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North Fork Event Catering - Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles

2019 Taste of Edmonton Food Guide: 12 Dishes to Eat with 1 Sheet of 40 tickets

Here are the 12 dishes I tried, including my top 3 for 2019.

Taste of Edmonton is celebrating 35 years in 2019 and is a great opportunity to try out different local Edmonton food. The event has evolved throughout the years as they’ve brought in new restaurants. You get to experience these different restaurants and food trucks in Edmonton before going there for a full meal. For those visiting outside of Edmonton, all the OG vendors are present and form a stable of must-try eats. Directions are at the end of the article.

Nomtip:
Be an eco-aware foodie! You can actually buy your tickets from your phone this year using the app CrowdBlink – no more waiting in line! Full ticket prices and details here.

Top 3 (Tastiest, Best Bang for the Buck, Exceptional):

1. Wishbone Restaurant: Buttermilk Beignets – Tastiest

Wishbone Restaurant: Buttermilk Beignets
Wishbone Restaurant Buttermilk Beignets. Photo Credit: @saieii

2. Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine – Best bang for buck

Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine
Quick Meal Mediterranean Food: Donair Poutine. Photo Credit: @saieii

3. Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera – Exceptional

Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera
Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant: Siga Tibs (Beef Stir-Fry) w/ Injera. Photo Credit: @saieii

The final 9 (in alphabetical order):

4. Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll)

Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll)
Buok Fresh – Kimbab (Korean Nori & Rice Roll). Photo Credit: @saieii

5. Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie

Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie
Coconut Jungle – Coconut Milk Smoothie. Photo Credit: @saieii

6. Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice

Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice
Curry Vibes – Mango Chicken w/ Coconut Basmati Rice. Photo Credit: @saieii

7. Grillicious – BBQ Pork Skewers

Grillicious - BBQ Pork Skewers
Grillicious – BBQ Pork Skewers. Photo Credit: @saieii

8. Lemon Heaven – 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Lemon Heaven - 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade
Lemon Heaven – 24 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemonade. Photo Credit: @saieii

9. Little Bear Gelato – Mango Sorbet

Little Bear Gelato - Mango Sorbet
Little Bear Gelato – Mango Sorbet. Photo Credit: @saieii

10. North Fork Event Catering – Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles

North Fork Event Catering - Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles
North Fork Event Catering – Maple Buffalo Chicken & Waffles. Photo Credit: @saieii

11. Nyonya Malaysian – Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad

Nyonya Malaysian - Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad
Nyonya Malaysian – Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Salad. Photo Credit: @saieii

12. Vintage Fork at Rutherford House – London Fog Creme Brulee

Vintage Fork at Rutherford House - London Fog Creme Brulee
Vintage Fork at Rutherford House – London Fog Creme Brulee. Photo Credit: @saieii

Nomtip 2:
Can’t decide what to eat? Do a lap first to see what is new, popular or unique to spend your tickets wisely.

Taste of Edmonton July 18-28, 2019, Capital Plaza (108 St. & 99 Ave.)

July 18-27, 2019: 11am – 11pm
July 28, 2019: 11am – 9pm
Public transportation recommended. Take the LRT ($3.50 one way, $7.00 round trip, cash only machines) and exit Grandin/Government Centre.

Final Thoughts
Taste of Edmonton is one of the many festivals Edmonton has that brings food and people together to enjoy. I really like the change in venue (from a few years ago), the live entertainment and being outdoors. The ticket prices are pricy but are somewhat in line with festival food prices. Overall the event was fun and lively and I continue to go back every year.

Nasi Goreng Bali Nomtrips

Bali Food Guide: 8 Local Street Food Dishes to Eat in Bali

Here are 8 Local Dishes to Eat When Visiting Bali

The island of Bali is immensely popular for its natural beauty and dramatic landscape. It is one among the 6,000 populated islands in the Indonesian Archipelago where you find few of the best diversified natural attractions and culture. Balinese are extremely cultural people and food is a part of their strong culture. Local street food dishes selling in Bali hold some delicacy in its taste and uniqueness in preparation. In case you are in Bali and want to try out the local street food dishes, stick to this food guide. Over here is a list of the best local street food dishes to try in the paradise Island of Bali.

