Rocky’s Frybread at El Rio, part deux! »
I went to El Rio on Monday to partake in some crazy shenanigans, including a friend’s rock show and $1 PBRs. On a Monday! Nuts, I know. Rocky Yazzie was also at El Rio, though for different reasons entirely. He sets up shop in the backyard of El Rio on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to make and serve his amazing frybread! Laura posted about this last year, so I felt we could all use a refresher, because you need to eat it NOW.
You can get your frybread sweet or savory. The sweet frybread comes with honey and powdered sugar, but I’ve read he has agave nectar for vegans. I didn’t even think to ask that night because I was in the mood for savory! My burrito plans were out the window.
It’s Rocky! And my flash. Sorry.
You know you want this! Navajo-style taco (sans cheese) with vegan bean stew, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions atop his fluffy frybread. Frybread that he makes to order. And the stew? So flavorful and just the right amount of spicy. Get it! $5 a taco, and believe me, they are big enough to share.
Rocky sets up at 8 p.m. and serves until he runs out. See you at El Rio!
Oyster mushroom and corn chowdah TONIGHT at 20th & Valencia! »
SF Relais soup stand is BACK for another go! Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 9, they’ll be at 20th and Valencia Streets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and ready to take your hard-earned monies (under $5! deal!) for a giant bowl of the good stuff. Delicious. If you want to keep abreast of their happenings in the future, follow them on twitter and get prepared for tasty vegan soup and stew in the Mission on the regular! Man, I love being vegan in the SF Bay Area. Life is good. Except for when it’s shitty. LIFE!
Here is something amazing to do tonight. Go to El Rio, have a delicious alcoholic beverage for cheap and then eat some MOTHERFLIPPING FRY BREAD. Perfect Monday night!!
Rocky Yazzie of Rocky’s Frybread will be serving the most magical-looking fry bread that’s dusted with powdered sugar and honey (you can get without honey or bring your own bottle of agave nectar DO IT); so amazing. El Rio is pretty much the greatest place on earth and when matched with FRY BREAD??? Can I get a fuck yeah? Rocky will be in front of El Rio at 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez Street from 9 p.m. on. Open up your mouth and feed it!
[Image from Tigers and Strawberries]
Gimme gimme gimme Onigilly’s onigiri! »
Oh my goodness gracious you guys, am I dreaming? Possibly, possibly I am dreaming. Just look at this photo from SFoodie and tell me it doesn’t look like a meal heaven would serve (if there were a heaven, etc. etc.)
[photo by John Birdsall for SFoodie]
Do you know onigiri? It is only the most delicious and perfect savory snack in the entire world, is what it is. I learned of it lo these many years ago, on a trip to Japan to visit a beloved friend of mine. On a courtesy break during a bus ride from Matsumoto to Tokyo, she bought snacks, and when she got back on the bus she handed me a sort of three-dimensional triangle of rice, the middle wrapped in nori, covered in plastic. I unwrapped it, bit into it, and Oh, oh! It was amazing. But when I got to the middle, that’s when I fell in love with onigiri forever: hiding in the center of that perfectly shaped triangle was an umeboshi. A whole one, its little pit intact. The flavor! The tangy rice, the roasted nori, the sharp salty umeboshi—and the textures! And the size of the onigiri, just right to hold in your hand, the rice shaped and packed and wrapped to prevent spilling! I swear, with enough fillings—no, let’s be honest—with enough umeboshi I could live on onigiri forever.
The glad tidings SFoodie brings us today, of a new food cart in Justin Herman Plaza called Onigilly, about blew my mind. And that two of the three onigiri fillings are vegan? O glorious day! Even better: Onigilly specifies which of their daily dishes are vegan! Seriously, I am dead. Dead of anticipatory happiness.
A vegan in Paris, part one! »
I am excited to announce that my broke college ass ended up in Paris for a whopping two weeks before my semester in the even less-vegan-friendly Prague [Ed.: For more advice on visiting vegan Prague, check out Melisser’s chronicles.] And to every asshole in my life that told me I would have to give up veganism to enjoy Paris: t’es un putain de merde. It’s helpful that I have a two-burner stove kitchenette with the appropriate accoutrements, but I’ve found it easy as hell to eat in lovely vegan(-friendly) restaurants. Oh, and the baguettes are vegan, and probably the most important food group ever. Here are a few suggestions:
41 rue des Bourdonnais
Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.
