Monday, 8 September 2014

MoFo '14 Day 8 - Mac and Cheesin' in Oakland, CA


I can't quite pinpoint why I had such a hard time blogging about my trip to California this time last year, maybe it was because I got back just after VeganMoFo '13 had ended and I'd exhausted my blogging mojo or maybe it was because going straight from California sunshine into a rainy dreary British autumn didn't do great things for my mental health. Seriously, that's enough to make anyone feel depressed. Either way I have all of these photos of amazing food that I still need to share with you and as it's Mac & Cheese Monday it seems like the perfect time.

Hella Vegan Eats was somewhere I was super exceed about trying, I'd been following them on social media for a while and their outrageously awesome food looked too good to miss.


We found them at Eat Real Fest in Oakland which was a buzzy outdoor event crammed full of traders and people wanting to get a Sunday afternoon food fix.


First I tried the Lusty Lovers Taco because how could you resist mac & cheese in a taco?! It was hella hot thanks to the spicy cornflake crumble and the BBQ chicken so I'm glad it was tiny, I shared it with Nick so as not to have an epic allergic reaction to the chilli that was clearly lurking within!


Obviously I knew I'd be heading straight back over for order two because doesn't a Mini Doughnut Burger Supreme just sound supremely amazing?! It was utterly ridiculous and awesome and if I believed in that stuff I'd go as far as to call it heavenly.


The beet patty was sandwiched between two sugary doughnuts and topped with pickled red onions (my first ever time enjoying them!), kale (for health!) and a scrummy secret sauce that brought the whole thing together. Uuuuugh, just looking at this now is making me wonder if I can fly from Austin to the Bay Area to eat this again. I suspect I can't but one day... one day this will be mine again.

Our next stop was Fat Face Popsicles which I know doesn't fit into the cheese or chocolate theme at all but whatevs', they were freaking yummy and just what we needed on a day that was heating up fast. I grabbed a Lime & Avocado one just before they sold out and Nick went for Strawberry Lemonade.


These were super refreshing and delicious. Avocado lime has been a favourite combo of mine ever since Nick and I were testing wedding desserts and picked that as our mousse flavour. So yummy. After that we swung by the Barlovento Chocolates stand to see if they had any vegan options and I was excited to find not one but four different types of dark chocolate with sea salt.


I happily sampled them all and took advantage of a deal on three bars taking home red, grey and black sea salted bars that were all delicious in their own way. Sea salt chocolate is probably my favourite chocolate ever and I'll have to review my favourite UK brand later this month.

Eat Real Fest is a free event and it takes place again in two weeks time so if you're in the area be sure to swing by and check it out.

As I'm always on the lookout for mac & cheese I knew I had to swing by Homeroom, a mac & cheese spot with a vegan option on the menu.


We both went for the nutritional yeast based vegan option with broccoli and peas mixed in and breadcrumbs on top. I see that the breadcrumbs are listed as buttery on the menu now so if you visit do be sure to double check they're still vegan. Whilst we loved the atmosphere and cute design of the restaurant we weren't huge fans of the mac, it was okay but a little too salty for our tastes. I also wished that there was more than one vegan option to go alongside the ten or so non-vegan options, how cool would it be if vegans could pick between nooch based, cashew based or faux cheddar based and mix in some hot dogs and veggie bacon too?! 

This next spot was somewhere I was drawn towards because of the desserts but after seeing them posting a mac & cheese lunch special on Instagram I couldn't resist heading to all vegan hotspot Timeless Coffee for lunch immediately. The whole country was gearing up for Halloween when we visited hence the Vampire Proof Mac!


This was a small but totally delicious bowl of mac and cheese. The creamy garlic sauce was a wonderful additions and this is, in my mind anyway, the perfect lunch special.


Timeless have you sorted on the chocolate front too with brownies, Twinkies and homemade salt caramel chocolates.




Every single one of these chocolatey desserts hit the spot and I bought more of the little sea salt caramel chocolates to take on the road with me. Not a chocolate person? Never fear, Timeless Coffee have you sorted there too. Nick tried the Strawberry Shortcake one day whilst I enjoyed a slice of the Pumpkin Swiss Roll.



These were as delicious as the chocolatey treats we'd enjoyed the day before and I was left wishing we lived way, way nearer to this awesome spot.

29 comments:

  1. Yum, that garlic mac & cheese sounds good to me! A doughnut burger?! That is crazy! I can't imagine the mix of sweet and savoury in that but it's really inventive! I like that there was still some kale 'for health'. ;) haha

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  2. That doughnut burger looks incredible, I'm definitely gonna have to try making my own. Probably baked over fried....for health of course :P

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  3. That donut burger! I had to re-read it to check I'd understood :) I love sea salt chocolate too. We founder a local maker on a farmer's market last week with some amazing stuff. Have you had the one from the Chocolate Tree in Edinburgh too? It's brilliant and I also love their haggis spice chocolate.

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    1. No, I haven't when I went there they'd sold out of that one. I tried some of their other bars though and they were great.

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  4. This post is too much! Doughnut burgers? Mac and cheese tacos? All that cake?! THE DELICIOUS INSANITY! Also, how funny - I made some raw salted caramel chocolates that look exactly like that yesterday for my dad for father's day!

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  5. DONUT BURGER! MAC AND CHEESE TACO! Fucking hell I'm hungry now.

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    1. It was one of the funnest eating days ever!

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  6. I would have gone for the scallion pancake taco and the avocado lime pop!

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  7. Those desserts. I could really go for a strawberry shortcake.

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  8. i love the lusty lovers taco! my fave thing ever! the burger is pretty good too! i can't wait to go to ERF this year. i am not sure if i want to branch out or try new places.

    timeless is a staple for us, especially if we are being spooky kids and hanging out in the cemetery down the street. i have yet to go to homeroom though.

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    1. I wish timeless was closer to me, I''d go there all the time. I love how into Halloween they get!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing all your vegan travel adventures. These look great! Thoug I'm not sold on the donut burger yet.

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  10. I need to really be careful about reading your blog when I'm hungry. Now all I want is garlicky mac and cheese and strawberry shortcake. Yum!

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    1. reading food blogs when you're hungry is kinda the worst!

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  11. DUUUUUDDDE! I wanna go on a mac & cheese and chocolate tour of California! And I NEED that doughnut burger in my life. Oh my effin gawd!

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  12. I would like the mac and cheese taco, garlic mac and cheese, sea salt chocolate and strawberry shortcake please. I shall await their delivery. ;)
    I am not entirely sure how I feel about a doughnut burger... but I would try one if I came across one!

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    1. Hah, that's kinda how I felt. Like, I can't NOT try it and it was amazing!!

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  13. The only thing better than mac & cheese is getting someone else to make it for you. These foods all look so tasty! So jealous!

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  14. gaaah, everything looks SO good! i need to go back to california.

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