Happy New Year! Happy New Project: 365 Days of New Orleans Vegan Treats!

Hello and Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  In just a few short hours, it will be the ultra-futuristic-sounding year of 2014.  And that means that it's time to wrap up 2013's project and begin anew.

I truly enjoyed this year's National Day Project.  It pushed me to search for vegan answers to such conundrums as National Caviar Day.  And it made me explore every vegan thing this city has to offer, and hopefully showed y'all, dear readers, that New Orleans truly can be a vegan-friendly city.  It's getting pretty hard to deny: in 2013, Nola has become home to THREE vegan restaurants!

My project for 2014 continues in that vein, and leans heavily on the concept that a picture is worth lots of words... a thousand, let's say.  I'm calling it "365 Days of New Orleans Vegan Treats," wherein each day I will be posting a pic of a vegan meal or treat that I have enjoyed here in the fine city of Nola.  All of the photos will be my own, of foodstuffs I really have eaten!  Upon viewing, you will be free to go partake for yourself... or just drool jealously at your screen and dream of Nola's vegan treats.

Know of an amazing treat that you haven't seen here yet?  Let me know!  Thanks for a great 2013, and here's to a great New Year!


Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas New Orleans!  Christmas is a wonderful time here in Nola.  People really get into the spirit - in decorations, in food, and in the spirit of giving.  Coat drives, food drives, and Secret Santas are held for the city's neediest residents, while beautiful light displays illuminate the longest of nights.

What's your favorite New Orleans Christmas tradition?


Happy Winter!

Tonight we celebrate the longest night of the year.  And beginning tomorrow, the days start to become longer.  And come the summer that may not seem so grand, but for now I'm happy for a little more light!

While the nights are long, go out and enjoy the special lights around town - at City Park and Lafreniere, uptown, downtown, and all around.  Just beware of alligators.


Happy National Suckling Pig Day!

Since it is a complete impossibility that people would be so cruel and evil as to *roast* and *eat* a creature so sweet and innocent as a piglet still suckling his mother's milk, it's clear to me that this day exists to celebrate the fantasticness of baby pigs.


 OK srsly tho, don't eat pigs!  They are just as smart as (if not smarter than) your favorite dog.  So unless you eat dog... well, you know.


Happy National Cupcake Day!

As you know by now, I love cupcakes!  I love all kinds of cupcakes, but I think my favorite is chocolate with vanilla icing and colorful sprinkles.

If you're looking to purchase some vegan cupcakes in the area, you really can't beat KC's Babycakes.  KC baked an amazing array of vegan cupcakes for our wedding a few years back, and people have literally never stopped talking about how delicious they were - and not a vegan among them!  KC is a splendid gal, and while she no longer runs a storefront she takes special orders through their Facebook page.

If you're looking to bake at home, my favorite chocolate cake recipe makes fabulous cupcakes as well as cake rounds.  And of course there's the end-all-be-all of vegan cupcake book-dom: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!

Happy Cupcake-ing y'all.


Vegan Cuts: What to get the vegan who has everything... or nothing.

Hello friends!  I'm here today to talk to you about the Vegan Cuts monthly Snack Box.  I don't normally do reviews, but when Melisser Elliot asks you to do a review, you do it.  Know what I'm saying?  ;)

Seriously though,  y'all know that I like to keep this blog relevant to Nola.  How does this fit in?  Well, in a town that sometimes seems lacking in vegan options, this is a great way to explore online shopping possibilities!  It could also be an awesome gift for folks who live a little further out in areas like Houma, Lafayette, and the like and may not have access to places like Whole Foods or the Nola Food Co-Op.  Why is it such a great gift idea?  Well, read on and I'll tell you!

In case you're not familiar with the "monthly box" model, it works like this: you order and receive a box.  You can choose to receive it yourself ($19.99 per month) or send it as a gift ($25 and up, depending on how many months).  After sampling the products within, the recipient can seek out what they loved either on that product's web site, or through the Vegan Cuts marketplace.  Vegan happiness for all! 

