… I snapped these photos of the Latin American Festival, City Hall.
– Rosalie Tirella
Festival, brought to you by …
But first, in the a.m., … head to the REC FARMERS MARKET at Crystal Park!
Then from noon to 9 p.m.
on the Worcester Common, behind City Hall
(Main Street, DOWNTOWN WORCESTER)
Bands, singers, dancers, visual artists, kids activities …
food trucks, vendors, flags, fun …
It’s Centro’s LATIN AMERICAN FEST!
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC!
Folks come from all over New England for Centro’s annual summer musical celebration/extravaganza! Why not join ’em, coyote? – Rose T.
11 AM to 2 PM
Free music! Grupo Fantasia!!!
REC Farmers Market!
Artisans selling their art/crafts!
CELEBRATE WORCESTER’S DIVERSE CITIZENRY!! ENJOY A FREE CONCERT!!
Out to Lunch Summer Concert!
On the historic Worcester Common Oval! (behind Worcester City Hall)
Creative, local and fun – all in the heart of downtown!
Thursday’s band: Grupo Fantasia
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Angel Wagner began his career playing with a cheese grater and fork!
At age eleven, Angel went on professional tour with a Merengue band, later performing in Miami and at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Angel has performed with such groups as Aramis Camilo, Orchestra Cafe, Luis Ovalles and Manguito.
Angel Wagner provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous instruments.
The extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Colombian Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi, Calypso, Reggae and Salsa music.
Here’s to a VIBRANT downtown Worcester!
From the City of Worcester website/R.T.;pics R.T.
Support your downtown – so it gets even better! pics/text:R.T.
FREE MUSIC, food trucks, farmers market, crafters … Lots of folks enjoying tbe green space behind City Hall!
Grab lunch, sit at one of the tables with the purty umbrellas … groove to the tunes!
After lunch head to UNIQUE FINDS! Open until 7 p.m. EVERY DAY!
GREAT PRICES! UNIQUE ITEMS STARTING at $5!
Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – Worcester (Webster Square)
Lovin’ their new arrivals!!
And the world will always idolize, adore … intensely fetishize Marilyn!
DISCOVER THE EXCITING WORLD OF FOOD TRUCK CULTURE AND RECREATE THE COUNTRY’S FAVORITE FOOD TRUCK DISHES with …
FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP — A COOKBOOK
More Than 100 Recipes Collected from the Best Street Food Vendors Coast to Coast
by Kim Pham, Philip Shen, Terri Phillips
Page Street Publishing / November 2014
Reading a good cookbook is like a food journey. Each recipe is a culinary experience that can transport you to a different place and the process of cooking can connect you with cooks from all over the globe. For bloggers Kim Pham and Philip Shen, of the award-winning BehindtheFoodCarts.com – named Best Culinary Travel Blog by Saveur magazine – and food writer Terri Phillips, their love of food has literally taken them on a journey—a journey across the United States as they try out famous food trucks in various cities and have documented their meals along the way. The result is their new book, FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK [Page Street Publishing, November 2014, $21.99 US/$23.99 Canada].
Part cookbook, part photography book, and part history book, FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK has it all! The chapters cover all the food truck favorites, from soup and sandwiches, to American comfort food, to Latin American, Asian and fusion foods from all corners of the Earth—plus drinks, sides, desserts, and snacks. And every recipe is accompanied by gorgeous photographs taken by the authors, both trained photographers, as well as the history of the food truck, its owner, and the story behind the spectacular food.
“We’re humbled by the opportunity to tell a little bit of our story, but we’re more excited for you to hear the stories of these chefs and owners who have inspired us to make this book.” says Philip Shen.
With FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP home cooks can explore and enjoy amazing recipes from all over the U.S. Recipes include:
Jalapeño Corn Cakes – Bid D’s Grub Truck – Dennis Kum, New York, NY
Fopo Cristo – The Egg Carton – Sarah Arkwright, Portland, OR
Oxtail Mac N’ Cheese – Flat Iron – Timothy Mark Abell and Caleb Patrick Orth, Los Angeles, CA
Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fennel Slaw – Doc’s of the Bay – Zak Silverman, Oakland, CA
The Matador – American Meltdown – Paul Inserrra, Durham, NC
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders – Nola Girl food Truck and Catering – Dannielle Judie, New Orleans, LA
Seafood Soup – Fishey Bizness Seafood Co – Dennis White, Austin, TX
Santa Fe Black Bean Burger – Mix’d Up Food Truck – Brett Eanes, Atlanta, GA
Roasted Roots Salad – The Moral Omnivore – Ross and Linnea Logas, Minneapolis, MN
Brisket Barbarcoa Empanada – Taco Mondo – Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen, Philadelphia, PA
Japanese Curry with Chicken Kara-Age – Japacurry – Jay Hamada, San Francisco, CA
Coconut-Cashew Kaffir Lime Trout with Fresh Pineapple Slaw – Carte Blanche – Jessie Aron, Portland, OR
Rosemary Olive Oil and Blood Orange Cake – La Bella Torte – Joe Glaser, New York, NY
FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK allows readers to travel all over the country without leaving their kitchens and gives them the tools to re-create favorite food truck dishes from cities such as Raleigh, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and New York. This book is ideal for every foodie, traveler, and story-lover out there.
About the Authors:
Philip Shen and Kim Pham are the creators of BehindtheFoodCarts.com, which has over 200,000 subscribers and was named Best Culinary Travel Blog by Saveur Magazine in 2013. They live in San Francisco, California.
Terri Phillips is a freelance food writer who lives in Portland, OR.
Sample recipe from FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP — A COOKBOOK:
CRAB A HOLD OF ME
MELTS MY HEART—WES ISIP—SAN JOSE, CA
Makes 1 Sandwich
Owner Brian Aflague’s love of grilled cheese came from homemade childhood meals in his grandfather’s kitchen. It was a nostalgic meal that never quite gave up its spot as his #1 favorite food. At Melts My Heart, Brian pays tribute to the classic grilled cheese by constantly looking for new ways to offer up the cheese and-bread combo. His favorite place of inspiration is his own crew, often putting their ideas into practice and creating instant favorites. One such favorite is the signature crab melt made with fresh crab, mild Cheddar cheese and a touch of Old Bay.
1 (16-oz [454g]) can premium quality super or jumbo lump crabmeat (not imitation)
1 stalk celery, diced
¼ red onion, diced
1 scallion, chopped
Old Bay seasoning to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 to 3 tbsp (28 to 41g) mayonnaise
2 slices fresh sourdough bread
3 slices mild Cheddar cheese
2 slices tomatoes
Combine the crab, celery, red onion, scallion, Old Bay and black pepper in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly again.
Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place both slices of bread buttered-side down onto the skillet. Add the cheese to both slices of bread. Scoop 4 ounces (112g) of the crab mix on top of the cheese on one slice of bread.
Place 2 slices of tomatoes directly on the pan and grill for a few seconds on each side. Place the tomatoes on the other slice of bread and toast for 3 minutes. Flip the slice of bread with the tomatoes onto the other slice of bread with the crab mix. Press down firmly and toast both sides for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
Recipe from FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK by Kim Pham, Philip Shen, Terri Phillips.
… City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. City Hall, Main Steet. Click here to see agenda!
Also, the city council Economic Development committee will be meeting to discuss a FOOD TRUCK ordinance.
We wholeheartedly support food trucks!
Get them on the city hall common on Sundays, when people are enjoying our common …. sitting on benches, chatting, walking their dogs! There is NO place to grab a gyro, or veggie wrap, etc when you are hanging about in the centor of our city. There is so much more activity – the good kind as in young people and young couples – on our City Hall common these days! Bring on the food trucks so people can gnosh and socialize! There are no neighboring small biz folks to worry about! No one will be put outa biz cuz of food trucks! Especially on a Sunday or Saturday!
Let’s make downtown come alive again!
Click here Agenda for Economic Development Meeting
BE THERE TO SUPPORT FOOD TRUCKS! – R. Tirella
AND…..Why can’t our city council meetings be as fun as this???
Or: as honest as this??