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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Food Truck Invasion: Crazydilla

For the past few years, the food truck trend has been growing pretty steadily. Long known for it's array of hot food for a low cost, the food truck industry has morphed into a foodie's dream of gourmet on wheels.

Down here in Sunny Florida, we have no end to the food truck types or events, and they can frequently be found lining up in parks, school lots, roundabouts and community spaces. For just a fraction of the cost that it would normally take to go to a gourmet restaurant (don't forget that tip!) you and yours can taste-test anything from homemade Jamaican Patties to fresh fro-yo. No two trucks have the same take on a burger (or any other type of food for that matter), and I find myself spending hours just deciding what I will eat each week.

The company that puts together food truck events in my area has named their event +Food Truck Invasion. A different selection of food trucks come together each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm to hang their signs out at Heritage Park in Plantation, Florida, and it has become one of my favorite things to do each week.

Last week I was lucky enough (haha) to be chasing my son through a crowd, and caught up to him just as he stopped in front of the Crazydilla truck.

"Mom," he said to me, "smell that food?"

What I thought at first smelled like deli sandwiches turned out to be quesadillas that were a little, well, crazy. The Crazydilla food truck has taken an old favorite - the quesadilla - and stuffed it full of ooey-gooey deliciousness in the form of Cuban Sandwiches, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Caprese Salad, and more. The descriptions of the 'dillas they were serving just sounded too delicious and I absolutely had to get one.

I wasn't disappointed. I got the "Cubadilla", their take on a Cuban sandwich, and it was spectacular. The cheese was melty, the pickles were delicious, and that ham had a perfect flavor without being too salty. The quesadilla was crisp and the sauce to dip it in had a wonderful sweet-mustard smell to it that reminded me of a dip my grandma had made a long while back.

Although the 'dillas go for around $10 a piece, I found myself wishing I had purchased two of them! It would have been plenty of food for just me, but my son decided that he liked the Cubadilla just as much as I did, and we were soon "fighting" each other for the last bite. Luckily my husband swooped by at that moment and solved the dilemma for us by eating it without being asked. (Problem solved!)

In addition to the awesome food that can be found at these events, there are also bounce houses, regular park amenities, glow-lights for sale, music with a live dj, and entertainers. The event is free to attend, but make sure you bring plenty of cash just in case a vendor is unable to take a credit card payment due to internet issues. I would suggest bringing along your own drinks as well. Water tastes the same everywhere, and you don't want to spend five or six dollars on the same water you can bring from home for free. Believe me, that money is much better off being spent on some of the delicious food that can only be found in a food-truck.

For trucks in your area, do a web search of your zip code and the words: "Food Truck". You never know what you'll find!

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