territory used to be a restaurant located in Mountain View. After eight years in that location the owners moved it to the Pavilion in downtown San Jose.. and well.. it failed. (Stories I’ve heard about the Pavilion have never seemed too positive, unfortunately.) Just recently they decided to give it another go – this time as a gourmet food truck. Brilliant idea, I say!

So what does the LT truck serve it’s oh-so-hungry patrons? Cajun food of course! They list their entire menu on their website but the truck offers a different mix each time. I think that’s a great way to keep it fresh for repeat customers.

There was a small line already formed outside of the truck. Actually it was a few feet AWAY from the truck which honestly I haven’t seen before. I’ve been around a lot of food trucks in the last few months (Downtown San Jose, SF’s Off The Grid, and Oakland’s Eat Real Festival) and this was the first time I didn’t stroll right up to the window. There was a woman ready with a clipboard standing near the end of the truck near the menu to take our order. It’s a little mix of servers at a restaurant and food truck dining. There were also three standing tables nearby. My favorite bit about the truck – the jazzy music they pumped out for patrons. They really were able to give the small space a nice atmosphere for customers to eat.

My coworker and I looked through the menu and for the sake of being able to do a decent review, we opted for two different meals. While my personal diet frowns upon eating rice (long story, you can read my personal blog if you’re that curious) I decided to get the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I had originally asked if there was a dish that could be without the rice – and it was suggested that I try the Shrimp & Sausage Creole (and hold the rice that it is usually poured over) OR the Bend Bowl (Beans & Rice, garlic hummus, cheddar cheese, scallions, avocado, cilantro, fage yogurt, & Srirachi chili sauce) again, without the rice. However, I’m a sissypants to most things “spicy” and decided I’d battle it out with the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. My coworker picked the Blackened Chicken Po Boy. In addition to our meal, we were graciously offered a beverage to try. One of their homemade drinks; either their Ginger Ale or their Tropical Storm Punch. Again, because of my personal situation I could not try their Ginger Ale (though I hear it’s quite tasty) and opted for the TSP.

The foods!

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo: $5
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Fully of spicy flavors but not super hot
GIANT chunks of chicken and sausage. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Blackened Chicken Po Boy: $6
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DELICIOUS
The bread was soft yet crunchy in all right right spots and to our surprise, the bread didn’t seem to have any additional openings. It seemed like it was cut at the top and stuffed full of chicken, tomatoes, lettuce and “special sauce.”

The chicken was seasoned and the veggies were very tasty – overall a great mix. It was a really great sandwich and the next time I hit up the LT I will try either their Shrimp Po Boy or their catfish one.

Tropical Storm Punch: $2
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I expected it to be super sweet but it wasn’t. It had a mellow sweetness to it and didn’t bite back with it’s mix of passionfruit, guava, orange and lemonade.

No Way Jose

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After my yummy adventures with the Louisiana Territory truck, two other coworkers were eager to join me in my next food truck excursion – this time PSRT’s other truck, No Way Jose. NWJ’s theme is mexican cuisine. Before leaving, I let my fiance know where/when to find the truck and he got some of his coworkers to come along as well.

The truck is painted in flashy colors and featured some of the same tables that the LT truck had. Unfortunately, there was no music (aww bummer.) **UPDATE A stereo has been installed!** I ordered the Monterey Quesadilla and my coworkers bought the Mission salad and the Santa Maria burrito. The overall consensus was that we enjoyed them! DEEELISH. Lots of meat and full of flavor. Plus the prices were pretty good for the portion.

Monterey Quesadilla $3

Chile verde chicken – saucy, flavorful, and plenty of meat. I don’t like over-packed messy quesadillas, and even though I knew that the chile verde would be saucy it didn’t overpower the tortilla at all. Delicious and I’d totally order it again.

The Mission Salad $6

Huge chicken salad in a crispy shell. My coworker added a little bit of pico de gallo for extra flavor (they had a little salsa bar available for customers to add what they liked) and totally enjoyed her meal.

Santa Maria Burrito $6
Large chunks of chicken packed this burrito. My coworker is a typical male that can pack away hefty burritos and sandwiches and the only thing he mentioned to me was he wished it was bigger – yet it was still a very decent size. I didn’t get a picture of it because he devoured it so fast!

Because my fiance and his coworkers were there as well – there were a few more opinions available on different menu choices:

The Nuevo Mexico Tamale Pie $5
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I took several bites, I couldn’t help it – it was pretty good. Here’s their description: Tamale pie with fresh masa, roasted corn, shredded pork and earthy, flavorful red chile sauce.

The LA Fish Taco $1.50

The fiance says “It was good. Fish was cooked well. Tasty. It wasn’t fried!”

And last but not least…

Cajun Chimichanga $6

“Red beans & rice, jambalaya, blackened chicken, wrapped in a warmed flour tortilla and deep fried!” It’s a mix of their two trucks – which I thought was a pretty cool idea. I didn’t get to taste it myself but was told that the person who ate it did comment that he felt it needed a bit more meat inside, but overal it tasted good.

Man I’m hungry just going through this list.

Where can you find these truck?

