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wandering dago attorney
Attorney George Carpinello holds a copy of the e-mail from Cuomo adviser Bennett Liebman complaining about the name of the Wandering Dago food truck. (Casey Seiler, Times Union)

ALBANY, NY - The lawyers for a controversially named Schenectady food truck complained to a federal judge that the Cuomo administration purged the emails of a top aide who had warned that allowing the Wandering Dago to remain at Saratoga Race Course represented “a problem waiting to blow up.”

The deletion occurred despite the administration’s email retention policy for state agencies, which calls for the preservation of communications “that are to be preserved due to active or reasonably likely litigation.”

The owners of the Wandering Dago, Andrea Loguidice and Brendan Snooks, filed suit in late August 2013 against officials at the state Office of General Services and the New York Racing Association, claiming that the truck had been rejected by OGS’s summer lunch program on Empire State Plaza and banished from Saratoga Race Course on the first day of the 2013 meet due to state officials’ objections to its name. Loguidice filed a separate lawsuit in last month, claiming that she was fired from her job as an attorney for the Department of Environmental Conservation due to her connection to the truck.

While “dago” is generally understood to be a slur on Italians, Loguidice and Snooks insist it is nothing more than a tribute to her ancestors, laborers who were paid “as the day goes.”

In a Nov. 6 letter to Magistrate Judge Randolph Treece, Wandering Dago attorney George Carpinello of Bois, Schiller & Flexner said that a lawyer for Bennett Liebman, Cuomo’s former deputy secretary for gaming and racing, informed the plaintiffs that all emails relating to the cart had been deleted. Liebman, who is not a defendant in the lawsuit, retired in August.

Find the entire article at timesunion.com <here>

 

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ROSSLYN, VA - For the past two weeks, officers with the Arlington County Police Department spent the lunch hour issuing parking tickets to food trucks and other vehicles along N. Lynn Street in Rosslyn.

The increase in enforcement, according to ACPD spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm, came after the police received complaints that the trucks were parking illegally beyond the two hour limit in the metered spots.

“They weren’t just writing parking tickets to the food trucks, they were writing tickets to all vehicles,” Malcolm told ARLnow.com. Officers from the Rosslyn district conducted meetings with the vendors about the parking situation. “Officers spoke with and warned food trucks about all the laws there.”

Malcolm said one food truck owner agreed with the enforcement. The vendor told police “it had to be done, the saving spots in overnight parking was getting out of hand,” Malcolm said. Not all food vendors that frequent Lynn Street — one of the busiest spots in the area for food trucks — think the enforcement is a good idea.

Maireni Melo, who works on Brandon’s Little Truck, strongly objected to the enforcement.

“They’re enforcing the two-hour parking limit, but they’re checking on vendor’s licenses and everything while they do it,” he said.

Brandon’s Little Truck was stopped from selling last week because of licensing issues, but they were back open for business today (Monday) for lunch. Melo sold out by 1:30 p.m., he said, and the line for the truck formed before the window even opened.

“We’ll just keep feeding the meter, even if there’s a limit,” he said. “We can afford a ticket. If you’re going to get a $35 ticket, that’s just a little more than three sandwiches.”

Che Ruddell-Tabisola, the executive director of the DMV Food Truck Association, said there’s been some confusion over whether trucks need to move after the two-hour limit on Lynn Street expires.

“Different enforcement officers have different answers,” he said. As for the enforcement campaign, spurred by complaints, Ruddell-Tabisola said similar situations have popped up around the area about the brick-and-mortar businesses complaining. “We’ve had situations where established brick-and-mortars oppose innovation and variety.”

Find the entire article at arlnow.com <here>

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espresso fun facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

espresso fun factsFor today’s Did You Know we will look at Espresso fun facts.

The Facts: Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).

  • Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a drink.
  • Angelo Moriondo’s Italian patent for a steam-driven “instantaneous” coffee beverage making device, which was registered in Turin in 1884, is notable. Author Ian Bersten described the device as “… almost certainly the first Italian bar machine that controlled the supply of steam and water separately through the coffee. ” Unlike true espresso machines, it was a bulk brewer, and did not brew coffee “expressly” for the individual customer.
  • The origin of the term “espresso” is the subject of considerable debate. Although some Anglo-American dictionaries simply refer to “pressed-out”, “espresso,” much like the English word “express”, conveys the senses of “just for you” and “quickly,” which can be related to the method of espresso preparation.
  • November 24th is National Espresso Day.
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.
  • Espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life.
Espresso Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some espresso fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Espresso.

