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Culinary Journey: Top 5 Food trucks in California

A culinary trip across California won’t be complete without catching one of these diners on wheels. These trucks serve various takes on local cuisine as well as street food. Let’s kick things off with the 5 essential food trucks to catch in California.

  • The Lobos Truck

Serving up a savory take on American comfort food, The Lobos truck offers a wide range of food from premium burgers to mac & cheese as well as their own take on hot wings. Next time you see this red truck make sure to get wachos (waffle fries nachos).

Lobos Truck 2

Lobos Truck 1

See their schedule here.

  • Kogi BBQ Truck

KOREAN TACOS! The meaty yet savory with a hint of sweetness from the Korean barbeque can now be eaten with a Mexican twist. Be sure to sample their kimchi quesadillas as well as their best seller the spicy pork tacos.

Kogi BBQ 1

Kogi BBQ 2

See their schedule here.

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck

We have to admit, nothing beats the comfort of feasting on melted cheese between two perfectly toasted pieces of bread. This food trucks offer various takes on the American classic with fixins such as pork BBQ and mac & cheese.

Grilled Cheese Truck 1

Grilled Cheese Truck 2

Visit them here.

  • Coolhaus Truck

Now for something sweet. Nothing beats the California Sun that a perfectly made ice cream sandwich. Yes you heard that right ice cream served as a sandwich. Pick your ice cream as well as the vessel for this snowy treat. The flavors range from the classic vanilla to the more exotic Thai Tea. You can also choose the cookie from the classic chocolate chip to the more playful Maple Flapjack.

Coolhaus Truck 2

Coolhaus Truck

Find them here.

  • The Greasy Weiner

No streetfood list will be complete without the classic hotdog in a bun.  This foodies truck offers authentic New Jersey style dogs with a twist. Their signature brats and buns will almost always make you wanting for more.

The Greasy Weiner 2

The Greasy Weiner

See their schedule here.

*All images taken from featured food trucks’ websites and Facebook pages.

Traditional Irish Food

Ireland is a mystic land that has greatly influenced western culture. From its vast lands to its welcoming people Ireland surely has a lot to offer. Yet aside from the culture and the people Ireland also has a lot of succulent and savory dishes that are native to Ireland. Here’s a few of the tasty treats that you have to try once you visit the Emerald Isle.

  • Irish stew

Nothing makes you feel more at home than a steaming pot of stew. Irish stew makes the experience more homey and rich with the use of succulent mutton as the protein for the dish. Add in a variety of herbs and veggies and you have a deep dish that will make you feel at home in Ireland.

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Photo Credit: Flickr- jeffreyw
  • Coddle

With the name taken from the act of coddling, Coddle is a homey Irish dish that makes use of left overs plus pork sausages and onions to boot. The ingredients are then slowly stewed in an oven to mix up all the savory flavours that make up the dish.

Irish Coddle Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikmedia Commons
  • Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is an Irish staple which makes use of sodium bicarbonate as the rising agent (hence the name). Soda bread is a good match for the hearty Irish stew or even Coddle.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

Keeping up with the homey theme of Irish cuisine, Corned Beef and Cabbage is an Irish staple that would satisfy one’s cravings.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Flickr Matt Johnson
Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Johnson
  • Black Pudding

A type of blood sausage, Black pudding is a breakfast staple for Irish families. This sausage mix of blood, pork meat and fat mixed with various other ingredients is sure to make a pleasant start for any person.

Black Pudding- Flickr Alpha
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10 Places to Dine at in La Union Philippines

La Union is one of the most visited provinces in the Northern Philippines. Being welcomed by a picturesque seascape and a taste for adventure, this province in the Ilocandia is also considered as the Surfing Capital of the North, with people from all over the world flocking to its surfing spots.

But of course, all the surfing and the adventure will make you hungry for good food. Here we have listed 10 spots that you should not miss dining at when in La Union.

Halo Halo de Iloko

Offering Filipino food and dessert, Halo Halo de Iloko is the spot to cool down after a hot day of surfing and roaming. When dining here, one must try their Halo-Halo – a Filipino dessert made with shaved ice, sweetened beans, ice cream, gelatin, rice crispies, milk flan, sugar, and milk.

Halo Halo de Iloko

Address: Zandueta St., San Fernando, La Union

Jinyou

If you are in search of good Korean food during your stay in La Union, Jinyou is the place to go. Located in the Metro, this Korean restaurant serves the best Samgyupsal in the province.

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Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

Olives Restaurant

Olives is the restaurant for Italian food in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is the 4-Flavored Pizza.

Olives Restaurant

Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

S.O.U.L Café

A ‘Spice of Urban Life” as they call themselves, S.O.U.L Café is the place to either grab a quick snack or stay over for coffee.

S.O.U.L. Cafe

Address: Camp One, Rosario, La Union

Surf Shack

Combining good food with the surfing experience, Surf Shack is the place to go to for sea surfers and adventurers alike.

Surf Shack

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

La Roca

Located along Surfer’s Road, this restaurant and hotel offers travelers good food with the great view of La Union’s seascape.

La Roca

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

Sugar Artisan

Sweet toothed? Sugar Artisan is the place to grab some really good desserts. From parfaits to crepes, they have it all here.

Sugar Artisan

Address: McArthur Hwy, San Juan, La Union

Riverfarm

For those that are craving for fresh seafood, Riverfarm is the place for you. This restaurant serves catch-to-plate food that is fresh every time.

Riverfarm
Photo credit: iFilm Productions

Address: Km 232, Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union

Makkan Ilokano Restaurant

Serving authentic Ilokano food, Makkan is the place to go to complete your Ilocandia experience in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is their Crispy Dinuguan.

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Address: Sta. Barbara, Agoo, La Union

Midway

When craving for baby-back ribs in La Union, Midway Grill is the place to go.

Midway Grill

Address: Añez Building, MacArthur Highway, Carlatan, San Fernando

5 Places to Fill your Tummy and Soul in Batanes

With calming and serene landscapes, Batanes really is a must in one’s travel itinerary to the Philippines. From breathtaking sights to Philippine heritage, it really captures the hearts of people that go there. Combine that experience with food that fills your body and soul with the Batanes spirit. Here we have listed some of the places you should eat at when visiting the Philippines’ frontier in the North.

Café de Tukon

Café de Tukon, located at the Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, uses locally grown organic ingredients. They also offer traditional food from Batanes.

Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge

Address: Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, Brgy. Chanarian, Tukon, Basco, Batanes, Philippines 3900

Shanedel’s Inn and Café

 

With a view of one of the ports in Batanes, Shanedel’s Inn and Café gives you both good food and a breathtaking view of the sea. However, dining here is by reservation so grab your phones and set them now!

Shanedels Inn Cafe

Address: National Road, Kaycharianan, Basco, Batanes

Pension Ivatan

Pension Ivatan serves authentic Ivatan cuisine, or the cuisine of the local ethnolinguistic group of Batanes. Some of their must try food are grilled tanigue or grilled fish, and the Ivatan Platter which consists of several different seafood delights.

Pension Ivatan

Address: Basco, Batanes 3900

Octagon Bed and Dine

Combining the view of the sea and good food, Octagon Bed and Dine is surely not to be missed.

Octagon Bed and Dine

Address: Sitio Disong Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes

Beehan Cafeteria

Beehan Cafeteria is another place you should not miss. From traditional dishes to everyday food, this place will satisfy any craving.

Beehan Cafeteria

Address: Lizardo St., Kayhuvukan, Basco, Batanes

French Delicacies You Have to Try

Every country has its own delicacy which you should eat when you visit. In France these are the delicacies that you can’t pass up. Make sure to look for these so you can proudly say you’ve given their French delicacies a try.

Escargot

One of the better known French delicacies which evokes equal fascination and uncertainty, it’s cooked land snail and is regarded as the ‘gold in meat’ for its nutritious benefits.

Escargot Flickr- Fabio Sola Penna
Photo Credit: Flickr- Fabio Sola Penna

Foie Gras

A delightful explosion of flavor in your mouth, you’d be surprised to learn that it is specially fattened duck or goose liver. It’s considered a luxury food product and served in five star restaurants.

Foie Gras Flickr- stu_spivack
Photo Credit: Flickr- stu_spivack

Boudin Noir

This French delicacy is plainly known as blood sausage. The sausages are made from pork, pigs blood, bread, pork fat, and spices.

Boudin Noir Flickr- Naotake Murayama
Photo Credit: Flickr- Naotake Murayama

Frog Legs (Les Cuisses de Grenouilles)

Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and potassium. It’s been said that they are similar to chicken wings.

Frog Legs Flickr- stu_spivack
Photo Credit: Flickr- stu_spivack

Fromage

There are over 350 to 450 distinct types of fromage or French cheese. Every region of France has its own particular cheese and lends to the regions distinct flavors.

Fromage Flickr- Jorge Cancela
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jorge Cancela

The Best Classic Diners in the USA

Nothing is more symbolic of American dining than Classic Diners. Diners represent the old time dining delights such as breakfast platters, loaded burgers and creamy milkshakes. Check out our list of classic diners that have retained their all American design.

