Koi on the Go, food truck

Koi On The Go is more compact than many food trucks I’ve seen lately. In fact, it’s a small trailer made of what looks like aluminum diamond plate. Here it is, parked at the Penns Woods Winery:

Koi On the Go at Penns Woods Winery.

Koi On the Go at Penns Woods Winery.

Not much room to work inside there, but the food was delicious. Let’s take a look at the menu.

Koi On the Go, Menu Board.

Koi On the Go, Menu Board.

We tried the Asian Sandwich and the Crab Cake Sandwich. Wow! Both of them delicious. Take a look:

Crab Cake and Asian Sandwiches from Koi On The Go food truck.

Crab Cake and Asian Sandwiches from Koi On The Go food truck.

Talk about tasty. That Asian Sandwich had the rich flavor of the pulled pork amped up with the bbq sauce. Yummy. I should have had another one! Anyway, it was all good. And the price was very fair given the high quality. Enjoy every meal!

 

XMRE, Menu 3, review

Whether you’re preparing for a disaster, a hike in the woods, or just want to have a zany dinner, the military acronym “MRE” may be just the thing. MRE, as you probably know, stands for “meal, ready to eat.” In other words, you can literally eat it as it is with minimal preparation. Foods are already cooked. Of course, they may be tastier if heated or chilled, but the concept is that a person could eat the contents of the package and get a fair amount of nutrition and calories. So, let’s take a look at Menu 3 from XMRE, a company I just discovered. Here’s a look at the package as you would carry it with you:

XMRE, Menu 3 before opening.

XMRE, Menu 3 before opening.

And here’s a look at the other side of the package that lists the contents:

List of contents on back of XMRE, Menu 3 package.

List of contents on back of XMRE, Menu 3 package.

The bag was easy to open, but please note, you can not reseal it once you open it. Inside, all contents are also individually packaged in very durable plastic. Here’s a look at the entire contents:

Contents of XMRE, Menu 3.

Contents of XMRE, Menu 3.

In the center of the photo above, you see the “heater.” This is a chemical device that gets very hot by adding just a few ounces of water to the package. You slip the entree into this pack and then back into the cardboard carton and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and voila! Your entree is now hot. Be careful, it works great and gets nice and hot. While that was going on…

Lemon/lime beverage mixed in supplied hot beverage bag.

Lemon/lime beverage mixed in supplied hot beverage bag.

… I mixed the supplied lemon/lime beverage powder in the hot beverage bag. It was tangy for sure. Then…

The wheat bread snack with strawberry jam and contents of the utensil/flavor pack of XMRE, Menu 3.

The wheat bread snack with strawberry jam and contents of the utensil/flavor pack of XMRE, Menu 3.

…I sampled the wheat bread snack with strawberry jam. It was a little dry, but the jam was pretty good.

Rice crackers in Menu 3 from XMRE.

Rice crackers in Menu 3 from XMRE.

These are your standard rice crackers you’ll find in the grocery store. They were nice and crunchy, giving a change in texture to the other items. Would also be a nice snack for when you’re on the move.

Heated entree from XMRE, Menu 3, still in pouch.

Heated entree from XMRE, Menu 3, still in pouch.

Above you see the heated entree, chicken in pesto sauce, while still in the pouch. In the field, you would probably eat it right from there, which would be easy. Note that you tear the pouch open on it’s longest side, allowing it to open and provide easy access. Here’s a look at the portion on the plate for comparison:

Chicken in pesto sauce from XMRE, Menu 3.

Chicken in pesto sauce from XMRE, Menu 3.

Truth be told, it was very tasty and the right size portion. Seriously, this particular entree was as good as many meals at a diner, and much better than fast food. Also, it was far superior to the freeze-dried type of foods I have tried. One more item…

Maple muffin top in XMRE, Menu 3.

Maple muffin top in XMRE, Menu 3.

… that is the maple muffin top, that did have plenty of maple flavor. I made the instant coffee, which was kind of blah, but it’s instant coffee. Overall, this meal provide plenty of flavor and convenience. No, it is not a “military issue” item, but it is similar. For the money, these are a great alternative to freeze-dried foods. They are a little bulky, producing quite a bit of trash at the end, but to keep the flavor, a price has to be paid. I’ll be making a video review of more from XMRE, so check back often.

 

 

La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain

La Consistorial is one of those great little bars that I’m constantly looking for while traveling.

La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

It’s on the far edge of the plaza in the heart of Oviedo Spain. A few tables outside as you see above, and some more inside, all populated by regulars.

Interior, La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

Interior, La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

There was a little sign that said tapas made to order so please be patient, that type of thing. I thought to myself that’s a good indicator of quality and took a seat. While catching bits of conversation from around the room, I perused the offerings and made my selection. The lady behind the bar slipped away and produced some very fine tapas.

Tapas at La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

Tapas at La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

In the photo above you see a crab salad with an anchovy, a little bocadillo, then a four cheese version with a bit of marmalade. Very tasty stuff here and super fresh. Of course another round had to be enjoyed.

Fresh tapas at La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

Fresh tapas at La Consistorial, Oviedo, Spain.

This time it was the salmon with cream cheese, and a jamón, peppers, and egg. Of course the freshness made all the difference. I chatted with the bartender/cook/operator of this place. We discussed the difference between fast food culture in the USA and Spain. If you’re careful, you can actually find reasonably priced “fast food” in the form of these tapas for a price that isn’t significantly more than a garbage fast food meal typical to the USA. I’d much rather have the tapas in a place as unique as this than some meal out of bag at the drive-thru window. Enjoy every meal and find the good ones!

 

Joséphine, Barcelona (restaurant)

Located in an upscale neighborhood on Pau Claris, Joséphine delivers atmosphere from a bygone age, complete with live music, fine food, and a great bar.

Joséphine, located on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Joséphine, located on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Seating inside and out provides options for all. I took a seat inside for supper one evening.

Dining room at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Dining room at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Tasty and well-presented food arrives thanks to a friendly staff. I tried a special of the night, which was a tenderloin served atop hot coals with artichokes and peppers:

Tenderloin atop hot coals at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Tenderloin atop hot coals at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

This dish was excellent because the coals stayed hot for quite a while, enabling me to let the meat cook to exactly my style. Of course, dessert was a must. Take a look at this chocolate cake and ice-cream:

Chocolate cake with ice cream at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Chocolate cake with ice cream at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

As sometimes happens, I was too busy eating and talking to photograph the starter salads, one Caesar, one mixed, both fresh, crispy, and delicious. Had a few cocktails after the meal while enjoying a woman singer who provided entertainment. And the people watching here is another bonus. A great experience while visiting Barcelona.