Category Archives: Food

iOS – Roaming Hunger App

My wife and I took the opportunity this past weekend to explore Austin in search of food trucks we had seen featured on the Unique Sweets TV program. We found  Cow Tipping Creamery and Gourdough’s for some wonderful deserts. Then we visited  Melizoz’s Tacos for lunch.

We were able to find these fairly easily. There is a web site/App I came across in a National Geographic article (“How One Korean Taco Truck Launched an $800 Million Industry“, July 2015) that will help if you are in search of Food Truck opportunities in Austin (they also cover 36 other cities across the US, including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston) called Roaming Hunger. There are also FREE Apps for both iOS and Android so you can find a truck while on the go.

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You can find where trucks are located and when they are open. You can even book a Food Truck for your next event through Roaming Hunger. You can find the top Food Trucks in an area, recommend a new Food Truck you have found, so that it may be added to the list or vote for your favorite Food Trucks. I have this App on my iPhone now and look forward to using it to discover interesting dining not only in Austin, but in other cities I might visit.

Pros

  • Free
  • Web site, iOS App and Android App
  • Users can add new food trucks as they are found
  • Identifies wide range of food trucks in your area

Cons

  • More cities need to be added

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USA, Texas, Austin – Cow Tipping Creamery

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My wife and I had heard about the Cow Tipping Creamery on Unique Sweets (Episode CCUQS501H). This isn’t a brick and mortar store, but one of the many food trucks that can be found around the Austin area. This one is located in a small lot with a few other trucks near the campus of the University of Texas in downtown Austin (2512 Rio Grande St., Austin, Texas 78705). Parking was a challenge as that area of town is full of apartments primarily occupied by students and most of the available street parking was taken up by those living in the area.

This ice cream vendor offers soft serve with a wide array of interesting toppings on their menu. We chose to share an “At the Ritz” 12 ounce ‘stacker’. The ‘stacker’ is their version of a sundae, but they stack the ingredients to give great flavor throughout the desert. The “At the Ritz” is soft serve vanilla with brown sugar hot fudge peanut butter sauce. To top it off there were crumbled Ritz crackers sprinkled over the top.  This made for a unique creamy, salty, chocolate indulgence.

We won’t be visiting the Cow Tipping Creamery too often, but we can certainly recommend it as a great desert.


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USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis – Salty Tart Bakery

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Our last stop on our day of desert exploration was at the Salty Tart Bakery. There are two locations. We visited the one located at the Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN. It was a little hard to find as it was near the center of the Market among a variety of restaurants and shops. The Salty Tart Bakery is the establishment of award winning pastry chef Michelle Gayer. We sampled a few items and they were all delicious. We particularly liked the Coconut Macaroons, but that was to be expected since they were featured on the Food Network program Best Thing I Ever Ate.

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If you are in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and looking for something sweet I highly recommend a visit to the Salty Tart Bakery
and the Global Market.


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USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis – Angel Food

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The third food establishment my wife and I visited in the Twin Cities area was Angel Food located at 86 S. 9th Street, Minneapolis, Mn 55402. We had a little difficulty finding Angel food as it does not have an external door. We drove by the site without seeing it and had to find a nearby place to park, then come back on foot. At walking speed we discovered that Angel Food lay within the first floor corridors of the building and we soon arrived at our destination.

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There were several items available and we selected a few to have with coffee at the small counter side bar inside. Seating space was very limited. Most of their business seemed to be take out and deliveries. The items Angel Food had were good, but I think our earlier stops in the day (Nadia Cakes and Mojo Monkey) had over whelmed our taste buds and we were left a little disappointed. Had we made Angel Food our first stop of the day our opinions would likely have been higher.

That said, Angel Food did have some nice treats, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone in the area.


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USA, Minnesota, St. Paul – Mojo Monkey

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My wife had business in St. Paul and I tagged along as she had to stay over the weekend. We made a day of searching out interesting places and appetizing food.

Our second stop was at Mojo Monkey. A bakery specializing in donuts which we had found recommended by one of the Cable Food programs. They had a nice and very tasty selection of donuts, and good coffee. This small bakery is located at 1169 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN 55102.

If you are in the St. Paul, Minnesota area and looking for something sweet I highly recommend a visit to Mojo Monkey.


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USA, Minnesota, Woodbury – Nadia Cakes

My wife had business in St. Paul a week and I tagged along as she had to stay over the weekend. We made a day of searching out interesting places and appetizing food.

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The first stop we made was at Nadia Cakes which had been recommended to us by a co-worker of my wife. The bakery is located at 429, Commerce Dr, Suite #900, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125. This bakery has earned multiple awards and they are well deserved.

