Let's Eat Local!
NOiG Joins the Eat Local Challenge

Hi all!  I hope you all enjoyed NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week - I know I did.  The meal I had at Sneaky Pickle the night before Veggie Fest will not soon be forgotten, that's for sure!  And how cool was Veggie Fest itself?!  Great weather, great music, great food, great people.

Well guess what?  June is going to be just as exciting!  The New Orleans Eat Local Challenge is challenging itself (ha ha) to be more vegan-inclusive this year.  I've joined the challenge (yes, at the ultra-lenient level but still).  I hope you do too.  Note that it does cost $25, but you get some nice perks in return.

Also, I hope you can join in on some of these awesome vegan-friendly events - I hope to be at a number of them myself!  All of this info is also collected in a Facebook event called NOiG Joins the Eat Local Challenge!
What a month, eh?!  Will you won't you join me for this awesome intersection of local foods and veganism?  I hope so!


Announcing the NOiG 2016 Scavenger Hunt WINNERS!!

Friends, it's the moment you've all been waiting for.  Via random drawing, the winners of the NOiG Scavenger Hunt are:

THIRD PLACE WINNER: "Donutt Monut"!!
Ms. Monut got her entry in on time - just barely! - and did an admirable job searching the city for all the items.  In the process, she discovered our unofficial City Bird, the feral chicken!  She also solved the bonus item riddle.  And discovered some fabulous local vegan art to boot!

SECOND PLACE WINNER: a *tie* between Maggie Dyer and Alan Berg!
These two explored the city together, and from the looks of it had a great time doing so.  I think they'll enjoy sharing some lovely chocolates and exciting cookbooks.

and FIRST PLACE WINNER: Adrienne "Ajax" Johnson!

Adrienne is a pro at vegan scavenger hunting, being a 2014 champion at the sport.  I hope you enjoyed your chocolate Adrienne, and I hope you enjoy your prize pack even more!

Congratulations to all the winners!  And many thanks to everyone who participated.  I hope you all had fun and discovered some new vegan things around town.  Please come see me at my Nola Veggie Fest table to collect your prize!  Or if you can't, holler at me and we'll arrange a drop-off for this week.

Didn't participate and are now full of regret?  Don't worry!  There's always next year.

See y'all at Veggie Fest!


NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Vegan T-Shirt Day at Nola Veggie Fest

Can y'all believe it?!  The 2016 Nola Veggie Fest starts TOMORROW, May 7!  I'm sure you know by now that I'll have a table, doing a thing I'm hilariously calling "I'm Vegan in New Orleans - Ask Me How!"  It's gonna be fun.

Tomorrow is also the last day to find your scavenger hunt items, many of which can be spotted at the Fest itself.  Do you have your set together yet??

It also just so happens that Veggie Fest starts this year on May Vegan T-Shirt Day!  Stop by NOiG's table at the Fest wearing your best vegan tee, and I'll take your pic and post it to the worldwide event* so we can show the world Nola's veggie pride!

*only if you want me to!

As it so happens, there'll be NOiG shirts for sale too.  :)



NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Sneaky Pickle Veggie Fest Pre-Party!

Oh my word y'all, Veggie Fest is almost here!  Can you feel the excitement?  I seriously can.  Let's be excited together, tomorrow night at Sneaky Pickle at 8pm!  You can reply to the Facebook invite here.

Come search for NOiG scavenger hunt items 3, 4, 9, 10, and 14 in the NOiG scavenger hunt while eating some of the very best vegan food in town and getting PSYCHED for Veggie Fest weekend!


NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Bubble Tea at the Bar!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having as much fun this week as I am.  And the fun continues for the rest of the week and on into the weekend!

As part of NOiG's Scavenger Hunt Week, join us at Namese for a bubble tea, or maybe some pho?  We'll be there tomorrow, May 5, beginning at 6pm.  You can reply to the Facebook invite hereCome search for NOiG scavenger hunt items 3, 4, and 13 while bubble tea-ing or having a lovely dinner.


NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Vegan T-Shirts at Twilight!

Hello!  I hope your week is going swimmingly.  Anyone wanna take a walk?  As part of NOiG's Scavenger Hunt Week, join us in the park tomorrow, May 4 - and wear your very best vegan t-shirt!  You can reply to the Facebook invite here.

Come search for NOiG scavenger hunt item #3 - it should be pretty easy with this event! If we're lucky we'll find #2 as well.  Meet us on the steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art wearing your favorite vegan-themed t-shirt! Once we're gathered we'll walk around Big Lake showing our vegan pride. Dogs welcome!

