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Soupervan Relief!

Words cannot describe how awesome Soupervan is (it is easily one of the things I miss most from New Jersey). If I could recreate the food they make so that I could enjoy it here, I totally would, because it’s been months since I’ve had anything from them, but alas! :'(! I’ve been toying with the idea of making a “favorites” page for all my favorite places around the country/globe, and this would definitely be on my list. <3

Of the causes I support, theirs is definitely one of my top ones, just because they’re honestly such wonderful people and because I love their philosophy. Since they’ve opened, they’ve donated more than 7400 meals filled with healthy goodness to the local soup kitchen (Elijah’s Promise).

Recently, with all that’s happened because of Hurricane Sandy, they’ve extended their efforts past donating a meal for every meal that someone purchases, and have actually been traveling to the places in NJ that were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy to provide free meals to the emergency responders and victims there. However, food and gas (especially gas) is insanely costly, and the expenses add up, so any help that you could give them would definitely be awesome!

Read more about their efforts and what they’ve done thus far in the link below!

Soupervan Hurricane Sandy Outreach
(I stole this picture from their facebook page. :x )

I know times are hard right now, but if you could spare anything at all, it would be greatly appreciated!

Here are my previous posts about Soupervan!:
Soupervan (My First Encounter)
Soupervan’s Disappearance
Soupervan’s Return
Why I’d Be A Cheap Date
Food Pictures

spoils of war

Soupervan’s last day on the Rutgers campus is tomorrow (for this semester, anyway). Sadly, this means it’s probably the last time I’ll be able to go, unless I manage to find them at their summer location (on route 18 by PNC & Hilton!) before I move across the country again.

That said, you should definitely make your way out to the Douglass campus by the student center and get your Soupervan fix on! :D

If you need an incentive, look at these:

 Acapulco Press: queso oaxaca and pablano pepper blend double folded in a multigrain wrap with ancho black bean spread. Mango salsa and crisp greens with halal chicken. (Also has an organic tempeh option.)

Smoked Gouda Broccolini Soup: Smoked gouda cheese, broccolini, kale and onions soup. Comes with a whole wheat roll. The soup is gluten-free.

Hungry Bunny: za’atar hummus, marinated organic dark greens, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, shredded carrots, cucumbers and crisp romaine with a roasted garlic tahini dressing in a multigrain wrap. (halal chicken or tempeh option. went with the chicken in this one.)

Cannoli!

 The wraps come with a drink! I went with the agua fresca as usual. They had the Scarletberry Agua Fresca, which is a blend of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, if I remember correctly.

soupervan’s return (take 2)

Soupervan has returned (again)!  They’ve actually been back for a while, but unfortunately for me, their location for the rest of the semester happens to be the only one I can’t get to. (Or rather, it’s located on the only campus I don’t ever have an excuse/reason to be on, unless I somehow find the time to start freelancing as an accompanist again.) The people on Cook/Douglass are super lucky.

It’s okay though. On Thursday of last week, we made a trip out there between classes because most of us needed a break (a 2 hour lecture covering 19 slides and an extra 15 minutes to cover the other 30 slides will do that to you ._.). There’s just something about that yellow van that puts a smile on your face. :D (Read their website. *-* I can’t do it without salivating.)


Buddhist Caballero Chili! It’s vegan and gluten-free! There’s a soy substitute(?) for chorizo in it, which I can normally never have since it’s usually pork, and there are black beans, tomatoes, poblanos, sweet potatoes, corn, onions, kidney beans, apples, red peppers and all kinds of awesomeness. The one wrapped in foil is half of a Fiji BBQ because those are delicious (first thing I ever tried at Soupervan <3).

I’m kindasorta looking for a roommate right now to share my apartment in West Virginia because the prospect of paying ~$300/month for my own room in an apartment (including all utilities/internet) is just too difficult to pass up. However, I’ve been pretty lucky in terms of the whole roommate/housemate thing in the past several years and I can’t help thinking that mayhaps my luck is about to run out. My roommates/housemates in undergrad were/became my best friends, and the ones I’m living with now are also pretty awesome. I think I generally get along with people pretty well, and the fact that she likes Soupervan should be an indicator that she has to be pretty cool? :D? We shall see.

So glad you’re back again, Soupervan! :]

where’d you go?

(I miss you so.)

In case anyone remembers my fawning post about the Soupervan back in October, this is me being devastated about its disappearance.

My favorite food truck broke up with me. :'(

SouperVan

“Farrah, have you ever been to the SouperVan?”

