Category Archives: Atlanta

VeganDish Pottery Giveaway!

VeganDish is a line of beautifully handcrafted pottery by local Atlanta artist Jeanette Zeis. It’s pottery that is “made for vegans, by a vegan”. I already own some VeganDish pieces, but last weekend I got seconds!VeganDish

Jeanette and her partner Kenn TwoFour (also an Atlanta artist, also vegan) are taking their whole operation to the Pacific Northwest (Hey Pacific Northwest, isn’t it enough that you have mountains and ocean and a nice cool climate?).

Because they needed to clear out their stock, they had a huuuge sale last weekend on old stock and studio seconds. Studio seconds are basically products that maybe have minor imperfections making them not “suitable” for full price. I dunno if I’m explaining that right. But when we went, I saw nothing but beautiful pieces of pottery at crazy marked down prices.

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I was able to pick up a few of her illustrated pieces that I’ve been eyeballing for a while. AND I got a VeganDish mug and bowl for ONE OF YOU! I’m so excited to share this with you guys. I have a VeganDish mug and it’s one of my most favorite mugs on the whole planet. I don’t have a bowl and I kinda want to keep this one. But I think the mug and bowl are just too cute together so I’m giving away both!

Sorry, the giveaway is closed.

Congratulations to Sheri from A Dreaded Vegan for winning the pottery set!

 All ya gotta do to enter this giveaway is:

  • leave a comment telling me what vegan dish (or drink) you would put in your VeganDish if you won

When you leave a comment, make sure to enter your email privately in the form so I can contact you if you win. The giveaway will close at midnight (EST) on October 4th (next Friday). I will pick a winner randomly using random.org. Oh, and this is open to anyone with a mailbox. Edited to add: This means even international! 🙂

Still Happily Redeeming My Yearly Trips Around the Sun

Alright, real talk. When I was a teenager, I used to think that I would never make it to my 30’s due to some terrible, random accident. I had no legitimate reason for thinking that. It was just a strange premonition I had that I’m sure wasn’t helped by teenage angsty broodiness and a feeling of not belonging. Thankfully, I suck at being a psychic and I gratefully (and happily) enjoy my yearly trips around the sun with good food. And lots of cake! Come on, did you really think this post was going in any other direction?

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A stroll around the hood resulted in some indulgent pre-birthday dinner cupcakes at Dulce Vegan – caramel, chocolate, orange cardamom and lemon.

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Next, we had an early dinner at Cafe Sunflower.

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Since we don’t eat here very often I usually end up getting some of the same dishes that I know I love.

For apps we got the “Supreme Vegan Nachos”- organic corn chips, Daiya, homemade chili, shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno and fresh guacamole.

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and “Mushroom Ceviche”- shiitake, enoki mushroom, jicama, mango, onion, garlic, cilantro, smoked paprika, lime, orange and avocado.2013bday-7364

We each got a “Green Tea Chai”-green tea, soymilk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave.2013bday-7360

For the main course, Neal got his usual, “Fiesta Enchilada with Corn Salsa”- Marinated soy chicken, sauteed onions, red bell peppers, and granny smith apples wrapped in a flour tortilla topped with shredded romaine lettuce and corn salsa.

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and I got the “Garden Loaf”- veggie loaf, herbed mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, spring rolls with organic mushroom gravy.

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Despite having a plethora of leftover cupcakes at home, I had to get a slice of strawberry cake!2013bday-7377

After dinner, I scared myself silly by watching The Conjuring. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect birthday!

How do you celebrate your birthday? Big blowout or low-key affair?

Tales from the Vegan Army

This original image was originally posted to Flickr by isafmedia. (click)

Original image was posted to Flickr by isafmedia (Creative Commons). (click)

When we first moved to Atlanta, we lived within walking distance to a very hip, happening place called Little 5 Points. In said hip area, was a small Thai restaurant that we ambled into one day hoping against hope that there might be some vegan offerings. There were! But they came with something extra…

NEAL: [opening the menu after being seated] Oh, they have tofu. That’s promising.

ME: Yeah, they have a lot of tofu options actually.

WAITRESS: [walking up to our table] You guys ready to order?

ME: I think so, but we have a couple of questions. Do you know if these dishes have eggs or fish/shrimp sauce in them? [points to menu items]

WAITRESS: [looks at the menu items I am pointing to] Ummmm, I dunno. Lemme check with the cook. Are you guys like vegetarian or something?

NEAL: Actually, we’re vegan.

WAITRESS: [starts nodding head up and down and eyes get all knowing] Oh, ok. Lemme see.

After a couple of minutes, she returns.

