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Bite My Biscuit

It’s all about the biscuit!  Anybody can offer you sandwiches on somebody else’s bread but Candace and Grant  Lambdin serve up a host of delightful sandwiches served on scratch made biscuits.

Bite My Biscuit
The creative menu board is your first indication that this truck doesn’t follow the crowd but goes it’s own way to stand out in a good way.

When you walk up to the gleaming stainless steel trailer, your first glimpse of the creative spirit inside that came up with all the recipes are the menu boards hanging on the side of the trailer drawing you in to discover what tantalizing treats are to be found. Interesting, ingenious and practical – just take down the mini-blackboard when you run out of an item.

If you fall into the group that follows the mantra, “Life is short, eat dessert first”, then like me, your eyes are gonna naturally fall on the board that says Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding first.

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Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding –  Did I say Brandy?  ‘Nuff said!

And that first bite is gonna make you want to order another one!  But don’t, there’s lots more good stuff waiting for you on another board.

The wife and I quickly make a sandwich choice and my penchant for all things beefy and spicy make my choice easy -The Spicy Biscuit Burger.

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The spicy burger biscuit ($7) comes with candied jalapenos, bacon cream cheese and a generous beef patty.

The Spicy Burger Biscuit is a different take on the traditional burger.  The biscuit is a little sweet, the patty substantial but fear not – it’s only a little spicy.  I was curious about the candied jalapenos and happy to see that restraint is the order of the day.  The candied coating is light and nicely contrasts with the ‘heat’ of the freshly sliced jalapeno.  It’s obvious the ingredients are high quality and fresh.

The menu offers a number of othersandwich options, including the Fried Chicken Biscuit ATW (All The Way), and the FFL-FGT (a bacon and fried green tomato sandwhich with fresh arugala).   I’ll try one of those on a future visit but today is a beef day.  The wife being more appreciative of well matched ingredients less commonly found on a sandwich opted for the Chef Biscuit.

Bite My Biscuit

The Chef Biscuit ($8) is the most popular sandwich at Bite My Biscuit. It’s no wonder with juicy, tender Hangar Steak, Arugala, Red Onion and the special  Balsamic Creme Fraiche sauce.

A meal needs more than a burger – it needs potatoes!  And what better proof do you need that they’re incredible than the Sweet Potato Frites selling out just before we ordered !  The frites are shredded,  deep fried to a crispy state and drizzled with marshmallow brandy cream sauce.   I will be trying the frites on a future trip to Bite My Biscuit!

Bite My Biscuit
The Potato Fries ($4) are thinly sliced and lightly deep fried.

With the frites sold out, we had to ‘settle’ for the Potato Fries.  Sliced super thin, deep fried to a golden color they make you think of potato chips.  Ours came out a little less crispy than I expected but if you like your taters prepared this way, these are certain to please.

Here’s the whole meal.  Plenty for two for about $22 bucks not counting drinks.

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The family (of two) meal made our way!

Bite My Biscuit is a Tarrant County based truck that’s only been operating since March 14, 2014, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t tried them yet.  You can find them at Weatherford “trade days” events other locations, mostly on the southwest side of the metroplex.  They’re busy booking events so if you want hire them or just order from the window, check them out at Facebook or check for current locations on Twitter.

Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the lines to find Bite My Biscuit.
Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the long lines to find Bite My Biscuit.

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Thanksgiving – Food Truck Style

This is about a dream I had. The entire Thanksgiving meal, all from food trucks. Is it crazy?  Sure, but when you have a dream, why not make it come true?  So this is our Thanksgiving Day Meal at the Food Truck Connection house. I did dress it up by putting it all on serving dishes. We ate with real plates and silverware.

I think the photos say it all….

 

 

Yellow Belly – Flying Swine

 

Easy Slider – Classic Slider

 

Good Karma – Pan Ramen Noodles

 

Gepetto’s – Meat Pizza
Nammi – Banh Mi
Ssahm – Beef Tacos

 

Yellow Belly – Yellow Tomato Salad

 

Pompeii – Arancini

 

Three Lions – Bacon Chicken Pie

 

Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Cajun Tailgators – Beignets

 

The Bomb – Pumpkin Fried Pies
Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

 

Rock Star Bakeshop – Whoopie Pies

 

A special thanks to all the trucks that packaged my food so it would not be wilted, melted, or just plain ugly before I could serve it up.

