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Xochi Balfour

Xochi is co-owner of the rainbo street food van, money from which goes to their Food for Freedom initiative, rescuing child labourers in Nepal

In the summer of 2011, Xochi Balfour and her boyfriend Ben Sheinwald quit their office jobs to set up a food van. Travelling around London and the UK, they sell homemade Japanese gyoza dumplings and crunchy, colourful salad from a converted 1948 Ford pickup truck, money from which goes to their Food for Freedom initiative, rescuing child labourers in Nepal.

During the week, they trade at KERB, Street Feast and other one-off markets and events. Full details and blogs can be found on their website.

One Year on: What Have We Learned?

What have we learned in these first four seasons on our street food odyssey? Myriad lessons in life and love. To spare you the rest of your day I will mention only those most salient points which we feel might be of interest or use.
08/10/2013 13:01 BST

The London Farmer's Market:

Something wonderfully and brilliantly provincial is happening in force right now in London: the Saturday market is back. Communities across the capital are ditching their local supermarkets, meeting likeminded neighbours and indulging in a lazy cup of freshly brewed coffee while they're at it.
23/05/2013 13:34 BST

Rainbo Against Child Labour: Food for Freedom

What an edifying start to 2013 we have had. Since I last wrote, we have spent six action-packed weeks travelling, visiting our partner NGO Base in the west of Nepal and then heading down to India for sun, sand and sea while the street food world recuperated from a gruelling 2012, ready for action after a January spent more or less in hibernation.
12/03/2013 15:27 GMT

Ho-Ho-Homeward Bound

Oh my goodness it is Christmas already. Where the summer and autumn went I have only a vague idea; it feels at once an eternity and a moment since we first nervously opened the hatch of our big old van on Leather Lane back in June.
20/12/2012 16:43 GMT

Not All Those Who Wander are Lost...

So says Tolkein, anyway. And wandering and roaming is exactly what we want to do in our rainbo van. To that end, we decided last week to spread our wings and leave Leather Lane behind in search of new horizons and mouths to feed.
30/07/2012 18:07 BST

New Places, New Faces

Also abundant on Leather Lane are the very busy lunchtime executives. As we mostly cook our dumplings to order, so that everything is fresh and nothing hangs around, these customers can be slightly problematic. You would be surprised at how few people are willing or able to wait five minutes for their lunch.
15/07/2012 23:21 BST

The Learning Curve

I know I have been quiet since we got going in the van. In what could be considered a cavalier move, we booked ourselves in for two festivals back to back, three weeks into trading, and the last couple of weeks have been a hazy blur of heavy rain, ubiquitous mud, wayward tent pegs and hungry strangers.
03/07/2012 19:55 BST

Hitting the Streets of London

This week, my boyfriend Ben and I launched our new street food business, rainbo, at London's Leather Lane market. Having quit our office jobs to run Petra Barran's chocolate van at markets and festivals last summer, we craved crunchy salads and light, healthy food on the move, so we decided to set up our own van selling just that.
12/06/2012 09:12 BST