Saturday, May 23, 2015

What the Truck?! Sept 12, 2014

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed the short week and are now ready to take on the weekend! Especially with the beautiful sunshine and summer weather we have going on right now, it's hard to just stay indoors. I think one of the best parts of the warmer weather is that food trucks start rolling around. It's always nice to find YEG food trucks parked throughout the city - a great option if you want a quick lunch that is delicious and locally made. Unfortunately, I don't really find myself in areas where food trucks are found (like Downtown). That's why I think that What the Truck?! - a food truck extravanganza event - is perfect for people like me! 

What the Truck?! celebrates food trucks and food truck culture in Edmonton by bringing together many food trucks in one location. It's the perfect opportunity to try several different food trucks at one time. The idea was conceived by Mack Male and Sharon Yeo, who are behind two of my favourite blogs to read! There is no admission fee, so you can spend as little or as much as you want on food truck food. In this post, I want to share my first What the Truck?! experience back in September, which was the last event of 2014 and the most food trucks (25 in total) they've ever had in What the Truck?! history! 

What the Truck?!

Okay, I know that this post is super late but better late than never! The event was on a Friday, so CJ and I walked over from his school to Sir Winston Churchill Square. Tons of food trucks were lined up around the square and 8 more trucks were lined up on 99 Street. Plenty of options for attendees and lots of room to ease the long line ups and move around. So far, so good. 

Duck Tots.

Despite all the options we had, I came to What the Truck?! with one goal in mind: get the Duck Tots ($12) from Attila the HUNgry. I had seen countless pictures of this beauty on Instagram, with captions and comments saying how delicious it was and a must try. Tater tots topped with Thai braised duck, hoisen aioli, lime sriracha, herbs, and peanuts, there is definitely enough for two people to share! The tater tots were soft inside and crispy on the outside, and the duck itself was tender and delicious. But what really made this 10/10 were the colourful toppings that greatly contributed to the flavour and texture. Highly recommend this! 

Cookie Dough Macaron.

Next I tried the Cookie Dough Macaron ($2) from Molly's Eats, which is a chocolate macaron filled with cookie dough spread. During the previous winter semester, I stopped by the University of Alberta Farmer's Market and picked up some macarons by Molly's Eats. Those were some of the best macarons I had, so I knew I needed to try another one of their macarons at What the Truck?!. Sadly, this particular macaron wasn't that good... the shell was too hard and tough to bite into. Hopefully the rest of their macarons weren't like mine though. 

Death by Donut Gourmet Mini Donuts.

CJ and I were wandering around looking for something else to try, since I didn't really plan on eating anything else besides the Duck Tots. We came across Jackie O's Street Treats, a food truck that was selling mini donuts. Being a chocolate lover, I decided to get the Death by Donut ($8) which is one of the three options listed under their Gourmet Mini Donuts. 12 mini donuts are smothered in chocolate and caramel sauce, sprinkled with Skor pieces, and topped off with mounds of whipped cream. The mini donuts were soft and warm, and the chocolate and caramel pairing was heavenly. The Skor pieces also added a nice crunch and necessary texture. Great option if you're looking for something sweet among all the savoury offered. 

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade.

Last but not least - Freshly Squeezed Lemonade ($4), which was also from Jackie O's Street Treats. Just a simple lemonade to quench our thirst. I recommend just bringing a bottle of water since most of the drinks can be pricey for what it is. 

My first What the Truck?! was pretty awesome despite the gloomy and chilly weather that day. Now before I end the post, I want to share some short and sweet tips for making the most out of the event. 1.) Bring cash! Lots of it. And have it ready to go when you pay. It just makes the line ups go a lot faster. 2.) Have a game plan. There's nothing worse than walking around in circles because you can't decide what to eat. Review the menu before hand and plan out what items you want to eat and in what order. 3.) Bring water! Stay hydrated. 4.) Think about how to carry the food around. Bringing some food containers from home may not be such a bad idea if you only have two hands. 5.) Go with friends! The more the merrier. Also, more friends = more food (lol!). Be sure to read these Tips and Tricks provided by What the Truck?! as well! 

Make sure to follow What the Truck?! on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep updated on future events! The next What the Truck?! is happening... TODAY!!! In a few hours from now (4pm to 8pm)! Don't forget to review their menu before heading out. See all you food lovers there! 

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