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Vegan Wings at Graveyard Tavern

D played a show at The Basement (the venue underneath Graveyard Tavern) on Saturday night, so we took advantage of the opportunity to go upstairs and check out the mythical vegan wings that I keep hearing and reading about. I was not dissapointed.

Now, I don’t think I can really remember what an actual Chicken Wing tasted like, but these little nuggets were wonderful! They came with a side of fries and vegan ranch sauce. Either they gave us the wrong sauce, or their idea of ranch is along the lines of horseradish sauce. But, it was still a good pairing for the wings.

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It’s $8 for the wings/fries combo. I could have shared them, they were quite filling. But a good option for a night out at the bar.

Graveyard Tavern is having some big 12/21/12 apocalypse party, so go get yourself some vegan wings and party down!

Crock Pot Week

This week was busy, and there was no time for grocery shopping. We ate out every night this week. Dave Ramsey would scold us.

Anyhoo. I’m heading to the grocery store and have lots of yummy fall-friendly (and EASY) crock pot meals on the menu for next week.

Stay tuned!

Happy Weekend!

Raleighgrams

We are back from Raleigh and our pre-anniversary trip to Hopsotch Music Festival! The festival was amazing, and I could probably fill up 10 blog posts with everything we did, but for our purposes, I’ll focus on the food.
Two words for you: Remedy Diner.

We ate there four times. Yes. Four. Times.

Because it was the best.

As you know, I had my short list of places to eat. But when it came down to actually being in Raleigh, we were limited to choices within walking distance of our hotel and in good proximity to our venue. I’m sure there are other good places to eat — but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Remedy was in the perfect location and had such a DIVERSE menu, that we were more curious about trying out as many of their menu items as possible.

Everything we had there was good. So I’ll spare the talking writing and just show you pictures.

Vegan Crab Cake and Fries

Tempeh Tantrum Sandwich (and hubbers’ hand)

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Beautiful back patio where we sat for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Morning refreshments

No Huevos Rancheros

We also ordered the vegan Sopapilla Cheesecake. It was so good, we gobbled it up before we could get a photo.

Quinoa Burger

Vegan Quesadillas with Daiya and Tofutti

With a name like “mother earth,” I hope it was vegan.

We also stopped by an Irish Pub, Tir Na Nog on Friday morning for one of the many day parties that take place during Hopscotch. I had the best bloody mary ever there. We ate dinner here one night too as they have some vegan items on the menu, but I wasn’t too hungry, so I just nibbled on some hummus and veggies.

Best Bloody Mary Ever in the History of the World

We had so much fun and it was a great way to kick off our anniversary celebration!!

ETL Week One

ETL Six Week Challenge is going well. I’m already down three pounds!

It’s been a busy busy week, but I’ve managed to find easy meals that fit the Eat to Live guidelines, and that satisfy my hubbers too.

What did we eat this week?

I found this recipe on Fat Free Vegan Kitchen for No-Pasta Eggplant Lasagna. I actually used the recipe from Happy Herbivore Cookbook for the Tofu Ricotta as the filling, since I like it and it’s a super simple recipe. Since the “salad is the main course” I also had a HUGE mixed greens salad, topped with Chickpeas and Nooch.

From Fat Free Vegan’s website. Not my photo.

Another night, we enjoyed the Asparagus and Chickpea Casserole from Fat Free Vegan. I actually used green beans instead of asparagus.  I also took Susan’s recommendation and made gluten free with cornstarch instead of using flour. D loved it, especially because it was topped with hash browns!

R. Thomas vegan yummies

On Tuesday, I had a doctor’s appointment at Piedmont Hospital. D wanted to treat me to lunch following the appointment, so we decided to try out R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, a funky 24-hour diner that has a ton of vegetarian and vegan friendly options. I ordered the Lucky Green Tea Bowl, which had quinoa, tofu and a plethora of other veggies. It was topped with a kale/collard salad. They probably used more oil than Dr. Fuhrman would have liked, but it was delicious.

D enjoyed a tofu scramble, with vegan sausage and the kale/collard salad. Although he said the tofu scramble wasn’t as good as my tofu scramble (shh. Don’t tell him it’s really Happy Herbivore’s Tofu Scramble).

I’ll be posting more eats from week two!

Calling ATL Vegan Bloggers. . .

Are you in Atlanta? Are you blogging about eating vegan food in Atlanta? Well, shoot me a note, because I want to add YOU to my new blogroll.

Like my vegan-friendly restaurant guide, I want to have a good list of other Atlanta vegan foodies that folks should be reading! I know there are more of you out there.

There are a cajillion (that’s a real number I’m sure) vegan bloggers that I love, and it would take up the whole sidebar if I listed all of you, so I’m just focusing on Atlanta peeps here, since this is an Atlanta blog.

Thanks all!

A Vegan Birthday Party!

Over the weekend, we celebrated my mom’s birthday! As I’ve written about before, my mom is plant strong/vegan and made the switch shortly after learning about my choice to stop eating animals and how it had helped with my own health issues.

My mom is truly an inspiration, and I hope to get a guest blog post from her soon!

So, of course, when her birthday came around, I knew that I wanted to host a totally vegan party for her!

In all the excitement, I forgot to take photos of the celebration. Bad blogger!

For appetizers, we had an assortment of vegan cheeses (mom, you’ll have to comment about the brand name of the cheese you brought, it was delicious!). I put out the Daiya Jack Style Wedge and some Follow Your Heart Cheddar.  My mom brought some “cheese” she found online and one was an herb-style spreadable cheese that was amazing!

