the Vendys. I don't think the Island's ready.
Labor Day Weekend was chock full of food events for those of us who didn't or couldn't leave the city; one such event was Parked 2010 on Governors Island. Silly me, I thought most people had left and didn't feel the need to rush to the ferry. Getting there at 1pm, I waited a hour for the ferry. Ferry fail. The whole time I tried to reassure myself that I was still going to get a good amount of food because surely the vendors will have a good amount of food, right?
the Desi Truck and they still had food, so off I went. I chose the Paneer Kati Roll and the Calcutta Biryani. I found the kati roll's filling to be deliciously spicy, but the doughy and cold parantha took away from the meal-Kati Roll Co. is still my number one. The Calcutta Biryani had nice chunks of meat, some seasoning and gets extra points for a lemon slice, but if this were StreetMeatPalooza, it would score in the average section. I had hoped to try the Goat Biryani, but they were out of it.
Hallo Berlin miscellaneous platter. Greasy sausage, some spaetzle, a few pierogies, and chicken schnitzel-good East European comfort food. Everything was acceptable; the pierogies had good filling, the schnitzel was the lazy version (use the Italian herbs bread crumbs), but nothing was outstanding. I was going to ask about the MIA cart, but the line was long and the people were hungry.
The Cinnamon Snail Vegan Truck was even getting ridiculous. But was this a bad omen for the upcoming Vendys? In my opinion, no. Two main differences: The Vendys is ticketed to get in-they know approximately how many mouths will need to be fed. Secondly, the vendors make smaller samples of their menus. At the food truck events I've been to this year, the vendors keep making the mistake of serving their regular menu. If you make smaller portions at a cheaper price, people can try more things. We're coming to these events to sample a good amount of food at one time, and that should be taken into account.
Let's just hope that the Vendys also gets their own ferries, or I advise all to go early. Go for a Pre-Vendy bike ride or something.
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