Veggie Truckin'

Bay Area Food Trucks from a Vegetarian Perspective

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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New Food From Old Favorites February 8, 2012

I’ve decided to take a break from my countdown to 100 trucks. I have visited my 98th and 99th trucks since my last post, but the 100th still looms in the future. Rather than spend one post writing about only two trucks, I’d like to play some catch up. I try to have themes in my posts, and as a result some of my visits to trucks fall through the cracks if they don’t fit a theme. I have a lot of photos of trucks on my phone, and they deserve some recognition! Many of the trucks I’ve written about I eat at on a regular basis, and I’m constantly trying new menu items from the trucks that offer multiple vegetarian options. This will be a photo-heavy post without a ton of words. Enjoy the food porn!

Apple walnut cake from Butterscotch on the Go

Paneer kathi roll from Curry Up Now

Fried pickles from Grill Stars

Mushrooms on a roll from Hiyaaa!

Rice box with tofu from Little Green Cyclo

Tofu tacos from Eat on Monday

Eat on Monday will make any of their meat tacos vegetarian by substituting the meat with tofu, so you have your choice of styles! They do the same with their burgers and veggie burgers, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet. Kyle says they’re super tasty, so I look forward to trying them sometime soon!

Sweet potato fries from Sanguchon

Chocolate cupcake with caramel frosting, sprinkles, and cinnamon from Project Cupcake

Veggie gyoza roll and cucumber avocado roll from We Sushi

We Sushi recently updated their menu, and they added these two veg rolls to it and lowered the price of the veggie burrito I wrote about previously. I especially enjoyed the gyoza roll. I love gyoza, and it was my first time having it inside a sushi roll.

Sugar cookie and pecan cookie from Mini Yums

Tofu burrito from Mogo

MIlkshake cheesecake from Mogo

This isn’t the best photo because of the plastic wrap, but Mogo’s cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert from a non-dessert truck. They don’t always carry it, but I highly recommend grabbing a slice when they do have some!

Last night’s Edgewood Eats marked my one year anniversary of attending the event. It was cold and gloomy, and the turnout wasn’t as great as usual, but I still managed to fill my belly with yummy food, and there was a new truck that wasn’t a food truck; it was an art truck!

The Palo Alto Art Center truck

Quite a crowd of children ended up developing around the tables, and they all seemed to be enjoying making cupcakes out of clay. Definitely a fun idea for food truck events where there are a lot of families.

Once again, my boyfriend Kyle and I made a cameo on the latest Food Truck Nerd podcast. We had a round table discussion about food trucks in general, and I went into a lot of detail about what sorts of vegetarian options I like to see on food trucks. Food Truck Nerd’s podcast is now up on iTunes as well, so you can download it from the iTunes store and even subscribe!

Finally, Kyle has decided to start photographing our food truck experiences as often as possible (or as often as he remembers his camera). I guess he was getting sick of my less-than-stellar camera phone photos πŸ™‚ He started his quest when we went to Moveable Feast on Saturday, and he snapped quite a few good shots. You can find a photo of me receiving my ice cream from Treatbot as well as many more photos in this album. Once I figure out how to take his photos from flickr and put them on my blog, you can expect even better photography on Veggie Truckin’.

I hope this post tides you over until the big 100 hits!

 

Edgewood Eats in the Winter January 5, 2012

Now that colder weather has hit the bay area, some food truck gatherings have decided to take place less often. One of those gatherings is Edgewood Eats in Palo Alto. Instead of being every week, it is now held once a month on Tuesdays. On the plus side, this usually means more trucks come out each time. The strange part is that it is practically dark when Edgewood Eats takes place! This feels weird for those of us who frequented the event every week during the summer.

Edgewood Eats on December 6th

On December 6th, I went to the coldest Edgewood Eats I could remember. I warmed up quick with a tofu banh mi sandwich from Little Green Cyclo, an old favorite.

Tofu banh mi from Little Green Cyclo

I then followed it with another warm favorite, some Mac ‘N Rolls from Soulnese.

Mac 'N Rolls from Soulnese

I finished the night with some Butterscotch on the Go but somehow failed to take photos of it. Fear not, I have more Butterscotch to deliver with my second Edgewood Eats summary!

Sunset over Edgewood Eats on January 3rd

The nighttime line up at Edgewood Eats on January 3rd

My first stop at the most recent Edgewood Eats was An the Go.

The An the Go truck

It had been awhile since I had their garlic noodles with vegetable stir fry. I thought maybe after overeating during the holidays I could handle the filling dish all in one sitting. Sadly, I was wrong. I ended up having to finish some for lunch the next day, but luckily the noodles are great as leftovers as well.

Garlic noodles with vegetable stir fry from An the Go

I also noticed that they lowered their prices a tad by making it a combo if you get the noodles with something else. With the two prices added together, it used to add up to $10, but with the combo it’s only $9. Yay for lowered prices!

