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Pulled pork waffle & Indian-style tacos highlight trip to Moveable Feast’s SJ Taco Festival

Paneer Crazy Tacos at San Jose/Bay Area's Got Curry?

Paneer Crazy Tacos at San Jose/Bay Area’s Got Curry?

There are three types of food that I will never get tired of: Seafood, Indian food and tacos. So when I found out that Moveable Feast was hosting a festival dedicated to the latter, I knew I had to go.

The company hosted the 4th annual San Jose Taco Festival of Innovation at the city’s History Park, Saturday, May 23 through Sunday, May 24. The festival brought a fleet of food trucks from around the greater Bay area that introduced their own twist on the traditional Mexican dish. The great thing about the festival: All the plates were $6 or less, so you could get full for a reasonable price.

Waffle Amore, San Jose

My first stop at the taco festival was Waffle Amore, which is focused on bringing “the taste of authentic Liege and Brussels waffles” to its customers, according to the food truck’s website. Its toppings include Belgian chocolate hot fudge, maple bacon butter and Speculoos, a type of shortcrust biscuit.

I went for the savory side of the menu and ordered The Porkwich, a crisp waffle sandwich with pulled pork, braised with spices and topped with BBQ sauce and Waffle Amore’s own crunchy Granny Smith Apple fennel cabbage slaw.

The Porkwich at San Jose's Waffle Amore.

The Porkwich at San Jose’s Waffle Amore.

The food truck was generous with the pulled pork, which was tender and moist. The BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy and was a great complement to the slaw, which had a nice crunch and subtle apple flavor. Best of all, the waffle was soft in the middle but crispy on the outside. I didn’t necessarily think “taco” as I ate the dish, but I was not disappointed.

For more information about Waffle Amore, call (408) 645-5351 or visit waffleamore.com and www.facebook.com/WaffleAmore.

Got Curry?, Bay Area/San Jose

After Waffle Amore, I headed over to Got Curry?, a Bay Area food truck that specializes in Indian-Mexican fusion, according to its Facebook page. I was happy to see two of my favorite cuisines coming together. My eyes automatically went to the Paneer Crazy Tacos, soft tortillas topped with cheese cubes, topped with tikka masala sauce, rice, onions, bell peppers and Indian spices.

My tacos did not come with bell peppers, but they were dressed with cilantro, which I think was better anyway. The tikka masala sauce was creamy, and the aioli brought extra spice and tang to the dish. The paneer tasted fresh and had a soft texture, while the cilantro and onions added the taste of a traditional taco.

Despite their small size, these tacos were filling, and I was debating on if I could make a trip to another food truck. It was a great value for $6. For more information about Got Curry?, call (510) 501-5022 or visit www.facebook.com/gotcurry.

Treatbot, San Jose

I wanted to grab a fish taco, but I knew I would be too full for dessert. And I really wanted an ice cream taco.

The Ice Cream Taco at San Jose's Treatbot.

The Ice Cream Taco at San Jose’s Treatbot.

My third and final stop was Treatbot, which specializes in ice cream and karaoke. I ordered the ice cream taco, a waffle cone in the shape of a taco and filled with two scoops of ice cream. Customers could choose from Mexican Chocolate, Pineapple Mojito Sorbet, and Eastside Horchata, a rice milk-flavored ice cream infused with cinnamon. I went with a scoop of Mexican Chocolate and Eastside Horchata.

The ice cream was rich and creamy without being overly sweet. I loved the strong cinnamon flavor in the Eastside Horchata. The Mexican Chocolate was also tasty, but I didn’t see what made it different from regular chocolate. I was expecting the flavor of Mexican hot chocolate, which is flavored with cinnamon and the spicy kick of chili pepper.

I really enjoyed the waffle part of the taco, which was subtly sweet and crisp. I’ve been on a waffle kick lately.

I would like to try some of the other flavors on Treatbot’s regular menu, including The 408 (caramel ice cream with fudge and Oreo cookies) and Macapuno (coconut ice cream with coconut chunks).

For more information about Treatbot, call (408) 548-7328 or visit Treatbot.com or www.facebook.com/Treatbot.

