Sep 27, 2012

How much can you eat in three hours? - Food truck adventures

About a month ago, Raisin Bread and I attended the DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest (worst name ever, by the way) to see how much we could eat in three hours. Not really, but that's what the event wound up being. For $45, we were entitled to tastings from ten different food trucks plus 10 alcoholic drinks and 2 non-alcoholic drinks.

We found out that items such as a slice of pizza or a sandwich count as "tastings" and came to the realization that we would not be making it through all of the food trucks.

My sheet of food and drink tickets

We decided to be a little more strategic and try things that we already know we like or food from places that we have been wanting to try.

 Taco from TaKorean

 Buttered chicken from what is probably my favorite DC food truck: Fojol Bros.

Davis Ficelle from The Rolling Ficelle

I'm not sure how I kept eating, but we had only visited three trucks so far!

Time for a refresher! One of my favorite things about the festival was the beer tasting stations and our mini beer stein!

Pulled pork sandwich from BBQ Bus

It started raining pretty constantly at this point so I found myself standing in line at Jose Andres's Pepe the Food Truck.

Futbol Club Barcelone and Jamon Serrano y Queso Manchego from Pepe

I can't remember what these were but I think corn fritters and a piece of shrimp from Tapas Truck. I was unimpressed and very full.

Pineapple basil pop from Pleasant Pops

And one for the road from Curbside Cupcakes.

Eight out of ten....not bad! We skipped DC Empanadas and DC Slice and I also didn't finish my drink tickets. Overall, I found it to be a fun event and worth the price of admission although I wish there was a non-boozy option for those of us who don't want to get trashed.

Sep 10, 2012

Zengerine: travel while you shop!

One of my favorite things to do when I am traveling to a new place is check out the local grocery stores, markets and boutiques to see what is unique about that destination. Bringing home something to remind me of my trip is also something I try to do during my travels, whether it be a piece of art or a wearable souvenir. These mementos serve multiple purposes for me: they tell a story about the place they came from and they inspire me to keep exploring.

Two of my favorite recent purchases are a hand-painted mask from Saint Lucia and a painting of a surfboard on driftwood from Puerto Rico. They both hang to the right of my desk and bring me back to those islands almost every day.

This brings me to a recently launched website that merges shopping and travel to bring beautiful products from around the world right to your front door. Zengerine offers unique products that take their customers to new and inspiring parts of the world. Right now, their collection of home and fashion goods whisks shoppers to Asia.

Here are a few of my favorite products on Zengerine.

Both my husband and I grew up drinking lots and lots of tea. Although my tea-drinking comes from my Chinese roots and his comes from his Scottish heritage, we both have a great love for tea. This tea leaf holder from Shanghai is definitely a step up from our rubber-banded packages of loose leaf tea!

My mother is originally from Hong Kong, and I have traveled there numerous times over the years. Metal mailboxes like these can be found throughout Hong Kong and to me, symbolize the organized chaos that is Hong Kong. They are also super cute in magnet form!

This beautiful printed silk scarf from Thailand is chic, functional and pays tribute to Thailand's tradition of silk production.

Readers - What are some of your favorite things that you have picked up on your travels? What do you usually look for to purchase when you are abroad? What types of products or destinations would you like to see on Zengerine?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zengerine. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here