Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Supercrawl 2013

This post is a little late.  Mr. HitH is working 2 jobs, 7 days a week (the joy of being a recent graduate of teacher's college) and Ms. HitH is teaching full time and is back in school part time.  We're going to do our best to keep on keeping on, but posts may not be as timely as we hoped!

With that said, we made it down to Supercrawl on Friday night.  We purposely went early, for we knew we would need to leave early to come home to bed. We hit up James St. at about 6 p.m.


We wandered up and down James a couple times to get the feel of the crawl.  I loved Erika James' Barriers installations.

It was also fun discovering things we had never noticed before - like the statue of justice on this cultural club.

We also enjoyed the random musical artists, like this Celtic style band which had a gentleman jump in and jam with his bongos. They were playing so well together that when the gentleman with the bongos stood up to move down the road, I was shocked he wasn't a permanent band member. It was truly amazing to watch a few strangers jam together and then part ways.
I was so excited that Matt Jelly had made one of his fantastic maps of my neighbourhood.  We visited his booth when the Tall Ships were in the Hammer and loved them, but he had yet to venture up the Mountain.  I grabbed my neighbourhood and will soon be framing.  Now I just have to decide where to hang it in the house.
And then we ventured onto the food.  Being the responsible adults we are, we chose to eat cupcakes and doughnuts first. We stopped at Curbside Bliss cupcakes.
We first enjoyed the Dulce de Leche cupcake.  The cake was fresh - soft and inviting with a delicious molten caramel middle. The icing was sweet, without being sickening.  The caramel drizzle was perfect.  Truly, a superior cupcake.
However, the doughnut (donut?) took the cake. The cake.  Get it?  Get it?  (Puntastic jokes like this are the reason my students loathe me.) Anyway, this was a Ferrero Rocher inspired doughnut.  It was dipped in molten chocolate immediately before being placed into our hands. This made it messy - but it was ah-maz-ing. The crumble sprinkled on top was crunchy and delicious and made it taste exactly like like a Ferrero Rocher. So delicious.  Could eat a dozen every day.  Of course, I would die, but it would be a delicious death. Worth it.
Then we hit up the Karma Chamealon truck.  Ms. HitH is a vegetarian and was really excited about trying their Philly Cheeze Steak. In fact she had tried to get out to try this truck before but was always unlucky, until now. This is a vegan truck, so both the 'meat' and 'cheese' were vegan substitutes.
Overall, as a vegetarian, not a vegan, I found it a touch disappointing.  The fake meat was fine, if not inspiring - as fake meat tends to be -  and the onions were cooked to perfection. The roll was firm enough to hold together without being hard to eat.  However, the cheeze sauce was not plentiful and I found the sandwich dry.  It was certainly fine and I ate it all, but I wouldn't return for another.  The coleslaw was very disappointing.  It tasted like shredded cabbage dressed with only vinegar.  I expect more from a vegan truck than this in terms of salad!
Then, we ran into the Hamilton Portuguese Marching Band.  They were enjoyable and who doesn't love a marching band?  If you know this person, do not introduce them to me.  I won't like them. Neither should you.
We then moved onto the Meatball Shoppe truck.  They cater to a meatarian crowd (I know your jaws have just dropped in shock.  Go ahead.  Pick them up.  I'll wait) so only Mr. HitH ate there.
He enjoyed (and I mean enjoyed) The King Angus, described as 3 Angus Beef Meatballs served on a Bun with organic Field Greens, Marinara Sauce, sautéed onions & red peppers, 4 Italian shredded cheeses, Buffalo sauce and fresh cilantro.  His verdict was that it was delicious. He found the meat moist and flavourful.  The Angus was cooked to perfection and the spices were perfect.  The roll was not memorable, but did the job.  He was concerned about it being a cacophony of flavours before the first bite, but the sauces blended perfectly and the cheese gave it a great added dimension. A superb food truck meal.
We felt that we needed more dessert and I had read good things about the Itty Bitty Pie Co., so we went and bought a peach pie in a cup.
