Monday, December 6, 2010

Lollypop Farms and Rochester goodies!

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent Thanksgiving in Rochester. DanT is from a suburb of Rochester and we met in college at the University of Rochester. (though it should be noted, that when we first met freshman year we had mutual disdain for each other. A story for another time, perhaps.)

The day after Thanksgiving, DanT and I went to a place very dear to my heart, Lollypop Farms. Lollypop Farms is the Rochester Humane Society. In college I made a trip to Lollypop Farms to liberate (or adopt, if you must) Pippin. Pippin has been featured on this blog many times. For cute Pippin bunny pictures, see the older posts! Pippin has actually been in my family longer then DanT (though not by much)! And when I recently learned that DanT, who has lived in Rochester since he was a child, had never been to Lollypop Farms we decided it was time to remedy that! Below are pictures from the farm on a very cold day. You can even see snow on the ground in the image below. Yes, it snows in Rochester before/around Thanksgiving.

Cold horse! They bring the outdoor animals inside when it gets really brutal.

Donkeys! They pretty much ignored us.

Inside, the goats were keeping warm. Here are two babies!

The goats appreciated our visit. Yes, you can adopt farm animals if you have the environment for them.
Though we cannot remember the exact wording, there was something about the cows that are up for adoption only being adopted to families that won't kill them! Go Lollypop Farms!

BUNNIES! We wanted to take you ALL home. I hope we brightened your days a bit. We love you bunnies!

Sleepy kitty.

Puppy! Look at those eyes!
Other Rochester goodies:

DanT's chocolate! It was delish. Filled with peanut butter!
The Chocolate above is from Lori's Natural Foods. All of Dan's Chocolates' dark chocolates are vegan. Flavors include: peppermint, peanut butter, orange, and coffee. We had no good reason for being in Lori's the day after Thanksgiving, but I love it there! The stock everything a vegan could want (except Daiya, actually) and lots of local veggies, fruit, and baked goods as well.

It may have been blisteringly cold, but the sky was pretty.

homemade by me and DanT: Lasagna!

This lasagna was so good (and creepily cheesy) that DanT's tofu-scared parents loved it. They even said that the ricotta tasted just like dairy ricotta. Recipe here, except we doubled the tofu ricotta because that's the best part! Also, we left out the hamburger crumbles and added some chopped veggies!

Sorry for the week or so gap between posts, readers, life has been epically busy. I will try to be a better blogger.

How was your thanksgiving? Any travel stories to share?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving roundup

Thanksgiving this year went down at DanT's parents' house. At my not-in-laws, you could say. A small gathering of people enjoyed an almost entirely vegan dinner. The sad, sad turkey was the only non-vegan part of the dinner. I can promise you that 1: the dinner would have been much better without the sad dead turkey and that 2: we did not participate in the turkey consumption. (obviously...)

On to the food! In no particular order we made:

Yams, or sweet potatoes? Whatever, they were simple and delicious.
These were simply roasted. For an hour or so. Just poke some holes in them first so they don't explode!

Vegan mushroom gravy from Veganomicon
This gravy was good, but I know nothing about gravy. Seriously. I think this may have been my first gravy ever. It was good. Not my favorite thing ever, but good.

Vegan stuffing. Just doctored-up Arrowhead Mills bag stuffing. Still yummy. 
Maple roasted brussels sprouts with toasted pecans.
Brussels recipe from the NY Times:

It was amazing. Seriously, this is how I will be cooking Brussels sprouts from now on. Try it with whatever nuts you've got. It was particularly good with the pecans, though. I bet walnuts would be delicious, too, if hazelnuts are out of your price range.

Hazelnut En Croute. There are no words.
Dear people at  Field Roast Grain Meat Company, let me profess my love. Your sausages are delicious. Your celebration roast, which we had for last year's Thanksgiving, is delectable. But this thing above, seitan covered in puff pastry filled with hazelnuts and cranberries, simply divine. If I could afford to, I would eat your products every day. Find their product catalog here:

DanT's grandfather made these napkin holders. He's very good with tools.

A whole plate! My whole plate!
The only thing on this plate that you didn't see in the previous pictures is the mashed potatoes. DanT used his secret (i.e. not written down) recipe for garlic mashed potatoes. We even roasted the garlic! Which is an amazing thing. You should do it, too! Garlic is super good after a roasting. I could eat it with a spoon.

DanT's clean plate.
DanT went back for seconds after this picture, but couldn't finish it! He was too full. Good stuff!

DanT's dog, McGyver! He is hoping for a handout.

Dessert! Vegan pumpkin pie!
DanT's favorite dessert, pumpkin pie. Best recipe ever right here: No tofu involved!

