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Food Truck Spotlight: Chimney Stax

When you first hear “Chimney Stax”, an old chimney blowing smoke out its top on a cold winter night may come to mind.

Matthew Lindzon and Zach Fiksel have changed those perceptions amongst Toronto foodies since launching their rotisserie baked bread food truck “Chimney Stax” in September 2014. 

Sweet StaxThink of a lighter Beaver Tail that is baked on the spot (in their truck) for ultra freshness

First introduced in Hungary 700 years ago, these snacks are so popular in Eastern Europe that owners Matt and Zach say “it’s ubiquitous, they’re like hot dog stands in Toronto, they’re everywhere!”

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Order your stax sweet or savoury

Going sweet brings your stax coated in sugar, cinnamon and/or Oreo crumble. They are always experimenting with new coatings and toppings such as a graham cracker dusting with a marshmallow fluff dip for a s’mores experience.

Going savoury brings your stax stuffed with meat like pulled pork and/or veggies- caprese salad is a top seller.

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Uncoil one for yourself, and you will feel like a kid indulging in a new treat for the first time.

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Becoming a Foodie

Seems that each week, a new friend becomes a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’. Talking about the latest greatest food creation or restaurant.

They romance the idea of culinary adventure, making deep fried squid ink infused beef cheek ravioli topped with currywurst sound irresistible. Tagging along with this friend to a new resto gets expensive when you add in a $14 craft cocktail, tax and tip. So how to explore new cuisine without committing a full evening and a $100 credit card transaction to something you’re not sure you will enjoy?

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Because of the lesser amount of time and money required to indulge in food truck offerings, they offer a practical and economical way to explore different dishes and new tastes. Authenticity and creativity at an affordable price is what they offer. Menus are not as extensive as a restaurant’s, but when you bring 31 trucks together, as there will be at Food Truck Fest Ontario, the options for new tastes becomes endless!

 

naanTdot’s  Naansense’s Chipotle Chicken (diced tomatoes, cilantro, chipotle sour cream drizzle, garlic naan)

 

wickedCowboyX-poutineWickedly Sinful’s: CowboyX Poutine (steak, bacon, deep fried maple cookie, fried egg, hot sauce)

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Asian fried rice ballsMe.n.u.’s Angry Birds (deep fried riceballs stuffed with singaporean chicken, caramelized onion, shitaki mushrooms and mozzarella, dressed with spicy pineapple relish and hoisin sauce)

 

SMOKED CHICKEN WINGSFit to Grill’s Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

Maybe the culinary adventure of a food truck festival will turn you into a foodie, maybe it won’t, either way you’re going to have fun eating your way into a food coma at an affordable price, as all trucks will have $6 sample menus! Grab your ticket to Food Truck Festival Ontario 2015 here.

WHICH FOOD TRUCK WILL GET YOUR VOTE AT FTFO?

Standing at over three feet tall, its presence commands attention. No, it is not Justin Bieber, or Dr. Evil’s mini-me. It is the Golden Fork Trophy. The award for the people’s favourite food truck at Food Truck Fest Ontario. That’s right- You, the food fan, get to vote the winner of this precious trophy!

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The inspiration for the design comes from the plastic fork synonymous with food truck eating. The trophy gives food truck vendors additional motivation to put forth their very best food creations, some of which are debuted at FTFO for the very first time.

Introduced last year-at the inaugural FTFO, Hamilton’s Southern Smoke took home the trophy as the people’s choice champion by offering mouth-watering Beef Brisket Melt, Fastest Chicken in the South and Redneck Poutine (which was birthed at FTFO).

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Owner Mike Pitton described winning the Golden Fork Trophy as an “Amazing feeling”. “A little truck from Hamilton winning a competition against bigger food trucks from Toronto”.

 

 

 

 

Armed with a 800 pound cooker, Mike takes pride not using gas to make any of their food items. “What sets us apart from other food truck is our cooking process. We use split wood on our competition cooker as opposed to using gas and propane. This gives our meals the natural smoky taste our consumers love”.

Mike also praised Food Truck Festival Ontario saying that moving forward, FTFO set a benchmark for our expectations participating in food events”.

 

Other food truck owners echo Mike’s view:

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“What sets FTFO apart from other food festivals is the way they promote the festival. They do activations with food trucks around Toronto and are very active on social media. They treat it like it’s a music festival, which fuels our anticipation”, says Bryan Siu-Chong, Co-owner of Me.n.u Food Truck.

 

 

 

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Reuben Salonga, Co-owner of Luchador Food Truck says  There are higher expectations that comes with FTFO because it attracts some of the best food trucks in Ontario, which are usually the best situations because it pushes us to make great food stuff”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has Southern Smoke done with the trophy?

