Truckin’ along: The Virginias

26 Jul
heatherwva

State line muggin’

So nice to be back in the land of Food Lion, 100 percent humidity, and waitresses who call you “hon.” So far, this trip has reinforced all the things I love about this region… AND reminded me of a few things I miss about the Pacific Northwest, actually. For example: being a pedestrian! Drivers in the South DO NOT slow down at crosswalks. Seems so odd for me after living for the last four years in Washington state, where pedestrians are king!

As a lifelong Southerner, I’m sort of ashamed to admit that I haven’t spent much (if any?) time in the Virginias! What a delight these states are. So green and forested and free of highway billboards. No sprawling fireworks superstores (that I saw) or glowing fluorescent gas stations right off the Interstate. They’re all concealed by the greenery! It’s lovely here.

Made a quick stop in Charleston, West Virginia yesterday to meet with Jennifer Miller, who runs Mission Savvy— one of the most unique sorts of food trucks I’ve encountered. Jennifer’s business lineup includes not only the food truck, but also a juice bar/cafe and an eco-friendly clothing boutique. Jennifer is committed to serving vegan/raw/organic/gluten-free meals, snacks, and desserts on the truck and in her cafe.

Her goal was to “bring healthy fast food culture to West Virginia”– an area not necessarily known for its raw/vegan scene. The Mission Savvy truck has allowed Jennifer to bring her health-focused, eco-friendly lifestyle to people who might not otherwise have had access to it. The truck is a regular at many of Charleston’s community events, including the farmers market and the weekly summer concert series, where she serves her Sunshine Burgers and Ginger Marinated Tofu Satays.

“I’ll have 50-year-old men who come up to me (at events) and say, ‘My doctor says I need to eat less meat, but I don’t know how to do that,'” Jennifer said. “And then he eats a veggie burger and likes it!”

Sadly, Jennifer’s truck wasn’t open while I was in town yesterday, but she was nice enough to chat with me for a few minutes at her cafe. Even though I’m not vegan, I really love what she’s doing. I love that five percent of her profits are given to animal rescue charities. I love that she’s doing something so wonderfully and healthfully different in such a carnivorous region. Way to go, Mission Savvy!

AND TODAY…

I’m in Richmond, Virginia, anxious to hit up the Richmond Food Truck Court’s Thirsty Thursday tonight! I’m particularly pumped to check out Dressed and Pressed and BOKA Tako Truck. I’ve already been chatting with the operators of both trucks, and I’m excited meet them and taste those menus I’ve been drooling over for the past few weeks!

Oh, and if I may– a restaurant recommendation! Ate at Basili’s Greek Restaurant in the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond last night, and what a dazzling Greek feast it was! Souvlaki, spanakopita, dolmades, tzatziki, tiropita, kalamata olives, with finikia and baklava for dessert. Polí nóstimos!

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