It’s fall produce time again! And I’m a sucker for all things cruciferous, and cauliflower is no exception. Raw, steamed, pickled…I’ll eat it. Here is a great recipe I found on Nymag.com:

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

2 heads cauliflower
5 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, minced
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1/4 cup dried barberries (or chopped golden raisins)
5 dried figs, finely chopped
5 dried apricots, finely chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 1/2 tbs. za’atar spice
3 tbs. parsley leaves, chopped
2 tbs. mint leaves, chopped
3 tbs. cilantro leaves, chopped

 

 

(1) Trim the florets from the cauliflower and discard stalks and stems. (2) Place florets in a food processor, and pulse until finely minced and approximately the size of couscous. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat; add garlic and onion, and sauté until translucent. Add the cauliflower, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cauliflower should be just barely cooked. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl, and add barberries, figs, and apricots. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, zest, remaining olive oil, and za’atar spice. (3) No more than 1 hour before serving, add the lemon dressing, parsley, mint, and cilantro to the cauliflower, and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
(recipe and photo borrowed from nymag.com)


I’m coming to terms with the fact that tomato season is almost over (barely, damn do I love a good tomato) and trying to get excited about fresh fall produce and nothing quite like a good Mushroom Ragout to get you going. It’s filling and delicious and it has tomatoes in it so it’s a good segue dish between seasons. If where you live it is genuinely fall (california’s seasons are a little skewed) replace fresh tomatoes with canned tomatoes for an equally yummy dish. Pair it with some farro or quinoa for a complete meal (oh and some salad cause it’s a must have with every meal.)

photo from Food and Wine

Recipe modified from Food and Wine:

Mixed Mushroom Ragout

  • MAKE-AHEAD
  1. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  2. 1 pound shiitake mushrooms—stems discarded, caps sliced 1/4 inch thick
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 pound mixed mushrooms such as cremini, sliced 1/8 inch thick, and oyster mushrooms, caps quartered
  5. 1 medium onion, finely diced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  8. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  10. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  11. 1 tablespoon harissa
  12. 2 teaspoons white or blond miso
  13. 1 tablespoon capers
  14. 1/2 cup veggie stock
  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the shiitake and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until tender and starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the skillet. Add the mixed mushrooms and cook over moderately high heat until any liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms start to brown, 5 minutes. Add the onion and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cover and cook over low heat, stirring a few times, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the coconut milk, mustard, harissa and miso. Add to the skillet with the shiitake, capers and stock. Simmer over low heat, stirring, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

 

 


I love finding out about natural remedies and the amazing things that can be accomplished with good ol’ fashioned plants (novel concept!). I recently read this article about Coriander oil and it says in a recent study it was tested ‘against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereusand meticillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Of the tested strains, all showed reduced growth, and most were killed, by solutions containing 1.6% coriander oil or less’

Which is kind of amazing, read the entire article here

Cilantro has been known for years to be an antibacterial (and digestive aid, and anti-inflammatory and the list goes on) so it’s good to see that it can really be an even more effective tool in more concentrated forms.

 

 

 

 


In San Francisco this weekend; Oct 1-2nd at the San Francisco County Fair Building.

‘The 12th annual World Veg Festival treats attendees to a weekend of international vegan cuisine, engrossing presentations, live entertainment, healthy food demos, and even vegan speed dating. ‘

I’ve never been to one so I’m exciting to check it out; not gonna lie…it’s for the food. I’m sure the presentations will be very engrossing, but really I’m looking forward to some vegan eats. If you’re in SF you should swing by and for more info here’s the website.

And while I have you here, Vegnews.com has a list of  10 Hot new Vegan restaurants that I thought I would share with you all because I’ve not been to any of them and wanted to see if you lovely folks have tried them and get your reviews. Here’s what they have to say:

Bartertown Diner, Grand Rapids, Mich.
This worker-owned-and-operated diner, which opened in mid-August, offers vegetarian, vegan, and raw menu items such as soul food pasta, beer-battered buffalo tofu sandwiches, and a chili-spiced burger. All menu items created are based on the clean produce featured in the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen guide.

Blossom Du Jour, New York, NY 
Blossom Du Jour opened its first location in Chelsea last fall, its second location in Cooper Square early last spring, and is now officially taking over the Big Apple with two new establishments set to open soon. In September, New Yorkers will be able to dine at Blossom Du Jour on 67th Street and this winter, another location will open in Midtown. The casual chain provides city-dwellers with fast animal-free food. Offerings include smoky avocado wraps, black bottom cupcakes, veg mac and cheese, and organic, fresh juices.

The Hogtown VeganToronto, Ontario 
Looking for vegan comfort food in Toronto? Look no further than The Hogtown Vegan, which opened in July as a spin-off of veg burrito-and-doughnut eatery Hot Beans. With an understanding that even the healthiest vegans crave junk food now and again, owner Madeleine Foote designed the menu with items like chipotle mac and cheese, barbecue jackfruit pulled pork, and unchicken and waffles to satisfy the deepest of indulgences.

