Street Feast: Truck Stop

Tucked away in E14, Wood Wharf is playing host to a fleet of food trucks which will be serving up delicious dishes once a month. Truck Stop Along with the trucks, the site features a taco bar, keg party and rotary bar serving up festival-style cocktails. Truck Stop When we arrived, Truck Stop was packed with hungry Londoners looking to feast on their favourite food trucks. Truck Stop A pretty good selection had rolled up, including Mark Hix’s Fish Dogs, Anna Mae’s Mac & Cheese and Vanduke’s Thai truck. Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck StopOriginal Fry Up Material was serving up something deliciously naughty, which I couldn’t help but be tempted by.
Truck Stop A Truck Stop special of dry-aged chuck and short rib patty, dry cure bacon, hash brown, soft cotswold legbar egg, cheese and sauce all piled onto a brioche bun. Truck StopThat is one badass burger, if you ask me.
To accompany the monster, we ordered a side of dainty crinkle cut fries.
You know, to balance it out.
Truck Stop At the end of the site, a group of people were huddled around the Taco Bar. Now I know tacos are tasty, and I have heard good things about Breddo’s Tacos, but why would this cause a huddle?Truck StopAs I got nearer, I realised people were taking shots from the bar.
The reason for the onlookers being that these weren’t ordinary shots.
They were Chillibacks: one shot of Jose Cuervo tequila followed by a shot of Breddo’s pickled habanero juice.
Hands trembled wrapped around shot glasses as friends grinned from ear to ear egging their buddies on. Two quick shots resulted with a twisted face followed by bulging eyes.
This was all very amusing to watch, but I was hungry.
Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck StopBesides the tequila torture at the end of the line, Breddo’s also serve up tasty tacos.
We tried the 10 hour slow roasted chipotle short rib beef and the habanero, agave and lime chicken with mango slaw. Both had excellent flavour combinations, tender meat and some serious heat. Truck Stop Truck StopTruck Stop We wandered around looking for our next taste, watching the lines get longer and longer. Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck StopI spotted happy faces leaving Yum Bun’s food truck and quickly joined the growing queue.
Truck Stop Truck Stop Truck StopTruck StopWhilst waiting for my pork bun, I was overjoyed to find a big bottle of Sriracha waiting to be poured over my buns. Truck Stop

My pork bun with slow-roasted  Blythburgh belly pork, cucumber, spring onion and hoi sin sauce was finally ready. It looked absolutely perfect, sitting there all covered in sauce, tucked in its bun.
Truck StopI of course then doused it with a generous serving of Sriracha hot sauce and took a bite.Truck StopIt was so delicious that a glorious beam of rainbow shot out form the clouds overhead.
Not really, but it was damn good.
Truck Stop A navy green ambulance in the middle of the Truck Stop had a longer queue than any other. Truck StopIt turned out to be Mother Clucker, Ross’ southern style fried chicken truck, which was pumping out chick-wiches and popcorn chicken to a growing mass of people. Truck Stop Truck StopMother Clucker’s chicken has been marinated in sweet tea brine and is coated in buttermilk before being mixed with a secret blend of spices to create a traditional, southern style bite of fried chicken.
I had to try some.

The line lingered on and on and eventually we were next to try the mother clucking chicken.

Truck StopMy order of the popcorn chicken was finally ready.
The cup was filled with hot, tender chicken which truly had delicious flavour, further enhanced by the fiery hot sauce.
Although the queue seemed to dwindle on forever, I must admit, it was worth the wait.

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Truck Stop has been rolling into Wood Wharf the first Thursday and Friday of each month and will be returning this September so don’t miss it! For more info, check out their website.

Green Pig Bistro

I’m back in the home country – the You Ess of Ay.
What better to do in the US, but eat.

Tucked into an up-and-coming neighbourhood bordering Washington DC, the Green Pig Bistro sits cosily in a shop lined street in Arlington, Virginia.

Traipsing towards the doors through air so thick, it could be cut with a knife; we pushed into the restaurant, escaping the sweltering heat. My first impression of the quaint, quirky interior was further enhanced by the cool air that swept over us.

Green Pig BistroGreen Pig BistroWalls lined with recipe pages, rustic wooden boards and earthy fabrics decorated a small bar and seating area.

Green Pig Bistro

This size of the front room is surprisingly misleading. But, a trip around the corner, down the hall of recipe book filled glass fridges opens up into a cozy dining room with windows looking onto the road and an open plan kitchen bustling in the background.

Green Pig BistroChilled water bottles on the table were a pleasant touch considering the sauna from which we had emerged.

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The Green Pig Bistro sells a variety of house sodas with interesting flavours such as cinnamon cream soda, hibiscus-lemon fizz and blueberry-lemonade. They also serve Blenheim Ginger Ale, which has been bottled in South Carolina since 1903.

After a sip of the sweet drink, a gentle heat tingled down the back of my throat from the Ginger Ale’s flavouring of Jamaican ginger. I’d definitely recommend trying this or one of the flavoured house sodas to awaken your taste buds before your feast.

Green Pig BistroAfter browsing the menu, we decided to create a tapas experience as all of the appetisers and side dishes appealed to us.

