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A Visit to Iggi’s Texatarian in Austin

Hello! I do apologize for the lack of noodly updates the past few weeks. Things have been a little crazy around Noochy Noodle headquarters. First I took a trip to my hometown of Austin, Texas (more on that in a moment!) and now I’m working like a crazy person on a super secret project. I wish I could say it was mac n’ cheese related, like I’m moving to Portland to open an all vegan mac n’ cheese food cart, but I’m not! But I think it’s just as cool!

Anyway, I am of the humble opinion that Austin is the greatest city earth. There’s something so special about it and I swear you can feel it as you step off the plane. Can you tell I miss it terribly? A lot has changed since I moved to San Francisco from Austin almost 4 years ago. I feel like the number of vegan offerings has tripled since I”ve been away and now I can’t even keep up when I go to visit. Luckily, I did manage to make it to Iggi’s Texatarian, an all vegan food cart. I met up with Chris and Crystal the folks behind the amazing queso from Food For Lovers, plus Chris’ adorable mom,Stephanie from Lazy Smurf’s Guide to Life, and Molly from The Lone Star Plate. We sat around talking and I indulged in some great food!

The menu looked so good, I had a really hard time choosing. I wanted to order everything. I finally settled on the side of mac n’ cheese and a chili dog. The mac n’ cheese was just outstanding. It was a potato based sauce, so it had that creamy and startchy texture that I love. Is there Daiya mixed in? I think there is, but it’s really not much at all. The flavor was mild but quite tasty. I could have easily eaten another 3 servings, and I’m still kicking myself for not ordering more.

And the chili cheese dog? Well just look at it!

Mac n’ cheese lovers be sure and swing by Iggi’s if you’re ever in the Austin area!

 

Portland Tour de Macaroni: Part 2 Homegrown Smoker

On Friday we had lunch at Homegrown Smoker, an all vegan barbeque cart in southwest Portland. Not only do they have vegan mac and cheese, but the rest of the menu looked tasty as well. I put on my eating pants and went prepared to go big or go home.

The food was so good I sort of felt like crying. I didn’t, but I could have.

I tried out the Macnocheetoh wrap, which consisted of a healthy scoop of MacNoCheese, bbq beans, onions, peppers and smoked soy curls all on a warm and starchy flour tortilla. This thing was delicious. I think it’s moving to the top of my list of foods I would eat everyday if I was stranded on a desert island. The smoked soy curls inside were like eating the best barbequed brisket I had ever had as an omnivore, minus gross, chewy, fatty deposits, and the unnecessary death. Even better!

macnocheetoh

Gross, but totally necessary inside shot:

macnocheetoh

Now, while this thing was mind numbingly delicious, I didn’t really have a way to properly judge the MacNoCheese since it was all wrapped up in a tortilla and covered in BBQ sauce. So I tried a little side of MacNoCheese by itself (I DID NOT EAT THE SANDWICH THAT IS NOT MINE STOP JUDGING).

MacNoCheese

I’ve got to hand it to them, this is the best vegan mac and cheese I have had that was not made in my own kitchen. The sauce was decadently creamy, and a good balance between mellow, tangy, savory and cheezy. I don’t really know what else to say…good job?

My only complaint is that there is not a Homegrown Smoker in San Francisco. Get down here people! Bay Area vegans need you!