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It’s Wednesday. Go to the Goat Farm Soup Cart!

IMG_9032Are the holiday crowds at Star Provisions and Taqueria del Sol making you rethink that tasty Westside lunch outing you had planned. Then get thee to the Soup Cart.

Every Wednesday the Good Food Truck sends out its lovely handpainted Indonesian Soup Cart to the Goat Farm Arts Center to serve one daily soup meal from noon to 2:30.

An artist friend who has a studio at the Goat Farm invited me out a couple of weeks ago. This urban oasis just behind the Westside Provisions District  serves as a fun event space at night, but during the day the mood is so peaceful and contemplative. I don’t’ want to sound like Mr. New Age Goop, but you eat mindfully when you’re here, and the take-it-or-leave-it single meal is exactly what the place calls for.

IMG_9030I was happy to take this coconut curry chickpea soup, deepened by the addition of mustard seeds. On the side was a mustard green quesadilla that cart operator Jessamine Starr assembled in an electric skillet from prepared frozen roti, shredded cheese from a bag and delicious sautéed greens. She topped it with a wonderfully tangy bottled chutney. I point out these ingredients not to cast aspersions but rather to point out what an intuitive, thoughtful cook she is. (I bet thrown-together-in-10-minutes Wednesday dinners at her house are fabulous.)

We bundled up and ate outside, but there’s a library where you can get coffee, soda or a beer.

A perfect respite.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

7 comments Add your comment


December 4th, 2013
1:35 pm

Sounds good. Thanks John.


December 4th, 2013
2:20 pm

Is it ok if we throw our beer bottles at passing trains while the soup cart is parked out there?

John Kessler

December 4th, 2013
2:25 pm

No, Goatneck, it is never okay to throw beer bottles. Next question.


December 5th, 2013
10:10 am

We’ve been several times, and the food has always been delicious! If someone would cook like that for me all the time, I’d become a vegetarian for sure!


December 5th, 2013
11:08 am

John: I really enjoy your blog (a lot), but I am a little disappointed that you have not mentioned the latest news about Nigella Lawson.
If it’s not too much trouble, could you please just write a little something about reports of her recent court testimony.
I just have one short, crass comment I would like to post, and then I’ll be out of your hair.
As usual, it will be an hilarious (to me) joke based on an obscure reference that mainly serves to entertain me and agitate those who typically comment on your posts.
As always, thanks for what you do. You’re the best!


December 6th, 2013
5:35 pm

@Cascius, I’m curious, what would you expect a food writer to say about the personal life of Ms. Lawson?


December 7th, 2013
9:16 pm

Cascius…….lets let Nigella work out her own problems in peace.