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It’s Goodbye, But Also Not Goodbye

Since I started this blog in 2012, I’ve met so many great people and had so many wonderful meals.  I’ve had the opportunity to write a book.  And I’ve been able to participate in many great events such as the Nashville Street Food Awards.  We even took home a “Best Food Truck Blog” award.

I did this blog as a side project.  An outlet for my creative side.  This was never a money making venture.  As time has gone on, unfortunately, responsibilities at my paying day job have kept me buried under paperwork and with little time for blogging.  I also do not have the time during the day to hit the trucks like I used to, even on the weekends.  There are fewer events on the side of town I live/work on during the weekdays.  I just could not and cannot afford the time away from the office.

So it is a long time coming since I know that I have not blogged in quite some time that I officially announce the end of NashvilleFoodTruckJunkie.com.  My headline says “It’s Goodbye, But Also Not Goodbye.”  The reason for that is I still love food trucks and I still visit food trucks when I can even on out of town travels, I just will not be blogging about it.

The Nashville Food Truck Association has an app that shows the locations for most of the active trucks on the roads.  And trucks that aren’t in the NFTA should have a good social media presence so that you can easily find their schedule.  If they don’t, you probably don’t want to eat there anyways!

It’s goodbye to the blog.  But it is not goodbye to my love of food and food trucks.  But like many trucks are evolving from truck to brick & mortar, I am evolving as well.  I never wanted the blog to feel like an obligation.  And towards the middle to end of last year, I was running around busy between promoting the book and keeping up with my paying day job.  It started to make visits to the trucks harder to happen.  It is hard to keep up a food truck blog when you can’t make it to the food trucks to blog about them.  The last few months I’ve not blogged about the times I’ve been to the trucks.  And I have been a number of times.  I wanted to see how I felt about my truck experiences without the requirement to blog about it.  And while a part of me missed writing about what I was eating, a bigger part of me enjoyed the food truck experience much more without having to critique every little thing about my experience.

I have appreciated every person I have met over the years.  I have appreciated all of the friendships that I have created with other bloggers and so many of the food truck owners.  This is what is making this difficult for me to say goodbye to the blog.  It was able to bring me into a community in Nashville, that many people see from the outside and do not get to enjoy from the inside.

There are so many great food blogs and food truck blogs out there.  You won’t have any problem finding a replacement blog to discover new trucks in the area.  The Bites Blog is always a top source for all things foodie.  The Bites Blog’s Lesley Lassiter and Chris Chamberlain are two of the people whom I have had the pleasure of meeting because of this blog.

I am sorry to those who will be disappointed that this is ending.  Sometimes things are not meant to be lifelong.  It’s been a wonderful run.

And I thank you to all!  From the bottom of my heart, this has changed my life and I will be forever grateful!

I’ll end this in the way I always make my mantra when I visit the trucks and the way I always tried to end each and every blog post —> Make sure to always try something new!  And I’ll see you at the trucks!!!

-Julie

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Time for a Little Hiatus

This year has been such a blessing!  The release of our book, Nashville Food Trucks:Stories & Recipes from the Road, has been so exciting and so fulfilling and so well received.  I could not have ever imagined!

While Jim and I will still be making regular visits to the food trucks, I am entering my super busy season at my day job aka “The Place That Pays The Bills.”  So for the next few months, I am going to be taking a step back from the blogging duties to focus on the day job.

For location information, there are many more resources now than when I started my blog.  Which I am beyond pleased to see.  ToGoOrder.com, Roaming Hunger, and probably the best spot is the Nashville Food Truck Association app through your iPhone or Android device.

I enjoy blogging and talking food trucks.  And I will be back.  I just need a few moments to catch my breath from this whirlwind year, focus on the busy season at my day job, and get reinvigorated with more new food trucks!

We hope to still bump into you at the trucks!  And if you don’t already have a copy of our book, there are so many awesome places around town that you can find the book: Parnassus, White’s Mercantile, Whole Foods, Pangaea, The Rolling Feast Food Truck, East Side Story, among the few that I know of.  The recipes are worth getting the book!  From Biscuit Love’s Family Reserve Biscuit to The Rolling Feast’s Spicy Tortilla Soup to Delta Bound’s Caramel Sauce, the book is complete with goodness that you can make at home!

We can’t wait to be back, we just need a quick minute to get through our “day job busy season dolldrums!”

See you soon!

-FTJ Julie

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Delta Bound & Biscuit Love Invade The Cooking Channel – TONIGHT!