The Menu

Yellow Tomato Salad – Yellow Belly Truck

Beer Cheese Soup – Yellow Belly Truck

Arancini – Pompeii

Pan Ramen Noodles – Good Karma Kitchen

Chicken Bacon Pie – Three Lions

Flying Swine – Yellow Belly Truck

Banh Mi – NAMMI

Beef Korean Tacos – Ssahm BBQ

Classic Sliders – Easy Slider

Pizza – Gepetto’s

Dessert

Pumpkin Fried Pies – The Bomb

Beignets – Cajun Tailgators

Whoopie Pies – Rockstar Bakeshop

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – Cool Haus

I wish I’d come up with the idea sooner; not just 3 days before Thanksgiving! There we so many more trucks that I wanted to include but due to timing, availability and my table not being large enough, I had to make some compromises.  Compromises?  Yes, but sacrifices, NO!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

FROM

Food Truck Connection

 

Contributed by Janice Eddington

For a Thanksgiving tribute to Food Trucks, read Seven Reasons I’m Thankful For Food Trucks.

 

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Mamma Toledo’s WILL Shut Your Pie Hole! – Phoenix

 

Mamma Toledo’s:  Life is Short, Eat Dessert First!!

I knew I liked Tonya Saida, the creative force and face of Mamma Toledo’s Food Truck, the minute I saw her standing next to the truck.  Any doubt was erased when she urged me to ‘eat dessert first.”  I may have disregarded her advice, somewhat surprising since I live by that motto, too, but there was a good reason!  No offense to the other trucks I visited that day but I clearly saved the biggest treat for last!

Some people are destined to cook, or in this case, bake.  Tonya is one of those people.  I’m looking at the pies on the menu today and I’m thinking, “Thank God these things travel!”  I love food truck menus – they’re usually short.  Why choose when you can just have one of EACH!!

I took these bad boys home, letting everything else I’d eaten settle a little, and got ready to sample.  Every bite was a little bit of heaven.  All different, all delicious!!  If a picture is worth a thousand words, get ready for some speed reading:

First up, the Chocolate Raspberry.  AAAHHHHHH!!!!  Rich milk chocolate crème and light, flaky crust make you smile all over while the tart raspberry coulis on top springs a pleasant surprise on your taste buds that keeps the fun happening through the finish.

 

Staying with the Chocolate theme, we move on to the Double Chocolate Coconut Crème.  Rich, dark chocolate filling leads the flavor experience with toasted coconut mixed in the Whipped Cream topping holding back for the finish.  A little crunch, a lot of flavor.  This one is for chocolate lovers everywhere!!

 

Next up is the Banana Crème.  You may have heard the phrase, second place is first loser, but at Mamma Toledo’s, there are no losers!  This pie stands out not for taking a unique approach – just for taking the basic recipe and making it taste GREAT!

 

Man cannot live by crème pies alone …. Well, OK, I guess you could, but then you’d miss the extraordinary Blueberry Crumble!  There are crispy crumbles and soft crumbles.  Miss Tonya uses the soft variety on this bold, blueberry filling so the juices can soak into the crumbles, infusing the great fruity taste.  What really surprised me was the cinnamon!  I can’t recall ever having cinnamon in a Blueberry pie but I liked it — a LOT!  The only way you won’t like this pie is if you don’t  like blueberries!

 

At the top of the menu today, but bringing up the rear in the tastings, is the Key Lime Pie.  This is the real deal with a pecan ginger bread crust adding texture and a touch of saltiness to the citrusy key lime filling.  Never too sweet, always scintillating.  This pie takes you away to Key West.  Just close your eyes, take a bite, let the flavors dissolve over your tongue and you can almost hear the waves and feel the sand between your toes.

 

If you want just a li’l bite, Mamma Toledo’s offers an alternative to the whole pie with her Cup O’Pies.  Today, the choices were Chocolate Peanut Butter or Vanilla Crème.  Duh!!! Of course I ordered the Chocolate Peanut Butter!!!  This is not a slice of pie crammed into a cup but a dessert that features rich, creamy chocolate and peanut butter pie filling layered in a cup with a touch of crust.

 

Tonya, no worries.  Mamma would be proud!  I’m just wondering if you could maybe add Dallas to your list of expansion locations??  What if I say, “Pretty, please?”

Mamma Toledo’s offers a wide variety of crème and fruit pies in 2”, 5” and 9” sizes.  In addition, she offers Cheesecakes, Cupcakes and 9″ layered Cakes plus an assortment of breakfast goodies like flavored cinnamon rolls, éclairs and muffins.  And if by some unbelievable chance you can’t find the flavor you want on the menu, Tonya will create your custom pie in any flavor your heart desires!!

 

If your mouth is watering now, you can find Mamma Toledo’s pies featured at the True Brew Coffee Café or the Chatterbox Café.  Those locations are fine once you’re hooked, which will be right after your first taste, but look her up on the truck.  You can find her location on Facebook or Twitter.  Do it now!  Find out where you missed her yesterday or, better yet, where she’s at today.

