I have been on the lookout for things I haven’t tried this month, and it was harder than I expected! But where better to look than the Ferry Building Farmers Market, so I bought a couple lemon cucumbers. They’re actually really delicious—like cucumbers but with a really thin, not-bitter skin so you can eat them like apples (which I did upon the recommendation of the farmer who sold it to me). A little disappointed that the only thing they really have in common with lemons is the appearance, but still glad I tried it!
Take a summer produce cooking class with Millennium! Plus, a discount for Vegansaurus readers! »
You know what’s awesome? Millennium, duh. What else? Learning to cook like the super-talents at Millennium. So how about taking the next Millennium cooking class?
On Sunday, June 24, Millennium hosts “Porcinis, Cherries, and Early Summer Produce.” Plus, Chef Eric Tucker will take you on a Ferry Building Farmers’ Market tour on Saturday, June 23, so you can “contribute to Sunday’s menu by picking out the most enticing and much awaited summer produce fresh from local farms.”
Sounds good, right? Produce-shopping happens on Saturday from 10 to (around) 11 a.m. at the Ferry Building, and the class itself is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Millennium kitchen. Tickets are $160 per person—OR $145 for Vegansaurus readers, just mention us when you call!—and you can buy them by calling Allison at (415) 345.3900, ext. 13. Allison says that this would make a cool Father’s Day gift, which reminds us of that ever-applicable aphorism: Buy a father a dinner, feed him for a day; teach a father to cook gourmet vegan fare, feed all of you for a lifetime. You know!
[Millennium squash blossoms but digiyesica via Flickr]
San Francisco: Free Scream Sorbet today! »
Is this officially an annual event, now? Just like last year, the Cooking Channel’s Ice Cream Truck is giving away Scream Sorbet at the Ferry Building in San Francisco today, Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! The site says they’ll have seascape strawberry and pistachio flavors. Regardless, FREE DELICIOUS SORBET GO AND GET IT.
[Scream Sorbet photo by _e.t via Flickr]
Holy Hodo Batman, free soy at the Ferry Building on Saturday! »
Spicy Yuba Strips, fancy plate not included!
Here’s the exclusive early scoop:
“Celebrate the long weekend with a FREE 6 oz container of Hodo Soy Beanery Hijiki Salad or Spicy Yuba Strips ($5.99 value) when you visit the newly opened Hodo Soy Kiosk at the Ferry Building Marketplace. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supply runs out!
I’d advise getting there early because I’m guess it will run out! Run like the wind to your tofus!
Hodo Soy Beanery’s new kiosk makes the Ferry Building worth entering! »
Norm and Joe want to sell you tofus!
You’ve seen them at farmers’ markets around the Bay Area, hocking their delicious soys. You’ve hidden incriminating toothpicks in your pocket and covered your face with a scarf so that you could go grab another sample of their spicy yuba strips. You’ve considered selling out to the man so you could afford to eat this magical stuff every day. And now, ladies and gentlemen, you will drag your asses to the Ferry Building, past the “Praise the Lard” t-shirts and the innumerable fancy cheese shops, in order to patronize the brand-spanking-new Hodo Soy Beanery kiosk that is open as of Tuesday.
The soy has arrived, and it is good.
Hodo, which is based in
Emeryville West Oakland, sells its soy milk, tofu, yuba (a.k.a. tofu skins, a.k.a. chewy manna from heaven), and some prepared foods at area markets. But they’re kicking it up a notch with their kiosk, offering new grab-and-go foods that you can only get there. Foods like forbidden rice pudding ($4), Scharffen Berger chocolate mousse ($4), yuba Kung Pao salad ($7), the sky is falling sandwiches (vegan egg salad on Vital Vittles bread, $7), and soy custard fruit parfaits ($4).
Hodo gave me free cups of the rice pudding and chocolate mousse to try, and I can report that they are both worth eating. The pudding uses black rice and lots of cardamom, and includes coconut and golden raisins suspended in the impressively creamy tofu base. Except for the sugar blast, it’s almost healthy, but so clearly dessert. Win.
The mousse was less intensely chocolately than I had hoped, but again won big on texture. I do love me some creamy tofu.
