How to Do Truckeroo the Right Way

Truckeroo is a popular food truck event in Washington, D.C. that happens nearly year-round. There are so many trucks with great, Insta-worthy food, and you don’t want to miss out and not get the most out of this free entry event! Here are some tips to help you experience as much of this event as possible.

  • Show up early. Truckeroo usually goes from 4 pm to 11 pm. If you don’t like large crowds, go as early as you can. The earlier you go, the more food options you’ll have. If you go later, you risk missing out on food that is no longer in stock.
  • Make the most of having a group (if applicable). Have someone hold your place in a super long line while you get food from a truck with a shorter, faster line, if you’re with a group. You’ll make the most of your time.

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  • Consider sharing food that you buy with group members so you don’t get full quickly and have plenty of room try other foods there.
  • Check the Facebook page for updates throughout the week (i.e. cancellation due to weather). Better safe than sorry!
  • Check out the list of trucks attending to plan which ones you must go to. Planning ahead makes all of the difference because you spend your time in line instead of figuring out what’s there as you go.

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Tweet me to tell me about your experience or Instagram your Truckeroo pics, using #foodishways. I’ll repost some on my new food only Instagram account, @foodishways! Follow to find out about good food spots.

Until next time.

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It’s Really Plantain and Simple

In a park full of food trucks, I had my heart set on one that didn’t have a long line upon arrival. I tried it for the first time, last year, at my first Truckeroo event. Peruvian Brothers, one of my favorite food trucks in the D.C. Metropolitan area, serves some of the best Peruvian food I’ve ever had.

This Truckeroo event felt drastically different than the last one I attended. It was hot and humid outside, and there were a LOT more people…not my ideal summer situation. I really wanted my baby sister to have a similar first experience, but I couldn’t change these factors. We looked for the shortest lines, and my sister chose the first one, the Westray’s Finest Ice Cream food truck.

My sister got Peanut Butter & Chocolate, and I chose Southern Maple Cornbread. Let. me. tell. YOU. The ice cream I got was scrumptious. Enjoying this really felt life-changing. Have you ever eaten something and just thought, “Wow. How did I live life before this?” This was one of those moments for me.

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After devouring ice cream, I bought pan con asado from the Peruvian Brothers food truck. Their food is truly a must-have. The roast beef was tender and seasoned just right. The carmelized onions were like putting a cherry on top. This sandwich truly is one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Until next time.

Festival Peruano de Arlington (Photo Diary)

I've lived in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and didn't realize how much I took it for granted until I went to university out of state for 4 years. Don't get me wrong, I knew that we had tons of historical landmarks, amazing Smithsonian museums with FREE admission, and a lot of tourists from all over the country and the world who come to visit from spring to early fall. But I never went into deep thought about the cultural communities and subcultures we have in this area. Better late than never.

I'm so glad my family and I had the opportunity to go to one of the events in the D.C. Metro Area centered around Peruvian culture. We attended Festival Peruano de Arlington (Peru Festival of Arlington) this past Sunday and got to experience a taste of their culture. This was actually the festival's 30th anniversary. I can't wait to go to more cultural events in the future.

Here are some photos from our day.

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Until next time.

Battle at the BBQ

Crazy lines on a beautiful day can lead to the perfect Saturday. Shutting down one of the most popular parts of Pennsylvania Avenue (in front of the Newseum) in DC for a BBQ Battle was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I've only participated in an event loosely similar to this one other time in the District, which was the annual Taste of DC event.

My mom told my sisters and me about Giant's annual BBQ Battle, and I just had to go. A reasonably priced event with good food? Count. me. in. The line to get in wasn't really a line. It was a mass of people moving to pay to get in or pick up tickets. I wish this was more organized, but at least it didn't affect how quickly people got in!

As soon as we got in, we saw several stations lined up. Some stations only had food and others were media-related. Most, if not all, of the stations inside were free. No strings attached.

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There was a Mentos station that gave each person in line the chance to win a free pack of their gum (as long as supplies lasted). The Turkey Hill station gave out free mini containers of their ice cream: Vanilla and Salted Caramel. Another station gave out free packs of Sunsweet Philippine Green Mangoes.

