|It sort of blended into the background as I was driving though an unfamiliar area.|
|The menu isn't very extensive. I was torn between my all time favorite of Philly Cheese Steak and something I hadn't had before.|
|The grill is right by the window which I thought was mega cool.|
|Always looking to pick up a pointer or two by watching a chef. Now all I need is a flattop in my kitchen.|
|Darkness descended way too quickly and half the lights weren't working so the food started to meld into the darkness of night.|
|Philly Seitan Sandwich|
Now the Jackfruit. Ah Jackfruit. I've never had jackfruit before so when I heard it was a close imitation of pulled pork I was all in. Once again, the bread was perhaps really fresh earlier in the day and this was closing time, but I thought it was a little drier than I'd have liked. As for the main ingredient, I wasn't impressed. The jackfruit was canned and perhaps it needed a bit more washing but it had that "canny" or briny taste that canned water chestnuts or canned bamboo pick up. The BBQ sauce had a piquant tone to it and with the pickles shifted away a bit from the classic pulled pork taste but was good. It didn't cover up the tinny-ness of the fruit though. Texturally it was interesting. There was plenty of stringy-ness but also had small pieces of a more fruit texture.
I went out and bought 4 cans and jars of jackfruit just to see what it's like in it's initial form. Stay tuned.
|The sandwiches both had a very nice presentation.|
What we ordered that I don't unfortunately have a picture of was the raw Chocolate Mint Cheesecake. This rocked. If Molly wasn't there, and if I was the one who ordered it, I would have scarfed the whole thing down, uncontrollably. The mint was a soft undertone for the chocolate and the consistency was exactly like cheesecake except it had little cocoa nibs which made it more like a chunky cheesecake. I'm not sure about the nibishy thing but all in all this one is a keeper.
|Monkey Wrench Books.|
Right next door to Counter Culture is the Monkey Wrench Bookstore. I am reading "Green is the New Red" and Molly said the bookstore was mentioned as a place where activism and organizing had taken place in the past. I would have liked to have gone in but it was, of course, closed early that night.
|Austin has these little food truck "courts." I don't know if they're permanent or trucks come and go but Conscious Cravings was in the back of this little enclave.|
|More the size of a food truck than Counter Culture but less to see of the production side of things.|
Just to get going I ordered the Mango smoothie. Not much to say about a smoothie except it had a nice balance of fruit and sweet, nothing overpowering.
Mango Sorbet, fruit juice, banana, and mango. for $3.50
Rosemary Baked Fries $2.00
|These bags reminded me of how Chinese Spare Ribs use to come. What's in these is much much better.|
|It's sort of unimpressive just sitting there in it's little box. Wait.|
The first wrap was the Spicy Chickpea Wrap. (All of these had the whole wheat tortilla and all of the wraps were $5.00. How can you go wrong? You can also substitute the wrap for a bed of quinoa). This was a nice fusion of Indian food in a wrap. It was spicy but the heat level was a comfortable warm, nothing killer, and blended so well with all the ingredients. A bit messy to eat, stop whining, just grab a knife and fork or a few napkins.
Spicy Chickpea Wrap Tender chickpeas simmered in Indian spices, snuggled on a bed of
lettuce, onion and tomatoes and wrapped with a scrumptious green sauce.
The second wrap was highly recommended (and I highly recommend it as well!), and although didn't have near the spice as the first wrap had a nice flavor. The description said refreshing and I concur. Without better words to describe the sauce, it was green, clean and crisp and ... refreshing.
Chimichurri Seitan Grilled wheat protein in a refreshing green chimichurri sauce mixed with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Choice of dairy or vegan Daiya cheese.
BBQ Seitan Homemade wheat protein nuggets grilled and smothered in an agave-ginger barbecue sauce. Served with lettuce and sliced red onion.
I got a side order of the quinoa rice pilaf, (no picture), and in all probability we should have gotten at least one of the meals on this instead of the wrap. It was light, fluffy, and although didn't pack a powerhouse of taste, it's the canvas to the rest of the dish.
Now although Happy Cow said it was closed, I just wanted to see where the Vegan Yacht was. We drove by and lo and behold, it was open. I mentioned that their website said they weren't open until 3PM and boy did I get some rearing back on some haunches. "It's not OUR website!!" was the sort of reply I got. Now guys, (and girl), I'm just saying here. "We told Happy Cow a million times that that was wrong!!" I get it but why are you making me feel like you're giving me the cold shoulder here? I want to give you my money. Pretend to be nice, ok? Then again it started to rain almost as soon as we got there so maybe the whole world was in a pissy mood.
Still I was glad to have made it here. Like one of those places I have on an unconscious mecca list. Even though I didn't get the warm fuzzies from the staff? owners? whatever?
I did want to sample their food and figured it would be a decent meal after a few hours at 37,000 feet.
(I even struck up a conversation with about 6 patrons of the other food vendors in this circle of food carts in this unique small trailer park and opened up my sandwiches to sell them on the "vegan food looks great" concept. I hope they were greeted with a tad more of a welcome than I was should they venture into the vegan waters the yacht sails on).
|Extensive menu with a big "X" though some tasty sounding items.|
|LOOK HERE HAPPY COW!!!|
Both of these sandwiches were outstanding. The ciabatta was soft on the inside and toothy on the crust. The lettuce, although it looks like it dominates the sandwich, added just the right amount of green crunch. The field roast has a delicious savory flavor and with the veganaise adding a creamy touch of fat, the olives in the bread a touch of salt, the tomato a touch of cool, and the cranberry a touch of sweet it was a perfect storm of flavor (notice the nautical weather reference here), and texture.
the leftovers-organic olive ciabatta… one side vegenaise! one side cranberry! grilled slices of field roast! organic lettuce and tomato! everyday is a holiday once again and we are all going to be ok.
mock chick’n sammie-our mouth watering mock chick’n salad (tvp) with organic green leaf lettuce and organic tomato slices atop with a vegenaise coated organic olive ciabatta bread holding it all together.