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Here comes the sun: Looking for a taste of summer on the Library Mall

by Raphael Kadushin From: THE ISTHMUS, MAY 27, 2005 I hadn’t made a tour of this year’s carts since they rolled out in the spring, so there were some surprises facing me on the Mall, including a homespun cart called Ingrid’s Lunchbox, whose slogan is “dang-it I’m hungry.” All of which seemed almost exotic, given the bigger presence of pan-Asian and Latin carts surrounding the little heartland reserve. For $5 I got a portion of Ingrid’s Iowa chicken and corn pot pie – a heaping serving featuring chunks of chicken, corn, carrots and bacon sitting under a cornmeal crust. Almost as good and just as cheap: the dang-it that’s weird meatless meatballs, which might leave you wondering, “What’s the point?” The point is that vegetarians too can now enjoy their simulated tofu and veggie-soy-crumb balls, which are robust, chewy and swimming in a very enticing creamy dill sauce. They also come paired with mashed potatoes and green beans, so you can skip through a veritable vegetable garden (though skip the waterlogged beans altogether).

Cart attack: Variations on alfresco dining

by Tenaya Darlinqton From: THE ISTHMUS, June 24, 2004 You can’t miss Ingrid Rockwell’s new cart on Library Mall. Its red siding and white trim looks like a playhouse barn on wheels, which makes sense since Rockwell, a vegetarian and graduate of the Johnson & Wales culinary school in Rhode Island, grew up on a farm in Deerfield. Her revolving cuisine is decidedly Midwestern, though with a twist, the kind of stick-to-your-ribs food she grew up “taking into the fields for my brothers.” Pork pie. Meatloaf. But her daily specials always include a vegetarian option: lentil loaf, zucchini fritters, veggie mac ‘n’ cheese. Her lentil loaf and meatloaf have proven so popular she serves them every Wednesday. The rest of the week, it’s a gamble, but so worth the risk. Rockwell serves some of the best cart food I’ve ever tasted, in particular her corn cake sandwich, served between slices of soft pita with sour cream and homemade salsa fresca. Don’t let the term “lunch box” fool you. Rockwell goes well beyond the ordinary with her reasonably priced haute hungry-man cuisine.

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