I also made some vegan french onion dip. Did you know that most onion dip mixes are vegan? Just mix a packet with Tofutti and you have a yummy dip that “tastes pretty good for being vegan” – according to my father. That’s an understatement, I think it’s better than the non-vegan version!

For the main course, we enjoyed Chef Chloe’s vegan alfredo, a salad provided by my brother-in-law, and some garlicky green beans. I was a little too prepared though, because I made everything too early I think. The alfredo ended up heating for a long time, and was actually a little cold by the time it got to the table. Also, since I doubled the recipe, the sauce was a little bland (but I’m always afraid to over salt everything). Also, I should have tripled the recipe.

Lessons learned for next time. I’ll probably stick with lasagna for future group dinners.

But, everyone was very polite, and said everything tasted good. Thanks for sparing the hostesses feelings everyone.

The star of the evening (other than mom) was the birthday cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We served the vegan old fashioned chocolate cake from Southern Sweets!  This is one of the best tasting cakes I have ever had. It’s chocolatey goodness with chocolate chips and sprinkles. mixed into the layers of the dough. I’m a frosting fiend, so I’m definitely a fan of this cake.

We have leftovers. It’s dangerous.

It was a successful party and our first in the new house. Even the non-vegans were happy (and trust me, they are hard to please).

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!

 

More Atlanta Eats!

I’ve added more restaurants to the Where Can a Vegan Eat in Atlanta? page.

Recent additions:

  • El Myr
  • Wrecking Bar
  • Revolution Doughnuts
  • Dough Bakery
  • Fuego Mundo
  • Kavarna
  • Sevananda

Please feel free to send me more for the list. It’s my dream to have a comprehensive list where vegans can find all of the great veg-friendly eats in the city. Let’s show the world how veg-friendly our city really is!

I see yummy cooking in my future!

30th Birthday Weekend Extravaganza Part 1

Thanks again to all who stopped by during the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m having fun reading my way through all of the posts. I can’t wait for the next one!

Tomorrow, I turn 30. My wonderful and amazing husband has planned a weekend of fun to send me off into the next decade.

It all started on Friday. I took the day off of work for a day of pampering – I started off getting a mani/pedi at my local nail salon and then headed over to Raw Bronzing Studio for the best spray tan in town.

If you haven’t been to Raw, you best get over there! They have a scoutmob deal right now for half off their pre-tan prep and bronzing package. The owner, Tiffany, survived melanoma at 27. She didn’t like the spray tan products that were on the market, nor did she like all of the chemicals that made up those products, so she created her own 100% organic spray tan.

I first went to Raw for my bachelorette weekend and then wedding. Since I usually just burn when I go out in the sun, I gave up my sun goddess days. This tan looks so natural and doesn’t smell bad at all! Not only is it 100% better for you than the tanning bed, it’s also QUICK! You’ll be in and out in about 15 minutes and look like you are fresh off the beach.

See, I’m not orange. (That’s my mommy, Happy Mother’s Day!)

After the tan, I went to my favorite quick lunch spot – the hot bar at the Ponce Whole Foods. They have a whole bar dedicated to “Health Starts Here,” which is pretty much filled with all vegan, healthy options. I indulged in the vegan mac & Cheeze (ok, probably not HEALTHY, but it’s my birthday weekend). I also loaded up on Kale, black-eyed peas, and this curry corn side. mmmmmm.

That evening, my sister picked me up for dinner and Karaoke! We ate at The Porter Beer Bar, this great restaurant in Little Five Points that’s owned by a former classmate of mine. D & I used to eat there a TON in our pre-vegan days. I had the veggie burger and my sister enjoyed their mac & cheese and goat cheese fritters (I will figure out how to make a vegan version of these darn it).

These fries are to die for.

We headed over to Karaoke at Little Five Points Corner Tavern. About 12 of us gathered for a night of singing and tons of dancing. But, what happens at karaoke, stays at karaoke. I’ll just say it was a super fun time!

I’m also the proud owner of two new vegan cookbooks – Chloe’s Kitchen and Vegan Cooking for Carnivores!! (Thanks hubs and Tracy!)

I see yummy cooking in my future!

I can’t wait to get cooking!

Next up – Part 2: A Riddle – Your dreamy home away from home by the sea.

A Kosher Vegan Passover

This week is Passover, a Jewish spring holiday celebrating the Jews freedom from slavery in Egypt (I’m sure you can catch The Ten Commandments on TV sometime this week and get the scoop on Passover from Charlton Heston). It’s also one of my favorite holidays because it involves lots of eating and four mandatory glasses of wine.

We were invited to Seder (the passover feast) at our friend A&B’s house to enjoy a “kosher for Passover” feast with many vegan options. Since I don’t keep kosher, I wasn’t sure what to make/bring to the Seder. I turned to a famous Jewish vegan, Blossom (Mayim Bialik) to tell me what would be appropriate to bring to this special occasion and decided upon a vegan Eggplant Casserole.

Happy to see everyone enjoyed the eggplant!

A had put together an amazing spread too!

We started off with this yummy zucchini soup that I gobbled up before I could get a photo.

A’s mother-in-law brought a colorful salad.

Then we enjoyed some vegan Tzimmes, asparagus, and new potatoes with pesto.

 

Thanks to A&B for hosting an awesome Seder. Next year in Jerusalem! (or our house maybe :) )