A Monday Giveaway

Boston’s first Food Truck Festival was certainly a meaty affair! The South End Open Markets made room for a caravan of food trucks serving, for the most part,  a meat-lover’s dream.  There were many vendors including Speed’s Hot Dogs, M & M Ribs, the Sausage Guy, and another hot dog truck. The lines for all of these were enormously long. Luckily, the line at Grillo’s Pickles was short, short enough for me to return twice for their spicy, crispy pickles.

Grillo's Pickles

These pickles are pretty amazing, though I would love it if they served whole pickles, deli-style.

Grillo's Pickles

The line was also short at another favorite of mine, Equal Exchange Cafe. Their nutty, buttery roast is always delicious and always doing good. So my day started off with pickles and coffee, the breakfast of champions!

Equal Exchange Coffee

The Food Truck festival was a great idea in theory, it is an event that might have been better saved for cooler weather and laid out a little better so to avoid maddening, crisscrossing lines. More veggie options would have been nice too. I think I went into the event expecting it to be like the                 FoodBuzz Festival street food event, which was a little off. At any rate, I was hungry, so we headed over to the market part of the open markets.

I admired some of the jewelry and other wares for sale, including these dog bowls made out of old wine boxes. You know that I will have one of these for my someday dog.

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I spent some time drooling over Marie Galvin’s stunning hats and fascinators wishing I had an occasion to wear one to.

And then we got down to food business. You can always count on The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s to have fresh, amazing food. We shared the Herbal Spring Roll, a crunchy fresh roll that feature’s Gilson’s fresh herbs and comes with a flavorful peanutty sauce.

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We also shared their BLT which paired salty bacon with chewy focaccia, perfect summer tomatoes, lettuce, and a bit of mayo.

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The South End Open Markets always start the day off right. After, we did some Trader Joe’s shopping for the week, especially to get the hubby well stocked since I am going to be working from my mom’s in NJ later in the week while she recovers from surgery. Prior to that I have a Healthworks blogger event, a lunch at Sibling Rivalry, and lots of work to do. . . it’s going to be a busy one!

Now for the giveaway! I know many of you have been reading blogs that were participating in the Athenos “Change for the Feta” month in July and loving all of the feta creations. Athenos has offered one lucky reader a coupon for free feta plus a neat little salad pod for taking salads on the go. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite or most unique way to use feta. If you are on Twitter and not following me, please go ahead and follow. And if you have a blog, please link back to this post. And if you haven’t “Liked” Travel, Wine, and Dine on Facebook, I would love it if you would, thank you!

I would add feta to my recent tomato pie. I made it with blue cheese, but I definitely have friends who would prefer feta, and this would be a perfect dish for entertaining.

The giveaway winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck everyone!

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  1. Lara’s avatar

    I love to add feta to omelets!

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  2. Simply Life’s avatar

    I love adding feta to salads!

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m sorry I missed you yesterday! It was a bit crazy yesterday but I had a good time in the sun. We went back and forth between the Food Truck Festival and the SOWA market. Did you get a chance to check out the vintage market? There were some cute things there!

    Since I recently made this, I’d probably say that I’d make my watermelon and feta bites again if I was your giveaway winner!

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  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Looks like a fun day! I love pickles and the blt on foccacia sounds delish!

    I like adding feta to everything. My latest is adding it to tomato soup.

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  5. Dana’s avatar

    This is a great giveaway because I LOVE feta!!! One of my favorite ways to use it in the summer is in strawberry, feta and spinach salad.

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  6. sharon’s avatar

    We were disappointed with the food truck festival – they needed more vendors and a better layout for the number of people that attended. Hopefully there will be a 2nd annual, bigger and better festival soon.

    As for feta – love it on salads… both pasta salads and greens. Getting hungry already!

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  7. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas’s avatar

    Grilled tomato and feta sandwich!

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  8. Emily’s avatar

    How timely – I just wrote a blog post this morning about summer salads in which I add feta to watermelon, red onion and herbs and top it off with a balsamic glaze. yum!
    http://acambridgestory.com/post/927004426/summer-salads

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    1. Mark’s avatar

      Sounds really good Emily! I’m going to make it. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Mellissa’s avatar

      We have a dog bowl like that for Clifford :)

      I love feta in scrambled eggs!

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    3. Elina’s avatar

      Yeah, we went to the festival too and thought it was lame. I didn’t want any meat and Adam was not ready to wait hours for a hot dog. The regular farmers market part was way more fun. Too bad I missed the pickles truck though. I would be all about your “breakfast.” :)
      Favorite ways to use feta – over salad, baked on top of fish and in spinach/feta omelets. :D

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    4. Mark’s avatar

      You have a knack for always making me hungry! Now that’s a pickle! May I have a few to go with that delicious looking BLT? What a great event and write-up!