Loving Hut Express, Vancouver, British Columbia & London, UK 
Worldwide vegan chain The Loving Hut decided to hop on the food truck bandwagon in July with Loving Hut Express, bringing animal lovers in Canada and the UK globally inspired cuisine, like Thai curry, sweet potato fries, and veggie tempura sausage subs.

Native Foods, Chicago, Ill. 
From California to Illinois, Native Foods is taking over the nation, providing fresh, plant-based food conceived by Executive Chef Tanya Petrovna. While the business itself is nearly two decades old, the new location in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood started cooking up fresh options on August 8. Two more locations are planned, and will offer menu items like chili cheese fries, sweet potato taquitos, and a peanut-butter parfait.

Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro, Las Vegas, Nev. 
Vegan Las Vegans can now nosh on cruelty-free Caribbean and Southwest-inspired dishes at this new café, which opened in mid-July. Chef Mayra Trabulse also provides an all-day breakfast menu and cooks with the principles of macrobiotic, gluten-free, Ayurvedic, and raw diets in mind.

Seed Bistro, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Set to open at the end of the summer, this fine-dining establishment will offer vegan and macrobiotic fare similar to that of its casual cousin Seed Kitchen. Diners can expect to see veg pâté, paella, sushi, and other entrées. The restaurant will also feature a chef’s table, where each night, six lucky diners can enjoy a special tasting menu prepared in front of them by the chef and his assistant.

The Flying Apron, Redmond., Wash. 
After the founding location in Seattle location gained popularity, the Flying Apron’s owners decided to expand their café and bakery in late July in order to provide suburban Washingtonians with vegan baked goods and savory lunch items. Menu items include dark chocolate cupcakes, ginger currant scones, Russian tea cookies, salads, soups, and more.

Vegeria, San Antonio, Texas 
Losing more than 100 pounds each on a vegan diet inspired Co-owners Fred Anthony Garza and David Trevino to open the first all-vegan restaurant in San Antonio on August 1. Vegeria takes Texas culture to the heart of its menu with Tex-Mex dishes like sangria mushrooms, broccoli and queso nachos, and coconut-cilantro rice.

Honorable Mention: Maple Hall Cafeteria at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 
Vegan alums of the University of North Texas will be proud when the institution opens its first-ever veg dining hall. The grand opening will take place at the beginning of the fall semester and will serve traditional college fare, like pizza and panini.

For rest of article click

 

 


As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m going to Peru. Well now it’s past tense because, I went to Peru. Grammar is fun isn’t it? Not as much fun as Peru! That was a little third grade, my apologies. So I did what I usually do and that’s mucho research on restaurants before traveling. I had a list of places that I was hoping to try  that just seemed like they’d be a welcome veggie meal in the midst of the traditional Andean (read; non vegetarian) food. So with list in hand we headed south…and a little bit east. It was a long ass trek I tell ya. Not for the faint of heart. We arrived in Cusco and pretty much went straight to a restaurant because that’s how we do (I was traveling with my husband, my sister and my father…and we’re all eaters…yet miraculously thin). We opted for the easiest meal, which was at the hotel (Libertador) breakfast buffet. I was surprised to see several options such as blanched veggies and fresh tomato slices, fresh fruit and cereals with soy milk as an option (never happens)…and for the veg not vegan…scrambled egg whites. As in no yolk (again, never happens). I ate four servings of fruit and veg and cereal then promptly went to our room and fell asleep.

When we woke up it was torrential downpour so we did our best to wander around for a bit then had to find  a coffee spot to get warm for a little. After that we were pretty much ready for dinner…at 3 pm. As with most countries lunch stops at 3 and dinner doesn’t start again til around 6 so we were shit out of luck and had to eat at the hotel again since they were catering to tourists and were actually serving food. It was good but heavily dairy laden. Had I known in advance I would have ordered the salad sans dressing. All of the ‘vinegarettes’ have cream in them. And what ever I ordered with it was a cheese bomb. So I recommend the hotel breakfast but not so much the dinner.

On the days we actually made it out of the hotel for meals (which was all of the rest of them thankfully) here are the ones that are worth a mention for one reason or another:

Sarah’s Organic; was a little disappointed.. mediocre considering I’d heard such good things. But organic is always good but again with the dairy.

El Encuentro; this place was such a welcome little hole in the wall. They had a very extensive menu with vegetarian and vegan items. I had the Salad Fresca and the veggie soup and both were simple but pretty large portions of very fresh vegetables. And there is a little salad bar that comes with your meal. Definitely recommend for cheap healthy food.

Baco; This is a restaurant/wine bar and we only had an appetizer and wine but the app was a bunch of grilled yummy veggies and fruit and they had several other veg options on the menu I would imagine were just as good. Good wine but…hate to say it but there’s a reason Peru isn’t known for their wines, go for an Argentinian or Chilean.

