Sunday, March 04, 2012
As a Filipina Food Blogger, I'm all about supporting Filipino-Owned Food Businesses. So when I got an invitation to visit the Filipino-Owned B Sweet Mobile Food Truck, I was happy to stop by. Before I talk about the truck, let me introduce you to the Owner, Barb Batiste.
Barb has actually been in the food business for a number of years. Past stints included working along side the Executive Pastry Chef at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel as well as being the head pastry chef for an LA Art Gallery. But, while she enjoyed making high end pastries and desserts, her real love was all about making homemade desserts the old-fashioned way.
That love was so prevalent that she even started a side business selling her own Chocolate Chip Banana Bread to local cafes, which got rave reviews. Eventually, Barb opened her own catering company and just recently, the B Sweet Mobile Food Truck.
Since the Chocolate Banana Bread was what started it all, I definitely wanted to try that. I ended up taking a loaf home so that I could have a taste. To be honest, I'm not much of a "sweet" bread kind of person, but I can see why this was a good jumpstart to her business. It was moist and it tasted like fresh bananas were used in this recipe.
Other than the chocolate banana bread, you can take a peek at other items they carry below. Those items are the standard menu items; however, there will also be special dessert items. Every night, there will be a "hot" dessert option like a cobbler or bread pudding. Their selection of specialty cupcakes will also change flavors nightly.
B Sweet actually put together a selection of items for me to take home which included a Vegan Carrot Cupcake, Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes, an Angel Baby Cupcake (Vanilla Bean), Red Devil Cupcakes (Red Velvet) and Red Velvet Cake Pops. To those of you who are vegan, there will always be one vegan dessert option for you to choose from. I was only able to try the Red Devil and the Chocolate Ganache Cupcake since everything else and the banana bread were pounced upon by my family and some visiting friends.
I've never been much of a red velvet fan, but I did like how moist the cupcake was; however, I totally fell in love with the Chocolate Ganache Cupcake, which is one of their specialty cupcakes. The frosting was like a creamy pudding which I thought was awesome and the cupcake itself was moist and made my "chocolate" tooth happy.
Also on the truck was their Cupcake Bar. There's three steps to the Cupcake Bar. 1) Choose your cupcake. 2) Choose your frosting. 3) Choose your toppings.
The one thing that my 7 year old grand-niece really loved about the truck was that Cupcake Bar. The packaging was such that the toppings were separate, which gives you the chance to add as much or as little as you wanted. I actually picked one up for my 6 year old niece as well and both their cupcakes became mini art projects, which they were quite happy to devour once it was decorated to their taste.
When it comes to beverages, you have your choice of picking from the Milk Bar, Tea Bar and Soda Bar. The Milk Bar will offer drinks like soy milk, chocolate milk, regular milk, Yoo-Hoo, etc. If you're into tea, there will be 8 hot teas to pick from. Finally, there's the Soda Bar, which will contain unique sodas like the ones I tried below.
Overall, I'm happy to support the B Sweet Mobile Food Truck. However, I would have loved to see one or two Filipino-inspired desserts. It's a missed opportunity to introduce a food from our culture. When I asked about that possibility, I was told that bibingka may make it on the menu, so that's definitely something to look forward to.
ADDENDUM: After some tweeting with B Sweet, it looks like there will be Filipino-inspired desserts and/or desserts using Filipino ingredients that will soon show up as specials! :)
B Sweet Mobile Food Truck
B Sweet Catering