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Food Truck Tuesdays: Couchpota.doh

You say potato, they say Couchpota.doh! 

William and Marylou Seixas are the owners of the Couchpota.doh Food Truck, with a story as rich as their flavors. 

"The fact that I'm able to bring my mom's food, three generations passed down, means a lot to me," Will said. 

Will started cooking up this dream more than a decade ago when he had the idea to stir together his Ecuadorian heritage with a family business. 

For 12 years, this couple with a growing family of five children, tried to make it work. 

Will bought an old mail truck and piece-by-piece turned it into a food truck. Then came fees, permits, an endless, expensive list that nearly cost them their house. 

"Once we set our minds to do something, we're going to do it!" Marylou smiles. 

For family, for food - they just kept chopping away.

"Definitely worth it, definitely, the customers, the family, all around," they said. 

Now, the dream is here and tastes sweeter than a helping of their fried plantains. 

Everything is fresh - like their red onion salad, the Ecuadorian version of Pico de gallo. 

"We don't like to make it the night before. We like to make it two to three hours before, so you get the actual crunch," Will explained, pointing to the mouth-watering red onion concoction marinating in a large vat beside us.

They don't coat things in sauces, because they want you to really taste the flavors of the meats, the rice, the ooey, gooey cheese  - and of course, the potatoes!

Will showed 69 News how to perfectly sear each side of one of their fried mashed potato patties, stuffed with mozzarella cheese. The taste is heavenly.  

It took a while to crack into their dream - but it's here. Will says at the end of the day, he's happy to do what he loves, with who he loves. 

"The fact that I'm able to be with my wife…I'm not going to lie, I love being with her 24/7. And that's just it," he said. 

A comforting success story, at its best - with comfort food, doing the rest.

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