You can tell this is a vegan ding dong because the ingredients list is more important than what the treat looks like.
Over a month ago, LA vegan superblogger (the Heidi Klum of Vegan Blogging) Quarrygirl and Tony from vegan-friendly pub Tony’s Darts Away and just-opened Echo Park Mega Pub Mohawk Bend threw the second installment of their Vegan Beer Fest and I was invited. Okay, fine, everyone was invited but tickets were $40 (proceeds went to ARME, Animal Rescue Media Education).
Here’s the thing about attending a Vegan Beer Fest: you should probably be super into cold frosties. I arrived at around 2pm with the kind of photographer who forgot to bring his camera, and both of us happened to be on the kind of antibiotics whose side effects when taken with alcohol are far far worse than the original symptoms. Neither of us able to drink, and taps being pretty much everywhere, we were left with grub. I was real excited about it, but here’s the thing about attending a Vegan Beer Fest on a June afternoon in the parking lot of the Las Vegas of LA (The Roxy on the Sunset Strip, Hollywood), it’s hot, there’s no shade for us burners, and there was a distinct lack of vegan ice cream for sale. I’m lookin’ at you, Scoops. You need a food truck! (And a website.)
I wanted to try something from every truck, (Doomie’s, Seabirds Truck, Mandoline Grill, Fresh Fries, The Frankenstand, Veg-it-up, Luscious Organic Desserts, and The Mad Kettler!) but sadly, my brain is bigger than my stomach. I made a bee-line for Doomie’s, as I have been a longtime fan of their food despite their name. Doomie’s had a kitchen fire in their restaurant the night before but still managed to make it out with some tasty treats. I had some tacos, a chimichanga type thing, and a piece of chocolate covered bacon. Next, I was going to hit up the Sea Birds truck for the first time, but the line was so long that while waiting in it, my skin started to smolder. With the threat of combusting looming, I line hopped over to the Mandoline Grill truck, my favorite food truck in LA. I don’t know what they do to the ‘fu, but they make some of the best tofu I have ever eaten ever. I ordered everything that ended in os — nachos, and some more tacos. Yum!
While my “photographer” decided to fight heat with fire in the form of a very jalapenoey dog from The Frankenstand, I got one of the last treats from from Luscious Organic Desserts– a peanut butter ding dong.
By this point, we had seen our fair share of vegan-themed T-shirts, and the ding dong and I were melted and stuffed, so we packed up our empty Vegan Beer Fest Shot Glasses and headed to somewhere with indoors and A/C.