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NYC Vendy Awards Cup Finalist 2014: El Rey Del Taco, Mexican Food Truck

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Sep 5, 2014
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“Why would I eat other people’s tacos? Our tacos are the best.”

Meet Johnny, the 21-year old co-owner of El Rey Del Taco, a family-run Mexican food truck based in Astoria, Queens. Confidence coming from someone so young, usually is pure cockiness. But in this case, I know he and his truck have earned it. For over a decade, Johnny’s mom and dad have been feeding late-night food goers delicious tacos with recipes inspired by their hometowns in Mexico. Their selection of braised and cooked meats are so moist and tender, so perfectly spiced, it’s no wonder they are considered one of the three food “Kings of Astoria”. And if you don’t believe me, just stand in line and ask the patrons yourself. They’d be happy to brag about Astoria’s late-night institution.

vendylong-1Congratulations to El Rey Del Taco for being recognized in the 2014 NYC Vendy Awards Cup. If you go, I highly recommend their spicy chorizo taco. Good luck to all the finalists.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating! And hope to see you at the event!

NYC Vendy Cup Finalist 2014: The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Sep 4, 2014
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“I want to smash people’s misconceptions about vegan food.”

Meet Adam Sobel, the beloved founder and chef behind The Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck located in New York City and New Jersey. All playfulness and silliness aside, Adam has a very serious mission. I think that’s why he’s been nominated as a Vendy Cup Finalist more than any NYC food truck out there to date. In him, you’ll find a very passionate calling for us to take better care of each other and the world around us. To treat all living beings with the respect and honor, he believes, they deserve. To Adam, all life is precious – and feeding ourselves without causing harm to life is an idea worth spreading. Especially, since he can prove, through cooking, that you don’t have to make sacrifices on flavor. I’m glad we have people like Adam in our world. He might not change all our minds, but, maybe…just maybe, we’ll make decisions more consciously.

Vendy AwardsCongratulations, again, to The Cinnamon Snail food truck on this well deserved Vendy Award nomination. Keep spreading your cause. It’s a great one.

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NYC Vendy Cup Finalist 2014: Desi Food Truck

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Sep 3, 2014
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“People always order chicken tikka masala. We want to change that.”

Meet Alamgeer “Al” Elahi, the founder and owner of Desi Food Truck, a mobile NYC vendor bringing the best of Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Tibetan cuisine right to the heart of SOHO Square Park. You’ll see, Al is a character. His enthusiasm for the food he grew up on is electric. His charisma makes everything he feeds you come to life with a burst of excitement. You can’t help but join in on the frenzy of laughter and joy. Even the way he speaks about the history of his menu items is engaging: how his dishes began, centuries ago, as the food of kings and queens — now, prepared and eaten by over a billion people daily. Al’s stories make you eager to experience flavor that’s uniquely regional and important to his people. A chance to take part in his culture. Enjoy his story.

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Congratulations, again, to the Desi Food Truck team for being nominated as a finalist for this year’s NYC Vendy Cup 2014. More Vendy Awards finalist stories to come.

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NYC Vendy Cup Finalist 2014: Nuchas Empanadas

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Sep 2, 2014
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“You gotta start with an ambitious dream.”

Meet Ariel Barbouth, the co-founder and co-owner of Nuchas Empanadas, a Argentinian-inspired, NYC food truck specializing in hand-held foods. Ariel’s dream is to change the way we think about empanadas. To him, they are not just snacks. They are meals, hand-held devices to help introduce you to his appetite for global cuisine. In them is the spirit of Argentina: a dedication to high-quality ingredients and meats that pay respect to his home city.

Visiting his kitchen, I could see the care that went into making each empanada. The focus on technique and building strong flavors with layers of spices and fresh vegetables was hard to miss. So, congratulations to Nuchas Empanadas for being selected as a finalist in NYC’s 2014 Vendy Cup. They have over 7 different flavors of empanadas to choose from on their trucks. I can’t wait for you to try them.

Thanks so much for watching food. curated. We are happy to announce our continued partnership with the Vendys as their official video storyteller. Stay tuned this week to meet all the finalists. We’ll debut a new story every day.

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See you at the BIG event on Governors Island, September 13th. Happy eating!

Making Quality Count: Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Aug 27, 2014
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“Most dairy-free yogurts aren’t white. But, they should be. I didn’t want to put anything fake in the food I was making.”

Meet Anita Shepherd, the inventor and founder of Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt, a small-batch, dairy free yogurt business based in Brooklyn, NY. Of all the makers I’ve worked with, no one has been more outspoken about the lengths they go to keep their secret recipe on lockdown than Anita. It may seem crazy, and a bit overboard, but if you watch her story, you’ll understand. It took her YEARS to develop the consistency, the texture, the perfect flavor of her yogurt. Even when everyone told her to give up, she persisted. She kept testing and testing (and testing and testing and testing…) until, she became an expert herself. Now, she’s getting many anonymous inquiries from industry people, who she believes are out to steal her recipe. This might make her overprotective, but it also makes her feel good.

In my experience of dairy-free yogurts, I have seen and tasted nothing like it. It is of the highest quality. Pure ingredients, nothing fake. With a creamline, so thick, so beautifully white, it makes you doubt it’s not dairy. Talking with Anita, I start to think that we should all go a little crazy sometimes. Why fighting for what we want, can lead to impossible things. That’s the greatness of invention. And I admire Anita. A lot.

Currently, a select number of stores NYC and Long Island listed HERE carry her coconut yogurt. Or follow this link to Good Eggs NYC to have it delivered to your door! I love it for breakfast with granola and berries. Anita suggests it makes a great substitute for cream in pasta sauces too. Plus, it’s vegan and vegetarian-friendly. I hope you give it a try.

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