Things to know (and appreciate):

  • In Indonesia, there are more than 5,000 traditional recipes available and they form a part of the local street foods.
  • Indonesian cuisines are greatly influenced by the Indian, Chinese and Dutch because of colonial history.
  • In Indonesia across all the Island including Bali, you find a small chilly used in local foods and that is the hottest.
  • Soto, the most famous traditional Indonesian food has over seventeen varieties.
  • Balinese people love eating rice and they start enjoying various rice dishes right from breakfast.
  • You can taste a special coffee produced from animal poop in Bali and it’s famous because of the uniqueness in its preparation.
  • Let’s dive in:

    1. Satay
    Sate or Satay is a popular local street food dish in Bali and widely available across the island. It has a melt in mouth taste and served with spicy homemade sauce. The Satay available is Bali is unique as it’s prepared with minced meat of beef, chicken, fish, pork, etc. and then marinated with grated coconut, coconut milk and variety of local spices. It is then wrapped around bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass sticks and slow-cooked over charcoal. Sometimes it is served with ketupat (rice cakes). Enjoy eating this dish while you explore the island as the taste is divine.

    2. Nasi Goreng
    Nasi Goreng is not only one of the popular local street foods in Bali, but it’s also the national rice dish of Indonesia. Nasi Goreng Platter is available in any local food stall and even included in the restaurant’s menu. This is basically Indonesian fried rice with the uniqueness lies in its preparation and plating. A special variety of rice is used to prepare this dish. The rice is first pre-steamed and then mixed with vegetables, meat, chicken, beef and seafood. A special variety of home-made soy sauce is used while preparing this dish. The plating usually takes place with the rice in the centre, topped with a half-fried egg. Two chicken or meat skewers, carrot pickle, shrimp krupuk crackers and salad are served along.

    3. Nasi Jinggo
    Nasi Jinggo is a popular Balinese food available across every main street in Bali. This is basically rice with vegetables and condiments wrapped together inside a banana leaf. This is an on-the-go meal and sometimes side dish like fish, beef, chicken, seafood, or eggs are also packed along with the wrapping. It is not only tasty but fits within your budget. You cannot miss this local street food so give it a try.

    4. Bebek
    Bebek is a traditional Balinese food and prepared in a unique way. At first, the whole chicken or duck stuffed is with local spices and then wrapped in a banana leaf. After that, it is enveloped tight in banana trunk bark and slowly cooked over charcoal for at least six to seven hours. The meat becomes tender, juicy, and it’s served along with rice and vegetables.

    5. Babi Guling
    This is something exclusive in Bali, the whole stuffed pig roast. This dish is extremely popular among the locals and equally among tourists. A special kind of stuffing using traditional spices, vegetables, cassava leaves, etc. is used while preparing this dish. The stuffed Pig is slow-cooked over charcoal by rolling it over on both the side until the meat gets tender and juicy. There are several restaurants in Bali specialized in preparing this famous food but you also find it at many local street food stalls, so go for it.

    6. Nasi Campur
    Nasi Campur is a local Bali favorite dish which is basically mixed the rice. The dish is plain and simple yet extremely popular as its nutritious. It consists of a small portion of white steamed rice served along with vegetables, fish and meat all prepared using local spices. This is also a popular local dish and widely available across the streets in Bali.

    7. Jimbaran Seafood
    Jimbaran is a small seaside village in Bali and a famous tourist spot too. It is rare for anyone in Bali to miss the opportunity to taste freshly caught grilled seafood which is a specialty for the food stalls at Jimbaran. Over here you find fresh seafood ranging from shrimp, clams, crabs, calamari, lobsters, etc. marinated in a unique local sauce and then grilled over coconut husk. You can choose the seafood you want and even the homemade sambal (local sauce) of your choice typically used during grilling.

    8. Gado-Gado
    Gado-Gado is local street food in Bali and a vegetarian specialty. It is basically a vegetable salad dipped in a homemade peanut sauce. A wide variety of vegetables are used in its preparation ranging from spinach, potato, corn, bean sprouts, cucumber, etc. The homemade peanut sauce is the secret to this dish for its rich and unique taste.

    Final Thoughts
    A culinary tour is important to understand the cultural heritage of a place. The food hunt in Bali is a large expedition and the local street food dishes are extremely popular among tourists. You find street food stalls in all tourist’s places spread across the island. Therefore, enjoy the food along with the Island’s natural beauty while you are at Bali.