I received the November Vegan Cuts snack box to review.  The first things that struck me were the relatively large size of the box, and the eco-conscious packaging within.  But I quickly forgot all of that when I beheld the deliciousness inside.  My box contained about a dozen different goodies, which I will describe for you now.
  • Snapea Crisps, Black Pepper flavor: So delish!  And this was no sample size either, it was a whole bag.  Which I ate.  Happily.
  • Nutty Bean Co. Chick Pz "Premium Roasted Chickpea Snacks" - Cinnamon Crunch flavor: I've eaten dried chickpeas before, and this product shares the same odd chalkiness.  However, the sweet cinnamon-ness of them made them strangely addictive.
  • Barbara's Organic Snackimals Cereal: another sweet cinnamon treat, this would be a non-terrible breakfast option if you're looking to go a cereal way.
  • RW Garcia "Mixt Bag" yellow & blue corn tortilla chips: these are certified non-GMO.  They're not the best corn chips I've ever had, but they're tasty and salty and crunchy, and the mix of blue and yellow is fun.
  • Raw Rev 100 by Raw Revolution: these organic live food bars are a good option when you need a snack on the go, and the 100 calorie portion would be useful for anyone in the calorie counting game.  I received Chocolate Coconut Bliss flavor - right up my alley when it comes to granola bar-type objects.
  • Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Roasted Garlic flavor: Hummus in a convenient package.  Not bad.
  • Crunchmasters Multi-Seed Crackers: nothing to write home about, but fine for what they are
  • Michy's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie: surprisingly good for being a packaged, gluten-free cookie!
  • Sjaak's Caramel Bite: because I'm a sugar fiend, this was the real star of the box for me.  I was suspicious at first - vegan caramel?  Really?!  YES REALLY!  And so, so delicious.  And to top it off, they're available at the Co-Op!
  • Meatless Select "tuna" in a can: this was the only product in the box that I really didn't enjoy.  It had an odd chemical-ey taste, even after I made it up like tuna salad.  But ah well - now I know!  And I'm intrigued that such a thing exists.
Overall, I found the box to have a delightful mix of sweet and savory treats, ranging from uber-healthy to bordering on junk food.  I would probably never have picked these items up in a store - if they're even available in these parts - so it was exciting to get to try them all.

In summary, the Vegan Cuts Snack Box is a fun way for you or someone you love to try out new snacky things.  FYI, there's a Beauty Box as well if you roll like that.  The next box ships on December 16th, so order soon - and enjoy snacking!


Bake Sale for the Philippines: Recap and Thanks!

Hello friends!  I'm here to report on yesterday's vegan bake sale, held to raise funds for Doctors without Borders.  The event was an extraordinary success!  We raised over $500 to be contributed to relief efforts in the Philippines!  I cannot properly express my gratitude to everyone who volunteered time, baked vegan goods, contributed raffle items, came to the event, and otherwise helped make this happen.

And now for the news you've all been waiting for: THE RAFFLE WINNERS!

General Raffle:
Fancy Raffle:
  1. Book Set goes to Rachel D.!
  2. Gift Basket goes to Greg Rodrigue - a fitting prize for the fellow who provided our venue!
  3. and The Painting by Rosie Peri goes to... ME!  I promise I won fair and square!  I had an impartial third party do the drawing and everything.
And the last bit of good news - even after our awesome sales, we had enough left over to donate a huge box of baked goods to Hagar's House in Mid-City, a shelter for women and children.

One again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Thanks to the gentleman who didn't want baked goods or raffle tickets but gave us twenty bucks anyway.  Thanks to the women who were just passing through town, and chose to spend their few hours in town with us.  Thanks to all of you for caring and showing it.  Thank you for being such a magnificent community, and letting me be a part of it!


Vegan Bake Sale for the Philippines - TODAY!!!