We found it uninspired.  The presentation, perhaps simply due to being thrown into a cup, looked rather like a dog's breakfast.  Mr. HitH felt this was a cruel assessment.  I had to just school him on the meaning of this British colloquialism, meaning a mess.  So no, it did not appear as kibble, just a rather mashed up pile of ingredients. After a careful reconsideration of his position, he now agrees. Schooled. We also wondered if apples had been added, as we found that it tasted much more of apples than peaches which was a shame as we wanted us some peaches. It was also much more of a cobbler than a pie.  We didn't even finish this. We finish everything. Especially Mr. HitH. But not this.
Then we discovered this cool mural.  How I missed it before Supercrawl I do not know.  But I love it. Who wouldn't want to saddle up a turtle and ride?!
I didn't know whether to be happy I found Elmer the Elephant or to be upset that Weekend Riot Club had co-opted him.
This gentleman was singing opera.  He was outstanding.
I wish I knew the artist's name for these pieces - but they were creepy.  I was a little afraid to walk beside them.
These people were walking down the street chanting "Free Omar Khadr". I would like to make a political statement here, but Mr. HitH reminds me that this is a food blog and not a political one. Thus, my bleeding heart shall remain hidden, unless talking about delicious, delicious issues. We all know politics leaves a sour taste in one's mouth, and who wants that when one is trying out new delicious food?
After the interesting array of Hamilton's fine arts we headed over to The Salted Pig as Mr. HitH loves him some pork. He had Pigs in a Blanket, which are corn tortillas filled with pulled pork, covered in horseradish sauce and green onions.
They were good, but there was nothing extraordinary here.  The meat was nicely cooked, tender and soft, but because the sauce was on top of the tortilla, it was dry.  The crunch on the tortilla was perfect.  He finished these happily, but again, wouldn't order them again.  He also had some bacon candy, which sweet, salty, and little pieces of heaven.  However, the serving was quite small.
We have never seen the Caplansky Deli Truck in the Hammer, so when we ran across it, Mr. HitH had to have a sandwich.
He ordered the Reuben.  I ate the pickle.  It was one of the top pickles I have ever eaten.  It was crispy and garlicy and salty and all things that a pickle should be.  Well done, Caplansky. Mr. HitH adored his sandwich. The bread was fresh (seriously, Supercrawl had good bread).  There was a ton of tender and melt in the mouth delicious meat.  The sauerkraut blended perfectly with the meat.  They had 3 options for mustard, and he chose the original mustard which worked perfectly. He cannot wait until we find the truck again.  This won his favourite meal of the night.
With this, we packed it in and headed home.  Mr. HitH had to work the next day at 7 a.m. and Ms. HitH needed to be at orientation the next morning - so no late night enjoyment for us, unfortunately, because judging from the tweets Supercrawl just got better and better.

In summary - a more disappointing food truck experience overall than we are used to, but that could also be explained by the fact that we did arrive as the trucks were opening. However, The Meatballe Shoppe, Caplansky's Deli and Curbside Bliss were excellent and we enjoyed them immensely.  Overall, Supercrawl was very enjoyable.  We will be back next year for more fun and adventure.


pam said...

Awe, such a harsh review for us! We did have some great reviews from SuperCrawl and Awestruck, regarding the Pie-in-a-Cup. Mr. HITH,we are sorry that you did not enjoy it! If you would like to send your email, we will gladly send you a gift certificate to try another one of our products (mini pies or a savoury pies)!

Hungry in the Hammer said...

I'm sorry - we weren't trying to be harsh :) Food is, of course, a matter of personal taste. The next time we see you out and about, we are definitely going to give you a try again. Your offer of a gift certificate is very generous, but unnecessary - we're happy to try you out again!

pam said...

We would love for you to try us again! Ps....the Peach Pie-in-a-Cup was all peaches and no apples added :)

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