Category Archives: Food Trucks

Coachella is here!

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Coachella is nearly here & I can hardly contain my excitement. Beginning last year (& for the rest of my life), I will be camping at Coachella, which means no hotel with a kitchen so I need to locate all of the vegan friendly trucks, stands and carts that I will be dining at throughout the weekend. I also bring some of my own food, but sometimes a PB&J sandwich or vacuum packed Indian food just doesn’t cut it (or I don’t feel like walking all the way to the campsite.)

I just downloaded the Coachella Official app & it’s got a great listing of all of the food vendors that will be at the fest this year.  You can sort them by Name (A-Z) or type of vendor & the app gives a description of where in the festival or campground the vendor is located. I’m bummed that Coolhaus is in the VIP area.

VEGAN:
118 Degrees: Vegan & Raw (Between Outdoor/Gobi & VIP White Peaks)
Strictly Vegan: Vegan Jamaican (Terrace West) <– I will be here
Tantes: Strips, Fries, Knish, Shwarma (Between Outdoor/Gobi & Terrace South)

VEGETARIAN:
Cali-Pop Culture: Kettle Corn & Shaved Ice (Terrace North)
Certified Farmers Market: Local produce, juices, baked goods, coffee & snacks, 7am to 2pm (Lot 8 Near Clubhouse)
Junior Corn: Corn on the Cob (Terrace South)
West Coast Island Noodles: Eats (Between Man/Outdoor)

FOOD TRUCKS:
(I tweeted each of these with the hashtag #Veganchella)
Wicked Kitchen @WickedKitchn – “No vegan, we do have a vegetarian option… ‘I Pity the Tofu’
Lime Truck @thelimetruck – (I had bok choy from here last year, yum!  They also said they can make other vegan dishes if you ask.)
Kogi @kogibbq – ” Just ask at the window!
Joe’s Pizza @JoesPizzaTruck
Mangler’s Meltdown @PedleyMangler
Green Truck @GreenTruck – (The Classic Mother Trucker Vegan Burger is really good, I had that last year.)
Cravon @CravOnFries – “We’re cooked in olive oil & lightly dusted w/sea salt. 50% less fat. 100% great potato taste.
Border Grill @BorderGrill – “We can make vegan burritos and tacos if you ask for them.

Last year I created the Vegans Unite! group on the Coachella Message Boards.  Join me there, and follow @becahveg on Twitter.  I will be live tweeting (pending phone battery life) during weekend 2 using the hashtag #Veganchella.

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Back to the Santa Monica Main Street Lot (After the Juice Fast)

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I’ve decided to head back to the Santa Monica Main Street Food Truck Lot on the Tuesday after my juice fast ends. At this point… I can’t wait! I have contacted the attendees listed on LotMom, and will keep you updated as I hear back from them.

Hang 10 Tacos “Yes, we do have a vegan potato taco. We just had a conflict in our schedule so I’m Not sure if we will make it to Main Street. Please check back with us as we approach the date.”
Jogasaki Sushi Burrito “We have veggie burrito and it’s vegan :)”
BABYS BADASS BURGERS The tweet I got back said “The best veggie dliderd ever!” I think they meant “veggie sliders”, because I don’t know what a dliderd is… hmmm?!! Fries are cooked in oil too.
India Jones “Yes our green coco curry, and Dahl”
Belly BombZ “Sorry nothing vegan!! I would say our fries but we fry all our chicken in it… 😦 we can offer salad with a tangy sesame dressing” Soooo… I guess… salad?
White Rabbit Truck “Only vegetarian..”
Holy Aioli

It looks like I will definitely be trying the veggie sushi burrito from Jogasaki (yum!) I may also go for the veggie sliders from Baby’s or Dahl from India Jones… we’ll see.

Change of plans.  I will not be in Santa Monica this Tuesday, so no food trucks, but I will be sure to catch up with the trucks next Tuesday & if you go, let me know what you had & how it was!

The weekly Santa Monica Food Trucks Lot is held on Tuesday nights from 5-10pm at the corner of Main St and Ocean Park (2612 Main St 90405).

