Anyone can drive around the second largest city in North America, tweet a location, and then have hundreds of rabid epicures form a line for Korean BBQ tacos. Delicious, sure. But hardly green. OK, I hope that doesn't sound too envious of cities like LA, SF and Portland, where street food is thriving.
Inspired by the Twitter/Korean taco truck sensation in LA, Sarah Singleton, aka the Undercover Caterer, is doing pretty much the same thing -- but without the fumes that drive Al Gore crazy. Read about her quest for "Faux-gi Korean BBQ Tacos-Without the Truck" here, drool over the pictures, get the recipe, and when you get to the bottom, be sure to enter the contest for a free book. If you're lucky, you'll finish second -- to me!
Stay tuned for the car wash I plan to organize so we can get Sarah an exhaust hood for her 60-year-old house.
You may get the impression UC is not so keen on the restrictive laws Sacramento has regarding food trucks and carts. I'm with her. On a more serious note, if Sacramento wants to get to the next level as a food town, it needs to be more inclusive and offer more opportunity to fledgling businesses, not less. Food trucks, and food carts -- from simple fare to gourmet -- bring more life to our streets, offer more opportunities to folks looking for a meal and give the city a chance to be a more exciting place.
As someone who likes to walk and ride all over Sacramento, I would welcome the chance for greater diversity of choices. For now, I'm going to give Sarah's recipe a shot sometime soon.