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!


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.


Hunting produce with flash, eating street food with a ‘stache, making Cuban yucca mash: awful rhymes AND MORE in this Friday’s link-o-rama!  »

TONIGHT, Friday Aug. 7 at 7:30, the Street Cart people are having another get-together, this one mustache-themed. I don’t know, to me a lone mustache is either a sign of being a dad (good), or having a lot invested in your ability to grow facial hair (bad/creepy). You can check I Love Street Food’s twitter for the location. Also, 7x7 magazine wrote a little guide matching bars with the nearest available food carts, maybe you want to check it out?

Epicurious created an “interactive [read: all-flash] map" that allows you to look up the current fresh produce "in your area [read: state], plus find ingredient descriptions, shopping guides, recipes, and tips." Of course, when I clicked on one of California’s August-ripe items, figs, none of the recipes was vegan and maybe three were even vegetarian, so perhaps that section isn’t as useful. The guide to determining a fig’s ripeness and quality was helpful, though.

Get ready to get crazy because there is something happening in Petaluma. Yes! On Sunday, Aug. 16th at 7 p.m., the Aqus Cafe will show the 2008 documentary Processed People as part of the Petaluma Film Series. The film runs 40 minutes, and concerns the extreme costs attributed to consuming “fast food, fast medicine, [and] fast news.” The Farm Animal Protection Project will sponsor this screening.

Laura had the good pleasure of meeting and eating the cupcakes of (NOT LIKE THAT PERV) the delightful Tessa Strauss of That’s One Tough Cookie at the delightful¬†VegNews office. Please check out her blog and marvel in the beauty of her creations and let her know that you would jump at the chance to buy some for weddings and funerals and stuff. They taste AS GOOD if not BETTER than they look.¬†Also, CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES WHAT BRING IT. Anyway, awesome. I’m not sure if I’m even able to communicate in English anymore.

The adorable Megan of The (adorable) Sisters Vegan is testing out recipes for Terry Hope Romero’s new cookbook Vegan Latina (Amazon calls the title Latin Vegan, not sure what’s up with that), and her tester photos are driving us FUCKING CRAZY with anticipation.

Are you going to SF Chefs. Food. Wine.? Don’t forget your Vegansaurus event guide! Here’s an interview with Jamie Lauren about making a hot dog. Huh.

Surprise, surprise: Epicurious previewed a new cooking game for the Wii, and the participants got to make steak! And hamburgers! There’s nothing in the article that explains what would happen if you fed the game’s judges undercooked meat—but as it’s sponsored by the Food Network, the answer is probably not “cause them to die of e. coli poisoning.”

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