Mouthful of Sunshine

Satisfaction in every bite

Eggplants in the Oven – Pitruco Pizza

May 3, 2013
Pitruco Pizza, Philadelphia PA
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Eggplant Pizza
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ImageFinally, I managed to track down Pitruco Pizza at The Porch. They are now coming to University City more often, which is delightful news. I can finally get more freshly made, delicious, and creative pizzas!

The Eggplant Pizza was just wonderful. I love roasted eggplant. LOVE IT! It was savoury and sweet, both a little bland and having loads of flavour at the same time. That’s the magic of eggplants. I also liked the marinated peppers. They were covered in a little too much oil, which I did not like much. However, the whipped ricotta and the fresh basil were very refreshing, offering a nice contrast. The dough was also decently chewy but I wanted a little more tomato sauce for the places where there were not too many pieces of eggplant or peppers. 

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Delightfully Choking on My Sandwich – Farm Truck

May 2, 2013
Farm Truck, Philadelphia PA
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Artichoke Pesto Sandwich
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ImagePesto? Check. Mozzarella? Check. Tomatoes? Check. Freshly pressed or toasted bread? Check. Thank you, Farm Truck, for a wonderful lunch, and for throwing some artichoke in there, as well!Image

The Artichoke Pesto Sandwich was absolutely delightful. The sourdough bread was rustic and quite nice. The mozzarella was fresh and light while retaining that bouncy chewiness. The artichoke pesto was just delightfully aromatic, and the roasted tomatoes were sour and had a deep flavour, that of a good quality tomato. This sandwich made me a very happy girl. 

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A New Twist on Quesadillas – Philladilla

May 2, 2013
Philladilla, Philadelphia PA
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Roast Pork Taco
Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla
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ImagePhilladilla is a new food cart that frequents 33rd and Arch, otherwise known as part of the Food Truck Mecca down at Drexel. To some, a Mexican-based food cart is one too many but this one adds the cute, fresh factor… oh, and the creativity.

The Roast Pork Taco, which I got one for $3, was quite tasty. I loved the Asian slaw on top but the taco could have used more flavour, which would go well with the tender pork. The cilantro pesto was a nice twist and a very refreshing one at that.Image

The Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla may not seem to be worth the $6 at first. To be honest, it was small and probably will not fill you up as nicely as $6 spent on another food truck. However, I liked the flavour of the tender steak with sweet onions, and American cheese. They went so well with the flour tortilla and for some reason, was a little nostalgic for me. I also loved the sweet, homemade ketchup that came with it. Overall, the menu can be limited but Philladilla is worth a try!

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Pulling Apart the Sandwich – Vernalicious

May 1, 2013
Vernalicious, Philadelphia PA
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Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
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ImageOnce again, I made my way on a sunny early afternoon to 30th Street Station. Many trucks were nearing the end of their service but I managed to get a bite at Vernalicious.

The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese looked delicious but tasted just okay. The pork is decent and very juicy but bland where there wasn’t any barbecue sauce (though it was a good excuse to celebrate National Barbecue Month!) The sauce also soaked through the bread on the bottom, making it incredibly soggy. The cheese was also a little bland and I could not really taste the flavour or the texture. At least the Texas toast on top was still okay. However, for $8.50, I find this to be way overrated. Image

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Jerk Up the Spices – GiGi & Big R

April 30, 2013
GiGi & Big R, Philadelphia PA
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Jerk Chicken
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ImageComing back from center city, I passed by GiGi & Big R. I had heard the one by the 30th Street Station was better with bigger portions for the same price and it was late so they were one of the only ones still open.

The Jerk Chicken platter, $8 for a small, was quite large and very delicious. I did not realize just how spicy the jerk rub would be so my first bite of the part on the skin with a lot of spices took me by surprise. My mouth burned throughout that meal but I loved it. It was a bit salty at times but I enjoyed having some dark meat and not just the dry white meat. I am no expert on jerk chicken but the flavours were certainly beyond bold. I had for my two side Collard Greens and Mac n’ Cheese. The collards were good and a nice balance for all the spices. The mac n’ cheese got a little of the jerk sauce over it and I found the cheese a little bland with the macaroni slightly overcooked. At least it was homemade. 

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Red Eggplants and Chicken – Lovash Indian Cuisine

April 29, 2013
Lovash Indian Cuisine, Philadelphia PA
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Chicken Tikka
Bengan Bhurta
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ImageLovash Indian Cuisine is another one of those food trucks that I was aware of since I first got to campus but never got around to trying. They are the only Indian food truck left so I was excited to see what they have to offer. While they are priced slightly above the Chinese options, I do enjoy having the different flavours.

The Chicken Tikka was freshly cooked on the grill with yogurt-marinated chicken and assorted vegetables. The chicken had spices on the outside but the inside was a little dry and bland. The vegetables were nice but I found them a little greasy from the grill. At least there was celery to celebrate National Celery Month! I think a sauce would have been better so maybe the tikka masala next time would be better.Image

Being a fan of eggplant, I had to try the Bengan Bhurta. Unfortunately, it came out of a warmer tin rather than being made to order. The eggplant was half mashed and the sauce it came in was quite good with a light, creamy tomato flavour but still some spices mixed in. It went well with the rice.

Apparently, the menu gets changed once in a while so it will be nice to try some other dishes. Indian food is just another one of those that I crave every once in a while and the only food truck specializing in it is Lovash. 

