Veggie Truckin'

Bay Area Food Trucks from a Vegetarian Perspective

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 🙂 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!

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Daytime Food Truckin’ December 2, 2011

Being an on-call substitute teacher has its pros and cons. One of the bittersweet parts is the fact that some days you just don’t get a job. This is a con because, of course, you don’t get paid, but it’s a pro because it’s a good opportunity to do things during weekday afternoons that you wouldn’t usually get to do. One of those things is visiting food trucks at their lunch stops.

The week of Thanksgiving, the school district where I work was on break the entire week, so I took full advantage of the opportunity to hit up some local food trucks that I don’t usually get to see during the week. My first stop was for lunch on Tuesday when I met up with my boyfriend to get some grilled cheese at Gourmet Rockstars. They are now spending every single day at the great mall in Milpitas, both for lunch and dinner. This was another one of my blogger fails where I got so excited about eating the food that I forgot to take a photo of it ahead of time. Luckily I’ve written about this truck before! I did manage to get a photo of my boyfriend’s cajun fries before they were devoured though.

Cajun fries from Gourmet Rockstars

From there, I ventured on my own to a new truck to the area (although from their website it appears as though they’ve been at it for awhile in L.A.), Mini Yums. They had a window that displayed all their tasty treats, making it even harder to choose than looking at a menu would be!

The Mini Yums truck

I narrowed my choices down to two, despite being full from lunch. I went with the brownie (I forget what kind of nut was in it) and the pumpkin cream cheese cupcake. I ate the brownie during my drive home and saved the cupcake for later.

Brownie from Mini Yums

The cupcake ended up lasting me for dessert after two separate meals because it was so big and sweet. You know me and pumpkin; I just can’t get enough.

Pumpkin cupcake from Mini Yums

The cupcake also came in a container that had a cute label with the Mini Yums logo on it.

Mini Yums indeed!

The next day I ventured out to try a new food truck on the streets, Thela.

The Thela Truck

This was the first food truck I’ve been to that didn’t include tax already in their prices. This wouldn’t bother me so much if their food stood out, but I’m sad to say it didn’t. I ordered the masala veg burger, which came with an entire container of fries on the side.

Masala veg burger from Thela

I was excited to try a veggie burger with an Indian spin, and all the veggies on it made me optimistic. Unfortunately, it was served cold, and despite the veggies it lacked in flavor. The veggie patty also fell apart easily, which is something I’ve never experienced with a veggie burger before.

Fries from Thela

The fries definitely helped. They were warm and plentiful, but nothing really stood out about them. Being a new truck, they might just need to get some of the kinks worked out. Or maybe I would have more luck with a more traditionally Indian menu option.

Afterward, I tried to hunt down the Project Cupcake truck but couldn’t find them. I found out today that that was because they only venture out every other week. Duly noted for future daytime trucking outings!

Speaking of today, I didn’t get a job today, so I set out to find some more trucks. This time my first stop was another meeting with my boyfriend at Small Time Cooks, a new truck I wouldn’t have known about if they hadn’t tweeted at me. They’re at the same location every day in Milpitas from 11-3.

The Small Time Cooks truck

Being a new truck, they gave us samples of their two veg options, paneer tikka masala and mushroom tofu tacos. I once again forgot to take a photo of our samples, but when I decided on the mushroom tofu burrito I did manage to take a photo of that!

Mushroom tofu burrito from Small Time Cooks

We were both impressed by how flavorful both veg options were. My boyfriend even commented that the tacos might be his favorite from a truck he’s tried yet! We hope to see more of this truck as they continue to grow.

From there, I made my way to another Project Cupcake location, determined to build my own cupcake this time. I found them at the Tivo offices in Alviso, and the owner was impressed that I had hunted them down. I chose a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting this time, but I think I chose the exact same toppings as last time. When you find something yummy, why not stick with it?

Red velvet cupcake from Project Cupcake

Many thanks to the food trucks in the area for making my days without work enjoyable!

 

A New Era of Veggie Truckin’ November 15, 2011

If you follow Veggie Truckin’ on twitter, you probably already know that some changes have happened around here. First, I registered the domain veggietruckin.com, so that url automatically forwards you to my blog. Secondly, I created a fan page on facebook for the blog. There’s a cute little widget on the side menu for it, or you can just follow this link. On a personal note, I got an iPhone 4S, and what that means for the blog is my photos will be much clearer. Granted, it’s still a camera phone, but at least it knows how to focus. No more out of focus photos just because there’s some foil in the background, yay! Finally, I was interviewed on the latest Food Truck Nerd podcast with my boyfriend. Check it out! This time I think I managed to laugh a little less, but only by a little 🙂

This post isn’t just to tell you what’s new though. I have a couple new trucks to write about too! Last week, for the first time, I ate food from a truck I hadn’t visited in person. My boyfriend saw that Twister Truck would be parked near where he lives, so he picked some up for us on his way home from work. It was a little weird not getting the full food truck experience, but the yummy food made up for it.

Twister burrito cone from Twister Truck

The photo of the twister burrito cone on the website intrigued me, so that’s what I ordered. I was still a little confused as to how to eat it, but it got easier once I decided to just use a fork. I also tore pieces of tortilla off the cone and used them to scoop up the insides. I thought a side of tortilla chips might help, but then the extra food might be too much because the burrito cone itself was the perfect amount for a meal. I also got a side of churro fries but wasn’t able to finish them all.

Churro fries from Twister truck

My boyfriend didn’t receive the chocolate or cajeta sauce mentioned on the Twister website with them, so they lacked a little bit in flavor. Additionally, all the grease collected at the bottom of the cup making the bottoms of the fries especially gross to a not-so-yummy degree. With a little less oil and a little more dipping sauce, I think these could really hit the spot.

On Saturday, we ventured to the Moveable Feast at the Garden City location. I miss the old ones at San Pedro Square that I could walk to from where I live, but I don’t mind driving a little bit for my food truck fix. I decided to try a truck I had been to before but only for some cookies, Sanguchon.

The Sanguchon truck

My boyfriend had been raving about their vegetable curry wrap which he had gotten at one of their lunch time stops. Never having had Peruvian curry before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Vegetales al Curry wrap from Sanguchon

What I found was an amazing amount of flavor that filled me up for hours. Every bite included a new vegetable I hadn’t tried before. I found myself taking a new photo every few minutes because I’d look down and see more and more colors. It was an amazingly photogenic as well as delicious wrap!

There was also a new truck at the event, Project Cupcake.

The Project Cupcake Truck

Aside from a clever name and truck design to go with it, this cupcake truck has a different concept than most. They allow their customers to build their own cupcakes, starting by choosing a cake, then choosing a frosting, and then you can put whatever toppings you want on top (similar to a frozen yogurt place). Another cute component is the fact that when you visit them you’re greeted by staff in lab coats.

A Project Cupcake employee dressed in a lab coat outside the truck

When I got to the truck, they only had six cupcakes left, so I didn’t get to choose my cupcake as specifically as most. I got the mocha flavored cake with cream cheese frosting. Then I visited their toppings bar and took full advantage of it.

The Project Cupcake toppings bar

I loaded on some butterfinger bits, oreo pieces, and sprinkled a little cinnamon on top. The result was a super tasty cupcake. I can’t wait to try them again when I can choose my cake and frosting more specifically too!

My Project Cupcake creation

Those are all the new trucks for this time. Don’t forget to like Veggie Truckin’ on facebook!