This is great -- we really need to nurture our food trucks and our food culture in general!
But as a foodie who has recently been diagnosed with celiac, I have to add that I so much wish our food trucks posted their allergen information. It is terribly frustrating to wait long minutes in a line only to find out when arriving at the window -- when it's too late to try anything else -- that their food has wheat or some other source of gluten in it.
Simply making information available would be both easy and cheap on the owner's part (it could be posted on the far side of the truck) -- as well as kind to their customers who have food restrictions. It could actually save a life too.
This is also true of restaurants, but at least restaurants can often be reached by phone or have a web presence -- unlike the majority of our food trucks.
Sounds great! I second the above remark.
But which of your menu items are gluten-free (i.e., free of wheat, rye or barley), Gussy's? I can't eat anything else. It would be really helpful for those of us with food allergies and such if you could post your allergen info on the truck somewhere. It's really hard to choose among food trucks if one has to wait in a long line only to find out when one gets to the window that there's nothing gluten-free.
This sounds great! But for someone with celiac disease, no restaurant review is complete without knowing about a restaurant's gluten policy. South Asian food -- because it does not tend to feature a lot of wheat, barley or rye -- tends to have a lot of gluten-free offerings, but I have no way of knowing for sure from their website or menu.
Could all future reviews please feature just a sentence or two that describe each restaurant's gluten policy? This would make the Indy reviews 10 times as useful for the 3-4% of Americans with celiac disease or wheat allergies. Thanks!
There is no discernible benefit to this project, and so much to loose by a neighborhood which is already marginal and desparately needs its functional groceries, tiendas and tacquerias. We've already seen this happen over and over and over again, with the Durham Freeway, with hundreds of other road widening projects, it's always the same: it's like a Berlin Wall goes down in a neighborhood, shutting off residents from each other and businesspeople from their customers, destroying communities -- and greatly, greatly discouraging positive forms of transportation or exercise such as walking and biking.
How in the world can they claim that moving traffic OUT of the neighborhood as fast as possible will somehow benefit it?
And why is NC DoT always so intent on forcing these things on Durham? How in the world can they -- in 2011 no less! -- think always and only in terms of the Great Lord Automobile and never, never, NEVER in terms of actual human beings or communities or pedestrians or bicyclists?
Why don't we just throw this money away? It's not actually providing any measurable benefit for us.
Thanks for all the great venues in Durham!
This offer naturally makes one wonder:
IF they could afford to offer this -- as so clearly they can -- AND if these are the sorts of good, responsible things that a good, responsible developer offers, THEN WHY in the world didn't they offer them in the FIRST place?
Why did it take opposition and duress to get them to do what they should have done in the first place?
And since they were holding out on us with THIS -- then what ELSE are they holding out on?
All the more reason to continue holding them to real public and environmental standards. This COULD be a really good development. But they will have to offer a bit more than this -- and everything they offer must be iron-clad law, not empty promises. I am so tired of local pols caving into developers based on nothing more than vague gestures of dubious value that never actually get done in any way that matters.
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