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What the Truck?! August 3rd Aftermath

What the Truck?! August 3rd Aftermath

Wow!  I thought Taste of Edmonton was crowded!

Kudos to all of the Food Trucks that were there and frantically serving the food that they were providing.

Unfortunately I did not get to try as many of the things as I had hoped to due to the very long lineups.  There has got to be a better way to do a little bit of crowd control so that you know where the queue ends?

I had my heart set on the “Jerk Chicken” from Drift – but alas – even though I was there at 6ish (1 hour after start) the gentleman in the lineup before me got the last one!  (Insert sad face here!)  So I settled for my second choice:  Braised Beef Sandwich – whiskey & coffee BBQ sauce, crispy onions & pepperoncini’s


I should have put something in the photo for size reference – this is one of their mini-sandwiches. It was quite tasty – the pickled jalapenos were not mentioned but were a pleasant surprise.  The hand-cut fries were a nice touch – very yummy.  The meat was tender and flavourful – the sauce was not overwhelming in the least.

My partner in crime decided to wait in the much longer lineup for the Act food truck.  He sampled “The Duke” from the special “What the Truck?!” menu.


The Duke: beef pattie, smoked cheddar, hickory coffee BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickle.  This was a regular sized burger version.

He states “the burger was good but the wait was really long.”

So the food all in all was a positive experience.  Kudos also goes to the Lingnan for their “Hot and Dry Spicy Chicken” aka “Crack Chicken” which I have been eating for years now – and it always makes me smile to see the expressions on the faces of the newbies that are tasting it for the first time!  I would also like to add that the view on the Victoria Promenade is amazing and a great choice of venue for this event.

The negatives were the long lineups and the mosquitoes.   I am not sure that there is much that could be done about either but to the customer that is trying to experience the flavours, both were very frustrating.

Will I go again – you bet!  I will be prepared to arrive as early as possible and to endure the lines!

What the Truck?!

What the Truck?!

I am SO excited for “What the Truck?!” tonight!!

I have been following the page for a little over a month now and my schedule can finally accommodate getting to try some of the newest local eateries! The menu looks phenomenal.

Join us on the Victoria Promenade tonight to experience the mobile flavours that Edmonton summer has to offer!

Paris-Brest from Duchess Bake Shop

Paris-Brest from Duchess Bake Shop

I had heard many good things about the Duchess when it came to the foodie conversations in and around Edmonton. Try as I might, it took me months to finally make the trek to the infamous bakery. Surprisingly there were seats! My foodie connections had said that the Duchess was often packed and hard to find a place to enjoy your treat.

Paris-Brest pastry from Duchess Bakery

Looking at the variety of pastries and treats that the Duchess has to offer, and it being my first time there – this was a very difficult decision to make.   The staff behind the counter are very helpful with explaining what the different items contain.

I am not going to lie – it was a little un-nerving asking for a “Paris-Brest”.  The gentleman serving me must have noticed my discomfort and explained to me that the pastry represented a wreath that was won for a race between Paris and Brest.

First developed in 1891 in commemoration of a bicycle race between the cities of Paris and Brest, this pastry is a circle of choux pastry filled with a hazelnut mousseline, studded with candied whole hazelnuts and topped with slivered almonds.

We were actually stopping by the Duchess for brunch so I also spied this lovely:

Wild Boar Bacon Tartinade
Wild Boar Bacon Tartinade at the Duchess Bakeshop

I am a HUGE bacon fanatic.  Wild boar bacon is the creme de la creme of the bacon world.  There was no other choice in the case for breakfast after I spied this lovely number.  Tartinade is: “a soft food mixture or spread, either savoury or sweet”.  This is the Duchess’ version of the “BLT”.

It starts with a nice piece of rye bread.  On this is spread the Tartinade.  I am not sure what the spread contained but it was delicious.  This is topped with fresh spinach, mushrooms and a tomato slice.  The crowning glory of course is the Wild Boar Bacon to top it all off.

Overall the Duchess was a wonderful experience and we will be back to try more!

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