Food Truck Rally, Prospect Park: 5/27/2012
I got my StreetGrub on at the Food Truck Rally on Sunday, May 27th, 2012 at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park! Met lots of awesome locals, a couple from Brazil, a family from Paramus, and some would-be Brooklynites scouting out the hood, seeing if they really should, and from what I could see- all looked good! It was a great turnout today, with a brief 5.4 minute rain that did nothing to ward off the crowds of hungry StreetGrubbers!
I spoke with some food truck owners and was told the turnout was surprisingly good – given the forecast of all day showers, and that people were simply away for the Memorial Day weekend. Yes foodtruckers – we are die hard StreetGrubbers and won’t let the 80% chance of torrential TOM’s-destroying downpours turn us away. Big D himself of Big D’s Grub Truck (I knew because of his “Big D” tattoo) told me the turnout is usually better though, so you bet yours truly will be back for the next rally on June 17th! Word on the street is that Big D sells ridiculously yummy ginger chicken tacos and bulgogi, so I’ve made it one of my GrubSpots for June. Check out my review then!
So I can’t help that my tooth is sweeter than a sugar-dusted-caramel-drenched Dulce de Leche doughnut from the Doughnut Plant (I totally made that up, but they should make it), and while not on my agenda, I just had to sample something from the Cupcake Crew. It wasn’t the bright neon lettering of their truck that reeled me in like a honeybee to said doughnut, but rather, the smell of salty, fatty, crispy (yes I can smell crispy stuff!) bacon that tickled my Grubdar. I ordered the large Maple Bacon without as much a glance at the minnies.
I was so super excited, but being the responsible blogger, I one handed the heavy plate and turned on my camera for a quick picture with my right. Right before I dropped it on the floor. And right before I heard that shutter-click from my Lumix. My face turned red as I contemplated rationalizing the outdated and silly 5-second rule, but before I came to my (un)senses, Franky behind the counter hands me another. I immediately took a shot of the cupcake before devouring it in 2.5 bites. In that short moment of merriment, I was good enough to taste the moist fluffiness of the cake and buttery frosting, but yet it wasn’t fighting the bacon for the spotlight. I’m not sure how it worked so well, but I also made sure to lick all the maply-syrupy awesomeness that was kind enough to grace my fingers. I may have eaten some of the paper too, trying to extract every last bit of cake but boy did it hit the spot. Franky didn’t need to give me the freebie – I would have given him my wallet for it.
I didn’t get to grub on as much as I would have liked, but being that June 1st is less than a week away, I wanted to save the sampling for then. However, I left Grand Army Plaza today satiated, not only from what I ate, but because of the good people I met, that were all (not one said no!) kind enough to share their day with me and my camera. They became my de facto StreetGrub mentors, enticing my ears with details of all their favorite street places to grub; so look for new additions to my NOM Map very soon! Today was definitely a great day, so to all my fellow StreetGrubbers, thank you and stay tuned. Enjoy the pics!