This weekend was a feeding frenzy. Saturday was the First Annual Palm Springs Food Truck Festival or FAPSFTF!
Since Riverside County doesn’t allow food trucks roving about on its streets, this festival was a special treat for us desert dwellers to at last participate in this mobile food trend.
Our VIP tickets (Thank you Debra and Ricardo!) allowed a 10am entrance to the festival. Brunch was on! We set upon a plan of sampling as much variety as we could by sharing everything. A couple bites each was our strategy.
Like most meals, we began with an appetizer. Debra chose the truffled popcorn with fig and basil. Since I’m a sucker for anything truffled, I loved it. The chewy bits of fig added a nice textural contrast to the popcorn and the fresh zing of basil.
On to our mains, which when we reassembled were sandwiches. Jay chose a bul kogi beef grilled cheese sandwich. Ricardo had the lobster roll and I picked the poutine fries.
For the uninitiated, like I was before ordering, poutine is a Québécoise style of piling all sorts of goodness atop French Fries. Mine had cheese and thin strips of bul kogi beef and a spicy remoulade.
Not only was the lobster roll creamy and lobstery good – it coordinated beautifully with Ricardo’s shirt!
Round two found us at Ludo Lefebvre’s truck. You may remember him from Bravo’s Top Chef. His food truck is the one with the big red coq.
We also had giant vegetable and rice noodle rolls and Ludo’s chicken tenders with their crispy and liberally peppered crust that are deep-fried in duck fat!
Yum, I said yum! The chicken was a accompanied by a flaky buttermilk biscuit drizzled with lavender honey.
With our stomachs filled, we decided on a palette cleanser. We headed over to Ice Ice Shavie for hip (hop) shave ice.
We tried two of their signature ices – Hammer Thyme, a concoction of strawberry, lemon and fresh thyme and a Slim Shavie which was pineapple, lemon and jalapeno. Both were refreshing and their names worth a chuckle.
Shortly thereafter, an afternoon nap was in order.