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Food Truck Friday: Pierogi Wagon

Somehow I missed the memo that food trucks have been BLOWING UP in Chicago. A couple months ago a coworker tipped me off to the fact that there is a common food truck gathering area about two blocks from our office. Thus, food truck Friday was born. I bring my lunch most days, but like to treat myself (treat yo self!) on Fridays. It used to be Indian food Fridays, but food trucks are far more exciting than my weekly saag paneer with a side of naan.

Two weeks ago, I hit up Pierogi Wagon. I used to think I hated pierogi, but as it turns out, what I actually hate are those boxed Mrs. T’s pierogi they sell in the freezer section at grocery stores. Real, authentic pierogi?  I love that shit.

Unfortunately, since I missed the Whiting Pierogi Fest this year, it’s been more than a year side I’ve had a good pierogi. Enter Pierogi Wagon.


I ordered the cheddar and potato, braised beef, and spinach and cheese (2 each) topped with bacon and grilled onions. It was $8, which is a fair price if you ask me.

All of the pierogi were cooked perfectly. Nice, thick dough cooked all the way through and a little browned and crisp on the outside.


The cheddar and potato was hands down my favorite. The filling was smooth and creamy with a good cheddar flavor. It was the perfect pierogi!

The two were good, but not great. The braised beef had excellent flavor, but the beef was a bit dry. It definitely needed the onion and bacon on top.

Speaking of onions, those were a bit peppery for my personal tastes, and so the entire meal was a bit to peppery for me. It wasn’t meal ruining though; I’ll just go ready on the onions next time.

All in all, I would say this is definitely a food truck I would look out for in Chicago!

June Foodie Penpals Reveal!

Hi friends!  I had some internet issues over the weekend thanks to storms so my Foodie PenPals reveal post didn’t get up on time!  As I mentioned on Friday when I announced my giveaway of a K@tastrophy Designs headband, I was pair this month with Krysty from Little Runner Girl.  In addition to the awesome headband, she sent me a bunch of delicious foodie goodies!

First up, this jerky.  Let’s just take a moment to discuss this jerky.  I am not a jerky person.  I don’t care for the taste.  I don’t really like the texture.  I’m just not a fan.  But this jerky?  This Turkey Perky Jerky is awesome!  It has a slightly differed texture than regular jerky (or at least I think it does) and an awesome peppery teriyaki flavor.  I will definitely be purchasing this jerky as soon as I find it in a store!


Along with the jerky were these Larabar uber bars in Bananas Foster and Roasted Nut Roll.  I love Larabars, and these were good, but a little too nutty for me.  I’m not a big fan of most nuts, and the Bananas Foster bard, while tasty, was a bit too walnutty for me.  Oddly, I prefered the Roasted Nut Roll bar.  (It was primarily almonds which is the one nut I really, really love.)

She sent me some popcorn and cinnamon toast seasoning from Target.  I actually bought this stuff for my boss this past Christmas as part of a beer and popcorn themed gift.  I just need to find a way to get the seasoning to stick to the popcorn without a boatload of butter or oil!

I thought I had taken a picture of the whole box all nicely staged, but I can’t seem to locate it!  Maybe I didn’t?  I don’t know.  Krysty also included some homemade brownies which  I may have eaten all three within 10 minutes of opening the box.  Ooops!

The Lean Green Bean

I actually won’t be participating in Foodie PenPals next month because I need to save some money to pay all the dental bills coming my way.  However, you can still join!  Check of the details below:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. Contact your penpal as soon as possible to get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies, dietary restrictions, and/ or preferences. -Fill a box with $15 worth of fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box to a fun recipe. -Get your box in the mail no later than the 15th of the month. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes when you go to ship your items!) -On the last day of the month, you post about the package you received from your penpal! -Foodie Penpals is open to bloggers and blog readers in the US & Canada. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you will write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received.

For even more information, or if you’re interested in participating for July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th


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