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Holiday Hash Brown Casserole – and Happy Herbivore Abroad Giveaway Continues!

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HappyHerbivoreAbroad_FrontCoverYesterday, we spent the day with my in-laws for Christmas. Though my mother-in-law did veganize some of her dishes, I felt like we should also contribute to the Christmas meal.

I’ve been craving a really good hash brown casserole. The kind with lots of cheese and a buttery corn flake topping. Vegan Crunk’s Cookin Crunk Cookbook came to the rescue!! DSCN3725

Bianca has a whole section dedicated to dishes perfect for potluck meals, and in it was that yummy, cheesy hash brown casserole that I had been craving!

I made the casserole a day ahead, and since we didn’t want to wait until the next day to eat it, I also made a smaller casserole for the two of us to eat that morning.

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This was DELICIOUS!! And, it keeps overnight in the fridge really well. The only change I would make is to save the corn flake topping and add before taking it to the party, since the corn flakes did get a little wilted.

We will definitely make this again! And if you are looking for a belated holiday gift, be sure to pick up your own copy of Cookin’ Crunk!

 

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!

A Very Vegan Hanukkah – and cookbook giveaway preview!

Saturday marked the last night of Hanukkah and we celebrated with our annual family gathering hosted at my sister’s house. It was a great night exchanging presents, spending time with family, and enjoying some yummy vegan versions of our favorite Hanukkah foods!

Let’s take a little tour of my plate, shall we?

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At the bottom right of this delicious plate, you’ll see my mom’s famous potato latkes. Mom makes the best latkes in the world. Seriously. I’ve never found any that stand up to hers. And, it’s family tradition that my sister and I help mom fry and flip the latkes on the stove before dinner. So they are fresh! Never frozen! If you don’t come out of Hanukkah dinner smelling like vegetable oil, then it’s not a real Hanukkah dinner! and of course, served with apple sauce and Tofutti sour cream.

Moving to the left, you’ll see the maple roasted Brussels sprouts that I’ve started to make for everything. I don’t even think my family likes Brussels sprouts. But I do. So I make them.

Next, you’ll see my veganized Brisket! It was so easy, and turned out delish! I based the recipe on my mom’s traditional brisket recipe, which calls forĀ  one packet of onion soup mix, two bottles of chili sauce, water (fill up the two bottles and add that to the pot), potatoes and baby carrots, but substituted Gardein beef tips in place of the brisket meat. I also threw everything in the slow cooker and set it on low for the day.

My aunt made a yummy salad and left the cheese on the side for the vegans. My Brother-in-Law also made a vegan peach pie, which was pretty tasty too!

Mom also brought her yummy mock chopped liver, based on this recipe. It gets better and better each time she makes it, and it was yummy to begin with! All the taste without the guilt or the cholesterol!

It was such a great night and we all rolled ourselves home and slept well with full hearts and tummies.

Giveaway Alert!! On Monday, December 24, I am excited to be participating in The Happy Herbivore’s 31 Days of Giveaways for her new cookbook, Happy Herbivore Abroad. So please check back in on Monday to read a Q&A with the Happy Herbivore and enter to win a copy of the book!

 

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!!

30th Birthday Part 2: A day of riddles

I woke up on Saturday morning ravenous. I was ready for brunch!

D started off the morning with a riddle, so I could guess where we were going for breakfast:

“What if Danny DeVito’s wife opened a restaurant for kitty cats?”

The answer “It would be called Ria’s Bluebird!!”

Ria’s has long been on my list to try, and Saturday was a perfect morning for it! I was in the mood for a big stack of potatoes, so when I saw the Bionic Breakfast, I knew it was perfect for me! (of course, I forgot my camera, because I was so hungry!)

We also enjoyed a side of Soysage. D had the Southwest Tofu Scramble, which was also divine.

After brunch I took a long, much needed nap – followed by a family outing to the dog park.

At the dog park, I got my next riddle for our plans for the evening: “Your dreamy home away from home by the sea.”

It took me a while to guess. I started guessing seaside destinations: parent’s beach house in Grayton, Savannah, Charleston. . .

D told me it’s not as much about the destination. I was baffled.

It was only on the interstate, where I saw signs for Athens that I figured out we were going to a concert.

What concert? Oh yeah, BEACH HOUSE!!!

I love Beach House, and it holds a special place in my heart.

Before Beach House, we went and ate at The Grit, a famous vegetarian restaurant in Athens. I had been once before for breakfast, and I was STARVING when we went on Saturday.

A friend of mine was telling me about their famous Golden Bowl, so I knew I had to try it.

Golden bowl of yumminess. Photo not mine.

The golden bowl is probably the most delicious meal I’ve had since going vegan. I’m a big nutritional yeast fan, and this dish is loaded with nooch! We even had a little leftover for lunch on Sunday!

With full tummies, we headed to the Georgia Theatre and grabbed some stools on the third level. We settled in and had a great evening with Beach House and their dreamy tunes.

Missed Part 1 of my birthday weekend extravaganza?

Coming soon- Part 3: A day of rest. . .