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DC LIVING | Stella's PopKern

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I met up with a new friend yesterday for coffee, and she brought two bags of Stella's PopKern (hee!) for us to snack on while we coffeed. You may not know this about me, but popcorn is one of my favorite foods. It says so right there in my bio. So, I may have been overly excited. And then I tasted it, and now I want to live inside the truck. Right inside. Failing that, I can always live underneath it.

Listen. I know all you big-city people out there have seen so many food trucks that probably you have food truck fatigue. But this small-town girl is new, and excited about it. Also: ZA'ATAR-flavored popcorn? What is za'atar? I don't know. But I know it's delicious, and that I want it on my popcorn at all times, and that I would eat said popcorn for every meal if I could.

I am pretty sure this also means that I'm going to have to do research on more delicious food truck options for y'all to know about. It's going to be really sad and hard for me.

Speaking of DC, there are still a couple of DC mini-design camp spots left. Maybe I'll bring Stella's for you, who knows?

Follow Stella's PopKern on Twitter so you can know where they are at all times. I certainly am.

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Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix. You can get it at Penzey's or Whole Foods or Trader Joe's (maybe even at a schmancy Giant). Penzey's probably has the best quality.
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrsArkban
Damn, I didn't think about Penzey's. Duh, it's a spice store, silly me. I needed it last week for a recipe and struck out at World Market, Trader Joe's and multiple Giants and Safeways. Wegman's is too far out and I forgot about Balducci's. Now I know! Or I could just buy some popcorn and use that.
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Yay! Another use for the huge bag of Za'atar I bought at my local halal market. Or, I guess I should say, A use for it as I've lost track of the recipe for which I purchased damn bag (did I mention it is a huge bag?)!!
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
If you like shrimp you can make this one and let me know how it turns out: http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/za-atar-shrimp-green-beans-with-lemon-yogurt-over-couscous
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
AB -
Welcome to DC. It's the perfect combo of North and South and it's a pretty city. There isn't any truly excellent cajun/Looosianah food places, but there are a lot of LA expats - you will find your people soon enough.

Trucks -
Cirque Cuisine is my all time favorite. They do all kinds of natural, whole food-based dishes that are vaguely French-influenced and everything I've ever had from them has been exceptional.

Basil Thyme lasagnas are really tasty and come with a real salad.

I'm also partial to the veggie balls from Ball or Nothing. Their sides are bomb.

And of the Fojol Brothers trucks - all are good, but my fave is the Indian one.

Trapped on an island, I would choose Takorean over Far East for my Asian taco needs.

EAT ALL THE FOOD!
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryasmara
I tend to buy whole spices in bulk, roast them in the oven and then grind them to make my own spice mixes. They're much fresher and aromatic. Here's an easy recipe for za'atar:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/8512313/Home-made-zaatar-recipe.html
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarchelle
Start here: http://foodtruckfiesta.com or here: http://www.thestreats.com. We have good ones in Montgomery County, too.
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
www.foodtruckfiesta.com for all your DC food truck needs.
September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B
Mmm, DC food trucks! I still desperately miss the Wonky truck, which sold authentic poutine -- can't find anywhere else in the area that uses cheese curds and makes the gravy right! My fav food truck is DC Empanadas, who have great rotating combinations and also have the good sense to fry their empanadas, which puts them a stratosphere above Julia's Empanadas.

I also finally bit the bullet and registered for the DC design camp -- I get nervous with new groups of people, but it just sounds so fun that I had to go for it!
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
I eat popcorn for dinner.

I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

If you make it at home, I highly recommend these guys from Iowa:
http://tinybutmightyfoods.com/

Stovetop is best but easiest is a couple handfuls of kernels in a brown lunchbag; 3 min in microwave; butter, salt. Sometimes smokey paprika, sometimes citrus zest. But most often plain is best.

I love popcorn.
September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

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