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Hustle and Snow(cones)



I feel like he does a route between the tiny bus station on Alamo Street and the bus station on Broadway. The ruta raspa...


Don't Let the Sun Set On Me



At one point there were solar panels on the roof of this building.  I'm almost positive they sold those panels. I wonder if the monsoons of the last few months dried up his business, so to speak.  Hopefully, he just moved locations.  If not, then another noble San Antonio attempt at something different.

Bottles and Cans



This is right behind Sam's Burger Joint by the Pearl Brewery.  Work is being done to renovate what was a beer can recycling station into some sort of mixed use space, at least according to my street informant.  I've heard rumors of a yoga studio and three studio loft spaces for living.  The other rumor is that it won't be cheap either.



Cheap would be a ticket on the Night Train.  Last Thursday night I was tied to the tracks.  On a serious note, there was a real train accident in Houston that captured the national attention.




I followed the tracks over to La Tuna, an obscure bar very few people in town have heard of.  It's pretty cool!



Next door, Slab Cinema was doing their weekly film.  There was a San Antonio connection.



A movie the Farrely Brothers would like to say they made.  These are the notorious Hilton Twins, perhaps the most famous Siamese twins to ever call San Antonio home.  I was told they are related to the Paris and Nicky Hilton family, but I don't think that's the case.  However they are "freaks" in their own right.




Exciting, isn't it?  Precast concrete forms often are.  To the left is the old Buttercrust Bakery.  And here - a mystery for the moment...

Another "Weekly" Update, Or Is It...



Is this a new photo of the communit garden?  Or, is it the same photo from last week?  My guess is no one can tell the difference.

Stumptown Part Two - Revenge of the Mobile Food Carts




According to Gourmet magazine this is the most popular taco truck in Portland.



According to me, it's completely average by my San Antonio standards.   However, I do give them credit for having birria tacos.  



However, that is not to say that Portland doesn't have an amazing mobile food truck scene.  Almost everything is represented.



Between 4th and 5th avenue in downtown Portland they all congregate.  It is a paradox to see mobile food trucks parked semi-permanently.  However, the synergy is amazing.



Poland?  Well played.



A variety of options...






I would love to see a Thai food truck in San Antonio.



However, I'm glad San Antonio hasn't embraced burritos.  In my opinion, that's a road of no return.  Taco truck tacos succeed because of their small elegance. Burritos invite madness.



Pho sure.  (I know...)



An amazing success story.  Pok Pok was a thai street food style shack established by a white rock and roll musician/chef.  




He became so succesful he transcended the parameters of the shack.  Now he has a restaurant next to his shack.  I tried the rotisserie chicken.  It was good, but I thought a bit overrated.  However, that isn't to say I don't appreciate the approach. Embracing Thai street food as a Thai alternative was well received by everyone all around.  

And now to conclude, here is a boring but bizarre video I stumbled across.  Jim Cornette was a "famous" pro wrestling manager in the 80s.  Here, at a recent convention of all places he shoots down a fan from the Insane Clown Possee.  Pop culture eating itself.




And so goes another week on the streets of San Antonio (and Stumptown.)  As always, to be continued...




Posted by Mark Jones on 8/31/2007
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