The 2017 Food Truck Mock Draft- Live From Philadelphia

With the NFL Draft coming to Philly for the first time in 50 years, we’re celebrating the only way we know how, with a draft of our own. We’re selecting the top food trucks in the Philadelphia area with our very own mock draft. Be sure to use the Food Moves app when in Philadelphia to find these delicious trucks for something to munch on Draft Day.

1st Overall: Foolish Waffles

With the first overall pick, this powerhouse goes off the board right away, and it’s not surprising. Their sweet and savory waffles are to die for. Anytime chicken and waffles are mentioned in the same sentence, it excites our scouts. But it doesn’t just stop there for Foolish Waffles, the must try is the Pork Belly Banh Mi Waffle, that gets stacked high with seared pork belly, pickled cabbage, cucumbers, cilantro, and jalapenos. Their draft stock has been sky-high since being featured as a top five food truck in the country on Food Network.

2nd Overall: Cow and Curd

With the second overall pick, a newbie to the Philadelphia food truck scene is selected. Hailing from Wisconsin, the Cow and Curd brings their delicious fried cheese curds. True cheese heads know what everyone is missing out with this squeaky cheese delicacy. Add Wisconsin Beer Brats and Poutine to their list on tangibles brings these Wisconsin natives off the board early.

3rd Overall: Grubaholics

With the third overall pick, a Philadelphia tradition needed to go early. Grubaholics does exactly that with their Jamaican inspired cheesesteaks. Not for the faint of heart, their jerk chicken cheesesteaks are exactly why they heated up late and draft stock rocketed up. Did we also mention that they serve their own Jamaican rum cake? This is a steal at three?

4th Overall: Pete’s Little Lunch

With the fourth overall pick, hailing from Drexel University is Pete’s Little Lunch. Pete’s brings perfect food for the third day of the draft with their delicious breakfast sandwiches. Known best for helping out the hungover college students of Philly, they’re a must stop for an early morning meal following a night of partying. #SaltPeppaKetchup

5th Overall: Royal Tea Truck

Needing something to refresh yourself with all of this delicious food? That’s where our fifth overall pick comes in. Royal Tea Truck names all of their specialty drinks after superheroes as well, so be sure to get your hands on Spiderman, Ironman, and a few others you’ll have to see for yourself.

6th Overall: Brazbq

Our second cheesesteak spot goes off the board at six with Brazbq, but this time they bring a Brazilian twist to it. Their cheesesteak is served on a hoagie roll or even in a pita cone. Everything about this truck is Brazilian, making them not hard to miss, which is good because you won’t want to.

7th Overall: Dump n Roll

With the seventh overall pick, Dump n Roll goes off the board with their out of this world menu. If you’re in the mood for a dumpling or spring roll, this is the only truck for you in Philadelphia. Of course, they have their traditional dumplings and rolls, but that’s boring, be sure to go with their Italian-inspired margarita roll. Their main go-to is their far-west dumpling, a tempura bacon cheeseburger wonton with smoky honey bourbon barbecue sauce.

8th Overall: Brother’s Pizza Inc.

Our eighth overall pick in the food draft has been bringing wraps, rolls, and pizza to the city of brotherly love since 2007. Whether you’re just looking for a slice of heaven for yourself or want to share an 18-inch pie with the entire war room, Brother’s is the way to go. Their rolls shouldn’t be overlooked either as their steak and cheese roll and buffalo chicken rolls are fan favorites.

9th Overall: Gyro Express

Going ninth overall is Gyro Express. This street vendor is more than just gyros, but this Greek food has some of the best prices on this list. Be sure to find out where their stand is set up this Philadelphia draft weekend with the Food Moves app.

10th Overall: Cheezen

Our tenth overall pick might be a little bit of a drive out of town to get to and slips down the draft board because of it. But, don’t lose out on this New Jersey grilled cheese truck. Did we mention that they have pulled pork grilled cheese? No. Well, we should have because all the draft prognosticators love it.

11th Overall: The 1776 Grill

Nothing gets more American than The 1776 Grill. It only makes sense with a name like that they serve up the American classics like burgers, ribs, and hot dogs. But it would be a mistake to pass up their Garlic Toast Grilled Cheese, the staple of their menu.

