There are many things that I love, but there are two things that I am passionate about, food and technology. I love food, all kinds of foods, comfort foods, ethnic foods, vegan foods, and especially dessert. There isn’t much I haven’t tried and there isn’t much that I don’t like. For me, a vacation to a new city means hours spent researching the best places to eat, not necessarily your five star, upscale, reserve six months in advance type places, but just good food of any kind.
So last summer when I was in L.A. I was on a quest to find interesting food trucks. Every Tuesday night in Santa Monica food trucks gather in the parking lot of a local museum to serve up some of the best fusion fare on wheels. Maria’s featured amazing homemade pastas and sauces made by real Italian women as the truck states and Global Soul had an interesting mix of tasty plates.
Returning to Toronto, it was with a bit of disappointment when realized that we didn’t have as many trucks on the road as some other Canadian cities including Calgary and Vancouver, who are very much ahead of us. However, I was not the only one who believed that we too, should have more mobile food availability.
Despite some challenges mainly with city by-laws and the licensing required to operate a food truck in Toronto, I am happy to say things have picked up considerably since last summer. Last summer three guys, whom I think are brothers since their last names are all MacDonald set up a site called http://www.torontofoodtrucks.ca and have been advocating, supporting and reporting on all developments in the city related to getting more food trucks on Toronto streets. Now, they have a daily update of all food truck locations across Toronto as well as Hamilton (which was ahead of Toronto in term of food trucks).
Today I ventured down to Queen and Jarvis to a parking spot on the south side of Jarvis where four trucks, Blue Donkey, Buster Sea Cove – which you may recognize from their location in St. Lawrence Market, Gourmet Bitches and Sweetness Bakery. Craving seafood I opted for the lobster roll from Buster’s Sea Cove. For $10.00 I enjoyed a roll filled with fresh lobster, mayo with a side of lemon, a slice of dill and a bag of Miss Vicky’s chips.
Of course, I had room left for dessert. For $3.00 I had the chocolate sundae cupcake from Sweetness Bakery, moist homemade chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, chocolate glaze and a Maraschino on top. It couldn’t have been more complete or delicious Indeed, it tasted just like a chocolate sundae, only maybe not as filling.
Follow Toronto Food Trucks on Twitter for daily locations of all food trucks and visit their site to get updated on all food truck events and news as the MacDonald guys and their growing number of followers advocate for less stringent parking restrictions and more opportunities and visibility for what is a growing legion of foodies.
- The Most Interesting Food Truck in the World (worldsonaplate.wordpress.com)
- My mother told me to not take food from strange people… (stlouisanshenanigans.wordpress.com)