Rain plan: Let's walk through Lakeside Mall and show Metairie how it's done!  We'll meet in front of the Macy's inside entrance.



NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: TACO TUESDAY!

Hiya!  How was everyone's weekend?  You're about to slog through another Monday, but maybe looking forward to Tuesday will help.  As part of NOiG's Scavenger Hunt Week, come on out to Dos Jefes Cigar Bar way uptown on Tchoupitoulas tomorrow, May 3, to hit up the Taceaux Loceaux truck!  We'll start at 7pm;  you can reply to the Facebook invite hereCome search for NOiG scavenger hunt items 3 and 7 while getting your vegan taco fix.

Rain plan: we'll meet at Juan's Flying Burrito on Carrollton instead.  :)


NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Tea Time at HiVolt!

Hi again y'all!  As part of NOiG's Scavenger Hunt Week, come on out to HiVolt for tea (or coffee or food or... a scavenger hunt item?) tomorrow, May 2 at 6pm!  You can reply to the Facebook invite here

Come search for NOiG item #s 1, 3, 4, and 6 in the NOiG scavenger hunt while sipping a lovely beverage in a coffee shop that looks like a space ship and maybe having a pastry or some dinner.


NOiG Scavenger Hunt Week: Sunday Brunch at Seed!

Hi y'all!  To kick off NOiG's Scavenger Hunt Week, come on out to Seed for Sunday brunch tomorrow, May 1 at 11am and get your #VeganHunt2016 started!  You can reply to the Facebook invite here.  Come search for NOiG scavenger hunt item #s 1, 3, 5, and 14 while partaking in some excellent brunch.

Afterward, we'll visit Cocoally Vegan Boutique next door to see the amazing art and designs of Ally Burguieres!  You won't want to miss it.


Vegan Jazz Fest!

Hi y'all!  Come with me, if you will, on a tour of my Jazz Fest experience today.  TL;DR: it was hot, the music was good, and there's plenty to eat.  :)

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Beginning at approximately 11:30am...

I'm here! And hot! Cooling off in the Gospel Tent with some strawberry lemonade, always my first stop inside the gate!  The Gospel Inspirations of Bouttee are playing, and they're quite fantastic.

~12pm Iced tea is always a good call. The rosemint and mandarin are sweetened with honey, but you can get them unsweetened!  Or regular black sweet.  Also: the grounds are super muddy and gross. If you're coming, be prepared.

Get yer fruit salad!

My feelings about the Indians are so complicated. It's such an incredibly beautiful and fascinating part of New Orleans culture. And it's tied in to my Sicilian heritage. But also all those damn feathers. But also, on many levels, it's not for me. So... complicated.


~12:40pm The Pfister Sisters in the Economy Hall jazz tent where my grandpa used to play Dixieland jazz.  He is why I keep coming back to Jazz Fest.

Sorbetto for youuuuu.  I've still never tried the strawberry balsamic; I really need to!

Can't beat Plum Street.

Oh, the utter joy I felt when I determined that Roman Candy is vegan...

Enjoying some glazed pecans in the shade of the Gentilly Stage tree - can't quite see Bonerama but I can hear em real good! 

The veg combo from Bennachin (jama jama and plantains) looks good, but I'm in it for Gambian Foods tofu...

Spicy tofu with peanut sauce AND veggie pita from Gambian Foods in the Congo Square area.  Delicious!  Light enough but also substantial enough for this mid-day heat.

Maybe a bit warm for Praline Connections greens and beans, though they are delicious... 

But I could see cooling down with some seaweed salad from Ajun Cajun!

...or some Italian Ice from my favorite, Brocato's!

The king cake snoball from AJ's is just a thing that everyone should try one time.

Last meal of the day: Unsweet rosemint tea and tofu bun with peanut sauce. Cold noodles is exactly what I needed!!  Eaten while listening to the one and only John Boutte in the Blues Tent.  And caught Irma Thomas doing "Ruler of my Heart" on the way over!

And that's me done!  5 hours at Jazz Fest is more than I can usually muster so we should all be very proud.  I saw all of these folks: The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, the High Steppers Brass Band, the Pfister Sisters, Bonerama, Sharr Allen, Irvin Mayfield, Irma Thomas, and John Boutte.  Not a bad day - even if I did miss Lauren Hill.  I ate quite well, and there were so many options I passed up!