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Sushi From A Food Truck?!

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There is one good thing about the school year starting back up for me. I knew that the food trucks were always downtown someplace, so I could just leave class and find a few! And so I did!

Crazy Fish, The Butcher’s Son, Entice Shaved Ice and Rock n Ricks were stationed at the Myerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District! The only one of those I had already tried was Enticed and they are awesome! Their shaved ices are the best!!

This time I decided to try out The Butcher’s Son first. Taylor was my server and he greeted me with a smile! They had a great menu and since I hadn’t planned on trying trucks that day, I didn’t bring lots of money with me!LOL So, I had to go for something small, so I chose the Mama Mia Meatball Slider! Boy, was it good! Giant meatball and sauce on awesome bread. Sometimes when you buy sandwiches, the bread completely ruins it, but not this time! The bread was very soft and the meatball was delicious!

I didn’t get a chance to eat at Rock n Ricks this time, but I will surely try them next time! Then I decided to go over to the Crazy Fish truck. I had seen them before at other Food Truck events and knew that they were a Sushi truck, so I never went near them!LOl

No, I’ve never had sushi, but guess what? One of the girls on the truck named Teneill (sorry for the spelling!) talked me into it! I decided to try the Crazy Cali roll with Crab Salad, avocado, cucumber and eel sauce! One thing is for sure, the packaging was beautiful!

Actually, it wasn’t bad! I only ate about 3 of them cause I didn’t want to overload my system too much at one time, but I did enjoy them! The crab salad portion was especially good, and the serving size for the price was outstanding!

I should have topped everything off with Enticed, but I got water instead and headed home! Great eating with the Food Trucks though! I can cross Crazy Fish and The Butcher’s Son off of my TO DO list! Onto the next ones!!

Threadless is Having a Contest!

Thank you Marvin for sending me the link! I love stuff like this!

Threadless wants you to submit an image/design with 3 nines in it! Simple, huh? You can also submit poetry, sketches or anything else! Go by and check it out!

Contest ends on 8/31! Winner gets a Threadless gift code for $49.99 and a copy of Paul Reiser’s Couplehood signed by 9 members of Threadstaff!

How about that?!

NYC Farmers Market Review with Pics!

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Can you believe I actually had a vendor refuse to allow me to take a photograph of her wonderful looking work? I really didn’t understand an artist not wanting their work to be seen! I’ve heard of that before, but never encountered it. New one for me!

But now let’s talk about the new and old awesome folks at the market! My first visit was with a new vendor who offered produce: Mr.Gudelio Garcia of Poblano Farm of upstate New York. He a great array of produce! It was rich in color and awesome in size! I had a great conversation with his wife and son and they told me how it was a pleasure that they could be in Harlem to bring his produce to our community. You can find out more about them on Facebook.  It was a true pleasure to talk to them!

Winnie Burch of Moetleh Cards and Bags took the time to talk to me and I was very grateful. She talked to me about her beliefs and faith when she ventured out on her own by herself. Her awesome handmade bags ranged in leather cuts, shapes and colors. They are hand stitched bags from her heart. You can find her great works at www.moetleh.com .

My  favorite of all the vendors is the owner of Love Joy Sweet Treats Inc. She always has something new for me to try like her vegan Twinkies and this great tasting all natural drink made from cucumber, lemons and raw brown sugar. I was shocked at how tasty it was! You can find this and more at www.lovejoysweetstreats.com!

After that, it was time to eat! I was hungry so I tried the Scotch Bonnet Grill and talked to Damian Perrin (owner and a great guy). He also took the time to fill me in on some the great foods and how he got started cooking.  He got me to try his Jerk Chicken, peas and rice and mac and cheese, which was, in hood terms, “slamming”! It was a great meal and I will be sure to visit these guys again in Queens. You can find out more about them at www.scotchbonntgrill.com.

A great time was had by all and this will not be my last visit to the Farmers Market!!

Food Truck Rally NYC: 8/19/12

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Well I’m just going to say food trucks are like a growing interest of my kids and I, besides the fact it’s my work. This is my second truck event or with the kids.

Heading into Park Slope Brooklyn on a Sunday at times can be a mess but we managed and were lucky the train line was running well.  Erica and Eric have taken a liking to these review trips and just enjoy all the awesome foods we get to taste.

As we arrived at the Grand Army Plaza, you could see the trucks lined up in last stand style! There were a few regulars and a whole bunch of trucks we haven’t tasted yet.

Today I wanted to try my first iced coffee. I saw the NYC Love Street Coffee Truck and decided to try a large iced Java with Splenda fixed by its 50 something owner Douglas (which I really thought was cool since I’m in my 40s). It’s not the coffee or the owner, it’s me! I’m just a hot java dude! From the start, I knew this wasn’t for me at all! Sound the alert: Dunkin Donuts, there is no chance of me becoming an ice coffee junkie!

