No matter how many times it happens, it’s still a thrill to stumble across vegan treats when you least expect it.* This time it’s at the downtown Palo Alto farmer’s market. I was moseying along the various booths, when I came upon Notable Bites and their display of crumb cakes and shortbread.
As usual, I automatically ask, “is it vegan?” All of the crumb cakes are, sadly the shortbread are not, they’re still working on veganizing that recipe. I got the orange crumb cake, piled high with a sweet crumb topping that was a 1/4-inch thick. The cake itself isn’t overly sweet but nice, fluffy and light. And it was a pretty good size too, at 3.5-inch x 2-inch x 2-inch for 5 bucks.
This is what summer should be made of – a beautiful, not-too-hot, not-too-cold day in San Francisco, sitting on a Japantown curb eating tofu balls and fries from Kokio Republic, a Korean fried chicken food truck at the Nihonmachi Street Fair.
Pictured is the number 5 combo: 3 tofu balls, garlic fries and a drink for 12 bucks. Great flavor and texture inside with a mildly sweet glaze on its crispy outside. The deep-fried tofu balls are made with shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, roasted flaxseeds and topped with a soy garlic sauce, veggie mayo and parsley. It’s marked vegetarian on the menu but I asked and it’s also vegan.
Now that I’ve completed my mission to try every Sweet Aha! flavor, what should I set my tastebuds on next?
There’s actually another vendor at the same farmer’s market that’s a likely candidate, Tofu Yu, makers of fine artisanal tofu products of every size, shape and form. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try out their stuff. I didn’t know what I was missing. I must remedy this.