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Kitchens 4 Cancer: Good Eats, Good Cause

Taking an order at Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

Boardwalk on Bulverde kicked off its Kitchens 4 Cancer fundraiser Friday with more than 15 trucks offering everything from spicy hot Guacabolas, avocado and chicken balls from Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, to frozen yogurt from Peach Wave.

Rockin G’s BBQ, Taco King, Sabor Colombiano, R&R Chicken Wings, Spice Runner and Rickshaw Stop were among the convoy of trucks that had gathered at the lot on Bulverde Road for the good cause. Most of the owners have agreed to donate 10 percent of their sales this weekend to Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. And more than a few were seen wearing the yellow wristband associated with cancer awareness.

It was the first night for Scott Rodgers’ new Meating Stop truck, where diners could get a little bit of everything, including seared ahi tuna, fried shrimp, chicken-fried steak and even a deep-fried Twinkie.

Kids love the play area at Boardwalk on Bulverde.

Fans of New Orleans Cajun and Creole fare got a double whammy of deliciousness to choose from. At Where Y’At, Pieter Sypesteyn offered up a seasonal treat of deep-fried soft-shell crab po’boy slider with slivers of jalapeño and a tangy slaw that pushed it over the top. Meanwhile, the Jacksons at Lagniappe Today offered a rich, spicy sausage and chicken Yumbo Gumbo as well as crawfish etouffée.

Yumbo Gumbo from Lagniappe Today

Dessert lovers had a series of difficult choices to make, whether it was the bread pudding from either Guilty Pleasures or Langiappe Today, Peach Wave’s frozen yogurt with fruit or beignets from Where Y’At. A snow cone from KC’s Cones would certainly take the edge off the heat, but a mister attached to a fan also helped with that as did a series of brightly colored umbrellas over the picnic tables.

I settled for a coconut cream cupcake from Society Bakery, a tough choice considering the peanut butter and jelly or the red velvet whoopie pie flavors were both calling my name.

Kitchens 4 Cancer continues through Sunday at Boardwalk on Bulverde, 14732 Bulverde Road.

Pieter Sypesteyn stands next to his Where Y'At truck.


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Griffin to Go: Savoring the Sights on a Sunny Saturday

Meusli with yogurt and fresh fruit at Il Sogno.

I love spending the day exploring San Antonio. You can head out in almost any direction and find plenty of places to pique your interest and satisfy your cravings.

The sunny weather Saturday made it a natural to leave the house early and just go. Friends were visiting from out of town and a large group of us wanted to get together for breakfast, so we started the day at Il Sogno in the Pearl Brewery, where Andrew Weissman and his crew were dealing with a full house.

The daily frittata, loaded with pork, roasted red peppers and spinach; muesli with yogurt and fruit; French toast with plenty of syrup; organic oatmeal; and omelets with goat cheese or cured salmon made everyone at the table happy and ready to hit the farmers market afterward.

On the way out the door, I ran into Jason Dady, sitting at the end of the counter and looking completely relaxed. He had finished cleaning his last items out of the Lodge and look refreshed and ready to get on with the next phase of his culinary career while managing Bin 555, two Tres, Two Bros. and three kids.

The market was filled with plenty of winter favorites, including a fine array of radishes for me, as well as mushrooms, robust green and purple kohlrabi and greens of all sizes and styles. Linda Perez of L&M was selling grass-fed beef, perfect for a wintery stew, though the sun was anything but January-like.

Kyle Yuchinski operates the Smokin' Joe's food truck.

After loading my treasures into the car, I met up with my cohort in culinary adventures, Bonnie Walker, at Gaucho Gourmet on Isom Road. You have to make an appointment to visit the food warehouse, which has a little bit of everything from incredible olives and olive oils from Europe to prosciutto made from duck or lamb. Another load of goodies made it into the car, before we made it to the site of the future food truck park on U.S. 281 near Summerglen.

There was a lone trailer there today from Smokin’ Joe’s with plenty of barbecue options to whet your appetite.

Bonnie wanted a sausage taco, which she got with a touch of coleslaw and some sauce as well as a pulled pork taco that was so good, she kept most of it to herself. I did likewise with the tender, moist brisket that had a hard, almost crackly crust around the outside.

Smoked sausage taco with coleslaw from Smokin' Joes.

The real surprise was the deep-fried Moon Pie, a treat that should not have been anywhere near as good as it was. Take your pick of chocolate, vanilla (my choice) or banana pie, batter it and then deep-fry it. Top with whipped cream and chocolate or caramel (again, my choice). Insert face and inhale. Something that artificial has no business being that good.

The owner, Kyle Yuchinski, told us that more trucks would be moving in soon, so expect more treats in the near future. He’s also changing his own truck around, to feature ‘cue on one end and cupcakes on the other. Look for his truck in front of the fireworks stand along 281 North.

Children enjoy the playset at Boardwalk on Bulverde.

We went from there to Boardwalk on Bulverde for the first anniversary party of that trailer park. Free beer, plenty of sun and enough shade made it just right for the families that brought their kids out to play in the sandbox or on the slide. An Oh So Gouda Burger, with bacon and avocado, from Toastie Buns  arrived with a spicy hot and temperature hot corn salad, while Sabor Colombiano’s plantain tostada topped with shredded pork proved to be a great combination.

Heavy turnout caused several sold-out signs to appear on certain items early in the day at Rickshaw Stop. In fact, they sold the last piece of baklava to the customer ahead of us, which meant we had to settle for a cup of kheer, a divine rice pudding with a touch of rose water and pistachios. The cup was empty within moments of receiving it.

UNO, an Oatmeal Pale Ale, one of beers offered at Ranger Creek on Saturday.

A few minutes after leaving the food truck park, we encountered the Smoke Shack BBQ truck in front of the Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. Instead of yet another snack, we joined the dozens of people in line and the hundreds of people inside and out in back who were there for the first open house of the year.

For $5, you could buy a glass with a Ranger Creek logo on it and you received three tickets to try some of their various beers. Or you could take part in the bourbon tasting, in which you’d learn how to sample bourbons, such as the one Ranger Creek makes.

'Back yard" at Ranger Creek Brewery First Saturday.

We opted for the beer and more of the sunshine, before downing a pint of UNO, the oatmeal pale ale that Ranger Creek created to mark its first anniversary. It was a fun first visit, and we plan on returning, perhaps for one of the tours. For more events at Ranger Creek, click here.

As you can imagine, I was fairly tired after that. So, I plan on a nap. But only a short one. I’m planning on heading off to the Ballroom Dance Annex for my first night of dancing in months.

Who knows what next Saturday will bring? Any suggestions?

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