Quick Post: OC DinDin-A-GoGo Wednesday, October 20 – Irvine Lanes

Orange County DinDin-A-GoGo

Looks like there will be another wonderful gourmet food truck lineup at DinDin-A-GoGo this week in Orange County.  Last week’s event was the first time at Irvine Lanes and I have to say it was a very comfortable environment.  Lots of people hanging out on the grass and having a great time.  Don’t forget to bring your chairs. The trucks will be handing out coupons to Irvine Lanes in case you want to get a game in or two before or after you eat! The events is weekly from 5:30 to 9pm.

Check out this awesome lineup for this week!

Resident Trucks:

Tropical Shave Ice – Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (@TropShaveIce)
Lomo Arigato – Peruvian and Japanese Fusion (@LomoArigato)
Piaggio On Wheels – Argentine Taco Truck (@PiaggioOnWheels)
Dos Chinos – Latin Asian Cuisine (@DosChinos)
The Lime Truck – California Beach Cuisine (@TheLimeTruck)

Special Guests:

Shortstop BBQ – Real World BBQ (@ShortstopBBQ)
Seabirds – Vegetarian Catering Truck (@SeabirdsTruck)
Super Mex Express – Mexican Food – (@SuperMexExpress)

Location:

Irvine Lanes
3415 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
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2nd Annual Orange County Happy Hour Week: October 24 – 30

On the heels of Orange County Restaurant Week is the second annual Happy Hour Week to be held Sunday, October 24 through Saturday, October 30. Once again, restaurants, bars, pubs and breweries throughout Orange County will promote their best drinks and appetizers with many restaurants following various themes, including a “Haunted Happy Hour” or offering “Happy Hour, All Day…All Week.”

The weeklong event will begin at SOL Cocina in Newport Beach with a Happy Hour Week Kick-Off Party from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24. SOL Cocina’s Executive Chef Deborah Schneider will offer guests the opportunity to taste the many flavors featured on SOL’s expansive menu of eclectic twists on traditional Baja cuisine. Peligroso Tequila will set up a complimentary fresh margarita bar within the restaurant, to showcase the brand’s various tequila offerings. In addition, guests will be able to take advantage of SOL’s Happy Hour Week menu of SOL Signature Cocktails, including its many specialty margaritas, from the classic House Margarita to the more exotic Raspberry-Serrano and Cucumber-Jalapeno varieties.

JILL-FM (92.7 FM) provides the soundtrack with a live broadcast from the restaurant. The event will include giveaways and while there is no cost to attend the event, those interested should refer to the Happy Hour Week website for RSVP details.

Saturday Night Foodies will be attending the kick off event so make sure you come say Hi!

Here is the complete list of restaurants participating:

Quick Post: Los Alamitos DinDin-A-GoGo – Tuesday, October 19

Update 4:20pm: There will be indoor seating provided by myGearStore.com

Vizzi Truck Sliders

Tuesday nights just got a whole lot better.  Starting this week DinDin-A-GoGo will be invading Los Alamitos.  You saw that correctly.  This will be the third installment of the wildly popular DinDin-A-GoGo and will be hosted by the Vizzi Truck.

The Lime Truck's Carnitas Fries

Founder of DinDin-A-GoGo Eric, owner of Lomo Arigato, hosts the Thursday night South Bay edition and Rick, owner of Tropical Shave Ice hosts the Orange County edition every Wednesday night.  Each week you will have the opportunity to try some of Southern California’s best gourmet food trucks.

Like the other two weekly events, make sure you pack your folding chairs, tables, blankets, friends and family. We hope to see you there!

The event will run from 5:30 to 9pm.

Lineup for this week:

Vizzi Truck – Visionary Cuisine (@VizziTruck)
Tropical Shave Ice – Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (@TropShaveIce)
Lomo Arigato – Peruvian and Japanese Fusion (@LomoArigato)
The Lime Truck – California Beach Cuisine (@TheLimeTruck)

Location:

11081 Winners Cir
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

You're Invited to Drink Eat Travel's Firefighter Benefit – October 27


On Wednesday October 27 come out and support L.A. firefighters while you enjoy food from Chipotle and beer from Firestone Walker!

The evening will also include a raffle with prizes from Luxor Hotel and Casino, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hugo’s Restaurant, Improv Hollywood and more. Plus, guests will enjoy an after dinner cup o’ joe from Don Francisco, a chocolate tasting from The Chocolate Traveler, snacks from Popchips and music from DJ J.j. Aquino. Proceeds benefit the Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum.

UPDATE: TLC will be filming a new show about balloon artists at Firefight Benefit party! There will be spectacular balloon installations at the party and it will be featured on TV. Buy your tickets now so you can be a part of the fun!

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $12
Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Location:

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum
1355 N. Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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SNF Review Featured on Food Frenzy via OC Register

Repost of article as published in OC Register’s Food Frenzy October 2010.

Daniel and Jason - The Lime Truck

We get asked all the time to name our favorite gourmet food truck, and while that’s a hard question to answer, there is one that grabs our attention time and time again.

