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Hampden: Belly up to mobile food trucks for a 'foodie' rally to benefit SPCA

There really has to be a better name for a food enthusiast than a "Foodie." It just sounds too silly to refer to oneself as.

There's "gourmet," but that sounds pretentious. There's "gastronome," but that sounds rather elitist, doesn't it?

"Bon vivant" is too foreign-sounding.

And "epicurean" sounds too much like you're into people removing cuticles from your fingers and toes.

So what does that leave us with? Well, I guess "foodie" will have to do until something better is thought up.

And any self-respecting foodie these days is attracted to the allure of eating food sold out of vehicles — you know, the food truck. Yum.

If you think food trucks are just cheap street food, think again. A lot of serious chefs have been attracted by the shiny metallic and mobile allure of a four-wheel restaurant. And with gas prices these days, you know the food will probably cost as much if not more than food at an actual restaurant.

So mark your calendars — on Friday, March 23, the Baltimore Food Truck Rally is coming to Hampden from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road. A rally means a group of food trucks getting together and creating a mobile, outdoor food court. You'll have the chance to purchase eats from some of Baltimore's finest food trucks. Wine and beer will also be available. And a portion of the proceeds will benefit the animals at the SPCA.

On Thursday, March 22, you'll have your chance to see how good you are at Mario Kart on the Wii, as Nintendo Challenge Night takes place at the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St. Pre-tournament events start at 10 p.m., and the tournament at 11 p.m. Up to four players will be playing at once.

The sign-up fee is $5 per person and there is a chance to take home "big" money. But keep in mind, you'll most likely have to beat me.

And finally, on Thursday, March 29, local author Hanne Blank will be discussing her new book, "Straight," a look at the surprisingly short history of heterosexuality. Her talk will be at Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, starting at 7 p.m. Author Jo Paoletti will be joining Blank and discussing her own new book, "Pink and Blue," which looks at why we identify gender with those colors.

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