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Review of Seabirds Food Truck”- Vegan Girls do it Fresher
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Review of Seabirds Food Truck”- Vegan Girls do it Fresher

Vegan Girls do it Fresher, even in a Truck! 

I tried most of the regular trucks at the teller cluster truck step, but had yet to try “ Seabirds Truck ” because it is Vegan …I know very short sighted of me. I actually really do enjoy vegetarian and vegan dishes, although it is hard to go vegan style when the carnivore trucks are calling my name into the rocks of high cholesterol.

Seabirds Truck

Seabirds Truck

As many of you have read from my posts, I spend a lot of time in restaurants eating and as result spend a lot of time at the gym. I do feel a little guilty after eating a 1 pound burrito sometimes and then slipping away into food coma at my desk at about 2:00 p.m. So what is

Seabirds Truck Menu – Some good looking menu items

the alternative? Give up food trucks? Never! Work out more, yes…but that will only get you so far. The middle ground is eating something a little more healthy at the food truck lot (sometimes). Today I decided to dabble with the healthier side of food trucks and went with “Seabirds Truck” a Vegan “Plant Based” food truck. I really liked the concept of this truck which bases its menu on “healthy, local food that is convenient and fairly priced” (from Seabirds Website). I also like their affinity to sustainability of their ingredients and patronage of local Farmer’s Markets / Orange County organic farms. This food truck offers a seasonal menu and can cater to gluten-free customers.

One of the first things I noticed about the food truck is that it was staffed by an all-girl crew. It also appeared that they were all very fit and living the same life-style that the food truck was promoting. Their appearance lended some credibility, as I would never get a haircut from a bald barber.

As is my usual routine with food trucks, I chat with the people in line and ask them if they have tried the truck before and what is their favorite dish. Everyone in line with me had never tried the Seabirds truck and all shared a similar story of trying all the other food trucks and decided to give this one a try.

When it was my turn I asked the friendly order taker, who was standing outside the truck greeting customers, “So what is good here?” . She told me that the “Beer Battered Avocado Tacos” where really good and where even featured on “Good Morning America”. So I ordered the Avocado Taco and then also went for the inexpensive side item the “Truffled Cauliflower” . My name was called and the dishes are placed in some high quality “box lunch” containers, I was impressed already.

Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

When I opened the first box, I found the Beer Battered Avocado Tacos. The smell wafted up and it was very pleasant aroma of hot avocado, breading and cabbage. The tacos themselves consisted of two corn tortillas, the beer battered avocado quarters, an avocado soy-cream sauce, diced red onion and topped with red cabbage.

Let me first speak the star of this dish, the Avocado. This was a popular

Nice chunk of avocado

dish,so I watched them preparing it through the window. The first peeled the avocado and quartered it. Next, they coated it in a wet beer-batter and then quickly deep fried it (it smelled great from where I was standing). I almost felt like I was at a healthy version of the O.C. Fair! The soy-based cream sauce was very good as well, I just wished there was more of it. I think it was made by blending avocado and soy-based cream , with a little kick of chili peppers in it to brighten up the flavors.

When I bit into the taco, the light batter was crispy on the tongue and quickly transitioned to creaminess from the warm avocado. The batter was very light on the avocado, just enough to provide a contrasted mouth feel and flavor profile.

I am not sure what type of vegan-oil they use in their deep-fryer, but it was definitely light and didn’t weight down the dish. This dish came with two tacos and they were in my stomach in minutes. This dish gets a 4 out of 5, it would get a higher rating if there was more sauce.

 

Truffled Cauliflower

Truffled Cauliflower

The second goodie box held the Truffled Cauliflower. This dish contained small florets of slightly green cauliflower that appeared to pan fried in a truffle oil on high heat for a short period. The result was a soft yet crunchy cauliflower florets with beautiful toasted marks. In addition the cauliflower was tossed with onions, Italian parsley, garlic and salt.

The execution of the cauliflower was flawless. As I finished off the box of cauliflower, I did detect a little bit of vinegary flavor to the oil on the bottom of the box. I know I am missing a couple ingredients, but I will try to reverse engineer it later in the week as I would like to eat this at home. This dish gets a 4.5 out of 5, a very impressive score considering I am a non-vegan eater.

 

My Final Thoughts

Overall, I was very impressed by the freshness of the ingredients and the creativity of the dishes. The truck was very clean and the staff did a good job at managing orders and delivery times. This is a tough task when all the food is made fresh to order. My only comment to them is that they should reconsider their use of plastic bowls they use for to-go cupcakes and burrito bowls. After watching the documentary “Bag-it”, I learned that this bowl probably won’t make it to the recycling plant and I am sure they can find an alternative. Although I am not a Vegan, I would come back to this truck often especially when I want a healthier option. I would also challenge the carnivorous dudes to give these food truck ladies a chance, because Vegan Girls do it fresher! I recommend The Seabirds Truck.
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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

9 comments

  1. Very cool! I am happy you tried the Vegan truck. It sounds great and I love how you mentioned the movie, “Bag it!” It is true because if the truck is so health conscious, they should also be thinking of our environment. I will have to go with you to a food truck event!:) OC Fair, here we come!!!

  2. Thanks for the great review! I am so glad you enjoyed our food. Come see us again soon!

    • Hi Raya,
      Thanks for the comment. Just a point of follow up in regards to your plastic containers that I mentioned in the blog post. Do you guys use a special plastic container that is ecc-friendly? Another customer of your’s indicated that they might be plant based? if this is true I would like to include this in the blog posting.

      Tom

  3. When you go back be sure to try their Sweet Potato Fries! I swear they are THE best I’ve ever had & I sample SPF’s whenever I see them. Also if you see the Jackfruit tacos on the menu they are another must try. They will appeal to the carnivore in you as the look & taste is very meat like.
    On the bowls, I know in the past when I’ve gotten cupcakes the plastic containers say they are made out of special materials like plant based or recylced. I don’t remember the details but I do remember I thought it was really cool that they went the extra step.

    • Hey Shellie,
      Thanks for the comment! I keep hearing the same thing about their sweet potato fies! thanks for the food tips and the insight on the plastic containers, I will email them for clarification and edit the post if they are doing something really cool like using a plant based plastic container.
      See you at the Food Truck Lots!
      Tom

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