Oh, look, we’re having another Game of Thrones cookout. Not a damn thing wrong with that. Since it was the day before Kevin’s birthday, I whipped out a cake for dessert. But not just any cake, a zebra cake! You won’t believe how easy it is to do. Just use your favorite vegan vanilla and chocolate cake batters and follow these instructions for pouring them in the pans.
Here are mine ready to bake.
All frosted up in chocolate.
And look at the insides!
Now I want to do them with all kinds of colors. Imagine a rainbow!
We didn’t just have dessert. There was real food too. This time I had a hot dog with home made cheezy sauce, avocado, pickles and who knows what else, tots and mac & cheeze.
We might’ve been lacking a bit of vegetable this time around. But we got over it.
April’s ATL Vegan Drinks was at Urban pL8 and Kevin made it back in town just in time for us to bust it over there. Since we didn’t make a reservation, I didn’t want to steal slots at the allotted table, so we sat separately with the Gunns.
It’s Friday, let’s start of with a Manhattan.
They had a special menu for ATL Vegan Drinks and they also have a couple of vegan or veganizable items on their regular menu. I had the roasted beet sandwich because I like them and Kevin doesn’t so I don’t cook them much at home.
It was a very nice sandwich, but the real star was the Sunflower Seed Crusted Tofu on a squash purée. It totally needs to be on the regular menu.
We also got a side of kale and shared it. They also have kale chips.
Of course I saved room for dessert. This is what they call a paleo chocolate cake. I didn’t pay attention to what was in it but it seemed like dates, nut flour and coconut were involved. It was almost like a raw dessert. Keep that in mind if you ever see it on the menu. Just so you’re not expecting a regular cake. But don’t discount it. It was really good.
My last day in Virginia, after dragging my mom around Maymont Park, I made her eat vegetarian food at Ipanema Cafe. Kevin and I went last time we were in Richmond and had a lovely brunch. Tofu or tempeh benedict, I think. And pie, glorious pie!
Now it was lunch time. And there was a BBQ Jackfruit sandwich on the specials board. I’ll take it! Even my mom liked the jackfruit. Which reminds me, I need to send her some cans. They topped it with tangy slaw, with sides of sweet potato fries and salad. Perfect!
My mom had a hummus wrap which she really liked, and then strawberry rhubarb pie which was outstanding. Since I’d had their pie before, I decided to try the Coconut Creme Brûlée. Because how often does a vegan get that chance?
It did not disappoint. But I did find myself with pie envy and kind of wished I’d order a slice to carry away. What was I thinking?
Afterwards, I walked over to Harrison Street Coffee Shop for a coffee. Because they’re awesome.
Oh Hi case full of vegan doughnuts. Donuts. Whatever. We woke up too early the first day in Seattle. Well, some of us did. So Kevin and I headed out to pick up some Mighty O Donuts and coffee. And just as we were getting in the car Jared walked up to join us in the townhouse. So he piled on in for the journey.
So we got a dozen, plus a fritter. There’s pumpkin cream filled, regular cream filled, apple spice, chocolate raspberry, pumpkin, chocolate coconut, peanut butter chocolate and probably something else I’m forgetting.
See that chocolate coconut donut there? It’s called the “Don King.”
Sometimes you can’t wait the 15 minutes it’ll take to get back to the place. So I got an extra pumpkin cream filled donut. Honestly, I’m not a donut freak but since we don’t have vegan ones here I just had to eat a few.
And here’s a random Seattle observation: the must have accessory is a dog. All dogs wear clothes. That is all.
Vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz will be in Atlanta Sunday, October 30th signing Vegan Pie in the Sky (and apparently your whole collection of her books if you haul ‘em up there.) Oh, and it’ll be at Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe, our own vegan owned, completely vegan shop. You knew we had one here, right? It’s 2-3pm and I heard some kind of rumor about pie sampling. Here’s the Facebook page for the event if you want to say you’re going, pass it around, etc. Also, PIE.