      I would love a chance to play for the feta and salad pod!
      Here’s a link to fish tacos topped with Athenos feta cheese -
      http://www.winelife365.com/fish-taco-recipe-salmon/

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    5. Elizabeth’s avatar

      I love those wine crate dog bowls! I grabbed their card last weekend and have been thinking about picking one up for my little monster dog. And now down to the feta business. :) I love mixing feta with whole wheat orzo, chopped fresh vegetables (cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.) and drizzling with a bit of olive oil or Greek dressing for a fresh summer side.

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    6. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

      Feta tastes great in mini red peppers with a bit of honey and basil mixed in. Sounds a little weird but makes a great appetizer!

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    7. shannon’s avatar

      I love Grillo’s Pickles. The spicy ones were so yummy! I always hope to bump into them at Park Street when I’m in that part of town… so far, it’s only happened once.

      I love feta in everything. I’ve substituted it in recipes that call for goat cheese. Tonight I think I’m going to throw it in a bruschetta I’m making with strawberries and balsamic. And of course it’s an essential in every salad I make. I also put it in with ground turkey, basil and red onion and made burgers that were INCREDIBLE. I want some now :)

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    8. Raija’s avatar

      Athenos’ Artichoke-Feta dip is now a staple of every gathering in my family! I made it once several years ago, and now its what is expected of me at every holiday – super fast and tasty, its a crowd-pleaser!

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    9. Carla's Tasty Treats’s avatar

      I love to make fast easy little zucchini boats using my toaster oven at work! Slice a zucchini in half and cut out center to make a small well. Place on a baking sheet or foil – coat in olive oil, salt, pepper, oregeno, basil, garlic place in oven at 350 for 15 min. Top with a handful of feta (the flavorer ones are amazing!) and broil for 2-5 min

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    10. bunkycooks’s avatar

      I hope we get some of those amazing pickles next time we are in Boston!

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    11. Gina’s avatar

      Disappointed I didn’t make it to the Food Truck Festival yesterday!

      My favorite use of feta is in my Quinoa Lime Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Black Beans. It really adds some depth to the summery flavors.

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    12. Kristy’s avatar

      I believe I saw Grillo’s Pickles on the TV show, Chronicle the other night, did he put on his pickle costume?! lol Everything looked delcious, thanks for sharing.

      As for feta, I love to sprinkle it on my cobb salad, actually I like to sprinkle it on just about anything, yum!! :)

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    13. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

      How fun! We had one here and it was crazy packed. I’d love to go to the Boston one!

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    14. Katherine’s avatar

      Mmm. I absolutely love feta!!
      Recently I made feta butter for my steak – I took melted butter and infused it with basil, and then melted feta in it – it was perfect for putting on top of a steak :)

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      1. Mark’s avatar

        Now that’s an awesome steak topper Katherine!

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      2. RunToTheFinsih’s avatar

        hmm feta is so yummy. Gosh a creative way…well one of my favorite ways is to scramble 2 egss with mushrooms, carrots, peppers and then toss in flavored feta!

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      3. ashleigh’s avatar

        I love feta! I love to make ww pasta, spinach, tomatoes, olives and feta.. delish!

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      4. Lisa @ Lisa's Foods on the Move’s avatar

        Just found your blog today, and it’s great. I’ve added you to my reader.

        I just tried adding feta to a wrap the other day, and it was delicious. It gave it just the right kick.

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Thank you so much for reading! I look forward to checking out your site as well!

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        2. Melissa’s avatar

          I HATE working on Sundays mainly because I have to miss SOWA events. I love pickles and that pickle truck seems so fun.

          And for the giveaway… I just sprinkle feta on salads or pasta for a tasty additional flavor. :)

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        3. Beth G’s avatar

          I love it just a little bit melty in a pita with chicken and lots of fresh veggies!

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        4. Kaitlyn’s avatar

          I love feta in omelets; it’s the best way to get me out of bed on a Sunday! =)

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        5. JBW’s avatar

          I love feta! But haven’t used it much in actual cooking. I add it to salads or veggie wraps!

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        6. Clarice’s avatar

          I’ve just started liking feta. I always thought it would be more like blue cheese, which I do not like, so I never really tried it. But I’ve been enjoying it in salads and omelets.

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        7. Alison’s avatar

          I missed Grillo’s Pickles when I was there! So bummed.

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