McGuyver says, thanks for having a delicious vegan thanksgiving with us!
I hope your Thanksgivings were as delightfully stress-free as ours! Hopefully next year will be turkey-free as well!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A quicky, but goody

Hello internet visitors! I would like to present you with today's breakfast for a lazy Sunday:
Ezekiel bread with Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
This spread is amazing. I ordered mine on Vegan Essentials. Holy yum. I highly recommend it.
Pomegranate seeds!
So one pomegranate has a lot of seeds! Delicious seeds! DanT and I couldn't finish all the little seeds in one breakfast. Perhaps the leftovers should join me for breakfast tomorrow?? This pomegranate was purchased at Trader Joe's. DanT had never had one before. He is now enlightened.
The whole breakfast
Look at that natural light! My living room is lovely in the morning. And my water glass in the background is a shout-out to my little bro!

And lastly, squirrel alert! Awesome dangling squirrel in Union Square park.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pure Food and Wine review!

Last Friday DanT and I had dinner at Pure Food and Wine as I had a Groupon. I had never been and had heard mixed things. Now, let me preface this by saying I don't eat a whole lot of raw food. In the summer when my CSA is in full swing I enjoy many a salad, but I never have fancy raw food. You see, I do not own a dehydrator or any fancy gadgets (besides my Vitamix!). Pesto is pretty much as raw as I go. So take my review with a grain of salt.

Also, sorry for the crappy pictures. There was "mood lighting", i.e. no lighting or in laymens terms: candles. So these are crappy iPhone pictures taken in candle light. Sorry if you cannot distinguish anything from anything else. It was the best I could do at the time.

King Oyster Mushroom Scallops in a Lemongrass Coconut Broth
This was eh. I have never had scallops in real life, as I grew up kosher, but these "scallops" tasted like mushrooms... Which they were. The broth was too broth-y to get scooped up by anything, which was sad as it was kinda good. This sucker costs $14... And for that kind of money I expect a lot more. I'm just saying...
Porcini Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce, Baby White Asparagus
This was my entree. It was delicious, as anything covered in truffle cream sauce is, however I had a problem with this. There were 5 raviolis on this plate. For $26! that is over $5 a ravioli! I know it is organic and raw, but seriously?!? Way to make this food seem unaccessible!

Three Pizzettes in the Style of Southern Italy with Almond and Rosemary Crust
The one on the right is the same as the one on the left in the picture above. I just couldn't fit it all in one shot.

DanT's Pizzettes. Yummy but not amazing. Also $26. Perhaps I am expecting too much, but for $26 I expect to be wowed. I was not. Also, after our shared first course and separate second courses we were still so hungry that DanT could not shut up about going to Chipotle afterward. That's right, we were at a fancy, expensive dinner and my domestic partner could not shut up about an $8 veggie burrito. Not rousing praise if you ask me...

But there is still dessert! Dessert to save the day, right?
Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart
DanT's salted chocolate caramel tart. I liked it. The mousse on the side was way yum. But all DanT could do was complain about the big granules of salt on the top of the teeny tart. He even tried to scrape them off. The thing was a bit salty, but mostly it was dense. Too chocolatey for me, but DanT usually goes right for that stuff. Not his cup of tea in raw form, I guess. (and an FYI, this sucker was $15)

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait
Mostly eaten...
So... It tasted good. And super sweet. Almost too sweet, which I rarely say. Actually, I guess it was too sweet as I couldn't finish it. Pumpkin-y and yummy, but too much. It isn't on the menu anymore, so I can't tell you how much it was, but it was also around $15. I think my biggest problem with our dinner at Pure Food and Wine is that without dessert we would have left hungry. Raw food is supposed to be healthy, and make my skin glow, and all that crap. And it took the cheapest item I ate that night, and the least healthy, to make me feel full. Doesn't that seem stupid to you? Personally, I think Pure Food and Wine got lost somewhere along the way. I am not against raw food, I am against a meal that gives me the wrong impression about raw food. I left there thinking that raw food is way too expensive for a regular old person like me to eat, unless all I'm going to get is dessert.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thai Curry Soup!

Recipe! Recipe!

Hi All! I like exclamation points! You know what I like even more? An amazing recipe. And I made it up myself! (with DanT's expertise, chopping skills and organization). One of the best parts about this soup, besides how good it tastes? It is quick!!

Thai Curry Soup

Serves 4 (two dinner and two lunch portions!)

1 bag of soba noodles
1 TBSP Coconut oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 sweet potato, diced
1 can coconut milk (and one can-full of water)
4 baby bok choys, chopped, separated into white parts and green parts
1 bunch scallions, chopped, separated into white parts and green parts (only use the crisp green parts)
1 lime
Curry paste to taste

1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Place the coconut oil in a big pot and melt it on medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, onions and white parts of the scallions and saute for 5-10 minutes until the onions are translucent.
3. Add the coconut curry sauce, coconut milk, and a can-full of water. Bring to a boil. Taste. If not spicy enough for your liking, stir in a teaspoon at a time of curry power until you are satisfied with the spice level.
4. Boil for a minute or so, then add the green parts of the bok choy and scallions. Cook for a minute.
5. Turn the heat off and squeeze the lime juice in.
6. Put some soba noodles at the bottom of a bowl and ladle the soup on top, making sure to get some onions and sweet potatoes off the bottom of the pot.
7. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The one where I apologize


This is me saying sorry for disappearing! The end of October was very hectic to say the least. I am looking forward to a slightly calmer November.

