Once again, I left work early to head on up to Reno for the food trucks at Idlewild park. Little did I know that my drive was going to take much longer than anticipated. When you can get out of your truck and walk around, you know it’s going to be a while. I heard there was an accident further up the road, but no specifics as to the extent. I do hope that the people involved are ok.
I managed to roll into Reno 4 1/2 hours after leaving work and I made a B-line to Idlewild park, getting there just a little after 8 pm. Plenty of time though to get my naan dog. But before I tell you about that, I need to say that I’ve been to quite a few food truck events and I like the Reno’s Party in the Park and I really like Idlewild Park as its venue. There’s a big grassy area to lay out blankets, set up lawn chairs, or what ever you prefer. There’s a good variety of food trucks and food venders; plenty of entertainment to enjoy and there’s just an all in all good vibe about it.
The highlight of this trip was that I got to meet Jaci Goodman and Amanda Burden from edible Reno-Tahoe magazine and of Reno Street Food. These two ladies are extremely passionate about the Reno food scene and rightfully so. Reno really does have a lot to offer and they are getting the word out. From what I see, Party in the Park at Idlewild is becoming a destination food truck event.
So back to my naan dog, this wonder dog is topped with hilbeh, sauerkraut, and mustard, then it’s wrapped in naan – what a wonderful combination. The next time I have one, I must really talk to them about the hilbeh.
I was a rather parched after my drive and I did need something to wash down that naan dog, so the folks at Great Basin Brewing Company hooked me up with a cold one. Quite refreshing. There wasn’t much time before the trucks started to close so I grabbed a couple slices of wood fired pizza from St. Lawrence Pizza Co. I had plain cheese, which was good, but I preferred the white pizza made with tomato, basil, and cheese.
I love wood fired pizza, so much so, that last year I built a mud pizza oven in my backyard. I just happen to have this picture of me and my mud oven readily available on my iPhone; one never knows when the topic of backyard cooking will come up, which of course leads to the exchange of pictures.
In fact, while eating my white pizza I met some fellow foodies and they told me about a permanent pig pit in their backyard. They showed me several pictures of it ,on their iPhone, with as much pride as they would with showing pictures of their children. Do they have children? Oh I don’t know, we just talked about food. I so want a pig pit in my backyard.
But back to Reno…
Jaci, from edible Reno-Tahoe, must have read my last post because I mentioned that if you eat with me and I don’t have what you have, I’ll take a sample. That’s what I did, Jaci ordered a Crepe Suzette from Hot and Healthy Crepes and I just had to have a taste. Oh man, the next time I’m up here, I’m ordering one for myself. Does that crepe look gorgeous or what.
It was getting late and the trucks were closing up but I still manage to find some pig pops. Don’t know what they are? Well then, you might want to check the previous blog postings from my last trip to Reno, Click on this => Reno Street Food and after that => Good Eats in Reno.
Here’s a peek of what you’ll see…
It was time to call it a night, but before I left, Jaci gave me several suggestions of places to try while in Reno. Sadly, there isn’t enough time to try every one, so I decided to try Midtown Eats and Wedge. What are they? Well, you’ll had to read my next two blogs to find out.