Fair Warning: This post will be more on the personal experience & perhaps not as thought provoking a read as other postings I’ve made. If you’re wanting a fun recipes blog come back next week for quick & easy homemade spiced and fruity chocolates. And if you’re seeking a SESS analysis of the world come back tomorrow. If you’re here just to read about Crimes Against Vegetarians and you want to skip the general Soma Streat Park review my advice is to keep scrolling.
SOMA Streat Truck Park Overview:
This evening I met up with a bunch of friends to enjoy tantalizing street truck food (including a beer & sangria truck) amongst even more tantalizing company. I got there a bit early to stake out and balloon decorate some tables and survey the scene.
It was a gorgeous balmy evening with lively conversation and some really nice shared bites. The reasonably priced Firetrail margherita pizza was sprinkled with delicious fresh herbs and the tomato sauce was scrumptious. The Dusty Buns Bistro slider sized veggie sandwich had the crunch of a homemade toasty buttered bun, the tang of a tasty pesto spread, and was filled with lots of organic cucumbers & cherry tomatoes. Given the snack size it was a bit pricey (hipster yuppie pricing); I miss the days of the 2 dollar taco trucks. Nevertheless, the taste made one yearn for more. Sharing parmesan-garlic fries from the Me So Hungry truck left the delightful essence of garlic lingering in one’s mouth hours after consumption. Our group also purchased plates from Lil Burma, which was by far the most bountiful dish and best financial deal. Despite a reasonably flavorful menu, as a vegetarian, I cannot recommend them because I’m fairly certain their tofu noodle salad contained both msg and fish sauce. Which brings me to one of the most frustrating things to navigate, when trying out new foods. Restaurants and Street Trucks often have a different concept of what constitutes vegetarian, and that means there is always the risk of being served something that has animal sourced products. Especially, ones that incorporate prepared canned foods into their cooking. Another truck in the mix was Sabor De San Miguel, which warrants their own paragraph for crimes against vegetarians. But first here’s a photo of the venue as the sky darkened into a festively lit evening.
Wanted: Sabor de San Miguel for Crimes Against Vegetarians.
A few weeks ago my main squeeze and I arrived, board games underarm, ready to chow down on truck food delicacies. You see we’re a Jack Sprat couple; I shun meat and my sweetie shuns vegetables. This makes food truck gatherings a comfortable resource for a geeky gaming outing complete with appropriate sustenance & libations. After browsing the offerings, I settled on a Guatemalan tamal from Sabor de San Miguel. It was 3 bites of pure flavor, prettily presented. I decided to go back for 2 tamales more. As I returned to the games salivating at the 2 beautiful veggie tamales, that I happily noted were each double the size of the first one (more than justifying the additional tip I’d left). I went to take a mouthful and as my fork melted in it came back out with chicken! Horrified at the disaster I managed to just barely avoid, I traipsed back and patiently waited my turn and explained that I’d asked for 2 vegetarian tamales (there must have been a mistake).Here’s what went down.
Me: I’m sorry to bother you, but I ordered 2 vegetarian tamales and these have chicken.
Her: Eyeballing me up and down, her eyes taking in every pound of my lusciously abundant body, “No, you didn’t.”
Me: Actually, I did I’m a vegetarian.
Her: No, you aren’t.
(um what? – scratching head) Me: I’ve been a vegetarian for 35 years. Therefore, I wouldn’t have ordered chicken.
Her: Well the default is always chicken, you must have said 2 tamales and not specified. There’s nothing I can do. (She incredulously eyeballed my body one more time shaking her head in disbelief).
So basically I spent $17 for one vegetarian tamal ($5 a piece plus $2 tip) that was 3 bites of yummy goodness, that was accompanied by a side of despicable customer service. It is never a good idea to call one’s customer a liar. Nor is it a good idea to assume your customer’s eating habits based on their body type.
Adios Sabor de San Miguel, adios.
Also – the balloons decorating the tables on this last outing? Make great hats!