12th Overall: Mexi-Philly

Next off the board is the UPenn product Mexi-Philly. UPenn fans can’t get enough of this simple mexican food truck with some of the cheapest most delicious burritos in the city.

13th Overall: Baby Blues BBQ

Now that you’re a first round pick, you can afford something a little more expensive. That’s where Baby Blue BBQ comes in. A full BBQ truck offers anything for the meat lover. Get a full slab of ribs from this place to celebrate.

14th Overall: Local 215

Our next selection is a bit of a gamble but could have an extremely high payoff. Local 215 is all about using local Philly sourced foods. They are the definition of farm to truck. Unfortunately, right now for everyone, they’re only doing private events, so you’ll have to book them for your private gig. But, if they return to the streets, this could be the steal of the draft.

15th Overall: Caribbean Palm Food Cart

We saw another Caribbean truck go earlier in the draft with their interesting take on jerk chicken. If that wasn’t your fancy, the Caribbean Palm Food Cart is. They offer up a $6 lunch chicken and rice special that’s one of the best deals in this draft.

16th Overall: Pompier

Another truck that should be higher on the board, but loses because of it’s proximity to the draft is Pompier. This delicious Polish style cuisine is the brainchild of Chef F. Scott Belgard, a 25-year-old vet. Pierogies are the thing you need to try here.  

17th Overall: Romano’s Disco Fries

Going 17th overall shouldn’t be overlooked. They slipped down our draft board because they are mainly in New Jersey, but Romano’s Disco Fries is delicious. What exactly are disco fries? You’re going to have to venture out and try these delicious potatoes.

Wherever you are in Philadelphia, Food Moves will get you to the perfect spot on NFL Draft Weekend while you're looking for something to eat. If you know a truck that got snubbed, let us know and we'll get them to the draft combine next time around.
 

Good Luck Foods For St. Patrick's Day

Is it St. Patrick’s Day yet?! Irish!

In all seriousness, St. Patrick’s Day is here. Whether you are of Irish descent or not, chances are you engage in some sort of Saint Paddy’s Day debaucheries, er, I mean, celebrations. The most notable tradition surrounding this day involves the concept of ‘good luck’. People often wear green for good luck. They go searching for prized four-leaf clovers and shamrocks, and even engage in other superstitions like eating Lucky Charms or drinking green beer to fuel the magical enchantments of this sacred day.

To save you the (rather unfortunate) tradition of eating sugar-dusted Lucky Charms for good luck once again this year, I have  gathered a list of food symbolic of good luck from all around the world. So, trade your cereal-sly pathetic bowl of Lucky Charms out for one of these healthy and hearty substitute.

Grapes- Grapes are grape for you. In Spain and Portugal, there is an age-old tradition where people eat 12 grapes to ring in the new year, with each grape symbolizing the luck of the months ahead. Wine will also do, since you know, it’s St. Paddy’s day after all.

 

Noodles- Many Asian countries consider eating long noodles as a way to bring forth a long life. Even if udon know how much of this superstition is true, you’ll still get a delicious meal out of it! If you live in the greater New York City area, check out Mamu Thai for great noodle selection. You can find their ever-moving truck with the Food Moves locator app.

 

Cabbage- Cabbage is associated with good luck and fortune because it resembles the color of money. It’s green color is a perfect complement to your St. Patty’s Day celebration! Of course, cabbage goes great with corned beef for a holiday tradition.

 

Fish- All around the world eating fish symbolizes prosperity, luck, and longevity. From catfish to salmon to tuna and tilapia, there is no shortage of fishy variety, and you can also eat them however you like. Throwing in a fish pun for the halibut.

 

Pomegranate- In Turkey, eating pomegranate denotes life and fertility. It’s red color symbolizes the heart and is also good for your heart.

 

Not sure where to pick up some of these items for  the big day? Check your Food Moves app to uncover the nearest farmers’ market to you. I’m sure there are an abundance of grapes, cabbage, and pomegranates at those farmers’ markets to fuel your good luck for the upcoming year. And as always, may the luck be with you.

 

 

Beyonce-Approved Tips On Getting Through Valentine’s Day As A Single Lady

Disclaimer: This is not actually Beyonce-approved, but props to those who can catch all of the Beyonce references.

