Introducing the Hobo! Our Mascot and Logo for The Locomotion Kitchen

What is this mascot that you see on our truck and traveling anywhere that The Locomotion Kitchen goes?

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Well, he’s our HOBO!

The inspiration for him came from stories of the original traveler. Unlike pop culture will have you convinced, the hobo was actually a well-seasoned traveler and the ultimate foodie. You see, folks that yearned for the grand untethered life would often hop on locomotion trains and travel from town to town in search of work, shelter, and food. This was a way of life in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Hoboes would jump off of the train at each town and request work in exchange for fresh produce from household gardens, bread, and local farm fare.

In this particular time, when work was hard to find for many Americans, the traveling hoboes were living their best life. Seeing scenic views from their boxcars they would reminisce about towns they had traveled to and from creating a community of sorts among the other hoboes. They all supported one another in work and in travels by helping each other wash their clothes, cook meals together and by sharing secrets of the best towns to stop in. After a while, they started referring to each other as tourists, which is where we can credit some of our modern-day urges to travel and see the sights.

It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to take others on a journey through my food and to pay homage to our roots by incorporating our dear Hobo mascot throughout The Locomotion Kitchen. My step-father, Darrell Lee Lucas was the inspiration for the Hobo’s likeness in our logo. He loved to travel, eat and explore. He served in World War II and was so kind to share his passion for traveling with his entire family. He had seen it all while keeping a humble heart and always doing for others. Much like that of the Hobo’s in the late 1800’s, he was never without work. Even after he retired, he would write, fix, and tinker with just about anything in exchange for a great meal and the for the company of others.

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Now that you have been introduced to our mascot and logo, I am sure you have a couple of questions at least. Maybe what comes to mind is,  “what’s that bag that our Hobo carries around with him? what’s in it?” Wouldn’t you like to know…

Stay tuned for the next post when we reveal what’s with that bag and more importantly what’s inside!Hobo Bag

All Aboard,

Cristina 


Thanksgiving {on and off the tracks}

To my family, gathering together around food has always been important. So naturally, we do Thanksgiving quite big every year. Something about an excuse to make a bunch of food, share thanks, and wonderful company just gets everyone in the spirit.

There are some pretty interesting and unique dishes that find their way onto our Thanksgiving table every year. We have such a diverse background, so you can imagine what a group full of Filipino, Italian, and Spanish heritage will come up with. Not to mention the love of cooking that has been instilled in our family since my great-great grandparents time. Now that same love of cooking I have passed down to my kids.

So about these Thanksgiving dishes. Deep Fried Turkey and honey glazed ham always has a place on our table. That comes from our Texas heritage. I’ve been in the South since I was 2 months old and all things southern are in my blood.  We always make room for traditional Southern Thanksgiving sides like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach casserole, corn bread dressing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce as well. Now for the interesting twist. Since we pretty much eat and gather all day long there is plenty of room in the kitchen for a few more dishes.

 

My mom and grandmother have been making Filipino Eggrolls (aka lumpia) since before I could walk. It’s not a family holiday without them. In fact, it’s the first request I get from my kids anytime we all get together. “Will there be egg rolls?”, they say. My mother taught me to make these egg rolls years and years ago and I have taught my kids this family recipe as well. My mom always whips up a batch of her delicious fried rice as well in addition to these yummy dishes that I’ve already mentioned.

 

Some would say that this is plenty of food, but of course we are not done here. You have to have appetizers out for everyone to snack on while waiting on the main course. Now the egg rolls usually go pretty fast, but we have pay homage to some of the other crowd favorites.

Two words. Baked Brie. This dish is something I have found to go with any occasion. It’s a wheel of Brie wrapped in puff pastry and then baked to perfection. You can serve it alone in it’s ooey gooey awesomeness, but we serve ours with fruit preserves. Trust me, this bit of sweetness is the best compliment to the melty and savory cheese dish. I like to get creative with my designs on the brie to match the event.

 

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Baked Brie

And because you can never have enough cheese, we got creative with some cheese balls and made them into a cute little turkey couple. Served with some crackers and it will keep the hungry ones at bay until the main attraction is served.

Turkey Cheese Ball

“Turkey” Cheese Ball Platter

The dessert table has to be one of my favorite things on earth. No matter how much turkey we eat, we always seem to find room for dessert and coffee. Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Carrot Cake were the winners this year.

 

Thank you for letting me share our Thanksgiving with you,  “On and Off The Tracks”!

All Aboard!

Cristina

 

 


What is The Locomotion Kitchen?

The Locomotion Kitchen is a mobile food truck that will take you on a “trip” through taste every time.

Join me in this journey while I build out my mobile food truck! All the work will be completed by December, 9th 2017. My passion for food comes from my travels all over the world to my culinary adventures in school and cooking for my family and friends for over 20 years.

We will be designing our menu to feature regional and worldly cuisine from all over. My dream throughout the years has always been to take others on a culinary journey with flavors, sights and new experiences. The Locomotion Kitchen will do just that!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for examples of my work and a look into my journey.

This is my food truck that is currently being customized and built out. Stay tuned to see what it will look like next!

All Aboard!

Cristina

Food Truck