October 21, 2011: Birthday Memories! The Great Vancouver Food Truck Tour II!
Let me set the next clip up for you. I was working on Stargate and it was my birthday. I made it very clear that I didn’t want anyone in the office to do ANYTHING for me and that included: the purchasing of gifts, the presenting of cake, the singing of Happy Birthday – or any variations thereof. After lunch, I noticed people milling about the kitchen. A bad sign. So I retreated to my office and shut the door, locking it just to be sure. Seconds later, I received a call from my assistant, Ashleigh. I ignored it. She tried again. Again, I ignored it. Another call – this time from Carl. Sneaky, sneaky. I ignored that too. Not to be dissuaded, they marched down to my office and knocked. I ignored them. So Ashleigh used the master key to open the door and let everyone in.
BTW – This clip and the one I posted yesterday of the first screening of SGU’s Time come compliments of Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.
Notes on the video:
0:07 – My co-workers cry “Speech! Speech!”. This is payback for the numerous times I’ve done the same thing, calling out for a speech – not because I want to hear one, but because it makes the moment all that more awkward for the birthday individual.
0:14-0:17 – My speech: “Thank you for doing exactly the opposite of what I requested for my birthday.”
0:54 – “Take a picture of the crappy cake.” A reference to a blog post in which I criticized the quality of the office birthday cakes.
1:10 – Ashleigh never did get around to cleaning my desk. I had to do it myself!
1:33 – Ashleigh’s excuse for just walking in “You were sitting there. I could see you.” sounds perfectly acceptable if not for the fact that the blinds were drawn, meaning she would have had to peer through the tiny opening between the slats. Creepy!
Speaking of creepy Ashleigh, she was unable to join us today for round #2 of The Great Vancouver Food Truck Tour. Lawren was also conspicuously absent, claiming he had to be somewhere (L.A.). Fortunately, Akemi had nowhere else to be and we were joined by professional eater Ivon R. Bartok for the occasion.
It was rainy and cold, but that didn’t deter us from hitting another five food trucks!
First stop: La Brasserie (not to be confused with La Brasserie 2 which we hit last Friday).
Like its sister food truck, La Brasserie offers only one menu item –
A chicken sandwich with gravy and crispy onions. A terrific start to the tour. A little messy but quite tasty and the crispy onions offered a wonderful textural contrast.
Ivon paced himself, only eating roughly half of everything. After all, speedo season is right around the corner.
Second stop: Kaboom Box
Heard a lot of good things about this truck and we weren’t disappointed. I was tempted to get the oyster po’boy but, ultimately, went for the more unique menu item…
The venison burger served with greens and a sweet honey mustard. Game meat is tricky to prepare as it tends to dry out quickly, but the venison was moist and tender, the honey mustard a nice compliment to the savory grill flavor. Akemi was reluctant to try it at first but ended up by finishing it off.
If they're not flying Santa's sleigh, Ivon is eating 'em.
Third stop: Coma Food.
Next up was Coma Food, a place that offers a contemporary spin on Korean cuisine. As we awaited our order, we were served complimentary Korean miso soup (very good although I only got to finish half of mine before Akemi helped herself). We chatted with the truck’s owner, Jay, a transplanted L.A. native who gave us the lowdown on his fresh ingredients including his home made marinade. No pre-packaged offerings here.
We had the spicy pork burrito and it was probably the best thing I had all day. Sweet and spicy with a nice crunch. What I at first took to be egg turned out to be tofu. Although he really liked the burrito, Ivon wasn’t a big fan of the tofu (“There’s no reason to add tofu to anything.”) but Akemi loved it. For my part, I didn’t mind it as it simply took on the flavor of the accompanying elements.
I’m already planning a return visit to check out the Bulgogi Burger.
I do a better job of sampling the burrito than Ivon who took a bite and had it explode in his face.
Fourth stop: Ursu BBQ Taco
Another contemporary spin on Korean cuisine!
The Bulgogi Taco. I ordered spicy and it delivered a really nice kick. A little messy, but quite good.
Fifth stop: Mom’s Grilled Cheese
The busiest of the food trucks we visited on the day. The inclement weather did nothing to discourage customers, most of whom were clearly regulars.
Unfortunately, I forgot to get pics of the menu items. I had the Jackson 3, a triple cheese, triple decker creation of sourdough, melted triple cream brie, boursin, and gruyere. And, for dessert, the Fat Elvis: peanut butter and banana with smoked sea salt on white bread.
The Jackson 3 was good but I felt the sandwich missed the bite that, say, a cheddar could offer, meaning I’ll have to go back for the straight cheddar version. A customer beside us seemed to be enjoying hers immensely. The Fat Elvis, alas, didn’t really impress. I commend them for using all natural peanut butter instead of the sweetened versions but, as Ivon pointed out, the sandwich could have benefited from a little honey.
Yet another successful food truck tour. That’s ten trucks down, approximately forty more to go!
Ivon keeps his spirits up (and belly full) amid the downpour.
Ivon and I spitballed ideas for a new show. We’re taking a few days to think about it, then reconvening next week to discuss! Very exciting. We’ll tell you all about it. Eventually.