Happy day after World Vegan Day! And happy beginning of Vegan MoFo (Vegan Month of Food)! I will try to read as many of your blogs as possible.

Lets go back in time, shall we?

VegFest! Two Saturdays ago (the 23rd of October) we had the second annual NYC VegFest! Many groups were represented! We had a prime location in Union Square. All the farmers market visitors walked right on by. Perhaps we piqued some interest?

I was volunteering with the Sea Shepherd table. If you haven't yet, (and you live in NYC or the NYC area) you must send an email to to get on our mailing list!
The Sea Shepherd table!
Mercy For Animals
OlsenHaus shoes sample sale
Love it!
Later in the day, Terry Hope Romero lead an awesome "how much vegan stuff do you know?" trivia game.
Terry, being awesome!
My team was named the Vegan Halloweiners. We were the dream team! And, we won! We won a scoop each at Lula's! YAY!
Happy Campers with Terry!
Then on the next day, Sunday, it was Farm Sanctuary's New York City Walk for Farm Animals!
vegan NBA star John Salley, the walk leader, with Gene Baur
I volunteered in the morning, but I walked with everyone in the afternoon!
DanT, Steve of Kiss Me, I'm Vegan, our friends Emory and Joe
So many people walked! And so much money was raised! All the money goes to Farm Sanctuary to help save farm animals.
John Salley was wearing a Bold Native shirt! On the right is my friend Lauren Krohn, the professional photographer!
Hope to see you all at next year's walk! And thanks for sticking by me throughout my busy October! I will attempt to be back with a vengeance!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A vegan food tour

of, well, no specific area of New York City. Perhaps this could be called a "best of" tour. DanT, my friend Alissa and I had an all day vegan eating fest (followed by watching a Yankees loss on tv... BOOOOOOOO!). Here's a photo essay of our day!

First up: FOODSWINGS! Vegan diner food. That's right. All vegan, all the time!
The beautiful facade of Foodswings!
Now I am going to show you all of the food we ordered. Do not freak out. It is a lot of food for three people. DanT and I took some of it home (I'm not going to lie, we didn't take much home...) and I had it for lunch the next day. There is a reason we ordered this absurd amount of food. A month or so ago, Groupon in NYC had a groupon for Foodswings! $7 for $15 worth of food! So, we had to get our moneys worth. We each spent $15-20 ($0-5 after the groupon), and at Foodswings that ends up being a lot of food. For proof, see below:

Mozzerella stix, a corn dog and creamy mac and cheese

Corn dog! Nostalgic for me, which is weird as I never had corn dogs as a child... Extra points if you saw my Sea Shepherd water bottle in the background of this pic.
Chicken Caesar salad
Grilled Cheese
Chicken cutlet sandwich
A Kickin' Veggie Slider. SO good!
Look how kickin' and tiny!!
Missing from all that gluttony is the large butterfinger shake DanT and I shared. Holy yummmmm. Chocolate ice cream and chik-o-sticks. If you have never had a chik-o-stick, you should find one. It tastes just like the peanutbutter-y, crispy part of a butterfinger. It is delish. I have only ever found them at Economy Candy here in NYC. I would check at old time-y candy stores. Worth the trip!
Post insane indulgence. Full. Leftovers include most of the salad, two mozz stix, a little mac and cheese and a little of the grilled cheese. Lunch!
DanT! Giving me bunny ears. Tiny bunny ears. And I'm wearing my Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary shirt!
 Post Foodswings, we needed a walk. We had a goal in mind. I'm not telling you where we went until I show you all what we saw along the way!
Pigeon central! Like one big crazy family.
Kitty manning the boat... The boat sitting in a parking lot... Weird.
Really cool, narrow as heck, apartment building! The blue section is made out of solar panels!
Our destination was...?

Champs. I have blogged about Champs before, so I will not bore you all with words. Here, have some pictures instead!
See the pumpkin pie in the corner? DanT wanted to take a whole one home.
On top of that display case is row after row of delicious cinnamon buns.
Alissa's berry scone. I tasted it. It was goooooood.
Top row: Black and white cookies! The real deal! I had one. My first black and white since loooong before I went vegan.
Alissa got that scone you saw above. DanT and I got a black and white cookie and a sweet potato marshmallow cinnamon bun. You will be happy to know that we did not eat our Champs baked goods until much later in the day as we had a plan for dessert already. Lula's Sweet Apothecary, of course!! Though the Champs goods were delicious, in case you were wondering. I would recommend any of the kinds of cinnamon rolls. They are huge!
Alissa and DanT being good little Lula's models!
It should be said that Lula's is Alissa's favorite ice cream. Alissa is not vegan. Lula's is not her favorite vegan ice cream, but her favorite ice cream. Ever. Seriously, just ask her.
Cake batter - Pumpkin spice soft serve twist!!
We all got soft serve... Alissa and I got the twist, DanT got straight up pumpkin spice. We were all extremely full and happy. All-in-all the best eating day I have had in a very long time. And my waist line says thanks! Hope to do it again soon!