Food Truck Challenge and #WIAW 3

It’s time for another WIAW link up hosted by Jenn!!

I’ve got lots to share today, so let’s get right into it!

This is what I ate on Saturday.


Oikos Greek Yogurt was on sale at Whole Foods!  10 for $10, and if you get 2 more, it’s 10% off on top of that!  Naturally, I grabbed every flavor!!  This one’s honey-flavored topped with homemade dark chocolate peanut butter granola (a perfect excuse for eating dark choco first thing in the morning ;)).  It hit the spot, and I knew instantly that it was going to be a glorious day 😉


The hubby and I went to the Go Texan Food Truck Challenge that took place at the South 1st Food Court.  The 5 food trucks (Bananarchy, Blue Dog Pizza, Bufalo Bob’s Chalupa Wagon, Lard Have Mercy, and Nettie’s Place) battled it out to determine who could create the most delicious and original recipe using Texas ingredients.  Fun, eh?

The judges got to taste all the entries before the public.  Being the curious one that I am, I asked Bufalo Bob, the event’s MC, who the judges were.  Apparently, most of them were food bloggers.  Hopefully I can be sitting where they were sometime in the future :).  A girl can hope, right?

The judges’ final verdict…drum roll please…the chicken and sausage gumbo by Nettie’s Place!

So a little info about the different trucks:

Bananarchy– Build your own frozen banana stand.  The bananas are dipped (chocolate, pb, vanilla, or vegan chocolate) and topped (nuts, oreos, toffee, coconut, cookie, coffee bean, and much more) as you wish.  God bless them!  After all the savory foods, a sugar fix was def in order!

Blue Dog Pizza– Serves gourmet stone-baked pizza.  I tried the frito pie pizza, which was def unique and a favorite at our table.

Bufalo Bob’s Chalupa Wagon– Specializes in range fed all natural Bison (you know how much I love me some bison!!), chicken, and vegetarian chalupas.  Gluten free options were also available!  I had the Cordoba which had hummus, flax seed, bison, onion, spinach, tomato, and parmesan cheese. Nom Nom Nom!  The hummus was the star.  I learned later that it was made using Texas beer.  No wonder I liked it ;).

Lard Have Mercy– I actually didn’t try any food from this one.  As you might’ve guessed from the name, their menu centers around bacon and pork flavors.  Tim tried the Wilbur’s Balls – homemade chili balls dipped in cornbread batter, deep fried, and served with a jalapeño cheese sauce.  He was surprised that they weren’t as heavy as they sounded.

Nettie’s Place– Serves cajun comfort food. The Atchafalaya Poboy was out of this world!  It had fried catfish served on french bread and topped with tomato, lettuce, and tartar sauce.  At first I didn’t think I would like it bc I don’t like foods drenched in sauce.  But this one was def a winner in my book.  The tartar sauce was actually quite light and refreshing, and the catfish was so meaty!  Yum!

Despite being a sweaty, sticky mess, we had a great time!


When dinner time rolled around, I had absolutely no appetite!  I think I had some form of heat exhaustion.  Not surprised considering we were standing outside for four hours in triple digit weather with the sun scorching straight down on us.  So this is what I had for “dinner”…

Small but satisfying.  I place great emphasis on listening to my body, and although I knew that I needed to take in more calories, I honored my inner cues and opted not to push myself.

Remember that big jar of kimchi that I have sitting in the fridge?  I’m trying to come up with all sorts of creative ways to consume it, and this is one of the things I came up with – Sweet potato kimchi pancake.  I shall have the recipe up tomorrow!


I had some leftover roasted sweet potatoes from the pancake.  So what did I do with it?  Ta-da!  Made sweet potato hummus and ate it with Stacy’s pita chips.  Lots of vitamin A for me today!!

And of course, what I look forward to drinking everyday… 😦

Herbal medicine..two times a day.  So grateful for AOMA!


As you know, I had suspended my gym membership to take a break from the strength training.  However, as my body sent me some positive feedback, I decided this week to hit the gym again.  I tried doing some circuits and following along to workouts thru hulu at home, but I quickly realized that my motivation comes from others.  I NEED to see other stinky, sweat-drenched people.  Yes, I admit – I’m very competitive!

I love the group classes that Lifetime offers.  Here’s what I did this week:

Sunday:  Yoga-Pilates Fusion

Monday:  Strictly Strength – Boy, this one was rough!  Lots of squats and lunges

Tues:  Hatha yoga

Today:  Planning on going to Barbell Strength –  My favorite!  Full body workout using a barbell the whole hour!

I’m so much happier and nicer these days now that I’m back in the gym.  Tim can testify to this.  Poor guy, he’s had to put up with a lot.  I just hope I don’t take it over the top and push myself too hard again this time!!  Moderation. Moderation. Moderation!!  That’s my goal for the rest of this month!  

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37 Responses to Food Truck Challenge and #WIAW 3

  1. I still have never had anything from a food truck! Going to a festival like this is basically my dream!

  2. Happy WIAW Min! What a fun day. It all looks so tasty. 🙂

  3. What a fun event…that catfish poboy looks awesome! You and Tim are so cute together 😉

    Oikos vanilla greek yogurt is my favorite (on top of fresh strawberries)…you got a great deal!

    • Min says:

      That poboy really was amazing!! Pleasantly surprised, indeed ;).
      Just got back from the gym…now what flavor to eat…what a happy dilemma!

  4. Im not a pork eater but i love the name “Lard Have Mercy” – haha! Everything sounds so yummy especially the frozen banana and pizza trucks! And I so feel you about being nicer after a workout- my exercise is more for the benefit of those around me ha ha!!

