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Canada Day Market & Block Party

Happy Fish food truck

Happy Fish food truck (I don’t know if they’ll be attending)

Back in April I posted about the YYC Food Truck Frenzy, and mentioned how some people were a bit upset that there was a $5.00/ adult entrance fee just to visit the food trucks. Well, if you were one of those who wanted to check out a variety of trucks, but didn’t see the point in paying $5.00/adult to go… maybe check out this Canada Day festival: CANADA DAY MARKET & BLOCK PARTY

It’s open noon to midnight at Eau Claire Market (both indoors and outdoors) so you can pop in, check it out, and then head out to wherever else you have planned to celebrate Canada Day!

Visit their page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/799590173421718/

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks

 

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YYC Food Truck Spring Frenzy

Sticky Ricky's Food Truck

Sticky Ricky’s Food Truck (I don’t know that they’ll be at the ‘Frenzy’

The YYC Food Truck Spring Frenzy is coming up soon, April 25 & 25, 2015 down at the RiverWalk plaza down in Calgary’s East Village.

I won’t be going; truth be told, I’m kind of “over” the YYC food trucks. After having them scheduled to come where I work, and having day after day of them not showing up… I’m just kind of over it. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m out at an event and there’s a truck that appeals to me, and I’m hungry… I’ll probably still get something, but I’m not going to go out of my way to visit them anymore.

With that.. I’m not planning on attending the Food Truck Spring Frenzy. BUT… if you ARE still excited to see what the food trucks have to offer – you should consider going!

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks

 

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Jamaican Jerk food truck

Jamaican Jerk Food Truck parked at MRU

Jamaican Jerk Food Truck parked at MRU

My lunchtime tweet when Jamaican Jerk came to the MRU campus got a lot of attention – probably because of the brightly coloured meal from the Jamaican Jerk food truck.

I’ve had some challenges with food trucks coming to campus – there’s a monthly schedule of when each truck is coming to campus, but there seem to be more that miss their spots than those who make it – so it’s starting to be harder to see them – and I’ve been tweeting them in advance to make sure they’ll actually be there! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Bento Burrito food truck in Calgary

Bento Burrito food truck "Cali-ritto"

Bento Burrito food truck “Cali-ritto”

More food truck goodness at Mount Royal University!
One of the new ones to come to the MRU campus is Bento Burrito, which blends Mexican and Asian flavours – Connie followed a similar offering from California, but I hadn’t yet tried anything like it here at home.
That is.. until Bento Burrito! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Happy Fish food truck in Calgary

Happy Fish mango fish taco

Happy Fish mango fish taco

As odd as it might seem, I’ve never tried a fish taco before. I don’t really like a lot of Mexican-style restaurants (though I enjoy a lot of the Mexican food I’ve tried..) which means tacos aren’t normally on my wish-list. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Return of Calgary’s Food Trucks: Family Fry Guy

Traditional poutine from the Family Fry Guy

Traditional poutine from the Family Fry Guy

Now that the calendar tells us it’s spring (if only the weather would cooperate too) it looks like Calgary’s Food Trucks are back!

They were gone for winter near where I work (near Mount Royal University in Calgary’s SouthWest) but on Monday, March 24th I saw the first (of many, I’m sure!) tweets announcing the return of Food Trucks. They visit the campus, and in the past one truck has visited per day, around the lunchtime to add variety to the lunchtime offerings at MRU (and area) now that the university’s main cafeteria has closed.

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Gnocchi street food

Aglio E Olio

Aglio E Olio

Calgary’s food trucks just keep rolling, and I tried out another when it came close to where I work.

This time it was Aglio E Olio “an authentic Italian food truck, specializing in pasta”. It was a chilly winter day, which means the promise of warm comfort food was very appealing. I checked out their online site first to get an idea of what to expect from the menu, and picked out Gnocchi Bolognese, a homemade gnocchi in a spicy organic meat sauce served with garlic bread and parmesan cheese for $10.00.

