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Slow Food Cheese: food trucks, street food, and beer

Molisani street food

Visiting the cheese stands can be quite exhausting if you’re gung ho on seeing/tasting from every single vendor. In earlier editions of Cheese there were street food stands for a quick bite (if the lines hadn’t formed yet), but from 2015 up til now, food trucks are also part of the food-to-go scene. Event organizers did a strategic move this year in grouping food trucks and beer stands together in one big section. Brilliant! There were only a few operators, but one caught my eye immediately when I saw this guy fiddling with a dangling caciocavallo.

Caciocavallo impiccato

At street food Molisani there was an item named Impiccato (hanged) – caciocavallo cheese on toasted bread, topped with preserved garlic scapes and wild asparagus. Suspended above an electric hob, the caciocavallo cheese was lowered until melted and bubbly, then scraped onto a slice of bread. Totally mesmerizing, titillating, tantalizing food porn.

Poormanger

Another food truck to check off my list was Poormanger. They do amazing gourmet baked potatoes (something that I’ve never seen here actually) and who doesn’t love a steaming hot spud? Like this one here with fresh tomino cheese, anchovies, and italian green sauce. It was HUGE! And it was excellent with a cold one from a beer stand less than 10 feet away from us.

Acciughe al verde

Food, beer, and cheese shopping behind us, the perfect end to the day was at the Piazza del Gelato. One flavor in particular was unexpectedly delicious: farina bona. Farina bona is a type of corn flour from Ticino (Switzerland) and the taste was like toasted corn. Almost, but not quite, like really good popcorn that you get at a county fair. I think it would’ve paired well with salted butter caramel gelato but that’s for another project. Now we simply wait another 2 years for the 12th edition of Slow Food Cheese in 2019.

Slow Food Cheese gourmet gelato

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STREEAT at Carroponte Milano

STREEAT at Carroponte Milano
During the last weekend of May – it was blistering hot!

It wasn’t too long ago that we were in this very same spot, sizing up the line of food trucks while mentally taking note of what we absolutely had to get to take home. This year’s late spring edition of STREEAT European food truck festival did not have all of our favorites, but at least we got the chance to sink our teeth into Phil’s awesome pulled pork sandwich once again. At 7 euros it always tops our ‘best list’ of pork sandwiches for value and flavor.

Phil's pulled pork sandwich

By comparison, our next sandwich, a lomito (Angus beef with lettuce, tomato and chimichurri sauce) didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Now, either I’ve been bamboozled by all the lomito images on Google or Osteria Argentina’s simply doesn’t do fried egg on theirs.

Osteria Argentina lomito
For 8 euros, it didn’t win me over, but I’d give them another try with say…the Menu Asado.

Osteria Argentina food truck

Or something straight from their Argentinian-style grilling.
Osteria Argentina grilling meats

Another garlic-smacking pork sandwich is the all’Aglione from Porcobrado. While the pork was greasier than what I remember from a past event (a pool of fat at the bottom of the wrapper), the flavor was still good.

Porcobrado all'aglione

And dessert(s) for the road! Gourmet eclairs worth their uber high price tag. I had no idea that L’Eclair de Genie established shops in Milan (shame on me!), so now there’s no need to go to Paris to taste them.

L'Eclair de Génie piaggio

I chose yuzu lemon and blackberry chocolate. 4€ and 4.90€ respectively.

L'Eclair de Génie

Worth every heavenly bite! Yes they’re smaller than the cream-filled, chocolate-glazed eclairs found at regular bakeries/pastry shops, but look at how perfectly filled they are.

L'Eclairs de Génie

And last but not least, cannoli from il Cannolo Eccellenza Siciliana. Your choice of chocolate, candied orange, pistachio, or all of them together. Filled on the spot, these were EXCELLENT. And at 3.50€ each, won’t hurt your wallet either.

Cannoli Eccellenza Siciliana

You know you’re a food truck foodie when…

…the truck owners themselves recognize your mug. Didn’t I see you before? [Insert dumb look on face while trying to remember where we might’ve been spotted.] In our defense, I should add that we didn’t recognize the chefs of Las Bravas because they were manning the station at one of our other favorites – Da Mama. As to why, I have no clue, but it is a delight to know that there be some good friendships amongst food truckers.

Polpo in a bun
Grilled octopus from Da Mama’s

Desio, March 31 to April 2 – The 3-day event was organized by Street FÜD Festival, and they’re quite good at putting together a nice variety of food and also entertainment for the kids. As always, we check out what’s new before seeking out our usual favorites, and the new discovery this time was La Roulottina, an adorably cute trailer selling galettes and crepes.

La Roulottina food truck

La Roulottina menuThe italian-french menu is reflected in items like Brigette Bardot (brie, walnuts, honey) and Bella Ciao (speck ham, brie, tomato) – both are savory galettes made with buckwheat flour. We ordered Brigitte Bardot – a little messy with the melted cheese and honey, but still very tasty. You can click on the menu at left to get a better view. French bordeaux and rosé were offered on the drink menu as well, so yes, a votre santé! Next time we’ll try the crepes!

La Roulottina
Brigitte Bardot galette, folded to eat as street food (so forget about a fork and knife)

Next, The Meatball Family for sweet potato fries (because I saw a little kid running around with some and he had a happy look on his face). He was like yeah!, and it’s all MINE!

The Meatball Family

There’s a seleciton of sauces to choose from.

The Meatball Family sauces

I want to try making this at home, but as oven-baked fries so there’s less guilt.

TMF sweet potato fries

And lastly, gnocco fritto and prosciutto. It’s among the Top 10 of any true italian food lover’s streetfood list, but it becomes simply tradition with a glass of Lambrusco wine.

Gnocco fritto and prosciutto