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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
Please do NOT try this at home, professional drivers only. One food truck specializing in Korean cuisine is driving down the road. Another food truck is coming at them head-on, this truck featuring Mexican food items. Suddenly they approach each other and morph into one great food truck: Chi’Lantro, and lo and behold, this new truck serves Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine.
The Chilantro name comes from the KimCHI, a Korean food staple, and ciLANTRO often used in Mexican and Hispanic cuisine. When these two cultures come together on this food truck you can expect some flavorful and unique tacos, burritos and burgers.
The tacos, burritos, quesadillas and hamburgers all come in a variety of ways. First, select your protein: beef, spicy pork, spicy chicken or tofu. The taco is served on corn tortillas with a Korean soy vinaigrette salad, onion cilantro, salsa roja and a lime wedge.
The burrito is similar to the taco but has cheddar jack and monterey cheese added. Both the burrito and the taco can be spiced a bit by adding kimchi.
Don’t leave the Chilantro food truck without an order of their Kimchi Fries. The fries taste is a synergy of flavors from carmelized kimchi, bulgogi, cheddar jack and monterey cheese along with cilantro, onions, korean peppers with a spicy orange sauce. That’s a mouthful!
Chi’Lantro’s pricing is extremely reasonable. A huge taco is just $2, burritos and quesadillas are $5. Your palate will be impressed with the Chi’Lantro flavors and pricing.
Chi’Lantro – Austin, TX
Via Twitter we asked which food trucks had the most outstanding short ribs! We received a variety of responses and thought we would share them with you. After all, who doesn’t like short ribs? (Maybe I should hire Randy Newman to compose a song called Short Ribs, sung to the melody of Short People??).
We have to thank @DeeRyan29 who pointed out that “@whereschacha’s does a short rib taco that’ll make you slap yo’ mama!” Cha Cha Chow (@whereschacha) food truck fills a flour tortilla with beef short ribs, red cabbage lime slaw, cheese and of course, Cha Cha Sauce. Hey, with a recommendation like that from DeeRyan29 how can you go wrong?
I gotta think that those in Ausin, Texas know something about ribs! And they do, check out Coreanos (@coreanosTX). They serve marinated beef short ribs served in a Korean BBQ style taco or burrito. Based on the number of times that Coreanos was recommended I think it’s a good bet they know how to braise! The OG Burrito sounds pretty neat: Marinated beef short ribs, french fries, Korean slaw, onion & cilantro, caramelized kimchi, sesame oil vinaigrette and garlic spread in a burrito!
Food truck goliath Kogi @kogibbq) also offers short ribs in taco and burritos! Kogi chops the korean bbq short rib into small pieces then puts them on the grill to creaty a “juicy char” from the carmelization.
In the other than Korean BBQ category there are quite a few entries including GastroPod Miami (@gastropodmiami) which presents their short ribs with in true gastropub form as sliders as well as ground up and made into short rib burgers! Also in Miami, the Slow Food Truck offers a “Short Rib n Dip” sandwich with crispy shallots, live watercress, cheese, and au jus (@slowfoodtruck).
The World Fare Bustaurant in Los Angeles serves from a double decker bus! They offer two variations of short ribs. The Short Rib Bunny is a worcestershire braised short rib, they also offer a red wine braised version. (@worldfare)
Across the river in New Jersey The Krave food truck features Korean BBQ tacos as well as a traditional Korean BBQ Rice Platter with short ribs, sticky white rice, kimchi, relish and sesame seeds. (@thekrave)
We are sure that there are plenty other food trucks serving beef short rib. Please leave a comment below to recommend your favorite and we’ll add them to our Short Rib Tour!
For those unfamiliar with empanadas think of stuffed bread or pastry. The texture of the pastry is as critical as the ingredients that are baked inside the empanada. Think of a stromboli or even a knish.
Another neat think about empanadas is that they can find their way into any meal, at any time of the day. mmmpanadas Breakfast Good morning sunshine! empanada is full of eggs, cheese and a choice of bacon or chorizo. For a snack or dessert try the S’more, a cinnamon sugar coated empanada is chock-full of creamy marshmallows and delectable chocolate or the Peach Cobbler with sweet southern belle peaches.
But let’s get to the meat of the matter. Lunch and dinner empanadas that are sure to stimulate your taste buds and fill your belly. The Argentinean is the original empanada mendocina, a traditionally spiced creation with ground beef, olives, and hard-boiled egg. I’m partial to the BBQ Chopped Beef where Texas BBQ meets its match in a delicate empanada crust stuffed with Chopped beef with onions. And Texas wouldn’t be Texas without some green chile spice to go around. The Green Chile Chicken empanada is snappy and fresh with a hint of attitude, this creamy green chile chicken has what it takes and isn’t afraid to use it. Available in mild or spicy.
There is a variety of 14 or so kick butt empanadas that are tasty, have unique combinations of flavors and are easy to eat while walking around or sitting.
mmmpanadas – Austin, tx
Each week we will feature one specific food truck that impresses the heck out of us. We are impressed pretty easily… it could be incredible marketing, superb food, a great looking truck, a ton of mainstream press and accolades, etc. Sometimes, it can just be a free t-shirt. I told you we are easy!
Plus, the luck Food Truck Of-The-Week can use our cool logo on their web site! It’s as prestigious as an Oscar or Emmy or Golden Globe or MTV Award or ESPY. Whatever, you get the idea.
If you think you know of a food truck that should be annointed Food Truck Of-The-Week or if you own one let us know! We love to feature the great diversity in the food truck world.
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