I am a huge fan of cooking shows and on tonight’s episode of Top Chef, Lea Michele, Glee star and vegetarian, had the contestants cater her Halloween soiree. Vegetarian dishes Only! Always makes me happy to see TV shows highlighting vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. Cheers to BravoTV!
I recently visited Kitchen 17 with a friend last week. It’s located on the north side of Chicago, right off of Broadway on West Briar Place. Walked in and was immediately greeted warmly by the owner, Don, who so kindly suggested some of their most popular dishes. And I definitely needed help deciding, as there were so many delicious options to choose from. It’s also very rare to walk into a Chicago restaurant that is exclusively vegan and one where all the items on the menu sound just as tasty as the next. I ultimately ended up choosing the Rosemary Veggie burger and a slice of lemon cake for dessert. The burger was fantastic. Very hearty, grainy and the seasonings were spot on (the rosemary was an amazing touch). The burger was topped with a hummus spread, this wonderful sesame tahini sauce and the traditional: lettuce and tomato, all in between soft, crisp ciabatta bread. Cannot forget the dessert! The lemon cake was light, fluffy and just the right amount of citrus flavor. I could have easily had another piece or two…or three, it was just that good.
*Forgot to take pictures of the food! I was so mesmerized by the meal. Next time, I will definitely take pictures and post…and believe me, there will be a next time. 😉
This list created by Ann Mai is pretty spot on. In my opinion, every bullet point is accurate. Check it out!
With celebrations going on this weekend up until this Thursday, the official day, I thought I’d post a fun list of the halloween candy that vegans can enjoy along with the rest (thanks to vegnews.com). Check out their list for more info. Trick or Treat!
- AirHeads Taffy
- Allison’s Gourmet
- Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
- Brachs Fruit Slices
- Charms Blow Pops
- Atkinson’s Chick-o-Stick
- Chuao Chocolatier
- Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit
- Crispy Cat Candy Bars
- Cracker Jack Original Carmel Coated Popcorn & Peanuts
- Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, Original Dark
- Goody Good Stuff
- Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
- Mamba Fruit Chews
- Mary Janes
- Newman’s Own Licorice Twists
- Now and Laters
- Pez Candy
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Sweet & Sara
What an amazing revelation! Believe it or not, according to historian, Adam D. Shprintzen — Chicago was, in many ways, the epicenter of organized vegetarianism in America from 1893 until at least the 1920s. Check out his interview (Chicago, vegetarian capital of America (c. 1905))
This is a great, new application for locating vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in your area. Best part, it’s free! Check out Planteaters and download the app on iTunes.
Cory Booker, the very popular Newark, N.J. mayor, known for his commitment to public service, has just become U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Why is this such great news to the vegan/vegetarian community, you ask? He is also a vegetarian. A vegetarian who has energetically publicized his dietary choices which will, in turn, be a great model for the country. Congratulations to Senator Booker! Cheers to that!
A very bold and provocative way to kick off PETA’s World Vegan Month. Every November, PETA celebrates veganism around the world. This year, the model above decided to take the promotion of the vegan diet one step further, displaying herself as an “animal” product with a banner that read “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate – Go Vegan”. Check out PETA’s 30-day pledge in celebration of this special month.
Boston-based Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, has just updated their vegetarian diet pyramid to include the vegan diet as well. They were the first to introduce a vegetarian diet pyramid in 1997. It’s about time that someone got the food pyramid right! In my opinion, this is the food pyramid that should be displayed in school classrooms across the country. 😉