Since I stopped myself early once I realized I couldn’t eat all the noodles, I had room for another favorite, a small tofu taco from BBQ Kalbi.

Spicy tofu taco from BBQ Kalbi

My final stop was, of course, Butterscotch on the Go again. They had a couple new menu items and my favorite butterscotch brownie, so I had to buy three desserts (I mean, I had no choice, right?) Two of them I shared with the boyfriend the next day.

Gingerbread and butterscotch with apples from Butterscotch on the Go

The first new treat was the gingerbread with butterscotch and apples. I ate most of this while driving home and had a little bit the next day after finishing my garlic noodles for lunch. It kept very well for the next day!

The second new item (to me, at least) was the chocolate brownie. This also kept until the next day, although it was a little hard to cut through over twenty-four hours later. It reminded me of fudge and was super rich and yummy. I decided not to take a photo of the butterscotch brownie since my readers are probably sick of hearing me rave about how great those are. Seriously, I don’t think I could ever get sick of them!

Hopefully now that the winter solstice has taken place, we’ll see some more sunlight at next month’s Edgewood Eats. Is anyone else already looking forward to warmer weather for food trucking purposes?

 

Last Week’s Highlights November 22, 2011

The weekend before last, my boyfriend and I ventured to the farmer’s market in Campbell with two goals in mind: 1) to buy veggies for a Tofurky feast the boyfriend was planning to cook, and 2) to try the food at the Oaxacan Kitchen booth. The Oaxacan Kitchen truck wasn’t there, but they did have a booth serving the same food the truck does. I ordered an empanada, which was unlike other empanadas I’ve had before.

Veggie empanada from Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile

It was tasty but had more cheese than I anticipated, and since I only had one Lactaid on me I had to stop before I was finished.

The following weekend, we went to another Moveable Feast at Garden City. This time I came with a can of food in hand.

You might be wondering what would motivate me to bring canned food to a food truck gathering, but if you’re someone who follows local food trucks you probably already know that several of them are currently collecting canned food and giving people who bring a can a dollar off of their order. I knew one of those trucks was MoBowl, and I was craving an old favorite, their umami tofu.

Umami tofu from MoBowl

My next stop was Butterscotch on the Go, which I feel like I haven’t been eating nearly enough now that Edgewood Eats is only once a month. I was happy to see them in San Jose, the first time I had, and was also happy to try another new item on their menu, the nutella and milk chocolate panna.

Nutella and milk chocolate panna from Butterscotch on the Go

This new treat tasted similar to their chocolate pudding and had the same crispy topping (which I love!), but the Nutella added an extra hint of hazelnut that I enjoyed. When the owner saw me waiting for my food, she was also kind enough to give me a free piece of their poundcake.

Poundcake from Butterscotch on the Go

I had to take most of the poundcake to go because I had gotten full on everything else, but it was as delicious as was to be expected.

This week I’m off work because the school district where I work doesn’t have school. I’m enjoying this opportunity to check out some food trucks in the afternoon on their lunch runs, something I don’t get to do often with my schedule. Today I visited two and hope to visit another two tomorrow, so you can look forward to a post about those adventures soon. Additionally, I hope to write a post about the veggie part of Veggie Truckin’ in honor of the upcoming holiday that glorifies eating meat. I haven’t touched too much on my vegetarianism here aside from writing about how easy or not easy it is to choose dishes at food trucks because of it, and I think my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian is as good a time as any to go into a little bit of depth about why I’ve made this choice.

 

Scoops and Edgewood Eats November 6, 2011

I’m sad to say I haven’t been to many new trucks lately. Not as many new ones seem to be popping up now that the summer has ended and the cold weather is rolling in. I did get a chance to recently try a new truck that’s been on the scene for about a month now, Scoops. Unfortunately, when I tried their truck it was at a nighttime event, and I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the truck. I did snag a photo of the ice cream I got at the truck though. I had the Cookies and Dough flavor, which I assumed meant a mixture of cookies and cream and cookie dough, two of my favorite kinds of ice cream. My assumption was correct, and I couldn’t be happier when I discovered that.

Cookies and dough ice cream from Scoops

On Tuesday, November first, I went to the first Edgewood Eats since the beginning of October. It felt like I hadn’t been there in forever since they had turned into a monthly event, and before that I hadn’t been to the last couple weekly ones. (I had chosen Newark Street Eats instead because they’re closer to my work.) Needless to say, it felt good to be back.

Edgewood Eats, November 1st

I managed to snag quite the photo of an innocent bystander enjoying his food πŸ™‚

I was determined to try something new despite none of the trucks being new to me, so I had a rice bowl at Tikka Bytes with tofu and tikka masala. It was much larger than I expected and very filling. I had to actually stop myself from eating the whole thing so I could have room for the other food I desired at the gathering! I was surprised by the amount of food for a mere $6.

