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Monday, September 26, 2011

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival Line Up

The line up has just been announced for the 2011 Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival Line Up.

Can I just say how excited I am?! I'm exciteeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

Though last year's festival was a bit of a disappointment for me, I'm giving this year a clean slate.

The event site boasts more trailers, a bigger space and live music. If you want to bring your pup along, in true Austin fashion, it's encouraged at the designated dog area. There's also a children's space for the little ones to run around with their trailer treats.

The Gypsy Picnic will be Saturday, October 22 from 11AM to 8PM at Auditorium Shores. Admission is FREE, but the grub isn't. Bring about $30 and you can try 10 different sample items! Every trailer has $3 sample meals, but bring a little extra if you want to have a bigger bite. Cash is recommended.

With 35 trailers attending, I think this is going to be a very expensive weekend for me.

See you gypsies there!

Which trailer do you plan on sampling?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Peached Tortilla Strikes Again

I recently found out that one of my former coworkers, Jess, is the brand manager/operations manager for The Peached Tortilla--my favorite ATX food truck!

So of course once I was off from work at 2 a.m. I walked down the street to Star Bar, where The Peached Tortilla hangs out Friday and Saturday nights, and indulged in a few sliders.

I've sought out the truck a handful of times and I've always gone with tacos. Jess basically told me when I ordered my usual Bánh Mì tacos that I was in fact getting the sliders. (You don't argue with the chef!)

According to Jess, and the string of orders coming in, the Bánh Mì sliders are one of the most popular items on the menu.

Bánh Mì is a traditional type of Vietnamese sandwich that has been growing in popularity recently. See the entire website dedicated to these little morsels on http://battleofthebanhmi.com/. They can be served in a variety of ways, but the original recipe is on a Vietnamese baguette inspired by the French.
The sandwich can be stuffed with BBQ pork, pork belly, headcheese, grilled chicken or tofu. The usual condiments include pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeño or chili peppers, mayonnaise and paté.

Founder Eric Silverstein got it just right with his Bánh Mì sliders. Served on sweet Hawaiian rolls with braised pork belly, pickled daikon and carrot salad, sriracha mayonnaise and cilantro. The sweetness of the roll in combination with the spicy sriracha mayo, sweet and sour salad, and juicy pork hit every taste bud on my tongue. Rarely do I have those moments of pure joy and astonishment with how good a meal can taste, but tasting this slider was one of those moments.

I also tried the BBQ brisket slider following the Bánh Mì. That was a big mistake because after the perfection of the first slider, the BBQ brisket was good, but paled in comparison. The BBQ brisket is also served on a sweet Hawaiian roll with creamy slaw, and peach barbecue sauce. I think it could use a little less creamy and a bit more sweet peached flavor.

Next time I track the trailer down I want to try their banana nutella wontons...just thinking about the combination of banana, peanut butter, chocolate and Mexican caramel sauce makes my mouth water. I'll make sure to let y'all know how it is!

Have you been to The Peached Tortilla? Which slider or taco is your favorite?

Have you had a momentous food tasting experience while in Austin? Leave a comment and fill me in, so I can get out there and try!