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Vegan News Bites

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Vegan Week in Review” is now called “Vegan News Bites”!!! Same news, new and improved name. Enjoy the latest Red Hot Vegans News Bites!

Beyond Meat in the Jalisco Taco at The Vegan Nom- Have you heard about the magical new vegan chicken from Beyond Meat? Supposedly it’s such a good mimic, it even tricked Mark Bittman at the NY Times. Well, now you too can try it! Grab a jalisco taco at The Vegan Nom, and try your tastebuds at the latest vegan wondermeat. The Vegan Nom is the only place in town that has it for now, but something tells me it’s going to be everywhere very soon. [Edit: The Vegan Nom doesn’t have a regular supplier for Beyond Meat: sometimes they have it, sometimes they don’t.]

Capital City Bakery Trailer -  Did you catch the episode of Unique Sweets featuring Austin’s very own Capital City Bakery on the Cooking Channel? If not, catch one of the rerun episodes listed here. The episode featured an insanely delicious looking massive peanut butter cup. They are always available by special order, so order your very own to experience the magic.

- From the makers of La Condesa comes a new “modern Australian-style Thai” (?!?) restaurant on S. 1st called Sway. According to Crystal over at Vegan Explosion, Sway has a really vegan friendly menu, and a knowledgeable staff to boot. Considering how much I love La Condesa (and their secret vegan platter), I’m super excited to try Sway!

Vegan Nachos at Austin Java Tarrytown- Austin Java is trying out a new concept in Tarrytown with an all vegetarian restaurant. They had a few bumps along the road upon opening, but I’m hoping that we see great things from them going forward. If you have a chance to try them out, let me know what you think.

- Is it just me, or is there a new juice shop location opening up everyday? I can’t keep up. The latest addition is a new Juiceland location tucked away at Spider House off of Guadalupe near 29th. It’s the perfect location for all you UT students to grab a snack and hit the books.

Guac N Roll Menu- Guac and roll is the latest veg addition to Austin’s growing food truck scene. But this truck is a little different, because it actually moves! Not tied down to one location, you may be seeing this truck all over town. So far it looks like you can find them on the weekends at Dane’s Body shop and Frontier Bar, but stay tuned to twitter to see where they land next. The menu is mostly variations on a theme, with a selection of guacamoles that you won’t find anywhere else – like a Moroccan guac with hummus and raisins. If you’re into avocados (and who isn’t?), then this is a fun place to try.

- Tamale House East just added the fabulous Food for Lovers vegan queso to their menu! Grab a plate of purple corn vegan tamales to go with your queso, and you’ll have yourself a delicious meal!

- There’s a new mostly-raw restaurant up in Round Rock called Premier Raw. I’ve yet to check out a raw restaurant that isn’t vegan friendly, but this place’s menu baffles me. I don’t quite understand what a raw restaurant is doing up in Round Rock, nor what a “raw” restaurant is doing with real (aka – not veg) fish and chicken on their menu… but it certainly looks different. If nothing else, I want to check out the decor… “These natural building materials act to create a wonderful, high quality quantum resonance within the space – truly a mini-retreat as you dine!” That’s quite the statement to live up to. If I find anything vegan here, I’ll report back.

ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie's- Love Arlo’s, but hate waiting to get food till 8pm? Great news, Arlo’s is now open at 6pm! Which for us fuddy-duddies, is a much more reasonable dinner hour. Enjoy your burgers, and get to bed early too! Grab one tonight during ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie’s!

For the Love of Food Trailers

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[ Editor’s note: Food trailers open up, close down, or move locations fairly regularly. This post has been moved to the guides section, which we periodically update as things change, so go to the Red Hot Vegans Guide to Austin Vegetarian and Vegan Food Trailers for the most up-to-date listing. ]

Having spent the majority of my life in Pennsylvania, the concept of food trailers was foreign to me until I moved to Austin 2 years ago. Since then, I have grown to love food trailers for two reasons: 1) they offer aspiring business owners a goal more easily obtained than opening up a brick and mortar and 2) the low overhead cost of trailers keeps food prices affordable for patrons.

Although there has been an explosion of food trailers nationally in recent years, this type of business structure has a few unique requirements to ensure success. Agreeable weather, high population density, and a culture in favor of local business are needed to bring patrons to trailer windows. And Austin has all three to offer.

According to an article on KXAN, the City of Austin has over 1,600 mobile food establishments, but the exact number of trailers is unknown. AustinFoodCarts.com and FoodTrailersAustin.com profile several hundred trailers and their whereabouts in Austin.

Living in such a vegan-friendly town, many food trailers offer vegan and vegetarian fare, even if there’s only one option. While the gesture is much appreciated, today’s post is dedicated to those food trailers that are purely vegan or vegetarian.

Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Food Trailers in Austin

North Austin

  • Portabello Burger and Veganized Mac and Cheeze from Good to GoGood to Go: This veggie burger joint is the newest all-vegetarian trailer in town. Located in the North Anderson Trailer Yard (NATY), Good to Go offers 5 types of burger patties with lots of different topping options including veganaise, Daiya cheese, hummus and soyrizo chili. Try a veganized mac and cheeze or a frito pie on the side.
  • Vegan Jalisco from The Vegan NomThe Vegan Nom: Austin’s first all-vegan taco trailer. Having opened only 6 months ago, the Vegan Nom has already carved quite a name for itself in the Austin vegan scene. I once heard someone proclaim, “What angel blessed us with the Vegan Nom?” I’m in total agreement. With homemade salsas and killer ingredient combinations, the Vegan Nom is not to be missed. I recommend starting with the Rockin Vegan Migas Taco.

HydePark/ University

  • Cinnamon Rolls from Capital City BakeryCapital City Bakery: This all-vegan bakery is one of the best/worst things that has ever happened to vegans in Austin. Go and try one of everything: cupcakes, mini pies, cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies, cookies, cookie sandwiches, brownies, cake slices, and mini bundt cakes!
  • Moses Falafel Trailer in the Longhorn Food CourtMoses Falafel: My fiance, who grew up in the middle east, has declared Moses Falafel to have the best falafel in town. And I agree. If you want to eat a falafel pita like a real Israeli, don’t order a side of fries. Rather, ask for your fries in your pita.

East Austin

  • Bac'n Cheezeburger from Arlo'sArlo’s: The bac’n cheeze burger at Arlo’s is hailed as one of the best veggie burgers not only in town, but possibly ever. Yes, it’s that good. Once you’ve sampled this delicious treat, try out one of the 7 other menu options Arlo’s has to offer–they are good, too!
  • Veganized Reuben from SchmaltzSchmaltz: Jewish deli style food options? Yes, please! Take a recommendation from Yelp and order the Seitan Pastrami Reuben. Just hold the swiss to make it vegan.
  • Breakfast Sandwich from The Vegan YachtVegan Yacht: One of the oldest vegan trailers in Austin, the Vegan Yacht serves up sandwiches, wraps and “freeto” pie in East Austin. As for what to try, just follow the website’s instructions: “Close your eyes, point, then order. It will be tasty.”

South Austin

  • The Gob from BananarchyBananarchy: I recently watched all three seasons of Arrested Development (thanks to Carrie) and therefore am in love with all of the fun TV show references on Banarachy’s menu. Try the Gob dipped in vegan chocolate. Don’t forget, there’s money in the banana stand.  
  • Vegan Fruitcup Trio from Mister FruitCupMister FruitCup: Looking for a healthy dessert? Head over to Mister FruitCup. Their varieties of fruit salads include herbs, chilies, nuts, vegan whipped cream and waffle crumbles. Check out Marie’s recent post on Mister FruitCup for more info.
  • Vegan Dosa from Nomad DosaNomad Dosa: This Airstream offers amazing, freshly made dosas (kind of like a crepe) filled with delicious Indian curries. Definitely try the mango lassi–it’s vegan!

Multiple Locations

  • Chimichurri Seitan Wrap and Hibiscus Tea from Conscious Cravings Conscious Cravings (University and South Austin): Hot wraps, cold salads, freshly made juices, and rosemary baked fries. Everything on the Conscious Cravings menu can be made vegan. My personal favorite: the pan-seared tofu.

 

So, what’s your favorite all-vegan or vegetarian food trailer?

Vegan Week in Review

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- Gathering of the Tribes was a great success. The raffle was epic, with over $500 worth of prizes. Dan won an adorable “Kale is my Power-Plant” t-shirt made by local vegan t-shirt designer Jeff Zick. Jealous? You should be – but don’t worry, you can purchase your own through Rabbit Food Grocery!

- Mr. Natural‘s first vegan-friendly Sunday brunch starts today! Brunch will be served from 10am-3pm, only at their South Lamar location.

- As a California transplant, I’m pretty familiar with all things Trader Joe’s, so I was really stoked to learn that they plan on opening up an Austin location by 2013! Most Trader Joe’s locations have a decent selection of vegan yogurts, non-dairy milks, mock-meats, and yummy frozen items – all at incredibly affordable prices. It seems like they get more vegan friendly each year, so who knows what they’ll carry by 2013? I look forward to finding out.

- When the story about cochineal extract in Starbucks frappuccinos first broke about a month ago, I assumed it would be contained to a couple of vegan bloggers getting the word out to warn people – but it turns out no one wants crushed up bugs in their food. What a surprise. Starbucks has announced that it will phase out the bug-laced beverages, and replace them with ones colored by lycopene (a tomato extract) within a couple of months.

- Sweet relief – Arlo’s is open again! They’re finally settled into their new location at Cheer Up Charlie’s, just in time for the next ATX Vegan Drinks, planned for Friday, May 4th. It’s going to be awesome, with a pop-up shop from Rabbit Food Grocery and baked goods from Capital City Bakery. You can also grab food from Arlo’s, Me So HungryFire & SoulVia 313 PizzaCOOLHAUS and more. Make sure to RSVP!

