Eat St. On Location: Flavours of Florida

Florida has always been a refuge for snowbirds and sun worshipers, but lately it’s also become a top destination for discerning foodies thanks to a welcome infusion of new gourmet food trucks. Come and see what the fuss is about as we cruise into the Sunshine State to visit eight of the most talked about food trucks in Miami, Orlando, Winter Park and Oakland Park.

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Bem Bōm

Date: Friday, January 10

Location: Southeast Steel (63 W Amelia St., Orlando)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Bem Bōm is “food so nice, we say it twice”! “Bem” and “bōm” (pronounced “bohm”) are two ways to say something’s good, but there are no two ways about how delicious Chef Chico Mendonça’s Portuguese food is! Classics such as spicy Piri Piri chicken are available alongside Mango Painted Fish Tacos. Chef Chico is known to be very particular in the way his food is assembled in order to bring out the best in his textures and flavours.

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What they will cook for us:

Chicken Piri-Piri Prego: All natural chicken tenders marinaded in Portugal’s signature piri-piri sauce, melted island cheese, pico de gallo, cilantro, and radish served on a Portuguese roll.

“Running Duck” Taco: Crisped duck confit in ginger, Thai chiles, and Thai basil topped with house slaw and toasted oregano vinaigrette, finished with crispy duck skin and orange dust.

Fresh Ground Lamb Burger: Grass-fed lamb topped with spicy tomato jam, lime crema, pico del gallo, piri-piri, and apple ginger BBQ sauce, served on a Portuguese roll.

Mango Painted Fish Taco: Fresh tilapia dredged in Bem Bōm blackening seasoning, sautéed  and served with house slaw, avocado, serrano sauce, and  mango paint vinaigrette (named so because of its vibrance and Chico’s tendency to “paint” this work of art).

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Sushi & Seoul On The Roll

Date: Saturday, January 11

Location: East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Craving a work of art for lunch today? Sushi & Seoul On The Roll is prepared to absolutely dazzle you with their Japanese and Korean creations. Owner and sushi chef Al Ruiz proves you can absolutely get excellent fish off a truck! From Tuna Kobachi to “Smoked Stacks” to Pork Belly Donuts, this creative and fun-loving truck is keeping Orlandians guessing! Voted Orlando Weekly’s “Best Food Truck 2013”.

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What they will cook for us:

Tuna Kobachi: A beautiful tower of spicy cubed yellowfin tuna, sushi rice, avocado, cucumber, fried wonton chips, mango, shredded nori, and tobiko.

Holy Goat Roll: Panko and tempura fried tiger shrimp, spicy krab salad, goat cheese, and cucumber roll wrapped in yellowfin tuna, avocado, toasted almonds, and masago. Dressed with spicy mayo and honey wasabi aioli.

Smoked Stacks: Cold-smoked hamachi on honey-panko rice medallions, housemade guacamole, and European seedless cucumber topped with cherry tomato, scallion, wasabi, and tobiko. Served with smoked chipotle and lemon-infused ponzu.

Pork Belly Donuts: Tempura fried pork belly topped with maple syrup, powdered sugar, a dash of salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. Yes, it’s crazy… crazy delicious!

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SwedeDISH

Date: Sunday, January 12

Location: Eat More Produce (1111 S Orlando Ave., Winter Park)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Forget everything you know about Swedish cuisine — this is far from furniture warehouse meatballs. Former drag racers Viveca and Håkan Averstadt are doing high-speed Swedish cuisine at SwedeDISH! You’ll find the legendary Thor (aka Viking Dog), a crazy hot dog, crab, and mashed potato creation often found on the streets of Stockholm. Traditional meatballs are a must, along with a killer surf ‘n turf burger made with Swedish spices. They’ve got Orlando saying, “Mmm… läcker!”

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What they will cook for us:

Thor: The Viking Dog. Swedish thin bread wrap stuffed with an all-beef hotdog, homemade mashed potatoes with Swedish spices and dill crab salad. The God of Thunder himself couldn’t make tummies rumble like this wrap does!

Balder: Swedish-spiced beef patty with fresh blue crab meat, sharp cheddar cheese, fried onions, lettuce, and secret Viking sauce on a toasted bun. Brother to Thor and ruler of all food truck burgers!

Leif: Homemade Swedish lean ground beef meatballs with homemade mashed potatoes, cream sauce, cucumber salad and lingonberry jam.

Salmon Burger: Fresh salmon patty mixed with dill, lemon, panko, and leek, topped with herb mayo and fresh arugula on a toasted kaiser bun. So välsmakande! Er, so tasty!

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Treehouse Truck

Date: Monday, January 13

Location: Golf Channel (7580 Golf Channel Dr., Orlando)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

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Treehouse Truck is taking beloved childhood sandwiches to the extreme! From their GC Luther (a grilled cheese donut burger), to their habañero Hot Ness burger, to their deep-fried Mama’s PB&J, every sandwich they offer is like a delicious — and undoubtedly irresistible — double dare! Everyone’s welcome in this clubhouse of yum!

What they will cook for us:

Hot Ness: A whole habañero pepper mixed into an all-beef patty, grilled and topped with melted American cheese, fresh cilantro, tomato, and drizzled with sour cream on a toasted bun. It packs heat, but it packs even more flavour, which wins over even mild tastebuds!

GC Luther: Born because a donut burger isn’t crazy enough. Two donut grilled cheese sandwiches, all-beef patty, bacon, and cheese. No veggies, that would be insane. Named after Luther Vandross.

Papa Nick’s Roast Pork: This homage to Vinnie’s poppa features Italian-style roast pork blended with fresh herbs and spices. Roasted for 8-10 hours and served on an Italian roll with sharp provolone and topped with broccoli rabe.

