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Bay Area Food Trucks from a Vegetarian Perspective

Four New Spring Break Trucks April 15, 2012

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It is Sunday night, and like most people, I’m lamenting the fact that the weekend is winding down and the work week is beginning again tomorrow. However, it’s even harder this Sunday because I’m coming back from Spring Break AND I came down with a cold yesterday. Oy. On the bright side, I went to plenty of trucks during this break, and four of them were trucks I had never been to before. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the four new trucks I tried during this Spring Break.

I visited my first new truck during lunch on Monday. I was eager to do some daytime truckin’ and the fact that Kaati Fresh was out when I hadn’t had a chance to try them before made me quite pleased. I headed to their location at Ebay and joined the line.

The Kaati Fresh truck

I was excited to see so many vegetarian options on the menu, but as I made my way to the front of the line, news started to spread that they were out of most of their items. When I ordered, the only veg option left was the vegetable biryani. The workers hadn’t bothered to cross off any of the menu items that were sold out like most trucks do. They also had a different way of handling orders in that they didn’t expect customers to pay when they ordered their food and instead asked for the money at the time of pick up. I’m curious as to whether this is more efficient or not. Regardless, the wait both to take my order in the first place and to get my food once I ordered was rather long. By the time I got my food there were many frustrated people outside since only two menu items remained, and the service was not going any faster. I’ve heard that Kaati Fresh has a few brick and mortar restaurants, and their truck doesn’t seem to be out often, so I’m thinking they still have a few kinks to work out in their system. On the plus side, the meal I had was very tasty. I was full before I ran out of food, and it only cost six dollars. I’m hoping once the truck has more experience out on the streets their service will measure up with the quality of their food.

Vegetable Biryani from Kaati Fresh

On Tuesday night, I ventured to Edgewood Eats as I normally do. This time, however, they hadn’t posted on their facebook page which trucks would be there. I only knew the event was taking place because a truck had tweeted it would be there. I was surprised to find when I showed up that there were two new trucks. I made a beeline for the first of the two, Taqueria Angelica’s.

Since I had looked at the menu for the other new truck and knew I’d be getting a larger portion there, I decided to just have a taco at Angelica’s. They didn’t have a veg taco on the menu, and the prices only listed tacos sold in twos. However, they were very accommodating when I asked for one vegetarian taco. The result was rather yummy with lots of toppings; I especially enjoyed the guacamole.

Vegetarian taco from Taqueria Angelica's

The next Edgewood Eats newcomer was Saruno Burger. When I saw the word “burger” I assumed there wouldn’t be anything for me at the truck but was pleasantly surprised when I saw a tofu burger on their menu.

The Saruno Burger truck

The wait was a little long for a rainy day with few customers, but the meal was worth it. The tofu crumbled easily, causing the burger to fall apart completely, but I used a utensil to make sure I consumed every morsel.

Tofu burger from Saruno Burger

My final new truck of the week didn’t take place until today. I had been following Baba Kabob on twitter for a few weeks and waiting for my Spring Break to give them a try since they seemed to only sell at lunch time. Then, they unexpectedly stopped tweeting this week! They were rumored to be attending Milpitas Street Eats on Wednesday and didn’t show up. Then they started tweeting again yesterday, but I was, of course, at the Taco Festival instead. Finally, I caught up with the elusive Baba Kabob truck today at Santa Clara University where they were serving at an international fair.

The Baba Kabob truck

Kyle and I arrived twenty minutes before the event was scheduled to end, and as you can see in the photo, one of the doors on their truck was already down. Luckily, they were still happy to serve us, and they had a couple veg options left! We ordered two of their vegetable skewers and a salad. Since they were about to close down anyway, they gave us another skewer free of charge.

Vegetable skewers from Baba Kabob

Salad from Baba Kabob

We thoroughly enjoyed both items. The highlight was probably the condiments – the dipping sauce for the skewers and the dressing for the salad. The vegetables in both were also very fresh and flavorful.

Tomorrow I return to work, but I hope this won’t mean as few posts as it recently has. Since I’m sick, I might take a day off of work this week to catch up on rest and recover. If that happens, I will use that down time to write my post about the Taco Festival yesterday. Until then, you can check out Kyle’s photos from the event here to tide you over.

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More Food Porn April 12, 2012

If you follow me on twitter then you know that this week I have had the opportunity to eat at more trucks than usual due to the fact that I’m on SPRING BREAK! In fact, I’ve been to at least one truck on every day of my Spring Break except for Sunday. (That seems to be a common day off for trucks.) I was hoping this would also mean more blogging, but it’s already Thursday, and this is my first blog of the week. Ugh. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to post another before the week is over with the few new trucks I’ve tried this week, but this post will be a classic food porn post consisting of trucks I’ve been to before.

First, the truck that was originally Small Time Cooks has gotten an upgrade including a new wrap and new name. They’re now called 333 (or Triple Dash Three).

