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She's passionate about food and proud of her Puerto Rican lineage. He's passionate about people and a former concierge at some of Seattle's finest hotels. Together, Sheena Lee Fuson and Jesse Lee Marshall make a cute couple, dressing as soda jerks and selling sweet (and savory) pancakes on sticks out of a tangerine-colored mobile kitchen.
My Sweet Lil Cakes is one of the newest food trucks to hit the Seattle streets. On weekdays, Lil Cakes is parked in a lot across from Li'l Woody's in Capitol Hill, strategically located to appeal to passers-by as they make their way to work or play downtown. As they build their business, Sheena and Jesse plan to take their pancakes to festivals, farmers markets, and special events.
The pancakes are cooked to order, taking about five minutes to appear and starting at five dollars apiece. Many have matching sauces for dipping, making them an interactive eating experience. Flavor combinations are interesting, ranging from a savory Cornbread, Cheddar, Jalapeno & Cilantro to a sweet Green Apple & Caramel with Pecans.
These pancakes are a snack or meal to go, albeit a little challenging to eat, as you can't easily slide the food along the stick. Sheena and Jesse say that's alright, as you can eat it like it's corn on the cob. Their positive and playful attitude makes My Sweet Lil Cakes a carnival of fun and a funhouse of friendliness. While open for breakfast, I can see this food truck someday serving as a fantastic late-night stop for post-party munchies. Right now, you can see a variety of the pancakes and scenes from the My Sweet Lil Cakes truck in the slideshow above.
My Sweet Lil Cakes
About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.