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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Every year in addition to the usual category, the Vendys give us something a little special. This year, they’re quenching your thirst with a category dedicated to the best drinks on the street. Here are the five nominees:

Best Street Drinks: 

Coco & Co.

It’s been hot these last few days and I crave a creamy, sweet, refreshing drink. Nothing’s more appropriate and thirst quenching than coconuts. Friends Luke and Yair ride decorative tiki bikes around Brooklyn and Manhattan offering up fresh coconuts and smoothies. Coco & Co. will make you forget what island you are on!

CoCo & Co. Tea and Milk Most bubble teas are made from powders loaded with sugar and other chemicals. Not Tea and Milk. All their drinks are brewed to order from actual leaves. At their Astoria location or at the LIC Flea, you can customize your drink with mix-in’s like fresh cream, tapioca pearls, chia seeds, or aloe vera. Tea and Milk

Best Juice Uptown

Ever died dreaming? That’s the English translation of morir soñando, the classic Dominican refreshment. The creamsicle-esque drink is made with orange juice, cane sugar, and condensed milk. It’s also the signature drink of Hector Palaguachi who operates Best Juice Uptown in Washington Heights. He also offers blends of fruit and vegetable juices.

Best Juice Uptown Renegade Lemonade Renegade Lemonade is taking a pretty traditional concept and re-inventing it. Even if you’ve purchased lemonade from a stand on the streets, you’ve never had such interesting and seasonal flavors like Watermelon Jalapeño or Pear Chai. Megan Bailey uses real fruits and herbs to enhance her unique lemonade stand. Renegade Lemonade

Catalina’s Champurrado

Catalina Soriano Salas vends from a little cart under the 191st Street subway line. There, she sells tacos, tamales, and traditional Mexican drinks to the Washington Heights community. Here two most popular drinks are arroz con leche (a slightly sweet, breakfast drink made with rice) and champurrado (a warm chocolate drink thickened with masa de maíz). You can also find her family members helping out and her husband runs their nearby juice cart as well.

Catalina’s Champurrado


Category: Video

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

ICE & VICE, iceandvice.comI first learned about Ice & Vice when they received a Vendy Award nomination for best dessert. They operated out of LIC Flea and Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Those are two places that I had yet to visit since they were both a bit out of my usual route.

Then I got to personally meet the owners Paul and Kendrick when I made a series of videos on all the nominated vendors. They were awesome and the video turned out great, but unfortunately they had run out of most of their popular ice cream flavors on the day of the shoot. I was left with their Mexican vanilla with black sea salt. It was great as far as vanillas go and the salt was exotic and balancing.

But I’m just not a vanilla guy. Especially when Ice & Vice is making flavors like Pork Your Melons (honeydew with prosciutto and white balsamic), Tico Time (guava, chiles, lime, and plantains), and Movie Night (buttered popcorn, raisins, and chocoalte flakes). How can you stick with vanilla when you have options like those?

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Category: Ice Cream

The Vendys are just over a week away. Tickets are still available for purchase here. It’s seriously the greatest day of the year. In anticipation, I’m producing short videos on each of the nominated vendors. Here are three more nominees:

Snowday

Snowday is unlike any other food truck out there. Not only are they dedicated to serving maple syrup inspired dishes (like maple slushies and maple infused grilled cheese), but through their program Drive Change, they only employee formerly incarcerated youths giving those young people a positive direction. Learn more about them here and find them at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Long Island City, or Governor’s Island.

NYC Food Cart Tour – 2014 Vendy Award Nominees – Snowday

Chickpea & Olive

We all love American diner food, but usually the vegetarians and vegans miss out on all that cholesterol and fat. Daniel Strong and Danielle Ricciardi are making burgers, sliders, and BLTs with beets and brown rice. I challenge you to taste the difference. You can find their killer sandwiches at Smorgasburg every weekend in the summer.

Ice & Vice

I’d be fine if I never ate a scoop of vanilla ice cream again. Let’s find some exciting and experimental flavors to put in our ice cream. That’s what Ice & Vice focuses on – even their vanilla is infused with Mexican black sea salt. Their stand at LIC Fle & Food is nominated for best dessert.


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