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At times it seems like all the great food trucks in Orange County, California are overshadowed by the sheer number of great trucks in Los Angeles. Orange County has it’s own health regulations and requires separate permits from Los Angeles County, as a result the assortment of trucks roaming Orange County is very different from the LA scene.
Barcelona On The Go specializes in Spanish bistro cuisine, including tapas. We recently ran across the Barcelona On the Go food truck in Irvine, CA and ordered up the lead item on the menu board: Churrasco con Chimichurri! For those of you that don’t speak Spanish that means “Premium-Angus Top Sirloin with Chimichurri Sauce”, and it is served over fresh and crisp french fries. We were blown away by this dish, with all of us agreeing that if we were served this item in a fine-dining restaurant we would not be suprised. The Angus beef was cooked to perfection, and was juicy tender. The fries were outstanding. But what really impressed us was the freshness and full flavor of the Chimichurri sauce. Outstanding! We recommend bottling the sauce and selling it, it was that good.
The rest of the Barcelona On The Go menu all use fresh ingredients and are prepared to perfection. Other patrons stopped by in search of Barcelona’s Paella Valencia na (seafood & chicken paella). While this dish is not available every day those that have had it raved about it, and considered it one of the best food truck items that they have every had.
Spanish sandwiches are popular and include the Bocadillo de Pollo con Salsa Romesco (chicken breast with romesco sauce), Bocadillo de Serrano (Serrano ham sandwich) and the Catalan sausage sandwich.
Also available is a great Lentil Soup (with smoked ham), egg/potato frittatas, chicken turnovers and Manchego cheese croquettes.
There is no question you will not only enjoy the food at Barcelona On The Go but also appreciate the freshness of the ingredients and the care used in the preperation of true Spanish cuisine.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area (and beyond) it is worth the drive south for a visit to Barcelona On The Go!
Barcelona On The Go – Orange County, CA
Every time I go to San Francisco I treat myself to the famous ice cream sandwiches called It’s-It. They are made by sandwiching vanilla (usually) ice cream between two oatmeal cookies and then dipping them in dark chocolate. In the 70’s they could only be found in mom and pop stores. Now their distribution area is larger, but I find I only have the craving when I am in San Francisco.
It’s-It started me out on a path to find the very best ice cream sandwiches. I still like It’s-It, even if they are mass produced. But I have a new all-time favorite, it’s the ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus food truck.
Coolhaus offers gourmet all-natural ice creams in a variety of flavors ranging from traditional (vanilla, strawberry) to extravagent ice cream flavors like balsamic fig/mascarpone, carrot cake, bananas foster, cabernet, green tea, coffee toffee, brown butter with candied bacon and many more.
Any of the available ice cream flavors can be sandwiched between two chocolate, chocolate chip, apple fritter, peanut butter banana, oatmeal, ginger molasses, snickerdoodle or brioche cookies.
Between the great ice cream and cookie flavors you can let your creativity run rampant with an unbelievable combination of tastes!
And the greatness doesn’t stop there. Each Coolhaus ice cream sandwich is then wrapped in an edible wrapper that has been printed with edible ink.
Coolhaus owners Natasha and Freya take pride in their Coolhaus creation and provide a high quality, gourmet artisan ice cream sandwich that bursts with flavor and creativity.
If I had to write a slogan to promote Coohaus it would probably be – “Eat the ice cream sandwich, eat the wrapper – there is no waste, just great taste!”
Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches are also available in Austin, TX and coming soon to New York City / Long Island.
Coolhaus – Los Angeles
Finally I can spout all of my incredible knowledge of ichthyology (a branch of zoology devoted to the study of fishes). It’s great to be an expert in something! Just kidding, I don’t know much about fish, but those in the ichthyology field inform me that yes fish do have lips although not like humans, and fish lips have taste buds. There you have it. Throw that piece of knowledge out next time you are at the bar with friends.
I am sure that Takeshi Kimura (aka TK) when he established Fishlips Sushi Food Truck knew that, after all he is a sushi expert!
The Fishlips truck is unique in that there is actually a sushi chef on board that is producing a great variety of quality sushi at very reasonable prices. We have been assured that the chef is not slicing while the vehicle is in motion, after all safety is the highest priority!
The quality is exceptional, far superior to many restaurants, grocery stores, Kmart or wherever else you can get sushi these days.
Fishlips Sushi’s menu has traditional rolls as well as Temari Sushi which is a ball-shaped sushi made by pressing rice and fish together. It’s really neat looking and a great finger food. The Temari’s are available with either tuna, tuna tataki, eel, albacore, eskalar, yellowtail, salmon, snapper, halibut or shrimp.
For lunch Fishlips offers a variety of combination plates consisting of a combination of sushi rolls and temari sushi balls. The sushi rolls fall into a few categories: California, Spicy Tuna, Shimp Tempura, and Vegetable. Within each categories there are a few options. Within the spicy tuna roll category is the spicy dragon roll with tuna, hot sauce, sesame oil. avocado, cucumber, eel and tamari sauce!