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The Oscar Meyer hot dog car was there. At their station, they had a game that required you to throw small sandbags into three different holes in a cardboard *thing*. If you got a bag in all three, you won a coupon. My mom won, and my sister and I had a photo opp in front of the hot dog car!

The biggest BBQ tent had a super long line, so we decided to see what else the event had to offer before committing so much to such a line. There were so many places to get free food. Giant (Stop n' Shop, depending on where you are in the U.S.) sells most of this food in their stores. We got to try some Naked juices, Yungeling ice cream (churro), and some of their food products barbecued. The Apple Butter pulled pork was scrumptious. 

The Nature's Promise truck allowed each person to choose one free item from the shelves inside. I chose their Thousand Island dressing, which I finally tried the day before writing this. It's decent, but I think it tastes eggy.

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One of the guys at the Hagen-Daaz station was basically giving away ice cream. The station had two of the company's flavors: Pineapple Coconut and Mint Chip. My mom only wanted one, and he was being pushy and trying to give her another one. I took two. He got my sister to take three. 'Twas interesting.

There were a couple of tents that let people 21+ try alcoholic beverages. My mom and I went to one that didn't have a name but offered two different wine brands and the Barefoot Wine station. We both tried one of Steila Rose's sweet red wines, which was honestly the best red wine I've ever had. I love a good sweet, red wine. Barefoot was sampling four different flavors of their spritzers, and I chose the Moscato Spritzer that has "flavors of peach and tangerine," according to their website. I loved it but wished it was a little more peachy.

There was a BBQ tent that had a shorter line: the military BBQ Battle. I was glad that I finally got to sample some food from what the event was centered around! All of the U.S. military branches were represented and had to incorporate chicken in their dishes. I think the Army and the Navy had the best dishes, packed with tons of flavor. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take pictures because I was juggling plates.

This was our first time attending Giant's BBQ Battle, and I enjoyed my time trying a lot of good food and drinks and enjoying the weather. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Until next time.

That Waffle Was Totally Wicked!

Who knew a waffle could be so wicked?

My sister told me about this awesome waffle spot in Bethesda, and her rich descriptions of the dessert waffles HAD me.

My sister took my mom and me to Wicked Waffle, which only has locations in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area as of right now: I Street NW in DC and Westfield Montgomery Mall (food court). I hope they get more locations soon because anyone who loves waffles should experience this deliciousness!

Wicked Waffle has breakfast, savory, and dessert options. This company prides themselves on having fresh ingredients; not adding artificials or calories to any of their food; using fresh, local ingredients; and having gluten-free waffles. They also have soups and salads that are made fresh daily.

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There’s no way you won’t find more than one menu item that you want. Choosing a concoction was so hard for me! I knew that I wanted a sweet waffle, which wasn’t even half the battle. C’mon. How am I supposed to choose between the Nutella Waffle and the Tiramisu Waffle? The Sweet Waffle with vanilla ice cream and the Roasted Fuji Apples & Cinnamon Waffle?

I hate taking forever to make food-related decisions, so I just chose one of the two I narrowed it down to…the Roasted Fuji Apples & Cinnamon Waffle. This amazing dish has everything in its name and traditional whipped cream or caramel cream (didn’t even know this existed). The waffle had the perfect amount of fluff, and the toppings didn’t make it soggy. I prefer my waffles sweet, so this was the perfect one for me.

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Roasted Fuji Apples & Cinnamon Waffle

I had the chance to meet the super cool district manager on the day I went, and he added a personal touch to my order: caramel sauce. My GOODNESS. I don’t think I was ready for that waffle. My sister told me it was amazing, but when I finally had it myself, I was at a loss for words.

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The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Waffle

Until next time.

Finding a Good Burger Is Hard to Do

Oh, New York City. I’ve missed you so much. I’ve missed exploring and experiencing what this city has to offer, and my sister was nice enough to treat me to a 4-day trip! It kind of became a sibling trip: my sister, her boyfriend, his brother, and me. We stayed at a hotel in Chelsea, and thankfully, it was barely a minute walk to the nearest subway station.

This trip was touristy, which I had mixed feelings about at first. I had no desire to go to Times Square, but one person in our group had never been to NYC. We planned to see this New York City landmark our first night in the city.