Mike tells the story of bringing the trophy on the truck for five weeks after FTFO. He even thought of turning it into an emblem. However, since they have a new restaurant (Southern Smoke Barbeque House), they decided to display the trophy there.

With Southern Smoke missing this year’s festival due to a prior commitment, the battle for the Golden Fork Trophy will be an interesting one.

 

Who will win this year’s Golden Fork?

Last year, FTFO hosted 21 food trucks. This year, there will be 31. With increased competition, trucks are already implementing their plans to win:

 

“Last year, we weren’t fully prepared for the amount of people that attended the festival. We ran out of food quickly and as a result, we had to turn away a number of food lovers. But this year, we know what to expect and we plan to introduce some new food items. Me.n.u wants to win the Golden Fork Trophy”, says Bryan.

 

Reuben says Luchador is already prepared with a new menu item: “We have made preparations to adapt to the requirements of FTFO by serving smaller portions prized at $6. In addition, we are going to introduce new food items for the food lovers, one of them is Dragon Shrimp Tacos, tantalized in orange ginger sauce”.

 

—–>Which food truck do you think will lift the Golden Fork Trophy on September 27, 2015?

Raise your fork! Food Truck Fest Ontario is back.

Prepare your waistline, because  you’re going to eat like a Foodstar this September at the beautiful and spacious grass fields of Downsview Park.

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Small, shared dishes of food are common throughout the world: tapas in Spain to Dim Sum in China. Each dish can be quite different, and they all add up to a unique full meal experience with a multitude of tastes. This is the experience FTFO 2015 will bring you as all food trucks will have sample dishes priced at $6 or less.

 

Some of the mouthgasmic dishes you can look forward to:

Elote Corn Cup from CORNehCOPIA

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Smoked Chicken Wings from Fit To Grill

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Gelato Pop from Dolcella Gelato

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Fried Riceballs from Me.N.U.

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Food Trucks roll into Ontario Place ahead of “Revitalization”

“The vision and scope of Ontario Place gives promise of our vast potential’

-Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971

That potential is now up for interpretation; the Premier probably didn’t anticipate a $15-billion deficit and closure in 2012.

The new revitalization plan seems to honour Davis’ vision by attempting to connect culture, discovery and innovation while enhancing original structures and green space.

For 100 million tax dollars, this includes: a collection of green spaces, a blue park for water activities, flexible spaces for festivals, live-music year round, a canal district with shops and restaurants, conservation of the Cinesphere and pods, and a pedestrian land bridge to Exhibition Place. If executed properly, will this be enough to turn around the failed concept?

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Food Truck Fest Ontario has been given the go ahead to enjoy the last days of Ontario Place, before the revitalization begins this fall, with a one day showcase of Ontario’s top food trucks on September 21st. The food palaces on wheels are coming together to feed the masses and compete for “The Golden Fork” trophy for the best food dish as voted by festival goers.

This will be your last opportunity to enjoy Ontario Place as you know it.

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The south east part of Ontario Place (Marked #5 below) is where the majority of the festival will take place. If you’re taking a taxi, ask them to drop you off at Ontario Place Boulevard and Remembrance Drive.

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“If you build they will come. Do you believe in the revitalization plan?

5 most Interesting Food Trucks in Ontario

5. Burgatory, Toronto:

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Serving up sinful-themed burgers, Burgatory will satisfy your stomach’s most wicked guilty pleasures. Controversial for some at first glance, the only religious affiliation this truck has is to its worship of divine burgers. Feel the hellish fury of their signature “Wrath Burger”, crowned with pickled jalapeño, jalapeño havarti and hell sauce on a Brioche bun- a little taste of heaven on earth if you ask me.

4. Bacon Nation, Toronto:

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When “Go PIG or Go HOME” is your truck’s slogan, there can only be one rule: BACON and MORE BACON!! This funky truck has found a way to baconise every dish imaginable. From Bacon wrapped Mars bars to Bacon Tacos Bacon Nation will bring your wildest bacon filled dreams to life!

3. Lunch, Ottawa:

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This truck is truly a one-of-a-kind. The entire truck was hand painted head to wheel. With the custom paint job, comes custom dishes of eco friendly local food. See their menu for yourself and watch freelance Artist Luke Norrad   bring this voyaging beauty to life.

2. Nazca, Toronto:

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Nazca is the first Peruvian food truck to hit Canada. Just in case their rotating menu of weekly new dishes doesn’t keep their customers singing and dancing, Nazca is known to offer live music and Karaoke-  Yes,  DANCING and KARAOKE!! Your chance to burn off some of the Peruvian calories.

