Food Truck & Popular Recording Artists Coming to Vancouver – Sept 15

Food Truck & Popular Recording Artists Coming to Vancouver

zac brown

Rusty Hamlin is no ordinary chef. He’s behind the Zac Brown Band’s “Eat & Greet” phenomenon. His cuisine comes from a mobile kitchen, but don’t let that fact influence you. This mobile kitchen has a six-burner stove, four ovens, an 18-foot prep area with three-compartment sink, tilting skillet and a full-size walk-in refrigerator.

He’s on the road with the band to serve up good southern cookin’, but this isn’t your hamburger and hot dog fare – Chef Rusty is making barbecue beef, pork tenderloin rubbed and grilled in signature Georgia Clay Rub and Love sauce, fresh fruit and vegetables, dessert, sweet tea and other delicacies. Rusty was born in Baton Rouge, so he grew up eating jambalaya and gumbo. He went from his mom’s kitchen to seafood manager at a grocery store and then to the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana. However, after building his reputation as a sought-after chef in Atlanta, he helped Zac Brown develop the “Eat & Greet” concept. He is described as “an ambassador for a tradition of southern hospitality”.

Now, he’s on the road with the band, and they’re coming here to Vancouver! When you attend an Eat & Greet, you dine with the band – buffet-style Southern food (including, of course, LandShark Lager and Jack Daniel’s)—and have the opportunity to socialize with the musicians over dinner.

The Southern Ground brand can bring some of that down-home style cooking up to Canada: ZBB Southern Ground Cookbook, Southern Ground Grub Brown Sauce and Zac Brown’s Georgia Clay Rub are available for sale so devotees can create their own Southern lovin’ in their own kitchens.

Whether you’re a foodie looking for some good southern-style fare, or a music lover who wants to dine with the band, you have to move fast. The Eat and Greet event and the Zac Brown Band Concert is this Sunday at the Pacific Coliseum!

Event Details:

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Eat Chicken Wraps – Mouthgasm of Epic Proportions

chicken wraps food cart
chicken wraps food cart

Eat Chicken Wraps is a fairly new food cart hanging outside the open patio on Robson Square. Bringing in their Chinese cultural background and marrying it with multicultural inspirations in Canada, the husband/wife duo, Dan and Sammy, have created fusion menu that focuses on wraps, rolls, and hotdogs.

Based on the pictures and the name of the cart, I’ve skipped past the cart a few times thinking that it wouldn’t be unique – Chinese people making wraps? Didn’t sound like a winner to me.
Well, I got an invitation to try their more Asian-inspired dishes, the Hoisin Chicken Roll and the Kung Pao Chicken Wrap, and left impressed!

I received the Hoisin Chicken Roll ($7) first. It consisted of “crispy Chinese pancake, five spice chicken, Asian salad, pickled radish, green onions, and hoisin sauce”. The brilliance of this wrap is the fact that they use a Chinese pancake as the wrap instead of pita! This totally changes everything.

Hoisin Chicken Roll
Hoisin Chicken Roll

Not only was it a great idea to use a Chinese pancake (like the kind used in Taiwanese beef onion pancake rolls), theirs was amazingly crispy and not crazy oily. If you’ve tried the beef rolls from places like Wang’s Beef Noodle House or Beefy Beef, you’ll probably know what I mean by oily beef rolls.

Fantastic pancake, I would just eat it on its own! The hoisin sauce was good; it wasn’t too salty or too bland, which means they used the good Asian stuff. While the salad in the roll wasn’t anything amazing, it added freshness to the whole roll and added even more crunch. The five spice chicken had a nice grill taste to it and was very tender.

The Kung Pao Chicken (2 for $7) was not bad. It didn’t impress me as much as the Hoisin Chicken Roll.

It had chicken, kungpao sauce, sesame chilli oil, and more on iceberg lettuce. I really liked the little fried bits of noodles. It added a nice crunch and texture that isn’t typically found in Asian lettuce wraps. Besides that though, there wasn’t much flavour that I could really make out besides the sesame chilli oil (it was a bit on the spicy side!).

Kung Pao Chicken Wrap
Kung Pao Chicken Wrap

Eat Chicken Wraps also has a ‘secret’ menu item for their social media followers – the Poutine Al Pastor (7$). I highly recommend this one!

It’s a poutine with the toppings found in their Al Pastor Chicken Wrap: Mexican roasted chicken, pico de galio, guacamole, grilled pineapple, cilantro, lime juice, lettuce, and onions. In other words, a mouthgasm of epic proportions!

Poutine
Poutine Al Pastor

The fries were good nice and crispy, but the toppings really made this poutine stand out. It’s a pretty huge poutine and it’s bang on delicious. I loved the guacamole sauce they put on this!

If you’re in the area, definitely try them out. They’re one of the few food carts that actually stay late enough to serve dinner (they’re there seven days a week from 11am-9pm, which means that you can grab a delicious Hoisin Chicken Wrap after a heavy session of dancing at the Robson Square Dance or after work!

Blogger: Chris Yeh, Our Food Adventure,

Twitter @ourfoodadvent

 

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I Bacon-ated Street Food City II

On the first day of Vancouver’s Street Food City 2 and typical of Vancouver, there was a downpour. Although it was a little slower than the first year it was still bustling with hungry patrons. With 13 food cart vendors to choose from all at the same location, it’s a great way to try out all the street vendors at one go.

Vancouver Street Food City 2 Festival:

January 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
11am – 3pm Wednesday through Friday
11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery

I figured the pics will be enticing enough that you would want to get food cart grub yourself.

Bacon provolone grilled cheese at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck @momsgrilledchz
Street Food City Vancouver Maple Bacon
Maple bacon sugar cookies pigs on the street @Pigonthestreet
Lemon Olive Chicken Stew @EatZeBite Street Food City Vancouver
Lemon Olive Chicken Stew @EatZeBite
Cheddar perogies with bacon and sour cream @holyperogy Street food city Vancouver
Cheddar perogies with bacon and sour cream @holyperogy
bacon argula wrap @Pigonthestreet Street Food City 2 Vancouver, BC
bacon arugula wrap @Pigonthestreet

Loving Hut Express – Changed Me into a Vegan Believer

All vegan food cart down on Pacific.

loving hut

On a ‘delightful’ rain storming day I was welcomed into the world of vegan. Some background info, I am a 100% card carrying, riffle wielding (ok jk on the guns) meat lover.I used to scoff at my vegan friends offering them my veal or even worse real chocolate cake. (I am still not convinced there is any comparable vegan substitute for chocolate). Although I tried a pretty close substitute from Zimt, Orange Chocolate Bar. You can check out my review.
Vegan dishes had to be damn phenomenal for me to even consider it passable.
I had Simon and Rachel who persuaded me during our Food Cart Crawl to try the Loving Hut.

Loving hut chefs

See look how loving they are….

The onion burger was the key to my world of vegan’ess. It was extraordinary. The patty was moist, BBQ and mayo sauce gave it a nice tangy richness. Finally the onion rings…who doesn’t like onion rings. It added an extra layer of flavor and crispy texture.

onion vegan burger

The chicken burger was also very good but, cannot compare to the onion rings burger.

chicken burger

Disclaimer: the onion burger is really messy. The sauce and crumbs were dripping everywhere. It is totally worth the mess

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