Rice bowl from Tikka Bytes

Next I craved an old favorite, sweet potato tater tots from Little Green Cyclo (whose name I recently found out from, Food Truck Nerd, I’ve been pronouncing incorrectly). I got the black sesame sauce with them to try something different, but I didn’t feel it measured up to the mango ketchup I usually get.

Sweet potato tater tots from Little Green Cyclo

My final stop was a truck I hadn’t been to in far too long, Butterscotch on the Go. They were serving a menu item I hadn’t seen before, the chocolate pots de creme. I got two, one for my mom and one for me, and decided to “try” some of mine on the drive home. The reason I put try in quotation marks is because I ended up eating the whole thing despite how full I was. It was so good I couldn’t stop eating. The peanut butter crunch they put on top of the pudding was definitely the best part, and the next day when I shared with my mom she concurred.

Chocolate pots de creme from Butterscotch on the Go

It was the fullest I’d been in awhile, and it made me realize how much I had truly missed Edgewood Eats. Here’s hoping next month’s feels like it comes sooner!

 

New Food and a New Month September 6, 2011

Happy September, food truck lovers! I’ve started the month off right by going to three food truck events in the last few days. Here are some of the highlights!

On Friday I attended Moveable Feast San Mateo. It was a beautiful evening for trucks. There was a big crowd, but it was much easier to manage than the first event in San Mateo in July. The lines didn’t take nearly as long!

Moveable Feast San Mateo, September 2nd

I made the mistake of ordering a three cheese melt from Toasty Melts before checking how much lactaid I had. I only had one pill when I usually take two for grilled cheese, and I regretted it afterward. Of course, it was not the truck’s fault, and the sandwich was delicious. I appreciated the added bonus of kettle chips with the sandwich.

Three cheese melt from Toasty Melts

Another highlight from the night was going to a truck I hadn’t visited before, Pacific Puffs. I had to take my classic puff to go because of the aforementioned lack of lactaid, but I did enjoy it when I got the chance to eat it. It exploded all over me and made a mess, but I’m not complaining.

Classic puff from Pacific Puffs

Pacific Puffs and Toasty Melts at Moveable Feast San Mateo

On Saturday, I went to Moveable Feast San Jose. I didn’t go to any new trucks (the only new one didn’t have any vegetarian options), but I did try a waffle bowl from Treatbot when I hadn’t before. I went with raspberry sorbet in my bowl. It reminded me of the ones from Lake Street Creamery in LA.

Raspberry sorbet in a waffle bowl from Treatbot

At Monday’s Edgewood Eats, I again got a new menu item from an old favorite. This time it was a blondie from Butterscotch on the Go.

Blondie from Butterscotch on the Go

Like most treats from this truck, I was surprised by how great it tasted at first. Then I said to myself, of course it tastes good; it’s from Butterscotch on the Go!

Those were my highlights of the week; here’s hoping the rest of the month provides as many highlights if not more.

 

An Edgewood Eats and a New Truck August 17, 2011

Edgewood Eats, August 15th

On Monday I ventured to Edgewood Eats and decided right away that it would be an evening about returning to old favorites rather than eating from as many trucks as possible. I started at House of Siam on Wheels. They are one of the local trucks with the most vegetarian options, so it’s hard to go wrong there. I had somehow managed to not have had their basil with tofu before (I had had it with chicken before I went veg), so I made a meal out of ordering just that. The portions are huge for the price, and I was practically full after this one dish.

Basil with tofu from House of Siam on Wheels

The most exciting part of Edgewood Eats for me, however, was the return of Butterscotch on the Go. With my vacations and them skipping a couple Edgewood Eats combined, I hadn’t been to this truck in about a month and a half. I felt like I was going through withdrawals. To make matters even better, they had my absolute favorite dessert (by them, and quite possibly ever), their butterscotch brownies. I hadn’t seen them carry these since the first time I went to this truck in February. Every time I see them I automatically check their menu to see if they have the butterscotch brownies, and most days it’s not the case. This was my lucky day! I bought two.

Butterscotch brownie from Butterscotch on the Go

I ate one right away and saved the second one for the next day, along with an order of their signature butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch pudding from Butterscotch on the Go

On Tuesday, I set out to hit up a new food truck in the area, O Mi Ninja. I had heard good things, and being a huge fan of banh mi, I knew I had to give them a taste. They were serving lunch about ten minutes from me, so I made a special trip to check them out.

The O Mi Ninja Truck

I ordered the banh mi with tofu and mushrooms. When I ordered, they asked if it was vegetarian, which I appreciated since apparently there are some other non-veg ingredients usually included. At only $6 I didn’t expect it to be a foot long, but it was!

Tofu mushroom banh mi from O Mi Ninja

It was filled with lots of vegetables and flavor. I think banh mi in general might be what made me love cucumbers when I always hated them before. There were also some bites that were very spicy, which I love. That could have been the ninja sauce I added to my sandwich though πŸ™‚

inside the banh mi

Overall, it was great food at a great price, so I will definitely be eating at O Mi Ninja again!