From the archives

Ice cube

24 October, 2008: If you've been following this journey you won't be surprised by this reference. Beautiful ice block from Brookline Coal and Ice (the place where we're getting our LP and ice). You might be able to see here a bit of the truck. Read More

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Hitachino

23 October, 2008: I've always liked the Hitachino logo. It's so difficult to figure out what it is about the logos that work, and somehow use that as an influence without creating a logo that looks like a version of something already out there. Read More

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The truck is almost done

23 October, 2008: The truck is almost done. I've installed speakers. I bought 4 sets (8 total), because if the speakers are spaced they will sound good at lower volumes. But I found more than 4 speakers would make the front of the truck feel like a "wall-o-speakers," so we kept it to 4. I got marine speakers, so they… Read More

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Raising money in NYC

17 December, 2008: The most important thing I'm working on right now is raising money for Clover's next stage. Originally I was planning to do this end of summer, but that was before I had the idea of the truck. We were incredibly fortunate to have this idea of a food truck to develop our menu. But it also means… Read More

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Test menu

23 October, 2008: I'm playing with the idea of using a dry erase marker on the side of the truck to post the menu. I think I like it alot. We can keep it flexible, update it frequently. And it reminds me of late nights working out problem sets at school, or big ideas at work. Read More

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Rolando at work

22 October, 2008: We've got Rolando full time right now. He's awesome. Here we are working on some recipes, getting ready to open. Read More

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Truck at night

22 October, 2008: Here's a rather grainy picture of the truck at night. It's coming together. One of our investors was in town from CA, and I brought him out in the very very cold weather to see the truck. It's exciting. Read More

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Clover falafel

20 October, 2008: Rolando is awesome. We've been working with falafel recipes. And while nothing we're making is particularly traditional (neither of us is bound to the middle eastern tradition), the results are just absolutely delicious. Rolando has pulled together something that is light and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. It's totally gluten free and has no baking soda. Just… Read More

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Tomatoes

10 November, 2008: We need to start posting more frequently about our ingredients. We're really excited about the food we're able to bring you, and it's time to start to highlight some of the ingredients. Our sandwich tomatoes (sliced tomatoes) are "Tasty Toms." They come from Maine, and they are really just the very best tasting off season tomatoes you… Read More

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Konrad saves the day

19 October, 2008: I've been struggling with 2 critical problems these past 6 weeks: The people we had lined up haven't gotten the work done that they said they would (our design/ build guy Phil, fabricator, electrician, plumber) When we've looked for alternates they either don't want the work at all or want to charge me too much. The electrical… Read More

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Admiral metals

17 October, 2008: The siding is not working at all. I need to re-design it. Total disaster. So I found this place north of Boston called Admiral metals. Funny story: first guy I talked to gave me a quote for the aluminum stock I needed that came in around $215. Awesome (would have been $1,000 at Home Depot if they… Read More

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Moffat oven

16 October, 2008: We're thinking about adding a full convection oven to the truck. We'd use it for warming food, and perhaps for baking in the morning when we add breakfast to the menu. In NYC today we found a great option. The Moffat oven. Burns propane (hard to find and a must for us), is very energy efficient at… Read More

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Soup stocks

15 October, 2008: Rolando had this idea: we should have fresh stocks steaming away at the restaurant. I wasn't sure. First, I wasn't sold on the whole soup idea. I was still wed to the "fresh" qualities of my "non-lettuce" salads (still need a better name). But I've been wondering how on earth we will sell salads in the winter.… Read More

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CLOVERFOODLAB CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 August, 2008: I couldn't pass inspection without the name of the business, city, and phone number on both sides of the truck. This lettering has to be 2" tall. Since the entire truck is going to get torn apart and re-built in a few days, I kept this simple. These letters were $2.48 for a package from Dickson Brothers.… Read More

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Emerging from the cave

15 October, 2008: I've been a bit quiet for the past 2 weeks. I feel like I'm now emerging from a cave. Since we picked up the truck 10 days ago it's been 7am to 2am everyday, and I'll admit that I've missed too many meals. It's a long story, and I'll add pieces of it here. The short version… Read More