It’s World Vegan Day! Congratulations, awesome vegans! Lets celebrate with some crazy cinnamon roll pancakes! PARTY!
[photo by Shawna Scott Photo via Flickr]
Eat these: Gluten-free, soy-free, vegan pancakes at Source! »
That’s right, this delicious platter is a new brunch item at Source in San Francisco. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I know the baker and she really likes it when you come say hi and tell her how much you like the desserts and pancakes.
See you there!
Cocoa pancakes with strawberry and cream topping from Vegan Yack Attack! This is my new favorite blog because that logo is off the chain. I also enjoy this picture because it reminds me of a painting I did in 7th grade—I was totes avant garde.
Pure2Raw’s Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes with Marshmallow Cream! Insane in the membrane, right? Dang, gluten-free is getting deliciously nutso!
Saturn Cafe in Berkeley veganizes it! »
So I’m about to start your day off with some good news and you may return the favor with large wads of cash. Deal? No? OK! I just heard from Tristan, the most wonderful owner of Saturn Cafe, and she has some NEWS: Saturn’s Berkeley location has buttloads of new vegan options (ow!), including:
- Vegan French Toast
- Vegan Sampler Platters
- Vegan Quesadillas
- Vegan Cheeseburgers
- Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes
- Vegan Huevos Rancheros
- Vegan Homemade Saturn Patties
- Fall Exclusive: Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes (!!!!!!)
What’s even more awesome is that ALL the pancakes and french toast are VEGAN! There is no non-vegan option! Can I get a what-what!? And also a bib because I’m gonna enter a French Toast-eating contest against myself where the only loser is also the only winner and the prize is obesity with a side of guilt and also smug satisfaction. Let the games begin!
Tristan tells us they’re still looking for a supplier for Gardein (chicken patties, ahoy!), vegan chocolate cookie crumbs (so they can make vegan mud pie HELLO!!), onion rings, and much more. Le sigh, I love her. Listen, there is a God. And her name is Tristan. And she has heard our prayers and our prayers have been answered. God is good.
[Photo of amazing pancakes isn’t from Saturn, it’s from iStock. But I’m sure Saturn’s pancakes are equally ridiculous-looking!]
Megan Rascal takes Europe! Part the second: Epic guide to London! »
Previously in Megan Rascal Takes Europe!: I reviewed Mildreds, and it was the bomb*!
If you are ever stuck in Heathrow Airport terminal 3, go to Yo! Sushi—it’s my new favorite place. Totally retro-futuristic! There’s a conveyor belt and you grab food as it goes by! So future. Plus, good vegetable gyoza.
You know I love the vegan shoes, and a lot of great vegan shoe companies are based in England—I had to check one out! I decided on Bourgeois Bohème. H-E-double-hockey-sticks was it far away! It was kind of in the middle of nowhere; specifically, Hydrex House, Garden Road, Richmond. And not like on the strip: it was in an alley in the middle of some alleys.
My official ruling is that there’s no reason to go here. I know, sounds harsh, but it’s really just a showroom with the same stuff they have online. Plus, it’s a trek. If you REALLY need to try shoes on or hate ordering from the internet (freak), then it might be worth it. They did have great shoes though, like the Ingrid wedge that I scored. They are hot. I am hot in them. I’m also really into these gators! If any of you dudes can pull these off, you are the man and let’s adopt children together. (These may actually be a reason to go to the showroom because I can’t find them on their website.)
Next stop: Zilli Green! It has mixed reviews but I thought the food was off the hook. Vegan bangers and mash!
And check out this cheesecake I got for dessert!
Unfortunately the service was wack, and there was this weird guy sitting outside at a table by us who kept telling women, “I’m looking for a wife!” Like I said though, the food was great. My pal Lizzy got the couscous burger; I tried it and it was super yummy. I was disappointed with the barley soup I had as a starter (I’m all about the three-course lunch deals everywhere in Europe!) but overall, great.
After that, I headed to the Secret Society of Vegans! They have a store, Vx that’s adorbs for real. And it’s centrally located by the über metro stop, King’s Cross, where you also catch the Eurostar trains. Definitely worth a visit! They don’t have a good shoe selection like I was hoping, but they do have hella T-shirts with their own designs. Their logo is so dope! I got the logo T-shirt because it rules. They sell Cheezly and stuff like that, and have baked treats, but I have to warn you against the profiteroles, which were really grainy.
