Tips On Finding The Best Street Food

Low fast-food wages come at high public cost, reports say

area small business who have been negatively affected by actions of the Congress sitting on Capitol Hill. Food trucks operators were an affiliate business especially affected by the Federal government shutdown. The owners/operators offood trucks rely heavily on foot trafficspecifically the thousands of government employees who grab a bite as navigate throughout the District. The constant flow from government employees, tourists and residents makes the District of Columbia an ideal city for food trucks to thrive. SEE RELATED: Despite government shutdown, Americas welfare state keeps growing The government being shut down reduced the number of government employees and tourists walking those streets, putting their lives andlivelihoodinto jeopardy. Initially not much of a drop off in business but as time passes, the impact has been greater, said Doug Povich, co-owner of DC-based food truck Red Hook Lobster Pound. Povich and his trucks saw roughly a 10-20% drop off of business since the shutdown began. Suffering from the shutdown was ascerbated by heavy rains and dropping temperatures. Rodney Goh, owner of Fire & Rice, encountered one of his worst weeks of business so far this year. SEE RELATED: Is the government shutdown a model for the future? Theres no way I came even close to breaking even this week, and actually lost quite a bit of money, said Goh. Again, a huge function of that is the rain, although Im sure the government shutdown only added to the lack of sales, and also could be a significant reason for Wednesdays lack of sales, given there was no rain. The shutdown has also closed the numerous monuments and museums found throughout the District that are normally frequented by thousands of tourists hoping to explore D.C and try the local flavor. This lack of potential customers has lead to a highly competitive market these past two weeks. Most trucks have been avoiding locations that are known for their mainly government employee based foot traffic and sought out more promising locations. In consequence, this has created a drastic increase in the competition for good parking spots and prospective customers. Areas such as LEnfant Plaza, a normally bustling area full of government employees grabbing a bite to eat from various trucks, have been especially slow. Many of the food truck owners throughout the city have emphasized the lack of business in LEnfant and have attempted to sell elsewhere.

‘Chinese Food’ Song Deemed Offensive, Viral Video Producer Responds

Ark Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson, who wrote and produced Friday, which now has more than 220 million views on YouTube, created the song, Chinese Food, which features 11-year-old Alison Golds singing about the Chinese food dishes she loves to eat after a night of hitting the club. The Los Angeles-based production company is known for its sassy, tongue-in-cheek, teeny pop tunes. Wilson has also found success with his Its Thanksgiving song from teen singer Nicole Westbrook. But the imagery used in the Chinese Foodmusic video, which was posted on YouTube three days ago and already has more than 7 million views, has some crying foul. With lyrics like, I love Chinese food. You know that its true. I love fried rice, I love noodles, I love chow mein, chow m-m-m-mein, Alison and other young girls in the video are seen dressed in geisha garb even though geisha is from Japanese culture. In another scene, they are playing Monopoly to the tune of I like Chinese food and some wonton soup. Get me broccoli while I play Monopoly. The camera zooms in on a dog figurine on Oriental Avenue on a Monopoly board. In another scene, Alison is frolicking through a field with Wilson, in a giant panda suit, by her side. At the end of the video, the giant panda throws a fortune cookie at the camera.

No matter how fancy the surroundings or interesting the smells, if the locals arent going, then theres a good chance the food is either not great, too expensive, or worse, unhygienic. Watch Whats Happening in the Kitchen The best street stalls are the open ones, without hidden kitchens or couriers running off to fetch mystery ingredients. Generally speaking, you want to see your food being prepared. Anything sitting out or ready-made is a red flag for bacteria. Other clues: Warm dishes should be hot when theyre handed to you and cooked fresh on the spot. If you see raw or pre-cooked food sitting out in the open, its another signal to move on. Dont be afraid of looking rude: Its better than spending your holiday in your hotel bathroom. Check the Prices Part of the appeal of street food is scooping up a bargain, which is only part of why you should avoid stalls running on a tourist-based income. Find out what you should pay (you can get good averages from hotel staff or guide books) because high prices usually indicate that a stand makes its profits from tourists, not locals. Besides being a rip-off, a transient customer base means not worrying about attracting repeat customers. By acting like a local eater, youll have an authentic culinary experience you wont have to pay for it later.

Their restaurants offer a valuable entry into the workforce for millions of people, they said, including the 40percent who are students. These misleading efforts use a very narrow lens and selective data to attack the industry for their own purposes, and fail to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees work part-time to supplement a family income, said Scott DeFife, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association. The inclusion of the earned income tax credit shows just how misleading these efforts are, as it is a tax credit specifically designed for working families, not public assistance, and is used to inflate their numbers. But many others are trying to support households, advocates said. They pointed to the growing activism among fast-food workers, poorly paid employees of federal contractors and other low-wage workers who for the past year have been calling a series of small but growing number of one-day strikes. They are demanding pay raises to $15 an hour and an easier route to forming unions. The job actions are supported by organized labor groups, including the Service Employees International Union and Change to Win, which are lending staff and cash to the effort. The unions aim to increase pressure on lawmakers to raise the $7.25-per-hour federal minium wage while highlighting widening economic inequality. Tionnie Cross, 29, works at a McDonalds in Brooklyn, where she makes $7.35 an hour. Most weeks she is assigned no more than 28 hours, leaving her to rely on food stamps and government-sponsored health care to make ends meet, she said. I have a job, and Im broke, she said. It is really bad, because I dont want to depend on taxpayer money to survive. Fast-food industry representatives call the workers demands unrealistic. Raising wages for cooks, cashiers and drive-through window workers who are paid a median wage of $8.69 an hour, according to the report by the Illinois and Berkeley economists would ultimately cause these businesses to hire fewer workers overall, they argue. Also, they say, the franchisees who own many fast-food restaurants operate on thin profit margins, and dramatically raising wages would force them out of business. But advocates for fast-food workers say the new reports demonstrate what they have long suspected: that the fast-food industry generates substantial profits that arent distributed equitably.