We all agreed that the first stop had to be food. Narrowing down a list of restaurants for this trip was so hard because there are too many places to choose from. American food was what we ended up going with this whole trip.

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Black Iron Burger & Beer Co. is about a 10-minute walk from Times Square, which was perfect. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table and chose to wait outside since the space to wait was super small and cramped. The wait time was better than I thought it would be on a Friday night in New York City.

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The restaurant itself is a little tight. You have to squeeze between the tables to get to your seat, which is a pain. The music selection was great, and the food got to our table rather quickly. I ordered the Masterpiece burger and Ai-Oli fries. This beef burger has Swiss cheese, an organic fried egg, and Applewood Smoked bacon on it. I opted out of the onions. This side of fries has scallions, bacon, and Black Iron Burger’s special Ai-Oli dressing. I was torn between those fries and the Loaded fries, which have cheddar, scallions, bacon bits, and ranch dressing. My sister and I decided to each get one and share them since she wanted to try both, too.

 

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The Masterpiece burger and Ai-Oli fries

The burger was absolutely perfect. The sunny side up egg was a great touch, but also made it a little messy. The Ai-Oli fries were okay, and I probably wouldn’t get them again. I would absolutely get the Loaded fries again. This meal was more than enough, and I probably could’ve saved some for later, but where’s the fun in that? Reheating fries doesn’t always go well, and I really couldn’t see myself not finishing that burger there. It was absolutely delicious.

I’d say our first night in New York City was a success.

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Until next time.

Sorry for the Wait

It’s been a while since I last posted. 4 months, to be exact. And I feel the need to share a bit of why it’s been so long.

It’s officially been a year since I graduated from university. I didn’t have a job waiting for me, and I had no clue how I was going to get the one I wanted. I decided to get a part-time job in the retail industry. I figured that it would be good to have some kind of work experience, since I had never had a job before.

I spent so much time working that I was either too tired to put the little energy I had left into things I actually wanted to do, i.e. writing my blog, or I didn’t have time. I liked making money, but months into the job, I quickly learned that this job wasn’t ultimately what I wanted to do. I love fashion, but I don’t want to work in this corner of the fashion industry.

I’m in a better head space now. It has been so hard for me to just sit down and focus on certain things, such as this blog, because I haven’t had the spark that I originally had. Everything I wanted to do would feel like a chore the closer the time came to complete the task.

This feels like a new beginning, and I’m looking forward to what the future has to offer.

Thai at Waugh Chapel

Finding new places to go at home is harder than I thought it would be. It’s not because there’s nothing to learn more about or discover, but I don’t have the same desire to find something new here like I did when I attended university in New York City. Also, I have to drive everywhere at home. The Q46 bus was right outside of my Fresh Meadows dorm, which made traveling a breeze compared to transportation here. Plus, MTA’s fare is MUCH cheaper than the Metro fare in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

I’ve had a strong craving for Thai food for about a week now, so I took advantage one of the very few days off that I get to make it happen.

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I really wanted lobster fried rice similar to the one at Pure Thai Cookhouse and searched until I found a close restaurant that had decent reviews. Thai at Waugh Chapel had crab fried rice, which is even better for this Maryland girl.

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My sister ordered Gyoza dumpling appetizer. I forgot that she ordered it for herself and ended up eating one. Thankfully, she was unbothered by it and shared a couple more with me. It was  absolutely delicious. The dumplings had the right amount of crunch. The filling has everything you’d want in a dumpling: deep-fried ground chicken, cabbage, green onion, and ginger. AND THAT THAI HERB SAUCE?! My goodness.

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The crab fried rice was nothing short of perfection. I was happy with the amount of crab meat in the dish. The serving was pretty big. I had enough for lunch + leftovers. I definitely will be making another trip to Thai at Waugh Chapel.

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Until next time.

That’s SoCal: Day 6

The past month or so has been crazy! So much to do, so little time. Also, I think, deep down, that I’m not ready to end this series. It was such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve loved sharing my story with you all. Thanks for reading.

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I woke up to the best croissant I’d ever had. Justin bought some for the house, and I’m so glad he did. I hadn’t had one in so long! Like, why are croissants so tasty?! *insert crying emoji here*

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Just look at that beautiful pastry. It was delicious.

It was a pretty chill day. We figured we should get some good food. I mean, all of the food I had in San Diego was awesome, so we went to go find more awesome food.

I told Justin about my horrible first experience with Hawaiian food. I had some delivered from a seemingly popular restaurant. I was SO excited. When I finally tried it, I regretted every cent I spent on it. Every bite I took. I didn’t even eat half of the food. It was that bad. I was actually really bummed about it. After telling Justin my story, he suggested a different Hawaiian food spot. Thank God. He said that he heard it was good, so I was up for it.

The Island Cafe is in San Diego not too far from North Park. I loved the atmosphere. We went at lunchtime and were the only customers there. It’s a family-friendly restaurant, and you could feel that even though there weren’t any other customers. Also, I loved how simple the interior was and thought the pineapple lights were a nice touch. The staff was really nice, too. That’s always a good thing.

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I ordered the Island BBQ Chicken with fried rice and a garden salad with mango dressing. My beverage of choice was the Michele Wie, which is a passionfruit iced tea/lemonade mixed. I don’t think any word could describe what this meal was actually like. I would say scrumptious, but that kind of feels like it’s an understatement. This meal was one of the best I have ever had.

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The BBQ chicken was very flavorful. The fried rice was perfect. The two went together so well. And that salad. My goodness. This was the first time I had ever heard of mango dressing. I’m so glad I chose it. This dressing was otherworldly. Life-changing, even. Actually, I think “otherworldly” is the best word for this meal. If you’re ever in San Diego, go to the Island Cafe.

I ended up having more great food for dinner. We went to the Lucha Libre Taco Shop. You may have heard about it on the show, Man vs. Food. I didn’t know it existed until Justin and Eric told me about it. They said it was awesome, so of course I was excited to check it out. They suggested the Surf n’ Turf burrito, which is basically the California burrito with a seafood twist. When I tell you this burrito was like heaven on Earth, I mean it. I’m a Maryland girl, so I love me some seafood. I loved the California burrito the minute I tried it. Of course these things made a beautiful combination.

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Just look at this beauty. My goodness.

Inside of a Surf n' Turf burrito.

Inside of a Surf n’ Turf burrito.

And they have jokes.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Until next time.

That’s SoCal: Day 5

I had no clue what this day would be like. Most of our trip was chill and spur-of-the-moment. We had the urge to have a picnic in the park that morning, which didn’t work out. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but it was still fun. I was with some of the most amazing people I know in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, so how could I have a bad time? We walked to a park and just chilled out and talked. It was nice. I got to see so many beautiful things on the way there: homes, trees, flowers, etc. It felt like time was moving so slow, which was great because I didn’t want the trip to end. IMG_4960 IMG_4985

Slight tangent, I wanted to post an awesome picture of one of the houses near the park. It doesn’t have the address or house number. But it felt weird to possibly post it, so I just want you to know that there were some beautiful houses out there.

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It was kind of weird seeing palm trees at a park. I’ve always associated them with beaches, but I quickly learned that that’s not the case, at least, in San Diego. I have this random obsession with them, which I think came from being excited about this trip.

We were blessed with another beautiful day, and I’m glad I got to spend time outside without worries.

We planned to have a bonfire at Mission Beach that night. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to do that. It has always seemed like a fun thing to do. Little did I know, things wouldn’t go as planned.

My friends got on a roller coaster, and I decided to wait in the longest line ever for some ice cream. It was worth it though! I had the best Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream ever, so I couldn’t be mad. Do I wish the line was shorter? Yes. But I guess their ice cream is so good that they have a line like that. Waiting that long made me wonder how people wait in a line out the door at Georgetown Cupcake. Haha.

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We headed to the beach with our bonfire supplies. I couldn’t wait to experience it. We searched and searched and searched. None of the bonfire spots were available. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed. I had been looking forward to this experience all day. We stayed on the lookout for people leaving so we could get a spot. We put a blanket on the sand, kicked off our shoes, and enjoyed each others’ company. Eric and I tossed a baseball back and forth. There were great conversations. I was loving this night despite the people were being stingy with the bonfire spots.

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Day 5 was an amazing day, and I was excited to see how Day 6 would be.