Besides the store, Vx has a lounge downstairs with free wifi and all kinds of coffee, which might save your life considering the Brits aren’t that great with the soy milk. It’d be a good place to get work done if you have to. It’s not a cafe, just a sunny room with nice big chairs.
For my last night in London, my cousin who lives there (he’s a genius!) and I went to the much-recommended Manna. It was everything people said and more! The food was so great and the server was super-nice and friendly. We even met Robin Swallow, one of the chefs and owners, because my cousin is not as shy as me and was like, “let’s meet this amazing chef!” Sigh, so bold. She was so very very nice, and she loves bloggers! She actually gave me 10 percent off the meal! People love doing stuff for me.
I got the corn fritters as a starter—BANGING. My cousin got the living pad thai (“living” as in “raw”). He was ‘bout it; said the sauce was excellent.
Normally I try to get something exciting for you guys, but for some reason I just really wanted the spaghetti and “meatfree balls.” Pals, it was a good choice. Delicious!
My cousin got the chef’s special which was pretty awesome. That night it was a red bean gumbo over rice with corn bread and a bunch of other stuff. It was kind of the sheezy.
For dessert, I got the banoffe trifle, which was banana and chocolate cake with custard, etc. It was all right. I didn’t love it but I think I just don’t like trifles. My cousin got the mixed berry shortcake, which was so good! It was the biscuit-y type cake, a real-deal shortcake. That’s my word.
Another thing I found in London is my new favorite beer: Freedom Lager. It’s totally vegan! It says so on the back! Huzzah! I got it at Zilli Green and Manna. There’s always room for beer!
Finally, I want to give a big shout out to those special family members who are so accommodating of our veganism. I actually have two cousins in London—twin cousins! I was staying with the other one (also a genius!) and his family and it was super. One night they made me vegan lasagna, the next night they made this dope pumpkin soup—I have to get the recipe (don’t worry, I’ll share!). Because they were so nice, I made my little cousins vegan pancakes the morning before I left! I used this recipe but we didn’t have any soy milk. I decided to just use water and see what happened. I added vanilla and it turned out pretty great! The girls were skeptical but then totally liked them. Here’s little Sophia.
That’s all folks! There’s your vegan guide to London! Live it up, bitches.
*I’m bringing it back! Quién es la bomba? Yo soy la bomba!
Recipe: Ebelskiver! »
When drooling through my (food) pornographic William’s Sonoma catalog, something caught my eye. I knew I had to have it. That something was an ebelskiver filled-pancake pan. Did I blow $40 on a specialty item I would rarely use? HELL YES I DID. And it was SO fucking worth it.
What are ebelskiver, you wonder? Well, they’re pancake puffs filled with compote, essentially. The pretty puppies you see above were filled with an apple-pie-filling-esque compote. They tasted even better than they looked, if you were wondering. In my opinion, ebelskiver = perfect wintery snack. I used the classic pancake recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance a la Isa Moskowitz’s genius.
As for the compote, here’s a little recipe for ya:
- one or two Granny Smith apples (or other tart and firm apples, such as Pink Ladies), peeled, and cubed super tiny, maybe half the diameter of a dime or even smaller than that
- pinch of nutmeg, or more if you’re a huge fan
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar or maple syrup
- some lemon juice for acidity
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, let sit for five to 10 minutes for the juices to distribute.
The way I deal with ebelskiver is I put one tsp. of Earth Balance into each well of the heated pan, followed by one Tbsp. of batter, topped with one tsp. of filling, and again topped with one Tbsp. of batter. You can use two toothpicks as mini-tongs to help you flip and shape the ebelskiver, it’s quite easy to get the hang of!! Also, test around with other fillings; if you’re adventurous you can whip up a bananas foster recipe (The Joy of Vegan Baking has an amazing recipe for this) and mash the shit out of it until its creamy and filling-like. Or if you’re lazy use some jam you have lying around. Or chocolate ganache; the possibilities are fucking endless and ebelskiver are fucking amazing and that’s why I’m not justifying my impulse buy to you, ok!?!?