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Top 20 Austin Favorites:

Popcorn Tin from Cornucopia

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Vegan Popcorn Trio in Mini Tin from Cornucopia

If you’re like me, and think that popcorn should be its own food group, Cornucopia Popcorn Creations is the place for you. With a large rotating selection of popcorn flavors, many of which are vegan, Cornucopia will satisfy all of your popcorn cravings, be they salty, sweet, or savory.

You can buy your choice of popcorn flavor by the bagful, with sizes ranging from the tiny “Kids” bag holding a couple fistfuls of corn, to the ginormous 5-gallon “Party” bag, but our favorite way to take home the crunchy goodness is in a tin. Feeling nostalgic for the classic holiday popcorn tins of your childhood, filled with multiple flavors separated by a high-tech cardboard partition? Cornucopia will let you mix and match up to 4 flavors in a tin to recreate that experience. When you’re done, come back and refill your empty tin as often as you like, and get a 50% discount on every refill, forever.

If you’re having trouble deciding what flavors you want to fill your tin with, take your time, and enjoy some free samples to help you make up your mind. With familiar flavors like Kettle Corn and Garlic & Herb, and unique creations like Veggie Green Corn, Cinnamon Toast, and Madras Curry, it might take you a while before you get a chance to taste them all and decide which is your favorite.

Vegan Popcorn Tasting Containers at Cornucopia Popcorn Bag/Tin Options at Cornucopia

Cornucopia's old location on Guadalupe (Behind Veggie Heaven)

You can find Cornucopia at their new location on Red River and East 32nd. Show your Go Local card to get a free Kids bag with any purchase — the perfect way to sneak in one extra flavor, or a little bit extra of your favorite. Availability of all flavors is subject to supply, so if you want to make sure that a particular flavor is in stock, call ahead, and they can make a fresh batch if they’re out. Be careful, though: the crunchy goodness of Cornucopia popcorn is highly addictive, and before you know it, you may find yourself making excuses to get your tin refilled… not that there’s a problem with that.

[ Updated to reflect Cornucopia’s new location. ]

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!

Top 20 Austin Favorites:

Akara from Wasota African Cuisine

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Akara (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters) from Wasota African Cuisine

If you’ve been paying attention to this series so far, you may have noticed that we tend to have a thing for deep fried food. There’s probably no better example of this than the akara from Wasota African Cuisine. Perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these delicious black-eyed pea fritters are available either on their own, as part of the Wasota Platter (a great way to sample some of the different flavors of West African cuisine), or in a slightly larger form as the patty in the veggie burger. The stand-alone akara plate comes with their tasty Benin sauce for dipping, which can be made as mild or spicy as you like. However you end up ordering your akara, each bite will leave you wondering why anybody ever bothers to cook anything else.

West African food is traditionally very vegetable-heavy, and as a result, most of what is offered at Wasota is vegan. There are a lot of excellent dishes to choose from: one of our favorites, besides the akara, is the egusi soup, a flavorful spinach soup named after the ground egusi seeds used as a thickener, served with fufu, a West African staple made from mashed yams (it reminds us a bit of starchy mashed potatoes). Everything on the menu, except for the Wasota Platter, costs between five and seven dollars, so between that, and the ridiculously generous portions (either bring a serious appetite, some friends, or be ready to take a lot of food home), Wasota is one of the best places in town to get delicious, fresh vegan food on a budget.

Black-eyed Peas, Spinach and Fried Plantains plate from Wasota African Cuisine Wasota African Cuisine's Vegan Menu

Wasota Trailer in the SoLa-Bluebonnet Lot on South Lamar

If you’ve been in Austin for a while, you may recognize the owner of the trailer, Lawrence Eguakun, formerly of the much-beloved World Beat Café, which sadly had to close its doors in 2006 when Lawrence was diagnosed with cancer. Luckily for us, after several years in remission, Lawrence was able to open up Wasota in 2011. If you’ve been to the trailer before, note that it has moved twice from its original location on South 1st street: first to the SoLa-Bluebonnet lot on S. Lamar, and more recently to 1112 E 11th Street, sharing a lot with Nice-N-Ful. Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado of West African cuisine, or you’ve never heard of Jollof rice, check out Wasota for a meal you’re not likely to forget.

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!