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Silent Sunday: Food Truck Throwdown (photos from Brian of A Thought For Food)

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  • May 12, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - Awesome pics! Mei mei is my favorite :)ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Jeanette - I love the idea of food trucks – wish we had them in our area! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - Such great opportunities to sample so many kinds of food!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Sarah - You take such beautiful photos. Can I ask what lens you were using here?ReplyCancel

    • May 12, 2013 - 9:07 pm
      Brian @ A Thought For Food -

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for your kind note. I used my 50mm for this. Hope all is well! -BrianReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Arthur B Raleigh - These are always fun events!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:01 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnnn… I LOVES me some food, especially when it comes from a truck.

    Los camiones de comida, son mis favoritos.ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 8:39 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - This is so great! I need a food truck in the suburbs :)ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Cookbook Queen - So so fun!! Not sure I can get behind the pate cone, though… ūüėČ The maple bacon cupcake, however, is a sure WIN!!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Monet - What a great day! I loved seeing the food…and the vendors serving the food. Sure made me wish I could have joined you guys for such a gorgeous day outdoors!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Oh, man! I would eat every single one of these! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    TidyMom - I wish we had food trucks around us!! love your pics Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Stacey - Still determined to get to the Mei Mei truck when I’m up there next month!! Gorgeous images Brian….ReplyCancel

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We drank a lot that Monday night. ¬†More than we normally do. ¬†More than we should have on any weekday, but, hell, we were doing it as a part of our mixology education. ¬†The class was with Domingo-martin Barreres, the head bartender at Market by Jean-Georges and he had provided a number of recipes to try that night. Besides the six cocktails we were also given free reign to play with the ingredients purchased for the class. That led to another four or five beverages. ¬†Oh, and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet.

Two things I took away from that evening were 1) that cocktails incorporating egg whites are da bomb and 2) that shrubs are going to be used in every one of our cocktails this summer. ¬†Shrubs, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, are vinegar based syrups. ¬†These shrubs are made by mashing fresh fruit with sugar and then soaking the fruit in vinegar for a week. ¬†The result is a slightly acidic, sweet, and fruity liquid that can be added to a cocktail to give it a little zip. ¬†There are basic shrubs (mango, strawberry, apple), but you can also play around with them to create some fun pairings (mango sriracha, strawberry basil, apple ginger). ¬†Here, though, I wanted to go seasonal, so I went straight for the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.

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  • May 8, 2013 - 12:32 am

    Sarah - I love these – just my obsession or is there something really Gatsby-y and springtimey about this? A shrub collings for Spring? Sounds awesome.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 12:39 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Can’t go wrong with a homemade cocktail that has all of this delicious, seasonal and fresh flavors :)ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 4:02 am

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - Wow. I could go for one or three of these! And I love the name..Shrub..in a recipe title!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’ve never tried a “shrub” but it looks fabulous! I drank too much last night…it was in the name of mixology too (no it wasn’t).ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - Loving the sound of this! I’ve never heard of a shrub before.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Love this idea! Will have to add it to my list of drinks to make! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Adryon - I had my first experience with rhubarb last week and I’m obsessed. We’re expecting more from our CSA this week, and now that I can incorporate vodka in the mix, I’m even more excited!

    This will be my first time using a ‘shrub’ in cocktails but it sounds absolutely divine. Beautiful as always, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - I wanna be shrubbed!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    Anonymous - I love shrubs! And while I had always bought mine at The Boston Shaker, you’ve inspired me to try my own. I am trying to see if shrubs can be preserved for a long pantry shelf life (water bath canning for instance) or if they can only be refrigerated. If you have any insight on that, I’d appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - Shrubs! I thought you talking about some kind of plant!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    carey - Oh yes. I developed a shrub obsession last year after making a strawberry-rhubarb shrub that was pretty similar to this! I highly recommend pairing it with equal parts tequila (reposado or a√Īejo, preferably) and topping it with some seltzer ‚ÄĒ it’s magical. And, if you have them, a few dashes of pear bitters. (I made my own based on a recipe in BTP’s Bitters, but there might be some similar ones on the market these days. They definitely make the drink sing!)ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Markeya K. Williams - I love Domingo’s classes. He rocks!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - First of all, I love everything about this post. The storytelling, photos…and a recipe I want to jump up and make. You’re on fire, Brian.

