The Unofficial Edmonton Food Truck Guide

You know what this beautiful weather gets me thinking about?

Patios? No. Bike Rides? No. Oh, those suh-uh-mmer nights? No. What?!

FOOD TRUCK SEASON, BABY!

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Food trucks have become an amazing revolution in curbside dining here in YEG and I can’t tell you how great it is to have such talented chefs not only pumping out great eats but also bringing communities and Edmontonians together!

SO to help you plan a summer full of food truck eats I would like to share with you The Unofficial Edmonton Food Truck Guide. It’s pretty intense so don’t be intimidated!

Also, keep an eye out for a What the Truck event near you and check their site for updates on new trucks, other special events where you can find the trucks, and their amazing Meet the Trucks feature (a series of interviews with the truck owners…so cool!).

Disclaimer: I cannot be held personally liable for any amount of weight gain or secret sauce addiction that may result in visiting the following establishments.

The Unofficial Edmonton Food Truck Guide

The Act Food Truck(Currently Closed, To Get Your Fix Head to The Next Act Pub at 8224 104 St.)

Type of Eats: Amazing Pub Eats

Where to Find Them: Closed for the 2014 Season to Focus on a New Restaurant, MEAT

Twitter: @TheActFoodTruck

Afterbite Mobile Kitchen

Type of Eats: Pub Faves & Polish Sausage

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Churchill Square

Twitter: TBA

Atilla The HUNgry

Type of Eats: An Asian Flavour Invasion, Classic Eats with an Asian Twist

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @AttilaTheHUNgry

Battista’s Calzone Co. (Check Out the Restaurant at 11745 84 St.)

Type of Eats: Traditional Italian Calzones

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @calzonemobile

Between Two Buns

Type of Eats: Burgers! Also, I Really Hope This is a Reference to Between Two Ferns

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @bunstwo

Big City Sandwich

Type of Eats: Gourmet Sandwich Creations Inspired by Cuisines from Around the Globe

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @bigcitysandwich

Black Bull Grill

Type of Eats: Heart Stopping-ly Delicious Philly Cheese Steak

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: TBA

Blue Giraffe Creamery

Type of Eats: Fresh Made Ice Cream Made with the Science and Magic of Liquid Nitrogen

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @BGcreamery

Bombin Berts

Type of Eats: I’m Not Sure…I’m Going to Guess Country Classics!

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @BombinBerts

Bo Thai

Type of Eats: Serves Up Authentic Thai Cuisine

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: TBA

Bully Food Truck

Type of Eats: Gourmet Comfort Food (Famous for their Bully Mac)

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave and 104 St. or Churchill Square

Twitter: @BullyTruck

Canicus Wood Fired Pizza

Type of Eats: Wood Fired Pizzas Served Off a Vintage Fire Truck

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: TBA

Carnival Cravings

Type of Eats: Carnival Faves like Mini Dounuts and Cotton Candy

Where to Find Them: Basically Any and All Edmonton Events

Twitter: @CarnivalCraving

Casa12Doce

Type of Eats: Traditional Mexican Food, Done Right

Where to Find Them: Monday – Thursday 5:00PM-7:00PM & Friday 11:30AM – 7:00PM at the Canadian Tire in Sherwood Park

Twitter: @casa12doce

The Crooked Fork

Type of Eats: Creative Twists on Your Fave Comforts

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @TheCrookedFork

Dedo’s Food Truck (Website under Construction)

Type of Eats: Homemade Shawarma & Philly Cheese Steak

Where to Find Them: Launching May 1 at Canadian Tire in St. Albert, 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Twitter: @Dedosfoodtruck

Drift

Type of Eats: Global Flavour in Sandwich Form

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave and 107 St.

Twitter: @driftfoodtruck

Eva Sweet Waffles

Type of Eats: Delicious Waffles in a Ton of Amazing Flavours

Where to Find Them: All Over Edmonton and Area

Twitter: @evasweetwaffles

Fat Franks

Type of Eats: Hot Dogs & Sausages

Where to Find Them: Pretty Much Everywhere

Twitter: @FatFranksDogs

Filistix

Type of Eats: Pilipino Street Eats

Where to Find Them: Store fronts at U of A (CAB and ECHA) and Grant MacEwan, as well as roaming the streets of Edmonton

Twitter: @Filistix

The Food Fighter

Type of Eats: Serving Up Serious Comfort Foods like Chicken/Veal/Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @tff_foodtruck

Fork and Spoon Brigade

Type of Eats: Hearty Breakfast Dishes & Comfort Food

Where to Find Them: Bright and Early Every Saturday Morning at the City Market on 104 St.