    Outside of P. Chat's E-Saan Stand Koh Phangan

    Southern Thailand Street Food Guide – The Flavorful Koh Phangan

    Drip coffee, spicy papaya salad and masala vegan burrito

    I should preface this piece by saying that I’m currently sitting in a reclined lounge chair, toes in the softened sand, watching the sun slowly descend beyond the high-reaching palms. A stand-up paddleboarder is making their way inland as I speak, and the beach dogs are beginning to awake from their afternoon slumber. The juice of a coconut refreshes me through a metal straw; it fell on the property just this morning.

    I’m on Koh Phangan, a Thai island I’ve found myself stuck to for the last month. While notorious for its ludicrous Full Moon Party each month, this is generally a laid-back place that’s worth the stay. To add to it, it’s a land that offers plenty of fresh bites that you can enjoy before any adventure.

    An Early Fat Cat Breakfast

    The Fat Cat Coffee & More

    Despite the heat, Koh Phangan is a place that makes you want to adventure. Whether you choose to explore Bottle Beach by trekking an hour through the hills, take a taxi boat to Haad Yuan or go on a morning scuba exploration, you’ll want a satiating breakfast first thing in the morning. The Fat Cat Coffee & More cafe is it.

    What we ate:

    This small, cash-only joint serves up delectable drip coffee as well food that oozes its Portuguese influence. It’s rare to get a good sandwich in Thailand, so I took advantage of a tomato, mozzarella and pesto toastie (as they’re called around here) as well as an iced Americano. I quickly felt energized for the rest of the day, still savoring the simple yet delightful flavors as I strapped on my helmet and road off into the rising sun.

    Nomtip:
    This is a cash-only place so come prepared and don’t be disappointed.

    Directions to The Fat Cat Coffee & More

    PX5Q+JR Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand

    Lunch – The Flavors of E-Saan In the Afternoon

    P. Chat’s E-Saan Food Stand (Chet’s Isan Food)
    Outside of P. Chat's E-Saan Stand Koh Phangan
    P. Chat’s E-Saan Stand. Photo Credit/Nomtripper: @mindfulchews

    There’s something about a streetside shack with no walls and a plethora of bamboo adornments that really speaks to me. My partner and I try fervently to stop at these whenever possible, supporting the true ma-and-pa shops throughout Thailand. This is where travelers get out of their comfort zone and into the hearts of those they’re visiting.

    That’s exactly what happened when we stopped by P. Chat’s e-saan stand one day simply by pulling over on our Honda Click motorbike. With a quick jin khao yang, translating literally to “have you eaten rice today?” but really meaning a simple “how are you?” we delved into the menu. E-saan food is that of northeastern Thailand, where we learned Chat is from, and the flavors and spices definitely were unique.

    What we ate:

    Cucumber Salad at P. ChatKoh Phangan
    Cucumber Salad at P. Chat’s. Photo Credit/Nomtripper: @mindfulchews

    In Thailand, the best way to eat is to order a few courses and share them all with your friends and family. So, we ordered som tum, a spicy salad made from unripe papaya, nam tok moo, the famous meat and mint platter, fried rice, a tangy cucumber salad and some servings of sticky rice to dip in everything. The afternoon was hot, and this made for one refreshing meal.

    We also spoke with Chat for awhile, ultimately getting to a point where he and his wife offered to show us the ropes of the kitchen. We learned that sticky rice is best when steamed with a banana leaf atop the rice—he says the natural flavors seep into the rice just enough to make a difference. We learned about their two dogs and four cats, some of which were crawling around the outdoor dining area as we spoke (a total norm in Thailand), and we promised to return as much as possible while on the island.

    At the end of the meal, we had gained new friends and were able to say im lao, I’m full already, with honesty. It set us up perfectly to grab a cold one and hang on the beach until the sun set below the boulders on the coast.

    Nomtip:
    Don’t be afraid to chat with Chat! Him and his wife are the friendliest bunch, and they’re intrigued by travelers, whichever part of the globe they’re from.

    Directions to P. Chat’s E-Saan Food Stand (Chet’s Isan Food)

    Unnamed Road, Tambon Ko Pha-ngan, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

    Dinner – The Phantip Night Market

    The Phantip Night Market

    If you can’t already tell, I’m a fan of options. Aside from cultural immersion, this is one of the main reasons why I’m so drawn to markets wherever it is I roam. Koh Phangan is no different, and the Phantip Night Market is the island’s epicenter of market behavior.