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Louder Than a Baby – Baby Blues BBQ

April 28, 2013
Baby Blues BBQ, Philadelphia PA
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“Get Down Miss Brown”
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ImageI went with a group of friends to Baby Blues BBQ to celebrate the end of a project. We happened upon their first party outdoors this year so it was extremely loud, almost impossible to hear one another. It was certainly a lively environment but sitting by the window, it was not good for talking. Our order also got misplaced so we waited almost two hours before our food came. Despite the 50% discount, we were not quite pleased with the service.Image

I ordered the “Get Down Miss Brown” which was essentially the pulled pork platter with two sides (also known as ‘fixin’s’). I opted for their famous mac n’ cheese and the sautéed okra but another mis-order and they gave me fried okra. Not a problem here, though, because they just brought out the sautéed ones as well. The pulled pork was juicy but the inside was still a little tough and bland, until I dumped the sweet BBQ sauce on it. The spicy varieties (hot and XXX) and the regular ones were okay but I like my sauce to be extra sweet. It was decent pulled pork nonetheless. The mac n’ cheese was very cheesy but the pasta was a bit overcooked and it was clearly heated up rather than made very fresh because the center was not exactly very warm. The sautéed okra, with tomatoes, was actually good but very greasy. The fried okra were great when dipped in more BBQ sauce.

I think when it is not so busy, the quality will improve. Not that it was bad, but I think the potential to be better is certainly there. Still, I am glad we have a place right on campus for some decent BBQ comfort food.

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Famously Crabby – Chick & Ruth’s Delly

April 26, 2013
Chick & Ruth’s Delly, Annapolis MD
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Crab Cake Platter
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ImageI traveled down to Annapolis for an event and had an hour to explore and get dinner in the evening. Thanks to a prior search, I quickly found my way to Chick & Ruth’s Delly for their famous Crab Cake Platter.

It was not cheap, at $16.99 before tax and tips, but certainly worth it considering all the fresh lump crabmeat inside. My crab cake was served with buttered toast and two sides. I got spinach and onion rings as my side. The spinach was a little greasy but the onion rings, despite all the oil, was sweet with a thin crunchy batter. The crab cake was just delicious – perfectly creamy and crabby. You can really taste all the crab inside. The middle was still runny but that was probably because we were in a rush and told them to serve it as quickly as possible. I did not mind the slightly underdone center, though. I would rather have that than dry and overdone.

The restaurant was very casual and had friendly service. It seemed to be the only casual restaurant nearby so there were many families dining inside. It is a little crowded but I liked the relaxing atmosphere of the diner.

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Crabs and Pointy Veggies – The Sunflower Truck Stop

April 24, 2013
The Sunflower Truck Stop, Philadelphia PA
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Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese
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ImageNow that the weather is getting so much better, The Porch at 30th Street Station is a great way to try some of the food trucks that do not usually come by University City. On this particular occasion, I went to The Sunflower Truck Stop.

It was still Grilled Cheese Month so I went with the Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese, which was a little pricey at $8 but still delicious. The multigrain bread was toasted until just crispy on the outside and still a little chewy on the inside. The crab and artichoke dip inside was salty, creamy, and just delicious. The spinach did not add much in terms of flavour or texture but everything was just gooey and yummy when it all melted together with gouda and cheddar. The homemade tortilla chips were too salty but had a great texture.

Now that the weather is getting so much better, The Porch at 30th Street Station is a great way to try some of the food trucks that do not usually come by University City. On this particular occasion, I went to The Sunflower Truck Stop.

It was still Grilled Cheese Month so I went with the Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese, which was a little pricey at $8 but still delicious. The multigrain bread was toasted until just crispy on the outside and still a little chewy on the inside. The crab and artichoke dip inside was salty, creamy, and just delicious. The spinach did not add much in terms of flavour or texture but everything was just gooey and yummy when it all melted together with gouda and cheddar. The homemade tortilla chips were too salty but had a great texture.

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Martial Arts Food – Kung Fu Hoagies

April 18, 2013
Kung Fu Hoagies, Philadelphia PA
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Meatball Bánh Mì
Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice
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ImageI have had my eye on the colorful cart otherwise known as Kung Fu Hoagies for quite a while. Serving up vegetarian Vietnamese street food, they have a small menu of a regular bahn mi and two noodle soups (spicy ramen and pho). 

The Meatball Bánh Mì was actually quite delicious with three tofu meatballs, vegan ham, fried onions, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeños, spicy red sauce, and vegan mayo. The roll was crispy and tough on the outside but soft on the inside. The flavours were certainly traditional and some tht I had not tasted for some time. I do feel that for $5 this was overpriced. Food trucks and especially food carts are supposed to be cheap, even if these are vegetarian and vegan ingredients.
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The special was the Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice, which had vegetarian shrimp that were incredibly chewy. It also had carrots, green beans, and onions with scallions to top it off. I wish there were more vegetables and maybe even some eggs. However, the rice was cooked to a nice texture and had the smoky grill taste that added to the otherwise bland flavour. I would suggest to add either seasoning sauce or the spicy sauce on this.

I do not think I will be back anytime soon but the guys serving the food were nice. This is a great option for vegetarians and vegans but if you are neither, go somewhere cheaper.

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