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We picked out a few of the items Nadia’s had on display, and all were delicious. We regretted that we would not be in the area longer as it would take days or more likely  weeks to sample all 162 cupcakes on their menu. Then again on second thought, perhaps our waistlines are better off with us living over 1000 miles to the south.

If you are in the St. Paul, Minnesota area and looking for something sweet I highly recommend a visit to Nadia Cakes.


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USA, Arizona, Phoenix – Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

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In late January of 2015 we were in Phoenix, Arizona with the Girls 12+ year old Flag Football team we work with where they were competing in the national tournament, held there in conjunction with the NFL Superbowl. I have to add as an aside that our girls won the tournament!

After our first practice, we went to Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles for dinner. It looks like any other fried chicken place from the outside, but it has accumulated some culinary awards. As I was writing this article I checked on Urbanspoon and it shows a 90% rating for Lo Lo’s with nearly 550 votes. Likewise Tripadviser shows a very positive rating from the 120+ reviews, as does Foursquare with 93% positive from more than 300 votes.

Even though we were there in the late afternoon, there was a line to be seated, and that line was still there when we left a couple of hours later. Not only that, but the small parking lot was valet parking only, and by the time we were leaving at the height of the crowd, they had police officers in the parking lot to help control the traffic!

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The restaurant specializes in fried chicken (or course), waffles and other soul food favorites. I had the Betty’s Boob DD, that is two fried chicken breasts with a waffle. I, and the rest of the 25 or so in our party found the food to be very good. Had I past this restaurant, I would never have thought to stop,  but now that I know about it I will be sure to visit if I am ever in Phoenix again.


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USA, Washington, Seattle – Virginia Inn

PrintAfter the Alaska cruise my wife and I took in the fall of 2013 we spent a couple of days in Seattle, WA. One of the places we came across and decided to stop for dinner was the Virginia Inn. Located only a few blocks from Pike Place Market on 1st Avenue, it is in the center of the high traffic area for visitors.

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The Virginia Inn has a pub-like interior and a few tables outside on the sidewalk like a French cafe.

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I wouldn’t say that the food was exceptional, but we both enjoyed our steak dinners. We sat outside on a pleasant September evening and enjoyed the end of a long day of exploring the city.

If you are in the Pike Place Market Historic District of Seattle, I would recommend the Virginia Inn as a good place for food or beverage.


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Canada, British Columbia, Victoria – Rogers’ Chocolates

When my wife and I were on our Alaska cruise in the fall of 2013 one of the stops our ship made was Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As we walked around in Victoria, we came across Rogers’
Chocolates
. Now this isn’t a single shop, but a large concern with 9 stores not only in Victoria, but also in Vancouver and Whistler. The company has been around more than a hundred years, starting back in 1885.

Canada, British Columbia, Victoria, Rogers' ChocolatesRogers’ offered a wide range of chocolates, and we sampled quite a few. Fortunately for us, the nearest store is now thousands of miles away and no longer tempting us. The stores carry a wide variety of products: baking products, gourmet chocolate bars, nut & fruit, truffles and candies. It was a great treat to look through the selection on display and pick out those that we wanted to try. We particularly like the Victoria creams.

If you like chocolate, you will find something you like at Rogers’! If you are in British Columbia I encourage you to find a Rogers’ and stop by. If you can’t make it to Canada, then Rogers’ does offer shipping world wide and you can request one of their catalogs
or download a PDF.


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Germany, Regensburg, Dampfnudel-Uli

IMG_1410 - Version 2While on our Danube river cruise last year we stopped at Regensburg, Germany and had an opportunity to walk around the old town. Regensburg lies on the edge of the Bavarian Forrest and dates back to around 90 AD when a fort was built near the current site by the Romans. It was interesting to walk around the narrow cobbled streets and see the old buildings. One of the recommended stops was the Dampfnudel-Uli restaurant (Watmarkt 4, 93047 Regensburg). Image 2-15-15 at 5.55 PM

This is really a tiny place, it probably doesn’t have room for more than 25 people. On the day we stopped, the early December weather was cold and it was lunch time. The wait staff did not speak much English, but they were prepared with English versions of their menu. I had a plate of sausages with potatoes, which was good. The restaurant is most known for their dumplings, which we ordered for desert.

IMG_1095These dumplings are more like light dinner rolls you might find in the US with a thick vanilla sauce poured over them. It was sweet, but was not a heavy desert. I would not hesitate to return to
Dampfnudel-Uli just for the dumplings if I ever get a chance to visit Regensburg again. If you have a chance to visit Regensburg, the Dampfnudel-Uli restaurant is certainly a place you want to make
time for.


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