We know, it’s a random gift idea. But hey, street food is incredible. Whether it’s a hot dog at a Tiger’s game, a burger at a UM tailgate party outside the Big House, elote in Humboldt Park in Chicago, or kitimoto under a starlit sky in Iringa, Tanzania, street food is essentially food and culture’s public face. It’s not hidden in a restaurant of home kitchen, it’s right there, and you can watch it happen, learn the ingredients and how it is prepared, and walk away with food in hand thinking about making it yourself on the backyard grill.
Dad, we heard you may be spending more time at home soon, and mom sure could use a hand in the kitchen, so we thought why not start you out on street food. We found some classes in “Street Food of the World” up in Northern Michigan to kick off your tour, a nice little cookbook companion, spices, and all the gear you need to turn the next tail gate into little Mumbai, Bangkok, or Tegucigalpa.
I’ve made some pretty shitty food in my day, but hey, experimentation is all part of the process. Different spices and ingredients require different methods and techniques, almost like managing a diverse Chamber sales team, or learning to interact with and handle the kids and folks at the tutoring centers and afterschool programs.
So, I suggest we use this blog to experiment together. We can all pick some recipes, try them out, and post our reviews here, developing our own Grimm Street Food resource. Soon we’ll be on Amazon selling thousands of copies and paying for a curbside food cart to station outside the Onekama library…
Merry Christmas mom and dad, let’s start cooking!