Then make plans to go get the best excuse to fill your pie hole you’ll ever find!

 

 

Stuffed Pig - what you want for Breakfast

Queen City Cookies Truck – Cincinnati

 

Cincinnati’s Newest Food Truck: No White Elephants

 

OH my gosh. My first Cincinnati Food Truck! You know that feeling when you went to the circus for the first time? That was the feeling I got as I approached Queen City Cookie Truck. Euphoria.  There is no way you could look at that truck and not smile.

and if the outside is not enough the check out the cheery inside.

Then they put irresistible treats in the window and the diet is gone, you forget you were even on one! I so wanted to say, “One of everything please!”

 

First, I see big elephant cookies! I order and “they ask, traditional or blueberry?”  My response “Yes Please!” (OK, so I am not off to a very good start!)

 

OK, Terry would like a Sea Salt Carmel Brownie,

 

and then I can have a lemon bar!

 

WOULD SOMEONE STOP ME! I want a Chocolate Hazelnut Tart,

 

and, and, and…..I think I am hyperventilating! I take A Deep Breath and then, “a  Pachyderm Pack of Rosemary Sesame, OH, and also a Chipotle Chocolate pachyderm pack too!!”

 

I think to myself, OK, calm down you can come back. “OK, that is all for today! ….  No, wait, I need a scone, too!

 

What is in those boxes?   NO, it can’t be, … but it IS, Schnecken; BACON SCHECKEN on top of that. OH man, that explains the sticky bun on the elephant on the truck.

Schnecken is a German sticky bun.  It is the holy grail of sticky buns. Not those sticky buns you find in bakeries, they are so much more than those. Schnecken has A LOT more butter and sugar than those with the most wonderful ooey, gooey, gooey, ooey, buttery wonderfulness. Now the question is, will these hold up to that standard. Because if you remember, I only saw a box with a label. Some bakeries only prepare Schnecken at limited times like the holidays. But this is not even near a holiday, so it feels very  indulgent. Now this box of Schnecken is HEAVY.  I don’t have a scale with me but I bet it weighs 1+lbs for just three Schnecken!

After the box came waxed paper,

then a second layer.  Do you see the gooey butter and sugar leaking through the wrapping?

And finally the Schecken, yummy goodness!

 

(OK, I didn’t order everything on the menu, but I almost ordered everything they had.  But, I was not going to do that so I skipped the cupcakesJ)

Now don’t tell me you actually want to know what they all tasted like.  You do?  Okay, here’s what it tasted like:

First up, Elephant Cookies. These a a tasty treat, like a sugar cookie, but that blueberry one was off the hook. I don’t think I have ever had a blueberry cookie before.

Next was the Sea Salt Carmel Brownie. This is not a brownie for wimps! This is a dense moist chocolate, topped with sea salt and a creamy caramel. It is rich and delish. We cut it into smaller pieces to savor thoughout the day. It will keep a smile on any chocolate lover.

Lemon Bar, you have a really thin cookie bottom with a thick tart lemon filling topped with powdered sugar.  It is tart and sweet at the same time. It really was a hit with this lemon lover.

Hazelnut Tart, now this looked almost like a pop-tart, it was a rectangle, with crunched edges, chocolate on the top, but that is where any similarity ended. And you may think nutella when you hear chocolate and hazelnut together.  NOT, nutella wishes it were this good. This tart is off the chart with yumminess. Flakey pastery, filled with deep dark rich chocolate with ground hazelnuts and then topped with chocolate icing.

Pachyderm Packs come in 4 flavors (I only bought two!) They are little shortbread cookies in the shape of elephants. I chose Chocolate Chipotle which has a buttery deep chocolate flavor with a bite of Chipotle pepper. These things are GOOOOOD. And the savory Rosemary Sesame cookies, which are super good. Imagine a savory cookie, almost doesn’t seem possible, but Queen City Cookie made it possible.  It is designed to eat with wine and cheese, but they are so darn good you don’t have to have wine or cheese. Shortbread and rosemary were made for each other.  They also come in Blueberry Maple and Shortbread Bliss. Ummmmmmm!

Next was the Elephant Scone. This cute bugger tastes just as good as it looks, made even better with the crumb topping. Not too dense, not to fluffy, but just right.

And of course that leaves the Schnecken. Now you can cut it into slices or just pull a bun apart from the others and eat it that way. I am a whole bun eater.  I warm it in the microwave, then I un-twirl it, eating it one bite at a time till I get to that extra buttery and gooey center. After all, you have to save the best for the last.  This is every bit what I expect in a Schenecken and more….IT HAD BACON IN IT!!!!  The bacon with the sweet is just the way everyone should eat bacon.