Vegan Week in Review: Ch-ch-Changes!

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Ch-ch-Changes are a-happenin’ in the Austin vegan scene. This week has been full of announcements:

Plaid CakeCapital City Bakery, an all-vegan bakery, has announced that they will be opening a trailer in the Longhorn Food Court (MLK & Rio Grande) next to Conscious Cravings, starting May 1st. Capital City Bakery goods will also be sold at Counter Culture, which should have a grand opening announcement of their own any day now. I’ve had a chance to try Capital City Bakery desserts on many occasions (including my husband’s Scottish themed, holiday nog flavored B-Day cake), and I can tell you that this this trailer is going to be the bestest, most awesomest thing to happen to Austin in a long time!

- New vegan food trailer, Vegan Nom, is opening soon on North Loop in Counter Culture’s old location. They’re set to have their launch party on Sunday, April 29th – the same day the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale is being held at MonkeyWrench Books, just a couple of stores down. Come on out and check out this new trailer, and grab some baked goods to raise money for Sunny Day Farms!

- Straight from the Community Impact Newspapers site, we’ve got new Tarka and Steeping Room locations to look forward to. The new Tarka is scheduled to open in May at 2525 W. Anderson Lane. The new Steeping Room will be located at 4400 N. Lamar Blvd, but there is no mention of a timeframe – let’s hope it’s soon, because The Steeping Room deserves so much more than the mall location it currently resides in.

- My favorite vegan bac’n cheezburger has found a new home at Cheer Up Charlies! Arlo’s signed a lease this week, and should be completing their move very soon. Vegan bar + vegan food cart = match made in heaven!

Vegan Yacht has found a new home in the Soular Food Garden lot, on 12th and Waller, starting Tuesday, April 10th. They also promise a new menu to go with the new location, and service all day long – including vegan breakfast! I can’t wait to try their new stuff.

Vegan Pizza- More East Austin news: Did anyone know you could get vegan pizza at Via 313 Pizza on 6th and Waller? I sure didn’t. It’s Detroit style pizza (whatever that means), and they use Follow Your Heart, which already makes it stand out from the sea of Daiya pizzas here in Austin. There’s also new vegan options across the street at Fire & Soul – including the fried avocado and battered and fried vegan hot dog (fried in a dedicated veg fryer). You can also find Handshakes – the place with the amazing vegan shake options – in this same lot. They just moved here from the Cheer Up Charlie’s next door, and I’ve got it on good authority that they are planning a new larger, more vegan friendly menu. Oh, East 6th trailer food, how I do love thee!

Vegan Week in Review

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Hope everyone has recovered from last night’s amazing ATX Vegan Drinks Kick-Off party for Texas VegFest! The main event is today, so you better drive, bike, walk, crawl, do whatever you have to do to get your ass to Fiesta Gardens! Bring some money and an appetite, because the food vendor line-up looks insane!

Dr. Cow Cheese- Make sure to stop by the Rabbit Food Grocery booth. They just got in an order of Dr. Cow vegan cheese! I’m so excited, I’ve already placed my order, and my cheese is securely in my fridge. You can tell that a city has made it in the vegan world when you can get Sheese and Dr. Cow locally. Austin has arrived.

CoolhausCoolhaus has finally announced that they have vegan cookies to make vegan ice cream sandwiches here in Austin! Vegan spiced carrot cake cookies, no less. They have rotating flavors of Strawberry Mojito, Spicy Pineapple Cilantro, and Blood Orange sorbet to complete your sandwich. This is nothing new for their LA, Miami and NYC locations – but it was breaking news for Austin last night on twitter. I can’t wait to try my first vegan Coolhaus ice cream sandwich!

- Our beloved food truck Arlo’s has posted on Facebook that they are looking for a new location, because they no longer have access to electricity at their current location. Please let them find a new location soon, as I think I am going into vegan bacon cheeseburger withdrawal!

Vegan is Love- For those of you with children, or for those who are still children at heart, there’s a new vegan children’s book out called Vegan is Love that will be released on April 24th. You can pre-order it on Amazon today.

- My Easter plans are complete – my Egg Nots have arrived in the mail! I’m so excited to get my hands on these ceramic eggs and use all sorts of kitchen experiments to come up with natural dyes. Ecorazzi has a great blog post up, where they did just that. I plan on being a total copycat.

ATX Vegan Drinks Gallery

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ATX Vegan Drinks at Arlo’s Food Truck and The Brixton was a blast! We had a great turn out for the first event hosted by Red Hot Vegans.

Arlo’s was slammed by a horde of hungry vegans – they sold out of everything by 11pm. The Brixton was also surprised by our thirst for vegan White Russians and ran out of Kahlua. I hope that everyone that wanted one got one, but in case you didn’t – there’s always next month!

Pictures have been posted on our Facebook page, but we wanted to make sure that there was a place to see them for the Facebook haters crowd. Check out our awesome gallery – it’s got lots of pictures to keep you busy until the next ATX Vegan Drinks!