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The Southern California Food Trucks Phenomenon

What do you get when you combine the two internationally acclaimed pastimes of cars and food? The food truck, where gustatory urges can be satisfied at a mini-restaurant that just so happens to be supported by the chassis of a machine on wheels. Granted, food trucks haven’t always been in fashion, and only since late last decade have they become popular with the in-crowd. Truth be told, they were usually thought to be an unsanitary, uncouth way to grab a meal, unless the direst need to grub presented itself. Now, the stereotype has taken a sharp turn, and Southern California food trucks are perceived as a source for open-minded and loyal aficionados of cuisine. The would-be owners of these trucks, too, now come from unexpected places, like advertising, and are the practical kind, who just want to start a business that requires no rent and “far less start-up capital” (Katy McLaughlin, Wall Street Journal). Attuned to the inner-workings of the market, the owners of these popular trucks have effectively mobilized social media support, appealing to the grab-and-go youth culture, while sustaining “underground” consumer loyalty. This is especially true in Los Angeles, which is home to 15 of the “101 Best Food…

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Sidecar Doughnuts: The Hipster’s Answer To An Old-Fashioned Treat

The doughnut. It’s a simply sweet, and utterly delicious treat that seemingly melts in your mouth with each bite. They come in all shapes and sizes – some crème filled, some glazed, and some sprinkled with sugar, with everyone from young to old enjoying this classic. Then there is Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee Shop, a place that prides itself on taking an old-fashioned treat and infusing it with a modern-day hipster twist. Set in an ordinary strip mall at the 17th street corridor in Costa Mesa lays this gem of an eatery. Brooke Desprez, Executive Chef and Co-Owner, watches over her shop with a careful eye as the doughnuts are made fresh everyday with simple recipes and fresh ingredients. Even though Sidecar starts off making their doughnuts the same way you make any doughnut, Chef Desprez talks about the very unique ingredients she uses in each doughnut to make her creations come out a work of art, “Starting with the yeast dough, which takes the bulk of the day to rise, and ending with our fresh fruit jams, compotes, flowers and herbs, which are sourced from farmers markets and friends back yards.” Sidecar’s secret isn’t just that they make great doughnuts,…

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