Ms. D ran into a slight dilemma while gearing up for last weekend’s adventure. Then, she realizes that being frugal does not mean deprivation of everything. But saying yes to items, services, and/or experiences that bring better quality in life. What is the ROI for this exchange? Will you regret the exchange in the long run?
Answering these questions easily cleared my worries. So off we went for this year’s Houston Food Truck Festival.
The past weekend was a perfect blend of sun, chilly weather, excellent company, and delectable treats. The food truck festival is a gathering of like-minded individuals who enjoy great food in support of the burgeoning Houston food truck industry.
Our budget: VIP tickets = 35 x 2; Food allowance = 100
Yes, it is a large sum for a fun-filled food Sunday. But keep in mind, we have been looking forward to this event since we missed last year’s festival. In fact, Mr. D and I had a discussion prior to the event. Ultimately, will it be worth it?
While Haute Wheels showcase the food, the value in this trip was the social experience. The memorable snippets that will stay in our minds.
We were third in line. Awaiting the opened gate. As soon as an HW volunteer says go… It begins.
First stop. Fork on the road. An HEB truck with decent goods. While Mr. D waits for our bahn mini, I noticed a green truck serving escargots. Hmmm. Yes, one order please. We munched on our lovely snails and head towards a red truck. The menu was barely visible. But lo and behold, their menu boasts of oxtail empanadas. Again, an order please.
Thus, a pattern emerge. We find an interesting food truck. Order an item or two. Rinse and repeat. In two hours, we were sleepy, stuffed, and extremely satisfied. With our glazed looks, we surveyed the bright sun shining down on a happy scene. Indie bands entertain the energetic crowd. People ignoring the wind while waiting patiently in lines. An older gray-haired couple eating waffles while sitting on their stools they brought. A laughing little Asian kid trying to run away from his parents. A tall man in bright pink top pushing a stroller. A blond little darling in a pretty dress sitting quietly on the grass. A group of loud teenagers finding their friends in the crowd. An array of diverse dishes from the burger with fried egg in Bernie’s Burger Bus to Craft Infusion’s awesome oxtail empanada.
Sensory overload, perhaps. Happy people with good food and company. It’s hard to say that it’s not worthwhile.
Goodbye, Haute Wheels Houston Food Truck Festival 2013! Mr. D and I will see you next year.