The kiosk also has exclusive drinks, including chocolate soy milk ($3), Thai iced tea ($3), and a kale avocado smoothie ($4). They gave me a free bottle of that last crazy-sound one, because it’s Joe the tofu-seller’s favorite. I found its serious undertones of cucumber and very mild sweetness both refreshing and filling. But it involves chewing chunks of kale and thus is neither suitable for beginners nor for people on a first date. Luckily I’m a pro with no one to impress so I downed the whole bottle in one sitting.
Nearly everything the stand offers is vegan (some of the granola they sell contains honey), and most of it is gluten-free as well (not the sandwich bread). They’re open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They take cash or credit cards with their cute little iPad register. And for the moment at least, Hodo will still be doing the farmer’s market thing outside on Saturdays, in addition to the permakiosk indoors.
Main bummer: Because of Ferry Building and health code rules, they’re not able to offer samples at the moment. Let us hope they overcome these limitations.
Coming soon: recipes cards for some of the new products so you can learn to make them at home. As the proverb says, “Give a man some tofu, he eats for a day. Teach a man to tofu, and he can throw stellar dinner parties and invite you.” Or something like that. Carry on.
Meet Isa Chandra Moskowitz and eat free food! »
Do any two things go together better? Well, maybe pudding and sex? Until it really doesn’t. Anyway! Ms. Moskowitz, who can make a meal if you left her on a desert island with nothing but a nail clipper and some Pokemon trading cards (that should be a reality show), will be in San Francisco this Saturday, Feb. 12. At 11:45 a.m. at the Ferry Building, she’ll be cooking up dishes from her latest cookbook, Appetite for Reduction. I own this cookbook and every recipe I’ve made has been stellar so this is sure to be a treat. Plus, you know you love Isa and want to meet her face-to-face in a non-creepy way. No more calling and hanging up, it’s unbecoming.
RSVP on Facebook, you big weirdo stalker/soon-to-be Isa bff.
Attention salsa-loving vegans: SF Food Wars wants you! »
The next round of SF Food Wars is going to be bigger and better than ever, you guys—the Great Salsa Champion-chip [sic] will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Ferry Plaza, and competitors get a $15 stipend to buy ingredients at the Ferry Building Farmers Market! Tickets for eaters cost $16 and go on sale this Monday, Aug. 16, a whole 300 of them this time (bigger space!).
To apply as a competitor, email SF Food Wars with the following information: name, phone number, and email address of entrant, and name and description of dish. And do it RIGHT NOW ASAP, places go fast. Be bold! Be daring! Make some damn salsa and win it for the legless kitty! Or personal pride, whatever motivates you.
The non-cooking rest of you can buy tickets at the SF Food Wars site beginning Monday at noon.
It’s NATIONAL DONUT DAY, PEOPLE! And we came to party. And by party, I mean eat. And by eat, I mean binge. And by binge, I mean this might be the last you hear from me.
In celebration of National Donut Day, might I suggest indulging in a delightful Pepples Donut available in the Ferry Building and many SF Bay Area locations? Or how about one of the vegan donuts at Whole Foods? I know, they’re not organic and blibbity blah but at 99 cents, they’re an m-effin good-ass deal and they’re delicious. You can even buy a box of the Nutrilious donuts at Whole Foods or Rainbow and get up to get down.
Or you could just read every Vegansaurus review where we mention donuts. There are a lot. Oh and those beauties up there? They’re from Ronald’s Donuts in Vegas, of course. There was a time in my life where I had to travel to Vegas once a month for work and during that time, I ate a lot of donuts. Other people are snorting blow off strippers’ tits and I’m eating donuts in a strip mall because that’s how I roll. Literally. I ate a lot of donuts.
Pepples Donuts are now open in the Ferry Building! They’re inside and all the way down at the end (um, the end that’s closest to the bay bridge). They have a small selection of cake and raised donuts and WOO! VEGAN DONUTS IN THE FERRY BUILDING WHAT WHAT!
I don’t know about you all but I’m about to set up shop until a donut asks me to date him and then we’ll get married and have half-human/half-donut babies and I’ll eat my young because that always made sense to me. DONUT BABIES WHAT WHAT!