    • Min says:

      Yea, I gotta kick out of the name also! I should’ve tried something, but the word “lard” was not so inviting. I’d much prefer “pork.” 😉
      I feel like saving the world after a great workout hehe

  5. The Go Texas Food Truck Challenge sounds like such a fun (and delicious) way to spend a Saturday afternoon! I love the Bananarchy concept; chocolate-covered bananas are pretty amazing. And I bet they’re even more wow-worthy topped with toffee, coconut and coffee beans!

    I laughed when I read “Lard Have Mercy.” Haha! Lard isn’t the word I’d want my customers to attach to my food if I was in the truck food business. Too funny!

    I agree with you about the camaraderie (or competitiveness) of working out with others; it really helps motivate me! I have full faith that you’ll be able to stick to your moderation goal–just stay honest with yourself and you’ll do just fine. ❤ xoxo

    • Min says:

      Thanks, Sara! It’s soo nice to have a friend who understand what I’m going through!! I really really wanted to push myself this morning..just 10 more Ibs? Once a week? I think that’s acceptable, no? Oh boy, this is how it all starts… I just want those sexy arms like yours!
      The event WAS soo much fun! I’m glad that we went!

  6. I love food trucks!!! 🙂 That sounds like such a fun event! (And one day, you will totally be at that judges table! 🙂 haha)

  7. I love food trucks! What a fun event!

    • Min says:

      We found out about it at the last minute and am so glad we were able to make it out there! Totally changed our plans for the day, but it was all worth it 😉

  8. That food truck challenge looks like SO much fun! I hope I get to go to something like that once I’m back in TX!

  9. eatpraytri says:

    Wow that looks like I want to go to a food truck event!! I can’t get over the bananas. That sounds amazing. I’m already thinking of ways to do that at home. Banana, chocolate and pecans is sounding really good to me right now! 🙂

    • Min says:

      I know right? Such a fun idea! I have lots of frozen bananas so the hardest part is deciding what to dip and top them with 🙂

  10. What a great posts! Really loved reading about all those food trucks- especially the banana one! Yum! I also took advantage of that awesome Oikos sale:) Can’t resist a good greek yogurt

  11. Lauren says:

    How fun! I’d love to judge a contest of some delicious food! I probably would’ve gone for the pizza! I can’t get enough of that stuff lately!

  12. We have a dedicated food truck park here in Atlanta. I haven’t been yet, but I hear it’s pretty cool!

    I absolutely cannot WAIT for your sweet potato kimchi pancake recipe tomorrow. I know already it’s going to become a new favorite. 🙂

  13. The food truck experience looks like fun! I’ve been to one in Atlanta and they had great food and a fun atmosphere 🙂 I’m glad you’ve been able to get back in the gym, classes are my favorite!

    • Min says:

      It’s been really great! The instructors are all so amazing! The barbell strength class today was so awesome! I just have to make sure to feed and fuel my body properly!!

  14. Ellie says:

    puahahh Lard Have Mercy is suuuch a funny name! And I’m scared to eat from that truck 😛 I’m sure someday you’ll be doing awesomer things as a food blogger. And I want sweet potato now! Thanks a lot…;)

    • Min says:

      I was too! I don’t want lard in my body!!! haha.
      Honestly, I wish I had some Korean sweet potatoes on hand when I made these…But they don’t last very long around here.

  15. Maria says:

    You’re so lucky you were able to participate in the Food Truck Challenge and taste all those yummy eats. If I could only choose one of these if would definitely be Bananarchy-you had me at bananas and chocolate lol. What’s the herbal medicine btw?

    • Min says:

      I know! I’m so glad I was able to go!! Those two ingredients were meant for each other!!

      I actually have hypothalamic amenorrhea…I’ve been taking herbal medicine twice a day for about a month now. And just two weeks ago, I got my period which went missing for about a year and a half. I also made a lot of lifestyle changes and gained about 10 Ibs. Therefore, I can’t say that the medicine was the sole reason for the return of the cycle. But I’m pretty certain that it helped a great deal! I’m going to continue taking it for 2 more months. Doesn’t taste so great…

      • I’m happy to hear a change of lifestyle is working for you. Herbal medicines are incredible, even if they only play a small part in healing 🙂 Others may beg to differ, but what works for one may not necessarily work for another, right?! My body is also going through something at the moment, my physician has sent me for soooo many tests in the last 6 months..I meet with him on Tuesday next week for more results..hopefully I can start the healing process once I know.

      • Min says:

        Thank you! And I agree! Everybody’s body is different and therefore needs it’s important to experiment and find what works for you! It’s such a wonderful feeling when your body finally responds in a positive way to whatever changes you’re making :). Oh, I’m so sorry for all the pain and the waiting that you’re enduring. I hope that you’ll get the feedback you need to move forward in healing your body! Not knowing and waiting, for what seems like an eternity, is the worst part, isn’t it? You’re in my prayers, Maria!

  16. Min! I love your food truck food collage. Everything looks so delicious. Also – I’ll look out for your sweet potato hummus recipe – I would definitely make it!

    • Min says:

      Thanks! I love your new spinach burger recipe! Shall we continue our challenge again next week? I’m in!! 😉
      Yes! I’m actually putting together a post right now so come back tomorrow for the recipe 😉 It was a nice lil change from the usual. Sweet, creamy, and garlicky!

  17. I would love to go to a food truck festival. what a fun event. seriously!

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