Vegan Sushi at Bushido Restaurant

Vegan Sushi Roll Alternative Rock N Roll

I kinda swore off Japanese restaurants last year after a chef plopped meat onto my plate (henceforth known as the meat incident). But then I saw vegan sushi on the menu at Bushido, a Japanese restaurant on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. And it’s not the usual cucumber or avocado rolls, but a whole menu section of vegan sushi rolls.

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Mellow Yellow Kiwi Salsa

Sungold Yellow Kiwi

Have you ever tried a yellow kiwi? I first spotted them at the Asian supermarket last year. The lady in front of me in the checkout line was buying a whole flat of them. I asked about the yellow kiwi and she said they were good, sweeter than the green kind. But by the time I remembered and went back to the store, they were already gone for the season.

My chance came when bags of the SunGold kiwis popped up recently at the local Trader Joe’s (a bag of 6 for $ 2.99), ripe and ready to eat when they have a slight give to them. They are indeed sweeter and not tart like the regular green, hairy kiwis. The texture is also a tad softer. With its hairless, thinner, and smoother skin, just cut in half and easily scoop out the golden-yellow kiwifruit with a spoon and enjoy as is.

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A Notable Bite of Orange Crumb Cake

Vegan Orange Crumb Cake
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.

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