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Friday, November 30, 2012

2day

It's that time of year again!! Satsuma time. Breakfast:


(later followed by an unpictured Pink Crisp apple)
Lunch was from Paradis, tomato red lentil soup with a roll.


So, funny story, I guess - I took the soup to eat in the park and about half way through, a youngish junkie sat on the bench next to me and started talking about how he got kicked out of the grocery store nearby, started swearing and then was like, "Oh, excuse my language." Then he pulled out some sunglasses, put them on and said, "I need you to be honest - be BRUTALLY HONEST with me, do these sunglasses look good?" "Yeah, yeah you look good! Did you just buy those?" "Yeah, yeah, so like, do I look SUPER good? Or just okay?" "I wouldn't say SUPER good but you look good." "Okay, cool, yeah, thanks..." And I resumed eating my soup as he nodded off on the bench. Oof. I asked if he was okay and all; I really felt bad for the guy. He didn't even ask for money or food; I would have given him something but he was just out. That's New York through the lens of Maud. Anyway.
A snack.


And dinner. The same old salad of late: spinach, avocado, tomato, zucchini, tofu, kimchee, tahini dressing.


Manhattan or two may be in store. Good night.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Random and Recent

I like to see grocery haul posts like Sarah's, and so -
Groceries from Trader Joe's:

Gluten-free rice bread, sesame snack sticks, raw almonds, raw cashews, roasted + salted pistachio meats, sunflower seed butter, sliced mashrums, Earth Balance...

Spinach, organic zucchini, cherry tomatoes, dates, rosemary, an avocado, and in the back - a dark chocolate orange (those ones you slam and make segments!)
Lunch with all those goodies:

Salad with spinach, mushroom, tomato, zucchini in balsamic vinegar with red pepper flakes, toasted gluten-free bread with monterey jack flavor vegan cheese (FYH) and tomatoes.
Haxan all up in that:


Tonight's dinner also with said produce:

Spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, avocado, kimchee, mushrooms, sunflower seeds in a tahini dressing.
Despite all those groceries, I still sometimes go out for lunch salads. Via Whole Foods:

Collard, bell pepper, red cabbage salad with lentils and mushrooms, plus some roasted sweet potatoes. The color is weird because I took it at my desk at work under the fluorescent lights. Another at desk shot with Whole Foods sustenance:

I won't show you the post-mixed shot, which caused my co-workers to grimace and ask UH WHAT IS THAT SLUDGE YOU ARE DRINKING. Whatever, man! I'm just tryna be healthy! It was tasty but left flecks of alfalfa and tangerine pulp in my teeth, 'cause I'm super attractive.
Finally, the sweet, smart Raechel from The Rebel Grrrl Kitchen nominated me for a Liebster award, which I appreciate. I'm not entirely comfortable sharing facts about myself on here but I do love to read about other people. Can that be one of my "about me's?"
Can I tag Vegan Showdown, VaVa, Allysia, and Ingrid in this without reciprocating?

Monday, November 26, 2012

NYC Vegan Tour: B&H Dairy

Woohoo my own personal MoFo! This means I win all the giveaways, right?
Anyway, (re-)starting a vegan tour with an eatery with the word "Dairy" in its name might sound a little odd, but it seems the full name is B&H Dairy and Vegetarian Food. Vegetarian food I can get down with.


B&H is in the heart of the East Village on 2nd avenue just south of St. Marks Place (where I was born; holla!) and has been around since the late 1930s, so it has long served "alternatives" especially since the prices are pretty cheap. I won't give you a long history lesson about the place, though it is pretty interesting. Rather, I will direct you to this informative comic by Greg, and just show you some photos. He turned me on to this place and walked me through the vegan parts of the menu. They serve no meat in the restaurant, so the soups are safe, though a lot of the menu is definitely dairy-heavy.
Greg and I have been here a couple times. I've previously gotten the mushroom barley soup, lentil soup, and split pea soup. Tonight I took a walk on the wild side and ordered the borscht! I have never had borscht before, but I've been intrigued for a long time. Check out this color:


It was really delicious! I expected it to be sweeter, which is why I hadn't ordered it previously, but it was mostly vegetable soup with a slightly sweet beet flavor. I definitely want to try to make my own.
Greg also likes to walk on the wild side. He ordered half lentil soup, half split pea. The guy behind the counter asked, "You sure?" and then served it up:


We've also previously shared a plate of spinach pierogies. You can get them either boiled or fried - we got them boiled to be safe, but next time I might ask if they're fried in butter or oil. The place is very small and they cook everything right in front of you so I'd trust the preparation.
Interior shots:




This last photo cracks me up. I wonder if the mashrum knish is vegan?
I don't know how you guys feel about patronizing restaurants that aren't super vegan-friendly but I think this is an interesting diner, the vegan food they do have is cheap, tasty, and filling, and it seems like you could come here with an omni and they'd find something they'd like as well. It's a good drop-in place if you find yrself in the area, even if not on the must-hits list of a vegan destination vacation.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