    What we ate:

    Vegan Masala Burrito Koh Phangan Nomtrips
    Vegan Masala Burrito. Photo Credit/Nomtripper: @mindfulchews

    Here, travelers have a few options for delectable cuisine. Go vegan with a masala burrito from the all-vegan burrito joint at the end of the stalls (with big letters spelling out the word “vegan,” you really can’t miss this kiosk). As a conscious traveler, you can ask to eat at the market rather than takeaway and the woman making your meal will be glad to give you a reusable plate and utensils to save on disposable waste. Only a few bucks for a massive portion, I can still taste the spicy daal sauce on my lips.

    Another favorite at the market is big-pot Thai or Asian food, where chefs cook up vats of sweet and spicy curries, tom yum soup, fish stew or other favorites to serve atop steamed rice or alongside grains of the sticky kind. Eaters can peek in every pot to see what speaks most to them. One night, I chose a platter of savory mushrooms alongside sweet massaman curry and dipped in some sticky rice for good measure. That, I tell you, was a good night.

    Whatever you choose to eat, there’s one stand that really—well—stands out from the rest. Right across the way from the vegan burrito stall lies a lady making mojitos all night long. In bold, green letters, passers-by get lured in by the phrasing. She makes ’em strong and sells ’em cheap (only 90 Thai baht for a classic, or 100 baht for a passionfruit mojito) and after two, you’ll be feeling the glee.

    At the end of the transaction, the mojito maker always ends with her Thai-glish thank you mak ka!

    Nomtip:
    If you crave dessert, grab a donut from Mr. Donut for a mere 20 baht, a chocolate chip banana cake for only 25 baht, or both! They’re seriously that good.

    The Phantip Night Market

    Unnamed Road, Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

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    Tees Peking Duck Bangkok Nomtrips

    Central Thailand Street Food Guide – A Day of Eating In Bangkok

    Egg on Rice, Peking Duck on Ramen Noodles, and Thailand’s Chinatown Food Stalls, Plus a Little Market Shopping.

    Thailand travelers tend to find themselves amidst Bangkok’s busiest thoroughfares at one point or another, bookending their trip in a culture much different than that of the hills or the sea from whence they came. My experience is no different. I started in Bangkok, stopped in the metropolis along the way and expect to return at one point or another before my ultimate Thailand egress.

    But I’m not complaining. Bangkok is a city that serves it up hot from morning to evening (and, to be honest, all throughout the night). Just like the rest of the country, this city is saturated with markets and street-side stalls; it’s just that, here, subway arteries and millions of people accompany them.

    Thai Breakfast

    Aroi lonpoung

    In Thailand, savory food in the morning is an absolute norm. Throw a fried egg on top of a spicy, flavorful dish and call it breakfast, no ifs, ands or buts about it. When I first arrived in Thailand, I welcomed this tradition with open arms; six months later, I have yet to give it up. That’s exactly why breakfast at Aroi Ionpoung in Sukhumvit is the ideal start to a city-dwelling day.

    What we ate:

    Aroi Ionpoung Bangkok - Thai Breakfast Nomtrips
    Aroi Ionpoung, Bangkok – Thai Breakfast with egg, rice and curry. Photo Credit: @mindfulchews

    Mid-morning, my partner and I were the only folks in the restaurant, which meant we got every last bit of the cook’s attention. I got fried red curry over fluffy steamed rice and—of course—a perfectly fried egg atop. I swear, there’s something so rejuvenating about tackling a spicy dish in the AM; it clears the sinuses and welcomes a whole new breath. The red curry was accompanied simply by a side of ice cold water courtesy of the restaurant, leaving me feeling ready to tackle the hot Bangkok day.

    Nomtip:
    Although an intimate, Thai-owned establishment, Aroi Ionpoung has a very farang-friendly menu. Even if you don’t recognize the name of a dish, there’s professional pictures to accompany every meal. I’m all for being adventurous and trying new dishes, and this place is the perfect opportunity to do so.

    Directions to Aroi lonpoung

    Sukhumvit 48/3, Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

    Lunch

    Tee’s Peking Duck
    Tees Peking Duck Bangkok Nomtrips
    Tee’s Peking Duck, Bangkok. Photo Credit: @mindfulchews

    Exploring Bangkok for a few hours can really cause a stomach to rumble. What with The Grand Palace and Wat Pho waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder the lunchtime rush is such a phenomenon in this Thai city. In Lat Phrao, an area near the Phahon Yothin MRT station, I stumbled upon a lovely little restaurant with one juicy, flavorful niche.

