Tonight tonight tonight, it’s your monthly Vegan Happy Hour, hosted by our own Jordan and Mr. Jordan! Bring a dish for sharing—because it’s booze AND potluck!—to the Hemlock Tavern at 1131 Polk St. at Hemlock; the fun happens between 6 and 9 p.m.
There’ll be music and fun and friends new and old; you won’t want to miss it! Unless you have some kind of crippling social phobia, in which case maybe you want to stay at home (or have friends over, so you don’t have to leave your safe space)—your Vegansaurus doesn’t judge! Enjoy your weekend, that’s all we want for you.
Also don’t forget to enter our contest with Canot Rouge, before you get too fuzzy-headed on vegan drink specials to remember!
COME TO VEGAN HAPPY HOUR! Also, a recipe! »
It’s that time again—this Friday is Vegan Happy Hour at the Hemlock Tavern (6 to 9 p.m.!)
It’s a potluck, vegans, so bring some food! I know it can be tough to get food together by 6 on a Friday evening, so I’ve come up with some quick, easy, and cheap ideas for stuff to bring. Read, make, and bring on down to VHH to enjoy with a beer or six.
1. Roasted chickpeas: strain and rinse 2 cans of chickpeas. Toss in a baking dish along with some olive oil and whatever kind of seasoning you like (garlic and lemon; curry powder; etc.). Bake at 350 F for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. This keeps well overnight, so make it on Thursday, throw it in a container, and bring it to the Hemlock on Friday!
2. Bruschetta: grab a bunch of tomatoes and chop ‘em up. Mix together with some minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and basil (fresh is awesome, but dried is okay). Grab a baguette on the way to the bar, and you’re set! The tomato mixture keeps overnight just fine.
3. Cornbread: Easy as fuck, cheap, and travels well: recipe.
4. Quinoa salad: Make this the night before for best results. Cook some quinoa and let it cool. Chop up some veggies to go in it (I like Mexican theme with green onion, tomato, avocado, corn, and black beans, but you can do whatever. I bet Moroccan-style with chickpeas, tomatoes, and spices would be awesome as well). Add some olive oil and some kind of acid (vinegar or lemon/lime juice, or both). Season with some salt and pepper.
5. Roasted veggies: chop up a bunch of veggies (go to a farmers market—things are cheap right now) and throw in a baking dish with some olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 F until the veggies are tender.
For the super-lazy, check out Trader Joe’s veggie fried rice (just pour the contents of the bag into a skillet and fry until cooked through. DONE); vegan frozen pizza (Tofurky makes ‘em, and so does Amy’s, though be careful with Amy’s—the only vegan one is the cheeseless one); Trader Joe’s apple strudel (in the freezer section— follow the instructions on the box and then lie and say you made them yourself); spiced nuts (Trader Joe’s sells some pre-made varieties, or you can make your own—they’re super-easy and delicious!).
I hope that’s helpful for all you working stiffs, and see you on Friday!
What kind of a lunatic fries guacamole? A vegan lunatic fries guacamole.
OMG BEST NEW (or new to me??) BLOG ALERT: Vegan Happy Hour! They have recipes of veganized happy hour treats like bacon wrapped date, jalepeno poppers, OR VEGAN DEEP-FRIED PICKLES (pic above, duh.)! HAPPY HOUR AT MY HOUSE, Y’ALL!!!!*
*Y’ALL!!!! = my boyfriend. Oh and baby, you’re cooking!
p.s. Heard Bender’s got some seitan back on the menu…anyone been yet??
It’s Vegan Happy Hour again: FRIDAY! »
We already told you a bit about San Francisco’s new Vegan Happy Hour, but we thought we’d give you some more details this time around. Vegan Happy Hour SF is the brainchild of Mike Desert, long-time vegan, boozehound, DJ, and TOTALLY COINCIDENTALLY, my husband. No conflict of interest here, folks! I pried a few words out of him about the event while he was trying to ignore me and play video games.
Mike says he had the idea for Vegan Happy Hour SF after attending the Vegan Happy Hour at the Short Stop in L.A. back when he lived there. “It got really popular and was a great way to meet new people and eat lots of good food, and it was a great way to show non-vegans that vegan food is so much more than just salads, cold tofu, and mediocre veggie burgers,” he said. Since he already had a DJ shift at the Hemlock once a month, he decided to give it a go, and with a nod from bartender extraordinaire Nikki, the event was quietly launched last month, in the middle of a torrential downpour. Asked what he’d like to see people bring this time around, Mike replied, “being at a bar, unhealthy bar food is always welcome. People who don’t know their way around a kitchen are always welcome to bring chips and salsa, or stop by Trader Joe’s and get something vegan. Mostly,” he says, “don’t stress about it. Bring something, anything vegan, and just have a good time.”
Mike’s goal for the event is for it to be a “fun Friday eating good food, drinking booze, and listening to music.” It’s not necessarily about activism per se—hanging out, eating, and drinking are the focus—but if people get turned on to veganism or vegan food by these events, that’s okay with him.
When asked why he saw the need for another vegan booze event here in the Bay Area (we’re already blessed with two Vegan Drinks chapters), he answered, “there can’t really ever be too many vegan-and-booze themed events. Vegan Drinks has a bit of a different vibe to it,” he says, “so this is a bit more low brow and rock ‘n roll,” for those that are into that kind of thing.
You heard it here first! Come on down to the second monthly SF Vegan Happy Hour! Friday, Apr. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hemlock Tavern. Scumbags always welcome.