The Vegansaurus Diet: Megan Rascal! »
Hey guys, did you know we have a little series called the Vegansaurus Diet? Readers can submit their weeklong adventure in vegan eating! Jeez louise, do you want to be internet famous? Here’s your chance! For inspiration (and attention), here’s my Vegansaurus Diet!
[Ed.: Megan wrote a whole lot of excuses as to why she didn’t vary her routine or cook a lot this week, which frankly is 0 percent important when compared to the fact that she recorded a regular old week of vegan eating. You think models are embarrassed to have eaten, like, the same $30 salad from the same restaurant for a month? NO. And you’re vegan, you’re obviously more interesting than someone whose job is “skinny.”]
Tuesday, Jan. 11
I start the day with my favorite breakfast: multigrain english muffins with Earth Balance and grape jelly! Plus, two Yves breakfast patties; I love those little guys. Vegan sausage is generally a solid bet, am I right? I always recommend sausage items when I take the omnis somewhere new. Then I had about five to 10 clementines. I can’t help it! They are so good! Of course I’d prefer satsumas but they just aren’t very good on the East Coast. Sad face.
For lunch, I had what I’ve had for the last two weeks: sushi! I only like avocado rolls so that’s what I had, along with edamame and veggie spring rolls. Then I had 10 to 12 clementines.
Snacks: tamari almonds and—drum roll!—clementines!
Dinner: An Amy’s non-dairy burrito. I like ‘em.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Today for brekkie I went a little crazy and mixed it up: apples and peanut butter! It’s not just for children. Today I had a Honeycrisp apple but I’m really into Pink Ladies—Gala apples are totally played out. For lunch I had sushi and edamame again. For dinner I had a toasted multigrain english muffin with peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Nothing beats a PB+J!
You’ll notice a lack of clementines. I ate them all yesterday and then it snowed and I was too lazy to trek through the snow for some more.
Friday, Jan. 14
Apples and peanut butter for breakfast! Sushi and edamame for lunch! For a snack, I had two Lightlife sausage links and a cup of applesauce; it’s a good combination. I think I like the Yves sausage patties better but the Lightlife is a solid alternative—they have more flavor—but they’re a bit tough. For dinner I had Dr. McDougall’s roasted peanut noodle! Apparently it’s in his “Asian Entree” series. I’m a big Dr. McDougall fan—have you tried the miso ramen? It’s out of control. I’m a big peanut fan too so I was very excited when my interests came together in noodle form. It wasn’t the most amazing thing ever but it was pretty darn good for something that recommends you microwave it for best results. Lastly, for dessert, I had toast with I. M. Healthy chocolate soy nut butter.
Sunday, January 16th
I had a lovely breakfast: oatmeal and a chocolate chip banana muffin from 'Snice, with Earl Gray tea of course. For dinner, I ordered from Dao Palate! It’s a vegan pan-Asian place. It’s yummy! I got spring rolls and pad thai (pictured left).
Monday, Jan. 17
I had an english muffin with jam for breakfast. Sushi for lunch, duh. Now for dinner, I had some crazy good stuff! It was my sister-in-laws birthday and we had a big party for her at Gemma in Manhattan. The waiters were so nice and got me all kinds of vegan food! I had bruschetta that had these killer grape tomatoes; then a nice little salad; pasta with tomato sauce and basil for the entree; and raspberry sorbet for dessert! And champagne—lots of champagne.
That is my week in eating! My diet is basically the same as a 10 year-old’s, a 10 year-old who really likes sushi.
Would you like to be featured on Vegansaurus? Of course you would! So submit your Vegansaurus Diet already!
Tonight: Peanut Butter Plan party! »
Interested in doing some immediate good? Participate in tonight’s Peanut Butter Plan sandwich-making party! RSVP at the Facebook event page, and meet at 116 Noe St. (between 14th and Henry Streets) at 7:30 p.m. to make some sandwiches!
Hang on, what is the Peanut Butter Plan? It is simple genius, is what: once a month, people get together to make pb&j sandwiches and distribute them. To whom? Well, to hungry people. PBP Founder Jory John gives a more detailed explanation.
Your Vegansaurus likes it because generally pb&js are animal-free, as well as nutritionally balanced and very good to eat. If you have the time tonight, definitely go and help out. One particularly irritating vegan stereotype is that we value animals over humans, which, OK, sometimes is true, because a lot of humans are big jerks! But starving people? Starving people at least deserve a vegan sandwich, and here’s your chance to help out! Now go! RSVP and go before I’m forced to make a “spread the love” pun and die of shame!