    Amidst a disproportionate amount of camera shops lies a place called Tee’s Peking Duck, which is a splendidly self-explanatory name. The roast duck with clearly crispy skin hangs in a clear case by the sidewalk, behind which a hat-donning chef with a massive butcher knife is at work chopping up the meat fresh.

    What we ate:

    Tees Peking Duck Noodle Bangkok Nomtrips
    Tee’s Peking Duck Noodle, Bangkok. Photo Credit: @mindfulchews

    I ordered the fried ramen noodles with sliced, roast duck and a touch of fresh chives. It was simple and honestly needed no supplement. As is typical in Thailand, they served the meal with a palate-cleansing broth in a bowl with a soup spoon, which I saved for the end to wash it all down. As for the noodles, I could barely believe the richness in flavor that I was experiencing and made sure to save a hunk of juicy meat for the end so I could savor it for as long as possible.

    Perhaps best of all, this dish set me back a modest 40 Thai baht, which equates to just over a single US dollar. As a budget-conscious traveler, it’s meals like this that I vie for—unique, memorable and affordable to boot.  

    Nomtip:
    The menu is in Thai script, but don’t be put off by this. If you don’t know what to order, simply point at someone else’s meal that interests you, or check out which kind of noodles they’re sporting that afternoon. When your meal is done, I recommend taking a stroll to Wachirabenchathat, a relaxing and shaded park across the way.

    Directions to Tee’s Peking Duck

    1146/6 Phahonyothin Rd, Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

    Dinner – An Evening On Yaowarat Road (Bangkok’s Chinatown)

    Yaowarat Road

    Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat Road, is an experience in and of itself. A street teeming with hot and ready stalls, I recommend nothing more than a night of gluttony exploring as many food stalls as possible.

    My trusty travel partner and I took to the streets to see what we could get our hands on. One thing we make sure to stop at each time we visit is the stand selling fried dumplings. Grab a handful to split, and don’t forget the dipping sauce!

    What we ate:

    For a bit of sit-down fare amidst the bustling streets, we checked out the noodle soup stand, which is surrounded with plastic tables and stools. If you go, you’ll see people eating one thing—soup—although the protein and size does vary order to order.

    For dessert, there’s not much better than khao neow memuang, mango sticky rice. But beware, the serving sizes for this dish tend to fall on the heartier side, so grabbing a platter for you and your pal may be the wise choice.

    Nomtip:
    Seriously, don’t make the mistake of filling up on one meal. You’ll want to try as many things as possible, so get snacks and small meals from a number of places rather than ordering one full-size dish. Eat with chopsticks beside taxis waiting to be hailed, and try not to drop your dumplings.

    Directions to Yaowarat Road

    452, 442 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

    Bonus – After Dinner Drinks

    If for no other reason than to experience it, I recommend going for a nightcap in Bangkok’s infamous Khaosan Road. Counterfeit goods line the streets, as do Thailand’s lovely ladyboys, cheap beers, and hand-crafted cocktails. You can even stay here if you wish, as there’s plenty of hostels and accommodation in the area. However, it’s worth noting that it does fall on the touristy side, so it’s up to you whether you dig the scene beyond a quick visit.

    Directions to Khaosan Road

    Khaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

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    Jamaican Meat Pie - Meat Street Pies Edmonton

    Quick Eats: Meat Street Pies – Edmonton Food Truck

    These addictive handheld pies come in all sorts of fillings, including chicken, beef and gluten-free spinach.

    Meat Street Pies Food Truck in Edmonton, Canada

    Jamaican Meat Pie
    Jamaican Meat Pie - Meat Street Pies Edmonton
    Jamaican Meat Pie, Meat Street Pies.

    Found in various hotspots throughout Edmonton, Meat Street Pies Food Truck provides a vast menu, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. It’s served warm in a handheld paper wrapper that’s easy to carry around the market or down the street. Everything is home-made and you can taste the freshness. Check their Twitter feed below for their current location.

    We ordered the Jamaican meat pie, with its flaky crust and enough filling to give you the “oohs and ahhs” as you bite into it. The beef meat filling has a nice jerk seasoning, not overwhelming, not too spicy, just right to know you got the Jamaican pie. Dip it in their homemade jerk sauce and you’re smiling as you walk through the farmer’s market with pie in hand. Look for the colorful truck and give them a try!

    Nomtip 1:
    They take Visa, Mastercard, Debit, and Cash. They also move around so be sure to check their schedule on their tweets.