Hello friends!  The day is upon us - the big bake sale for the Philippines is TODAY!!  If you're local, please stop by - we'll be at Hey! Cafe from 10 to 2.  You can make a small donation to Doctors Without Borders and in return get some delicious treats, such as cookies, cakes, cupcakes, quiches, and more!  Not hungry?  No worries - buy a raffle ticket or three!  Our prizes are frickin amazing.  And of course, you can make a direct donation as well!


The first FIVE (5) people to make a purchase will receive a free raffle ticket!

This is going to be a really great event, so I hope you can make it.


Vegan Bake Sale for the Philippines - TOMORROW!!

Hello friends!  The time is upon us - our vegan bake sale for the Philippines is TOMORROW!  We are super psyched - the baked goods include classic cookies, a pineapple upside down cake, gingerbread, muffins, gluten-free options, and more... and all so delicious!

And then, there's the RAFFLE.  Not in our wildest dreams could we have guessed that it would shape up so beautifully.  For just one lil dollar, you can enter to win gift certificates to awesome local restaurants, jewelry made by local artisans, snazzy vegan t-shirts, gourmet vegan marshmallows, and more!  And for just three dollars, you can enter to win an incredible painting by Nola-born artist Roseann Peri, a set of New Orleans and Vegan cook books, or a basket full of handmade vegan goods!

It's gonna be such a great event - can't wait to see you there!


Bakesale for the Philippines just two days away!

Hi friends!  We are getting SO excited for Saturday's bake sale.  I am all prepped to spend all day Friday baking up vegan deliciousness!  As a reminder that doing this all for a cause, I worked up this flier to hand out at the event.  If you can't make it out to our event, please consider donating to MSF to assist with their relief efforts.  ...But I sure hope you CAN make it out, because it's gonna be awesome!


Happy Thanksgiving!

As part of my Thanksgiving tradition, I like to do a few things.  1) adopt a turkey.  2) Watch the Macy's parade, followed by the dog show, followed by Jumanji just because.  3) Cook a TON of amazing vegan food.  4) Eat a TON of amazing vegan food!  5) Start taking out the Christmas decorations.  6) Nap.  7) Engage in raging debates with less-informed or other-opinioned friends and family members about pilgrims and such.  8) Watch THIS classic clip from Buffy.  Pretty much sums it up!  (If you have Netflix, I strongly advise watching the whole episode - Season 4, Ep 8 - Pangs.)

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?


Speaking of Thanksgiving...

This year we're grilling out for Thanksgiving - at least partially.  I know, it sounds weird right?  But it's still plenty warm enough here in Nola to hang outside.  We'll be grilling BBQ seitan ribs, corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes!  See?  Very Thanksgiving-ey.

Inside, we'll be preparing the classics: mac n cheeze, green bean casserole, stuffing, home-made cranberry sauce... and whatever else Jonathan sees fit to make!  Something else made of potatoes, no doubt.  And I must think about dessert... it'll probably take the form of pie.

What's on your vegan Thanksgiving menu??  Do share!

Our vegan Thanksgiving spread, 2010


Time to Adopt a Turkey!

Hello all!  It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving is approaching, which means it's time to adopt a turkey!

What's that you say?  You've never adopted a turkey before?!  Well it's time to start!  There has never been a better Thanksgiving tradition.  And don't worry - you don't actually house the turkey.  She or he will continue to live a happy life at Farm Sanctuary, thanks to your support.

So don't wait another minute - adopt your turkey today!!

Also. If *eating* a turkey is still part of your Thanksgiving tradition, please consider the following: 


Happy Great American Smokeout!

Happy Smokeout Day!  Here in Nola, most bars and music venues still allow smoking inside.  But some of them don't... actually a lot of them don't!  Check out Let's Be Totally Clear for a listing of smoke-free venues, and have more smoke-free nights out on the town.


A Vegan Bake Sale for the Philippines!

Hello friends!  I hope that you can all join us down at Hey! Cafe on Saturday, December 7th for a VEGAN BAKE SALE that will benefit relief efforts in the Philippines.  There will be a variety of sweet and savory baked items, gluten-free options, and items without refined sugars, as well as an AMAZING set of raffle prizes!

