11.30.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 30: my favorite red beans.



Welcome to the very last day of A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  I hope you've enjoyed my collection of favorites.  Maybe they've inspired you to try something new?  Or made you dig in your heels on what YOUR favorites are?  Do please tell me about it!

Today I bring you my favorite red beans and rice... that is, when I don't make them myself.  ;)  These are from Liberty's Kitchen, and available every Monday!

11.27.2016

11.26.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 26:

Welcome to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite bagels: those from Humble Bagel!  They are by far the best bagels available in town.  I'll be stopping by soon for Eat the Guide!

11.25.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 25: my favorite burrito.

Welcome to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite burrito: the veggie punk (no dairy, add avocado) at Juan's Flying Burrito!

11.24.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 24: my favorite sushi.

Happy Thanksgiving, readers in the US!  And welcome to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite sushi (possibly the least Thanksgiving-ish food there is): inari sushi from Chiba!



11.23.2016

11.22.2016

11.21.2016

Eat the Guide: Mint Modern Bistro and Bar

Hello and welcome to the NOiG series Eat the Guide!  In this series, I explore the scores of restaurants included in the NOIG Guide to Vegan-Friendly Restaurants.  You can follow along in the guide or right here on the blog, or both of course.  See previous posts here, and enjoy!

Moving on down Freret, the past weekend took us to Mint Modern Bistro and Bar, a Vietnamese restaurant down on the Jefferson end of the street.  I'd been here once before and was thoroughly underwhelmed - particularly with their vegan pho option - but for the sake of Eat the Guide I braved it once again.  Here is what I found.

Appearance and Atmosphere: Mint wants to be modern-fancy, with caged chandeliers and a back-lit bar, but it doesn't quite come off.  It is dominated by hard surfaces and I don't find it very comfortable.  Its main audience seems to be young Tulane students.

Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm; closed Mondays.

Service Style: Full table service.

Fried Tofu (left) and fresh avocado (right) spring rolls
Available Vegan Options: Options that are vegan as ordered include only the fried tofu spring rolls, the fresh avocado spring rolls, and the veggie pho.  Other options are the fried tofu baguette (leave off mayonnaise); the crispy tofu or lemongrass tofu vermicelli bowls (sub peanut sauce for the "house sauce," which contains fish sauce); and the sate veggies, lemongrass tofu, and tofu & tomato rice dishes (again subbing house sauce).

Alcohol or Espresso: A full bar is available, with specialty cocktails and a happy hour stretching from 3 to 6 pm most days.  A respectable tea selection is also available.

Lemongrass tofu vermicelli bowl
Price Range: On the plus side, everything here costs less than $10.  We had more food than we could eat between the two of us for about $23.  Spring rolls start at $4, baguettes at $5, vermicelli bowls and rice dishes are $7 to $8, and pho is $9.

My Experience:  As is probably evident at this point, I don't like this place too much.  They're catering to a much younger crowd that I suppose is less annoyed by the haphazard service and dubstep-pop music mixing with the noise coming from two giant televisions that hang over the bar.  I'm a crotchety old lady; I want unobtrusive music, no TVs, and servers who know how to prioritize tasks.

Fried tofu banh mi ("baguette"), sans mayo
We were seated relatively quickly because we decided not to bother waiting for a table and sat instead at the bar along the window.  We then waited for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order; our server had no idea what was vegan so I had to ask her to go find out (she did not offer).  I'm glad that I did; otherwise we would have had a quick meal of dry spring rolls and this post would be downright scathing instead of just grumpy.

Once we got the information we needed and could actually order, we received our food fairly quickly and I must say that it was delicious.  Perhaps that is what is most important?

Final Thoughts: Approach this place with patience and don't expect your server to be able to answer questions.  Go here maybe only when someone else is insisting on it or you're already right by it; otherwise go to Jazmine or Namese or Magasin or Pho Noi Viet or any of the other better run Vietnamese places with great vegan options.

11.20.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 20: my favorite gumbo.

Welcome to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite gumbo: the gumbo at Seed!  It's not quite a traditional - it has red beans and kale in it, after all - but it captures the spirit and flavor of traditional gumbo and satisfies that longing in my heart.  So perfect now that it's finally cold!!  The optional seitan is totally worth it, btw.




11.19.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 19: my favorite tacos.



Welcome to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite tacos!  These are the "fun guy" tacos from the Taceaux Loceaux truck.  It's fried mushrooms... geddit?!