Can this be a quarterly event?
By Roberta Millstein
On Thursday evening, the Davis Food Co-op and Land & Ladle, in partnership with COOL Cuisine Davis, put on an event dubbed the StrEatery, held adjacent to the Co-op on 6th St. About a dozen food trucks were there, offering cuisines ranging from Mexican to Filipino to Hawaiian and more. Beer and wine were also available.
What follows are some photos and my idiosyncratic impressions from the event. I'm sure others had different experiences, and I encourage them to share those in the comments.
But my main question is, when do we do this again? There were too many good choices and only so much room in my stomach! Maybe this should be a quarterly event?
We arrived a little before 6 PM. There was already a pretty good crowd:
There were also some nice tunes, from Boca do Rio:
It was very hard to choose a main dish, so I tried to get something that I don't normally eat. That turned out to be vegetable lumpia (on left) and pancit (on right) from the Filipino Food Truck, MaSarap (both vegan):
These were both excellent – very flavorful and fresh.
My partner tried a fried chicken sandwich from Smokers Wild BBQ - I didn't get a snapshot of it, but I did get a few bites, so I can attest to its tastiness. Here is the truck:
We managed to get some bites of the pizza from Upper Crust Baking and pronounced it delicious, especially for those of us who love thin crust. We hope that they are able to make this a regular item at the bakery.
Dessert was equally hard to choose, so we split a churro with whipped cream and chocolate sauce from Puros Churros, ably made by our own Mayor Pro Tem, Gloria Partida:
It disappeared far too quickly to even think about getting a picture of it. My partner declared, "I am going to get one of their churros every time I see them in the future."
Speaking of Council members, Mayor Brett Lee was also spotted enjoying a coconut drink from Zumapoke & Lush Ice:
After the churro, some vegan gelato from Conscious Creamery was consumed:
It was very creamy. I didn't miss the dairy at all in the hazelnut dipped in chocolate with toasted hazelnuts.
And, just in case that wasn't enough gluttony for one evening, we took home a couple of dipped apples from Applesbyterri:
The samples we had were very promising, so we look forward to enjoying them another day. Meanwhile, Terri told us that her apples can now be purchased from the Upper Crust Bakery, so if you missed out, it's not too late!
As you can see, we stuffed ourselves pretty well even as there were many things we wanted to try but couldn't. But of course, we were not alone in enjoying ourselves. It was a fun event and nice to run into some friends, too, Davis being Davis.