See Food

In addition to my miso soup, here are a couple other seaweed-y meals I've eaten recently:
Nori roll ups filled with raw "tuna" (soaked sunflower seeds, lemon juice, celery, onion, carrot), sriracha, and spinach.


and deconstructed, as a salad. You can get a better look at the "tuna" here:


Those macro rolls I love so much: (well, actually, they're filling, cheap, and easy to find - but they are really good)


They're filled with forbidden rice, daikon, tofu, carrot, and kale.
And, well, that's all for now. Gotta get that iodine.
Anyway, Shen asked and I do want to continue the curtailed vegan tour of NYC from MoFo (which, oddly enough, would have been called off due to Hurricane Sandy even if I hadn't lost the camera.) I thought I had my notes saved but apparently not. I have a bunch of ideas but I'll ask you, dear reader, too: So, is there anything you guys reccommend visiting in particular? (AbbyBean, I'm looking at you!) Or is there something you'd like to see? A veganized New York food or cuisine, a restaurant yr curious about, or what? I aim to please. Just don't send me to Guy Fieri's restaurant in search of vegan options.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Typical

Pre-breakfast. I'm sort of having a hard time eating early in the mornings these days, even though I get kinda sick taking vitamins on an empty stomach.


Breakfast, in two parts. First the juice. The Bosc pear was eaten around 11.


SSSalad for lunch. (Spinach, Squash, Sriracha + hemp seeds)


Dinner was miso soup. Hijiki, carrot ribbons, shiitake mushrooms, tofu, spinach + anise seeds, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds. You know the drill.


Unpictured, a small bag of pistachios as a snack around 1 and Justin's Dark Chocolate peanut butter cups for dessert.
Still to come, red wine with my bud. Can't wait to stain those teeth.
See, it's just like I never left!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vegan Thanksgiving

New cameroni and whoo does it feel good. I bought the camera (a simple Canon Powershot) a couple days before Thanksgiving because I knew that's where all the fun food is (unless you are Shen - see, I still remember you guys!) and I didn't want to miss documenting that.
This year was a small gathering of me, my parents, and my uncle at my other uncle and aunt's house up in Harlem.
I hauled uptown with me a Three Sisters Deep-Dish Pie (really more like a casserole) that I first saw in Terry Walter's Clean Food. As much as I love her cookbooks - I have her other, Clean Start - I didn't want to buy one right now so I searched to see if the recipe was online. Luckily, it is!


It was really tasty! The only thing I changed was to use butternut squash instead of delicata because I couldn't find any at the last minute at the Farmer's market. I think this made it a little sweeter than intended, so if you make a similar swap, I would up the amount of Braggs (actually, now that I think of it, I used tamari instead of Braggs) or saute the vegetables originally with a bit of salt. It was pretty easy to make - I cooked the squash the night before and made the rest of it the next morning, just to save some time. There is a lot of chopping involved, though, but not really a big deal. I also think a homemade crust would be really nice made into a lattice topping if you make yr own. I defrosted a store bought because I'm lazy like that.


I also contributed mini Chocolate Pear Ginger Loaves from Nava Atlas' Vegan Holiday Kitchen, which I've made before. This was more for my sake than for a lack of desserts - there were three pies, gingerbread, and Apple Betty for the non-vegans (uh, being everyone except me, although my uncle has stopped eating meat!)


The loaves were decent, although I remember them tasting a little better last time. The flavor was just a little flat but the bites of candied ginger were great.
Also on my plate was a delicious cranberry sauce with pear and vanilla (a Williams Sonoma recipe, according to my aunt), braised Brussels sprouts with escarole, roasted root vegetables, shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms cooked in Marsala by my dad, and a spicy yam-corn soup. Plus wine! It was very low key and casual, which I really liked. And the smaller group of people meant leftovers!!
The previous Sunday, one of my best friends hosted pre-Thanksgiving at her apartment, for which I made V'con's Chickpea Cutlets (duh) and pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies, but I didn't have the camera at that point. No one there was vegan either but my other best friend made her butternut squash soup with vegetable oil and vegetable stock so I could have some, which was very sweet of her. And the soup was great. It was cute, actually - she was texting me the night before, "Is vegetable oil vegan??" "I have vegan anxiety!!" She brought pickles to a party I had once and told me she had asked the pickle vendor if they were vegan, haha. Anyway, that was a lot of fun too. Especially with the awwwwesome cocktails her boyfriend was making - cinnamon infused simple syrup with Cointreau, brandy, and lime juice. Oh yes.
One more photo since this is mostly me talking about how I don't have photos. This is Haxan getting comfortable OF COURSE right on top of the cookbook open to the page I need to reference... and DARING me to push her off.