Vegetarian Times 2011 Foodie Awards help you blow your dollars  »

Who else wants to work at Vegetarian Times?

"This year, VT staffers spent many an afternoon sipping, slurping, and nibbling our way down the aisles, sampling foods and ingredients old and new. We then nominated 114 products in 26 categories for our annual Foodie Awards, and asked you, our readers, to choose your favorites."

Nice gig, right? (Full disclosure: I actually do work for the same company that owns the mag, but I ain’t getting awesome food at work.)

Bottom line: VT has a big ol’ list of fancy food for you to blow your savings on. The only bummer, besides the ridiculousness of some of the categories, is that a lot of the choices aren’t vegan. Sigh.

Some highlights:

  • Finishing Salts (wtf?): Himalania Himalayan Pink Salt ”Mineral-rich salt that’s almost too pretty to eat.” No seriously though - why?
  • Rooibos Teas (why just rooibos? Because it’s snobbier and fancier?): The Republic of Tea Natural Organic Raw Green Bush Tea ”Minimally processed to preserve antioxidants and impart delicate, grassy flavor.” Mmm, grass.
  • Soft cheeses: Galaxy’s new vegan cream cheese and Tofutti cream cheese are 2 runners up, go vegans! 
  • Stocks & Broths (because that’s an actually useful category): Pacific Organic Mushroom Broth “Earthy flavor booster for risottos, soups, and stews.”

Peruse at your leisure, then make a spendy shopping list. Prize goes to anyone who makes/imagines a meal using all the (vegan) winners!

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