Vendy Awards 2016 Review

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A sweltering day on Governors Island was the setting for the 12th annual Vendy Awards, coined as “the oscars of street food”, with over 20 vendors, 1000+ attendees and 7 awards to be had, it was a gastronomic utopia that even the wasps couldn’t detract from.

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Want a taste of Frankenfood?

Photo courtesy of RoamingHunger.com

Photo courtesy of RoamingHunger.com

Around Bedford Ave, “frankenfood” is typically used to describe over processed products of the evil American agribusiness. But this week, it has another meaning. A food truck, promoting a new Spike TV show, is parking around Manhattan passing out snacks possibly conceptualized by drunk college frat boys. I stopped by today in the Financial District and tasted the fried slim-jim mac-n-cheese ball (tasty) and the bacon wrapped hot dog éclair (not so tasty).

Get your own taste of weird this week by following the truck here:

  • Wednesday 11am-12:30pm: Group M; 498 7th Ave at 37th Street
  • Wednesday 2p-4p; UM; 100 W. 33rd Street
  • Thursday 11am – 12:30pm: Viacom Tasting; 345 Hudson St
  • Thursday 2pm – 4pm: Horizon; 75 Varick Street
  • Friday 11am – 12:30pm: MEC; 825 7th Ave.
  • Friday 2pm- 4pm: Zenith; 299 W. Houston St.

On the menu:

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You can now own the Endless Summer taco truck

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The Endless Summer taco truck, a Williamsburg staple for the past half decade has been mysteriously absent from Bedford Ave. It turns out the owners are auctioning off the truck on eBay. Bids start at $45,000, or you can buy the whole operation including permits for $60,000. From the auction:

The globally renown Endless Summer Taco Truck is now for sale. The enterprise that started the vending trend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (and arguably ignited the worldwide food truck craze) has nourished literally hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers and established itself as a landmark in the NYC food-culture landscape.

After 5 years, both owners are relocating from NYC and have decided to sell. This is a perfect opportunity to maintain a well-established moneymaking operation or re-brand it to satisfy your own culinary vision. Either way the Bedford Ave. location and circumstances are ideal.

Anyone want to chip in to buy this and travel cross-country all summer handing out free tacos while filming a documentary about it? Ok good, me neither.

H/T Gothamist

@joshmorrissey

Good Vibrations Truck Tour Titillates Williamsburg Tonight

image c/o Trojan Facebook page

Sidling up all sexy and shit to the waterfront food trucks tonight will be Trojan’s Good Vibrations Truck.

The tour which kicked off with a Midtown “nooner” yesterday is a new campaign to dispense sexual health do-gooding and promote the new Trojan Vibrating Twister – Trojan’s most powerful vibrator to date! Holla!

Sexual health expert Dr. Logan Levkoff and brand spokespeople will display the new product, talk about the mainstreaming of vibrators and share interesting data on usage and purchase in the US.  In addition, there will be free samples (condoms) and giveaways (sex instruments).

[Now insert a really good orgasm joke that was already taken by the other blogs. Blerg.]

The Good Vibrations Truck hits the Williamsburg Waterfront from 8pm to 10pm tonight, July 29.  And, well, face it – you might as well have a back-up plan when you fail at that last call scramble at Union Pool.

Goods Truck Now Open at Metropolitan and Lorimer; Shiny & Delicious

Third Ward’s Goods food truck soft-opened today at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Lorimer Street and to celebrate, they gave away the farm. I happily stumbled across the scene earlier this evening and grabbed a GoodsBurger — a juicy beef patty topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, and a slice of tomato. It came with solid side of curly fries in an unassuming white box. This seemed to be what most of the crowd was grubbing down on too, so I felt in good company. The dang thing was delicious!

Here’s the scene around 7pm (sorry for the shakes, but I was viciously hungry):

The Scene from the Goods Food Truck During its Soft Opening from Brian Ries on Vimeo.

The spot out back is still a work in progress, but the owners have managed to craft up a handful of picnic tables for patrons to sit and eat. They’re planning on decking the eating area and cleaning things up over the coming days and weeks.

Tomorrow, the truck soft-opens one more time — starting at 7am — before its official, public opening on Thursday. Show up early tomorrow morning and you might end up on NY1; they’re shooting a brief segment. Make sure to grab an Intelligentsia coffee and one of those homemade Buttermilk biscuits.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Goods!

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