Would You Eat This Burger Made Out Of Old Ponies?


By Cooking Panda

I don’t think my niece, who is a huge fan of the television show “My Little Pony”, is really going to like this news.

There is a restaurant all the way over in Breda, which is a city in the Netherlands, called the Unwanted Animal Kitchen, and just by the name, I think you know where I am going with this.

At the restaurant, you have the chance to order a small variety of different meaty dishes, such as something called Bitterbal, which are homemade croquettes made from wild goose meat, crayfish or even doves (yes, the birds).

Oh, yeah. And you can also order the “My Little Pony Burger,” which is a burger that is actually made out of aging ponies from the amusement park Slagharen.

Cue my niece’s distressed tears!

Apparently, the Kitchen is run by two artists, Rob Hagenouw and Nicolle Schatborn, who are committed to providing food that makes use of animals typically considered more as pests or pets and less as edible fuel (like, say, cows).

As Hagenouw told NPR back in 2015: “I think there is a kind of block in your head because it’s a pet or (an animal that’s not typically eaten) … Here we have pet, pest and eating animals — and we don’t mix them.”

However, the artistic duo aims to convince diners that animals should not be treated as disposable products; rather, when certain animals are no longer deemed useful by their owners and are then destined to be slaughtered, they argue that rather than dispose of their bodies, we should eat them.

“They don’t sell well because people do feel bad about the idea of eating horse,” one of the kitchen workers, Babbe Hengeveld, told a Munchies staff member who tried the pony burger. “I just need to throw away the meat sometimes. For people to understand, you really have to explain to them clearly about the unwanted ponies and horse meat. When I’m cooking in the kitchen, I don’t always have time for this.”

At the very least, even if the idea of the pony burger turns your stomach, you can rest assured that all of the food prepared at the Unwanted Animal Kitchen is prepared by providers under European food safety regulations, according to NPR.

Would you ever try this kind of meal?

Sources: NPR, Munchies / Photo Credit: Kas van Vliet for Munchies, Minja/Instagram

Tags: food truck, my little pony, pony burger, unwanted animal kitchen, weird eats
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Chick-Fil-A Is Honoring Houston With A Food Truck!


By Cooking Panda

The Chick-fil-A food truck project in Washington, D.C., launched in 2012, must have been a success, since the chicken sandwich experts are now rolling out a new food truck in Houston.

The Houston Chronicle reports that on Dec. 15, the brand new food truck will hit the streets. It won’t have the iconic cows on it, like the old D.C. truck does, but it will have the name of the brand of which we are so familiar. If you’re located in the Houston area, don’t worry about not being able to identify it. You’ll easily recognize that bright red cursive logo.

So, why Houston? The city actually has 74 Chick-fil-A locations, and two of which are the busiest locations in the entire country. The fact that Houston is obviously full of fried chicken and waffle fry fanatics probably has everything to do with this location choice. Chick-fil-A is still looking at specific options around the city for the food truck location, so keep your eyes peeled if Houston’s your city.

The truck itself will have a limited menu, consisting only of the absolute essentials. That is, the original chicken sandwich, the spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries, a couple of cold menu items and sweet and unsweetened iced teas and lemonade to drink. What more do you really need?

Chick-fil-A’s food truck experiment hit the streets on a practice run in July of 2012 in Washington, D.C., according to Eater DC. That truck is called the Chick-fil-A mobile and it was first posted at a stop in Farragut North in the District. The limited menu introduced at this truck stop was a bit more expanded than the Houston truck is offering, but, to be fair, Washington doesn’t have as many Chick-fil-A brick-and-mortar restaurants as Houston does, so these customers would undoubtedly have to go farther out of their way if they were craving nuggets instead of the sandwiches.

Anyway, it’s important to note that this proves that the truck can offer more … when it’s good and ready. Here’s hoping Houston residents can get nuggets and soda soon, too!

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Eater DC / Photo Credit: Chick-fil-A, Inc./Instagram

Tags: Chick-fil-A, Chicken Sandwich, food truck, Houston, Texas, Waffle Fries
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New Food Truck-Themed Hot Pockets Are Everything You’ve Ever Wanted In Life


By Cooking Panda

There is a reason that food trucks have become so trendy in the last couple years. Not only are the mobile restaurants fast and convenient, but they are also not afraid of bold flavors and exciting fusion cuisine.

Unfortunately, food trucks also require that you be in the right place at the right time in order to sample their incredible fair. For everyone who has ever suffered food truck FOMO, however, there might be a solution coming to a grocery store near you.

Hot Pockets just launched a new line of food truck inspired products, modeled after the offerings at four of the nation’s hottest mobile restaurants. According to Foodbeast, the frozen food company partnered with Chicago and Los Angeles-based Komodo, The Lobos Truck, Baby’s Burgers and Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery to make their new products a success.

Apparently, the food truck-inspired Hot Pockets will be available as both bites and sandwiches. Bite flavors include Fiery Jalapeno Lime Chicken Rollers from The Lobos Truck, Triple Cheesy Bacon Melt Bites from Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery, Smokin’ Bacon BBQ Recipe Burger Bites from Baby’s Burgers, and Spicy Asian Style Beef Rollers, from Komodo. The Fiery Jalapeno Lime Chicken and Spicy Asian Style Beef creations will also be available in sandwich form.

Even better, the innovative Hot Pockets are available nationwide. A box of Food Truck Bits costs $5.99, while Food Truck Sandwiches retail for $2.29.