Saveurs Végét’Halles (get it?) is an adorable little mostly-vegan restaurant in the heart of Paris. The cuisine is described on HappyCow as having an “Oriental feel”, and I agree with that sentiment. For about 18,90€ you can get the dîner formule: an entrée (starter), a plat principal, and a dessert. There’s a cheaper with one fewer dish, but you’re in Paris! Go big or go home. I opted for the salade mixte aux coeurs de palmiers (salad with hearts of palm), assiette légumes vapeur minute (steamed veggies with a tofu chive sauce and some mashed peas), and crumble aux pommes (apple crumble YUM). Here’s the photos (the lighting inside was mood lighting, not so great for food lighting).
The salad was a salad; there isn’t wasn’t any special dressing beyond vinegar and oil, but it was well balanced and full of fresh and yummy veggies. The main course was exactly what I was in the mood for: really filling and satisfying food that feels healthy. Unfortunately, some of the veggies weren’t steamed properly, especially the carrots. The tofu-chive sauce was delicious, and tasted great with everything on the plate.
The crumble aux pommes was the star of the meal. I’m definitely one of those bitches who will melt for any apples prepared with cinnamon (gimme that shit over chocolate for V-day any day), and I have to say, as an apple-crisp lover, I’ve never had it accompanied with a raspberry coulis! INGENIOUS. They took two amazing fruits and put them on the same plate. LOVED IT GIMME MORE.
Le Potager du Marais
22 rue Rambuteau
Open daily noon to midnight; last seating/reservation at 10:30 p.m.
Le Potager du Marais, which specializes in French cuisine, is definitely one of those fancy-shmancy places you do not go for a casual lunch (like I did). It’s super-tiny with limited seating, so they recommend making reservations (as I went lunchtime, I didn’t bother). My lunch, a plat and dessert, cost 24€. For lunch. For just me. It’s pricey as fuck, but again, GO BIG OR GO HOME. Here’s the rundown on this place: beautiful atmosphere, nice music choices and volume, and a really friendly, eager-to-please waitstaff. You get what you pay for I guess.
I ordered a cassoulet de la mer gratinée aux noisettes (16€), which on the menu was described as a type of casserole with smoked tofu, mashed peas, bits of seaweed, and topped with crushed hazelnuts (to balance out the mushy texture). Flavor-wise, I felt the casserole was a little on the bland side. However, it was so rich and the texture was spot-on, I finished every last morsel. It was also served with an impressive side-salad, with a wide assortment of lettuces and sprouts and perfectly julienned carrots.
For dessert, I got a Tarte Tatin et Chantilly à la crème d’amandes (8€). Arguably the most beautiful looking dessert offered, it fell far short of being yummy. I was expecting a really sweet and rich end to my meal, and instead got a slightly bitter fruit topping with a difficult-to-cut-with-a-fork pastry bottom. I so wish I had gone with the chocolate mousse.
Le Quartier Juif in Marais
Rue des Rosiers between rue Vielle du Temple and rue Payenne
If you are craving some authentic Middle Eastern food and don’t want to pay more than 5€, this stretch of Jewish highway is your place. I got by ordering my falafel in Frebrew, this new pidgin language I started (but not really). I ordered just a plan old pita and falafel, and was assured in two different languages that there was indeed no dairy or eggs in any of the products I was eating. It was soooo yummy, street food at its finest (and a great alternative to Maoz).
So that’s all for now folks!! More Parisian food porn to come, I promise!
[all photos by Brianna!]
Invest in a vegan future, for real this time »
Hey vegans with dollars! Remember when Mission Street Food refused our investment money (or more accurately, refused our money in that “we’ll take your money but not give you any say in the business even though that’s how investment works in the real world”)? Well now’s your chance to put it to use, albeit on a smaller scale. Dolores Park vegan food truck Sunny Vibrations is looking for an investment of $5,000 to hire a new employee and prepare for the warm weather onslaught of hungry Speedo sunbathers/outdoor medical marijuana users. Same deal as before: either buy a $500 share in exchange for future profits, or put up the whole $5,000 for extra bragging rights. Sunny Vibrations has also started serving up Dragon Lines Tempeh, so they’re not just committed to vegan food; they’re also keeping it local whenever they can.
