Capital City Bakery on Cooking Channel This Sunday

Candy Cane Cupcake, one of the holiday specials at Capital City Bakery. Photo by mollyjade. Licensed under creative commons

Austin-favorite Capital City Bakery will be on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, this Sunday at 9:30 Central. The episode features peanut butter desserts, and anyone who’s had Kristen’s peanut butter brownies or Peanut Butter Crunch cupcakes can understand why she made the show.

Congrats on the exposure, Kristen! It’s well-deserved.

Vegan Drinks: ATX Ice Cream Edition

ATX Vegan Drinks is expanding the definition of “drinks” to include sundaes and milkshakes. Unsurprisingly, no one is complaining.

ATX Vegan Drinks (the second this month!) will be at Sweet Ritual/Daily Juice tonight at 7 PM. Join Sweet Ritual in celebrating the full funding of their kickstarter project (there’s still time to donate). Look forward to hard packed vegan ice cream with mix ins this fall.

Red Rabbit Bakery, Celeste’s Best, and Capital City Bakery are all joining in the fun. Build a sundae over Cap City brownies or a Red Rabbit donut or garnish it with Red Rabbit donut holes or Celeste’s Best cookie dough. Red Rabbit will be there debuting a new donut flavor, root beer, and Celeste’s Best will be sampling their dough.

New bulk bins at Hyde Park Market (aka the Flag Store). Source: Matthew Printz

As far as actual drinks, you can order any of the usual beverages offered by Daily Juice, or bring your own. Hyde Park Market, across the street from Daily Juice, carries every single beer distributed in the state of Texas. And while you’re there, you can check out their new bulk bins.

Daily Juice’s usual food menu might be streamlined for the event, but there will be savory vegan food options available to balance out your twelve scoop donut-brownie-cookie dough sundae.

Austin Veg Food Court

Capital City Bakery food cart before it was towed to Longhorn Food Court. Photo from Cap City's Facebook page

May 18 is the long-awaited grand opening of Capital City Bakery. Austin has been sampling Cap City’s baked goods at bake sales, potlucks, and, recently, at the new Counter Culture for years. And I know I’m not the only one excited to have better access to Kristen’s decadent baked goods.

The Cap City trailer is located in the Longhorn Food Court near UT’s campus at Rio Grande and MLK, the same food court where the Conscious Cravings trailer has been serving chimichurri seitan wraps (and, OK, other things) for a few years now. And…drumroll…

Black Forest Cake from Capital City Bakery. Photo from Cap City website

Moses Falafel, a kosher falafel cart will be relocating the next week from the Dell Jewish Community Center parking lot to the Longhorn Food Court. Concurrent with the move, Moses Falafel is expanding their menu. It looks like you can expect hummus and some other as-yet-unnamed goodies. I’m not sure they’re going into the location where the Asian food cart currently is, or if they’re squeezing into another spot. But either way, that makes three veg* carts all in the same lot.

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And speaking of kosher food carts, be sure to check out Lucy’s European Cuisine located in the parking lot of Texas Hillel (2101 San Antonio) just around the corner from the Longhorn Food Court. The cart is kosher fleishig (meat), which means that all the food is guaranteed to be dairy-free. The cart is operated by the former owners of Drakula, a neat little Romanian restaurant formerly in north central Austin.

Veggie Cabbage Roll from Lucy's European Cuisine

The menu (pdf) is mostly European, with falafel and fries thrown in because of demand. Skip the felafel (I haven’t tried it, but it’s a ubiquitous vegan option in Austin) and try the veggie stuffed cabbage or veggie stew, both vegan. This kind of Eastern European food isn’t pretty, but it’s tasty and pretty hard to find in vegan Texas.

Note that the eggplant contains eggs. I didn’t remember to ask, but I think there’s a strong chance the apple strudel is accidentally vegan since it’s not a dish that usually contains eggs, and it’s already guaranteed to be dairy-free.

 

*Everything is vegan at Moses Falafel except the baklava which contains honey. Don’t make me call them beegan. Please!

Texas Restaurant News

So much is happening across Texas lately that it’s too much for one person to keep track of. I’m always looking to add more voices to Lone Star Plate. If you live in Houston, San Antonio, DFW, or elsewhere in Texas and would like to contribute to Lone Star Plate, send an email to lonestarplate (at) gmail (dot) com

In the meantime, grab a drink and catch up on all the latest in vegan food in Texas: 

Austin

  • Arlo’s has reopened a few blocks away from their old location. They’re now just outside of Cheer Up Charlie’s! Get the best veggie burger in town and support the only veg bar in town. They’re still keeping bar hours (8 PM to midnight, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 8 PM to 2 AM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), but rumor is they’re contemplating adding daytime hours.
  • Counter Culture had their soft opening last week. The menu looks fantastic. I know you’re going to find this harder to believe, but Sue’s food has gotten even better. I got the Philly Seitan. The seitan is sliced thin, the cashew cheez is now creamy, and there were lots more grilled onions and peppers. My husband tried the seitan roast, and it came covered in one of the best gravies I’ve ever had. Counter Culture is only open for dinner currently (cash only), but they’ll be opening for lunch and accepting credit cards soon.
  • Austin’s much anticipated Capital City Bakery is holding a grand opening party on May 18. The trailer will be located at Rio Grande and MLK in the same lot as Conscious Cravings. You’ll also be able to find Cap City’s baked goods for sale at Counter Culture. We tried the Black Forrest cake at Counter Culture, and were in heaven. RSVP for the grand opening on Facebook.
  • All my life I’ve dreamed of waking up to vegan breakfast tacos. OK, really I’ve dreamed about getting locked in a library stocked with lots of great novels and a case of diet dr. pepper, but I should have been dreaming about tacos. Because the Vegan Nom just opened up in Counter Culture’s old location, and it’s a dream come true. They had their grand opening during the Austin Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale last Sunday, and sold out almost immediately! They’ll be opening full time (7 AM to 7 PM) very soon. Drool over their menu in the meantime.
Dallas
  • CoolHaus, an ice cream sandwich trailer with a location outside Cheer Up Charlie’s in Austin, is opening another location in Dallas. Check out Red Hot Vegan’s review of the Austin location for an idea of what you can expect.
Denton
  • Denton is getting a new vegetarian (vegan-friendly) food truck. Eventually. Shiitake Swerve will be serving tacos and sandwiches featuring a variety of mushrooms. They’re hinting at vegan pancakes for brunch as well.  But it will be a few months before their truck is ready. I’ve always thought Denton was a good place for veg food trucks and hope this is the first of many.
Houston
  • Green Seed Vegan has their brick and mortar location. The photos of the restaurant look so peaceful. According to that article, they have expanded their menu. I can’t wait to try out their new spot.
San Antonio
  • Check out this tweet about the vegan platter at Bliss! That’s my idea of fancy vegan food. A variety of vegetables, beans, and grains done just right. Maybe this has been there forever, but I’m just finding out about it. San Antonians, this looks like a great option for a celebration dinner or fancy work meeting.