Santa Monica Food Truck Lot

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So, I recently started working in Santa Monica on Tuesdays, and for the past two Tuesdays on my way home I have been smelling the most amazing food as I passed the California Heritage Museum. It turns out that I was smelling the weekly Santa Monica Food Trucks Lot, which happens Tuesday nights from 5-10pm at the corner of Main St and Ocean Park (2612 Main St 90405). Of course I decided to email all of the trucks on the calendar this week, and this is what I have gotten back so far:

Asian Cravings: “Thanks for checking us out! Yes, we do have a vegetarian curry with jasmine rice. The curry is also vegan. Hope to see you next week!”
Bool BBQ: “Yes! We have a delicious Bibimbap Bowl we could do with our tofu. It’s awesome”
Surfer Taco: “Well we just have a veggie burrito or tacos (rice, beans, onios, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and salsa)”
Cali Banh mi: “Thanks for reaching out to us.  We most certainly do have Vegan options.  We make a fantastic vegan tofu that is great in the spring rolls with a peanut dipping sauce.  I wish that the bread were fully vegan but it does have a bit of butter in it.  We also offer a bun salad that is not listed on the menu, but we run as a special from time to time.  It consists of rice noodles with veggies and can be topped with a protein of your choice (in your case tofu).  When ordering with us please let the cashier know that you would like the peanut sauce as we have two sauce options, and one alternate sauce has fish sauce in it.”
India Jones
Lobsta Truck
Romolo’s Cuisine
Gourmet Genie: {Gourmet Genie let me know that they were double booked this week & will not be there until NEXT week} “Thank you for contacting us, yes we carry several vegan options. Please visit our website to check out our menu at gourmetgenietogo.com” (From what I can tell, that would include: 5-Star Eggplant Caviar, Falafel, Homemade Cabbage Salad, Warm Couscous w/ Magic Spices, Homemade Hummus, Garlic Fries, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Falafel Pita Wrap & Homemade Hummus Pita Wrap)
Meet n’ Potatoes: “Thanks for the inquiry. We have fries, and that may be about it. Sorry.”
Sweet Arleen’s: “No I’m sorry we do not offer vegan at this time.”

I will be having the veggie curry, bibimbap bowl, veggie burrito & tofu spring rolls.  OK, maybe not, but I am going to try to order as much as possible, and I’ll share the leftovers with the boy when I get home.  I just noticed on the @SMFoodtrucklot Twitter that they are offering a $5 coupon if you pay with Kuapay Mobile.

VERDICT: I ordered the Curry from Asian Cravings ($8) & the Bibimbap Bowl from Bool ($9).  Both were very good, and filling.  I like the container that the curry came in, because I ended up bringing it home to share with the boy (30 min+) & it was still warm when I got here. I have to say though that the bibimbap was my favorite.  It had rice, julienned carrots, spinach & bean sprouts.  The seasoning was subtle, but oh so good!  I will definitely be back!

I paid with Kupay.  They had a booth set up and at least 3 reps walking around helping people with the app.  They even gave me an extra dollar off, so I got $6 off my food.

Veganchella

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Tickets went on sale, tickets sold out, and now we have just 90 days until the official start of Coachella 2012. As this will be my first Coachella as a vegan, I want to get a jump start on what I will be eating (which is, of course, the most important thing next to the music!) I am camping for the first time this year, and I plan to bring lots of water & lots of random packets of vegan food that I can have handy throughout the weekend. I’m sure that there will be times though when I (or my friends) will want to stop at the food court, cantina, terrace, clubhouse or food trucks, and I don’t want to be gumming up the works asking a million questions, So today (which I am thinking of dubbing Food Truck Friday), I tweeted all of the Food Trucks listed on the Coachella website to see what they might have to offer. This is what I got back:

BorderGrill: YES, we will be at #Coachella! Still working on our menu but we will keep vegans in mind. Hopefully we see you there!
TheGreasyWiener: We’ll be there, got a veggie dog & veggie fries!
kogibbq: Yes, we’ll be at Coachella this year, yes we’ll have a veg option.

So there you have it… step one DONE.

I started a vegan group over at the Coachella Message Boards, so feel free to join in the conversation.

See you at Coachella!

6 Months Vegan

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Today marks my sixth month as a vegan.  To celebrate, I am going to pay my first visit to the Seabirds Truck, which will be parked all day at the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival.  I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

So sad…. I made it to Patchwork, but as I approached the entrance, I saw the Seabirds truck driving out of the lot… at the exact same time. 😦    Apparently they ran out of food.  Well, I’ll have to catch them next time, but on a positive note, the Patchwork festival was totally worth visiting.  It seems like a truly Indie festival.  It’s not as polished as some other festivals, but they’ve got great vendors & a really laid-back vibe.  It’s happening again November 13th in Culver City & November 27th in Santa Ana, so check it out.  It’s worth it.