    Second, thanks for schooling me on shrubs. I only know of the leafy, gardening kind. =)

    Third, dude, I’m getting excited for Vegas. I am going to be ready to tip back a shrub or three. (First trip no kids in a whiiiiiile.)ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn!!!…. I LOVES me some SHRUB, especially when that shrub turns out to be rhubarb!

    ¬°Viva los jardines, y los jardineros, Viva!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    Ashley - I wanna get my drinky on with THIS! Pack it along please?!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2013 - 4:42 am

    laurasmess - Haha, I just commented over at Winnie’s blog then saw your ‘shrub twin’ comment and headed over here!! I’ve never heard of a shrub. Other than, uh, the small green plant version. Now I really want to make one… your strawberry rhubarb combo sounds delicious! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2013 - 11:37 am

    Alanna Kelllgg - Very glad to see this – my friend Mary’s been raving about shrubs, this is just the incentive I need to start one today!

  • May 9, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Monet - I had a friend make us a shrub last summer…and I must agree, they are so good. Makes summer drinking even better! Thank you for sharing, Brian. Loved the pictures in this post…something about a mason jar gets me everytime :-)ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Joanne - I’ve always wondered what exactly makes a shrub a shrub…and of course you have the answer for me! I’ve become re-obsessed with rhubarb so this cocktail needs to happen in my life!ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2013 - 9:31 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - Agree about the egg whites in cocktails. At first I was a little scared, but after I had my first Pisco Sour I was a changed woman :)

    I cannot wait to try these…strawberry and rhubarb in a cocktail is genius!ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    Carolyn - I love rhubarb. Wish I’d been a part of your mixology education!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I love love love this!!! The last shrub I made was blackberry rosemary. I need to make one again.ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Links: Strawberries, Rhubarb, and a Cooking With Flowers Winner | Food in Jars - […] Capture spring with a jar of strawberry rhubarb shrub. […]ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    Shaina - This sounds lovely, and I am so envious of your mixology education. I would love to spend an evening getting schooled in the art of spirits.ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Sally Regan - Has anyone figured out how long one would need to waterbath this so it could be given for gifts and last longer?
    There is a restaurant called POK POK in Portland, Oregon that sells bottled “shrub” and the cocktails in the restaurant. They have flavors like tamarind, cucumber and mango. What flavors have you come up with?ReplyCancel

    • May 14, 2013 - 10:27 am

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - Hey Sally! Thanks for your note! It’s a very good question and I’m sure it can be done, but I have yet to test it out.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 12:23 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I’m digging this shrub idea!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Nikki @ Tikkido - Intriguing! I’ve only heard of shrub as the name of a specialty liqueur from Cornwall (SW region of England)–and that’s the only place I’ve ever been able to buy it, too. It’s rather herbal and sweet, and tastes pretty amazing paired with rum. I wonder if it has its origins in the same tradition as this type of shrub? In any case, I can’t wait to give your recipe a try with some of my fresh rhubarb!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub | Healthy Green Kitchen - […] Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub from A Thought For Food Cucumber Mint Shrub from Food Republic Raspberry Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen […]ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Heather - Can you tell me how much of the finished product you end up with? Considering this for a food swap, and trying to figure out how much I need to increase the recipe. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Relish Blogs – Week 5.20 - […] With an excess of leftover rhubarb (and there‚Äôs always leftover rhubarb), we turn gratefully to¬†A Thought for Food, who offers the unexpected. Not a pie, not cobbler, but rather‚Ķ a¬†Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub. […]ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    Barb Schneeberger - Might have to try this…ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes - Love this. I’m going to try an adaptation with our strawberry rhubarb sorbet….the addition of balsamic and cider vinegar should give it a nice kick and more depth…yummm can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Copper House Special - […] fourth annual Big Summer Potluck. At our event Brian from A Thought For Food demonstrated ¬†his¬†Strawberry-Rhubarb Shrub, a fruity sweet-sour cocktail base, which we all enjoyed so much that I made my own shrub from some […]ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Blackberry Basil Shrub | taste love and nourish - […] Adapted from A Thought for Food – Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub […]ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2014 - 12:36 am

    Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub | Art of Natural Living - […] so I went out on the internet and found this recipe from A Thought for Food.  I had heard of shrubs (also called drinking vinegars) before, but always been scared off by […]ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Des - <3 Wish I was still there! You captured it beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 2:43 am

    MikeVFMK - What a wonderful weekend! Beautiful pictures Brian! I can’t wait to witness this myself. In person.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Christine - Awesome!!! Your photos are great. Everyone looks happy and really, really photogenic. I so love your work.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Gail - When you make photos like these to tell a story, words are unnecessary and superfluous.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 10:12 am

    SMITH BITES - you’ve captured the weekend perfectly Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Lori @ RecipeGirl - So fun to re-live it all! Great to see you, Brian! You captured everything beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Wenderly - What PHENOMENAL captures Brian!! I actually felt like I was there! (wish I could have been) :)


  • May 5, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - Great photos! I can’t wait to attend the east coast BSP in July :)ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Kristen - Makes me wish I had an event for you to come photograph – you are so talented :)ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    Leah@wineimbiber - You’ve captured the essence of the weekend perfectly! Simply beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Joan Nova - Wonderful photos with lots of familiar faces. Looks like a great time!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    Anonymous - I love avocados on my burgers.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    meg jones wall - love these photos – looks like a blast. thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 9:13 pm

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - I was at Big PL! I was only able to make it to the first night but I was there and am in a photo in your post :) Sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet but next time, right!

    And I am in love with your post. The images are all just STUNNING! Thanks for taking the TIME to compile this!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - Ok just kidding…we did talk cameras for a quick second on Friday night. I was super impressed with how dedicated you were capturing everything and it just shows. Such gorgeous captures!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 7:19 am

    TidyMom - Brilliant Brian!! Looks like you all had an amazing time, you pictures are wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - These photos truly capture a million words. The colors, the smiles, the food!! What a great time.ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Jeanette - Wow, looks like it was a great event – thanks for capturing it for us.ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Wait, I thought we agreed you were going to photoshop my face into at least 70% of these photos.


  • May 6, 2013 - 11:12 am

    Jeannine - Stunning photos beautifully capture the mood of BTP. Loved meeting you Brian.ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    shelly (cookies and cups) - I ADORE this recap in pictures! I feel like I was there!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Looks like you guys had a great time! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 3:31 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I’m sad I wasn’t able to make it out this time, looks like a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Joanne - With of all of these pictures I almost feel like I was there with you! Can’t wait to see you at BSP!!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Look at all you food bloggers having a blast.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Elizabeth - Those were the best photos I have seen on any blogging event!!! What a wonderful beautiful delicious time you had.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Amanda - Wonderful photos Brian!! You captured the weekend perfectly. Was such a pleasure to finally get to meet you!! Hope to see you again soon!! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - What a great recap of the weekend Brian, it was so nice meeting you. Your photos are just wonderful! As I was scrolling and enjoying them all, I was surprised to see the one of me :) pure joy written all over my face! It was a great weekend and I hope to see you again!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - Brian, you worked so hard and it shows! What a beautiful recap. I was totally transported through your lens down to SoCal and into the middle of all these smiling, beautiful people. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I love these photos! It looks like it was so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    Big Traveling Potluck Lessons - Three Many Cooks - […] We were so busy, there¬†wasn’t a¬†moment to take photos, so I am using the stunning photos taken by our photographer and good friend, Brian Samuels (you should totally hire him‚Ķno seriously). He‚Äôs wildly talented, insightful, and most importantly, he catches those subtle moments you might otherwise miss. So thank you to Brian for giving me permission to use his photos. He posted a lot more from the event on his blog recap. […]ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    Liren - I knew I could count on you to make me feel as though I were the with you! So many of my favorite people in one gorgeous place!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    Shaina - I so enjoyed looking back at these. It was so good seeing you, but that goes without saying. Lovely photos, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 12:02 am

    Cheese Grits with Fiddleheads and Ramps in Brown Butter - A Thought For Food - […] a whirlwind trip out to Los Angeles by way of New Jersey. After a long weekend out west for the Big Traveling Potluck, I returned to my parents house to help out as my mom recovered from an operation. ¬†It was nice to […]ReplyCancel