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Road Trip: The Best Things Bobby, Guy and Beau MacMillan Ever Ate in Texas

by in Shows, September 4th, 2012

on the road texas restaurants
Go big or go home. This week, contestants of The Great Food Truck Race found themselves deep in the heart of Texas — Amarillo to be exact. The remaining food trucks cruised into town and were greeted by Tyler Florence and their first challenge: Prepare ballpark fare for hordes of hungry fans after an Amarillo minor league baseball game. One thing is for sure: Texans sure know good food when they see it.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring the best that Texas has to offer from all over: Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Come back next week for our picks in Arkansas.

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Cream Cheese — Iron Chef America Ingredients 101

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2012

iron chef america battle cream cheese
It would be hard to disagree with anyone who argued that the spiritual home for a dollop of cream cheese is on a toasted bagel, in my case accompanied by an equally large spoonful of crunchy peanut butter.

As I hope the Iron Chef and his challenger proved during their exciting battle, however, this fresh, tangy cheese is far more versatile than some people might imagine and is definitely worth keeping on hand as a refrigerator basic.

What is cream cheese?
Cream cheese is a soft, fresh unripened cheese that is made from a combination of milk and heavy cream and by definition must contain at least 33 percent milk fats and less than 55 percent moisture.

It is one of the most popular cheeses in the United States and the most recent research I could find from 2008 reports that the average American consumes a little over 2.5 pounds of cream cheese every year.

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Pizza Mike’s Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 2nd, 2012

nonna's kitchenette and pizza mike's

The third season of The Great Food Truck Race took the remaining six trucks to Amarillo, Texas, this week, and while the contestants are starting to learn the ropes of the food truck industry, they weren’t without newbie difficulties this challenge. With a grand prize of $50,000 on the line and the chance to keep their truck, each team tries to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately one truck must go each week. Every Sunday night, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

There’s no doubt Pizza Mike’s is used to hardship: Mike’s restaurant career ended three years ago with a fire that destroyed his restaurant completely. But that didn’t stop him. Along with friends Pat and Gino, Mike battled through challenges on his food truck, and Pizza Mike’s even secured second-place spots two weeks in a row. Even though they had to hand their keys back to Tyler this week, this team has much to be proud of and many lessons to take back with them.

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The Great Food Truck Race Caption It — This Way to Food

by in Shows, August 31st, 2012

Coast of Atlanta on The Great Food Truck Race
The Great Food Truck Race cruises into its third week this Sunday, which means by now the teams have become more comfortable in their trucks and are finally starting to think and sell like professional food truck operators. But although the teams have learned to properly price their menus, cook in small spaces and work with local ingredients, some are still struggling to find the best way to publicize themselves and track down optimal parking spaces. Should trucks pair up with one another to increase their visibility, or should they try to monopolize an entire area on their own? Can they afford to settle for an out-of-the-way location if they have absolutely top-notch food? The remaining six teams are likely asking themselves these questions and more as they prepare for another weekend of selling in Amarillo, Texas.

No matter her team’s location, Coast of Atlanta’s Tawanaca has taken the opportunity to advertise into her own hands, resorting to a rustic cardboard sign and sidewalk promotion to lure potential customers to her truck. Has her team fallen victim to the Curse of the Bad Parking Spot and been forced to turn to alternative methods of marketing? Is her handmade advertisement a way to compete with nearby trucks? What else could the teams be doing to better their businesses?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out which team goes home next, we’re challenging you, Food Truck fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this on-the-street moment in the comments below.

Which is your favorite food truck team so far? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

Restaurant Revisited: Gusanoz

by in Shows, August 29th, 2012

Gusanoz

When Robert Irvine arrived at Gusanoz in Lebanon, N.H., husband-and-wife owners Nick Yager and Maria Limon were struggling to keep their six-year-old restaurant afloat. Locals once flocked to Gusanoz to taste Maria’s authentic Mexican food, but growing pains got the best of the restaurant and Maria had all but lost her passion for the business. Robert faced a big and expensive mess to clean up, from the decor to the tired menu. A few months after their Restaurant: Impossible makeover, Nick filled us in on how the new-and-improved Gusanoz is doing.