    Meat Street Pie Locations
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    River Market Chiang Rai

    Northern Thailand Street Food Guide – A Day of Eating and Activities In Chiang Rai

    Morning Thai Iced Mocha and Pancakes, Lunch on the River, Hot Pot and Fresh Cut Fruit and a waterfall to view.

    I’ve spent the past 6 months in Thailand and I still don’t think I’ve had enough time. As my visa nears its expiration date and my time to move on to other southeast Asian arenas comes to the forefront, I realize just how much I’ve thrived here, taste buds and all. Although a unified nation in many ways (borders and Buddhism being just the start), Thailand has proven to me just how varied it is.

    The mountainous northern regions have unique languages only they can understand while the jungle-laden islands down south carry a steadfast nature as strong as a monsoon. Chiang Rai, a small city in the north, just an hour shy of the Myanmar border, leads the way to a slice of Thailand I was lucky enough to savor. If I can give any advice on the best way to dig Chiang Rai, this full day of eats and exploration is it.

    Morning Coffee & Breakfast

    Nam Tok Khun Korn Thailand
    Nam Tok Khun Korn Thailand Waterfall.
    Nangnon Coffee

    You’ll be hard-pressed to make it through Thailand’s midday heat without a bright and energizing start to your day. That’s precisely why I recommend making it for breakfast at Nangnon Coffee. Situated just minutes from the beautiful Wat Phra Kaew Buddhist temple, this centrally located cafe is the perfect cap to a morning stroll through Chiang Rai’s quaint and welcoming streets.

    What we ate (drank):

    Nangnom Mocha Chiang Rai Thailand
    Start your morning off right with this Thai iced mocha.

    You won’t be able to take your eyes off of the creamy coconut milk drizzling down your expertly crafted iced mocha. The fact that this coffee is local to the region makes your refreshing cuppa even more enjoyable. When paired with a pan-sized pancake moistened with Thai honey, you’ll have all the fixings for a northern-Thai-style “kat tong,” a local way to express the food baby growing within.

    Nomtip:
    Order a 15 baht (Approx $0.47 USD) cookie that’s practically begging to get dipped in your coffee, whether hot or cold. There’s nothing like a treat in the morning.

    Activity + Lunch

    Food Stands River Market near Kuh Korn
    River Market Chiang Rai

    In Thailand, the word “nam tok” has two meanings. One means waterfall and the other refers to a traditional meat salad; in the dry season, Khun Korn just happens to have both.

    While in Chiang Rai for the dry season, my partner and I rented a motorbike, slapped on a helmet and zipped half an hour away to Khun Korn Waterfall. On the winding road about six kilometers away from our destination, we noticed a number of stands that were serving food to people on bamboo platforms in the river runoff of the waterfall itself—yes, literally in the water. Fully clothed children were romping in the river while adults had their pant legs rolled up, feet dipped beyond the bamboo and hand full of an ice-cold Leo beer.

    I vowed to return after my adventure to Khun Korn, a tall waterfall with an intense persona just a couple of kilometers through the jungle. I spent time reading my book on a boulder, exploring the fauna of the area and chickening out from swimming in the freezing pond. A couple of hours passed, and my stomach started to growl once more, so I ventured down the hill back to the river market.

    What we ate:

    The stand we chose to eat at didn’t have a name, but it served up traditional Thai food just as the rest of the spots. We chose nam tok moo, a pork-based platter mixed with mint, coriander, shallot and vinaigrette that’s tangy and sweet alike. When served with khao neow, sticky rice, the lunch became filling and fun to eat with our bare hands.

    Nomtip:
    When ordering nam tok from the river market below the nam tok, be sure to differentiate what you’re looking for by adding moo, pork, at the end. Otherwise, the kind Thai people may point you in the direction of the waterfall up the way (yes, I’m speaking from personal experience).

    Directions to Kuhn Korn Forest Park Waterfalls

    Dinner, After-Dinner, and Dessert

    Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

    Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

    Hot Pot

    Just a stone’s throw from the bus station, the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar offers a bustling outdoor seating area saturated with locals and farangs, tourists, alike.

    Many places offer the same shareable hot pot for just a couple of bucks per person. The area is impossible to miss—just look for the metal tables with heavy clay pots atop.

