Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors, but the first book I read of his made me mad. I didn’t know who he was at the time (a fabulous travel writer, among other things), and I picked up “A Walk in the Woods” because I thought it was the story of a man who walked the whole Appalachian Trail. In fact, it was a very funny and well written account of his attempt to walk the whole trail. SPOILER ALERT: He didn’t make it. This was very upsetting to me. I felt ripped off. What was the point then?
Of course the point was the journey, and I know that now, but it still doesn’t change the fact that when someone says they are going to do something, I want them to finish it. I realized that as soon as I had blogged about finding some of the food trucks on my list, I was going to have to actually try and find them all, lest I disappoint both of my regular readers.
I mentioned in Part 1 of this series that many food trucks were far away and only open for lunch, and thus would be impossible to get to. Luckily, I had a morning off this week, and I went a-questing.
4) Jianetto’s Pizza
I waded through a bunch of Cookie Monsters to get to midtown, where a lot of the trucks hang out. The first one I found was the Jianetto’s Pizza truck. I knew that if I was going to get through multiple trucks, I was going to have to ration myself, so I just got one slice of pizza.
It was really good, and I wished I could have gotten more, but I had more to find. Luckily, the next truck was on the very next block!
5) La Cense Beef Burger Truck
The beef at this truck is 100% grass fed, organic beef. If you have never had grass fed beef, go have some. Right now. I will wait for you. Ok, are you back? Was it not amazing? I have tried organic beef before, and not noticed much difference in the taste department, but every time I have ever had grass fed beef, the difference is night and day. Dear farms, stop feeding the cows corn! Corn makes cows taste bad. Love, Tenor Dad.
So the burger was amazing, of course, but I still didn’t feel full, so I headed off to another truck. The non-full feeling left me quickly as I walked, and by the time I got to the next truck I didn’t know if I could eat anything else, but I was there, so, what are you going to do, right?
6) Mini Picanteria El Guayaquileño
Here I faced my first challenge with the rules I had set for myself. I had no problem getting the recommended items at the previous trucks (pizza? cheeseburger? yes please!), but the item the list suggested from this truck was the fish soup. I don’t eat fish. I suppose I do eat tuna fish with enough mayo in it, but other than that, I don’t do fish. I hate the taste, and I hate the smell. On the other hand, I also pride myself on being willing to try anything once, even though I don’t like a lot of things. So I got the fish soup.
You know what? It was actually really good! I was so full I only had a few bites, and then had to run to rehearsal. I was going to reheat it and have more later, but after eight hours of rehearsal, it occurred to me that it might not be okay to eat anymore, so I didn’t finish it. I did like the flavor though. I never found any fish in it, and it reminded me of tomato soup a bit. I probably would not order it again, but man, if I am liking fish soup, you know that is some good soup.
That is six out of twenty five food trucks, and I can’t guarantee that I will find them all, but I am going to try my best. I have one more month left in this city. Wish me lunch!