Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Treat

Saturday, there was a gourmet food truck block party at the Sun Coast Hotel Casino.
There were about 25 different trucks, a couple of which were previously featured on the TV show, The Great Food Truck Race.
 It cost $5.00 to get into this event and all proceeds are to benefit the Special Olympics.
The food trucks got to keep their own profits.

It was a really super hot day on Saturday and seating was quite limited.
My friends and I walked around surveying all the trucks before deciding which food we wanted.
I chose to order from The Rusty Pickle.

The Rusty Pickle's menu is what attracted me.
Sliders were the main entre'.
Tri-tip sliders.
Pulled pork sliders.
Chicken sliders.
Instead of trying just one, I ordered a slider trio.
The tri-tip slider had the most flavor by far. The other two paled in comparison.
The real reason I orderd from this truck is becausee of the fried okra.
It cost $5.00 for an order of fried okra but it was worth it.
Fried okra is one of my favorite foods.
I spent a total of $13.00 at this truck.

Then I got really thirsty.
I didn't see any trucks that were selling fountain drinks with ice .
So the next best thing was shaved ice.

 This was really yummy.
I had a combination of two flavors: Wild Cherry and Blackberry.
It was a really large cup. I think about 32 ounces.
It took me a good 30-40 minutes to eat the whole thing
and my tongue was numb afterward.

My friends and I walked around a little more after devouring our shaved ice.
I snapped some more photos not even thinking about trying to get good pictures.
My only motivation was to record the event.

This is one of the trucks that was on the TV show last year.
If I remember correctly, I think they were in the top five or six when they left the show.

I was actually surprised at how many local trucks there were.
I had no idea.
The Rusty Pickle was local as well.

Another truck from The Great Food Truck Race.

Back to the title of my blog post.
Summer treat.
All day long we kept seeing these wonderful snowball treats.
They looked so refreshing and there were many flavors to choose from.
I don't know what this flavor is but there are weird little crystal looking things as a topper.
Anyhow, after my friends and I eyeballed every passerby who walked by with one of these pretty little treats, we decided we had  to have one.
So we go get in line and once we get to the window, we were told it would be a twenty minute wait.
20 minutes for flavored ice?
Well, we were just too impatient and thirsty to wait that long for this lovely snowball.
So, we walked around the corner where we ordered shaved ice from another vendor.
That's where I got the wild cherry/blackberry flavored ice that took me 30-40 minutes to eat and was super uber delicious.

Well, after awhile, we were still eyeballing everyone with the pretty snowballs.
We still wanted one of those.
They looked so good.
Well, again we were told it would be a 20 minute wait.
Well, this time we decied to wait.
So, we put our order in and we waited in anticipation for this juicy delight.
I ordered a trio of flavors for my snowball: Pomegranate, Black Cherry and Lime.
That's what you see in the very first photo.

Ok, I'll give you a few seconds to scroll back up and refresh your memory.

Oh, you're back. Ok.
It looks pretty doesn't it?

Well, I have to say that after all that eyeballing, and all that craving of that pretty snowball,
it just didn't live up to it's beauty.
Nope. It was quite a disappointment.
It was much too sweet and I couldn't tell one flavor from another.
Of course, I finished the whole thing but my plane jane shaved ice I had earlier won my taste buds over and made an imprint in my heart. It was definitely the better ice.


  1. Sure looks like a fun day filled with all sorts of treats. I'd want to know WHY the wait would be twenty minutes for an ice treat. Any idea?

  2. Those icy treats look delicious, and I'm not just saying it because it's hot here today. :))

  3. I am counting all the calories and jealous of your slim figure!

  4. I love food trucks and that shaved ice looks wonderful. Thanks for the award. I am going to put it on my blog within the next couple of days.

  5. What a great fund raising idea! I would definitely go to something like that here in Bakersfield. I love shaved ice. We have a little place here in Shafter that we all call "Sno-fun", they make the best shaved ice. I've fooled myself into thinking they are good for me because they're just ice and ice is water and we all need to drink more water...right? Cool post and great pics JarieLyn!



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