Earlier this month, Beyonce shattered the internet with her pregnancy announcement. She and Jay-Z will not be expecting just one, but two new additions to their picture perfect family. With over 10 million likes to date, Beyonce’s Instagram post went viral and completely blew the previously held #1 post out of the waters (sorry, Selena!).

While we are eternally happy for Beyonce and Jay- Z, we also know that not everyone is lucky enough to be crazy in love like the Carters are with each other. Currently, almost 50% of the U.S. population is single. So ladies, don’t worry. You’re not alone. I think we can all agree that there really is no day better than that dreaded day in mid- February that singles out and amplifies one’s singleness like no other. However, I’m here to help you channel your inner Beyonce and get you through this relentless day. #SingleLadiesUnite!

1. Get all your grooming done prior to the day. Look good, feel good, naw mean?

2. Stock up on wine. Whether you prefer red, white, or pink, make sure you have at least two bottles of it (FYI: two bottles for yourself. If you’re inviting other single ladies to your pity party, make sure they bring their own bottles cause sharing is not caring. Not today, Satan.)

3. And while you’re at it, walk down to the next aisle and grab all the cheese and salami you can carry because even though you are single, you are single with class and finesse.

4. So, some bad news, ladies. Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, and it is not a holiday that typically qualifies for PTO. You’re going to have to suck it up and smile politely when you see your coworkers getting flowers and chocolates delivered to the office from their S.O.

5. Escape the unbearable and love-filled atmosphere by getting out of the office for lunch. You don't need to  be seen alone at a restaurant, so hit up a food truck. Food Moves will help find you the closest one to your location for your lunch of shame.

6. Repeat step 4 for the remainder of the workday. You’re probably a pro at faking it til you make it by now! 

 

7. On the way home from work, grab dinner from your favorite take-out restaurant. Remember, carbs don’t count today. So whether it’s Chinese, Italian, or a gallon of Blue-Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, get whatever will make you feel the happiest.

8. When you get home, settle in, grab a glass of your favorite smushed grapes, and watch some quality television by tuning into this week’s episode of The Bachelor. Nothing like celebrating your singleness by watching Nick go on dates and touching faces with half a dozen girls.

9. After the third glass, you are allowed to cry. Go on. We’re not judging you. And when you’re done, just blame it on the alcohol. Hopefully, by now, you’ve passed out on the couch with gouda and cracker crumbs in hand, and you’ve successfully made it through Valentine’s Day! 

While this list suggests that being single is the worst thing that can possibly happen to you on Valentine’s Day, I’m just poking fun at a wide-spread opinion that being single on Valentine’s Day is a taboo subject. Remember, ladies;, we run the world. We are flawless. We are irreplaceable. And while we may not wake up like Beyonce everyday, we are indubitably and irrevocably the best thing they never had.

 

Social Media And Food Truck Business

"For food truck owners, social media isn't just a trendy way of keeping up the Jones', but a serious business tool." (By Viral Technologies) There are many ways food trucks are using their social media platform for growth, innovation, and customer service. We'll focus on some specific examples of successful food trucks in our next blog post.

Saving The World, One Burger At A Time

We had a great time chatting with Frites'n'Meats (@fritesnmeats ) today and learned about the stories behind the “superman” in the world of burgers.

 

At the Frites'n'Meats burger palace, a juicy Angus patty with cream cheese guaranteed to bliss out every burger fan, because it’s made with Frites'n'Meats' crazy love for their truck life. “Saving the world, one burger at a time”. Keeping that in mind, the burger truck, or “Beast” as they called it, rocks out every day, lands on one of the busiest blocks in the city and gets ready to grill up, rain or shine. “A pinky promise we’ve made with our customers. Never forget the food truck life.” Their efforts paid off. The bright colored truck is always surrounded by happy customers who are seriously waiting for the juiciest and meatiest moment of the day to come.

Besides that, they’ve also been devoted to spreading the word “keep calm and burger on” and “Have a burger to stay sane” by making truckin good burgers to serve up our hungry New Yorkers. It’s the bugergasm that everyone has been looking for encourages Frites'n'Meats to create the excellent foodporn experience that NYC has been missing.

So our conclusion is, no matter you are a Burgers-and-Beers-all-day type of person, or someone craves for a cheesy cheating meal after a lean week for weight loss, just stop by Frites'n'Meats( @fritesnmeats ) without hesitation. They won’t let you down.