And now you think I am through with my story right? Well, I confess, I distracted Miss Sammie so much when I placed my order we both forgot the Pig Pockets.  So I went back the next day and got a Pig Pocket.  What is a Pig Pocket?  First, it is the cutest little pig pastry that is full of cheese and chopped ham. I ate this one so fast that no one else got to taste it (sorry Terry). It was nice to see a tribute to Cincinnati and it’s pig history.

Stuffed Pig – what you want for Breakfast

 

I admit it, I wondered what the charges would be if I kidnapped this truck full of goodies and took it to Texas to share with all the wonderful gourmet food trucks there. I mean it is only a 16 hour drive to Dallas from Cincinnati.

 

 

 

Red Jett Sweet Makes Cupcake Treats

 

 

The Red Jett Team Believes Every Day Should be a Celebration

 

The DFW metroplex is lucky enough to have three very different cupcake trucks.  After all, it’s not a meal without dessert, right?  Even more, Christina Jett and Natalie Gamez think that the right cupcake makes any day a celebration!  Of course, they’ll modestly tell you that a Red Jett Sweet cupcake is the right cupcake for any celebration or no celebration at all.  And Ruby (that’s the truck) is ready to bring the celebration to a Fort Worth location near you or your location exactly, on request.

 

Ruby the Red Jett Sweets Mobile Cupcakery, is decked out with bright colors, the fanciest food truck wheels in DFW and a fun design.

 

There are some basic rules about what makes a good cupcake.  First, it has to taste good.  Top quality ingredients like Madagascar Vanilla, fresh creamery butter and an extra dose of love means that the dozens of cupcakes prepared every day are consistently good.  Second, cupcakes should be fun.  Every Red Jett Sweet cupcake comes with a fun topper and a built-in ‘smile stimulant.’  And finally, competition means the cupcakes should be unique.  Christina and Natalie have that covered.  Each cupcake, whether a Daily Favorite or a Featured Flavor, is an original recipe created by the baking team.  Red Jett Sweet has the bases covered.

 

Red Jett Sweet offers five Daily Favorites: Red Jett Velvet, Vanilla Echo, Nuts for Kentucky, Chocolate Echo and The Coconut Comet.  I refrained from buying every Daily Favorite so I could splurge on a couple of Featured Flavors.

The Red Jett Velvet: Rich, moist Red Velvet Cake topped with Cream Cheese Icing. No need for fancy gimmicks or toppings.  The cake is velvety smooth, rich in flavor and complemented perfectly by the simple cream cheese icing.

 

Nuts for Kentucky: There’s got to be a story behind the name but unfortunately, I didn’t get it. What I did get was a delicious Bourbon Cake topped with Caramel Buttercream Icing rolled in Candied Pecans.  Fit for the Kentucky Derby or just to make a hot summer night a celebration.
The Coconut Comet: Coconut cake topped with Coconut Cream Cheese Icing with shredded Coconut on top. If you’re cuckoo for Coconut, you’ll love this one!

In addition to the Everyday Favorites, recipes for Featured Flavors inspired by the season, happy memories, special days or even current events seem to materialize out of thin air from the creative, always thinking minds of Christine and Natalie.  Featured Favorites rotate weekly unless, of course, you ask for something special for your private event.  Then, you can get pretty much anything your mind can dream up!

This Lovin’ Lime will put a little spice in your life.

 

Bananas Foster topped with Cinnamon Frosting

 

The Peter Pumpkin? Seems the notes got crossed and the menu photo of the day did not make it. It had to be good, there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.

 

Being a Fort Worth based truck, Ruby and the Red Jett Sweet crew doesn’t get to Dallas County often.  Too bad!  In addition to cupcakes for humans, they also offer Pupcakes for your pooch!  These special orders only items come in carrot, banana, peanut butter, oats, apple, pumpkin or sweet potato mini-cakes with a yogurt based “icing” safe for your other family member.  What a treat for our four-legged friends that are invited by Cedars Food Park by Dallas Heritage Village or Addison Bites at the Savoye Apartments.  Natalie and Heather, Brad and Steve, if you are reading you might want to make an exception!

Prices are $2.50 for the Daily Favorites and $3.50 for the Featured Flavors.  These prices clearly reflect the cost of using top quality ingredients since all cupcakes are the small cup cake size.

Ruby, the Red Jett Sweet Truck, can usually be found at Fort Worth Food Park Wednesday – Sunday but it’s best to check their website, Facebook Page or Twitter for the latest updates on the schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanilla cupcake filled with fresh strawberries, topped with white icing and a strawberry slice.

Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe

 

 

There’s a sweet little secret hiding out in plain sight in Fort Worth.  Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe has set up at Cowtown ChowDown where Robin Alshouse operates out of Sophia, the Mobile Bakery.