Tonight The Cooking Channel’s Eat St. will feature back-to-back episodes featuring 2 of Nashville’s best food trucks, Delta Bound and Biscuit Love!

Delta Bound will be featured in the 7 PM (Central) episode and Biscuit Love will be featured in the 7:30 PM (Central) episode!  You might even see one or both of us food truck junkies!!!!

So set your DVRs or make sure you’re on your couch!  It’s time to celebrate Nashville’s Food Trucks!!

Comcast – SD Channel 122, HD Channel 1281

DirecTV – HD Channel 232

Dish Network – HD Channel 113

Uverse – SD Channel 456, HD Channel 1456

See I’ve even made it easy for you to find The Cooking Channel!!!!

Make sure to tune in tonight!  I believe it will also re-air at 11 PM tonight as well!

-FTJ Julie

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Delta Bound and Biscuit Love Truck Coming to a TV Near You!

Last November, the camera crews from The Cooking Channel’s Eat St. invaded Nashville!  They taped Biscuit Love, Crepe A Diem, and Delta Bound food trucks.

While the date for the episode with Crepe A Diem has not yet been announced online, after a little researching, I can say that Delta Bound is featured in the episode that will air on Thursday, September 25th and Biscuit Love is featured in the episode that will air on Thursday, October 9th.

Eat St. airs on The Cooking Channel pretty much a lot.  But the new episodes premiere on Thursday’s at 7 PM Central.

We will keep an eye out for Crepe A Diem’s spot.  But for now you can preview the upcoming features on Delta Bound and Biscuit Love below!!  You might even see one or both of us Food Truck Junkies in there!!!

Delta Bound’s Eat St. Preview:

Biscuit Love’s Eat St. Preview:

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3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards Are In The Books!

Electric Sliders, Delta Bound, Jeni's, The Rolling Feast, and Bare Naked Bagel busy getting setup for the 2014 Nashville Street Food Awards!

Electric Sliders, Delta Bound, Jeni’s, The Rolling Feast, and Bare Naked Bagel busy getting setup for the 2014 Nashville Street Food Awards!

Mother Nature attempted to rain on our parade, but alas, she did not succeed!  Despite some rain, Nashville came out for the 3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards which took place this past Saturday, August 30 from 11 – 5 PM at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.

I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed the change of location.  I liked the increased shaded areas at the farmer’s market as well as just the general setup of the trucks and the stage.  Plus, you also had some of the flea market shops to walk around and peruse as well.

Riffs Fine Street Food, Riddim N' Spice, Smokin' Thighs, Hoss' Loaded Burgers, and Smoke Et Al were ready to compete and serve on Saturday!

Riffs Fine Street Food, Riddim N’ Spice, Smokin’ Thighs, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, and Smoke Et Al were ready to compete and serve on Saturday!

I was lucky enough to be a judge again for the 3rd year in a row.  It really is a pleasure and an honor to be asked!  This year, I got to judge the Best Taco, Best Hot Nashville, and Best Drink categories.  Now for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain.  Throughout the day, the food trucks aren’t only serving food to the public.  They are also participating in several competitions throughout the day.  There were 10 different categories they could enter: Best Taco, Best Hot Nashville, Best Drink, Best Vegetarian, Best Dessert, Best Goo Goo, Best Smoked, Best Between Bread, Best Yazoo, and Best Deep Fried.  There were specific turn in times for each category.  And a table of judges would blindly try each entrant’s item and then rate them from 1-10 based on presentation, taste, and overall impression.  The top 3 in each category were place winners and the truck with the most impressive day in the competition was awarded Best of the Best.

The winners at this year’s Nashville Street Food Awards are:

Best Taco: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Riff’s Fine Street Food, and 3rd Place – Smoke Et Al

Best Hot Nashville: 1st Place – Deg Thai, 2nd Place – Delta Bound, and 3rd Place – Retro Sno

Best Drink: 1st Place – Smoke Et Al, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – Delta Bound

Best Vegetarian: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Riffs Fine Street Food, and 3rd Place – Two Guys in a Lunchbox

Best Dessert: 1st Place – Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, 2nd Place – Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, and 3rd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie

Best Smoked: 1st Place – Smoke Et Al, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – The Mobile Chef

Best Goo Goo Cluster: 1st Place – Pita Pit, 2nd Place – The Rolling Feast, and 3rd Place – Delta Bound

Best Deep Fried: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – The Waffle Boss

Best Yazoo: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Smoke Et Al, and 3rd Place – Pita Pit

Best Between Bread: 1st Place – Tiger Meat, 2nd Place – Confeastador, and 3rd Place – Dawg Daze

Best of the Best: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Smoke Et Al, and 3rd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie

Congrats to all the winners!  I couldn’t be more happy for the Mobleys with Delta Bound who have been putting out amazing food for over 2 years!  And they are finally being rewarded!!!

