Ah, street food. You can’t walk past a major city square without the wafting aromas from a mini United Nations of food trucks offering cuisine from around the world. Sure, the food can sometimes be hit or miss, but for a gourmet on a budget, there’s nothing quite like discovering an exciting new street vendor who’s sure to get lots of repeat business.
And that’s where VendrTV comes in. Created two years ago by host Daniel Delaney and his friends, VendrTV is a webseries highlighting the best of street food. Starting in New York, and making their way across the country, the episodes feature different street vendors in different cities, profiling everything from the more traditional street fare, such as hot dogs and falafels, to more exotic food you’d never expect to see on a food truck, like sushi and pie.
But possibly the most impressive thing about VendrTV is that it’s still produced entirely by Delaney and friends. The high production values make it seem like something you’d see on Food Network, yet it’s funded by donations from fans, as well as a small online store. And not only does the series offer great tips on where to eat, it also gives some much-needed exposure to the local businesses. My old stomping ground of Austin, Texas is featured quite prominently, and as a city that prides itself in supporting local business, creative street vendors have become ingrained in the city’s culture.
In addition to the videos (which are also available as a podcast), the site also features other things like recipes from some of the vendors, and a blog. One recurring aspect of the blog I found particularly interesting is $10 a Day, in which different contributors take the challenge to find the best street food they can for breakfast, lunch and dinner—all for $10 or under. And yes, it is possible. And it’s something I want to try myself.
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