Sophia, the Mobile Bakery – So Much Goodness out of So Little Space

 

I didn’t really intend to buy anything sweet, but the menu was small and I had to get close to read it.  Then, Robin called out from the trailer, and I had to ask what a Gob was!  I gravitated toward the trailer as if drawn by her voice, and there just inside the window was a platter of cupcakes. And just as I thought I was about to break the spell, my wife says, “I want one of each of the cupcakes, a slice of Pumpkin Roll and, yeah, give me one of those Gobs!”

The Platter - Who can resist this much goodness?

 

Dessert trucks face a challenge in setting themselves apart.  Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe features cupcakes, cake balls, pumpkin rolls and something called a Gob.  More on the Gob later.  Most cupcakes are cake on the bottom and icing piled on top.  What sets these cupcakes apart is the way the cupcakes are filled, assuring that you get icing in every bite.

Vanilla cupcake filled with fresh strawberries, topped with white icing and a strawberry slice.

 

The Vanilla filled with Strawberry cupcake was the special flavor the day I was there but the Caramel Toffee is a regular on the menu.

The Caramel Toffee Cupcake

 

The surprise in finding the centers stuffed is fun, the cupcakes are moist, and they really are different than most cupcakes you’ll find.  These cupcakes come in the small size and I just wished there was a little more of them.  But there was more!  On to the Pumpkin Roll!

The Pumpkin Roll – This is the real deal

The thing that sets a really good baker apart from the rest is the ability to take the same basic ingredients and make something that stands out.  This Pumpkin Roll stands out!  Fresh, moist pumpkin cake infused with chopped Pecans is slathered with cream cheese frosting and then rolled up so the icing is on the inside.  Icing or filling on the inside seems to be a trademark at Hummingbird Sweete Shop.  It’s no wonder that this is a regular on the menu.

 

The Gob: A Mystery that Generates the Most Asked Question: What exactly is a Gob?

This is where you expect me to tell you about the Gob.  Well, your gonna have to wait a bit longer.

Usually I can pick up some background on a truck from a website or Facebook.  This time … well, let’s just say the website is still under construction and Robin appears to like creating new things in the kitchen more than kibitzing on Facebook.  And so I emailed Robin a few questions.  I intended to use the information to write the article.  But her answers were so good, and give a glimpse into who she is, I decided to simply include it as a mini-interview.  Her responses are in pink – just the way she sent them to me.  Your gonna love her story about the Gob!

 

FTC:     Facebook says you got the trailer in July 2012?  Is that when you first opened for business?

Robin:  Yes

FTC:     What did you do before Sophia and working out of a trailer?

Robin:  Baked from home part time and a full time bookkeeper.

FTC:     What is the story on buying and operating Sophia, the Mobile Bakery?

Robin:  Getting a home business started was taking too long and the regulations are very restrictive. I did not want to go deep in debt by opening a store front. A mobile bakery seemed ideal for me at this time.

FTC:      Looking at the website, it looks like previously you made custom decorated cakes.  Is that still part of the business?

Robin:  The cake business was part time and yes, I still make cakes.

FTC:     Where can my readers find out where Sophia will be parked.  I didn’t find a Twitter Account or a schedule on Facebook.

Robin:  My primary location will be at Cowtown Chowdown and I will post any special events on Facebook.

FTC:     Do you have a set menu of cupcakes, cake balls and cookies or do you cook and decorate based on inspiration at the time?

Robin:  My menu each week will include: pumpkin rolls, caramel toffee cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and gobs. In addition to these items I will have several other flavors of cupcakes which will change weekly.

FTC:     What exactly is a gob – what’s it made of?  Where did the name come from?

Robin:  Ahhhhh, the gobs. That is the most asked question. What is a gob? (and in some cases “What is a glob?”)  A gob is a chocolate cinnamon cake filled with a vanilla icing that is not real sweet.  (There are pumpkin gobs too and I may add them to my menu during the fall).

The history of the name of the gob:  The name gob comes from mining towns in Pennsylvania. Lumps of coal refuse were called gob piles. The wives of coal miners and steel workers wanted to pack desserts for their husbands that would be easy for them to eat at work without the use of utensils. They made the cakes and put the icing in the middle and called them gobs.

FTC:     I’d like to use your name but that’s entirely up to you.  I can simply refer to Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe.

Robin:  My name is Robin Allshouse feel free to use my name.  (If I get a bad review, you can use my husband’s name, Ken, lol)  Thanks for your interest and I hope to see you at Cowtown. :)

 

Robin, the review went just fine and so were the goodies!  I hope lots of folks come out to see you at Cowtown Chowdown.  You’re a fun, friendly lady and a good baker to boot!  You’ll probably see me, too, since I keep asking myself, “Why didn’t I get the Chocolate Chip Cookies??”