The Fish Lips roll has no rice, but instead is a soy sheet, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, crab, tuna, white tuna, white fish, salmon, tamari sauce, hot sauce and mayonnaise! That’s a lot to roll up!
Another unique feature from FishLips Sushi Food Truck is that they provide calorie information for each item. The Fish Lips Roll has just 36 calories. All of the roll based sushi are under 50 calories each. The temari sushi balls range between 40 and 60 calories each.
FishLips Sushi uses organic vegetables and Koshihikari sushi rice, the #1 brand in Japan!
Now, I wonder if chickens have lips???
Fishlips Sushi – Los Angeles, CA
Happy National Clam Chowder Day! Yup, it’s today, Friday, February 25th!
You hear a lot of stories these days of food trucks growing up on the streets and becoming traditional sit-down restaurants. San Francisco’s Sam’s ChowderMobile has achieved success doing the exact opposite. First they opened the magnificent Sam’s Chowder House Restaurant (225 seats) overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, then they launched Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck.
The menu items that have made Sam’s Chowder House famous are available from the Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck that keeps busy all over the San Francisco Bay area.
This time of year the New England Clam Chowder is hard to resist – little neck clams, yukon gold potatoes, smoked bacon and cream. Unlike other clam chowders Sam’s broth is light and savory, no flour used as a thickener.
Sam’s Famous Maine Lobster Roll was named one of the top five sandwiches in America by The Today Show. It’s simplicity makes this a huge achieveement. It’s just delicious Maine lobster lightly tossed in warmed butter on a delectable toasted bun! Miles from Maine, but you’d never know it.
Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck also features fish tacos (authentic Baja style), fried calamari, fish and chips, and a weekly salad special like the Shrimp Louie Salad with fuji apples, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, egg, and their secret-recipe house made Louie dressing.
The ChowderMobile uses cholestrerol and trans-fat free vegetable oils in their fryers, they also serve their food in biodegradable and compostable packaging. They care about the sea and their own envriornment.
The quality and freshness of Sam’s ChowderMobile rivals it’s big brother Sam’s Chowder House. Usually the view from the truck is not as dramatic as from the restaurant, but the food is just as great.
Sam’s ChowderMobile – San Francisco, CA
There is little question that the Korean BBQ taco and burrito launched the food truck revolution. It was quickly followed by other burrito variations that combined cuisines from virtually every nationality. Therefore, it should come to no suprise that the one of the latest burrito entrants combines Japanese sushi ingredients in a burrito!
We recently had the opportunity of sampling Jogasaki Sushi Burrito’s at the recent Downtown LA Art Walk. We were skeptical, but at first bite we were in love!
We started with the Jogasaki Sushi Burrito #2 which included shredded imatation crab in a mayonnaise sauce, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber and a dark dipping sauce on a bed of rice. Burritos at Josasaki are available either wrapped in a traditional flour tortilla or in a soy papper with black sesame seed wrap. We decided to go traditional and opt for the flour tortilla for our first attempt, and boy was it delicious. Although the ingredients are those found in traditional sushi the presentation by Jogasaki was more of a “mash-up”, all the flavors combined in a delectable fashion.
Other Jogasaki Sushi Burritos feature fried salmon skin, shrimp tempura, eel, crabmeat and virtually any other sushi ingredient you can think of. An optional hot sauce is available, use at your own discretion!
Another popular item are the Spicy Tuna Nachos, doritos piled high with spicy tuna and avocado! Also, try any of the other unique variety of items tht Jagasaki Sushi Burrito dishes up. There is no shortage of unique combinations!
It’s great to see someone take the burrito concept to a higher level and in a new and unique fashion. We recommend Jogasaki Sushi Burrito to anyone looking for a delicious, easy to eat, and unique food truck meal.
Jogasaki is also very active in benefit events for Japan relief. Check out their web site and Twitter feed for updates.
In Jogasaki Burrito – Los Angeles, CA
When you want a slider, go to an expert!
In Southern California Slammin’ Sliders is the expert, serving gourmet sliders; delicious, inventive, craving-worthy sliders that will have you coming back again and again and again.
Slammin’ Sliders doesn’t kid around, all of their sliders feature top-grade ingredients and qualtiy presentations.
Beef lovers should try the Imperial Wagyu Kobe Slider! Wow, Kobe beef from a food truck! Slammin’ Sliders makes it easy to experience the beef that “everyone” is talking about!
Also on the menu are pork sliders made with Niman Ranch pork, chipotle chicken sliders, and two seafood sliders. The shrimp po-boy slider and the pink pepper crusted lobster slider are sure to please the most demanding palates!
In addition to the sliders you can also order a Black Angus Philly Cheesesteak (west-coast style) or a Black Angus Bulgogi.
Sides include sweet potato pepper jack cheese croquettes, opal basil and orzo pasta salad or red cabbage coleslaw.
Won’t your friends be envious when you tell them you tell them you just finished your Kobe Beef lunch! Check out Slammin’ Sliders as they take the “slider” to the next level of gourmet goodness!
Slammin Sliders – Los Angeles, CA