All proceeds will go directly to Doctors Without Borders, and will be tagged for use in relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Hayian.

We look forward to seeing you there!


A Map of Vegan Options in New Orleans!

Hello Friends!  I am here to make a big exciting announcement, as follows: I've grown slightly more technologically advanced!  In that I have created a custom Google map of all the places I know where you can get great vegan food in New Orleans!  Heretofore a link to the map will reside in the righthand nav, below the link to "the list" - this is of course presented in conjunction with my very low-tech list of vegan-friendly joints.

I hope you enjoy it, and I'm 100% sure that I'm missing places so please tell me the great spots and meals you know about.  And enjoy!


Happy National Vichyssoise Day!

I can't imagine a more perfect fall soup than vichyssoise.  Also, it's fun to say.  It's meant to be served cold, of course, so luckily it's not all that cold here in Nola!  This soup typically contains dairy and chicken stock - but the ingredients for this recipe are super easy to veganize!  As follows:
  • 4 Tbsp butter Earth Balance buttery sticks
  • 4-5 cups sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only (from about 4(?) large leeks)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped or sliced
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups water (vegetarian option), or chicken stock vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Tofutti or other vegan sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream unsweetened unflavored almond milk
  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish
Looks pretty solid right?  Well guess what?  I tried it out!  And I gotta tell y'all, it is absolutely delicious.  And easy as well, especially if you have an immersion blender!  (Hands down our best wedding present, fyi.)

I dunno if my leeks were extra large, but I only needed to of them to get four plus cups of slices.  For the broth I used three Rapunzel cubes in six cups of water - they are quite salty, so I omitted the 2 extra teaspoons of salt.  I was worried that it wouldn't be creamy enough, but the Tofutti sour cream is thicker than the non-vegan variety, so it balances out with the almond milk.  And finally, instead of chives which I don't particularly enjoy, fresh ground pepper was the perfect topping.

And there it is!  Enjoy.


Happy National Fast Food Day!

Until recently, I would have shunned this day.  But just last month, 3 Potato 4 brought healthy, organic "fast food" to Broadmoore!  Stop by this locally owned vegan business for a potato snack, or get a combo with soup or Aztec Chili and make it a meal.  And don't forget the frozen chocolate banana "rocket" for dessert!

Redskin potatoes with vegan garlic mayo - my favorite combo!


Happy National Pizza with The Works except Anchovies Day!

Wowza, this National Day sure is a mouthful - in more ways than one.  Personally, when I see "pizza with the works," I think Theo's Veganator.  Each time I order it I am surprised at how many toppings I've forgotten about.  It is really, truly a thing of wonder that you must experience for yourself.


Happy Veterans Day!

Whether you agree with the United States' involvement in various military options or not, there can be no question that the women and men who serve make an enormous sacrifice to do so.  It is only right to honor and thank them on this, their national day.  Thanks y'all - especially to all of you who, through it all, never forget how precious each life is.


Gumbo Festival with VEGAN Gumbo THIS WEEKEND!

***UPDATE***  I live tweeted the whole event, which was amazing!  Check out my twitter feed - @NOLAinGreen - to see pics and descriptions of all eight vegan gumbos.  Spoiler alert: Brocato's and Woody's are the very best!

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Hello friends!  You may be tired of hearing me talk about it by now if we're friends on Facebook, but I just cannot get over my excitement of this weekend's Treme Creole Gumbo Festival!  The NO tourism board teamed up with PETA and conspired to do something AMAZING: Every vendor will feature a vegan gumbo!  And you can taste them all for just $3 each!  As far as Vegan New Orleans can suss out, that means eight different vegan gumbos to try.

Just let that sink in for a minute: Eight.  Different.  Vegan.  Gumbos.  Right here in the heart of New Orleans.  Yes.  Yes!  YES!!

Here's what the event's organizers, the Jazz and Heritage Festival folks, have to say about the vegan gumbo situation:
Vegan gumbo? Have we lost our minds?
Well, maybe. But let's face it: New Orleans cooking may be famous around the world, but it's not exactly known for being the most healthful. And it's been well-documented that large segments of our population - especially in the African-American community - suffer from conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and lactose intolerance (which reportedly affects some 75 percent of African-Americans) that can be reduced with a healthier diet.
So to bring more attention to the benefits of healthy eating, we’ve organized a Vegan Gumbo Contest in collaboration with our friends at the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and PETA.
Vegan cooking basically means no animal products. So, no meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, butter, milk, cream… you get the idea. Not in the stock, not in the roux, not in the pot.

Some of our chefs may go even further and make their dishes gluten-free, by avoiding any wheat products such as wheat-based flour.
Here’s how our Vegan Gumbo Contest works: All eight of our food vendors will offer their own unique vegan versions of gumbo. Tasting portions (six ounces) will be available for $3, along with regular portions (12 ounces) for $6. We invite everyone to try as many as you can. We’ll provide ballot cards, and the audience will be invited to vote for their favorites. We’ll start counting the ballots at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, and will announce the winners shortly after.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, a group of distinguished celebrity judges will sample all the vegan gumbos starting at 11:45 a.m., and we will announce their favorites at 12:15 p.m.
For both the celebrity judging and the audience ballot, we have arranged for first, second and third place prizes with awesome donations from the Restaurant Depot, the Food Network and Whole Foods.
Are you convinced yet?  As for me, I'll be there when the gates open on Saturday, ready to peruse the arts market between bowls of vegan gumbo!  HUZZAH!


Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

Wow, these days get kinda specific huh?  That's ok, because dark chocolate with almonds is one of my favorite treats.  Pick up some fair trade, dark chocolate with almonds at the Co-Op and enjoy!


Happy Naitonal Doughnut Day!!... again.

Apparently people love doughnuts (or, as I like to type, donuts) SO MUCH that there are not one, not two, but THREE National Doughnut Days.  Given how much love there is, it's only natural that we want to see more vegan donuts around town!  That's why it's so, so important for you to hop on over to the Breads on Oak Facebook Page and let Sean and Chamain know how much you'd LOVE to see vegan cream-filled donuts, vegan cronuts, and the like in the shop more often!  Dooo eeet.


Happy National Sandwich Day!

I love me a good sandwich.  And there are delicious vegan sandwiches all over New Orleans!

Like what?  Well!  There are great banh mi sandwiches at Magasin, Jazmine, Pho Tau Bay, Lost Love Lounge, and The Lucky Rooster.  You could stop by Parkway Tavern for a genuine french fry po boy.  You could go to Surrey's and have yourself an avocado pesto sandwich - with or without tofu.  You could go the healthy route and get a live food sandwich at Breads on Oak.  Or stop by Hey! Cafe for some fair trade coffee and a sunshine burger - don't forget the Daiya!  The options are kind of endless.

What's your favorite vegan sandwich in New Orleans?


Happy World Vegan Day! And World Vegan Month!!

There's only one day that's more exciting that World Vegetarian Day.  It is, of course, World Vegan Day!  It's a day to celebrate all things vegan, and also kicks off World Vegan Month!

I'll be celebrating by going to New Orleans' second all-vegan restaurant, the newly opened 3 Potato 4 on Broad Street.  NOMS.  And of course November 2nd is vegan t-shirt day!

Have a great vegan day, and a great vegan month - and don't forget forget to share your Nola vegan favorites with us!



Happy Halloween y'all!  This is a big favorite holiday here in New Orleans, so I hope you're all celebrating in style.  Did you maybe go to the Anba Dlo celebration at the New Orleans Healing Center on the 19th?  Or maybe you took the kids out to the Olde Towne Pumpkin Festival in Slidell?  Are you planning to hit The Haunted Mortuary this year?  I don't know if I'll make it... I might get to scared!

Whatever you're doing, make sure to keep the animals in mind!  Perhaps today is the perfect day to adopt a black cat?  In case you didn't know, black cats are rarely adopted due to superstition.  (If you do adopt one, make sure to keep him inside on Halloween as they can be targeted!  You should probably just keep him inside anyway.)  Also, don't forget to source your trick-or-treat candy responsibly!  I promise that it's totally possible to have a safe, responsible, AND FUN Halloween!!