“Huh? The Superman? Is that an event or something? (No, I have not.)”

Rutgers is known for being home to the grease trucks, which have apparently been featured on everything from Good Morning America to Maxim magazine. You can order fat sandwiches, which are basically piled with things that will make you fat. For instance, a “Fat Nini” ($6) comes loaded with a cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, and honey mustard sauce. I think sometime before I move out of here, I need to try one of these, or it’d kinda be like going to New York and never seeing the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, or a show on Broadway.

Wait. I’ve been there three times so far and I still haven’t seen any of those. Oops.

But y’see, as long as the SouperVan exists, I might never make my way across the street to try the grease trucks. Why is this?

Because the SouperVan is the anti-grease truck. It supports a great cause, and aims to increase the awareness of domestic hunger. The food they serve is healthy (both in ingredients and portion sizes), affordable, and freaking delicious. They try to use seasonal, locally grown produce, and the containers and eating utensils they use are biodegradable. For every meal that you buy from them, they donate a meal to the local soup kitchen (Elijah’s Promise).You’re feeding yourself healthy food, supporting the local community and feeding the hungry, all in one meal. Does it get any better than that?

I learned of their existence on Wednesday, so I went there to get a celebratory dinner. I don’t think I mentioned my pact to not spend any money on outside food until I’ve finished my Costco warehouse of a room, but…I broke it on Wednesday because…well, it was my celebratory meal.

I’ve kinda been back there every single day since then. The food is amazing, and the people working there are super friendly/awesome, and extremely receptive to customer feedback. They’re doing a pilot-test of their menu right now, but I think it changes every week. I’m on a self-made mission to try everything on their menu, so that makes it a little hard, but it is a-okay!

This is what I’ve had so far…
Fiji BBQ Double Fold
whole wheat tortilla with smoked gouda, caramelized onions, organic agave mustard, royal purple apple slaw with a choice of chicken or organic smoked tempeh

Hungry Bunny
whole wheat pita w/ zaatar hummus, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, crisp greens, organic kale in a tahini dressing

Acapulco Press Double Fold
whole wheat tortilla, queso oaxaca, peppers, pico de gallo with choice of chicken or smoked tempeh

Miso Hungry
organic tofu with carrots, cucumbers, alfalfa, red peppers, basil in an organic peanut satay sauce

Cannoli
Only a dollar! They’re going to start making their own filling soon, and there are plans to infuse fresh raspberry puree into the mix!

Scarlet Bite
Toasted whole wheat roll with shredded basil Romaine blend, balsamic reduction, and choice of chicken or organic tempeh, served on a toasted whole wheat roll with plum tomato bruschetta.

Fresh Herbs Egg White Frittata
Served on a whole wheat roll. Egg whites with red peppers, onions, fresh herbs & Monterey Jack cheese.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili
tomato & pumpkin puree based chili with ground turkey, onions, garlic, spices, black beans & corn kernels served with cornbread and choice of sour cream, cilantro and shredded cheese

Apple Nachos
sliced fresh apples with caramel syrup & chocolate sauce, topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, flaked coconut and chopped walnuts

Watermelon or Strawberry Agua Fresca
watermelon or strawberry puree, lemon, sugar, super refreshing!

So. Effing. Good.

As such, I was totally talking the place up to everyone in my class today (we do this to everyone who walks by while we’re there too). I convinced one of the guys to come with me (score!). He apparently lives down the street from me, so I guess I have a walking-home buddy now, kindasorta.

They have a sandwich/soup/drink combo for $10, so I got that (so I could try more! :O ) along with apple nachos, which, in all honesty, I could probably make at home, but don’t have the patience to. Dominic gave me the larger size of the pumpkin chili on the house, and later realized that he forgot to put the new sauce they were trying out onto the sandwich I got, so he gave me my money back and told me to just let him know what I thought of the food on facebook. I got the “Miso Hungry” sandwich, a giant bowl of pumpkin turkey chili with cornbread, a 10 oz. strawberry agua fresca and a giant container of apple nachos for $8. o_o

Needless to say, the place grew even more awesome in my eyes (didn’t even know that was possible). If I were not against professing my love to guys I barely knew, I probably would’ve done it. :O

If you are ever in the New Brunswick area, this is where I’d suggest you go. Awesome food, amazing people, and an even more admirable concept. <3 They’re also switching it up from 8-in. tortillas to 10-in. tortillas next week! ;)