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bloomington in city council

BLOOMINGTON, IN - The Bloomington City Council is considering putting new restrictions on food trucks and carts.

After hearing public comment on the restrictions the council took a preliminary vote – four voted in favor of the ordinance and two against, with one abstaining.

The ordinance would restrict food trucks and carts within 50 feet away from a brick and mortar restaurant and allowing only a certain amount of vendors downtown. It also puts restrictions on when the street vendors can operate.

Both restaurant owners and food truck and cart owners are not opposed to regulations, but they want more concrete rules. Both sides want to come to a working agreement.

A major issue expressed was how to enforce the new rules. Some suggested police get involved, while others claim police don’t have the time and wouldn’t enforce regulations.

The final vote will come at the December 3 city council meeting.

Find the original article at wbiw.com <here>

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popped republic truck

PRINCE GEORGE’s COUNTY, MD - In any large metropolitan area, many vehicles are taken and some take a long time to find. But those vanished vehicles don’t sell popcorn and aren’t usually painted orange.

A food truck that sells gourmet popcorn was not in its usual place in Alexandria when the owner went to look for it Friday morning as he usually does. Rich Arslan, the owner of the Popped! Republic truck, called the police.

The theft of an orange popcorn truck is uncommon, intriguing, a quirky event with purchase on the imagination. The incident got far more attention than might the disappearance of some more staid conveyand. Reports about it spread widely and rapidly in the news and on social media.

Finally, about 7:30 p.m., came a climactic Twitter message that conveyed the sense of bemused amazement occasioned by the disappearance. .

“THIS is crazy,” read the Tweet, “ but this truck is across the street.” It was said to be across from the twitter user’s place of employment in Forestville.

Find the entire article at washingtonpost.com <here>

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key west food truck

So in an area with no food truck rules to send a food truck to another country to recruit tourists seems a bit hypocritical.

The Florida Keys are trolling Canada –beginning Nov. 24, a branded Florida Keys Key lime pie food truck is set to roll in Toronto and Hamilton with Keys representatives giving away free slices of the Florida Keys’ signature dessert. The truck is to visit different high-traffic locations through Nov. 28.

The public-relations effort is being funded by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and coordinated by the TDC’s agencies, NewmanPR and Canadian subcontractor LMA Communications.

The timing couldn’t be better. Snow fell in the region Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Although no snow is currently forecast for next week, temperatures are projected to be chilly — in the 30s and 40s F — as the Keys pie truck makes it rounds.

Find the entire article at keysnet.com <here>

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el paso tx

EL PASO, TX - If you have noticed more food trucks gathering around El Paso, you’re right!

“We are here at the Title Max on Mesa Street and Remcon Circle on the west side, we are here Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Arturo Nevarez, owner of Big Dogs Hot Dogs said.

It’s a schedule like that for these food truck vendors firing up their generators which have just become routine in the past few months.

“There’s a good atmosphere and plenty of food,” Gandy Vargas said as he enjoyed a dish from one of the food trucks.

“We have a little bit of everything. We have tacos. We have pizza,” Nevarez said of all the different types of food trucks he sees in El Paso.

Nevarez said this gathering wouldn’t be possible if an old ordinance on food trucks was still in effect.

“You couldn’t be parked at a certain spot for 20 minutes. You had to be going around and the customers would flag you down and you couldn’t be near a restaurant,” Nevarez said.

That ordinance ended in 2011.

It’s paved the way for the food truck industry to really gain some traction in El Paso.

According to El Paso’s Department of Public Health, this year so far there are 384 mobile food vendor licenses.

It is still less than Austin’s 1,119 permits issued for city and county combined this fiscal year.

But compare that 384 number to the time the ordinance was still in effect — there weren’t even 250.

Find the entire article at kfoxtv.com <here>

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