Rosie’s Diner

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Rosie's Diner

Rosie's Diner 3

Visit Rosie’s Diner

14061 E. Iliff Ave. Aurora, CO 80014

Mickey’s Diner

Mickey's Diner

Visit Mickey’s Diner

36 W. 7th Street, St. Paul MN

MaryAnn’s Diner

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MaryAnn's Diner -- Diner Pictures

Visit MaryAnn’s Diner

29 East Broadway Derry, NH 03038

The Arcade Restaurant

Arcade Restaurant

Arcade Restaurant 2

Arcade Restaurant 3

Visit Arcade Restaurant

540 S MAIN ST, MEMPHIS, TN 38103

Modern Diner

Modern Diner

Modern Diner 3

Visit Modern Diner

364 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Zip’s Diner

Zip's Diner Merchant Circle
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Visit Zip’s Diner

Rte 101 and 12 Dayville, CT 06241

Empire Diner

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The Empire Diner

Visit Empire Diner

210 10th Ave (Between 22nd St & 23rd St), New York, New York 10011

It’s as good as it looks, trust us. #Nutella Brownie Sundae, only here at @empire_diner. #dessert #eeeeeats

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The Pink Cadillac Diner

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The Pink Cadillac Diner

Visit The Pink Cadillac Diner

14061 E. Iliff Ave. Aurora, CO 80014

The “Historic” Village Diner

Historic Village Diner

Visit The Historic Village Diner

7550 North Broadway Red Hook, New York 12571

Summit Diner

Summit Diner

Summit Diner Food Network

Visit Summit Diner

1 Union Pl, Summit, New Jersey 07901

Food Festivals You Should Visit

One of the best things about traveling is getting to try different cuisines. Each country has their own special palate and we’ve come up with a list of food festivals you should visit to explore a variety of dishes.

Make sure to keep these food festivals on your list when you visit any of these countries. Hopefully, your trip coincides with these festivals as you’ll get an opportunity to try a smorgasbord of culinary delights.

Salon du Chocolat Festival

Salon du Chocolat Festival

(October 28 – November 1 2016)


What:
Over 500 participants from France and abroad participate in the Salon du Chocolat Festival where various chocolate related activities transpire. From a fashion show to an awards night this festival is certainly one you shouldn’t miss.

Where:
Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

What to expect:

  • Pastry show
  • Cocoa Show
  • Chocosphere
  • Chocolate Bookshop
  • Chocoland
  • Chocolate Fashion Show
  • The Chocolate Awards


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Bacon Festival

(January 25-31, 2016)


What:
Imagine a land of bacon or at least a festival where everything involves all natural and factory farm made bacon. The Bacon Festival has over  100 participating local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, bars, coffeehouses, ice-cream shops, grocery stores.

Where:
Sacramento, California

What to expect:

  • Bacon and Beer Bus Tour
  • Bacon Fests in various restaurant establishments
  • Bacon Fest Chefs Competition

South Beach Wine & Food Festival a

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

(February 22-26, 2017)


What:
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival attracts more than 65,000 guests annually to its over 80+ events. Popular chefs, renowned wine and spirits producers and food celebrities visit the Sunshine state to indulge in delectable fare being offered throughout the 5 day food festival.

Where:
South Beach, Florida

What to expect:

  • Star-studded affair
  • Tasting activities
  • Recipe Contests
  • Musical performances

La Tomatina b

La Tomatina

(August 31, 2016)


What:
A long standing tradition, the La Tomatina celebrates a festival of tomaotes. Since 1945, the people of Buñol gather to have an intense 1 hour long battle where about 22,000 people face off using what else, tomatoes. Though this tradition started in anger it has become a yearly event that unites the people to enjoy the firm yet flavorful fruit.

Where:
Buñol, Spain

What to expect:

  • Musical shows
  • Parades
  • Dancing
  • Fireworks
  • Paella cooking contest

 


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Oktoberfest

(September 17- October 3, 2016)


What:
You usually associate Oktoberfest with beer but its also a festival of German delicacies. The mayor of Munich taps the first keg of beer to start the festivities after which all can quench their alcoholic thirst.

Where:
Munch, Germany

What to expect:

  • Beer Serving
  • Fairground attractions & sideshows
  • Traditional costume parade through Munich
  • Riflemen’s Parade
  • Oktoberfest mass

Source:
http://edition.cnn.com
http://www.foodnetwork.ca