Surprises are not my strong suit, mostly because I'm not a great improviser. I love to plan, make lists and check them half a dozen times (Santa only has to check twice, but that's only because he's magic). Surprises rarely lend themselves to list-making. But last week, I had a great surprise that facilitated my love of list-making. One of my friends from my semester abroad was in town for the week, and was available to meet up!
In trying to decide on a spot, I put together a list of possible foodie spots that were worthy of a tourist's visit. I offered up some of my own tried and true favorites, like Sugar Mama's Bakeshop for cupcakes, Kerbey Lane Cafe for pancakes and more, and of course some frozen yogurt. I also included a few spots I hadn't gotten the chance to try myself yet, mostly a sampling of food trailers which have come to dominate the culinary landscape of the city. Sometimes it takes a visit from the 'tourist' to get you to discover something great in your city.
After doing her own research (we're friends for a reason, she had to make her own list as well!), my visitor chose one of those food trailers, Ah La Cart. All on its own in a parking lot next to a bike shop, they do 'slow food, fast' with seasonal home cooking using fresh local ingredients.
It's meant to be a side dish, so it's about a cup of rich deliciousness. Perfect serving size for me, and I'm sure that even people who don't count their calories would feel satisfied if they paired with a pork belly taco, which my friend had on a corn tortilla. Yes, you read right: pork belly. There may not be crazy-huge portions or a novel-length menu, but they pack a lot of flavor into what they do serve.
This just happens to be a very convenient stop on the way to either the dentist or mechanic for me, so this will be a great way to turn errand-running into something delicious.