After a slow start, Nick reports that sales at Gusanoz are now steadily growing. To improve their bottom line, the owners took Robert’s advice and cut down on labor costs significantly: “Our total labor is approximately 28% weekly, slightly higher than the 27% Robert asked us for, but definitely in the right ballpark,” says Nick.

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POLL: Which Food Truck Do You Identify With the Most?

by in Polls, Shows, August 29th, 2012

food trucksTwo trucks have already been eliminated on The Great Food Truck Race and fans are voicing their opinions for their favorite in the Fan Vote (you can vote up to 10 times per day). This week, we said goodbye to Barbie Babes and their Down-Under dishes. So that got us thinking: If you had to open up your very own food truck, which truck theme would you most likely identify with? Are you the king or queen of Italian cuisine like Pizza Mike’s or Nonna’s Kitchenette? Or do you dabble in the kitchen with international flavors like Seoul Sausage and Barbie Babes?

So tell us:

Road Trip: Travel Through the Arizona Desert With Rachael and Guy

by in Shows, August 28th, 2012

on the road arizona
This week, contestants of The Great Food Truck Race found themselves in the dry heat of Flagstaff, Ariz. They were challenged to work with an ingredient native to the Arizona deserts: cactus. Some teams really embraced the ingredient, incorporating it into their dishes successfully — especially team Pop-A-Waffle, who won themselves immunity with their fresh cactus salsa. But Arizona has so much  more to offer, including restaurants and bakeries hand-picked by Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring Flagstaff and Sedona, but come back next week for our picks in Texas.

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Bread — Iron Chef America Ingredients 101

by in Shows, August 27th, 2012

iron chef america battle bread
In these carb-conscious times, when bread is often painted as the villain of the modern-day diet, we often need reminding just how important this staple is and has been to the development of human culture.

As far as I am aware, there is no cuisine in the world that does not include bread or dough of some kind among its roster of dishes, and this has been the case since long before man began to keep written records.

Bread, in all its many forms, has had a huge impact on our development. Revolutions have started over the lack of it and indeed, without the ability to grow and harvest grain, humanity would never have begun to form its earliest communities.

So as you marvel over the dishes the Iron Chef and their challenger create for the Chairman, remember that while man may not live on bread alone, our diet would be a lot less interesting without it.

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Barbie Babes Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 26th, 2012

momma's grizzly grub and barbie babes
The third season of The Great Food Truck Race took the remaining seven trucks to Flagstaff, Ariz., this week. And while the contestants are starting to learn the ropes of the food truck industry, they weren’t without newbie difficulties this challenge. With a grand prize of $50,000 on the line and the chance to keep their truck, each team will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Sunday night, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

This week, Barbie Babes dealt with more equipment issues, as well as timing and location problems. While they embraced the Truck Stop challenge and Speed Bumps, they just couldn’t take their Down-Under dishes to the next level — and unfortunately, Australian friends Jasmin, Hayley and Skye had to give the keys of their truck back to Tyler.

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The Great Food Truck Race Caption It: Lost in the Produce Aisle

by in Shows, August 24th, 2012

Seoul Sausage's Chris Oh on The Great Food Truck Race

Whether you’re stocking up for a family of two or 10, grocery shopping can be difficult. After all, it’s up to you to pick up products that will please everyone and make sure you have enough to last at least a few meals. So imagine how challenging it is for the Food Truck teams to shop for ingredients to fill up their trucks, which will feed an unknown number of people. In a new city. On a tight budget. In a time crunch.

In this sneak-peek shot from Sunday’s brand-new episode of The Great Food Truck Race, Seoul Sausage’s Chris Oh seems to have succumbed to the pressure of grocery shopping, stopping dead in his tracks in the middle of the produce aisle. Is he looking for a hard-to-find mystery ingredient or is he simply overwhelmed with this week’s challenge?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out which team goes home next, we’re challenging you, Food Truck fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this produce-aisle moment in the comments below.

Which is your favorite food truck team so far? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.