In celebration of National Empanada Day on Monday, April 8th, the Nuchas Empanadas truck delighted us with an array of sweet and savory pastries. A longtime NYC favorite of the famed Midtown Lunch blog, they feature an inventive take on the classic handheld treat, with a range of flavor profiles including shrimp-and-andouille jambalaya, shiitake curry or apple-cranberry-and-nutella. But the best part about their concept? They create special doughs to pair with their unique fillings—rosemary, turmeric, paprika, you name it!—that look as good as they taste. We always appreciate a good reminder to play with food.
—Alexa Weibel, Associate Food Editor

In celebration of National Empanada Day on Monday, April 8th, the Nuchas Empanadas truck delighted us with an array of sweet and savory pastries. A longtime NYC favorite of the famed Midtown Lunch blog, they feature an inventive take on the classic handheld treat, with a range of flavor profiles including shrimp-and-andouille jambalaya, shiitake curry or apple-cranberry-and-nutella. But the best part about their concept? They create special doughs to pair with their unique fillings—rosemary, turmeric, paprika, you name it!—that look as good as they taste. We always appreciate a good reminder to play with food.

—Alexa Weibel, Associate Food Editor

RACHAEL RAY’S WOOF WAGON!

Daytime television host, best selling author and pet lover Rachael Ray with The Woof Wagon, a food truck that she and her pet food brand, Nutrish®, are sponsoring through Saturday, October 20th. Visit New York City’s Union Square to feed your four-legged friend for free and pick up samples of her new wet dog food line from 8am-2pm.

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RACHAEL RAY’S PUP-UP FOOD TRUCK

As we’ve mentioned before, food trucks are trending, so, why not get our furry four-legged friends in on the trend too? Next Thursday, Rachael will be kicking off a food truck to celebrate the release of her new line of natural wet dog food called Nutrish Naturally Delish.

The truck will open early Thursday morning near Columbus Circle in New York City then swing down to Union Square through Sunday. So stop by and get your dog a delish meal, inspired by one of Rachael’s own recipes, like “Chicken Paw Pie,” “Chicken Muttballs” and “Hearty Beef Stew.” 

Stay tuned for more coverage on Rachael’s Naturally Delish Dog Food Truck this Thursday!

FROM WHEELS TO WALLS: KOGI BBQ

The hottest food craze in decades, food trucks are starting to put it in park and go brick-and-mortar. Stay tuned as we feature three truck timelines to see the roads they traveled, ending with…

KOGI from Los Angeles, CA!

August 2008:  Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin had joked about fusing two of L.A.’s favorite cuisines by opening a Korean BBQ truck—then Shin meets the owner of a few mobile operations, who offers her a truck for a month to test the idea.

November 2008:  The two, now joined by chef Roy Choi and selling Mexican-Korean creations like kimchi quesadillas, start with the bar crowd, opening at 11 p.m. Crowds line up ever earlier, until the truck eventually starts opening at lunchtime.

March 2010:  The team christens its first sit-down space with the name Chego. Their boast: “It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. In a bowl.” 

Find out more here: kogibbq.com Twitter: @kogibbq, 3300 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA

—Andrew Kaplan

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FROM WHEELS TO WALLS: BIG GAY ICE CREAM

The hottest food craze in decades, food trucks are starting to put it in park and go brick-and-mortar. Stay tuned as we feature three truck timelines to see the roads they traveled, continuing with…

BIG GAY ICE CREAM from New York, NY!

June 2009: With an original investment of about $1,000, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff open a truck in NYC selling soft-serve cones with toppings like wasabi pea dust and olive oil. They gain a following for their inspired concoctions—an early fave is the Bea Arthur, a vanilla cone covered with crushed Nilla wafers.

September 2009: A shower of media attention follows the introduction of the Salty Pimp, a chocolate-dipped vanilla cone infused with dulce de leche and sea salt.

September 2011: After a friend spots an empty storefront near his restaurant, the guys open the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop with their signature treats and a milkshake menu. Customers wait for up to 45 minutes.

Find out more here: biggayicecream.com, 125 E. 7th St., New York City, NY

—Andrew Kaplan

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