[photo by boeke on Flickr!]
Vegan chocolate spread round-up! »
Hello young world! Who likes chocolate? EVERYBODY! So today I present to you the three vegan chocolate spreads that are near and dear to my stomach. Warning: they are all kind of expensive. Sorry.
Let’s kick things off with I.M. Healthy chocolate soy nut butter. This is not as chocolaty delicious as the next two but for some reason I feel healthier eating this one. Maybe it’s because of the janky graphic design? It makes it feel like old-school health food. Or maybe it’s because it states “I.M. Healthy” on the label—who can say? I generally just spread this on a toasted Van’s waffle. I was actually introduced to this spread by these kids I used to babysit. They were hilarious little rich kids and they went to some fancy school where you weren’t allowed to bring any peanut butter in your lunchbox. How cruel! JK, it’s probably nice for those peanut-allergy kids, then they don’t have to worry. I can’t imagine being allergic to peanut butter! It sounds scary. Well, with this stuff, you don’t have to worry because it’s made in a peanut-free (and dairy-free and egg-free!) facility.
Next we have Dark Chocolate Dreams from Peanut Butter & Co. They actually have a sandwich shop in New York but I’ve never been—what’s wrong with me?! It’s a rhetorical question, jerks!
This chocolate peanut butter is AMAZING in a grilled banana sandwich. You just get two slices of vegan oat bread (the softer, the better), spread the chocolate peanut butter on the bread (I spread it on each piece of bread so the sandwich really sticks together), add some sliced banana and put it in a frying pan with some Earth Balance. It’s the best sandwich EVERRR. Seriously, I would eat this as my last meal on death row (btw, abolish the death penalty!).
Last but super-delicious, we have Dark Chocodream from Natural Nectar (there’s two chocolate varieties but only the dark chocolate is vegan). This stuff is like straight-up chocolate, no nuts to get in your way (that’s what she said?). It’s also the most expensive, but it’s got fair-trade ingredients (social justice isn’t cheap!). I’ve never tried it in the grilled banana sandwich but it’d probably be awesome. I just eat it on waffles and it’s great. A delightful way to start your day!
And that, my friends, is the vegan chocolate spread round-up! Let the chocolate spreading begin! In bed!
These are inside-out peanut-butter cups, by Cakespy for Serious Eats! And they are so easy to veganize!
All you have to do is use non-dairy butter and non-dairy milk—and, obviously, sugar that was not refined with bone char, but you knew that—because the rest of the ingredients are vegan by default. I made them yesterday and they are super fucking delicious. Nearly makes up for the fact that there is still no word on the state of my Macbook.
While the nice weather lasts, enjoy them with a big iced coffee, no sugar—the bitterness will contrast beautifully with the sweetness of the peanut butter and chocolate. When the rain comes, warm them up a little and serve with afternoon tea.
[image by Jessie Olsen, a.k.a. Cakespy]
A native New Yorker’s guide to real bagels in San Francisco »
I’m in New Jersey right now, hiding out and hustling from my parent’s dining room. My mother bought me a package of bagels from New York and I have been slowly devouring them, with my coffee in the morning/afternoon (can’t quite get on East Coast time), which made me want to talk about where to get bagels in San Francisco.
Now, if you live in California and you’ve had the pleasure of biting into a New York bagel, let’s make something very clear: bagels in San Francisco are a compromise, a test of your true love. Your palate will adjust, but there’s nowhere on the West Coast that has bagels that are as good (something about the water, I hear?).
That being said, I only consider two places in town as bagel contenders.
Katz Bagels in several locations: Lower Haight, the Mission, and SOMA
The bagels themselves are OK; when eaten fresh they are doughy and satisfying, and certainly not as sweet as a Noah’s Bagel, but I mention Katz here because they are vegan-friendly. They carry Tofutti, including the Herbs & Chives variety, which you can then load up with vegetables if you wish. You can also get peanut butter or hummus on your bagel if the sometimes plasticky taste of Tofutti bugs you.
House of Bagels in the Inner Richmond
Personally, I like House of Bagels the best. They’re a very close approximation of a NY bagel and they even taste okay if you don’t toast them (I have never toasted a bagel until moving to California, TRUE FACT!). However, no vegan-friendly toppings here, so you’ll want to buy a dozen and take them home and do with them what you will. There are a few places in town that sell them, including Real Food and Rainbow, so you don’t have to go to the Inner Richmond if you don’t want to.
What are your favorite places to get bagels in town?
[photo by Rusvaplauke]