The most unusual dish I’ve brought to a bbq cookout

BBQ party August 2016

Well, not exactly a dish per se since bbq sauce is more of a condiment, but that’s what our neighbor requested for a summer cookout at theirs. And who else but an American to make sauces worthy of name tags designed by the Italian MotH himself? The “Obama” had bits of sweet pineapple added to it, while Texan Cowboy (ketchup and vinegar-based sauce with a slight habanero kick) received lip-smacking reviews. However…like a wallflower at the junior prom, the “Virgin” (Stonewall Kitchens brand) pretty much sat there untouched. Like they say, homemade is always better!

Street Füd Festival: truckin’ it next to the villa

Food truckin' down at the villa
Villa Sormani, Lurago d’Erba

It’s all about location, location, location. Some food truck events are organized in such idyllic settings that just being there becomes half the fun. This 18th century villa was the backdrop for Street Füd Festival, where 2 dozen roaming kitchens lined the cobblestone lane fronting the elegant building. From traditional italian favorites to popular international offerings, we tried our best to check out all of the great füd (foohd).

1. Risotto with culatello, radicchio and grana chese, 5€. A basic warm-up before the serious eating begins.

Risotto food truck Risotto con culatello, radicchio e grana

2. Chicken pad thai, 8€. Spicy and delicious with the bold flavors of lime juice, nam pla and cilantro, but I expected a bit more in that container.

Chicken pad thai

3. Grilled octopus sandwiches, 7€. Get all of those tentacle horror movies out of your head. This octo-panino kills it!

Panino col polpo alla brace

I wish they would update their Facebook event page to let us know where they’ll be next.

Polpo alla brace

4. Lampredotto sandwich, 7€. Food for the adventurous but not the faint-of-heart. The name comes from lampreda (lamprey eels) that looks like cow stomach #4, the one used to make this classic florentine street eats. I’ve tried this on 2 occasions but nope, it’s not for me!

Toscanacci menu and lampredotto

5. Patatas bravas, 4€. Tapas street food by Las Bravas: mojitos, calamari burgers, sangria, chorizo hot dogs, iberico ham, and the yummiest patatas bravas from a cute little blue truck.

Las Bravas

Piping hot cubes of fried potatoes with spicy salsa brava and salsa aioli.

Patatas bravas

6. Ceviche, 7€. On the peruvian menu of Ta’ Bueno food truck. Fresh fish, tropea red onions, chocolo (the large corn kernels), cancha (toasted corn), lime, sweet potato.

Tà Bueno ceviche

7. Gran gustoso ai gamberoni, 8€. Large, tender, succulent shrimp tails, on mango mayo and topped with shredded celery root. The sandwich didn’t have the kind of flavor impact that I was hoping for, and the photo displayed on the menu looked much more enticing.

Gran gustoso ai gamberoni

As mentioned earlier, location is half the fun, but to have hot air balloon rides just yonder from the church? Spectacular event that put everyone in a fun mood, starting with country line dancing, pole dancers (seriously), live dj music, and street füd.

Street Füd Lurago d'Erba