Flavor File: Cockasian food truck featured on SNL and an “interesting” Flambeau Grand Marshal

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One cheeky food truck name has San Antonio all hot and bothered. Cockasian’s name is a pun of sorts, as Caucasian owner Candie Yoder will be slinging spicy Korean eats once the truck finally launches. Cockasian has been in the development stage since last fall when Yoder launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the concept, but the process was held up while Yoder found a truck and, later, two food truck builders. The truck has a shiny new paint job with its moniker emblazoned on both sides, but on March 4, it was deemed too risqué by the folks at Port of San Antonio who Googled the truck’s name to find less-than-desirable results. Cue the media frenzy which trickled its way to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update this past Saturday. Again, the truck hasn’t even officially rolled out yet. At this point, Yoder and co. are prepping days in advance of Cockasian’s Sunday, March 16 launch at The Point Park & Eats to make sure they’re covered. I hope they don’t cock it up.

In less scandalous news, The Institute of Chili made yet another Best Chili list, this time in Travel + Leisure. Expect a mention in Texas Monthly soon as Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaugh graced our fair city on First Friday to check out both the Institute of Chili’s The Bomb sandwich and B & D Ice House’s (1004 S Alamo, (2100) 224-2337) Bruno, an eye-popping Frankenwich of chopped brisket, mac ‘n’ cheese, slaw and a Shiner-based sauce. For those hoping to get hands on the Bruno, the Dady-meets-Newman B&D Ice House will open its doors permanently on Monday, March 17. Can’t wait.

In chef-y news, Cured’s Steve McHugh will be a featured competitor in Food Network’s latest reality show, Beat Bobby Flay. McHugh will face-off against another chef for a chance to compete against Flay. If he makes it past the first round, McHugh will get celebrity chef advice via Giada De Laurentiis and Cooking Channel’s Mo Rocca. The episode airs March 20 at 9 p.m.

Fiesta just got a little more interesting as the Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association named Jonathan Goldsmith, AKA Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World, as Grand Marshal for this year’s night parade on April 26. Goldsmith has been portraying the badass beer drinker since 2006. Editor’s note: So, to reiterate, the “Most Interesting Man in the World” is a fictional construct designed to sell beer, but then again, so is Fiesta (or at least that’s increasingly how it feels these days).

Juice Central is days away from opening its second location at 315 E Commerce. The shop, much like its Alamo Heights counterpart, will focus on providing fresh smoothies, salads and juice.

The city had its fill of paella this past Sunday as Johnny Hernandez hosted the fifth annual Corona Paella Challenge at the Pearl Brewery. Tuk Tuk Tap Room’s David Gilbert and The Granary’s Tim Rattray earned first in the contemporary and traditional categories, respectively, and Arcade Midtown Kitchen’s Jesse Perez took home People’s Choice Award.

while grilled, thick-sliced onions top the tacos. A side of borracho beans—heavy on the garlic, in a good way—completes the meal. Oh, there’s also a whole grilled jalapeño to try if you’re feeling brave. Get these minis, ASAP.

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