The Kittens in my Backyard.
Hello friends!  And Happy National Cat Day!  I don't think I need to tell any of y'all to celebrate the greatness that is CATS.

If you live in Nola, you know that stray cats are a pretty big problem.  But also a very cute problem!

Have you been thinking of bringing a kitty into your family?  It's the perfect time to adopt one!  In fact, you can adopt one of the kitties that is in my backyard right now.  (Really, you can.)  You can also stop by the LA SPCA, ARNO, or the Uptown PetCo and see who's looking for a furever home.


Happy National Choclate Day!

YAY CHOCOLATE!  This is what my heart sings each time I get near some delicious, vegan, fair trade chocolate.  It is, of course, very important to make sure that your chocolate is verified fair trade and/or rainforest alliance.  Why?  You don't wanna know, just do it... (or if you do wanna know, click here.  But don't say I didn't warn you.)

The good news is that there is in fact plenty of ethically sourced vegan chocolate out there - just remember to enjoy in moderation!



Happy Greasy Foods Day!!

Ahhh, greasy foods!  We know we shouldn't eat them, but now and then we do anyway.  After all, they are SO delicious!

If you're in the market for a nice greasy treat, might I suggest stopping by Bridge Lounge on a Monday evening for hearty serving of Christion T's Asian Seasoned Fries!  Christion first made waves in Nola vegan circles with his amazing Korean food at Wandering Buddha, and is now bringing his magic to a new partnership called the V Pop-Up.  Lend your support and get your grease on!



As a nice follow-up to World Food Day, today is National Food Day!  Per the Food Day web site,

"Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies... Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein"
Food Day is the perfect time to reassess your eating habits.  Is it possible for you to buy products that are more responsibly produced?  More sustainable?  Even if you're already vegan, are you sourcing your products carefully, and making sure to include lots of fresh fruits and veggies?  Take the time to think about it.  Make the best choices you can.  It can only make your life - and the world - a better place!


Happy Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Lately my FB feed has been blowing up with people saying that they want pumpkin in their EVERYTHING.  Apparently this is what happens when it gets a little chilly out.  Of course here in Nola, that just happened on Saturday!  I guess I get the pumpkin thing, but I'm not a winter squash kind of gal.  And btw y'all - pumpkin *spice* generally involves no pumpkin!  Just saying.

But I'm not here to hate on the pumpkin trend.  I'm here to say, if you want pumpkin in your vegan cheesecake, power to you!  This recipe from Tofutti looks dead on.  Enjoy your pumpkin cheesecake (and muffins and bread and latte and...), and happy (finally!) fall New Orleans!


Happy Sweetest Day!

Yes, that's right, it's Sweetest Day - the day to celebrate all things sweet.  And while you may be tempted to celebrate with literal sweet things (like the vegan chocolate rose brioche that I'm planning to get from Breads on Oak), I will encourage you to celebrate other kinds of sweetness today.  Write a letter to an old friend.  Call yer mom.  Or go adopt a sweet lil kitten from the LA SPCA!  Whatever you do today, keep it sweet.  <3

This is my sweet baby Rufus when he was just a tiny sick baby - we nursed him back to health and he is now huge, strong, and crazy!  But still quite sweet.  ;)


3 Potato 4 New Orleans Grand Opening TONIGHT!!

Hello friends!  I hope to see you all tonight at the Grand Opening of New Orleans' newest vegan restaurant, 3 Potato 4!  The franchise location, opened by local vegan community leader and nutritionist Jehan Strouse, is not only all vegan but is also all organic and biodynamic.  On offer are three kinds of potato treats with a variety of house-made souces, as well as soups and chilis.

The restaurant's Grand Opening will be celebrated tonight, and will also play host to this month's Green Drinks co-hosted by LifeCity.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • 3 Potato 4 Grand Opening
  • Friday, October 18
  • 5pm to 9pm
  • 2727 S. Broad St. in Broadmoore


Happy National Noodle Day!!!

