Mouthful of Sunshine

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La Belle Sammich – Sammich

July 13, 2013
Sammich, Victoria BC
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Pea & Mint Soup
Goatabella Sammich
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ImageIt does not seem like the west coast has really caught on the sandwich and panini craze as much as back on the east. So, I was excited to stumble upon Sammich, this cute little sandwich shop on the outskirts of The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria. The owner was so nice and the little cafe was just such a happy, uplifting place with yummy treats freshly baked and displayed behind clear glass cases.

My Pea & Mint Soup was lovely on a sunny day but one with a chilly sea breeze. It was refreshing yet with a touch of creaminess and sweetness. The peas were mushy but it had a great thickness. I really liked that it was not overly minty. Image

The Goatabella Sammich came with goat cheese and spinach, grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, and portobello mushrooms. The vegetables were nice and sweet and the focaccia airy with a crispy crust. I could have used more vegetables as the goat cheese was melted and strong in flavour. For those who like goat cheese but want a lighter meal, this would be idea. 

I would definitely come back here for a nice light lunch. It is hard to find a fresh sandwich at a reasonable price these days and the combinations are by no means generic.

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Waves of Spritzers – Waves Coffee House

July 3, 2013
Waves Coffee House, Richmond BC
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Sticky Toffee Pudding
Tomato & Spinach Panini
Date Square
Sparkling Pomegranate Spritzer
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ImageWaves Coffee House is a lovely little local coffee chain, certainly giving Starbucks a run for its share of customers. This particular location has a spacious interior with huge windows to allow the light to come into the store. With couches and tables, and free wifi, this is easily a working place.

The Sticky Toffee Pudding looked so tempting. The sticky toffee layer on top was delicious, as were the different layers of crumble and cake underneath. It was extremely sweet but with that deep toffee flavour.Image

The Tomato & Spinach Panini was light and tasty. The panini bread was nicely pressed and had a nice herbal note. The tomato and spinach made it somewhat refreshing, while the sun-dried tomato mayo and pepper jack cheese made it creamier.Image

The Date Square tasted okay with a light hint of date flavour in the paste. The granola crumble was quite dense but I wish it was a little chewier rather than crumbly. More date paste would have made it more like a date dessert rather than granola dessert.Image

Finally, their new Sparkling Pomegranate Spritzer was very refreshing. Tangy, sweet, and carbonated, it was a perfect summer drink. The cold beverage certainly did it for me that afternoon.

I definitely would not mind to grab a sandwich, soup, dessert, and later a beverage while I sat there for the whole day with my laptop. That would actually be very productive and… well… delicious.

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Hot Hot Breakfast – Richky Cafe

ImageJune 14, 2013
Richky Cafe, Philadelphia PA
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Hot Sausage, Egg & Cheese
Hot Ham Egg Cheese
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ImageNo longer are breakfast sandwich choices limited to bacon and sausage. Even turkey bacon, ham, and sausage roll are too common at Richky Cafe food truck on Drexel’s campus very close to 30th Street Station.

The Hot Sausage, Egg & Cheese was a little greasy with slits on the long, juicy sausage allowing the grease to seep out. However, it was really spicy and was perfect with the sweet and tangy ketchup, the gooey cheese, and eggs. Image

The Hot Ham Egg Cheese did not have as much of a kick so was not as good. However, it was still a good sandwich: slightly salty, spicy, tangy, sweet, cheesy, and quite chewy. This is so much better than regular ham, with a lot more flavour. Image

The guys working on the food truck were all very nice. The prices were very low as well compared to other similar food trucks. If I went to 30th Street Station every morning, I’d definitely be getting breakfast here often. 

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Delightfully Choking on My Sandwich – Farm Truck

May 2, 2013
Farm Truck, Philadelphia PA
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Artichoke Pesto Sandwich
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ImagePesto? Check. Mozzarella? Check. Tomatoes? Check. Freshly pressed or toasted bread? Check. Thank you, Farm Truck, for a wonderful lunch, and for throwing some artichoke in there, as well!Image

The Artichoke Pesto Sandwich was absolutely delightful. The sourdough bread was rustic and quite nice. The mozzarella was fresh and light while retaining that bouncy chewiness. The artichoke pesto was just delightfully aromatic, and the roasted tomatoes were sour and had a deep flavour, that of a good quality tomato. This sandwich made me a very happy girl. 

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Pulling Apart the Sandwich – Vernalicious

May 1, 2013
Vernalicious, Philadelphia PA
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Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
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ImageOnce again, I made my way on a sunny early afternoon to 30th Street Station. Many trucks were nearing the end of their service but I managed to get a bite at Vernalicious.