And when does the Pumpkin Gob come out?

 

 

 

 

Deep Fried Gaucamole Pie - Why did no one think of this before?  And, it's Brenda's own secret recipe!!

The Bomb Fried Pies Takes Me Back Home Again

Retro Dessert Trailer Is A Blast From The Past

The Bomb Fried Pies is a bit of an enigma.  The Mary Kay Pink trailer towed by a classic Ford convertible sets up with fun schtick like artificial turf and pink Flamingos.  It’s a mystery how this trailer, operated part-time, fits in so comfortably with the unique food stylings and flashy wraps of today’s gourmet food trucks.  The mystery ends with the first bite.  Good food, done with fresh ingredients at a level most people cannot attain, is good food.  And the down-home friendliness you experience when visiting The Bomb is just as comfortable and satisfying as the food.

The Bomb is a 1966 Shasta trailer painted Mary Kay pink and towed by a classic1960 Ford Sunliner convertible.  I’d have loved to see the prior tow vehicle.  It was an early 60’s T-bird.  Pat is the wheel man and, you guessed, it, he’s a car guy!

A visit to The Bomb Fried Pies is like stepping into the Happy Days set.

 

Brenda, on the other hand, is the creative one in the kitchen that comes up with the perfect recipe for an American classic — the fried pie.  I’m no stranger to fried pies.  When I was dating my wife, she would entice me to come over with a grilled steak and there was often a fried pie that her Momma had made, as well.  Seems as though fried pies have quite a history of their own on her side of the family.

Just like Momma used to make … if you were really lucky!

 

I’ve stopped into lots of places claiming to have “The Best Fried Pies in …” and I’ve had some good ones.  At other times … If you’ve got nothin’ nice to say, then don’t say nothin’ at all.  Brenda doesn’t make any claims to be the best fried pies anywhere.  I’m thinkin’ that maybe she should!!

Where the magic happens!

 

The menu at the Bomb is simple – you can get a Fried Pie or you can get a Fried Pie.  Well, I take that back.  You can get a Fried Bolagna sandwich.

 

You usually get fried pies that are fruit or meat pies.  At The Bomb, you can get a Fried Guacamole Pie!  This surprising treat is filled with Guacamole (that’s Miss Brenda’s own guacamole recipe hand crafted in small batches), wrapped in dough and deep fried to a light golden color and a light, flaky crust. The guacamole is so smooth and creamy it almost tastes buttery.  It comes with a side of salsa that provides the perfect complementary flavor and just enough hotness that you notice.  I tried it with and without salsa and it’s fabulous either way.  I’ve never had Fried Guacamole pie before and I can’t imagine I’ll ever find one that’s any better.  You can rest assured, I have this every time I visit The Bomb!

Deep Fried Gaucamole Pie – Why did no one think of this before? And, it’s Brenda’s own secret recipe!!

 

Keeping it traditional, The Bomb offers several fruit options.  The apple pie has the same flaky crust, so light and never greasy.  The apple filling has to be made from scratch.  The apple chunks are big and bold while the sauce is light, sweet and tart at the same time.  You just don’t get pie filling like this from a can!  Look at that.  Don’t you wish you had one right now?

The Fried Apple Pie

 

The cherry pie?  Let’s just leave it at “see above” and substitute fresh, bright red cherries for the golden yellow apples.  Red or Yellow, both are mellow.  Not many people can make good fillings. But Brenda has this down pat!

Cherry Pie

 

The standard recipe includes Peach and Apricot but depending on the time of year, you might get a special treat made up with a seasonal fruit that is sure to be a treat.

And I see a showdown coming the next time I get The Bomb and Jack’s Chowhound together.  It’ll be dueling fried bolagna sandwiches heads up!

 

The Bomb is not a regular on the food truck circuit, limiting participation to special events and private bookings.  Don’t even think about looking for The Bomb on Twitter.  The only way to find The Bomb is by going to their Facebook page.  You’ll want to check it regularly so you don’t miss the chance for another fried pie (or two … or more) from Miss Brenda.

 

And when you stop by, tell her that Food Truck Connection says hello.  It won’t get you anything special … she treats everyone  special.  But don’t be surprised if you run into us while you’re there.  It’s time for another visit to our friends at The Bomb!!

 

 

Lauren recommends the Orange-PIneapple and Tigers Blood - I recommend the Tequila!

Enticed Gourmet Shaved Ice: Take the Sizzle Out of Summer

 

Enticed Shaved Ice Truck Expands Appeal by Adding the Adult Shaved Ice


Repeat after me:  I will never, ever again refer to an Enticed Shaved Ice as a Sno-Cone!