WAITRESS: Those dishes are fine. I made sure they didn’t have any animal stuff in it. [looks really pleased with herself]

NEAL: Wow! That’s great! Thank you so much for checking! [smiling and grateful]

ME[nodding and smiling in gratitude] 

WAITRESS: Yeah, well. I know how you vegans can be. [rolls eyes]

Awkward silence.

ME: Uh. [looking confused]

….

wait for it…

….

wait for it…

WAITRESS: You know!! All ANAL and stuff.

The end.

It was strange being insulted and yet nicely accommodated (food-wise) at the same time.  We never ate there again. The food wasn’t that great. The business in that building has since changed like three times.

Expect more tales from the vegan army* in the future where I’ll share those oh-so special moments that we’ve experienced (either recently or way long ago like in this post) that only a vegan can relate to.

*The title of this blog post is inspired by a friend who described my blog as being about “that vegan army stuff”. Thanks guy. The resistance is here.

Happy Birthday Dough Bakery!

What do you do when you turn one year old? Eat lots of vegan food ’till you have to unbutton your pants and celebrate with a gaggle of nice folks? Sounds like a good plan to me.

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This past Sunday, Holly from Traveling Pink Lips  threw a plant-based potluck to bring ATL vegans together and celebrate Dough Bakery’s first year of awesomeness in Atlanta. For the past year, this vegan bakery along with Gutenfleischers (the vegan deli inside Dough) has been satiating my needs for whoopie pies, chocolate chip cookies, soft serve ice cream, ginormous deli sandwiches, queso, pimento cheese, milkshakes and more. The pups even get a fix with their peanut butter treats.

Here’s the event-planner extraordinaire greeting us. She’s about to let us loose on the food.

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Everybody brought a dish + I brought my camera = vegan food porn. Here are a few highlights.

Mac and cheese with coconut bacon. This was Holly’s dish. Check out that rad spatula!

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Peanut butter tofu. Yes.

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100 % organic tabouleh.

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Raw cheese dip (with chia seeds!).

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Dill and sour cream potato bites. Nom.

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“Goat” cheese. I love cashew cheese and I’ve made something very similar before.

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Mini loaded potato bites with tempeh (recipe on Glue and Glitter).

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Candied jalapeno with cream cheese. So creative!

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Squash casserole.

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Quinoa sweet potato balls with Daiya mozzarella!

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My final plates. Yes plates! My eyes were far hungrier than the size of my stomach. I tried to get one of everything but I’m sure I missed some dishes as some arrived later while I was stuffing my face. Everything was delicious! I brought a black bean and corn quinoa salad (recipe here), but forgot to get a pic of it because I was too enamored with everybody else’s dish. It’s on the bottom of the circular plate.dough1yr_mixplate

Holly also surprised everybody with a gift!

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I was so excited to finally get my hands on some coconut bacon. I was also thrilled to get a Crazy Rumors lip balm (that balm is my jam) and a vegan key chain from Jeanette Zeis Ceramics.

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There was a raffle to win the big bag of vegan swag.  All the raffle proceeds went to Animal Action Rescue.

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And boy were there sweets!

Brownie cookies. We split the second to last one.

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Chocolate chip and walnut cookies.

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Vegan gelato from Revolution Gelato. We’ve had this creamy-dreamy vegan gelato before but it’s not for sale yet, so it was a real treat to have some. I tried the new flavor, Hatch Chili Chip. I can not wait until this stuff goes on sale for realsies.  According to Jared the owner/creater this will hopefully happen sometime in the fall.

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And no birthday is complete without cake. Check out these fun decorated cakes made by Dough! Nom nom and nom nom nom!

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I’m so happy that Holly put this event together. She did an incredible job bringing together an awesome and diverse vegan crowd where I got a chance to talk to old friends and make some new ones. And big ups to Dough and Gutenfleischers for hosting and basically being ‘da bomb!

Kale Me Crazy, First Impressions

A new juice joint called Kale Me Crazy has opened up in Atlanta. Their facebook page states “Kale Me Crazy is an upscale juice bar that specializes in cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and raw foods.  We believe in better health and well-being through organic raw food”.  I love smoothies especially in the summer, so we headed over to try it out.

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Its interior is sleek, mostly white and modern and small.  There is seating at the front bar or at another bar facing the window. The guy at the counter was really nice and let us sample the juices. All the juices and smoothies are vegan and they offer some vegan baked goods.

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I got the Refresh smoothie- kale, celery, apple, banana, mint, coconut meat, coconut milk and maple syrup.

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Neal got the Recovery smoothie-banana, cherries, cashews, coconut yogurt, almond milk and vegan protein.

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Both smoothies were good, but I think I would have liked it more if there had been more cherry tartness in the Recovery and more apple sweetness/tartness in the Refresh. Neal really liked his and thought it tasted like a cherry milkshake.