You know what that is? It’s a Cinnaholic bun. No, sadly, I haven’t been to the Bay Area recently. So how did I get this? Our friend Steph ordered some from them. You can do that! And she gave us some of her order in exchange for some Ronald’s doughnuts Kevin brought back from Las Vegas. This is what vegans do. I think it might actually be a bylaw in the vegan handbook that you must bring back vegan yumminess from other cities to your vegan friends. So through this bylaw I’ve experienced the two things already mentioned plus Mighty O Doughnuts, Voodoo Doughnuts and Vegan Treats even though I’ve never been to Seattle, Portland or Bethlehem, PA.
Have you had a goodie delivery? What did you get?
Over some silly conversation at a previous potluck we joked around about having a potluck with a theme that was a topic of conversation. I debated revealing the theme since there are going to be some folks dropping by for Vegan Mofo that aren’t expecting that sort of strangeness, but fuck it, Mofo or no this is my blog and if someone is offended they can just not come back, right? This is also the warning for the easily offended to stop reading, don’t click any links, and just look at the food pics and move on. Actually some of the pictures are pretty silly. Best just skip it.
Anyway, at this potluck, we got onto the topic of docking. Not the horrible practice of docking dogs’ tails. Not parking a boat. Something else entirely. What foods could we use to represent that? So this potluck represents the result. Some of the food strayed off topic a bit, but not too far.
So I made artichoke and hazelnut cannelloni with lemon soy bechamel sauce or docking stations.
My plate loaded with tasty bits: a docking station, fish taco, wiener in a blanket…
You can never have too much dessert, so we had three. Vegan Twinkies. Yes, we’re all 12-year-old boys.
I also made the chocolate strudel from Vegan Italiano.
Ice cream sandwiches!
Queenie was unimpressed with the theme, but loved all the extra attention she got.
Then we headed to the roof to check out the view of Atlanta. Look at my crappy picture. LOOK AT IT.
Finally I made it out to a Vegan Drinks event AND got to eat. This month’s gathering was at The Graveyard. It would’ve been criminal if I didn’t show up considering that’s 2 miles from my house. I even tried to ride my bike up there, but got a flat a block away and ended up driving. I am an asshole though and didn’t socialize and instead hid at a table with friends.
The Graveyard put out a nice menu with some great options. I got the in ponzu sauce over soba noodles w/ julienned carrots and bok choy.
My only complaint is that the tofu could’ve used a little marinating. The only flavor I could get off of it was the sesame seeds and maybe sesame oil. I love sesame oil so that’s not a terrible thing. The amount of food was perfect and left a space for dessert. We had the choice between a duet of sorbets or coconut cake. CAKE.
Lovely, dense, coconutty cake. No complaints.
Kevin had to fly out of town and came by for a quick scarfing, so I ordered him some food in to go boxes. I had one of his wings and it was tasty as always. Get ‘em Tuesdays during wing night. You’ll have a few vegan sauce options. And as an entreé he had the BBQ tempeh w/ chipotle rice and sautéed spinach. I ate his leftovers the next day for lunch and they were really good, especially the chipotle rice. Looking forward to the next installment!
Apparently all we eat is pizza and Mexican food. As I type this someone is trying to organize another Mexican potluck. Oy. I know, this is not something to complain about.
It was decided that we’d have a pizza, ice cream and cake party for Star’s pre-birthday. I made deep dish and regular crusts and everyone else brought stuff to put on ‘em. Like four deep dish and 6 regular. Oh, there were leftovers shared around. While it’s lovely that there are multiple places we can go out and get pizza with vegan cheese in Atlanta now, none of them come close to the magic we create.
Building pizza is apparently dude work. Bearded dude work.
First one out, BBQ vegan chicken deep dish.
Mexican deep dish pizza with avocado, sour cream and hot sauce and Gyro pizza with hummus Gutenfleischer’s gyro meat and tzatziki sauce. See what I’m saying?
Meat lovers, I think.
And Steph made this ridiculous ice cream cake: brownie topped with chocolate chip cookie dough topped with ice cream topped with whipped topping. Holy crap!
I’m pretty sure all the cheese used was Daiya. It’s pretty much our cheese of choice for pizza.