It happened this past week, so fast that I can’t believe it. This little blog of mine ticked over at four years, so happy blogiversay to me! My life has changed a lot in those four years, so has this blog, and myself for that matter.
To celebrate four years I thought it might be fun to take a look back at my first ever post, you can click here if you are interested. Back then I was all about food trucks.
And if I thought I have changed a lot in four years, the food truck scene in Calgary has changed that much more. I was scrolling through my food truck app the other day and I think I counted almost 60. Back at the beginning there were much less.
So what is going on with some of those original trucks? They have changed a lot too.
My favourite truck back then was Blamwich, I couldn’t get enough of those delicious sandwiches even though the best one had so much bacon on it it made me break out in hives once! Margie Hope and Steve Glavicich were behind the wheel back then but since the Blamwich bus has retired you can find them spreading love in other ways around YYC.
Margie teamed up with fellow food truck owner Jody Barned (I’ll get to Jody’s truck in a minute) in 2014. They started up The Farmer’s House in the old Kaffa Coffeehouse located in the Marda Loop area.
Steve branched off from Blamwich in 2012 and started his small but mighty Braizen Food Truck. He is known for making quality salads and sandwiches and even cookies. In the winter months he works at schools making sure kids are getting good meals but when the weather warms up he takes his truck back out on the streets. Steve has also appeared on Chopped Canada not once but twice as well as Eat Street.
So back to The Farmer’s House. When I used to go to the food trucks chances are Blamwich and Jo Jo’s BBQ were side by side. Jody Barned from Jo Jo’s always had some excellent smoked meaty goodness going on, a tangy coleslaw and my favourite, corn fritters. Often I would grab a sandwich from Blamwich and then scoot on over to Jo Jo’s for corn fritters. So when Margie and Jody decided to hang up their truck keys for house keys I’m sure it was a natural fit. And today you can go to The Farmer’s House and Margie will be there offering good food and great wine in a warm space.
I don’t know where we would have been in those early days without Chef Mario Spina’s Pimento’s Pizza truck. Four years ago I had a very picky eater in my house and if it wasn’t for the pizza truck I wouldn’t have been able to go to a Food Truck Frenzy. Chef Mario has changed focus these days, moving from pizza to burgers. His brick and mortar business is now called Burger 320 and you can find it in Bridgeland. The Burger 320 Truck is driving the streets in the summer months and I have to mention that Chef Mario also appeared on an episode of Chopped Canada.
The best food truck of all though was and is the Fiasco Gelato truck. That was the one my son always begged for so we always tried to find it. My dear friends at Fiasco are still on the streets with the original Elie but they have added to the fleet with Bambino, that specializes in ice cream sandwiches. And even though they recently suffered a set-back with a fire at their newly opened location at 110, 221 19th St SE they are almost ready to open their doors again, hopefully by the end of April.
Does all of this look fun? It is fun. Going to a Food Truck Frenzy in Calgary is definitely an experience. These days you pay admission to get in but you have a ton of food trucks to choose from and some great entertainment too. The first frenzy of the season is coming up on April 23 and 24 and if you click here you can find out more details.
As always, for those of you who stick it out to the end there is my giveaway. To celebrate my four year blogiversary my friends at Fiasco Gelato would like to give one of you, my lucky readers, a one month subscription to their Gelato Club. The only rules are you have to live in Calgary and the winner will have to answer a skill testing (not hard) question. To enter my giveaway please click on the Rafflecopter link below for details.
Good luck everyone. And if you can’t make it to the Food Truck Frenzy be sure to check out the YYC Food Truck app throughout summer to find a truck to eat at. You can find it here and I always have the link on the front of my page, just in case.