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Buffalo Bleu

It’s a crossover post! Atlanta Nosh

Hello everyone! Today’s episode of FormerFishTacoFanatic is a crossover!

Last Sunday, I went to check out the Atlanta Nosh with LuminousVegans and our friend A (aka TenaciousTeacher).

The Nosh spawned from what used to be the Atlanta Underground Market (AUM). AUM was the worst-kept “secret” in Atlanta because the place was always PACKED whenever they held their market event. I attempted to attend an AUM last winter, but didn’t get there early enough and got frustrated with the parking situation and left. wah-wah.

But, I was happy to see that they moved to a permanent venue in Atlantic Station, and it’s now FREE!!

We got there early, about 12:30 p.m. but we stayed almost until the end and it never seemed to get overwhelmingly crowded.

Our first stop was Pure Abundance, where everything was vegan! The owners said they recently went vegan after being vegetarian for years and feel great!

Pure Abundance All Vegan Menu!

I also had the Buffalo Bleu Taco and the Mango Tango Taco. I loved the corn tortilla, which says a lot because I’m usually not a corn tortilla fan.

Buffalo Bleu

Buffalo Bleu

Mango Tango

Next, we stopped to try the WOWza Vegan dumplings and since we were parched, we also had this delish Pineapple juice! Here is the other half of our artsy photo of each other taking pictures of our food.

Watch out! Bloggers with cameras!

I opted to skip the chocolatey brownie dessert for a King of Pops!! I ordered the blackberry ginger limeade pop. I loved the spicy kick that the ginger gave the Popsicle. The perfect way to end a hot afternoon gorge-fest.

I bite my popsicles.

Atlanta Nosh is a great ways to spend a Sunday. It’s super affordable and you won’t leave hungry!

Vegan Calzones

Vegan Potluck: Italian Night!

Hey y’all, I’m back from my mini-blogging break and have lots to blog about!

Last night, our friends A&B hosted the vegan potluck with the theme: Italian Night!

I made Smitten Kitchen’s Ratatouille. . .which I know is technically a French dish, but it has Italian Origins. I braved my mandolin slicer to get the veggies sliced perfectly. I’m happy to say no fingers were harmed in the making of this dish.

Our friends A&B provided homemade pizza (half mushroom, half tomato) with Daiya Mozzarella, thus inspiring me to break out the pizza stone we received as a wedding gift and start making homemade pizzas.

They also made some calzones stuffed with broccoli and Daiya.

M&L brought a delicious roasted veggie dish! They also brought their adorable three month old baby boy. . .I think he was the star of the evening.

We also enjoyed wine from the finest regions of Italy (and the Whole Foods wine section).

Fellow Atlanta Blogger Luminous Vegans made a DELICIOUS vegan Tiramisu. I was never a big Tiramisu fan in my pregan days, but I think this may have made me a convert. Somehow I failed to get a photo, but check out the recipe here!

We’ve decided to alternate vegan potluck with vegan supper club throughout the year so we can also try out some great vegan-friendly restaurants too!

Check out past Vegan Potluck installments:

Mexican Night

Vegan Brunch

Mini Atlanta Blogger Meet-up: Takorea

I had the pleasure on Saturday of having lunch with Adrienne from Crack the Plates and K from Luminous Vegans. K and I already know each other since our sweeties are long time friends from elementary school. It was a pleasure meeting Adrienne! I’ve been a fan of her blog for a while, and she is another great resource for Atlanta’s vegan-friendly restaurants.We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with great food and even better conversation!

We met up at Takorea in Midtown Atlanta. It was my first time there, but I first heard about the restaurant from a blog post by Abracapocus.

Takorea has a great vibe. It was a perfect lunch spot for a sunny spring Atlanta day. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable about the menu and they were able to identify which dishes were vegan friendly, or how they could be adapted to be vegan friendly.

We all ordered the tofu tacos, which were DELISH!

K and I split the Bibim-Bop (sans meat and fried egg). It was spicy, but also a great dish. It’s really big, so I’d definitely recommend splitting unless you are super hungry.

I would definitely go back to Takorea. They had a few other vegan friendly items that looked interesting. They also have a killer drink selection and I hear their fries are the bomb.

Check out Adrienne’s post about our lunch over at Crack the Plates too!


Vegan Potluck: Brunch Edition!

Saturday marked our second official Vegan Potluck! Luminous Vegans hosted at their lovely home and this month’s theme was: Brunch! (check out LV’s blog too, it’s a crossover posting!).

We started this back in October, hoping to make it a monthly occurrence. Then in December, we were all a little swamped with the holidays, so tried a local vegan restaurant together. Now that the craziness of the holidays settled down, a brunch seemed like the perfect way to enjoy food, friends, fun, and puppies!

D and I took River over to N&K’s to play with the greyhounds (who are sweet and adorable). Lots of running ensued. We also found out the hard way that pecans are bad for doggies. Just take my word for it.

Now, onto the food!

K made these delicious virgin Mimosas. I drank about 4 of them (no alcohol, no worries). I skipped coffee because I already had a cup at home, and if I have more than one cup of coffee, I get super anxious.

The spread!

We brought over a cheezy hashbrown casserole, loosely based on this recipe I found on The Snarky Chickpea blog. I omitted the oil (because I try to cook oil-free as much as possible) and used a lot less Earth Balance. I also added red, green and yellow peppers for good measure. And A LOT more Daiya (because I’m a little obsessed with Daiya.

We also cooked up some Gimme Lean “sausages” which are always a yummy addition to brunch.

Cheezy Hash Brown Casserole

N & K made a DELICIOUS quiche and put out some beautiful fresh mixed fruit. I’m also jealous of their Vitamix. I need to get me one of those.

Love the colors!From Isa's Vegan Brunch

Our friends A&B brought a cornbread casserole, in both muffin and loaf form. Also, super tasty!

Cornbread muffins

Needless to say, I went back for seconds. We also took a plate of leftovers to our friends M&L who just had a baby! (He’s adorable!!)

I can’t wait for the next Vegan Potluck! I’m lucky to have such awesome friends, who are also amazing cooks!