Twitter: TBA

Funky Pickle

Type of Eats: Pizza By The Slice

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: TBA

Incredible Edibles

Type of Eats: Gourmet Poutine with Real Gravy and Alberta Beef Sandwiches

Where to Find Them: At Special Events in Edmonton and Area

Twitter: @IncredEdibles

Kettle Popcorn

Type of Eats: Kettle Corn

Where to Find Them: Farmer’s Markets around Edmonton and Special Events

Twitter: TBA

Knosh Catering

Type of Eats: British Classics & European Cuisine – Think Scones, Yorkshire Puddings, and Scotch Eggs

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave and 108 St.

Twitter: @KnoshCatering

La Poutine (Store front on 87 Ave & 109 St.)

Type of Eats: Authentic Quebec-Style Poutine

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Churchill Square (And Possibly Downtown Late Nights, Please for the Love of God Can This Be So!)

Twitter: @La_Poutine_

The Lemon Grass Grill

Type of Eats: Authentic Vietnamese Street Eats (Vietnamese Iced Coffee People!!!)

Where to Find Them: Lunches at 100 Ave and 107 St.

Twitter: @L8MNGrassGrill

Lemon Heaven

Type of Eats: Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Where to Find Them: Events All Over Edmonton and Area

Twitter: @lemonheaven

The Lingnan(Visit the Restaruant at 10582 104 St.)

Type of Eats: Traditional Cantonese & Szechuan Cuisine

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @thequondynasty

Little Village(Koutouki’s Roaming Brother)

Type of Eats: Curbside Authentic Greek Cuisine

Where to Find Them: Lunches at 108 St. and 99 Ave or Churchill Square

Twitter: @littlevillageFT

Local Omnivore

Type of Eats: Bacon, Bacon, and More Bacon!

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @local_omnivore

Molly’s Eats

Type of Eats: Gourmet Food Truck with Amazing Baked Goodies

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @MollyEats

Native Delights

Type of Eats: Aboriginal Cuisine with a Twist – Think Bannock Hot Dogs

Where to Find Them: For Lunches at Churchill Square and 9945 108 St.

Twitter: @NativeDelights

Northern Smokers BBQ

Type of Eats: Real Old School BBQ, “Put Some South in Your Mouth”

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @NothernSmokeQ

Orbit

Type of Eats: Street Eats Like Tacos…Mmmmm

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter:@orbitfoodtruck

Paradise Grill

Type of Eats: A Taste of the Caribbean

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @paradisegrill4u

Parts & Service

Type of Eats: I’m Guessing With This One But…Fresh Delicious Comfort Food

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @partsandserviceyeg

The Patty Wagon

Type of Eats: Gourmet Burgers & Exotic Poutine

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave and 107 St.

Twitter: @PattyWagonEd

Perogy Princess

Type of Eats: DUH! Perogies, Borscht, and Other Ukrainian Eats

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave North, in front of Scotia Place

Twitter: @Perogytruck

Quick Meal

Type of Eats: Mediterranean Foods like Donair, Shish Kebabs, and Dolma

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @edmquickmeal

Sailin’ On

Type of Eats: Edmonton’s Only Vegan Food Truck

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave and 108 St.

Twitter: @sailinon780

Smokehouse BBQ (Check Out the Restaurant at 10810 124 St.)

Type of Eats: Real Southern BBQ

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @smokehousebb

Smoke Show

Type of Eats: Serving an Assortment of Southern Style Goodness

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @smkeshowbbq

Street Eats

Type of Eats: Traditional Comfort Foods with a Gourmet Touch

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Jasper Ave North, in front of Scotia Place

Twitter: @StreetEatsEDM

S’WICH

Type of Eats: Tasty Curbside Sandwiches, Fresh Made In-House

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @SWICHFOOD

Truckin’ Good Eats

Type of Eats: BBQ Beef on a Bun & BBQ Ribs

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: @truckingoodeatz

Yellowbird Café Truck

Type of Eats: Asian Fusion Comfort Classics (Miso Pulled Pork Sandwich, Yes Please!)

Where to Find Them: Lunches at Churchill Square

Twitter:@ybcafetruck

80 Flavours

Type of Eats: Premium Ice Cream

Where to Find Them: TBA

Twitter: TBA

 

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The Single Ladies Meal Plan

Dear Single Folk of Safeway:

STOP HANGING OUT IN THE FROZEN FOOD AISLE!

Fur realz! You can do so much better than Lean Cuisine and pre-made salads!

Look, I know it’s tough to cook for one and that it might not seem ‘worth’ the energy to prepare a dinner if you’re flying solo but I honestly can’t think of a simpler and more satisfying thing that you could do for yourself on a daily(ish) basis. With a solid meal plan that utilizes ingredients in multiple recipes designed to eliminate waste and full of foods that you love, I would hope you might start to actually look forward to cooking.

