On Friday night, I hauled out the bike trailer for our trip to Food Truck Friday (FTF) in Tower Grove Park (since we’re not quite ready to use our new front seat).
Mid-way through our ride to the park, Sir was so ridiculously and awkwardly slumped in the trailer that I pulled over to straighten him out. By the time we arrived, he had resumed the awkward position.
I suspect that my modification to the baby supporter, which I thought so clever, and which is necessary to fit the harness over Sir’s head without a struggle, may be contributing to the slumping. Argh, I am so over the trailer!
We’ve been wanting to try the Korean barbeque tacos from Seoul Taco ever since they sold out before we could get them at FTF in October. Unfortunately the line was ridiculously long, so I headed to Lulu’s Local Eatery, which was also high on my list.
Having experienced the long lines and food selling out issue at a past FTF, I went all-out at Lulu’s, ordering the sweet potato falafel, quinoa bowl, and sweet potato fries (I was bummed that they weren’t serving the soba noodle bowl that night). Matthew and I enjoyed the food, but Sir was too distracted by his first picnic meal to eat much (we paid for this later, when he was up and crying for over an hour in the middle of the night).
Go by bike
I noticed a dad with a little one in an iBert — but it was as we were getting ready to leave and returning from the Recycling On the Go recycling and composting station, that I spotted something even more exciting — a Yuba Mundo!
After I wiped the drool off of my chin, I chatted briefly with the family and asked if we might be able to meet up sometime to take it for a test ride. They raved about the bike and were happy to give me their phone number so we might be able to take it for a spin sometime (assuming I didn’t already lose the number).
As we left, we couldn’t help but notice the crazy number of cars cramming the lanes of the park. To make matters worse, it appears that a car company is somehow sponsoring the event, as we biked by a big, ugly Chevrolet banner. I think the company reps were handing out “keys” that served as coupons. Ugh. Can you say sell-out?
I propose that Food Truck Fridays be a car-free event. Given the lengthy lines and food sell-out issues, FTF would really benefit from a slightly smaller crowd. There should be enough attendees within biking and walking distance to sustain the event.
Barring that possibility, anyone who walks or bikes to the event should get a “skip to the front of the line” pass. Until then, we’ll pack our own picnic dinners and eat in the park on lower-key nights.
I have completely given up on FTF- too crowded, have to wait in line forever for food and it gets sold out. Sigh.
It’s a fun idea, but the big crowds definitely reduce the appeal. Plus, it’s not like it’s amazing food or a great bargain or anything like that, it’s more just the novelty of it. And, despite their attempts at sustainability with the recycling/composting stations, it’s still an event built around disposable dining-ware.