In yet another example of why I love Austin, radio show host Deb O’Keefe didn’t hesitate to say yes when I invited her over to my house to try a jackfruit.
We didn’t end up trying one of those large, green spiky fruits on this week’s livestream, but she was also down to taste whatever I showed up with, so we ended up with a slate of vegan products, including the Austin-based Celeste’s Best vegan cookie dough, Lisanatti almond “mozzarella,” The Honest Stand’s vegan nacho cheese dip and Wheatsville’s spicy buffalo popcorn chicken, which O’Keefe, a longtime ovo-pescatarian, had amazingly never had.
In the video, you can see how she reacted to these popular tofu bites, which I discovered are now sold hot and in small containers for easy-to-go snacking at the South Lamar location. I was surprised by how good the almond “mozzarella” and cashew-based nacho dip tasted, and it was fun to hear the native Brit’s perspective on eating raw cookie dough, her love of anything and everything with probiotics and the global status of the princess-to-be and her (surprisingly handsome) prince.
She won’t be watching the big event this weekend, however. She’s training for a body building competition later this year and has a workout already on the schedule. Will she watch the highlights? Of course.