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This Food Truck Slings Up Vegan Cheeseburgers, Tacos and Breakfast Plates in Iwilei
Not only is Blondie’s Plant-Based Food Truck in Iwilei, it’s in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot.
I never thought I’d say this, but forget sunny-side up. Today, I’ll take my eggs powdered. In fact, I’ll take some chicken and cheddar powdered as well. These and other made-to-order breakfast dishes, burgers, tacos—all made from magic dust as fine as the sands of Kailua—are cooked and served at Blondie’s Plant Based Food Truck. The vegan starter powder mixes are creations that owners Paula Rae and her daughter Cybil have been perfecting together since Cybil was a child—and are preservative-free, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, non-GMO, low in sodium, low in fat, and high in protein. They’re local, all natural, and made from a family recipe. Buy the hot, recognizable form at the truck (a double cheeseburger), or buy packages of the mix to prepare at home with your own toppings and sides.
For guilt-ridden McGriddle gluttons flirting with vegan Mondays, here’s a breakfast bowl for your conscience—a scramble of potatoes, sausage and eggs on a medley of greens, with some tomato lomi and avocado slices ($12). For health-conscious whole-food vegans, there’s no methylcellulose, soy leghemoglobin or textured legerdemain in this stuff, just a blend of whole grains, vegetables, Hawaiian salt and seasonings. The sausage is herbaceous and savory. The eggs, a mix of mung bean and fava bean powder, have the textured curd of a scramble. They may lack the creaminess you get from an actual yolk, but it’s nothing the cheese can’t take care of. The cheddar comes from vegetable starches and coconut milk so smooth you’d think it came from a nacho cheese dispenser. And yes, you can even get breakfast sandwiches with vegan sausage, eggs and cheese for $10.
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Not an early riser? There’s a vegan cheeseburger ($13.99 with freshly brewed sweet iced tea) on local buns made with ‘Ewa onions, a vegan barbecue sandwich ($14.99 with sweet tea) and other sandwiches, protein bowls and vegan tacos (2 for $10 or 3 for $12 on Taco Tuesdays).
Cheeseburgers and breakfast sandwiches aside, Blondie’s is not fast food! And, although it may look like a Jetson’s-age bowl of powder that springs into a burger with just a drop of water, a lab-made Whopper it isn’t. It’s just veggies without the chemical binders and fillers. The mixes are available for sale, for everything from vegan chicken, beef and sausage to vegan eggs and cheese. Pour some into your palm, blow it into the sky and watch as the cloud forms a halo over your head.
Find the plant-based food truck in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Iwilei Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.