    Thai people will serve you the boiling broth within a steaming cauldron, and it’s up to you to cook up the noodles, herbs, greenery, egg, protein of your choice and whatever else you wish to throw in. What you’re left with is a flavorful, filling and plentiful soup that no chopstick should miss out on. All the while, you’ll get to enjoy music by Thai singers, guitarists and more as they serenade the crowd.

    Nomtip:
    If you want to supplement your supper, keep walking through the bazaar until you see wooden chairs and serves dressed in traditional hill tribe attire. This is the perfect spot for a beer and a bite.

    Finish It Off With Some Fruit

    Local Pineapple in Chiang Rai Hills
    Fresh pineapples straight from the hills.

    It’s customary for Thai people to serve up a platter of fresh, tropical fruit at the end of a meal. Just because you’re not in a home of your own doesn’t mean you can’t follow this thoughtful and delicious practice.

    Opt for silky smooth papaya, tart pineapple, juicy watermelon, crunchy coconut or other fruits that find themselves in season. You can purchase it pre-cut and bagged at the night bazaar. Otherwise, if you want to be a conscious traveler and skip out on the plastic, I recommend preparing a whole fruit earlier on (pick your favorite at any roadside stand) and storing it in the refrigerator at your hotel or hostel.

    Nomtip:
    Carry a reusable tote with you and avoid using plastic while in Thailand. Learn how to say mai sai, no bag, and say it whenever possible. Respecting the earth is tantamount to respecting the culture you’re in, so you might as well do what you can to help!

    Directions to Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

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    New York City Street Food Guide – 500 Years of History

    From the first settlers to today’s food trucks, this history lesson gives us reason to appreciate the New York City food vendors.

    New York City is well known for its fast-paced lifestyle, its crowded roads, its iconic skyline, and its food. The metropolis is a cultural hot pot that caters to every conceivable diet, 20,000 street vendors cover every cuisine imaginable; the best pizza, the best tacos, the best halal, it’s all here. New York City’s street food vendors are as fiercely competitive as brokers on Wall Street.

    The First Settlers

    The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle around the harbor around the year 1600. The explorers found that New York City’s harbor was home for millions of oysters. Native Indian’s joy for the shellfish permeated into the settler’s colony soon. Wrapped and thrown to the fire, oysters are unquestionably the first street snack of the newfound land.

    New Amsterdam was properly established in 1652, but the Dutch didn’t have much time to savor their new acquisition. The British absorbed the colony soon after, and the city became part of the British rule definitely in 1674.

    The American Revolutionary War changed the scenario altogether; so did a couple of massive fires that turned the city into ashes. All this made the city reinvent itself, but street food always comes back. As long as people live in NYC, there will be something to eat on the roadways.

    The First Immigrants

    Fast forward to the nineteenth century, the German immigration that gave the next push in the city’s street food history. No one makes better sausages than the German, and their staple food eventually became New York City’s own iconic hot dog. Germans sold Sausages along with milk rolls and sauerkraut from carts through the city. Pretzels anyone?

    Around the same time, the first big wave of Ashkenazi Jews landed in New York City. The delicatessen concept, based on cold 2 meats, bagels, and pickled goods established itself as a pillar for NYC cuisine.

    The new settlers made an entire economy based on pushcarts that sold every good imaginable, including various snacks still common today.

    Well-established pushcart markets became popular on the Lower East Side and had a reputation for fair prices and great food, the open markets were crowded and loud, not very different from today’s touristic landmarks.

    Did You Know?

    Did you know the hot dog as we know it, is credited to Charles Feltman, who allegedly made the first sausage on a bun in 1867?

    The 20th Century

    The twentieth century brought bad news for the thriving hawker community. The prohibition of street food vending pushed businesses indoors, in what would later become New York’s famous food halls, but no one could prepare the city for the next tough years.

    The great depression pushed thousands of unemployed men to sell apples from street carts by the penny. Although, quite a successful program, it was sadly the only thing available to eat in the impoverished, gray streets of New York.

    The First Chinese Wave

    Let’s look back for a moment. The resurgence of today’s NYC thriving food scene came from the help of vital communities, now part of the heart and soul of the city.

    During the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants established in today’s Manhattan Chinatown. Chinese restaurants are iconic, but it’s street carts, offering both, fried and steamed goods are legendary.

    The Latin Incursion

    Latin America also holds a big part of The Big Apple’s street food scene. The beginning of the 19th century saw significant changes in the American continent.

    As Latin America Spanish colonies broke free in a wave of fierce, bloody independent movements, many found in the land of the free an opportunity to start a new story.