We speak of the Irvine-based Lime Truck, which has been taking Orange County by storm since it opened in June and continues to run out of food whenever it hits the street. LT even won Yelp’s “Best of the Fest Award” at the OC Foodie Fest in August.

At first, the Lime Truck had a daytime menu focused on California cuisine, and an after-hours menu that was much more playful.  Since then, chef Jason Quinn has repeatedly raised the bar by turning out new specials almost every week, and the new menu is now a constantly changing variety pack.

You can expect to see things like Prime pork flatiron, carnitas fries and “Yum Yum” lamb sandwich.

The flatiron is marinated and cooked to perfection with a touch of salt and pepper.

Prime Pork Flatiron with Grilled Mash and Brussel Sprout Slaw

It’s laid on grilled mashed potatoes and topped with a Brussels sprouts slaw.  This is a very simple and elegant dish with tons of flavor. And yes, you read right – it isn’t enough to prepare a good mashed potato, so the spuds are seared to achieve a crispy exterior.

We asked Jason for the philosophy behind his ever-changing specials. “We work with the best local purveyors and cook with whatever they are most excited about.  We get bored of things and we have found that the more excited we are about something, the better it tastes. So we’re cooking what we want, trying to make people happy and having fun.  What could be wrong with that?”

Nothing, we say.  Last week I finally tried the much-talked-about lamb sandwich.

“Yum Yum” Lamb Sandwich

It’s really a gyro, but with Jason’s own take on it.  He grinds and seasons the lamb himself and turns it into a tender, spice-packed party in your mouth.  No wonder so many people talk about it.

Another popular item is carnitas fries.

Carnitas Fries

The pork is roasted for 10 hours on low to give it a melt-in-your mouth consistency.  Carnitas is piled atop a generous helping of fries, and all of that is topped with guacamole, chipotle-honey cabbage, sour cream and cotija cheese.  Bold flavor from the pork and cabbage with the creaminess of the guacamole and sour cream make for one spectacular order of spuds.

Coupled with their spectacular food creations, Jason and Lime Truck CEO Daniel Shemtob are two of the nicest people you will meet.  Everyday, no matter how busy they are, you get the sense that they appreciate your business.  Daniel always has a big smile on his face.  Great food and friendly people is what The Lime Truck is all about.  Make sure you head over and check them out.

The Lime Truck (click link for locations, menu and contact info)
949-292-6282

NOTE: Thank you to Jeff Overley with Food Frenzy for posting our article.

Awesometown Gourmet Truck Festival – Saturday, October 16 – Valencia, CA

There’s a food truck frenzy sweeping the nation. Saturday, October 16 Awesometown will be front and center of the rolling food craze when it hosts an incredible gourmet food truck event. With authentic, innovative cuisine rumbling in to Valencia from all over Southern California, you can bet Awesometown will be packed with hungry mobile gourmands chomping at the bit to try the latest meals on wheels. So work up an appetite and bring everyone to the Bridgeport Marketplace at McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Awesometown’s Gourmet Food Truck Festival will delight hard-core mobile eaters and will introduce a universe of flavor to newbies. The event has already drawn more than 20 of the most popular—and delicious—on-the-go gourmet trucks:

Ahn Joo Truck
Bool BBQ
Border Grill
Comfort Truck
Del’s Lemonade
Dim Sum Truck
Dosa Truck
Fish Lips
Fresh Fries
Fry Smith
Great Balls on Tires
Krazy BBQ
Lake Street Creamery
Lee’s Philly Gogi
Ludo’s Truck
Munchie Machine
My Kabob Express
Newhall Coffee Roasting Company
Sprinkles
Tapa Boy
Sweets Truck
Vesuvio

Location:

Bridgeport Marketplace
(McBean Parkway & Newhall Ranch Rd.)
Valencia, CA

Artwalk Festival Concert Downtown – October 14 – Los Angeles

Artwalk Festival Concert Downtown is being presented by the Arcade Building and Bedrock Studios.  The concert is free and there will be a great lineup of trucks. There will also be three bands on hand. Should be one heck of a night.

Artwalk Festival Concert Downtown

Here is the complete list of trucks:

Yatta Truck
Knockout Taco Truck
Global Soul
Comfort Truck
Grilled Cheese Truck
Kabob N’ Roll
Dogtown Dogs
No Reservations
Ride or Fry
Baby’s Badass Burgers

Location:

The Arcade Building
1623 Allesandro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Quick Post: OC DinDin-A-GoGo Wednesday, October 13 – New Location

Kobe Beef Sliders - The Lime Truck

Thats right, Wednesday night means Orange County DinDin-A-GoGo.  This week DinDin will be hosted at Irvine Lanes.  Rick of Tropical Shave Ice has lined up eight trucks this week including the official launch of Orange Counties newest truck Shortstop BBQ.  In addition, The Greasy Wiener will be making a rare appearance in the OC.  If you like a good dog you have to check these guys out!