I have a confession to make.  I’ve never been a fan of fruity, icy stuff in a cup.  The thought of a sickly sweet, course iced Sno-Cone just makes me want to gag.  Sorry, not a pretty visual but accurate.  Never-the-Less, I recognized that it was my duty to give them a chance.  Besides, the lines are consistently busy and I’ve heard lots of people rave about them.  I needed to find out what I was missing.

 

Blue Rasberry and Cherry – Sometimes two flavors is twice as nice

Where I first tried a Blueberry/Cherry shaved ice from Enticed is not important.  What is important is that (as I’ve since learned), is that my timing was not good.  I happened to get a first day employee who apparently had not mastered the art of properly shaving the ice.  Let’s just say I was less than impressed.  Since then, fairness demanded that I give them another chance.  I’m glad I did.   Now, I’m a fan!

 

You may be asking yourself:  What’s the difference between a Sno-Cone and a Shave Ice?  The difference is the ICE!  Sno-Cones are made from hard frozen ice cubes that are crushed and course.  The syrup runs through the ice and settles in the bottom of the cup pretty quickly.  Shaving the ice from a block produces a very fine ice that looks a like snow.  This extremely fine texture allows the syrup to be absorbed by the ice so the flavors are consistent throughout the serving.  In fact, multiple flavors can be poured on different sections and the flavors don’t ‘bleed’ into each other.

Orange – Pineapple soon to be infused with Tequila – Adult Style!

 

Speaking of flavors, Enticed isn’t kidding about the ‘gourmet’ part of the name.  Instead of using commercially available flavoring made with preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, Lauren Noblet and Sydney Brown began by developing their own syrups.  Lighter, less sweet and higher quality syrups really set an enticed gourmet shaved ice apart from the crowd.  Enticed offers over 30 different flavors and every flavor is offered in a sugar-free version.   There are usually between 10-12 regular flavors and 2- 4 sugar-free flavor offered on any given day.

New flavors rotate through the menu each day – no two visits need to be the same!

 

News flash!  Recently, Enticed took another step to set themselves apart by offering “Adult” versions of their Gourmet Shave Ices.  For those over 21, you can now get a shot of Rum, Vodka or Tequila to transform your shave ice from kid-friendly virgin to awesomely adult.    The liquor won’t give you a buzz … but it does kinda give you that naughty feeling like you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing!

Lauren recommends the Orange-PIneapple and Tigers Blood – I recommend the Tequila!

 

Now there’s something for everyone in the family on a hot summer day.  Enticed offers three sizes:  Small (8 oz.), Regular (16 oz.) or Large (24 oz.) or, as I prefer  – BIG!, BIGGER!! and GINORMOUS!!!  Prices range from $3 – $5.

Notice: The image on the side of the Enticed van may appear larger than real life — but not by much!

There are lots of choices for your meal, but when it is time for dessert look around to see if Enticed is waiting to entice you the way they’ve Enticed me.  Better yet, check out their current location on Twitter or Facebook.  Then ask the kids if they want to go out for an Enticed Gourmet Shave Ice.  See who gets to the car first!!

 

 

The Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake is a new creation that takes the cupcake to a whole new level!  Vamilla Bean Ice Cream sandwiched  between rich, moist, chocolatey cake and topped with icing and sprinkles.

Cup Cakin Cooks Up Creations of Contentment

 

Little Bites of Joy Cruise the Streets of Dallas in the Cup Cakin Machine

 

If you are like me, no meal is complete without something a little sweet for dessert.  Fortunately, you’ll find Cup Cakin’ hanging out with other food trucks in Dallas just waiting to fill that need.  Cup Cakin is a mobile cakery in Dallas, TX that serves the DFW food truck scene from a customized Sprinter Van dubbed the Cup Cakin Machine.

The Cup Cakin Machine Truck

 

The road that leads to owning and operating a food truck can start almost anywhere.  These entrepreneurs come from all facets of life.  But they all share one thing in common — a burning passion about food.

 

The Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake is a new creation that takes the cupcake to a whole new level! Vanilla Bean Ice Cream sandwiched between rich, moist, chocolatey cake and topped with icing and sprinkles.

The road for Cup Cakin owner Ashley Green brought her from teaching Physics to kids to applying science in the kitchen to create original cupcakes.  Ashley is the creative visionary in the business dreaming up new cupcake creations and bringing them to life but she shares the credit with husband, Chris, who holds down a day job in addition to taking care of the business end of things.  Always supportive, Chris can often be found manning the Cup Cakin Machine while Ashley is home with their kids and dreaming up new cupcake cuisine.