The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese looked delicious but tasted just okay. The pork is decent and very juicy but bland where there wasn’t any barbecue sauce (though it was a good excuse to celebrate National Barbecue Month!) The sauce also soaked through the bread on the bottom, making it incredibly soggy. The cheese was also a little bland and I could not really taste the flavour or the texture. At least the Texas toast on top was still okay. However, for $8.50, I find this to be way overrated. Image

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Crabs and Pointy Veggies – The Sunflower Truck Stop

April 24, 2013
The Sunflower Truck Stop, Philadelphia PA
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Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese
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ImageNow that the weather is getting so much better, The Porch at 30th Street Station is a great way to try some of the food trucks that do not usually come by University City. On this particular occasion, I went to The Sunflower Truck Stop.

It was still Grilled Cheese Month so I went with the Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese, which was a little pricey at $8 but still delicious. The multigrain bread was toasted until just crispy on the outside and still a little chewy on the inside. The crab and artichoke dip inside was salty, creamy, and just delicious. The spinach did not add much in terms of flavour or texture but everything was just gooey and yummy when it all melted together with gouda and cheddar. The homemade tortilla chips were too salty but had a great texture.

Now that the weather is getting so much better, The Porch at 30th Street Station is a great way to try some of the food trucks that do not usually come by University City. On this particular occasion, I went to The Sunflower Truck Stop.

It was still Grilled Cheese Month so I went with the Crab & Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese, which was a little pricey at $8 but still delicious. The multigrain bread was toasted until just crispy on the outside and still a little chewy on the inside. The crab and artichoke dip inside was salty, creamy, and just delicious. The spinach did not add much in terms of flavour or texture but everything was just gooey and yummy when it all melted together with gouda and cheddar. The homemade tortilla chips were too salty but had a great texture.

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Martial Arts Food – Kung Fu Hoagies

April 18, 2013
Kung Fu Hoagies, Philadelphia PA
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Meatball Bánh Mì
Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice
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ImageI have had my eye on the colorful cart otherwise known as Kung Fu Hoagies for quite a while. Serving up vegetarian Vietnamese street food, they have a small menu of a regular bahn mi and two noodle soups (spicy ramen and pho). 

The Meatball Bánh Mì was actually quite delicious with three tofu meatballs, vegan ham, fried onions, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeños, spicy red sauce, and vegan mayo. The roll was crispy and tough on the outside but soft on the inside. The flavours were certainly traditional and some tht I had not tasted for some time. I do feel that for $5 this was overpriced. Food trucks and especially food carts are supposed to be cheap, even if these are vegetarian and vegan ingredients.
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The special was the Veggie “Shrimp” Fried Rice, which had vegetarian shrimp that were incredibly chewy. It also had carrots, green beans, and onions with scallions to top it off. I wish there were more vegetables and maybe even some eggs. However, the rice was cooked to a nice texture and had the smoky grill taste that added to the otherwise bland flavour. I would suggest to add either seasoning sauce or the spicy sauce on this.

I do not think I will be back anytime soon but the guys serving the food were nice. This is a great option for vegetarians and vegans but if you are neither, go somewhere cheaper.

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Fairly Satisfying – Pure Fare

April 16, 2013
Pure Fare, Philadelphia PA
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Grilled Veg & Provolone Sandwich
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ImageI was in near the Rittenhouse Square area and happened to pass by Pure Fare. Not a vegan or a vegetarian, I do appreciate healthy, high quality foods, so naturally (pun not intended), I went in and took a look.

ImageMy Grilled Veg & Provolone Sandwich, which had teff bread, was actually quite decent. I loved the roasted peppers, Portobello mushrooms, and broccolini. It was National Mushroom Day so what’s better than some juicy, chewy portobellos? The provolone cheese had a nice, mild flavour. What I really liked was their own roasted pepper spread. It was slightly tangy and creamy, pairing well with the gluten-free bread and vegetables. I got my sandwich half off because it was day-old; otherwise, their foods are not exactly cheap but the quality is certainly good.

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Special Seitan – Just Jackie’s Food Truck

April 5, 2013
Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Philadelphia PA
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Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich
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ImageI made it just in time to catch Just Jackie’s Food Truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. It was such a beautiful day to try out this new food truck.

The Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich, at $7, was pretty good. I loved the sweet but not overwhelming maple glaze on the chopped seitan. The seitan was really hard to chew, though, and got caught in my teeth – a lot. I loved the sweet sauteed kale, peppers, and mushroom the most, especially the kale! However, I found there to be too much of the vegan horseradish mayo. It was a little too creamy and spicy, and some bites took over the rest of the ingredients. The bun was fresh and chewy, which was good. Overall, I liked the uniqueness of the sandwich, something you rarely find on a food truck. 

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Terry’s Terrible Turkey – Terry Cheese Steak

ImageApril 2, 2013
Terry Cheese Steak, Philadelphia PA
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Turkey Bacon Egg & Cheese
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ImageThis breakfast sandwich was by far one of the most disappointing ones I have had ever. The baguette was like any other one but there was not nearly enough cheese except for one bite in the middle of the sandwich. The eggs were thin and a little overdone. The turkey bacon did not have as much flavour as regular bacon so it did not add much to the sandwich. I think I will stay away from turkey bacon from now on… and Terry Cheese Steak. 

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