Special Brat - The Greasy Wiener

As a reminder make sure you bring your chairs and hang out.  We will be there grabbing some killer grub as well.  Wednesday nights are one of our favorite nights of the week.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Here is the complete lineup for this week:

Resident Trucks:

Tropical Shave Ice – Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (@TropShaveIce)
Lomo Arigato – Peruvian and Japanese Fusion (@LomoArigato) <- Will not be attending
Piaggio On Wheels – Argentine Taco Truck (@PiaggioOnWheels)
Dos Chinos – Latin Asian Cuisine (@DosChinos)
The Lime Truck – California Beach Cuisine (@TheLimeTruck)

Special Guests:

Shortstop BBQ – Real World BBQ (@ShortstopBBQ) <- Will not be attending this week but next.
The Greasy Wiener – Wieners & Iggy’s (@TheGreasyWiener)
Tasty Meat – Delicous Meat – (@TastyMeat)

Location:

Irvine Lanes
3415 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

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Wrapping up Long Beach Street Food Fest – October 9

I am back to my normal self after a sunny day of eating, drinking and having fun!  We met a lot of great people.  We met some more gourmet food truck owners, some of our Twitter followers, some of our blog fans, writers of other spectacular blogs and people just waiting in line for food.  Needless to say it was a long day but we loved it.  Big props to the organizers and volunteers of the LB Street Food Fest.  Especially to Jean and AJ, they always take great care of us.

We spent a lot of time at the Food Truck Tweetup and Save the Food Trucks booth.  Dan did a great job pulling it all together.  The turnout from the truck owners and food truck stalker volunteers was an awesome site.  Make sure you check out their website at savethefoodtrucks.com.

There was a ton to eat, see and do.  Check out the slideshow below for some of our favorite moments!

Click here to view a ton of photos we took at the event!

We would love to hear your stories.  Please post below with stories from the day and which food truck was your favorite!

Are You Ready for the Long Beach Street Food Fest – Saturday October 9

In less than two days, there will be 28-gourmet food trucks heading to Rainbow Lagoon for the Long Beach Street Food Fest. This will be the second edition of this event. The first happened back in July and was a huge success with over 3500 people attending. If you missed the photos from the last event click here to check them out.

“Grandma” from Slice Truck

Considering the gourmet food truck trend is still new to many people we wanted to take a little time to share what we have learned over the last several months. Hopefully one of these tips will help you enjoy so much more. We will also share with you our list of trucks we are looking forward to trying for the first time. There are even some that we have to eat from every time we see them!

Sweets from the Sweets Truck

Before we get to the suggestions please make sure you come by the Save the Food Trucks and Food Truck Tweet up booth between 11 and 2pm. (story here) There will be several food truck owners you can meet and speak with. Saturday Night Foodies and a few big time bloggers will be there as well. Come by and see us.

Ice Cream Sandwich from Cool Haus

Lets start off with the tips and tricks. Kim and I along with some others have worked this almost to a science. Here are some helpful tips to make your day more enjoyable.

  1. Be patient, for people that regularly visit food trucks. lines are part of the experience. Seriously, I have met a ton of great people while in line at food trucks. There is nothing better than sharing experiences and what foods each other liked and from where. This is how we figured out where to head first. In this case, lines are a good thing!
  2. Do some research. Figure out what trucks sound interesting to you. With 28 food trucks there is a lot to choose from. Here is the complete list of trucks.
  3. Get there early! This will help you get to some of the more popular trucks before the lines get long. The way someone told this to me was, come for breakfast stay for lunch.
  4. Some like to split up and conquer. I do that to a point. If you attend with friends and/or family send a couple of people in one direction, then you and with another person in the other direction. Meet-up, enjoy, relax then head out again. I use it as a time to just catch-up.
  5. Graze, meaning if you have split up to conquer, pick a couple of things at each stop so everyone can taste. This helps you not eat too much in one sitting so you can sample more. It makes it easier for everyone to experience the variety. If you find a truck you really like dive deeper or find them on the street at another date.
  6. It is a good idea to have cold hard cash. A limited number of trucks will accept credit cards so cash will be king!
  7. Bring your beach chairs or a blanket. 
  8. Make sure you stay hydrated.
  9. One of the most important rules of all for a great gourmet food truck experience is to be adventurous and try new things. With 28 trucks there is something for everyone and many more for people that are looking to try new things.
  10. Most important of all, Have Fun!
Special Brat from the Greasy Wiener



Now for the food, Kim and I have had the privilege to try many of the trucks out there. However we always find more and more! Here are two lists that may help you get started. I will tell you right now there are no trucks on this list that we have heard you need to stay away from. This is an awesome gathering of the best trucks in Southern California.

Craving to Try:

  • Nom Nom Truck (@nomnomtruck)
  • Manila Machine (@ManilaMachine)
  • Baby’s Badass Burgers (@BabysBBs)
  • Fresh Fries (@FreshFriesLA)

Time and time again:

  • Great Balls on Tires (@GreatballsOT)
  • Tropical Shave Ice (@TropShaveIce)
  • Slice Truck (@SliceTruck)
  • The Greasy Wiener (@TheGreasyWiener)
  • Sweets Truck (@TheSweetsTruck)
  • CoolHaus (@Coolhaus)
  • Crepes Bonaparte (@CrepesBonaparte)

I will stop there. If we add anymore it will be the entire list. I was serious when I said the showing is unreal!

If you see us please make sure you stop and say Hi!