Another common complaint I hear from my single ladies is that cooking is too hard or time consuming. It’s like they think they need to be making fancy gastronomy foams or SousVide beef cooked to exactly 100 degree to be classified as “cooking”– that’s such bullshit! There are a lot of crazy talented chefs out there but don’t let it dictate your confidence in your cooking – real food is good food, save the fancy stuff for the pros. A good old baked potato can totally be a delicious and respectable meal (and I can prove it!)

Here is what I would make for myself if I was cooking for one and to make it even easier, I’ve included a grocery list below!

Monday: Strawberry Balsamic and Basil Grilled Cheese – this is fancy looking stuff but don’t be fooled, it is literally JUST a grilled cheese sandwich, cooked in the oven no less – you can’t get much easier than that AND it’s only 5 ingredients! This will cure (along with half a bottle of wine) the worst case of the Mondays.

Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Tuesday: Salmon with Green Beans en Papillote – again, this sounds fancy but it’s not! Click here for the basics for doing ANY kind of en papillote (cooked in paper). You could really play around here with different proteins and veg but if I were making it I would use green beans and salmon topped with lemon slices, fresh dill, and capers. I would use up some of yesterdays grilled cheese bread by toasting a couple slices and spreading some cream cheese on them…mmmmmmm.

Wednesday: Loaded Mexican Baked Potato – OMG there are so many things you can do with a baked potato or baked sweet potato – it’s actually overwhelming (http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/amazing-ways-to-eat-a-baked-potato-for-dinner)! One of the best things about a baked potato is there are so many ways to cook these guys. I often opt for the slow cooker (7-8 hours on low) but you could also use your microwave (10 minutes on high, turning once half way through) or oven (425 degrees for 45-60 minutes). One of my faves is a baked russet potato with salsa, black beans, and a dollop of Greek yogurt (it makes it a little extra special if you add some sliced green onion and shredded sharp cheese but that’s your call!)

Baked Potato Cooking Methods

Mexi Potato

Thursday: Quick Tomato Basil Pasta – use up the left over ingredients from the week in a quick pasta. Use any type of noodles you have around, chop some tomato, the left over basil from your grilled cheese sandwich, some garlic and toss with some mozzarella (a totally “worth it” splurge: get the fresh mozzarella from the deli, it will change your life!). This recipe is meant to inspire you so don’t feel that you need to follow it word for word.

Friday: Date Night/Dinner with Friends/ ordering a large pizza (and eating it all) and watching Netflix

OK, some quick ideas for lunches and breakfast:

Monday: Fancy Pants Cheese and Crackers – take a hunk of your brie, some of the cheddar (from the baked potato), and the mozzarella (if using fresh just slice of a few pieces and leave the rest in the water/brine) and pair with whole grain crackers, strawberries, and apple slices.

Tuesday:  Make 2 of the grilled cheese sandwiches and pack one for lunch, girl!

Wednesday:   Make a little extra salmon and green beans and turn that into a salad for lunch.

Thursday: Do up 2 Loaded Mexican Potatoes in the evening and voila!

Friday: Left over pasta

For breakfast I would get a large container of plain Greek Yogurt and eat that with fresh fruit, granola, and honey but be sure to save some yogurt for the Loaded Mexi Baked Potatoes!

Here is the Meal Plan Layout as well as the Shopping List – seriously, I can’t make this any easier!

Single Ladies Meal Plan

Single Ladies Shopping List

So, can it with the excuses friends! This is like a colour by numbers for feeding yourself so give it a try and see what you think! And for god sake will someone please get me a cocktail, these posts are exhausting!

Cheers!

Chocolate Almond Fruit Dip

You won’t see me cooking up many vegan eats, not because they aren’t delicious (Sailin’ On Food Truck is proof of that!) but because I really just love all carbs and dairy…yep all of ‘em!

However, when I came across this recipe for Chocolate Almond Fruit Dip I started salivating immediately! Technically this recipe is like a vegan chocolate hummus, but I think that sounds a little nasty so we’re calling it Chocolate Almond Fruit Dip to be sneaky and trick everyone into thinking it’s not healthy or vegan. All you need to make this dip is a food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet and some fruit for dipping, as well as the following ingredients for the dip itself:

  • ¼c Almonds
  • 5 Pitted Dates
  • ½c Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2tsp Real Maple Syrup
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼tsp Cinnamon
  • ½c Vanilla Almond Milk

First get the almonds in the food processor (I used my Magic Bullet) and whiz that up until you get almond butter (it’ll take a few minutes and look kind of like peanut butter). Then add all the other ingredients and whiz up until smooth. You can also play with the amount of chickpeas to get a thicker or thinner consistency.

