Heat Up Your Workday with Lunch Rush Tours!

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Is your normal lunch routine boring and uninspired? Let us help you spice it up! This week, we and our friends at Midtown Lunch will be celebrating foods that Bring the Heat as part of our month-long series of lunch rush food cart tours in Midtown and the Financial District. Break out of your lunch routine and join us for a one-hour three-course strolling lunch and we’ll have you back at your desk for your afternoon meetings!

Test your tastebuds while clearing your sinuses with an assortment of spicy dishes from all over the world. Spicy food is widely reported to be good for you, in fact, capsaicin–the ingredient in chili peppers that causes that burning sensation we all know — is also reported to kill certain kinds of cancer cells and decrease cholesterol levels. And spicy foods boost the production of feel-good hormones, so head you can head back to work in a better mood! (more…)


Get Your Sandwich On with Lunch Rush Tours!

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Sandwiches are quintessential lunchtime eats and next week we and our friends at Midtown Lunch will be celebrating this classic midday meal as part of our month-long series of lunch rush food cart tours in Midtown and the Financial District. Break out of your lunch routine and join us for a one-hour three-course strolling lunch and we’ll have you back at your desk for your afternoon meetings!

Named after the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who wanted to eat his meat between two pieces of bread so as not to interrupt his card-playing, sandwiches are one of the best ways to eat on the go and a favorite on the street. The tours will be led by Brian Hoffman, veteran food blogger and engaging tour guide, who truly knows and loves street food, the vendor community, and the industry as a whole. (more…)


Kicking off Lunch Rush Tours with Street Meat!

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Eat Street Meat is our mantra this week as we and our friends at Midtown Lunch co-host a special month-long series of lunch rush food cart tours in Midtown and the Financial District. Break out of your lunch routine and join us for a three-course strolling lunch and we’ll have you back at your desk for your afternoon meetings!

This week’s series of one-hour lunch rush street food tours explores street meat, the most popular dish on the streets today from three very different vendors who are putting their own spin on chicken and lamb over rice. You’ll be led by Brian Hoffman, veteran food blogger and engaging tour guide, who truly knows and loves street food, the vendor community, and the industry as a whole. (more…)


Happy International Street Vendors Day!

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November 14 is International Street Vendors Day, a global celebration first organized by StreetNet International in 2012.  The purpose of this day is for all street vendors and advocacy organizations to express their solidarity and work together to support the hard-working vendors of the world.  We have spent the last four years working with dozens of vendors across New York City, as well as advocacy groups like the Street Vendor Project, to not only share their amazing food and stories, but also to educate the public about issues facing street vendors and their daily challenges and triumphs.

Recently, Cindy and I had the opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia (as guests of the Singapore Tourism Board – in the coming weeks we will have many more posts about our time in Singapore and the connections between their sites, attractions, and history and those of our own island city), and we spent much of our time exploring the varied street vending traditions of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (more…)


Couple Celebrates Marriage with Street Vendors on Food Cart Tour

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We’ve known for a while that food carts and trucks have become a popular catering choice for modern weddings.  But until now, nobody has ever celebrated their nuptials by eating on our food cart tour.

Last week, we hosted Sarah and Markus, a German couple who had a destination wedding in New York.  Their first meal as husband and wife (since their actual wedding the night before) was a two-hour, seven-course street food tasting on our Midtown Food Cart Tour.  Since this was an exciting milestone event, some of our food truck partners got in on the celebration. (more…)


Busting Myths About Street Vending

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Vendors and their supporters gather at a licensed commissary with the Street Vendor Project.

In a strange coincidence, New York City’s two tabloids, the Post and the Daily News, have unleashed a onetwo punch against street vendors this week.  In depicting vendors as unsanitary scofflaws and freeloaders, these articles use a few atypical examples to mislead the public and turn opinion against vendors.

The Post got things started on Monday with an item about vendors who “rake in the bucks” but “don’t pay a cent for rent.”  The article highlights several long-standing vendors who have lucrative, high-traffic locations in Manhattan, but supposedly pay only $200 for their right to vend wherever they please. (more…)


Arrested Development: Parable of Street Vending

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Arrested Development is back.  We’ve waited for this day for seven years, and as we look back on the show’s three incredible seasons in anticipation of the fourth, I’ve come to one conclusion: at its heart, this is a show about street vending.  As the show follows the long, meandering downfall of the Bluth family, I would argue that their bad behavior as street vendors was their true tragic flaw.

It ain’t easy being a street vendor, but had the Bluths just followed a few simple rules of vending (which they could have picked up on our Food Cart Tours), they could have avoided their fate – but then, of course, we would have been deprived of 68 miraculous episodes of television. (more…)


LA Stories: More Than Just Food Trucks

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Cindy enjoys some goat tacos at Flor del Rio Birrieria in East LA

Cindy and Andrew recently traveled to Los Angeles for a much-needed vacation.  But of course, they could not resist exploring the waterfronts, markets, and street food of Southern California.  Over the coming weeks, they will be sharing some of their experiences.

Confession: we travelled all the way to Los Angeles, and we did not eat from a single food truck.  Now, given our chosen profession, that may seem an unforgivable sin, but during our seven days in Southern California, we did find our way to many street vendors, markets, and incredible immigrant-owned restaurants across the Los Angeles area.  We are admitted neophytes to the sprawling Los Angeles food scene, but thanks to the advice of more seasoned friends, we had nary a regrettable meal on our trip. (more…)


Vending Beyond the Street: de Royal Dinges Factory

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One of the amazing things about mobile food vendors is how much they are able to cram into a tiny curbside kitchen – they’re bristling with compartments meticulously arranged to deliver and often complex menu to customers quickly and efficiently.

But what you see on the street is often only a fraction of the operation.

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit de Royal Dinges Factory, home base of Wafels & Dinges, who’s unmistakable fleet of bright yellow food carts and trucks can spotted all over the city.  They are a featured stop on almost all of our Food Cart Tours of Midtown and the Financial District, and they have been a great partner over the years.  Company founder Thomas DeGeest and manager Sophie Grant led me and some other food writers on a tour of their commissary and kitchen, located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where we got to see how the dinges gets made, so to speak. (more…)


National Geographic Intelligent Travel: Hyper-Local Tours in NYC

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National Geographic Intelligent Travel, April 4, 2013

by Rainer Jenss

[T]his very atypical tour was well worth the effort — for my family, and for others who want to dig a little deeper while they’re in New York. Best of all, if you’re in the city with the kids, besides maybe saving you some money, you won’t have to worry about finding a family-friendly restaurant and keeping the kids entertained – at least for one afternoon.

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