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Forecast calls for food trucks

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.

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The stuff that cream puffs are made of

Please excuse my lack of blogginess lately. I just realized that it’s been a whole month since I posted anything new. It’s not that I’ve lacked for food adventures. I just need more time! I have an eight-month-old, and it’s easy to get lost in babyland–especially since he’s started crawling. I’ll do my best to start posting at least once a week again. Thanks to my friend Tara for calling me out encouraging me to blog.

So let’s start catching up. On the Fourth of July, I celebrated the nation’s birthday as I felt all Americans should–by watching baseball and eating cream puffs. My husband and I joined friends at Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Detroit Tigers.

I’d heard that Beard Papa’s–a Japanese cream puff chain that has a cult following–had just opened a location inside Safeco Field. What’s a pastry shop doing inside a baseball stadium, you ask? It makes sense when you consider that lots of Japanese baseball fans visit Safeco Field to see Ichiro. Papa Beard’s is strategically located next to the Rice n Roll sushi stand.

Anyway, I’d heard rave reviews about Beard Papa’s and had to check it out for myself. They looked and smelled great (I’ll post photos soon) but I wasn’t impressed by their taste. The pastry was nice and fluffy, but the custard was unremarkable.

Plus one cream puff cost $4.00! I realize this is probably the inflated sports stadium price, but still–I felt like Ichiro must have when he was nailed by a Kenny Rogers fastball late in the game–surprised and a little angry.

However, all I had to do was look at the charming Beard Papa’s logo, and I was soothed. It’s a cute old man with a fluffy white beard, wearing a yellow knit cap and smoking a pipe.

He seems like a kindler, gentler rendering of Ernest Hemmingway. I can’t decide whether the Beard Papa story is meant be serious or not. I find it hilarious.

Another Beard Papa’s location is opening in the Uwajimaya food court. I will definitely go there for another taste. I’m especially intrigued by the green tea cream puffs.

P.S. The Mariners won the game, 4-1.

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