Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

My initial response to this story was a hearty “Huh??”  I’m still not convinced.  This town sounds like an unhappy bunch.  Who doesn’t love a food truck?  Or ice cream trucks?  Scottsdale, Arizona – that’s who.

Scottsdale apparently has a ban on street vendors that is decades old.  A recent measure was floated to lift that ban and it was met with strong opposition from residents.  Food trucks are apparently not universally loved.  Who knew?

Scottsdale banned the street vendors and food trucks during the 70′s, apparently amid fears they were dealing drugs (no joke.)  The proposal would have allowed mobile vendors access to residential streets, so long as they don’t serve warm foods.  So pretty much we’re talking ice cream trucks.

Let’s be clear on one point – as is always the case with this kind of thing – that huge swell of opposition came from 15 residents.  15 sticks in the mud showed up to share their displeasure and ruin an opportunity to buy some frozen treats on the streets of Scottsdale.  Officials have stated the whole thing is not a “done deal”.

AZCentral.com shares comments from one resident:

“The last thing I want is some guy going in an ice-cream truck up and down the same streets, knowing somebody is on vacation,” said resident Art Lorenzen.

 

Lorenzen said he installed security measures at his house after a recent spate of crimes in his community.

 

“A guy driving an ice-cream truck is probably not the best-quality person,” Lorenzen said. “I think that’s one of my concerns, this guy driving slowly down the street, maybe not the first day or second day, but the third day, when they (residents) are on vacation.”

 

Scottsdale, Arizona Residents Oppose Law To Make Ice Cream Trucks Legal

Parfait!!!!

There are food trucks all over Seattle and I don’t think that’s ever been a concern.  The lady (Adria Shimada) who runs the Parfait ice cream truck is my hero.  She makes ice cream a block from our house in a commercial kitchen and sells it out of her adorable truck.  She is not a guy, and she is a quality person.  I’ve never seen her checking out to see who’s on vacation, either.

Other, perhaps more reasonable residents, expressed some concern for children who might be running across the street to reach the truck.  Plausible.

Scottsdale is one of the outlaws ice cream trucks. Supporters say it would bring back “fond memories of childhood.”  But get this, the proposal doesn’t allow the ice cream man to play any music.  None of that classic ice cream truck jingle.  What gives, Scottsdale?

According to the folks at the The Arizona Republic, the proposal came about when a local teen wrote to the Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane, after he discovered his family’s ice cream truck business would be illegal in Scottsdale.  The family currently operate their truck in Phoenix.

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Here’s something to brighten your day.  Dan Cretu is a cheeky food artist and he’s brought out some summer fare.  He’s sliced, peeled, and arranged various fruits and veggies to resemble everyday objects.  Nice to see it’s safe for our vegan fans as well, no bacon or meat to sully anyone’s day.  Check out a few more pics below.

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

- via Laughing Squid -

 

Ridiculous UK Ice Cream Truck War Caught On Video

Ridiculous UK Ice Cream Truck War Caught On VideoHere’s something you’re guaranteed not to see everyday.  Here are two ice cream truck drivers, Mohammed “Mr. Whippy” Mulla and Zeheer “Mr. Yummy” Ramzan.  Sounds pleasant enough.  Unfortunately you’ll notice they’ve wrung themselves into an all out turf war over parking spots in Blackburn, England.  There’s swearing (of course), accusations of using powdered ice cream (for shame!),  flying tire irons, and a bit of an accident before the whole thing was said and done.  Quite the kerfuffle.

One of the witnesses said:

“My little sister came out to grab an ice cream and that’s when it all just kicked off.  One of the ice cream men was saying come and buy it from me, ‘I’ll sell it cheaper’. That’s when the trouble started.  They were swearing and everything. My little sister was upset. To be honest it all seemed very silly.”

Another bystander/witness told the Lancashire Telegraph, “I couldn’t believe it when Mr Yummy jumped out of his van and smashed Mr Whippy’s window, you just don’t expect that around here.”  Indeed, thankfully someone had a camera handy and caught all the hijinks on film.

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

Serendipity 3 Burger

A few days ago there was a flurry of articles about New York restaurant Serendipity 3 debuting the “world’s most expensive burger.”  The Manhattan café that played a starring role in the 2001 film Serendipity and is also home to the $1,000-dollar sundae, has created Le Burger Extravagant at $295 a pop.  What do you get for your money?

Japanese Wagyu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, topped with cheddar cheese – hand-formed by the famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in Somerset, England, and cave-aged for 18 months – shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered Campagna Roll, which is topped with a blini, creme fraiche, and Paramout Caviar’s exclusive Kaluga caviar – a beautiful golden caviar with a buttery, nutty taste and large pearls from the Huso Dauricus farm raised in Quzhou, China.”

Only it’s not the world’s most expensive burger.  They’ve been outdone by a food truck.  Behold the $666 Douche Burger.

Created by 666 Burger the Douche Burger is more than double the price of Serendipity’s offering.  Stuffed with foie-gras, the gold-leaf-wrapped Kobe patty is topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, Gruyère melted with Champagne steam (!), and BBQ sauce made using Kopi Luwak coffee.  If you’re not familiar with Kopi Luwak coffee there’s probably good reason.  It’s $100 a pound.  Oh, and the coffee beans are eaten by civet cats and after being digested and shat out, the beans are cleaned, roasted, and offered to you as a tasty and very expensive beverage.  Yeah, civet shit coffee.  Yum.

And, according to 666 Burger’s Facebook page the burger is completely legit.  Here’s a picture.

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

And The “Winner” Is…..

While they are offering it, it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Okay, it’s a lot tongue-in-cheek.  The boys over at 666 Burger seem very angry at the thought of just piling super expensive ingredients on a burger and charging a fat sum for it, so they rolled this sucker out as a statement of burger intentions… “[The Douche Burger] may not taste good, but will make you feel rich as f*ck.”  Indeed.

- via Thrillist -

For a $150K, You Can Own The Space Shuttle Food Truck

For a $150K, You Can Own The Space Shuttle Food TruckFor $150,000, you can pretty much buy anything…including this.  Up for auction on eBay.com is an aircraft converted to food truck duty.  It’s painted in the theme of a NASA Space Shuttle and includes a completely self-contained kitchen inside.For a $150K, You Can Own The Space Shuttle Food Truck

The shuttle has some actual history surrounding it; it was built in 1944, flew during World War II, and was used as an airliner during the 50′s and 60′s.  It was allegedly hijacked to Cuba during it’s time in a commercial fleet.  It was converted to street use in 1976, mounted on a GMC Bus frame. Continue reading