Saturday, February 22, 2014

Maple Pickled Pears

Maple Pickled PearsThis was a recipe from Herbivoracious' desserts section. It was difficult to find a dessert that was both gluten free and sugar free. This was the only one. I thought it would make a great snack for the big NFC Championship game. It was a very stressful game but the Seahawks squeaked by with a win over the San Francisco 49ers which led to a Superbowl win.

I paired the pears up with Seaside Cheese Co English cheddar, Uniekaas gouda arrano, Simple & Crisp dried oranges and Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisp crackers. They all went well together with the maple and cider vinegar soaked pears. I have to admit Bosc pears aren't my favorite pear. They are a grainier pear but probably hold up better and don't get too mushy so I thought they worked pretty well for this recipe and they didn't seem as grainy.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

RTC Campus Eats Food Trucks

When: Every Thursday 11:00am - 1:30pm
Where: RTC ATT Campus - 16221 NE 72nd Way, Redmond, WA
Schedule: ATT Campus Eats on Twitter & Facebook

If you're looking for food trucks on the East side you must check out the Redmond Town Center. It all started with a United Way food truck fundraiser and it must have been such a hit that they decided to have food trucks come out every Thursday. There are usually two different trucks to choose from. I used to be afraid of eating food out of trucks but there are actually some pretty awesome food trucks around and they are nothing to be afraid of. They've got some pretty amazing, restaurant quality food. Unfortunately I usually work from home on Thursdays so I miss out on the food trucks but occasionally I am in the office and am always sure to check out the trucks when I am. You'll find them in between ATT's RTC1 and 3 office buildings. You can find out who will be coming by following RTC Campus Eats on twitter or facebook. They will post the day before, the day of or sometimes not at all so you may need to risk it and just show up to see who will be there. The trucks have been coming for several months now and I've checked them out twice.

Papa Bois

My first visit to RTC Campus Eats was last November when I was surprised to find three trucks to choose from. Sweet and Savory Pie, Athena's Gyros and Papa Bois.  I was going to try Sweet and Savory Pies gluten free pie but unfortunately they were sold out by the time I went so I decided to go with Papa Bois jerk chicken though it wasn't gluten free but it was delicious. The chicken was tender and spicy and the bread was toasted perfectly, just a little black which some people may call burnt but it's just the way I like it. I got a green papaya salad to go with it. The salad was spicier than expected but I like spicy so it was good. It also had a bit of sweetness. It complemented the sandwich well. Papa Bois Food Truck Caribbean Jerk Chicken

 Sweet and Savory Pie

My second visit to RTC Campus Eats had Sweet and Savory Pie back and a first time visitor, the new Lumpia World truck. As much as I love lumpia, I went down early to make sure I got there in time to try the gluten free broccoli cheddar pie before they sold out. The crust was surprisingly good for a gluten free crust. I'm not sure what flours they use in it but I emailed them in hopes they will share the info. The filling was much thicker than I had expected and made no mess at all. I'm used to the Marie Callenders type pies which are more like a stew consistency. My only complaint is that it needed salt which I happen to keep at my desk. The pie is a little small so probably should have gotten another item off the menu. They have sweet pies including a gluten free ones, a couple of sides and Full Tilt ice cream.

Sweet and Savory Pie Truck Broccoli Cheddar Pie