The 333 truck and menu

I’ve tried them a couple times since the upgrade, and both times I’ve gotten their tacos. Most recently, I saw them at Milpitas Street Eats last night and ordered a paneer tikka taco. They also gave me a mushroom tofu taco on the house and came out of the truck and hand delivered it to me. Such service!

Paneer tikka and mushroom tofu tacos from 333

I’m not sure if I’ve written about Seoul on Wheels before, but I’m a big fan of their BBQ rice plate with tofu. I haven’t asked if the kimchi has shellfish in it, and sometimes I like to just remain in the dark about that kinda stuff 😉

BBQ tofu rice plate from Seoul on Wheels

And now for some new dishes from a few trucks who need no introduction because I’ve written about them before…

Orange chocolate cake from Butterscotch on the Go

Chocolate peanut butter tart from Butterscotch on the Go

Vegetarian taco from Tacos de Los Altos

Paneer sexy fries from Curry Up Now

Caprese sandwich from Eat on Monday

Mini red velvet cupcake from Fairycakes

Aloo tikki chaat from Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile

Chocolate dipped peanut butter cookie from Mini Yums

Mint chip ice cream from Twisted Chill

At a recent Willow Glen Moveable Feast I experimented with making my first mashup. I’ve tried a few mashups that friends have made before, but this was the first one I made! I started with pandan waffles from O’Mi Ninja.

Pandan waffle from O'Mi Ninja

Then I added the waffle to Mexican chocolate ice cream from Treatbot. The result was a sweet and scrumptious mashup!

The Treatbot and O'Mi Ninja mashup

Yesterday I got to see Truckin’ Sweet in person for the first time despite trying their ice cream before.

The Truckin' Sweet truck

I tried their Voodoo Crunch flavor, which includes oreo cookies and malt balls. It was delicious and much enjoyed despite the cold weather.

Voodoo crunch ice cream from Truckin' Sweet

Today I headed to Whisk on Wheels for lunch at their usual Thursday lunch spot at Lockheed Martin. When I’m not on Spring Break, my boyfriend always goes there on Thursdays and meets up with other food truck enthusiasts, and I’m always so jealous because Whisk rarely makes it down here any other time. This time Kyle wasn’t able to make it, but I was! I ordered the pesto pasta and was soon told they had run out of pasta 😦 I opted for the spinach and ricotta empanada instead, and they also gave me a free bowl of their cream of tomato soup.

Cream of tomato soup from Whisk on Wheels

I especially enjoyed the croutons that came with it. One of these days I’ll get my hands on that pesto pasta! One thing that I saw at the Whisk truck that I haven’t seen at any other truck was a bowl of mints. I thought that was a nice touch. Many restaurants have mints that are free for the taking as you exit, so why not trucks too?

Bowl of mints at the Whisk on Wheels truck

Finally, I’d like to write about a couple of occasions where Kyle came with me and brought his camera. I bet you thought his goal to take photos for my blog had been a one time thing, huh? Well, he’s remembered on a couple more occasions now 🙂 First, he brought it with us when we went to a Moveable Feast at a new location. A week ago Saturday a few trucks came out to the History Park in San Jose for a Spring Garden Festival. We were excited to see trucks at a new location and liked the line up, so we went not knowing what to expect. What we saw was a different crowd than most; instead of the usual food truck lovers, the event was mostly gardening lovers, and there were tons and tons of plants for sale! It was also raining, but that doesn’t usually stop me.

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Our first stop was Eat on Monday. Since the event had started at 9am, they were selling a few breakfast items we hadn’t tried before. We went for the egg crepe roll and absolutely loved it.

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They also gave us a free dish, that had a name I unfortunately forget. It wasn’t on the menu for the day, but it was also very yummy.

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Our next stop was the B2 coffee booth where we each got a drink to warm us up. Kyle took this opportunity to take a silly photo of me drinking my mocha.

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Afterward we walked around for a little while, and I even took the opportunity to buy something for my grandma for her 89th birthday! My family was planning on fixing up the patio of her apartment and making a garden out of it, and when I saw a hummingbird feeder at one of the booths I thought that would be a fun gift for her. She likes to watch the squirrels that run around her retirement home from her apartment, so I thought she’d like watching hummingbirds even more.

Hummingbird feeder (photo taken with my phone, not Kyle's camera)

I just love how my food truck obsession sometimes brings me to places and things I otherwise would not access!

Kyle also brought his camera along to the Moveable Feast this weekend at Garden City. We both ate at No Way Jose. Kyle got a veggie burrito.

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I got a veggie taco salad. They first made it with meat in it, and when I sent it back I could tell they made an all new one for me instead of just picking out the meat like some restaurants do because the toppings I had thrown on were missing. That’s good vegetarian customer service!

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As always, I recommend checking out Kyle’s flickr photostream for more photos. He got some good meta photos of Food Truck Nerd taking photos of his food that day.