The Gnocchi was delicious, though I got tired of the flavour pretty quickly I’m afraid. I found it really filling though!  The Bolognese sauce was ok, but there wasn’t very much meat in the sauce, but it had a good flavour. While the Gnocchi was good, the ‘garlic bread’ was a huge disappointment – it was really just half a crusty bun, and didn’t even appear to have any garlic butter/seasoning on it. It was also soft, as though perhaps it had been heated up in a microwave instead of being toasted.

Their other dishes include:

  • Spaghetti with anchovies, chilies and breadcrumbs
  • Penne with sausage in an arrabiata sauce
  • Linguini with seasonal vegetables in a marinara sauce
  • Fusilli in cream sauce with bacon and parmesan cheese
  • Italian sausage on a bun with marinara sauce
  • … and their menu lists that all dishes are served with parmesan cheese and that “garlic bread”.

Have you tried any of the other dishes from this food truck? Let us know what you thought in the comment field below!


Aglio E Olio

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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Fanning the flames (in my mouth)

Sticky Ricky's Cajun food truck

Sticky Ricky’s Cajun food truck

Sticky Ricky’s, a “Gourmet Food Truck serving up amazing Cajun Inspired street eats” was my next food truck experience here in Calgary, and left me craving…. some milk!

the Canal Street Streetcar in New Orleans from my May 2012 trip

the Canal Street Streetcar in New Orleans from my May 2012 trip

Their menu was pretty small, so I went for a chicken po’boy, though I had no idea what to expect from it, or really what to expect from the menu to begin with… It was a LONG time ago since I visited a Cajun restaurant (In Edmonton – Dadeo on Whyte Avenue) and longer still since I had authentic Cajun food down in N’awlins.  (New Orleans for those of you who don’t read out-loud…)

If you follow me personally on Twitter, you might have already seen my sneak peek on Twitter!

The blackened chicken po’boy ($10.00) is seasoned with Cajun seasoning on a soft bun with coleslaw (which I’m 90% sure had onions in it…), Cajun mustard and chipotle mayonnaise.  They didn’t identify their seasoning blend, but most Cajun-style spice blends seem to be a mix of equal parts of black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, and paprika with a double-part of salt and garlic powder along with a generous helping of red pepper flakes.  I’ve also seen recipes that add in cumin and coriander (but I’m not a fan of cumin generally…)

Along with the po’boy (which also comes with catfish instead of chicken for a dollar more) they also were offering up Red Beans and Rice, and Sweet Potatoe Poutine. Not on the outside menu, but rather on a mini white board inside the truck’s window they also offered Gumbo-laya, their mash-up of Gumbo and Jumbalaya.

The po’boy was super-messy to eat, with lots of sauce dripping down, and pieces of the cabbage slipping out regularly as I tried to eat. Still it was totally delicious. Like a lot of the other food trucks I’ve tried lately, this is definitely not ‘stand around and eat’ festival or street food; you’ll want a table and lots of napkins for this one!

It looks like they have cookies for their regular route – you can check out their full menu here: http://www.stickyrickysyyc.com/menu.html

Then follow them on Twitter to see where they’ll be next! @sticyrickysyyc

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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Downtown Calgary, South-West Calgary

 

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Red Wagon Diner – Calgary Food Truck

I’d imagined “authentic” Montreal smoked meat for lunch, and ended up being disappointed with the Red Wagon Diner’s offering. The bread was both greasy and soggy, the meat was lacking flavour, and the whole thing was awash in mustard. However, the pickle was awesome!

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich from Reds Wagon Diner

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich from Reds Wagon Diner

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Vasili’s Greek Calgary food truck

Delicious chicken pita from Vasili's Greek food truck

Delicious chicken pita from Vasili’s Greek food truck

Now.. this is the way Feta Cheese should taste… oh, so good!

Vasili’s – Calgary food truck offering tasty Greek food

In late October I shared with you an interesting soul-food food truck in Calgary called Waffles & Chix.  Well, the food trucks have started coming close to where I work, so now I get to experience even more! (Without having to work downtown! Even better!) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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