4 Fun Facts about The "Free Food Crawl"

Last month, hungry foodies who also looking for adventure, have found the best kind of scavenger hunt – one that involved food and was absolutely free! Food Moves in partnership with several food trucks in NYC, Philly and Austin, created three scavenger hunts in each city separately. Now let me tell you some of the fun facts behind these amazing “Free Food Crawls”!

1.     A slice of adventure with gourmet street food, and much more munching fun!

Coming with a good weekend moods and empty tummy, our explorers discovered cool trucks and treats around the city. Curated by innovative cooks, these food trucks’ eats are seriously hearty and eclectic. Both our attendees and Food Moves were surprised when finding out the size of those samples was unexpectedly big. Every hour, with trucks like Anton's Russian Dumplings, Regal Ravoli, Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and Cold Cookie Co. dishing out their most delish creations, Food Moves' followers got to gobble up whole sandwiches, tacos, donuts, pastas, baskets of six dumplings and so on, sure to satisfy whatever cravings they had on the day. I honestly feel so hungry when talking about food, and I bet you too. Feel free to grab some snacks and come back later, because treats to your mouth and Food Moves’ story are always the perfect company of each other.

2.     Team up with mom and dad, a super cool game for real food hunters!

Family participants got in the urban hiking mood, having rollicking stops along the way to hang around and yummy goodies to chill with. As our followers were unlocking clues across the city, Food Moves met this happy family who learned about “Free Food Crawl” during their visit of NYC and ended up partaking the entire game. “This game gets us to roam around the city to find secret trucks, and those tasty street foods have shown us some new aspects of New York. We’re spending such a good time together.” Another attendee told us that “This is where my girlfriend and I should take her parents when they come in town.” After all, a family day out is where your bunch of craziness happens. Don’t wait, start to plan your next family hangout today!  

 

3.  Eat guilt-free and be ready to hit the gym

Interestingly, whatever body weight our foodies might end up gaining after the game would be taken care of by a responsible gym in Austin. Retro fitness, who concerned that our attendees’ summer body diet had been put on held due to the “Free Food Crawl”, offered free gym pass to food hunters to work off the calories. We feel lucky for having this sweet neighbor who made this eating experience guilt-free!

 

4.  When foodie met trucks, it’s more than just food

If you are as curious as Food Moves, you must have already been wondering about what’s going on behind those funkily painted trucks with catchy names and witty menus. Every food truck serves up a small piece of their culture, the Free Food Crawl actually helped them to maximize the cultural potential these trucks have to offer by connecting them with hungry foodies. Besides, Food Moves and vendors were excited to see customers not only enjoy the food, but also eagerly share the fun via social media to mark this unique culinary experience. After all, our formula is “Free food + jealous friends = the Free Food Crawl!”

Across three cities, 21 food trucks, 1000+ free food samples, the Free Food Crawl was a success to both the customer and vendor. Both got to have fun and enjoy the unique benefits that come with our Food Moves app. Stay tuned for our upcoming events (spoiler alert:much more fun and free food!) 

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Market Nominees at the Vendy Awards

1. Arepalicious 

Credit: @arepalicious

Credit: @arepalicious


Arepalicious is owned by a Colombian family who wanted to sell their culture's traditional corn-based treats to the rest of NYC about three years ago. The arepas can be served plain or with mozzarella, avocado and various meats. Check them out Saturdays at Queens Night Market and on Sundays at the Vendy Plaza. 

2. NJS Foods

Credit: www.marketsofnewyork.com

Credit: www.marketsofnewyork.com


This market sells hot dogs made with Colombian-inspired sweet and savory ingredients. This means all-natural beef topped with special sauce, pickled veggies, fruit preserves and other signature flavors. Stop by to see them at LIC Flea and Food on the weekends!

3. Big Mozz

Credit: @bigmozzNYC

Credit: @bigmozzNYC


Big Mozz serves dishes with hand-stretched mozzarella. They have been around the block in terms of local markets, and are especially loved for the fresh mozzarella sticks and pizza. 

4. MatzahBrei

Credit: @matzahbrei

Credit: @matzahbrei

MatzahBrei gives a modern twist to the traditional Passover dish. They use cage-free eggs and fresh ingredients to provide New Yorkers with this yummy vegetarian dish.