Monday, May 31, 2010

grill 'em all

the mister & i took a trip up to new york on saturday, and for a very good reason: his best friend (& best man in our upcoming wedding) was competing on a food network show called food truck wars!! his truck, grill 'em all, is a super totally amazing heavy metal themed burger truck & he made the cut down to the final two trucks in the competition... it was face-off time! naturally, we had to be there to eat 54,643 burgers in his honor. here's a peek at how the day played out:

that's me, waiting for my veggie burger. oh, and did i mention that there were television crews everywhere?! it was funny. that nice camera man kept me company while i waited for my cheese covered treat.

the mister caught me making a funny face as i was about to lay into burger #1. boy was it goooooood.

there he is, the man of the hour! that guy in the blue made my burger possible, bless his soul.

SPOILER ALERT! okay, so here's how the show works: grill 'em all is competing against only one other food truck at this point (a vietnamese banh mi truck) -- all the others have been eliminated. the final challenge was this: each truck had to go to each borough of new york, starting in queens, and make $500 at each stop -- and whoever did that & made it back to the flatiron building in manhattan first won!!

so, in the action shot above, they were packing up the truck in queens & heading for the next stop... brooklyn!

the brooklyn stop turned out to be awesome! loads of people were waiting at the brooklyn brewery in williamsburg for the truck to arrive & once it got there, there was a maaaad rush for a burger. there were some fat & happy people once grill 'em all was through with brooklyn. next was staten island!!

(pictured above: THE BEHEMOTH)

by the time we made our way to staten island, the mister & i were both ready for burger #2. since i am a creature of habit, i got the same thing -- the witte burger. cream cheese, sauteed peppers & onions, sriracha.... yummmm. oh, and since not a whole heck of a lot of people go for the veggie burger, they don't actually serve them. instead, they mash up french fries with loads of cheese & put it on a bun. and let me tell you: that is a-okay with me. also, i stuffed myself full of truffle french fries. because obviously you can never have too many french fries. duh.

the boy however opted for THE BEHEMOTH. what's that, you ask? for starters, the buns are grilled cheese sandwiches. oh YES. then, it's the delicious french-fry-gooey-cheese concoction, with beer soaked onions & smoked cheddar cheese. and if you're not a veg, then you get apple wood smoked bacon too. whoa!

after staten island, the truck ventured on to manhattan for the last leg of the competition, but for these two tired (and stuffed) folks, it was back to philly!

i'm pretty sure i'm totally not allowed to tell you who won, since the show hasn't even aired yet, buuuuut let's just say i am pleased as punch.