 

Cup Cakin Buttermilk Maple w/Bacon – everything is better with bacon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Cakin offers almost two dozen Cupcake Flavors that are rotated through the menu with between 6 -12 cupcakes on the menu on any given day.  You are certain to find something appealing whether your tastes lean toward Classic Chocolate or Vanilla or something trendier like Cotton Candy, S’Mores or Cookies & Cream.  And if you don’t see what you want, or if you just feel a little creative, visit the Cup Cakin website and Suggest A Flavor.  If Ashley selects your idea and makes it come to life, you get a $10 gift certificate to use at The Cup Cakin Machine.

Chocolate Salted Caramel

 

If you are going to operate a food truck that offers only one thing, then you need to make it really good.  Cup Cakin lives up to this challenge and they make it easy for you.  They keep the cupcakes standard sized so you don’t overdo.  Pricing, at $2.00 – $3.00 may seem a little steep, but the quality keeps it a reasonable value.  As an added benefit, purchases are put into individual cups with lids that protect the cupcake in case you actually have the willpower to wait till you get home or, better yet, you buy extras to take home with you.

The White Italian

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to being part of the Dallas street food scene, Cup Cakin will create cupcakes customized to your occasion for special events and you can special order cupcakes online and get a sweet delivery.   They’ll also come to your office building on Lobby Lunch Tuesdays.  Or they’ll gladly create the cake of your dreams for your wedding!  And don’t let the name mis-lead you; Cup Cakin makes some killer pies available anytime through email (sales@cup-cakin.com) or phone orders (214-247-6270).

 

 

Cookies and Cream

 

Red Velvet – Warning: Do not leave your cupcakes in a HOT car! Duh!!

 

 

 

 

 

You can run the risk that Cup Cakin will be hanging out with your favorite food truck but it’s safer to find out where they’ll be by checking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat the rush.  Be the first to tell us which flavor is your favorite from the Cup Cakin Machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate stuffing in the Chocolate Waffle de Liege

The Belgian Waffle Company

Just What is a Waffle de Liege?

The best way to find out about a Waffle de Liege is a visit to the Belgian Waffle food truck.  And if you missed this Austin based truck in May at the TX Food Truck Fest, I hope you caught up with them like I did Saturday night or all day Sunday at Vetruvian Park in Addison.

The Belgian Waffle Co Food Truck

Then again, after one decadent, delicious bite you probably won’t care and it will no longer matter.

The chocolate stuffing in the Chocolate Waffle de Liege

The menu is simple enough.  Just pick from a ‘plain’ Waffle De Liege or the Cinnamon or Chocolate version; then select your toppings.  In addition to the sweet toppings, savory breakfast or lunch toppings are also available.

Today’s Menu

 

I started my ‘research’ with a Chocolate Waffle de Liege, topped with butter, bananas and whipped cream.  WOW!  The waffle is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and STUFFED with chocolate in the middle.  This is ‘roll your eyes back in your head’ yummy.

Chocolate Waffle de Liege with Bananas and Whipped Cream

 

To assure this isn’t a one-hit wonder, I picked up a Cinnamon Waffle de Liege topped with butter, powdered sugar and strawberries.   This one wasn’t as soft as the Chocolate waffle and there’s no soft filling in the center.  I can’t tell you if this was caused by being a bit overcooked or if it was simply because physics and my stomach capacity prevented me from eating it until later when it had cooled down.  The strawberries were fresh and sweet; a great combination with the cinnamon in the waffle.  I’m not ready to write this one off until I try it again.

Cinnamon Waffle de Liege with Strawberries

 

Usually, I’m the chocoholic in the family but the wife also picked up another Chocolate Waffle with powdered sugar sprinkled over the top.  Even after sitting overnight, a few seconds in microwave made it warm, soft and delicious.  I know, it’s probably sacrilege to take one for ‘leftovers’ but it’s a long way to Austin!

Authentically Delicious

Just in case reading about these sweet, delectable treats doesn’t explain how these Belgian waffles are different from Denny’s or Waffle House, the secret is in the dough.  Unlike the Belgian Waffle (AKA the Brussels waffle) that most of us are used to having for breakfast, the Waffle de Liege is made from a richer, more sweet dough, with Belgian Pearl Sugar as the key ingredient.  Success requires the waffle iron to be set to the perfect temperature to melt and caramelize the pearl sugar.  This produces a crispy and cakey texture throughout the entire waffle, with a soft and warm center.

For more new about Belgian Waffle Co. follow them on Facebook or check Twitter for their current or upcoming locations.  Locations are also listed on the website.

 

Rumor has it that these guys may spend more time in Dallas soon.  If you want them to come to Dalls, add your comment and I’ll pass them on.