I got the vibe that they were still getting a feel for what customers wanted and liked, so it’s possible their menu may change. If I happen to be in the neighborhood and get a hankering for a smoothie I’ll definitely stop by again, but I don’t see myself going out of my way to get one. To be fair, I don’t think I’m their target demographic because while I like smoothies, I’m not that into the whole juicing thing (I like pulpy fiber!). And since I own a Vitamix, it’s hard to justify spending that much on a smoothie when I can make one all day, err’day for a fraction of the price.

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Homemade spinach, pineapple, frozen banana,and coconut flakes smoothie.

What do you prefer….fresh pressed juices or smoothies?

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According to my phone in the past few months I made stuff, ate stuff, did stuff and shaved stuff.

I finished up this Gemini top. The yarn is a hemp, cotton and rayon blend. No wool for me!IMG_2149Some amazing-ness that I got at Dough Bakery. I think it’s their Sunday “Southern Benedict”- open faced biscuit with eggless patty and Gutenfleischer’s meat topped with sausage gravy. IMG_1939Doughnuts from Revolution Doughnuts. They are not a 100% vegan shop, but they clearly label all the vegan doughnuts and usually about half of their doughnuts are vegan! These look like (CW from left) chocolate glaze, apple fritter, coconut and king cake.
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Typical Game of Thrones meal: vegan drumsticks grilled in BBQ sauce, sautéed green beans and shrooms, and mashed taters.
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The behind-the-scenes of a wannabe food photographer. This was for the Sansa lemon cakes.

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Leftovers from Cafe Sunflower. Quiche on the left and soy chicken enchilada on the right (these were on the “specials” menu).IMG_2130

Vegan junk food from Food Fight Grocery when we went to PDX. Can you guess what the non-labeled item is?IMG_2185

The tropical greens smoothie from Canteen in PDX.
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Nachos with Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, kidney beans, nacho teese (from my VVC swagbag) and green onions.IMG_2246

My most favorite candy bar. They’ve changed their packaging a bit and the bar looks a little different but it still is hands-down my favorite chocolate bar.IMG_2431

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (also from my VVC swag bag) with sliced strawberries snack time.
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Banana chia oatmeal from Oh She Glows.IMG_2350

Blueberry cobbler that Neal made. I think he just veganized this recipe from Rachael Ray.IMG_2368

Another goodie from my Vida Vegan Con bag. It’s a superfood disguised as a vegan starbust candy.IMG_2210

I made the Chipotle Mac and Cheese recipe almost as soon as Isa put it up. We ate most of it in one go and only had a little leftover. To make it another meal, I topped it with sweet baked beans and some cole slaw. I love this mac and cheese.
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This is the picture text I sent Neal after I posted the above pic on instagram. I realize I am an uber dork. I’m okay with that.IMG_2373

A morning of knitting wash cloths and drinkin’ a smoothie- almond milk, banana, chia seeds, Eat Pastry cookie dough and raw almonds.IMG_2441

Experimenting with a new phone app called “Over” that puts text over images. The cashew cheese spread is a recipe from an old VegNews magazine.IMG_2404

Hanging out with Neal at the art festival, Artlantis. He mostly does gig posters, but he has created an original illustration for the upcoming Atlanta Veg Fest.
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Miles- looking all goofy after Neal stuffed blankets around him.IMG_1898

An afternoon walk near the Chattahoochee river. A big storm knocked some trees in the path. Miles is already very afraid of sticks so he wasn’t going anywhere near this. Neal had to carry him over. Nikko (our other greyhound) jumped over it because she’s a bad*ss like that.IMG_2333

Oh yeah, and I shaved my head using Neal’s clippers with a #3 guard (I think).  It is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It’s perfect for summer don’t cha think?photo

Going out with a sneeze

I have a cold. It’s full blown-sies. An end of school year gift from my students I’m sure. When I’m under the weather, I don’t feel like doing anything in the kitchen.  Solution: get someone else to do the cooking.

Neal made me this brunch of tofu scramble, fried “ham”, english muffins and strawberries.

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And one night we went to Harmony, a veg Chinese restaurant.

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Pickled carrots and cabbage, served at the beginning of each meal here. Neal doesn’t like it so I eat it all.

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Wonton Soup- we always order this when we eat here.

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Salt and Pepper “Squid”- new menu item, second time we’ve gotten it.

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Szechuan style green beans- we order this every time we’re here.

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Orange “beef”- don’t order this as often, but it was tasty!

I’ve been taking vitamin C, drinking a lot of tea and smoothies, and sucking on Ricola’s non-stop. I sure hope I am feeling back to my old self soon. I’m tired of the stuffed up nose and the Darth Vader-like mouth breathing.IMG_0535 _Snapseed

Any tips on how to curb a cold quick?

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Athens

Neal had to deliver some screen printed posters to a band in Athens, GA Saturday night, so I went with him and we ate at The Grit– an all vegetarian diner with vegan options.

I got the vegan Bahn Mi with wasabi mayo, pickled veggies and hoisin seared seitan, IMG_0390 _Snapseed IMG_0395 _Snapseed

while Neal got the deluxe grilled sandwich with grilled seitan, and sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers. And we both got sweet potato fries.IMG_0391 _Snapseed

We were stuffed but we couldn’t leave without dessert. We got the grasshopper cake (chocolate mint) and chocolate cake to go!
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Award

I was so pleased to receive an award from The Vegan Kat this weekend alongside some purty fabulous bloggers! So this is how this award works:

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
  3. Answer 10 questions given.
  4. Nominate up to 12 bloggers for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  5. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award

10 Questions:
What is your favorite color?   orange
Your favorite animal?   hard to choose…I like all animals
Your favorite non-alcoholic drinks? tea! any kind of tea…I’m addicted!
Facebook or Twitter?  going rogue here, instagram!
Your favorite pattern?   stripes a la Jean Seberg in Breathless
Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  giving
Your favorite number?   44 
Your favorite day of the week?    Any day I don’t have to go to work!
Your favorite flower?    orchids
What is your passion?   creating

My nominees:

  1. ASTIG vegan
  2. The Opinioness of the World
  3. Life of Kylie
  4. Rambling Vegans

Anticipation

This Saturday marks the third Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’ve participated since its inception by the amazing Ann over at An Unrefined Vegan. This year I intend to visit each and every blog which is going to be crazy because the list of participants is growing! In fact, enrollment goes through May 6.

I’m bringing a salad…what are you bringing?

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Tassili’s Raw Reality

As far as I know, there are only two pure raw food restaurants in Atlanta: Loving it Live and Tassili’s Raw Reality. Loving it Live is great, but it’s pretty far for us. So we were happy to discover Tassili’s Raw Reality a couple of months ago.

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Outside they have produce and herbs growing. How awesome is that!

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The inside feels very cozy. Partly because it’s small but mainly because it’s decorated with warm, inviting art and colors.

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It’s the kind of place where you place your order at the counter and they bring the food to you or you can take it away.IMG_0330 _Snapseed

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Since a lot of things are prepared fresh, a longish wait time during peak hours is not uncommon. The wait is not bad since it’s such a cozy place and on Sundays they have live music.IMG_0352 _Snapseed

On our first visit, we got a lot of food in order to try a bunch of stuff. Neal got (clockwise) the sweet coconut corn, pad thai noodles, curried plantains and karamu couscous.Image 1 _Snapseed

I got (clockwise) black love stew, spicy kale salad, a nori roll and black-eyed pea hummus.Image 3 _Snapseed

Now I think we’ve figured out our favorites. These descriptions are taken from the online menu.

  • karamu couscous:  A lightly sweet, fluffy, festival of couscous, raisins and berries that is perfect on its own or as a complement to the Spicy Kale and other savory dishes
  • sweet coconut corn: This dish is like drinking sweet kernel corn right from a freshly split coconut bowl cut straight from the tree.
  • spicy kale salad: With one of nature’s most nutritionally complete foods as its base, Tassili’s Spicy Kale is a flavorful blend of fresh kale, red onion, sun dried tomatoes, spices and, of course, the love that brings it all together (personal note: this stuff is for reals spicy and I don’t normally like spicy but this is soooo good!)
  • nori rolls: How can so much satisfaction be packed into such a little unassuming roll? Taste it and you’ll understand. Tassili’s Nori Rolls is a flavorful blend of sunflower and pumpkin seed, wakame seaweed, scotch bonnet and spices (I cannot eat at Tassili’s without having at least one nori roll)

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There are still many things on the menu that we want to try like the w-raps, spicy naked tacos and the eggplant pizza so we will be back.

What are your favorite raw foods and/or restaurants like?

A weekend, brought to you by the letter F

is for freeing a caterpillar from a dangerous bike ride.

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F is for feeling like a kid again when getting up close and personal with trains.
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F is for festival, the Inman Park festival where we got to see Jeanette Zeis (a local vegan artist) selling her goods alongside Kenn Twofour.inmanparkfest1F is for food…

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Friday night take away from Chinese Buddha. They have a separate veg menu and these are satay sticks.

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Strawberry-banana pop from King of Pops.

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Vegan reuben from Dough Bakery/ Gutenfleischers (click for link)

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A sad version of raw ackee scramble with green onions. We needed to get groceries. (click pic for a better version)

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Enh. This was just enh. But again, we had no food in the house. We needed to get to the store.

F is for furbabies that need their nails trimmed.

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