Jack’s Cafe; this place was crawling with tourists and I get it…they speak english and have some really staple items and huge portions but for me, other than the coffee and juices which were excellent, was pretty average.

Inka Grill (I’m not positive on the name here, but it’s diagonally across from Jack’s); they had some great veggie options even though they aren’t listed as a veg friendly place. The people working there spoke english well and were happy to make changes to accomodate vegan requests I had.

Sanctuary Lodge; this was the hotel we stayed at that’s actually at the Machu Picchu ruins. It’s a little pricey but so worth it. Meals and drinks are included in the price of the room so double worth it. Food was good and inventive. Great salads (fresh avocado was everywhere yum) one had barley in it which we all know i love. Though vegan options weren’t really existent when we asked for things to be modified they were happy to.

That’s what I have for now. All I can say is wow… definitely recommend Peru.

 

 

 


7×7 had a list recently of the 50 Vegetarian(and Vegan) things to try i SF before you die, so I figured I’d list them here and see what you guys think? Have you tried them? Do you agree? What about non-SF folk, what do you think is a must try before you die where you live?

Of the items on the list I have to agree I’ve only tried two items (number 2 and number 16) and those were fantastic and delicious dishes so I’m all over trying the rest of them. Get in my mouth food.

Here’s the list:

1. Vegetarian pork belly in a clamshell bun at Heaven’s Dog
2. Stuffed avocado salad at Saha*
3. Papas al horno at Gracias Madre*
4. Buddha Girl roll at Sushiritto*
5. All About Vegetables tasting menu at Atelier Crenn
6. Vegan deep-dish at Paxti’s Chicago Pizza*
7. Thrice-cooked “bacon” at Mission Chinese Food
8. Spicy cauliflower with capers at Delfina Pizzeria
9. Bud Bundy at Ike’s Place*
10. Paper masala dosa at Dosa
11. Tempura-fried eggplant with miso glaze at Minako Organic Japanese Cuisine*
12. Mushroom wrap with green harissa at Grain and Grill (from Zaré at Flytrap)
13. The Nebulous Potato Thing at St. Francis Fountain*
14. The Plant Burger at The Plant Cafe*
15. Off-the-menu vegan pork buns at Lucky Creation*
16. Eggplant caponatina with burrata at Beretta
17. House-made tofu at Eiji*
18. The PLT at Citizen’s Band
19. Tofu mole burrito at Papalote Mexican Grill*
20. Handmade couscous with vegetables at Aziza
21. Piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese at Piperade
22. Vegetarian tacos with avocado at La Taqueria
23. Mesquite-grilled brochettes at Greens Restaurant*
24. Fried plantain and black bean burrito at Little Chihuahua
25. Stuffed falafel at Old Jerusalem 
26. Veggie burger at Roam*
27. Spicy tofuna roll at Tataki*
28. Samusa soup at Burma Superstar*
29. Your choice of veggie piroshki at Anda Piroshki 
30. Grilled cheese sandwich at Outerlands 
31. Braised tofu jook at Samovar*
32. Dolma sandwich at Truly Mediterranean*
33. Daikon rice cakes at Slanted Door
34. Crispy Brussels sprout chips at Marlowe*
35. Any veggie sandwich (particularly butternut squash with radicchio) at Il Cane Rosso
36. Cheese späetzle at Suppenküche
37. Vegetarian pot pie (such as spinach and lentil) from Mission Pie
38. Moroccan vegetable tagine at Nopa
39. Green Goddess salad at Prospect
40. Cheese and bean pupusas at El Zocalo, preferably around 3 a.m.
41. Seasonal veggie salad at Boulettes Larder
42. Vegetarian ramen at Katana-Ya*
43. Vegetable imperial rolls with vermicelli at Sunflower
44. The Fillmore pizza at Zero Zero
45. Crusted oyster mushrooms at Millennium *
46. Any of the rotating veggie pastas at Flour + Water
47. Butter lettuce salad with fresh herbs at Bistro Aix*
48. Sformato at Cotogna
49. Vegan sausage at Rosamunde Sausage Grill*
50. Sloppy Lil’ P at Juhu Beach Club


My dear wonderful food folk, it has been far too long. Just because I’ve been gone doesn’t mean I don’t still love ya’ll. And hopefully you still have the same veg love in return. I’m posting today in need of recommendations…any one know of some killer veg friendly restaurants in Cusco Peru?? Huh Huh? Do ya? Heading that way in a week or so and I’m getting the list ready of must try places. So far I’ve found a few that sound delicious does any one out there know if these places are any good?:

Greens Restaurant

Sarah’s Organic

El Arbol

Cafe Cultural Ritual

That’s the list I have so far…I’ll let ya know how they are when I return. Adios!

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