The International Food Blogger Conference is just a week away, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite places to eat in Seattle with everyone coming from out of town. I am a proud Seattleite, and I love showing off my city to visitors!
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A sandwich with THREE different kinds of pork–pulled pork, ham and bacon–topped with apple jalapeño slaw. It was appropriately named, “The Bad Lieutenant,” and it was my favorite dish at the Mobile Food Rodeo.
I love many things about the multitude of food truck events that have become a regular part of Seattle’s culinary calendar. I love the laid back, family-friendly vibe. I love the thrill of discovering that perfect bite. I love how people turn out in a big way to support small business.
What I don’t love? The lines. The incredibly long, interminable, soul-crushing lines.
For just $25, I’ll get the chance to get in an hour early to the event and skip the lines with all-day priority line access.
For those who like swag, you can pay $45 to get the VIF treatment along with an urban picnic tote bag, a commemorative patch, a 2013 Fremont Outdoor Movie season pass for two, and a Mobile Food Rodeo T-shirt.
I’m also excited about the Taco Libre Taco Truck Showdown. My money will be on the barbecue pulled pork Indian taco from Off the Rez, with a possible upset by the Fish Basket’s crispy cod taco. Of course, you can’t count out Marination Mobile and its “Holy Mole!” taco.
What are you looking forward to at the Mobile Food Rodeo?
Mobile Chowdown is back–this time with beer! The food truck extravaganza will be October 1 at the Qwest Field north parking lot from 5:00-10:00 p.m. It now costs $5 to get into the event, which is 21+ because of the alcohol factor. Pyramid Breweries is the official beer sponsor.
Lines are always long at Mobile Chowdown, but here’s what I think is worth the wait:
- A shwarma sandwich from Hallava Falafel
- Gumbo and beignets from Where Ya At Matt
- Kalbi tacos from Marination Mobile
I’ll be volunteering at Mobile Chowdown’s “Geek Row” to help promote my graduate program–the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media program. What’s the connection? As one of my professors, Anita Verna Crofts, says, “The food truck revolution is closely tied to the social network revolution.”
When I opened the door this morning to catch the bus for work, my mood darkened to match the clouds in the sky. It was nasty Seattle weather–cold, rainy and windy. I got on the bus, which in these conditions, was a crowded and lurching sauna on wheels.
I trudged to the office. It’s been a really long week at work, and unfortunately it being Friday didn’t provide any respite. A mountain of work awaited me. But my spirits lifted a little when I heard about Mobile Chowdown III. That may be a little surprising since I didn’t have the greatest experience at the first Mobile Chowdown. In fact, that’s why I skipped the second iteration in January.
I’m willing to give the food truck festival another try, however, because now it’s in a new location by Safeco Field (free parking at the field’s garage!) and is featuring more vendors–including food trucks from Portland, where the street food scene is much more developed. Koi Fusion, Whiffies, Burgerville and Potato Champion are all making the road trip.
Many of Seattle’s road-tested favorites will be at Mobile Marination III as well. I’m most excited about lining up in front of Hallava Falafel’s yellow truck.
The event will take place Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is free to enter. I suggest you bring your own beverages and wear comfy shoes.
And what’s the weather going to be like? Partly sunny.