Monday, January 25, 2016

Culinerdy Cruzer Food Truck

I've been wanting to check out the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck for awhile now, but never seem to be in the same vicinity. My husband Phil and I finally caught up with the truck this weekend at Track 7 Brewing Co. near Curtis Park. I sent a tweet ahead of time to make sure there would be a vegan option, and here's the response I got back: "@PamGiarrizzo we always have vegan options!! And not just boring old stuff either!"

The vegan offering on the menu when we got to Track 7 was the Arty & Tom, a panini-style sandwich filled with a mixture of artichoke hearts, fire-roasted tomatoes, slaw, balsamic glaze, and red pepper hummus. It was a great blend of flavors and definitely not "boring old stuff"! I had a choice of sides to go with it, and I probably should have asked for the flash-fried Brussels sprouts, but I just couldn't turn down the fries.

Culinerdy Cruzer's Chef Keith Breedlove was recently featured on Fox 40 explaining how to make vegan and gluten-free burgers. Check out the video here.

More information about the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck is available on their website at, or by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, filled with friends, family, and lots of vegan treats!

During my holiday break from blogging, a new vegetarian/vegan restaurant opened in Midtown. The owners of the very vegan-friendly Thai Basil restaurant have transformed the Level Up Lounge upstairs from Thai Basil into VEG, a restaurant serving all vegetarian and vegan dishes.

I stopped by twice last week to see what was being cooked up at VEG. During my first visit, I tried the samosas, small turnovers filled with curried potatoes, peas, and carrots. The pastry was flaky and the filling was delicious. I expect to enjoy many more samosas during future visits!

I also ordered the curry bowl, which is available in either individual or family size. Believe it or not, this enormous plate of tasty curried vegetables and brown rice was the individual portion! The cuisine at VEG is described on their Facebook page as being "Ayurveda-inspired," and this dish, with its variety of flavors and colors, is a good example of the chef's culinary approach.

The next time I visited VEG, I decided to try a breakfast item, so I ordered the VEG cakes, made with lentil flour and served with a thick persimmon sauce. I had seasonal fruit added for an extra cost, so my cakes were topped with beautiful persimmon chunks and blueberries. This hearty dish, consisting of two cakes, is also gluten-free.

VEG is currently in the soft opening stage, so the hours and menu may change. The menu is not available online yet, but the vegan items currently offered include fried tofu (definitely trying that on my next visit!), soup, salad, and tofu scramble, in addition to the dishes described above.

VEG is located at 2431 J Street, second floor, and their phone number is 916-448-8768. They don't have a website yet, but their Facebook page can be found at Currently, the restaurant is open Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Monday.