For the most part, I enjoy having a food blog (‘food blog’ is used in the most liberal sense considering there are more links to 90’s hip-hop music videos, lists of my favorite ways to be lazy, and my social commentary on shameful behavior than actual recipes). But there are some elements of maintaining a food blog that are not talked about enough and go against my pragmatic sense of how a life should be lived and documented, unless of course you are a professional food blogger who gets paid to do shit like stage pictures in perfect 3:00 PM lighting and lay awake at night thinking up new ways to reinvent the donut.
For example, tomorrow is the Super Bowl and there is nothing more I want to do then share with you our amazing menu and sell you in tantalizing words and mouthwatering pictures that demonstrate the fact that veganizing food-centric events/holidays doesn’t always have to include chickpeas, quinoa, beets, or raw lettuce. But here’s the non-sequitur of this whole food blogging racket – I can’t hype you up in pictures because I’m not making this epic meal until tomorrow, thus not giving you enough time to hype yourself up via purchasing ingredients and bragging to friends about your spread. It’s bullcrap, I know – but I’m saying screw it and at least sharing our menu with link and old pics from other times we prepared said menu items.
Anyway, we may have just found out who was playing in the Super Bowl a few days ago and I may have thought the 49ers were a baseball team, but I was raised right to leverage every event possible into a good excuse to overeat food and hang out with my friends. If our menu isn’t doing it for you, check out these 19 Delicious Vegan Superbowl Recipes.
with a side of vegan ranch
HAPPY 100th POST TO US! It’s been so much fun sharing our food, laughs, and life with you over the past year and we are excited for hundreds of more posts to come! As a tribute to what plant-based lifestyle has done for our lives, we are breaking the barrier of our normal hump-day laziness to share our top 100 reasons for being vegan (in no particular order).
100 Favorite Things About Being Vegan
- Having enough energy to workout, work long hours, cook delicious meals, write a blog, plan and partake in adventures, and live passionate life.
- Saving 50+ animals a year
We found a magical snow elephant snowshoeing this weekend!
- All the amazing, compassionate, open people we have met because of our interest in plants
- Losing over 60 pounds between the two of us
- Creating and re-creating favorite meaty & cheesy meals
- Kayrn’s on Green (oh man – our fav)
- VooDoo Donut Apple Fritters
- Quick recovery time after hard workouts
- Discovering new substitutes (and proving that vegan cookies are breathtaking)
- Taking a more mindful interest the role each meal plays in the quality of my life
- Helping others to discover their healthiest, happiest selves (even a few more plants is great!)
- Yumm sauce
- Veg-fest’s galore: Portland, Chicago, San Fran
Rockin’ Out at Chicago Veg-Fest 2011
- Eating Animals – good for thinkers of going veggie
- Papa G’s
Deli of vegan deliciousness in Portland
- That sweet potato fries can be considered a meal
- Cruelty free products not tested, or made with, sweet fuzzy loving animals
- Daiya – we lika the cheeze!
- Post Punk Kitchen
- Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
- Predictable and extraordinary poops
- Vegetarian House
All vegan chinese restaurant in downtown Portland – and right across the street from VooDoo Donuts!
- Tofutti Cream Cheese
- Farm Sancutuary
- Food, Inc
- Vegan Essentials
- Clear skin (not for everyone, but most see an improvement)
- Lara & Halo bars
- Sweet and Sarah marshmallows
- The Vegan Sourcebook
- Forks over Knives
- Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Milk
- Mastering the art of making our own meats
- Scott Jurek
- Sizzle Pie – Spiral Tap Pizza will bring you so much joy
- Finding veggie friends using Meetup.com
- Asian markets
- The Green Owl Cafe
Where our love from BBQ Jackfruit was born
- Vega products
- Soy milk commercials
- Food coop’s (and getting memberships to actually support them!)
- The China Study
- Happy Herbivore
- Planning vacations around restaurants, and maybe fitting in some other things
- Trumpet Blossom (get dessert peeps!)
- Vegan MoFo (vegan month of food)
- Chef Chole Coscarelli
- Vegan Cuts – sign up for their monthly vegan snack box
- Diet for a Small Planet
- BBQ Jackfruit (and knowing what Jackfruit is – never would have ordered before going veggie)
- Tofu scramble Sunday brunch
- The Vegan Stoner
- Herbivore clothing
- The day that you can feel your body begin to crave vegetables more than junk food
- Vegan with a Vengence
- Isa Chandra Moskawitz
- The Joy of Vegan Baking (best.cookbook.ever)
- Taking our love for all beings to another level
- Warrior Force protein powder
- Sage’s Cafe – and Salt Lake City
- Mad City Vegan Fest
- No more cholesterol!
- Two Beans or Not Two Beans
- The Shop ‘N Kart (Our new favorite grocery store.)
- Getting creative at Thanksgiving and blowing your families mind
The best part of Berkley after the people watching
- Meat is for Pussies – veggies for bros!
- Vegan Brunch (another favorite – you can tell by the amount of pancake batter between the pages)
- Finding new and interesting ways to use tempeh
- Rich Roll
- Juicing – and having your body show you how happy it can really feel
- Prepping ourselves for our first visit this summer to NYC as vegans
- Dandies marshmallows
- Thunderbird Energetica Bars
- Chocolate-Covered Katie
I love a girl that loves cupcakes:)
- Upton’s Natural’s Seitan
- So Delicious coconut milk egg nog (that’s right, I said egg nog mofo!)
- Kickstarter funded veggie cookbooks like The Lotus and the Artichoke
- Earwax Cafe – the place it all began for Evan, and we are still mourning it’s loss
- Cocomels – sea salt are the bomb
The day we finally got rid of our old blender and bought a Vitamix. We had feelings.
- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
- Thai food – especially Tom Kha with Tofu NOMS!
- Veggie Superbowl menu planning!
- Bearded brother’s bars
- Moo Shoes
- Cornbread Cafe – I could curl up and live in their menu
Cornbread Cafe in Eugene – sandwiches of the gods
- Sea vegetables on everything
- Babycakes cookbooks
- Slowly beginning to use coconut oil for literally everything
- Food Democracy Now
- Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
- Bare Escentuals – cruelty free beauty
- Getting to do this amazing blog for you amazing people every day – we hope you enjoy reading it even half as much as we love sharing it with you. LOVE!