Squeezing the last few hours out of San Francisco – Souley Vegan… and Cinnaholic!

Hello throwback Tuesday ( I know, I know, it’s not a real thing), where I hopefully recap all of the awesome food related stuff we did in December/ early January. To Recap (and to keep myself organized), up until this point in San Francisco, we had visited: – Millennium – Happy birthday to me! – St. Francis Fountain – Brunch of Champions – Souley Vegan – Amazing vegan Soul Food in Oakland – Herbivore – Brunch of okay. – Gracias Madre – Delicious food with a side of sexism. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming: There is one thing I really enjoy about being on the west coast now that I’m so accustomed to the east coast time zone, and that’s waking up earlier than most people. Especially on those days when you just want to cram every moment with something. Well, 5am on Saturday morning is not really that exciting, but there is time to read emails, and catch up on all the online stuff we missed while gallivanting around the city. I sat, sipping complimentary tea in a lounge, watching some of the early risers slowly make their way down for coffee service. We made a point to pack up most of our things the night before (really – because who wants to run around trying to locate that missing shoe immediately before you have to leave?) As planned, we were going to have one last meal at Souley Vegan, a quick BART ride over to Oakland ,and we were there. The familiar sign in the distance,…

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Farmers Market San Francisco and another visit to Souley Vegan

Since I was missing the Edmonton Farmers Market on Saturday, and had to fill that void so I walked over to the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer’s Market to check it out. It had such a huge variety of mostly organic items, and was full of people (a distinct combination of locals and tourists.) One cart had at least five different varieties of nectarines, with samples! Everything was super expensive though, even by my usual Edmonton farmers market standards. There are a bunch of other options in the city, and a lot of them are more economical, but not all of them have organic produce. Of course, my favourite part of the farmers market was actually one of the Ferry Building’s regular features, besides the beautiful view, there is a Pepple’s stand from the vegan donut folks in Oakland. Now, I’ve done the Ronald’s Donuts thing, and I can say they are probably my favourite donuts (tied with Sweetpea in Portland, OR.) But the Pepple’s people have cake donuts down perfectly. While it’s been over a decade since my last Tim Horton’s Donut, I still use them as a barometer of donuty goodness, and Pepple’s is there. It didn’t taste healthy, or “vegan”, but it wasn’t too sweet, and it had a nice texture and moisture balance. Considering this was just a stand, I bet getting them at the Oakland location would be even better. Maybe next time. Though, I did end up in Oakland again that night, I had…

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Souley Vegan, or… a reason to move to the Bay Area

I went to Souley Vegan in Oakland, California last night. What an amazing place to eat. The servers are super friendly, the food is ridiculously good, and I left feeling fuller than ever before, and still didn’t finish everything on my plate. I was tempted to do an “after” photo to illustrate how little I ate, but it was just embarrassing. I was waiting on a couple of other people, so I just started off with a piece of cornbread. I love cornbread. I loved this cornbread even more. It got me excited about what else I would eat. When it looked like I would be dining alone, I decided to do what I always joke about with my friends, “I’ll have one of each…” So I did. The Everything Plate (+ fried okra and rice and red beans for 25$ in total) is a good option if you don’t know what you’re doing, and not sure what you’d like. These plates could probably feed three people. Everything was yummy, but I had a few favourites. The fried okra was amazing. How unbelievably good. Sliced up, breaded in corn meal, and fried. Coming in second was the breaded & fried tofu. Where have you been all my life? It was so good, so salty, so satisfying. It makes total sense that Souley Vegan would be rated as one of the top soul food places in the city (vegan or otherwise). Don’t miss it! I left with two boxes of left…

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