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Surf and turf, made-from-scratch ice cream highlight nostalgic Santa Cruz trip

A beautiful, sunny and warm day at Santa Cruz Beach.

A beautiful, sunny and warm day at Santa Cruz Beach.

I have nothing but good memories when I think of Santa Cruz.

The view of the boardwalk and its festive carnival rides, shops and restaurants remind me of my childhood summer trips to California and leave me feeling jubilant and nostalgic. After a couple of mentally exhausting weeks, I was ready to make the hour trip down to Santa Cruz’s sandy beaches.

A group of sea lions sunbathing near the Santa Cruz Wharf.

A group of sea lions sunbathing near the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Saturday’s trip was perfect, from the 70-degree, slightly breezy weather to the shiny blue-green waters to the sounds of sea lions sunbathing and swimming near the wharf. During our day of sun and relaxation, we also got a chance to try some local cuisine at Olitas Cantina & Grille on the wharf and The Penny Ice Creamery in downtown Santa Cruz.

Olitas Cantina & Grille

The first thing that popped out to me about the Mexican restaurant is the awesome panoramic view of the Monterey Bay. I always enjoy having a meal with a beautiful view. I also liked the interior of the restaurant,which features a custom-made Hawaiian Koa wood bar and Honduran mahogany furniture and accents, according to its website.

I also enjoyed the unique offerings on the menu, which included free range duck “carnitas” tacos, Maine lobster quesadilla and ahi tuna tostada stack, which looked like a sculpture and too pretty to eat.

The Surf & Turf Quesadilla at Olitas Cantina & Grille in Santa Cruz.

The Surf & Turf Quesadilla at Olitas Cantina & Grille in Santa Cruz.

I ordered the Surf & Turf Quesadilla, which was made with shredded cheese, carne asada and Maine lobster and served with a lobster dipping sauce. Although Surf & Turf is a very common entree, putting the steak and seafood together into a quesadilla is a unique twist that I wanted to try. The dish cost $22.

The carne asada and lobster were tender and worked in sync. The chef did not skimp on the helpings of meat, and I enjoyed a good helping of steak and seafood in each bite. The quesadilla was made with plenty of cheese, which I enjoyed because I am a cheese fiend.

The peppers brought freshness to the savory dish. The dipping sauce was very buttery, but it worked well with the lobster. Do not eat this dish if you’re worried about calorie intake.

The Surf & Turf Quesadilla at Olitas Cantina & Grille in Santa Cruz.

The Surf & Turf Quesadilla at Olitas Cantina & Grille in Santa Cruz.

Olitas Cantina & Grille is located at 49B Municipal Wharf. The restaurant and bar offers different specials and events during the week, including a happy hour Monday through Friday and Live Jazz Wednesdays. Olitas opens every day at noon. For more information, call (831) 458-9393 or visit www.olitassantacruz.com.

The Penny Ice Creamery

This quaint ice cream shop is situated in downtown Santa Cruz, inside a 90-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival building, according to its website.

Open for business since 2010, The Penny Ice Creamery is focused on serving made-from-scratch, in-house ice cream, featuring locally farmed and organic ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives.

A single waffle cone of Burnt Cinnamon ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz.

A single waffle cone of Burnt Cinnamon ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz.

Some of the creamery’s unique flavors include Lime Shortbread, Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Dark Chocolate Sorbet. Some of the ladies ordered an ice cream cone with toasted marshmallow on top. I’m not a big marshmallow fan, but those cones looked delicious.

The shop had a steady stream of customers coming through, and I got the impression that it has become a popular staple in the Santa Cruz community.

I ordered a single waffle cone of the Burnt Cinnamon ice cream, which cost about $4. The flavor reminded me of creme brulee and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal combined. It was a great, fresh flavor, and I liked that the ice cream wasn’t overly sweet or rich. When I’m back in Santa Cruz, I will be stopping at The Penny Ice Creamery again.

The shop is located at 913 Cedar St. and is open daily from noon to 11 p.m. For more information, call (831) 204-2523 or visit thepennyicecreamery.com.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in ice cream, Mexican, seafood

 

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