The bibb lettuce salad with candied walnut, grapes and chunks of blue cheese was smothered in a creamy buttermilk dressing. Bites of chives and radish cut the creamy dressing, preventing it from being overwhelming when paired with the blue cheese. This salad was far from a light kickoff to the decadent meal ahead.

Green Pig BistroThe pig tacos arrived loaded with avocado, salsa verde and purple cabbage. The meat was tender and had been cooked carnitas style with plenty of flavour. The spice from the salsa verde and added acidity from the lime made the perfect flavour combination.

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Food porn alert.Green Pig BistroThe side of Mac & Cheese arrived with a lightly breaded crust.
Upon dipping a spoon into the cheesy mixture, I expected strings of melted cheese pulling the shapes of pasta hesitantly away from the dish. Instead, each bite of pasta was wrapped in silky, creamy cheese sauce with sneaking hints of chive chasing the smokey flavour of Gouda.

Green Pig BistroA skillet filled with what looked like yellow cake topped with a scoop of ice cream turned out to be a rich cornbread with melting maple butter. To my surprise, this wasn’t too dense and was a sweet accompaniment to the meal.

Green Pig BistroBuffalo ribs came coated in buffalo sauce with wispy shavings of celery and a sprinkling of chives. The sauce was a delicious combination of spice and tang, but meat was fatty and overall this was far from my favourite dish.

Green Pig Bistro

Speaking of favourite dishes, the duck & rabbit paté topped with caramelised onion jelly was, dare I say, perfect. The creamy, gamey flavour of the paté melted together with the sweet tang of the onion jelly, all spread onto the perfect bite of toast with a crunchy crust and soft middle.

This is a dish I’ll be comparing every future bite of paté to, and I’ll doubt any shall surpass the flavour achieved here.

Green Pig Bistro Green Pig BistroAs if we hadn’t eaten enough, true to the restaurant’s name, we ordered dessert like true piggies.

The doughnut, chocolate and peanut butter ice cream arrived as a tower of gluttony with chocolate sauce poured from high above the table.
The doughnut was more of a brioche, sandwiching the delicious ice cream with crunches of caramelised peanuts.

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Expecting a decent sized slab of citrus flavoured pie, the skillet filled with a full-sized key lime pie that arrived made me groan with a fullness I hadn’t previously acknowledged.
But of course, I had to try a bite.

The texture was creamier than any key lime pie I’ve tasted and had a delicious graham cracker base. The flavour of the pie, however, lacked a strong citrus presence that would have been the perfect palate cleanser to end the night.

Green Pig Bistro

The Green Pig Bistro combines classic dishes with original, skilled cooking techniques. The restaurant’s charming, quirky interior is perfect for any occasion and the food will leave you wanting to come back for more.

 

ECO Pizzeria

Eco Pizzeria is one of Clapham’s local favourites.

It was established on Clapham High Street over 20 years ago and has created a fiercely loyal following from locals and visitors alike.

The family owned restaurant has been recently renovated, with its walls being taken back to their original red brick shell dating back to when the building was originally built. The combination of modern and rustic interior design creates a welcoming atmosphere with Italian roots present throughout. At the heart of the restaurant is a handmade, wood burning oven decorated in brightly coloured orange tiles. This guards the open plan kitchen adding to the authentic pizzeria feel.

ECO ECO But pizza certainly isn’t the only thing Eco is cooking up. ECO Homemade rosemary and chilli oils top each table to allow a custom made burst of flavour to be added by each diner.

This homemade chilli oil filled with dried chilli flakes really packs a punch. Although it is absolutely delicious, taste at your own risk as it is seriously spicy! ECO

I first tried the restaurant’s special of pork cheek with mashed potato & red wine jus.
The meat was sumptuous and tender with incredible flavour combined with creamy mashed potatoes.
An incredibly decadent dish that was far from anything I’ve tried at any other pizza place in London.  ECO

To accompany such a hearty dish, I thought a fresh, light salad would go nicely.
Summer dieters, look away now as this was far from your couple calorie dinner dish.

An asparagus and poached egg salad with baked sourdough topped with melted mozzarella, pancetta, baked mozzarella wrapped with San Daniele, mixed leaves and house dressing was a naughty but delicious combination.
The ingredients paired perfectly and the flavour was outstanding.

A proper salad if I’ve ever seen one!

ECO

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Sitting in the presence of a roaring, wood burning oven makes it almost impossible to not order a cheesy, hot pizza. The combination of smoked aubergine and pepper with burrata, baked garlic and basil pesto was simply irresistible.

Fresh, melted burrata is my dream pizza topping and it went beautifully with the smoked aubergine and peppery basil pesto.
Dare I say, this may be my new favourite pizza combination.

ECO ECO Although I was filled to the brim, it was insisted I try the restaurant’s best dessert of triple chocolate mousse.
Having put up a real fight as I always do when it comes to dessert, I gave in.

Layers of milk, dark and white chocolate mousse where beautifully spread on top of a biscuit base and topped with a tart, sweet strawberry.
Several spoonfuls of this was more than enough as it was incredibly rich, but so good.

ECO Overall, this was a great find.
A cheerful little local spot with great food and lovely interior.

If you go, promise me you’ll try the smoked aubergine & burrata pizza and tell me what you think!