1. Luchador, Waterloo:

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This authentically cooky looking truck will have your taste buds bouncing off the ropes! And if you don’t like that, you can take it up with a Luchedorian mask wearing Chef. The Luchedorian mask and Lucha Libre wrestling have historical significances to Mexico that date back to the days of the Aztecs. Each mask signifies a wrestler’s identity; taking on the persona of animals, gods, heroes and other archetypes. In this case, they take on the persona of Mexican–fused chefs! Grab a picture with Chef Libre along with your “Tequila and Lime Shrimp Taco” for the full Luchador experience.

If you’re intrigued by food truck culture, check out Food Truck Fest Ontario, which promises to showcase the most “mouthgasmic” food truck creations Ontario has to offer September 21, 2014.

Like food trucks? there’s a festival for that!

With the rapid expansion of Food Trucks popping up in your city,  how do you find the most delicious ones?

Food Trucks are always on the move, and it is known to take real effort to find them. You can scour the alleyways and roam the streets with twitter in hand trying to find a truck that will deliver new satisfaction to your taste buds, but wouldn’t it be great to find the best ones all in one spot?

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This September Toronto will host a festival showcasing our Province’s most mouthgasmic food truck creations all in one spot! Shining creations not to be missed include :

Mac N Cheese Balls by The Food Dudes

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Reese Where’s My Spoon Split  by Hollywood Cone

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Moroccan Basa by Curbalicious 

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The Works by Beavertails 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine by Smokes

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Shrimp Clam Fettucine by Frankie Fettucine

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Five Spice Steam Bun Taco by Luchador Streatery

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Meatballer by We Got Balls

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Chicken Sabaya by Kal and Mooy

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Pulled Pork Nachos by Southern Smoke

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Asian Fried Rice Balls by ME.N.U

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With the promise of “mouthgasms”, this inaugural one day festival is a responsive anser to finding all the wild and innovative food truck creators in one spot. Stay on top of festival developments at foodtruckfest.ca  

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OF FOOD TRUCKS AND COLD CRAFT BEER

Some people say that summer is just around the corner.  I don’t believe them.  It’s May 2nd and I’m still waiting for Spring to show up!

 

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some fantasizing about two of my favourite summer indulgences:  Food trucks and cold craft beer. Bet I just made you salivate.

 

Let’s start with Food Trucks:

I love my home town (Ottawa) but, darnit Toronto, I’m jealous!  When it comes to Food Trucks, Toronto rocks! A quick look at TorontoFoodTrucks.ca tells you why. And before you think anything, yes I know, Ottawa has food trucks also, but we just don’t have the diversity, selection, and number that Toronto does (I’m talking per capita).  For aficionados who love apps, there’s even an app to help you locate food trucks when you feel those pangs of hunger coming on.

 

I think what fascinates me most about Toronto’s Food Trucks, is the sheer choice of culinary delights.  Love smoked BBQ? There’s a truck for that. Love deli? There’s a truck for that. Love cupcakes or even seafood? There’s a truck for each one of those too.  Choices! Choices!

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In a nod to my great city of Ottawa, I must point out that this fabulous list of food trucks in Toronto does in fact have a Ottawa connection. Ever heard of BeaverTails? Well, they are the pride of Ottawa…especially during our winter festival, Winterlude.  My personal favourite?  It’s The Québecoise.  This ooey-gooey sticky delight is slathered in a maple spread and topped with a drizzle of chocolate.  In my opinion, you just can’t get better than that! You’ve just got to try a BeaverTail at least once in your life!

 

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I bet I have you salivating again.

Let’s talk craft beer:

We are so lucky here in Ontario, and in fact in Canada, to have such a phenomenal choice of thirst-quenching craft beers. I may be biased, but I think Canadians makes THE BEST craft beers. One of my favourite craft beers right now is Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s Top Shelf Lager.  Have you tried it? It’s one of those crisp and refreshing beers that pairs well with just about anything.  Oh how it would pair beautifully with some of Toronto’s street food! *Sigh* Maybe one day…

 

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Awarded “Official Beer Of The NHL Alumni Association” Top Shelf is at its ultimate best when served in a cold, frosty mug, straight from the freezer. It will be my “go-to” beer for the Summer of 2014.  I can hear many of you beer fans disagreeing about chilling the beer mug in the freezer first, but for me, especially on a scorching hot summer day, the icier the better! So I keep my beer mug parked in my freezer at all times.  Trust me, I know many people who love their beer just slightly chilled (or even room temperature – ack!), so if that’s how you love your beer, I’ll drink to that…with my frosty mug!

 

Whatever your choice of craft beer is, whatever your favourite street foods are,  get out this summer and enjoy a little of each!

What would be YOUR favourite street food and craft beer combo?

Guest blogger Sandy is from Canadian Blog House. Read more here.