Louisiana Territory
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 28th
Netgear parking lot!
350 E Plumeria Drive
11:30a – 1:30p
LT FacebookLT Twitter

No Way Jose
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 28th
iControl/Microsoft
3101 Park Blvd, Palo Alto
12:00a – 1:30p
NWJ Facebook

Food on Wheels in the South Bay

You know when you were little and you’d hear familiar music outside and realize OMG THE ICE CREAM MAN! There was someone in a truck out there bringing food to you! Then of course, you might also be familiar with the oodles of “taco trucks” – they’re nothing new. But for some time now a new flavor of food trucks have been popping up. Trucks that bring you Korean BBQ, Ice Cream and Karaoke, Lobster Rolls, and Cupcakes.

“Whuuuuuuuuut?”

YES. The world is a lovely place. Let me share a few yummy truck-filled treats with you and where and when you can experience them for yourselves:

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TreatbotI had never heard of them until last Friday. My friend Jessica told me that there’d be an “ice cream karaoke truck” at the SJ Bike Party pre-party in the SoFA district and that was enough for me to be intrigued. Did you have to sing for your ice cream? No. But if you did, and you got over 95 points – your ice cream was free. Sweet deal – but hard to achieve. The level is set on hard for everyone – so you’ve got a challenge! It was fun listening to people sing, my favorite was the rendition of New Kids On The Block’s “Hangin’ Tough”. The truck has a karaoke machine on the side complete with a fancy light to make you feel like you’re ON STAGE. Sort of, but it’s something! They also have unique flavors like “Mexican Chocolate” (there’s a little spice to it, it was quite tasty!), Macapuno (coconut), Green Tea, Eastside Horchata, and my favorite (for now) Banana Almond Fudge – just to name a few. Get your ice cream in a cone or cup OR if you’re feeling extra cheeky, sandwiched between cookies (Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, or Chocolate Chocolate Chip.)

Treatbot Karaoke Ice Cream truck
Twitter:
@Treatbot
Facebook:
Treatbot
Gimmie!:
June 3rd, Music in the Park, Plaza de Cesar Chavez / June 4th SubZERO Festival, SoFA District / June 21-26 Left Coast Live, Downtown San Jose


MoGo Korean BBQ Taco Truck

MoGo MenuSo I have to admit, I’m pretty new to Korean food. This coming from someone who had two best friends in Jr/High school that were in fact, Korean. I just didn’t really dive into the food. Anyway – again, SJ Bike Party pre-party and I was again informed by my friend that this food truck was going to be there. This is where we decided to get dinner that night, from the truck with the tasty meaty smells coming from it. They had tacos and burritos filled with either chicken, pork, tofu, or short ribs. The burritos had kimchi fried rice and a spicy chipotle sauce. But that’s not all! In addition to that, they had a quesadilla option (cheese, spicy pork, tofu, or kimchi). I think their most unique items had to be the Sliders, Bay Area Dog, and Dirty Dog. The Sliders were filled with short rib meat, spam, jack and cheddar cheese. They had the yummy spicy chipotle sauce as well. The Bay Area Dog and Dirty Dog are similar, both have kimchi, jack and cheddar cheese and the chipotle sauce – but the Dirty Dog is wrapped in BACON.

MoGo Korean BBQ Taco Truck
Twitter: @mogobbq
Facebook: MoGo BBQ
Gimme!:
No future listings on their site, but follow their Twitter or Facebook page and you’ll be updated day-of and maybe they’ll be near you!


Cupkates and KaraVan (Kara’s Cupcakes)

Cupcakes on wheels! More admitting on my part – I’ve only tasted cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes. They’re good – I remember the lemon one being pretty lemon-y. How’s that for a description? I’m a little biased when it comes to cupcakes because I love to make them myself – it’s one of my “things”. I’ve made all sorts of wacky flavors… but this isn’t about me. It’s about food on wheels. And there’s a way you can get your cupcake fix. Cupkates flavors: Salted Caramel, Strawberry Swirl, Twinkie, and Lemon Raspberry all sound super tasty. Kara’s Cupcake flavors: Sweet S’mores, Kara’s Karrot, Banana, Raspberry Dazzle, and Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Ganache to name a few.

Cupkates
Twitter: @cupkatestruck
Facebook: Cupkates Truck
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Looks like a lot of Oakland/Berkeley area listings; tomorrow 5/28 they’ll be in Emeryville (64th / Hollis at 12pm)

Kara’s Cupcakes (and KaraVan)
Twitter: @karascupcakes
Facebook: Kara’s Cupcakes
Gimmie!: Nothing noted soon in our area, but keep watch on Twitter/Facebook. Also you can always stop by their Santana Row location to get your cupcake fix!

Sam’s Chowdermobile

Alright everyone, if you weren’t hungry by now – this might just do it for you. First, lets say you are a lobster lover. Well, actually even if you’re just so-so this might change your mind. Sam’s Chowder House, located in Half Moon Bay, is home to the famous Maine Lobster Roll (voted one of the top five “Best Sandwiches in America” by NBC’s The Today Show) Thick juicy chunks of lobster, soaked in butter in a toasted bun. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Seriously, you have to try it. And thankfully – Sam’s now has a mobile unit! I found out today, thanks to Mercury News article about it, and frankly it inspired this whole post. They offer other tasty food, but it’s the roll that will win your heart.

Sam’s Chowdermobile
Twitter: @chowdermobile
Facebook: Sam’s ChowderMobile
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June 10th and 24th, 11:30-1:30p, 111 Market / St James

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