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Video: The Red Hook Food Vendors

One of our favorite filmmakers, Liza DeGuia of Food Curated, just dropped another great video today — this one on the food vendor scene in Brooklyn's Red Hood neighborhood. The vendors originally sprang up some 40 years ago to serve area Latinos who came out on weekends to play soccer and baseball on the numerous fields there. Through the years, the vendors have gained citywide renown and now folks from all over NYC's five boroughs make the trek on weekends to eat food from trucks representing various Latin-American nations. More

Pizza Della Via a Napoli

[Fotografia: Roberto Sietsema] La prima cosa che voglio parlare di come componente di questo nuovo accordo è pizza della via a Napoli. I residenti di Napoli realmente stanno entrando ultimamente nella pizza della via. Ciò è perché stanno prendendo sulla tendenza dell'alimento della via degli Stati Uniti. È naturale, quindi, che la gente a Napoli ha trasformato la pizza l'alimento della via. Dopo tutto, se vedete qualche cosa di freddo e volete emularli, vi adattate qualunque avete a disposizione. A Napoli, la gente mangia soltanto la pizza. Quello è che cosa ha dovuto lavorare con, in modo da lo... More

Video: Mr. Okra, New Orleans Produce Truck Vendor

Mr. Okra is "an intimate look at one of New Orleans' most colorful characters, the charismatic vegetable salesman 'Mr. Okra,' who provides a glimpse into the soul of an American city." The charming portrait is on YouTube as part of the Sundance Film Festival's YouTube Screening Room. Video, after the jump.... More

L.A.: The SliceTruck

[Photographs: Slice Truck] While pizza from a truck predates the current food-truck craze, the type of pizza you'd most often see come from a kitchen on wheels seemed to be the Sicilian slices. In L.A., a city not really known for pizza, the new SliceTruck mobile vendor looks like it's turning out some thin, thin pizzas I'd eat in a flash. I mean, look at that pepperoni pie up there. If seeing is believing, call me Mickey Dolenz. The SliceTruck roams the streets of L.A. As is de rigueur with street-fooders these days, use Twitter to follow their schedule... More

D.C. Getting a Pizza Truck

Seriously? Washington, D.C., doesn't have a pizza truck already? D.C. Slices pops up in SE comments claiming to be the District's "first mobile pizza kitchen." Looks like it's not open yet, though. Stay tuned to its Twitter stream (@dcslices) for info. [Related: Yours Truly Blathers About Some D.C. Pizza »]... More

Street Food Profiles: Wy'east Pizza, Portland, Oregon

Another installment from my recent pizza tour of parts of the western U.S. Here, a pizza report and a Street Food Profile all in one—from perhaps the best city for street-fooding in the U.S. Wy'east Pizza 3131 SE 50th Avenue, Portland OR 97206 (SE Tibbets/Kelly, parking lot of Ruthie's Weaving Studio; map); wyeastpizza.com Pizza Style: Thin-crust, almost New York–Neapolitan Oven Type: Small propane-fired brick oven The Skinny: Great pizza FROM A TRAILER. Yes. A trailer. Could use a little more flavor to the crust, but the simple and excellent toppings make up for that a bit. Good crisp-chewy crust. Caveat:... More

Video: The Burger Bus from VendrTV

In the latest episode of street food show VendrTV, host Dan Delaney visits The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, California. This school bus-turned-food truck serves burgers made from locally sourced ingredients, including a special cheeseburger with apricot jalapeno jelly.... More

Berlin 'Grillwalkers' Sell Sausages Cooked on Wearable Grills

[Photograph: Punxatawneyphil on Flickr] The New York Times has a quick piece on Berlin's grillwalkers, who sell sausages from portable grills that they wear—gas on the back; hot, hot bratfest on the front. The innovative apparatus sprang up in 1997, when inventor Bertram Rohloff devised it as a way of skirting city street-vendor permits in the city. Without permits, "neither the grill nor the sausages could touch the ground." As he worked on the invention, Mr. Rohloff considered everything from burning charcoal to hooking the grill up to a car battery — which he rejected because it would run down in just 10 minutes — before settling on propane. He designed it with an automatic cut-off mechanism for the... More

Photo of the Day: Maximus/Minimus's Pig Truck

[Flickr: capndesign] I spied this photo of Seattle's Maximus Minimus pig truck on my friend Matty's Flickr account. The menu there seems pretty simple: pork or vegetable sandwich with various add-ons (Beecher's handmade cheese, slaw, chips). Sounds delicious. I'm hungry. [Note to Erin: I think these folks should be our next Street Food Profile.]... More

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