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?!

11.18.2016

11.17.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 17: my favorite macaroni and cheese.

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 macaroni and cheese: this incredible plate from Sneaky Pickle!  Normally I want my mac to be straightforward and simple, but they work some kind of magic with this stuff.

11.16.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 16: my favorite cake.

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 cake: the chocolate doberge cake at Breads on Oak!  Just look at it.  It's worth a visit to New Orleans all by itself.


11.15.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 15: my favorite spring rolls.

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 goi cuon (fresh Vietnamese spring rolls): the shiitake mushroom spring rolls at Magasin!

11.14.2016

Eat the Guide: Origami Sushi

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!

Welcome to the second interruption of A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.  This week in Eat the Guide, we finally venture past Mid-City and on to Freret with a visit to Origami Sushi.  This is not my favorite sushi restaurant in town, but it'll do in a pinch.

Appearance and Atmosphere: As is seen often in New Orleans, Origami is actually an old house.  The interior of this restaurant is pleasant and somewhat dimly lit, dominated by angular blonde wood booths that run along the long wall.  Outdoor seating is available on a wraparound porch.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 11:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 11pm; Sunday dinner only 5pm to 9pm.

Service Style: Full table service or sushi bar seating.

Veggie Gyoza
Available Vegan Options: This was a bit difficult to discern.  Vegetarian items are supposedly marked with an asterisk on the menu, but we discovered that even some of these contain fish.  In the end I think we can safely say that the following items are vegan: Edamame; veggie gyoza; seaweed salad; cucumber salad; tofu steak dinner; and several vegetable rolls.  The double mushroom roll was particularly good.  Of note, neither the tempura nor the miso soup here are vegan.

Alcohol or Espresso: Wine and sake are available.

Price Range: Appetizers and rolls run $5-6, dinners $10 and up.

Tofu Steak Dinner
My Experience: I have recently heard about vegans having bad experiences here.  That said, our server was friendly and knowledgeable about vegan options and I feel confident that the food we received was in fact vegan.  But I do find it frustrating and foolish that there are items on the menu marked as vegetarian that contain fish.

Final Thoughts:  Visit Origami when your company insists on going there.  Otherwise, head to Chiba to scratch your sushi itch.

11.13.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 13

Welcome to the lucky 13th day of A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016.  Today I bring you my favorite pad thai from Sukho Thai!  Apologies for the profoundly mediocre picture of a truly delicious dish.




11.12.2016

11.11.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 11: my favorite hand-pulled noodles.

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 hand-pulled noodles: Noodle and Pie wins!  I know that seems kind of random, but noodles are my favorite food.  FYI, it was a very close competition between these in the charred mushroom, onion, and tomato ramen at Noodle and Pie and those in the fried sauce noodles at Bao and Noodle.  You should try them both and see which ones you love the most!

There are beautiful hand-pulled noodles under all those gorgeous veggies, I swear!

See them poking out under there?

11.10.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 10: my favorite scallion pancakes.

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 scallion pancakes: those from Bao and Noodle!  The menu is somewhat limited, but totally worth it. 

11.09.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 9: my favorite poboy.

Welcome once again to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite poboy: the roasted sweet potato and greens poboy at Killer PoBoys (both locations!).  The black eyed pea and pecan spread really makes it something special.

Of note: apparently Not Your Father's Root Beer contains honey.  Total bummer.

11.08.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 8: my favorite pasta.

Welcome back to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite pasta dish: the vegetable fideua Lola's

11.07.2016

Eat the Guide: Good Karma Plant-Based Cuisine and Coffee


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!

***Hello and welcome, Vegan MoFo-ers!  Today is the first of four interruptions of the A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things series; these will occur each Monday in November to continue the long-running series Eat the Guide!  I hope you enjoy it just as much as my "favorites" posts.  Perhaps it will inspire you to visit our fair city?***

This first weekend of November, I finished up my Saturday morning yoga class at Swan River Yoga's Mid-City Mandir and headed on downstairs for a superb lunch at Good Karma Plant-Based Cuisine and Coffee.  This eatery is tucked into the ground floor of a gorgeous building that was built as a library in 1911, and now houses probably the most beautiful yoga space in town.  The cafe feels like a natural extension of this extraordinary space.  And here's the most exciting part: IT'S ALL VEGAN.

