Kathe With an E: Not Your Mama's Roach Coach

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Not Your Mama's Roach Coach

A few years ago I worked
a trade show in Portland, OR
and Mr. B tagged along.
It was at that time we were
introduced to food trucks.
We didn't get a chance to eat
from any of them but
some of the offerings 
intrigued us!
Thai, Mexican, Italian
the list went on and on.

At that time, Denver
just had the usual construction site 
type of food trucks.
You know, sketchy burritos
and warm drinks kind
of trucks.
The ones, not so affectionately,
known as
Roach Coaches.

Fast forward to this past weekend
and, imagine our delight
when Mr. B found out about this
It is a group of local food trucks
that gather together once a month
somewhere in the city limits of Denver.
It can be a different group each time.

Luck would have it that this
past weekends gathering was not terribly 
far from our home so 
we decided to go.

Oh Em Gee!
I am so glad we did!
There were about 12 different vendors
in attendance.
Food choices ran from your basic cheeseburger 
to the more exotic 
rattlesnake & pheasant hot dog.

Mr. B & I make a good team.
Instead of both of us ordering something,
we would make a choice and share.
If we had not done it this way we would have been stuffed
full at the very first truck!
The first truck we ventured to was
Instead of saving the best for last,
we lucked into having
the best first!
The arepa is a homemade corn based flatbread
that is formed into a patty
then grilled, baked and stuffed with a variety
of delicious ingredients.
We chose the reina pepiada.
It is an arepa filled with shredded chicken breast, 
avocado and a citrus-avocado dressing.
Such a tasty party in your mouth!
I am craving one right now just looking at the photo!
The photo above was taken just when
they opened up.
An hour later, the line was crazy!

Next up was 
Now, neither Mr. B or I
have ever been to the south but,
we heard from several people that 
these biscuits would make a displaced southerner
pick up the phone and call his mama!

We had The Franklin
Tender buttermilk fried chicken, bacon and cheese, smothered
with sausage gravy on the lightest biscuit ever!
Dee-Light-Ful! 
By this time
people were flocking in!
I thought us two old foggies would be
out of place but we weren't.
Every age and demographic was represented.
It added such a fun vibe!

 We all were there for one common reason,
good food!

Time to cleanse our palette at
Aiko Pops 
We chose to go with a gourmet popsicle!
And the flavor we went with was
Avocado Orange
I know what you are thinking.
C'mon Kath, an avocado popsicle?
Yeah, really!
We are not talking avocado tasting like
guacamole flavors here.
I cannot even begin to explain how good this was!
Just a hint of citrus and a
creamy mouth feel.
So refreshing!
Next time I am trying the Apple Blue Cheese.
And the guy working the cart?
Hilarious!
In fact, all of the vendors were super
nice considering the heat and the crowds!

 We made the rounds checking out what we wanted to try next.
We tried an Asada street taco from

The Korean
At this point, I must have entered a food coma
because the rest of the photos I took, 
didn't turn out or, I just forgot to take them.
I can tell you that we did not try all of the 
food. There was no way!
We missed out on the rattlesnake & pheasant hot dogs 
(drat! not really. somethings I will not try!),
the vegan truck, the cheeseburger and the sushi trucks.
The final truck we did hit was the 
So many choices!
Do I go the pie route or
jump right into a cupcake?
Guess...
One bite into the maple bacon cupcake 
and the clouds parted,
angels began singing
and I was in a
sugar coated heaven!
A lighter than air maple flavored
cupcake with chunks of salty real bacon,
topped with a fluffy maple buttercream frosting!
GACK! TOO.GOOD!

I wish I had a photo to show to you!
Oh, I know, I will find out where they are going to 
be next and, because I love you,
I'll buy another and get that picture of it!
Er, unless I wind up shoving
it into my mouth again...
We cannot wait until next month
to see what new trucks will be at the next gathering!
How about you? 
Have you tried the wonderful food truck cuisine
in your town or while traveling?
I'd love to hear about your food adventures!


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And don't forget to come by on Tuesday's
for the link party.

 

43 comments:

  1. Fun :) I'd like to try a avocado orange Popsicle.. I bet it's tasty.

    One of my favorite restaurants has a truck that they send to the fairs. They sell the BEST fish tacos and frozen cheesecake on a stick..

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  2. Kathe you are more adventurous than I am. I would probably just try one thing!

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  3. I've heard about the gourmet food trucks on the Food Network but we don't have anything like that here. Sounds like quite an adventure -- how did you ever decide what new menu items to try? Hope those trucks head near your neighborhood again real soon!

    Debra

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  4. Oh, I wish we had something like that here, we're too rural, but I might look for one to travel too after seeing yours, LOL! Thanks for sharing your great food & fun, loved it.

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  5. Around Kentucky Derby time the Chow Wagons are the big attraction in Louisville for the entire week. Every culture represented. We have not visited in a few years but always seem to always just stick with the same old thing. Not as adventurous as you two.
    QMM

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  6. We don't really have many food trucks - would love to give them a try

    I found you on Live.Laugh.Rowe's linky. I linked in a salmon platter with corn and crispy roasted potatoes. Have a super week.

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  7. I've never even heard of the term roach coach so I didn't quite know what to expect when I clicked here.