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I swear to God I served this to my parents and fiancé last night and everyone thought it was the fruit dip you can buy in the grocery store so I’m counting this one as a big win! It’s chocolate-y and rich (you could even add some natural peanut butter if you think you could handle that much deliciousness) and pairs perfectly with strawberries. Best of all it is actually pretty healthy and low calorie so you don’t have to feel bad about having a late night snack.

For the detailed nutrition information and original recipe click here.

Oh and my Mom thought my tactic for getting the ‘right angle’ in my photo was pretty hilarious – she took this photo of me taking a photo…inception styles! So just know when you see pictures on my Instagram account this is what is happening behind the scenes!

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Cheers!

Chicken Steamy Buns with Stir Fry Veggies

Just in case you missed this gem in the Meal Planning Part II post here are the details on how to create your own delicious (and insanely easy) steamy buns. You could fill these guys with any meat (pulled pork would be amazing) or veggies. I’m still working on making them beautiful as you can see, but they are damn tasty!

Oh, and in case your wondering, no, Pillsbury hasn’t offered me any money yet. Rude, I know!

ChickenSteamyBuns

To cook up these Chicken Steamy Buns & Stir Fry Veggies you’ll need:

  •          1 can Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
  •          1c Cooked Chicken, chopped
  •          1-2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  •          3 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  •          4-5 Green Onions, sliced
  •          ¼- ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  •          1-2 bags of Stir Fry Mix or any combination of broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, yellow onion, thinly sliced carrot, snap peas, etc.

And away we go!

In a skillet heat a little EVOO and add in a pinch of red pepper flakes. To that add a palm full of the sliced green onion and stir for a minute. Melt in the peanut butter, hoisin, and a little water. Once combined add in the chopped chicken and heat through. In a large pot bring a couple inches of water to a boil; this will be used to steam the buns.

Separate the biscuit dough and press each biscuit into a flat circular shape (about 5 inch rounds). Place a couple spoonful’s of the chicken mixture in the middle of each biscuit and bring the edges of the biscuit together, pinching to seal, forming a small ball.

Place the buns seam side down in either a bamboo steamer or a stainless steel veggie steamer sprayed with some cooking oil and then lower that into your pot of boil water. Reduce heat to simmer and cover, leaving the buns to cook for 15-20 minutes.

While the buns are cooking reheat the skillet you used for the chicken mixture with a little more oil if needed and add in your veggies. Use whatever sauces or seasonings you like! I add in some chili flakes and a little hoisin, as well as some more sliced green onion but use whatever you have on hand. It will probably take about 15 minutes for the veggies to be crisp tender and ready to serve.

Click here for the original recipe that inspired my version.

Cheers!

A Hump Day Cocktail

You know how a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down? Same principle applies to mid-week drinking; a cocktail (or two) helps the week go by, it’s a scientific fact (don’t Google that though, just trust me, I’ve done plenty of research on the topic)!

In one of my journeys into the depths of Pinterest I came across a Chamomile Whiskey cocktail that really spoke to me, mainly because I like to categorize drinks as morning, noon/afternoon, and evening cocktails. I’ll give you some examples;

  • Mimosa = Morning Drink
  • Caesar = Noon Drink
  • Sangria = Afternoon Drink
  • Extra Dirty Vodka Martini = Evening Drink

It’s simple really.

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But a Chamomile Whiskey cocktail is one of those special drinks that fits into multiple categories.  Try to keep up with me here…because it’s tea it is a suitable morning drink, this cocktail also has a delightfully refreshing lemonade-y/ice tea-y-ness to it which makes it a perfect afternoon drink, as well chamomile is known as a great relaxing evening tea so therefore it could also be an evening drink…do you follow? That’s a cocktail that could reasonably be consumed at basically any time of day! I now believe in miracles!

So without further ado, here is what you’ll need to make yourself a delicious Chamomile Whiskey Tea:

  • 3 Chamomile Tea Bags
  • 2-3c Hot Water
  • 2Tbsp Honey
  • 2oz. Whiskey/Bourbon/Rye
  • 1 Orange
  • Lemon Slices

This will make about 2 large cocktails.

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In a bowl (not a glass pitcher, which I learned the hard way) steep the tea bags in your hot water, add the honey while the water is still hot and whisk.

Pour in the whiskey and squeeze in the juice of half an orange. Let this steep in a cool place (like the fridge) for a while. The original recipe says to let is steep for 1 hour but honestly, who can wait 1 hour for a cocktail! I waited maybe 20 minutes and I feel good about that decision.

If you have a martini shaker this would be a great time to crack it out! Shake the mix with ice and strain into glasses – or if you don’t have a martini shaker just fill your glasses with lots of ice and pour the works atop – serve with slices of orange and lemon to garish.

Click here for the OG recipe. 

Cheers!