Veggie Truckin'

Bay Area Food Trucks from a Vegetarian Perspective

More Where That Came From March 16, 2012

Oh dear. I guess it’s been over a month since I hit 100 trucks and posted the big list. I even posted two blogs in one week then thinking I was going to start writing more often, and now look at me! I blame my blogging absence on two things: 1) Having to finish Mockingjay before its due date at the library, and 2) taking on a new long-term subbing job. Obviously the latter has taken up the most time in my life, but for awhile all my free time was reserved for the former. Worry not though; I haven’t stopped going to trucks after reaching 100. Much to the contrary, I’m actually up to 104 now. As with any new job, I’ve just been learning how to balance my time again, and hopefully I’ve come pretty close to figuring it out. Also, I know how Katniss Everdeen’s story ends now, so that is no longer a hurdle 🙂

Since I last wrote, so much has happened. First of all, if you follow Veggie Truckin’ on twitter or facebook, you know that I have a new logo! It was created by friend and avid food truck follower Dan Hugo, and I’m happy to finally post it in my blog for the first time!

Credit: Dan Hugo

Secondly, if you follow food trucks at all, you have probably heard about the bill that has stirred a lot of response in California, AB 1678. I’m obviously against it as both someone who follows food trucks and an educator in public schools. I don’t think it is a solution to childhood obesity at all. For more detail on my thoughts, I’d like to direct you to this Food Truck Nerd podcast where I was interviewed, as well as many owners of food trucks, about the bill. The bill has since been amended, and while the changes are welcome, I would prefer there not be a bill at all and believe these issues should be handled at a local level, not a state level. I highly recommend checking out the many Food Truck Nerd podcasts and blogs about the bill; he has been a huge advocate against it and has done a great job of covering the issue as it unfolds.

Now, on to the trucks! While I have been to four new trucks in recent weeks, I’m going to make this another food porn post of new dishes (to me) from trucks about which I’ve already posted.

First on the agenda? Eat on Monday!

The Eat on Monday truck

Is it possible that I’ve never posted a photo of the actual Eat on Monday truck in here and just the food? Maybe, I’m not sure. I’ve revisited this truck a couple times recently and tried items I hadn’t tried before. First, the same day I hit my 100th truck, I ate at Eat on Monday for lunch, also at Rockage. Kyle and I got their fried brussels sprouts, and holy geez were they amazing.

Fried brussels sprouts from Eat on Monday with a side of fries

On another occasion, we met for lunch at Eat On Monday, and I finally had the anticipated veggie burger. Kyle had raved about how great their veggie burger was, and it did not disappoint. I especially enjoyed the bun.

Veggie burger from Eat on Monday

Another truck that has become incredibly active on twitter and whose constant communication with customers has made me appreciate them even more is Koja Kitchen. After trying and loving their teriyaki zen koja I was eager to try more, and on a couple different occasions I’ve tried two more items from their menu. First, the kamikaze fries. They’re usually made with meat and kimchi that includes shellfish, but they make a vegetarian option that is superb. The fake meat they use is delicious (which can’t always be said for fake meat), and I’m a total sucker for criss cut fries.

Vegetarian kamikaze fries from Koja Kitchen

Another tasty item from their menu is their signature dessert, the Mochimisu. From the unique plastic dish that gives the Mochimisu a fun spinning effect to the strawberry on top, this dessert rivals some of the best desserts on the food truck scene.

Mochimisu from Koja Kitchen

As part of SF Beerweek, Kyle and I attended the third annual Beerfest which had multiple trucks in attendance. For lunch we decided on a truck I had only actually tried from their booth at the farmer’s market, Oaxacan Kitchen. Beware: the following photo includes Kyle being adorably excited to get their food from a truck.

The Oaxacan Kitchen truck

I forget the name of what I got (I swear I hadn’t that many drinks at that point; it just happened awhile ago!), but rest assured that it was yummy.

Our meals from Oaxacan Kitchen (and beer!)

We also tried their churros, which were better than any churro I’ve ever had at a fair. One of the elements of Oaxacan Kitchen’s food that I love most is how authentic it is.

Churros from Oaxacan Kitchen

I feel like I’m being a tad verbose, perhaps due to my lack of writing in the last month, so for the next three trucks I’d just like to say that they were all trucks I had only tried once before, and not since the summer. I was happy to try new items from each of them, and they were all delicious!

Tofu sisig from Senor Sisig

Curry rice bowl from Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile

Seasoned fries from Whisk on Wheels

Kyle and I have started frequenting Gorditas Universales on weekday nights because it’s conveniently located between our two apartments. We’ve tried many of the fake meat options from their menu in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Somehow I only managed to take photos of a couple of their tacos though. I haven’t had a single thing from their menu that wasn’t delicious. Now if only they’d get a website, twitter, or facebook I could link to!

Tacos from Gorditas Universales

Finally, I’ll close with a special I tried at the Tikka Bytes truck. At a recent Edgewood Eats, they were serving a vegetable briyani that was so spicy I had to eat it in shifts.

Vegetable briyani from Tikka Bytes

I’m hoping my next post will be much sooner and will include the four new trucks I’ve visited in the last month. Stay tuned!

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The Countdown Continues January 26, 2012

Since my last post, I tallied up all the food trucks I’ve been to and figured out the grand total. It was at 92, and I decided to start counting down to 100 trucks from there. I’m happy to say I’ve since tried five more trucks, bringing me to 97. What will the final three new trucks be to bring me to 100? I do not know, but here are some details about the five trucks I visited since my last post.

Number 93 was a truck I’ve been following on twitter for awhile, but I missed their grand opening on new years day. The Blast Off! Truck was scheduled to be outside a pub in Campbell on Friday the 13th. Despite coming down with a cold, I was determined to reach 93, so my boyfriend and I drove down.

The Blast Off! Truck

Their only vegetarian options were their mac and cheese asteroids and their peach cobbler. I got an asteroid, and Kyle got an order of the cobbler. The asteroid was tasty and reminded me of Soulnese’s mac ‘n’ rolls, except smaller and 50 cents more expensive.

a mac and cheese asteroid from the Blast Off! truck

inside the asteroid

Kyle enjoyed his peach cobbler, and I had a bite and liked it as well, especially the vanilla bean ice cream on top. Again, the size was somewhat small for the price though. At five dollars, we expected the dessert to be bigger than the palm of a hand.

Peach cobbler from Blast Off!

Overall, I won’t be seeking out Blast Off! again, but I might pick up a bite if they’re at a food truck gathering, especially if they add more vegetarian options and increase their portions.

Truck number 94 was one my boyfriend visited at Milpitas Street Eats and brought back to his place for dinner. Grillaz Gone Wild is a new truck on the scene that I was excited to try. Kyle picked up a bell pepper, avocado, onion, and cheese sandwich.

Sandwich from Grillaz Gone Wild

Sadly, the sandwich left much to be desired. I expected much more flavor with all the different veggies and peppers, but it was lacking. I completely forgot avocado was on it until I researched to write this post because I barely tasted it. The bread was also mediocre and had become completely soggy in the short drive home. The fries that came with the sandwich weren’t bad, but they weren’t anything special.

On Saturday, Kyle and I ventured to not one, not two, but three different food truck events. The third one was the Project Cupcake kick off party, and I’ll write about that in a future post. For now I’m focusing on new trucks, after all 🙂 Our first stop was the Evergreen Valley High School fundraiser, where about 13 trucks were parked ready to serve, rain or shine, and they experienced both.

Evergreen Valley High School fundraiser, January 21st

My 95th truck was one that has been around for awhile, Speedy Panini. I had seen them at other events but hadn’t tried them because their vegetarian sandwich included eggplant, which I’m allergic to. I had somehow missed the fact that they had a caprese sandwich as well (or maybe it was recently added to the menu?)

The Speedy Panini Truck

Caprese sandwich from Speedy Panini

I enjoyed my sandwich, especially the bread. While consuming it, a sudden downpour interrupted my meal. Everyone collectively groaned and hurried underneath an overhang.

The sudden shift to a wet event

I had already spied my 96th truck, a new truck that serves coffee and other hot drinks called Jo’ on the Go. Since the weather had made a turn for the worst, I craved something to warm me up even more. When there seemed to be a slight break in the storm, I made my way to their truck.

Jo' on the Go

Unfortunately, while I waited for my pumpkin latte to be made, the rain picked up again, and I got completely drenched making my way back to the overhang. The latte offered the perfect amount of warmth though, and I was happy to have what could possibly be my last pumpkin flavored treat of the season.

From there, we made our way to Moveable Feast. A truck from San Francisco was making its Moveable Feast debut, so my 97th truck quickly became Koja Kitchen.

The Koja Kitchen truck

Kyle and I split their vegan option, teriyaki zen. It consisted of a patty made from mushroom, soy, and other veggies with pineapple on a bun made out of rice. It was insanely yummy, especially with the addition of Sriracha. Kyle’s not usually a huge teriyaki fan, and he even enjoyed it.

Teriyaki zen from Koja Kitchen

Where will I get my 98th, 99th, and 100th meals from new food trucks? I don’t have an answer yet. I can’t think of any south bay trucks I haven’t tried that serve vegetarian options. This weekend I’ll be venturing into the city for a couple sketch fest shows, so I’m hoping I stumble upon some trucks I’ve never tried while I’m there. Stay tuned!