    This is cool, and we have nothing whatsoever like it around here. I've never seen one. We have one lame and lonely ice cream truck and that's all.

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  8. That sounds like fun! Yum!I want that chicken on a biscuit now! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  9. Great post. Where were they? I live in the south side of Denver. We have seen them at the peoples fair and Cherry Creek Farmers Market, but not sure what other places they go.

    I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/3-face-masks-from-your-kitchen-and.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  10. OH mouthwatering article! :) Love it

    ( eating boring pasta salad leftover lunch here at my office )

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  11. What a fun afternoon! Who knew "roach coach" food could be so good!

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful day at Potpourri Friday!

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  12. This sounds so fun! I love trying new and unusual food. I would've gone for the avocado Popsicle for sure. I have heard of maple bacon cupcakes and donuts. I love maple and sweet and salty together always bring a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing your fun day.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  13. What fun! The only thing in my area anywhere near as impressive is the wine snow cone truck at local festivals. I'm very jealous!

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  14. Food truck are huge in NYC were my daughter lives! Laura

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  15. Well, I don't know what to say but I have found through blogging that reading about yummy sounding food leaves me speechless! I'm going to have to do a search for the following, arepas, avocado/orange popsicles and maple cupcakes. ummmmm, ymmmmm,drool, smack.......argh!!!!!

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  16. This was torturous reading for 8:00 in the morning. If I don't get me a biscuit and gravy in the next 10 seconds I'm gonna be impossible to live with all day. And an avacado Popsicle? Really? I gotta have one!

    ~Bliss~

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  17. that sounds like so much fun! i love to watch man v. food, and the host sometimes visits lunch trucks.

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  18. Geez, this post made me so hungry! I wish we had more food trucks here in Albuquerque. I want to try those avocado popsicles :)

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  19. OH Girl! I am about ready to tell my Fellow to get ready and just go to Denver for this. You had me at the first truck, that reina pepiada and then that biscuit thingy came up. Wow! I had to burst out laughing at the name of the taco truck (very bad word in Spanish but funny, we use that in a joke about lobsters... I will email it to you soon, lol) I am making a note about this so when we do make our rounds we can time it to make this. Awesome post! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

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  20. Oh My gosh- HOW FUN!!! I have to say I did kind of cringe at the sounds of an avocado pop as well-- but ok- I will trust ya on you saying how good it was!! Have a great time doing your thrifting today!!! Can't wait to hear about it! Hope your 4th was Awesome!

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  21. the reason i go to fairs...is for the food! great photos :) following you now...

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  22. This is so neat. Some truck food is amazing, but nice to have the seal of approval. Thanks for always bringing your creative posts to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  23. I'm very familiar with the roach coach and the dangers when buying food on the street. Most are fine, but last year I got food poisoning from a truck at a state fair. But I have never seen "gourmet" food trucks and it really seems like a good idea! I'll be watching for some! ~~your neighbor at Seasonal Sundays~~ Linda

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  24. How fun is this and everything sounds sooooooo good. How in the world would you choose. Hugs, Marty

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  25. OMG! I AM from the South, and those biscuits look delish! My mouth is watering right now!! I'm thinking that on my "cheat day" this week, I'm going to make those in the picture. :)

    XOXO
    Nif

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  26. The biscuits look delish, but the AREPA looks to die for!! Yeah, I don't blame you for wanting another..such fun! Oh wow, sorry you sold your bamboo steamer!! I am loving it..and sooo light, we just had it for luch today, lol..Thank you for your lovely comment Kathe, you know I love your visits!
    FABBY

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  27. What an amazing selection of food! I'd love to try some of those - especially the rattlesnake!! :)


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  28. sounds like a fun time. Take care, stay cool this summer.

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  29. That all looks so delicious and so much fun! Thank you for always stopping by and linking up! I always look forward to your visits! Have yourself an amazing week!

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  30. Wow~some interesting food! I have yet to partake in the Food Truck experience around here, but all I've heard are good things about them! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. Sounds like you had a fun time! Thanks for linking up to Simple & Sweet Fridays.


    Jody

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  32. I've never been to any type of food show. This sounds so much fun and super yummy. That arepa looks absolutely delicious.

    And BTW, Kathe with an "e"...meet Elisabeth with an "s". lol (I've said that I don't know how many times.)

    * Found you via the Homemaker on a Dime Link party.

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  33. Wow. Makes me want to go and buy a coach and become a street chef myself!

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  34. This sounds so fun! I wish they had one of these near me. I would love to try all of that different food, except for the rattlesnake hot dogs. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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  35. This all looks so good!! The Roach Coach has the best food!! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We loved having you and hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  36. How yummy! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  37. How Fun! Love the looks of that Franklin! Thanks for linkin up! Can't wait to see what you've made this week!
    Kim@madeinaday

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  38. Ohhh, love me some food trucks! :) Thanks for sharing your food experience at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week! :) I hope to see you party again soon!

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  39. This looks like SO MUCH FUN. I enjoyed it vicariously though you! Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  40. I love food truck food! You are so lucky to have been able to try all the amazing dishes. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  41. Sounds like you had fun! Thanks for linking!

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