Appearance and Atmosphere: As mentioned, the cafe is in a yoga studio - and the restaurant space actually doubles as a yoga classroom!  This accounts for the somewhat restricted hours of the cafe.  The space is simultaneously splendid and peaceful, comforting and inviting, and always smells a bit like incense. 

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday, 8am to 3pm.  Closed on Sundays.

Service Style: Counter service with table delivery through a number system.

Available Vegan Options: Did I mention that the entire menu is vegan?!  And it is wonderful.  The first time you visit, get the Good Karma Plate which is a huge amount of food and always includes the day's special.  Next time, try the Bhima Veggie Burger or the Smoky Tomato Wrap.  Explore the whole menu, and treat yourself to something delightful from Girls Gone Vegan or a house made pastry - just take a look at your options at the ordering counter.  Also, don't skip the extensive smoothie and juice options.  Importantly, try to visit on a Friday for the pulled jackfruit and seitan special - it will completely blow your mind.

Alcohol or Espresso: The cafe incorporates a full espresso bar - check out their specialty drinks.  They also have an extensive selection of teas.

Price Range: $4 to $6 for pastries and coffee; $7 to $10 for wraps and salads; $9 to $15 for entrees.

My Experience: Entering an all-vegan establishment carries a certain excitement.  I can have anything on the menu?!  It's overwhelming in the best possible way.  I still have many menu items to try at Good Karma, and they're constantly coming up with new specials, so the possibilities just feel endless.  I've been attending yoga classes frequently at Swan River for the last few weeks, and visiting the cafe after my morning class just felt right.  I loved this visit as much as I have loved every prior visit.

Final Thoughts: Good Karma is a destination location.  Whether you're a New Orleanian or just passing through, make a point to visit.  If you can, take a yoga class at the mandir and then refuel yourself at the cafe.  You will feel magnificent.

The Smoky Tomato Wrap.

The Good Karma Plate, featuring the day's special of tofu and jackfruit curry as well as a Moroccan lentil soup (not pictured).

Girls Gone Vegan birthday cake donut
various pastries

11.06.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 6: my favorite salad.

Welcome back to A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite salad: the Esmerelda salad at Carmo!  I know what you're thinking.  A salad?  really?!  But this salad is something special - simultaneously hearty and light, bursting with flavor - and bears no resemblance to the "leaves and twigs" that omnivores tend to think we vegans live on.  Go try it!


11.03.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 3: my favorite veggie burger.

Welcome to day three of A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite veggie burger: the Bhima Veggie Burger from Good Karma Prasad Cafe!


11.02.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 2: my favorite pizza.

Welcome to day two of A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things, a month-long mini-series for VeganMoFo 2016!  Today I bring you my favorite pizza: Mid City Pizza!  Are they only my favorite because they deliver to my house?  Maaaaaaybe.  But whatevs, it's good pizza.  Excitingly, they now have two locations!


11.01.2016

VeganMoFo 2016:
A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things.
Day 1: my favorite hot dog.

Hello everyone!  Happy November!  And Happy VeganMoFo 2016!!

As you may know, VeganMoFo is the Vegan Month of Food, wherein vegan social media mavens around the globe endeavor to post as frequently as possible about all manner of veganness.  Many do so around a theme, which is what I'm doing!  My theme this year is "A Few of my Favorite (Vegan New Orleans) Things."  Yes, I'll be sharing with you some of my favorites among the many vegan foods found around New Orleans.  Yay!

So without further ado, I share with you my favorite vegan hot dog in New Orleans: the Satchmo Dog (a vegan sausage of your choice topped with red beans and rice) at Dreamy Weenies!