Personally, we think that the new food truck inspired Hot Pockets might be the best food innovation since sliced bread. We can’t think of a better way to indulge our foodie fantasies without leaving the comfort of our own couch or changing out of our pajamas!

Source: Foodbeast / Photo credit: Foodbeast

Tags: food truck, Hot Pocket
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You Will Soon Be Able To Buy IKEA Meatballs From A Food Truck


By Cooking Panda

It looks like IKEA has fully embraced the fact that many of its customers visit stores solely for the delicious meatballs. Those meatballs, people, are GOING ON WHEELS.

The furniture giant announced that the #TogetherWeEat food truck will visit Chicago and New York City in July bearing free meatballs and other wonderful treats.

#TogetherWeEat is an IKEA campaign celebrating how food brings people together. Visitors to the limited-time truck will be graced with three meatball creations made of chicken, veggies and Swedish meatball ingredients. They’ll then be able to enjoy their free snacks at pop-up seating areas featuring IKEA furniture, furnishings and games. 

“At IKEA, we understand the great power of food in bringing loved ones together,” said #TogetherWeEat project leader Lisa Hajra.

“Simply being together to talk, share, discuss and laugh over a delicious meal is just as important as the food itself, which is why this year, we’re celebrating all the ways in which food connects people.”

The food truck comes off the heels of IKEA’s “Together, We Eat” contest in late 2015, which searched for the best stories behind family recipes and traditions that celebrate bonding over food.

Fortunately for meatball fans, customers can likely expect the retailer’s food ventures to continue growing. IKEA’s U.S. President Lars Petersson said in recent months that “food is becoming a core business” for the company, according to The Washington Post.

Catch the food truck at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago on July 23 and 24, or grab your meatballs on wheels at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Brooklyn on July 30. Read up on all things truck-related here.

Sources: IKEA, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Karl Baron/Flickr

Tags: food truck, IKEA, meatballs
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Food Truck Owner: The Devil Made Me Barbecue The Family Dog


By Cooking Panda

Arizona police say they took a food truck owner into custody for cooking the family dog in his smoker, all because he didn’t like his teenage daughter’s t-shirt. Yes, really. 

Patrick Zane Thompson, the 42-year-old owner of Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, a food truck catering service, reportedly confessed to sacrificing the family dog after officers arrived at the scene and found him lying on the sidewalk speaking incoherently, according to KPHO/KTVK.

After Thompson saw his 17-year-old daughter wearing a shirt that he believed had to do with the devil, he made his daughter remove the shirt and watch him burn it in the barbeque smoker in their side yard.

But Thompson’s family said that he became more and more erratic when he went back into the house, telling his whole family that he needed to sacrifice a male. It had to be either himself, his firstborn son who is six years old, or the family dog. The family tried to escape, but Thompson managed to grab the 15-pound white toy poodle.

And it only gets worse from there.

According to police, Thompson ignored his family’s desperate and repeated pleas not to hurt the dog. He broke the canine’s neck and strangled it until it “could not breathe.” He later told police that he had to complete the sacrifice by throwing the family pet into a “lake of fire” and placed the dog in the heating portion of the smoker.

Once police arrived, they found an open flame that firefighters had to put out. In the smoker, they found the remains of the dog.

Thompson reportedly told police that he had smoked marijuana during the day and was having an “episode” involving a vision that God was going to kill him and he needed to provide a male sacrifice.

Police say that Thompson’s wife of 21 years asked them to charge the man, who will be held on at least $100,000 bail.

Sources: KPHO/KTVK, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ Photo credit: Monika M. Wahi/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: barbecue dog, dog found in smoker, food truck, killed family dog, Weird News
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All Bark – And Plenty To Bite: The Seattle Barkery Provides Food Truck Service For Dogs


By Cooking Panda

Meet Buster.

Owned by Ben and Dawn Ford, Buster is a food truck located in the Pacific Northwest, and he’s been feeding various clientele in Seattle since the ’70s, according to the business’ website.

Buster, professionally known as The Seattle Barkery, is not your typical food truck. “With three gears and a top speed of 55 mph,” the bright turquoise truck travels around Seattle, boasting a unique menu — one that caters primarily to dogs.

The business, according to Bizjournals, started when Dawn, a former dog-walker who often baked treats for her puppy-charges, realized that the dogs sometimes abandoned the regular food provided by their humans, choosing to indulge in her home-baked goods instead.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Dawn and her husband bought Buster on Craigslist, and thus The Seattle Bakery was born.

So what’s on the menu? While The Seattle Barkery offers a limited menu for humans, the real treats are going to the dogs. As Metro reports, they’ve got bacon pupcakes, peanut butter banana biscuits (if you’ve ever put a dollop of peanut butter on your dog’s nose, you’ll understand the appeal behind this one), beefy carrot bagels, ice cream sundaes in edible bowls, and even birthday dogcakes.

While the business lists its address as 1111 Treat Street on Facebook, in reality, Seattleites can expect to find the truck at local farmers markets and dog parks, or check The Seattle Barkery’s Facebook page, where they often update where they’ll be stationed for the day.

Finally, the Pacific Northwest canine gourmands have something to bark about.

Sources: The Seattle Bakery/FacebookThe Seattle Bakery, Bizjournals, Metro / Photo credit: The Seattle Bakery/Facebook

Tags: bacon, dog, food truck, puppy, Seattle
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