Arab Today, arab today in mexico food trucks struggle to fit in
Last Updated : GMT 23:19:02
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

In Mexico, food trucks struggle to fit in

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today In Mexico, food trucks struggle to fit in

Gourmet food trucks
Mexico City - AFP

In a colorful truck painted with flowers, chef Luis Castillejos serves tlayudas -- a toasted corn tortilla topped with shredded beef, avocado, cheese and hot salsa -- to customers in Mexico City.

He has dubbed his truck Nanixhe, which means "delicious" in the indigenous Zapotec language, and the former accountant proposes to serve traditional food with "a gourmet touch."

But instead of driving around the city to find hungry office workers, his vehicle is stuck in a parking lot along with other food trucks.

While the sidewalks of Mexico City are crowded with small food stands that draw big lunch crowds, it has found little space in its heart for gourmet food trucks, which have become mainstays in other major cities such as New York.

The kitchens-on-wheels are in a legal limbo in the mega-capital, where police chase them out of the streets while lawmakers fail to regulate their businesses, forcing them to huddle in places like parking lots or street fairs.

"We want to work in a legal way," Castillejos said.

- Food trucks on Facebook -

With the help of social media, the food trucks manage to advertise their locations to their loyal customers, publishing pictures of their menus, ranging from sushi to Lebanese kebabs.

"It's something original and there aren't many places to eat something different near the office," said Miguel Mendoza, a 39-year-old accountant feasting on ceviche.

Twitter, Facebook, Periscope and Instagram are "the main engines that drive the business," said Jorge Udelman, a Venezuelan chef with 20 years of experience who parks at drive-in movie theaters, concerts or private parties.

Udelman makes Venezuela's traditional arepas, corn cakes stuffed with all sorts of fillings, in a turquoise van. He doubts that the city government will ever give permits to food trucks.

"It's more interested in votes to stay in power than allowing a nicer offering" for foodies, he said.

When food trucks park on a street, "transit police or a borough authority arrives" to kick them out, said Fernando Reyes, president of Foodtrucks DF, an association that represents dozens of the city's nearly 300 food trucks.

While they now exist in the northwestern border city of Tijuana and the Caribbean resort of Cancun, food trucks cannot operate freely like in other countries, Reyes lamented.

Mostly young entrepreneurs, the "food truckeros" (food truckers) spend between $24,000 to $120,000 to start their businesses.

While such vehicles struggle to find a place in the city, the traditional food stands are everywhere, with their owners admitting that they pay bribes to stay open.

- Dead bill -

Several bills have been proposed in the capital's legislature to allow food trucks to operate as long as their food quality and gas and water tanks are regulated.

Priscila Vera, a former city lawmaker for the conservative National Action Party, said the proposed legislation was killed due to "complicity" between the authorities and leaders of the street food stands.

Critics say the traditional food stands lack sanitary standards, with no running water, boiling oil or water in large cauldrons from the early morning.

In contrast, Reyes said, the food truckers want to work legally and pay taxes, promising high sanitary standards with stainless steel stoves, water tanks and refrigeration.

His association is pushing for legislators to revive the bill to finally give food trucks a place in the capital, home to 20 million hungry people.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today in mexico food trucks struggle to fit in Arab Today, arab today in mexico food trucks struggle to fit in

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Top Yemen commander killed

GMT 09:55 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Top Yemen commander killed
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 05:26 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Singapore carbon tax would hit refiners, help renewables

GMT 05:18 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Chinese PM: US should avoid ‘trade war,’

GMT 20:59 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Economy good, but homes in German cities overpriced

GMT 05:29 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Sovereign funds pulled $38bn from markets in 2016

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Gold firms as markets await Trump tax plans

GMT 04:58 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

EU, IMF in ‘common position’ on Greece crisis
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today 63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 06:34 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Omega 3 can reduce asthma cases

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday