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!