What an assignment- sampling Food Truck cuisine on a beautiful summer day!
Somebody had to do it- right? So my colleague Patrick O'Donovan and I trundled to downtown Kamloops. Now we couldn’t possibly sample all of them and expect to return primed for work on a Friday afternoon. So as responsible adults we showed some prudence and avoided rolling around under desks the remainder of the afternoon..
Our first stop was a St Andrews Square where Samidges Food Truck was located. Despite, some impressive menu items including their signature Samidge made up of thinly sliced roast beast, lettuce, tomatoe, sautéed mushrooms, onions, cheddar and mayo on a toasted hoagie while looking and tasting like a cross between a beef dip and a sub, we both chose a Deluxe Dog featuring ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, banana peppers, hot sauce, onions and mayo.
Go figure! There are times when you just feel like a dog…..in fact wanting it so badly and eating is so fast that the only image we took was way too late!
Our next truck was located at 5th and Victoria outside the TNRD building. Bellringer Espresso is perhaps the biggest of the bunch in terms of physical size, neatly housed in a converted school bus. Despite room to move inside that also includes a few chairs and tables in the back in case of inclement weather, Bellringer keeps it fairly simple offering hot and iced coffee drinks, impressive organic smoothies one of which I had plus signature sandwiches, special culinary plates of the day and fair trade coffee by the pound. If you want specialty java on 4 wheels, this is the vehicle to hunt down!
We next moved on to Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops to find the Pig Rig. Cat & Joe’s precisely featuring southern BBQ and perhaps the best succulent smelling food truck yet. Who could resist pulled pork tacos? Patrick couldn’t and if we had of done this day’s trip in reverse, I would have been right with him….come on- BBQ pulled pork topped with slaw and in between Tequila Habanero sauce and chipotle aioli on a “Fresh is Best” corn tortilla- how could you resist? Well… I did but it wasn’t easy. Even reading the chalk board menu with the Ripped Pig pulled pork sandwich with beans and fries as their “Big Gun” dish wasn’t easy resisting.
Next it was on to Eats Amore the following day- no way could we pony up to more food on one day unless we were doing dinner as well….speaking of dinner, Eats Amore will be located downtown on select dates for dinner. But today our minds were on lunch fixings with offerings such as pasta, salads and 2 signature sandwiches – Italian Delight and a Meatball sub. I had the Meatball Sub that featured local grass fed beef- it was yummy! Patrick had the Italian featuring whipped bourzin, lots of local arugula, fresh mozza, prosciutto and balsamic drizzle.
Eat Amore specializes in homemade pastas, salads, sandwiches, and deserts. To the best of their abilities they serve S.S.O.L. Food, (seasonal, sustainable, organic and local) in all dishes.
FYI- On July 26th, Privato Winery and Vineyard will be hosting their annual local grazing Farm2Chefs event! This year they are featuring talented chefs from all around Kamloops. More information available at http://www.farm2chefs.com/
For Kamloops Food Truck summer location listings, visit the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association website at www.kcbia.com/downtown-kamloops-food-truck-calendar/