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Feels Like Plastic, Tastes Like Corn*

*the title is in reference to the corn-based compostable cups, not at all to the food.

shaded and delightful!

Picking up where we left off: after we dined at LuLu B’s, Cooter and I, Sharmonica, were enticed by Hola Aloha! The list of flavors is mesmerizing, and what really bowled me over, 7-10 split style, was that all are homemade made fresh with actual fresh fruits, organic juices and sweetened with agave nectar.  Tweet the deets, people, you can taste the difference.

You know how there are some people who swear by organic everything and you’re like, “Shut the fuck up you pretentious douchebag, you’re only blathering on about this to make yourself feel better about having owned a big yellow Hummer for like three years, tanning yourself orange, wearing a lot of Axe and making a carbon footprint the size of Nebraska and now you’re driving a Prius and wearing bamboo clothing and acting like you invented the concept of composting.” but then you taste the difference between organic produce and regular, and you’re like, “Holy shit!  That pretentious asshole was right!”  I, for instance, will only buy organic grapes from now on because, guess what?  THEY TASTE LIKE GRAPES. Yeah, the H.E.B. grapes are a lot cheaper, and it pains me to pay out the wazoo for a damn grape, but it’s worth it because I don’t like eating crap.

With all that in mind, imagine a plain shave ice.  Now, think of the most attractive person you can fathom.  If they were a flavor, what would they taste like?  (Don’t be gross here, I’m asking you to expand your mind people, and if you tell me “hot dog flavored water” I’m going to knock you upside your head.)  Now, concentrate the deliciousness of your attractive person into a syrup and drizzle it over your shave ice.  *Poof!* You’ve got Hola Aloha! Simple as that.  I enjoyed the Ginger-Lime & Black Currant, and next time I shall try Mango-Pineapple & Basil and drizzle it with fresh coconut cream, cuz that’s how I roll.  Cooterella got himself an Aloha Soda which is Topo Chico water with Hola Aloha! flavoring added, and it was refreshing and tasted like real strawberries because that’s what it’s made from.

and this is the small!

This is a wonderful way to follow up a sandwich from LuLu B’s.  The flavor menu rotates daily, and this is a wonderful opportunity to try something new and exciting that doesn’t involve a needle, a bungee cord, or a trip to Forbidden Fruit.

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Chrysanthemum iced tea! Who knew?!

lulu b*s

There’s a saying: third time’s the charm.  You know why it’s a saying?  Because nine times out of ten, the third times the charm, which means this charmingness happens, what…three goes into nine three times…okay, so I guess three times out of ten it’ll work out.  Franzia and I have tried to go to LuLu B’s on two separate occasions and been dismayed to find it closed.  Once was our fault, as the sign clearly said “CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY” but the second time we tried we were well within the confines of the time schedule, and so that pissed us off a little.

of course, they could have just run out of food...

Today, though, third time for us (second time for the Cootster) we were rewarded with good-sized, fresh, filling Banh Mi Thit – Vietnamese style sandwiches made fresh from lemongrass chicken or pork, Chinese barbeque chicken or pork, or the vegetarian options of avocado or lemongrass tofu.  For this blog post, we each had a carnivorous delight, with the intent of going back again to sample the vegetarian options, the Summer Rolls (which sound utterly delightful) or maybe one of the many styles of vermicelli bowls.Chinese BBQ Pork sandwich

Being the deep thinker that I am, I neglected to register the word “chili” in the ingredient list, and my first bite was more than my tender Yankee tongue enjoyed, although for a more seasoned palate, I’m sure it would be a walk in the park.  The veggies are crisp and refreshing, and the meat was cooked deliciously.  I think it’s interesting that a Vietnamese sandwich is served on a French baguette, but I’m not one to split hairs if it tastes FRIGGING WONDERFUL, right?

Complaints and Concerns: Erratic hours make me less apt to frequent you if I can’t be sure you’re going to be open when you say you’ll be open.  My suggestion is to be more consistent, because you’re food is good and people should go eat it, but they can’t if you’re closed.  Also: the flies were a menace, and one reason may be the proximity of the trash cans to the eating area.  Suggestion: move ’em.

Congrats and Adulations: Great shade!  Bitchin’ food at a reasonable price!  Chrysanthemum iced tea!  I’m looking forward to going back to try something else…and visit Hola Aloha!, which shall be reviewed in an upcoming post.

Quote of the day: “I wish Barack Obama would stop texting me.” — Franzia

Location: Lamar & Oltorf, to the right of the Office Depot

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lulub0107

URL: www.lulubssandwiches.com

Call in an order!: 512-921-4828

smell you later,

Sharmonica

Beginner’s Luck

This being our first official review, I feel like there should be a little more pomp and circumstance but I’m not sure what to say except that I hope this pitiful initial attempt doesn’t dissuade you from reading in the future. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

For our inaugural outing, Sharmonica, Coot and I (see About Trailer Nosh to learn more) went to Odd Duck Farm to Trailer and Gourdough’s on South Lamar. As we ambled up to the trailers, I was more than a little concerned about eating hot food under the sweltering Texas sun but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Odd Duck, Gourdough’s, and Brevita have several picnic tables and umbrellas ready to shade you. There are also restrooms available – something you don’t often see at trailer joints.

We started our feeding frenzy at the amazing Odd Duck. It was, well, nothing short of spectacular. The menu changes daily to reflect what local farmers have produced.

Sharmonica ordered:

  • Soft boiled duck egg with goat cheese grits, mushrooms, grilled squash, and peppered bacon
  • Zucchini bread with duck liver served with a peach and braised duck leg salad

Coot ordered:

  • Heirloom tomato salad with grilled watermelon and goat ricotta
  • Pork belly slider with tomato and arugula

I (Franzia) ordered:

  • Half a quail with marinated grilled eggplant
  • Grilled toast with feta, sweet corn, and beets

Holy yum! You didn’t expect that kind of food from a trailer, did you? No, we didn’t either. In fact, we left feeling like Odd Duck has maybe set the bar too high for trailer food. We might as well stop blogging now because no other trailer could possibly live up to the excellence that we found at Odd Duck. The prices were reasonable, with all menu items under six bucks.

Yeah, we didn’t like the food at all.

Next we tried Gourdough’s for the most unique doughnuts I’ve ever had. The menu is filled with gems like the “Mother Clucker” – a doughnut stuffed with fried chicken and honey.

Sharmonica ordered:

  • Son of a Peach – topped with peach filling, cinnamon, sugar, and cake mix

Coot ordered:

  • The Dirty Berry – fudge icing and grilled strawberries

I (Franzia) ordered:

  • The Funky Monkey – cream cheese frosting, brown sugar, and grilled bananas

These doughnuts were a little pricey – ranging from about $3.25 to $4.25 each – but if my memory serves me, there were several references to sexual pleasure during the demolition (and that’s what it was) of these buttery treats. Coot was nearly lulled into a full-on sugar coma, claiming, “this was not good because now I have to go home and clean. I don’t want to go home and clean. Coot wants to crawl in bed.”

All in all, we agreed that everything was so thoughtfully prepared. It showed real culinary expertise — and you don’t expect that from a trailer. Well, now we do and we’ll probably all be pissed next time we try to review a hot dog stand.

My recommendation: check out both trailers, along with drive-thru coffee stand Brevita at 1219 South Lamar in Austin!

– Post by Franzia // Contact us at trailernosh@gmail.com

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