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Jingle Bell Run to the Eating...Our Words Food Truck Village on December 9

Between our ongoing Food Truck Friday series and our recent food truck court at Jones Plaza to welcome Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert to town, the Houston Press has been busy rounding up the best meals on wheels -- and we've got another great event coming up on December 9.

The YMCA's annual Jingle Bell Run is taking place that Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m., but it's not just your typical 5 or 10k. The Jingle Bell Run is a highlight of the holiday season in which more than 5,000 runners, volunteers, sponsors, individuals, children and families -- at all fitness levels and most in holiday costumes -- run through the streest of downtown to benefit the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA's Partners Campaign, which provides scholarship dollars for people in need of YMCA programs.

And for the first time ever, this year's Jingle Bell Run will feature a food truck village for those in the races and for those coming out to watch, cheer on and support the runners. The Eating...Our Words Food Truck Village will be serving lunch and other healthy treats all afternoon long, with goodies from the following trucks:

If you're bringing the kids (and you totally should), the Monster PB&J truck will have plenty of fun sandwiches for the little ones -- and they're always happy to cut the crusts off. If you're looking for lighter options, then Texas Juice Girl and Bare Bowls are your best bets. Texas Juice Girl squeezes all of its juices fresh to order, while Bare Bowls makes farmers market vegetables into delicious dishes you'd never guess were healthy.

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For something more substantial, Kay's Kitchen offers authentic Bahamian food such as fresh Bahamian grouper, red snapper, cracked lobster and conch fritters. Save room for dessert, though: Kay's serves New Orleans-style shaved ice snowballs while Zeapod Cakery specializes in cake pops that'll let you shove slices of moist cake straight into your mouth without the bother of a fork or plate. (It's great; trust me.)

The Jingle Bell Run will begin and finish in front of the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA at 808 Pease. Complimentary parking is available in the KBR Garage (500 Jefferson entrance on Louisiana) and the 1600 Smith Garage (entrance on Bell).


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