    Cuba first took hold on NYC. Its sumptuous cuisine permeates the streets, now also merged with Chinese in a Chino-Latino spectacle that holds a special place in New Yorker’s hearts.

    Food Trucks

    The first ice cream truck, the father of food trucks began rolling just in the 1950s. The food truck craze began in Los Angeles when Raul Martinez converted an ice cream truck into a taco truck and parked it outside a bar.

    The movement soon cached on and stormed the entire country. New York has released around 5000 street food vending permits, and food trucks own 500 of them.

    There are no two food trucks alike, from Bangladesh chicken over rice to fish tacos, everything goes. These are the modern pushcarts, and with the help of social media, street food is back in the forefront of good eating.

    New York city is vibrant, from Michelin-starred gastro-temples to the humblest street food stalls. There’s something to please every palate, and there’s a history behind every hot dog, every pizza slice and every taco.

    The next time you’re in the Big Apple, pay your respects for the hard-working men and women that keep the bountiful streets alive and well; each from its jealously guarded corner.

    Now, let’s take a look at one of our food day guides starting with Midtown Manhattan.

    Food Guide Summary

    This summary on the history of street food in New York City is a good way to learn about how culture and hard work has influenced the street food scene today.

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    NewYork USA

    Manhattan Street Food Day Guide – Mama Jo’s Breakfast, Milk Truck, Halal Guys, and Waffles and Dinges

    Bagels, Grilled Cheese, Falafel and Waffles.

    New York City is a metropolis with more food than one could ever possibly hope to ingest in a lifetime. In fact, much of it exists on the streets themselves, meaning you don’t even have to venture from the route you’re on to find it. If you want to dig into breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and satisfy those munchies throughout the day to boot), New York’s street food scene can make it happen. So strap on your walking shoes, hop on the subway and get ready to dive into a day of eating street food in NYC’s Midtown Manhattan.

    Breakfast

    Mama Jo’s Breakfast Cart

    NYC has a surplus of breakfast carts and this one in midtown in one of them. As you get ready to tackle the rest of the day, grab yourself a New York style bagel and cream cheese, breakfast sandwich or pastry and a cup o’ joe to go. Best of all, you’ll only spend a few bucks. It’s New York through and through.

    Nomtip:

    If you’re a little hungrier go for the breakfast sandwich. It’ll fill you up nicely.

    Directions to Mama Jo’s Breakfast Cart

    E 47th St & Park Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA

    Lunch

    Milk Truck

    Looking for some fulfilling comfort food to keep the day rolling? Milk Truck serves up one heck of a grilled cheese that puts the creations of your youth to shame. Whether you want it with mustard, apple or no frills attached is up to you. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to invest in the mac and cheese, too.

    Nomtip:

    The Milk Truck moves around. You can get their latest location on their site. Look for an orange and yellow truck and a gaggle of hungry lunch-rushers; you’ll know you’re on the right path

    Directions to Milk Truck
    Check their site as it moves around.

    Dinner

    Halal Guys

    From the latter half of the morning until well past midnight, the Halal Guys are serving up gyro and falafel as either sandwiches or platters. They’re quick to prep, which is perfect for New Yorkers without time on their side. Best of all, the white and hot sauces they’re most known for bring any meal up a notch. Grab a side of baba ganouj if you know what’s good for ya’.

    Nomtip #1:

    The falafel is a good choice. Don’t forget to load up on the yummy white sauce.

    Nomtip #2:

    If you’re having trouble finding it, look for the the tall yellow and red sign.

    Directions to Halal Guys

    West 53rd Street &, 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    Dessert

    Waffles and Dinges

    A warm, fluffy waffle served with rich and plentiful toppings? Yeah, it can’t get much better than that. This food truck, which keeps waffle lovers guessing on where in NYC they’ll be next, serves up some seriously drool-worthy desserts. Unique flavor compositions, like bourbon maple and bacon, peanut butter and banana or chicken and gravy really set this truck apart from the roaming dessert pack.

    Nomtip:

    If you’re craving one of their waffles after your trip, you can order online to have it delivered to you. Shipping is free in the United States.

    Directions to Waffles and Dinges

    Trip Summary

    While a day spent enjoying the street food of NYC may not necessarily count as clean eating, it’s sure to be one memorable feast. And what’s the harm in having a bit of fun in the city streets? I’d say not much.

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