Mama’s PB&J: Only the best mama would make you this sweet sensation. Peanut butter, jelly, banana, and Nutella sandwich dipped in a secret batter and deep-fried. Don’t forget to share like mama taught you!

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Cafe Rouge Express

Date: Tuesday, January 14

Location: First United Methodist Church of Orlando (142 E Jackson St., Orlando)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

This English-inspired food truck was voted Orlando Weekly’s “Best Fish ‘n Chips in Central Florida” — and boy, do their giant whole filets live up to the title! Cafe Rouge Express has a wide selection of the Queen’s food, including Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Tikka Masala Flatbread, and Bangers ‘n Mash. Their rotating daily menu also includes other more global favourites include Mussels & Frites, Escargot, and even a Beer-Battered Cheesecake!

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What they will cook for us:

Fish ‘n Chips: Fresh haddock, beer-battered and fried in a secret Cafe Rouge blend of oils. It’s actually double-fried, once in a lower temperature vat to cook the fish, then in a higher temperature to crisp up the batter. The result is fish that tastes like it’s been steamed! Served with brined and double-fried chips, and a side of housemade tartar sauce.

Lamb Burger: Marinated lamb mixed with Moroccan spices and hand-formed into a patty. Grilled and laid on brioche with minted mayo, spring greens, housemade onion jam, and goat cheese.

Shepherd’s Pie: From a family recipe so old, it had to be laminated! Beef, carrot, onion, celery, rosemary, thyme, and a port wine demi sauce underneath a blanket of fluffy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese.

Beer-Battered Cheesecake: Classic New York cheesecake on a graham cracker crust frozen, battered, and double-fried so that the insides are slightly gooey and fully yummy. Topped with cinnamon sugar and caramel.

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Curbside Chef

Date: Wednesday, January 15

Location: Orlando Weekly (1505 E Colonial Dr., Orlando)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Chef Clarito Macalad and his wife Bonnie are running the only food truck around that uses fresh organic produce and fish from their backyard aquaponic farm. Curbside Chef serves some serious globally-inspired meals like Banana Leaf Baked Tilapia — with ingredients harvested straight from their farm! You won’t find a more dedicated food truck owner anywhere — and it shows in his extraordinary food!

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What they will cook for us:

Banana Leaf Tilapia: Whole fresh backyard-raised tilapia baked en papillote in a parcel of backyard-grown banana leaves with shallots, garlic, onion, lemon, and tomato. Served unwrapped with a side of coconut basmati rice. Simple, clean, and absolutely delicious!

King Pho Soup: A steaming hot pot of pho for two, served truckside! Contains Wagyu beef, tripe, tendon, meatballs, and rice noodles in a savoury beef broth.

Korean Mussels: Plump mussels in a flavourful beer, gochujang (Korean pepper paste), kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, and coconut broth. Served with toothsome orzo pasta.

Bird’s Nest French Toast: Brioche French toast with an over-easy egg cooked right in the center, bacon jam, candied orange peel, and maple cream cheese icing. Dusted with powdered sugar.

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Palate Party

Date: Friday, January 17

Location: Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park)

Filming time: 6:00 p.m.

Palate Party is Miami’s party truck! This raucus rolling restaurant is equipped with a rooftop stage that hosts DJs and breakdancers, an over-the-top chef (Robyn Almodovar), and outrageous food. No wonder Miami foodies are throwing down at what celebrity chef Marc Murphy calls “the penthouse of all food trucks”! The truck’s won too many awards to count, but Miami Times “Best Food Truck 2013” is the most recent.

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What they will cook for us:

Chicken & Waffles: Southern-style fried chicken wing dredged in flour and seasoning that is simply referred to as “Love”, fried and laid on top of a Belgian basil buttermilk waffle. Served with maple syrup and Fiery Fairy sauce, which is ready only when employees’ eyes start to water!

Crab Cake Sliders: Crab claw meat patties mixed with red/orange peppers, seasoning, and panko. Served on slider buns with garlic aioli and housemade sweet chili tomato jam.

Mushroom Risotto Balls: Mushroom, risotto, parmesan, white truffle, mozzarella pearls, breadcrumbs, and seasoning rolled together and fried. Served with “Sunday’s gravy”, a cherished family tomato gravy that simmers for five full hours.

Deep-Fried Bread Pudding: Diced bread, milk, cream, vanilla, white chocolate, cranberries, and Gran Marnier baked into bread pudding, then fried and served with white chocolate maple sauce. Makes you wanna boogie!

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Il Fiorentino

Date: Saturday, January 18

Location: J. Wakefield Brewing (120 NW 24th St., Miami)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Il Fiorentino (“The Florentine”) refers to passionate and young Chef Lorenzo Lapi, who’s bringing the authentic tastes of his hometown of Florence, Italy to the streets of Miami. He’s making rustic dishes such as chicken paillard, Italian meatballs, risotto, and ravioli — all from scratch. It’s a labour of love and Lorenzo wouldn’t have it any other way.

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What they will cook for us:

Ravioli di Patate: Scratch-made and hand- formed potato ravioli with parmesan fondue, truffle essence, radicchio, and crispy walnuts. Drizzled with balsamic reduction. Delizioso!

Risotto alla Zucca: Creamy risotto with sweet butternut squash, tangy goat cheese, and savoury Italian sausage. A hearty, yet delicate meal!

Polpettine di Carne: Handmade classic Italian meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, served with pureed potatoes and truffle oil. Topped with parmesan and herbs.

Tiramisu: Traditional Italian tiramisu! Coffee-soaked lady fingers blanketed with mascarpone, cream, and chocolate. Divine!