With 2.5 billion people eating street food across the world every day, it's safe to say the industry is big business. And
VINN GOUTE: The family-run pop-up kitchen is taking London's street food scene by storm. Having already won the praise of
It made headline news across the world, and caused a storm on Twitter, but now twerking is assured of its place in history
Truck Stop is located behind Canary Wharf, in the bit of water that runs between there and Docklands. The 20 vendors duo of makeshift bars manned by Rotary, BBQ smoke pit and 'patch of grass' are all housed on a platform in the middle of the water accessed by a bridge.
We all know that Londoners are divided by one thing and one thing only. The river. For every North Londoner who will swear blind that they have the coolest bars, there will be a South Londoner arguing that you'll find the most eclectic restaurants on their side of the Thames.
We've welcomed in a new age of street food: sophisticated and intelligent cooking rustled up by chefs with big ideas and future or previous high-profile careers in Michelin-starred restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
It is no secret that street food in London is thriving. Every month new traders hit the scene with mind boggling new concepts and taste combinations crazy enough to make Heston think twice... But our own experience thus far has been fraught by intransigent councils and endless negotiating with the powers that be.