On another note, I am very proud of my 6 months as a vegan.  Contrary to popular belief, it really isn’t that difficult… and I feel amazing (which wasn’t even my intention in becoming vegan.)  In future months I will be posting the recipes that sustain me every day, both my own & other vegans ( I love to experiment, but I also like to try tried & true recipes like the “The BEST chocolate cake ever…that happens to be VEGAN. I kid you not!”  It’s amazing… REALLY!)

 

I hope you’ll come back, and I hope you find what I have to say inspiring & informative.  If you have any questions or suggestions, just let me know!

Veggie Roll at the Let’s Roll It Truck

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Veggie Roll from the Let's Roll It Truck

Veggie Roll from the Let's Roll It Truck

I was headed out to 1st Thursday ArtWalk in San Pedro last night to check out a show put on at The Loft by some friends in the Redondo Beach Art Group & I noticed on the 1st Thursday website that they had a map of the food trucks that would be there.  Loving food trucks as I do, I thought I would do a little research & see who had what.

Since I am a recent vegan (6 months this Sunday) and there were no all-vegan trucks coming to the event, I emailed/Tweeted/Facebooked all of the trucks that were scheduled to be there & out of 11, 6 responded.  Out of those 6, 4 had vegan options.

I decided to try the veggie roll recommended by the Let’s Roll It Truck on Twitter, in response to my inquiry.  They said, “Yes we have our veggie roll. It’s very good! Cucumbers, avocados, carrots, asian pickled radish, with our sweet teriyaki sauce.”  They were right… it is VERY GOOD!  There are very few things I miss after going vegan, but one is sushi.  I know that there are all-vegan sushi restaurants in LA, but I haven’t made it to them yet & the veggie sushi at Whole Foods has honey in it… really WF?!!  Anyway, I ordered the veggie roll without sauce & it was great… perfect… why would anyone even need fish (I’m serious!)  Plus, it is only $6, and most of the other rolls (& anything on many other trucks) were $9… bargain!

I emailed Let’s Roll It today to get a little more information & found out that the salad they serve on the side has masago (fish eggs).  I didn’t have any, because the roll was more than satisfying.  Also, the sauces that by default come on the roll are not vegan. The wasabi mayo, obviously, has mayo & the Teriyaki has fish extract.  Just order it without sauce & put some soy sauce on it, it’s delicious!  They were more than accommodating in all of their communications & seem open to suggestions.  They clearly are very customer centered, which is how it should be.  I will be visiting Let’s Roll It again in the future.

I ❤ Food Trucks!

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I love a good food truck, so I thought it would be fitting to do a little write up on the food trucks I encounter & which ones are safe for me (us) to order from.  There are, of course, the trucks/stands that I have been wanting to try: Seabirds & Frankenstand.  However, they don’t really come to the South Bay, and I have yet to venture north or south to see what they are all about.  That being said, I have decided to start with an event that I will be attending this week… 1st Thursday ArtWalk in San Pedro.  There will be 11 food trucks there this month, and I have reached out to each of them to find out what vegan treats they have in store.  Here is this months 1st Thursday Food Trucks line-up:

Nom Nom Truck: “Our bread, tortillas and tofu is vegan.  We also have Mushroom Pate coming back (next week though) stop byyy!” (Ask for no mayo if you get the Bánh mì)
Dim Sum Truck: “We have vegetarian dumplings that are steamed with carrots, peas, and cabbage! I believe that is our only vegan option.”
Shrimp Pimp: “I could do a veggie Po boy.”
Let’s Roll It: “We have our veggie roll. It’s very good!  Cucumbers, avocados, carrots, asian pickled radish, with our sweet teriyaki sauce”
Grilled Cheese Truck
Lobsta Truck
India Jones
Great Balls On Tires
Lake Street Creamery: “No I’m sorry – its all dairy right now. We do sorbets once in a while but don’t have any this week.”
OG Tempura: “as of now, we have no vegan option, but I will try and brain storm something…..”
Waffles de Liege: NO vegan options

The Redondo Beach Art Group (which I am a member of) will be presenting “California Coastal” at The Loft Studios on South Mesa Street, between 4th & 5th Street. Stop by and have a look, the galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm.