Across the country, there are food trucks and then there are real food trucks, where people are literally selling food off the back of their trucks.
Although most of us have experienced eating from a food truck or what they are humorously called a “Roach Coach”, we enjoy the street experience of eating our grub on the curb where the sights and sounds of the street add to our savory experience. Food trucks offer a quick and convenient meal on the run whether you are taking a lunch break from work or grabbing something to eat after the bars close.
Over the years, I have ordered and munched from a lot of food trucks in different cities across the country and in Europe, where one of my best meals came from a falafel truck in northwest London. I remember standing on the street savoring my pita bread and mint yogurt covered falafels right out of its tinfoil wrapper. This Middle Eastern food truck gave me a new culinary experience that my tastebuds still remember to this day.
I personally would not eat meats or seafood off the back of a random truck for obvious reasons, as well as now being vegan, but think that you have to use good judgment.
Recently I had the opportunity to buy fruit and veggies from a random man selling watermelons and tomatoes from the back of his run-down pickup truck. After having been disappointed with a purchase of bad fruit from a local grocery chain, I decided to buy directly from the man who brought the fruits and veggies right from the ground to my local street. Not only was the fruit some of the freshest I have ever tasted with no pesticides or chemicals, but I was able to support someone who grew the food from seeds, an experience that the grocery store does not offer.
I’m all about having new experiences whether they be large or small. Since I no longer have a farmer’s market nearby (or do I?) I find it interesting to connect to the people who still grow and sell fresh fruit and vegetables, which allows me to have a culinary experience of the sweetest kind!