OMG it's National Noodle Day!  And as you may know, NOODLES ARE MY FAVORITE FOOD!  What can a vegan noodle lover like myself do on a day such as today?  Well let's see...  There's the bun at Magasin and Jazmine, soba at Oragami, spaghetti and "meat"balls at Sugar Park, udon at Little Tokyo, Pad Thai and Pad Woon Sen at Sukho Thai... hmm.  Maybe the real "problem" is how to choose!

Enjoy your noodles y'all.


Happy National Taco Day!!

I don't know about y'all, but I love me some tacos.  And fortunately there are plenty of vegan tacos to be had in Nola!  My two favorites are 1) the build-your-own tacos at Juan's Flying Burrito - I get them with corn, sweet potato, and mushrooms!  and 2) the Jane Deaux (hold the crema) from Taceaux Loceaux!  Sometimes they park behind my office building and we get to have Taco Wednesdays... those are the best days of the week.

What's your favorite vegan taco in Nola?


Happy World Vegetarian Day!!

Yes friends, it's World Vegetarian Day!  And also the kickoff to Vegetarian Awareness Month.  Do you have events planned in your community?  Let us know!  What do YOU think is the best and most effective way to promote vegetarianism, and why?

Personally, I like to tempt the world with vegan cupcakes.  :)

Whatever you do, keep it positive - for the planet, for the animals, and for all of us!


Happy National Mulled Cider Day... and Happy End of VeganMoFo 2013!

A fond farewell to VeganMofo 2013!  What a ride it's been.  I'm excited that I did in fact manage to get a post up for every day of September... some of them a bit late in the day, but whatever.  Even more fun, I saw so many excellent and exciting and amazing vegan blogs!  This truly is a brilliant community.

So, today is National Mulled Cider Day.  Well, it won't be cold enough for that here in Nola for oh, say, another two to three months.  Right now we're still excited when it gets into the 70s.  So what shall we have instead?  How about some fresh carrot apple orange juice down at Beaucoup... or maybe even a juice snoball?  Sounds right to me.  Happy endless summer, Nola... and happy end of VeganMofo!


Happy National Coffee Day!

Being a port city, New Orleans was a coffee town long before the Starbucks craze swept the nation.  But much like chocolate and other foods that are "exotic" to North America, here in the states these days we must be careful about sourcing our coffee responsibly.

If you're out on the town and need a cuppa, stop by Fair Grinds, Krewe du Brew, or Hey! Cafe for fair trade beverages to go... or to stay, with soy milk.  And to get the best of all worlds for making your own coffee at home, pick up some freshly and locally roasted French Truck fair trade coffee from Hollygrove Market.  You'll be supporting fair labor practices as well as two local businesses - and you'll get some delicious coffee out of the deal!

An unambiguous statement outside Surrey's, an uptown brunch spot.


Happy National Drink Beer Day!!

Happy National Drink Beer Day!  There are plenty of local beers in Nola, and by and large they are vegan!  Myself, I'm an Abita fan.  I make sure to keep a few in the fridge for unexpected company - as does any good New Orleanian.  Abita Strawberry is an annual springtime favorite, Satsuma takes us through the summer, Fall Fest lets us do autumn in style, and Amber is always a solid choice to accompany your favorite pizza.  Pick some up... pretty much anywhere.  Just remember to enjoy responsibly!

Pick Six at the Mid-City Rouse's


Happy National Chocolate Milk Day!

So, for this day, I had great hopes of getting a vegan chocolate milk at Milk Bar.  The trouble is, I made some assumptions based on the name and look of the place that in no way match up to what they do or have.  So when I went in and asked about it, they kinda looked at me like I was a crazy person.  So it goes.

What you can do, though, is get a chocolate milk or hot chocolate with soy at any area PJ's.  Go for it!  You could also get some chocolate almond breeze at any area grocery, sweetened or unsweetened.  It's delicious!