My main goal this year was to get closer to family. I flew my brothers out to visit me in March and was able to share my world with them. But it was a two way street and I quickly learned more about them. My youngest brother is a talented drummer, waiting for his time to shine. My older brother is a chef, and even though he’s very skilled at preparing meat and I’m a vegetarian, I saw how passionate and knowledgeable he is about food. The end result…my boyfriend and I are now part owners of a food truck with my brother. So this Christmas break was partially spent helping my brother on the truck and checking out some of the other trucks. Los Angeles is well known for its food trucks, and long gone are the days of the roach coach. Some of these new trucks are so state of the art and come with sophisticated menus and social media followings that I felt compelled to experience the scene.
Taste Therapy is the name of our Truck. For a couple of days per week it can be found catering to the lunch crowd at Universal’s South Weddington Park. In my down time on the truck I tried out the veggie burger and the soy chorizo fries. Delicious. I’m not usually into condiments on my burger, but the chipotle aioli made this burger! It was so flavorful. The fries were even better. They were cooked to perfection and topped with soy chorizo, queso fresco and jalapenos. They had just the right amount of kick to them. I didn’t try the meat items obviously, but our best seller, the Korean BBQ Sandwich, was in high demand that day. I love kim chi and am hoping for a vegetarian version of this sandwich in the near future.
I found this gem at L.A.C.M.A. on Wilshire Blvd. The street was lined with catering trucks, but the concept of simple falafel with flair had me. I tried the Bahn Mi Falafel, which had cilantro garlic hummus, pickled carrots, daikon, fresh cilantro, tahini and lots of fresh jalapenos. In the end I thought the falafel was pretty good and the kick from the jalapenos was for sure the highlight. It gave it a twist that I had never experienced before, making it worthwhile. I also tried citrus blossom lemonade, which was delicious and refreshing, and I tried the fried brussel sprouts. They had a sweet and spicy siracha sauce, which didn’t do it for me, but again, I don’t really like many sauces. Be forewarned, they are extremely greasy.
I also tried a bit of the Kale Yeah Bowl from the Green Truck. It had quinoa, kale, mushrooms, beets, carrots, and tomatoes. I was expecting it to be cooked, but everything was pretty raw and definitely fresh. Although the food left something to be desired and was rather bland, the concept of organic, locally grown food was appealing. I’d really like to try some of their other menu items such as the Mother Trucker Vegan Burger.
L.A.C.M.A, Universal City, and Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays are great locations if you are visiting Los Angeles and would like to go food trucking. There are some pretty famous trucks I’m still eager to try such as the Kogi Truck and what sounds like heaven to me, the Grilled Cheese Truck. Any favorites out there? Please comment below.