As we headed into the wagon circle of great grub, I looked for some of the notables and noticed hey its a few trucks missing that were supposed to be here! Oh well! The journey began with checking out the pretty trucks (as Erica calls them) Mikes n Willies, Phil’s Steaks, Wafels & Dinges and Eddie’s Pizza. They were among our favorites that were there, and we actually had a chance to get a 3 rd tasting from Eddie’s Pizza. We searched out some of the local and lesser known trucks, and oh boy! What a treat!

My time in North Miami had me longing for the Cuban delights, so a Cuban from the Bongo Bros truck was in order! The toasted flat bread, roasted pork with a dab of mustard and pickles were a delightful way to start the eats off!  Erica had a chance to actually say it was good, even with the mustard and pickles, which she doesn’t normally eat.

Eric ventured off to try some of Eddie’s Pizza, which he refused the several times I hit the cart off of Broadway in the city. The flat bread sausage pizza was really a treat. I always rave about the tomatoes! Eric gave a thumb up, along with me and Erica.

For my and Erica’s main course we had the big bad brisket, with these amazing chips! It was a slow cooked beef brisket in smoked chipotle BBQ sauce, topped with crispy onions. The whole thing was outta this world!  The crispy onions, great chips and an old fashion bottled top (with an attached opener on the truck) made this sandwich well worth the long line in the heat.

Our sweet treat was a repeat for all of us! We went to Wafels & Dinges again, but added a new twist: the ginger bread, Belgium ice cream topped with strawberries!  Eric had the vanilla bean Belgium ice cream on a waffle topped with strawberries and powdered sugar… mmmmmm…so good! He was very quiet while indulging in this delight, which is always a great sign!

We will surely be back to see and taste these great foods on wheels! Up next AfroPunk Festival 2012!!

T-Shirt Campaign: Word To Your Motherboard

We had a blast!! Marvin and I got to do a T-shirt campaign for a very unique jewelry maker, Word To Your Motherboard. They are makers of handmade, custom jewelry made from used computer parts!

Marvin had a great time taking pics around NYC and talking to people while sporting his Word To Your Motherboard T-shirt!

Check out Word To Your Motherboard on Facebook and Twitter!!

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Let’s Help Our Military Spouses! And Look Good While Doing It!

I was contacted today by Anya Sarre from ShoeDazzle. She wanted to tell me about an exciting new idea from ShoeDazzle that helps the military and their spouses! What? You didn’t know I was an Army Veteran? Well, I am! I spent 6 years in the Army as a Graphics Specialist.

Now, back to ShoeDazzle! They are working on a Celebrity Shoe Design Program for Charity and as part of this initiative. Vanessa Lachey was one of the celebrities and she was interested in supporting a program called Operation Shower!

“Operation Shower is an awesome non-profit organization that throws baby showers for women who are expecting babies while their husbands are deployed.” ~~ ShoeDazzle

Vanessa designed a shoe called Monroe (inspired by Marilyn Monroe), but with the military in mind.

“The faux snakeskin, high-heeled bootie has a steep platform and multiple buckles for a hard edge that channels the tough aesthetic of a training camp combined with a very sexy style that is still ultra feminine.” ~~ShoeDazzle

All proceeds from the sale of Monroe will go to support Operation Shower! What an awesome organization! I was a soldier AND a military wife and I know how much something like this could mean to someone in need.

No, I probably could NOT rock a pair of heels like this, but a girl can dream can’t she?!! 🙂

Let’s Help Support Our Troops!

Upcoming Dallas Events at the Convention Center!

These 3 events are coming up and will be held at the Dallas Convention Center! The first one is the Great American Trucking Show August 23-25. I would love to go to this if for no other reason than the great pics I would come home with!! They are having  a Custom Rigs Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition and  free concerts from top country music artists! It sounds like a  great time!

The second event is the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show Sept 22-23; starring Paula Deen and Bobby Flay!!! For those of you who know me, you know that I LOVE anything Food Network!! They event is offering 6 different ticket levels for you to choose from; starting at VIP ($400) which includes photo ops and meet/greets with the celebrities and book signing and ending at the GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET ($24.50).

The third event is the Entrepreneur Magazine Conference January 10. I don’t have much info on this right now, but I will keep my ears open!

I have already put in my volunteer application for the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show! If you volunteer and work a full day, you get 2 free General Admission tickets to the event. So if you have a free day, volunteer to help set up and tear down maybe! I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated!

ASAE2012 Doubletake Dallas (with pics)

I must say, I was impressed with the amount of offerings the city had for it’s Associates! As I performed my duties as a greeter/way finder, I got jealous! One day I would LOVE for R&M Social Media to attend a business meeting like ASAE! There were all different types of people coming by to register. None of them looked the same. Overall, everybody I encountered was REALLY nice and seemed to be in good spirits!

The Convention Center was beautiful and so was every exhibit that was set up! I got the chance to speak to the Director Ron King who was very nice and helpful to me! (I didn’t know who he was when I went up to him asking for help!)

ASAE is definitely an organization that R&M Social would like to stay in touch with . One day we will be listed as an Attendee!

I’m very grateful for the opportunity to volunteer and to be a part of such a special event!

 

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