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Nashville Street Food Awards, I hope you had a good reason!  There is always next year’s event!!!!  Can’t wait to see you all at the trucks!!!

-FTJ Julie

 

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Third Annual “Nashville Street Food Awards” Has A Date!!!!

It is perhaps the biggest food truck event of the year!!!  If you have ever wanted to try your pick of any food truck, the Nashville Street Food Awards is the event for you to do that!

The date has been set as Saturday, August 30th from 11 AM – 5 PM.  Bit of a change this year, the location will be at the Nashville Farmer’s Market in the grassy outdoor area on the north side.

This event is FREE to the public and will include more than 30 NFTA members who will compete in several different categories throughout the day.  Categories may include: Best Taco, Best Between Bread, Best Smoked, Best Dessert, Best Hot Nashville, Best Vegetarian, Best Deep Fried, and Best Drink.  There will be two Nashville-centric categories: Best Yazoo and Best Goo Goo Cluster.  The best overall performing food truck will take home the Best of the Best!

In addition to the food trucks, there will be craft beer, live music, activities for the kids, and of course, all of the farmer’s market vendors!

So time to make sure your calendar is clear.  Grab your best group of friends and plan to spend an entire afternoon eating to your heart’s delight!!

While the trucks are subject to change at a moment’s notice, the current listing of trucks is as follows:

Bacon Nation

Bare Naked Bagel

Blue Monkey Shaved Ice

Bradley’s Curbside Creamery

Confeastador

Crepe A Diem

Dawg Daze

Deg Thai

Delta Bound

Electric Sliders

The Food Dudes

The Grilled Cheeserie

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers

Itty Bitty Donuts

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jonbalaya

Julia’s Bakery

King Tut’s

Maggie Moo’s

Moovers & Shakers

Music City Pie Company

Nashville Armory

Pappy’s Mobile Cafe

Pita Pit

Retro Sno

Riddim N’ Spice

Riffs Fine Street Food

The Rolling Feast

Smoke Et Al

Smokin’ Thighs

Smoothie King

Steaming Goat

Two Guys In A Lunchbox

The Waffle Boss

Yayo’s OMG

We are crossing our fingers that we get the opportunity to be a judge again this year!  We’ve really enjoyed that the last two years!!!!  And we really enjoy getting to talk with everyone at the Street Food Awards!  We hope to see you there!!!!!

-FTJ Julie

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All The Thanks!!!

Minus a little nervousness, the book launch at Parnassus Books in Green Hills was a complete success!!!

To everyone who came out: You totally made my day.  Getting to talk food trucks with you was such an incredible highlight!  You all had some great questions and I could have gone on for hours honestly!!!  I hope you all are enjoying the book and are already making plans to stalk some food trucks you haven’t tried before!!!!

To Biscuit Love, Moovers & Shakers, & The Rolling Feast: I thank you so much for taking the time to prepare samples for everyone to try!  On a Saturday in the summer which is prime food truck time, that you were at Parnassus instead of having the windows up, I just cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation!!!

To Pita Pit: Even though your truck was out at the Dave Macon Days, you still worked it out to be present at the book launch.  I CANNOT tell you how much that meant to me.  Plus, it was pretty great to get to meet your little man and future Pita Pit Master!!

To the staff at Parnassus Books: Despite it being my first rodeo, this definitely was not yours.  Thank you for putting up with a stressed out first timer.  You made the whole process not only enjoyable, but easy.  Your shop is just beautiful and Bear was not only a great shop dog, but a wonderful “stress therapy” dog as well!!!  While I know you all enjoyed the samples as well, Thank you for allowing me to take space and time for the event.  Nashville is so extremely lucky to have you!!!  And I feel blessed to be on your shelves!!!

Again, I want to thank the food truck community for your amazing food that has inspired this blog and now the book.

Tomorrow, I’m going to bring you a little bit about a fellow food truck blogger who does things much differently than I do and I think it’s pretty cool!!!!  And later this week, I’m going to bring you a little more about the awesome food from Pita Pit!!!

So, stay tuned!!!!

-FTJ Julie

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