Speaking of awesome food trucks and how we need way more of them, San Francisco City Supervisor Bevan Dufty is calling for a hearing on the rules and permitting process for street food vendors. It will be open to the public on Monday, Mar. 8 so make sure to come down and tell your side of it. Otherwise, NIMBYs will flood the meeting and complain about how we need to shut down small businesses serving vegan food because there were too many people standing on the sidewalk last Sunday, or whatever. One of biggest problems for small business owners is the expense and the complexity of the permitting process. It’s the same problem that’s been plaguing Curry Up Now’s new San Francisco truck, which promises a new vegan menu when it opens but is now over two months behind schedule. So show up to the hearing and get civic, already! If I don’t get a samosa in me, there’s going to be hell to pay.
The Economics of Streetfood, presented by SPUR »
The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) hosts a discussion on “The Economics of Streetfood” tonight, as part of its Young Urbanists program. It will feature speakers from the SF Department of Health, La Cocina, and Let’s Be Frank (a.k.a., Let’s Shut the Fuck Up About Grass-Fed Beef), and “delve into the motivations behind the streetfood industry.”
Be at the SPUR office at 645 Mission St. by 6 p.m. The cost is $20 for non-members (of SPUR, duh), and free for members. It sounds pretty great, maybe you should go! They promise “drinks and light food” as well, and if nothing else you can demand vegan options from the LBF dude, because come on.
New Vegan Food Truck on Dolores Park: Sunny Vibrations »
Oh snap, a new food truck called Sunny Vibrations just had their grand opening today on Dolores Park, parked at 20th between Dolores and Church. And it’s GOOD and vegan, and the prices are reasonable. If you’re like me and live or work nearby, or if you’re a sunny day Dolores beach tourist, then this is the elusive five dollar lunch you’ve been searching for. They’re serving Tofurkey sausages, homemade chili, smoothies, juices, Uncle Eddies cookies, various salads, lentil soup, and oh god, the fried plantains with garlic, I want to give you so many Christian side hugs and maybe sneak in a few sinful front hugs when no one’s looking.
And they seem to be doing it right. The owner, Craig Gold, is vegan himself, and he says he’s just cooking the food he likes to eat. The truck is powered with rooftop solar panels, he buys organic produce whenever it’s affordable, and instead of wrapping up all the food in disposable materials, you can leave a small deposit and he’ll lend you a spoon and a bowl or a plate (which I hope he can keep up because the park trash bins are already overflowing). Oh and did I mention the fried plantains with garlic? fuuuccccccck.
Anyway go soon and become a favored regular now, because it’s only a matter of time until it’s you vs the twenty deep line.
Food Cart Review: Liba Falafel Truck »
In San Francisco, street food seems to be all up in the hizzy! Even for vegans! It’s gonna be the next Austin, Texas (where vegan Philly cheesesteaks and chocolate-dipped bananarchists come from carts) or some shit, but cold all the time.
Sadly, the East Bay seems to be lacking in novel food carts. Our street food is almost exclusively taco trucks, and I so much wish lard was vegan.
So Thank Dog for Liba Falafel Truck! These fantastic people park twice a week right in front of the Pixar studio (who keeps pumping out fucking adorable movies like animal-friendly Up and monster-friendly Monsters, Inc) in Emeryville.
The well dressed woman who took my money told me everything but feta cheese and some yogurt sauce were vegan. She said she wanted to make it easy for us! how nice! They’ve got tons of options, but I kept it simple. Your falafel sandwich comes with the essentials, chimichurri herb paste, a GODDAMN pickle, hot sauce or no hot sauce, and three of six crazy add-ons. I chose roasted eggplant, red cabbage with black sesame seeds, and hummus. There are also some over-the-top complimentary condiments, but LET ME GET TO THE POINT!:
It was delicious. One of my top 2 falafels ever! Would eat again!
Check it out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays at 64th & Hollis Streets in Emeryville, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Park Avenue and Hollis Street in E’ville, and Wednesdays and Fridays at 155 De Haro St. at Alameda Street in San Francisco.