2.18.2012

Purple, Gold, and GREEN!!

Three cheers for Mardi Gras! Here in the crescent city we love carnival. Personally, I celebrate by baking a (vegan) king cake, hitting a few parades, and having a great time with friends and strangers alike. And what's great is that even during this festival of excess, we can keep our ecological heads on straight.
  • Santa Fe Tapas continues to host its Saturday Jazz Brunch right on through parade season, and is offering vegan lunch and dinner options as well for St. Charles paradegoers as well.
  • Wandering Buddha (Hi-Ho Lounge) and O! Vegasm (St. Roch Tavern) keep going strong with nightly all-vegan offerings.
  • The thrill is in the catch, but then what to do with all those plastic beads? The Arc of Greater New Orleans provides several bead recycling locations in New Orleans, Metairie, and the Westbank, and they can be dropped off in the bin at the uptown Whole Foods as well. And don't forget to take your refuse and recyclables (ahem, those new Abita beer cans?) home with you from the neutral ground!
  • You've already missed the Verdi Gras ball, but hopefully the group will grow. Check out VerdiGras.org and send your questions to info@verdigras.org for more information.
  • Also, be on the lookout for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in Saturday night's Chewbacchus parade!
Have fun, be safe, happy Mardi Gras!!

2.13.2012

Treat your Vegan Valentine!
Fancy or Casual, Nola's got it all.

Wondering what you and your vegan bebe will do this Valentine's day in New Orleans? Never fear. In addition to the usual gamut of awesome vegan options in New Orleans, there are a few special events to boot.

Santa Fe Tapas, the non-vegan St. Charles Avenue bistro which has nonetheless won over the Nola veg community, has done it once again. This Valentine's day, Santa Fe will be offering a three course prix fixe meal for you and your sweetheart, complete with complimentary champagne and all the romance you can handle. Check out the menu as published on their Facebook page:
*Glass of Champagne or Champagne Cocktail each on arrival

FIRST COURSE:
Saffron Roasted Piquillo Pepper Bisque, Chive Aioli, Herb Croutons
Or
Savory Tarte Tatin, Wild Mushroom Fricasee
Or
Tropical Fruit, Organic Green Nasturtium Salad, Aged Sherry Vinagrette

SECOND COURSE:
Vegan Vienna Schnitzel, Herb Spaetzle, Crisp Vegetable Medley, Herb Compound “Butter”
Or
Wealthy Beggar’s Purse, Truffled Root Vegetable Puree Stuffed Filo, Toasted Garlic Braised Greens, Grilled Asparagus, Sauce Arrabiatta,
Or
Braised Tofu, Sesame Soba Noodle, Tempura Market Vegetables, House Kimchi Rice Paper Roll, Ginger Carrot Reduction

THIRD COURSE:
The Passionate Couple, Passion Fruit “Crème” Brulee, Passion Fruit Sorbet
Or
Chocolate dipped Strawberries, Champagne Vanilla “Anglaise”

Prix Fixe, $49 per couple excluding Tax and Gratuity
Be sure to call ahead and ensure that you'll have a table for all that romancin' - (504) 304-9915.

Looking for something a bit more low-key (and significantly easier on the checkbook)? Stop by one of your two favorite Nola vegan restaurants, O! Vegasm, for a BLT with onion rings and avocado and a side of mac n' cheeze. Dateless? With the love of your life? One bite and you won't care either way. ;)

2.02.2012

Juan wants to know!

Inquiring minds want to know! That is, Juan's wants to know exactly what we've been trying to tell them for like a decade. Which is, what veg options are you looking for in your tacos / burrito / et cetera? Don't miss this opportunity to vote and speak your mind. Remember to keep it positive y'all - we want to get some tofu up in this joint! Check out the question here.