Saturday, September 12, 2009

Taco Truck Taste Test Two

Mark Baratelli of the Daily City organized a second Taco Truck Taste Test this truck is located at the corner of Conway and Curry Ford in a gas station parking lot. The trucks main dish is Monfongo Relleno which is from the Dominican Republic. Monfongo is made from fried green plantains or yuca which is mashed and seasoned with garlic, olive oil and pork bacon. As I walked up to the taco truck someone approached me and said "Hey if you want to get your truck cleaned be sure to call me, I do good work." He handed me a business card that read: Rambo's Car Cleaning. About a dozen people gathered for this taste test. After saying hi to Mark, I immediately sat down leaning up against a tire air compressor. I sketched as quickly as possible to try and catch the individuals who had shown up. I found it odd that one man stood on a milk crate next to the truck so he could see into the truck and presumably talk to the chef. A second truch weas located behind the gas station and many of the cooking impliments were strewn around on the ground. I presume they were retrofitting or upgrading the Taco Truck.
There were just two of those generic white plastic chairs that you see everywhere. People ended up sitting on the curb and leaning up against the gas station walls while they ate. The prices at this truck were on the high side. For instance a shrimp Monfongo was $12, you could also get a lobster Monfongo for $14. Because of the prices I decided to pass on sampling the food. I finished up my sketch and headed home.

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Julia Kay said...

Love this!
Great colors and scene.

Thor said...

Thanks Julia.

dukebravo said...

That is a really nice day-in-the-life scene. I appreciate you taking the time to do it. It's just up the street from my home, and it makes the neighborhood feel more....appreciated. Even a common gas station corner gets its 15 minutes! Thanks Thor.