September 4, 2014

Ohio Brunch

On my last morning in Columbus, I had a killer brunch with my Ohio friends and family.  

We all contributed...Heather and Troy hosted, and made delicious spinach, berry and coconut smoothies. Jen and Jay brought blueberry banana muffins and summer fruit salad. And my mom and I brought a potato hash. 

For our hash, we pan roasted miniature Yukon gold potatoes until brown with some water and oil, then mashed them a bit, leaving nice big chunks. We then added shredded carrots, Earth Balance, salt and pepper, topped with green onions, tofu sour cream and served with a side of guacamole and smoky roasted tomatoes. It would also be amazing with some smoky tempeh, or veggie sausage. 

Here's my mom and I, thanks to Jen for the pic!

If you're interested, here is the smoothie recipe. And here is the muffin recipe

September 2, 2014

North Market . Follow Up

The North Market in Columbus is always a great spot for lunch. 

Lan Viet Market has several vegan/vegetarian options, and my mom and I shared their Veggie Ham Noodle and Rice Bowl with fresh veggies, herbs and lime. Be sure to tell them to leave off the fish sauce. 

And Bubbles has an awesome Matcha Green Tea with almond milk and tapioca pearls. 

I love poking the straw through. 

And this trip we discovered a donuterie that offers vegan donuts...major score. Destination Donuts had a gorgeous Chocolate with Vanilla Cream donut.

And Blackberry Sage. Both were heavenly. 

Native Cold Pressed

There's a new-to-me juicerie in Columbus that has some incredible juices. Native Cold Pressed is in the Short North, and a quick walk from Northstar, one of my favorites eateries. 

The green special this weekend was made with bok choy, apple, lemon, cucumber, kale, ginger + mint. 

And there's also a Coconut Vanilla Shake that is delicious if you want something a tad sweeter.

Jeni's . Cantaloupe Sun Tea Sorbet

I spent the long weekend in Columbus, and I always stop by Jeni's for whatever sorbet they're currently offering. 

Their Cherry Lambic is my go-to, but it has gone on sabbatical. In its place is Cantaloupe Sun Tea, which is a pretty stellar replacement. And of course I also had a half scoop of their Riesling Poached Pear, a perennial favorite. 

July 31, 2014

Fresh Tomato Tart in France

Last week, I spent some time in the UK and France. The first half of the week was all work, the second half all play.

My aunt and uncle (and lots of other extended family members) live in the south of France, and every few years we get together at their beautiful house. My aunt makes an amazing tomato tart with tomatoes from their garden. The last time I was there I was not vegan, so I was praying she could veganize it for me. 

Luckily, she did. Pâte brisée (made with olive oil, not butter), topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes, and herbs, and baked until golden. That's it - it's so simple. It is so flavorful and lovely - I took the leftovers on the plane with me. Here are a couple of recipes I found for the pâte brisée: made with Earth Balance + made with oil

Tomato Tart Before:

Tomato Tart After:

Merci Me Ha!

June 8, 2014

Two Tablespoons

Madison Square Eats is a month long event in the Flatiron District, and thankfully, close to our office. 

Throughout the month of May, I frequented Two Tablespoons, a vegetarian and gluten free eatery. You can find them throughout the summer at Broadway Bites

I'm a huge fan of Kombucha, and they have one on draft from Beyond Kombucha that I adore. It's called the Anti-Bomb. 

The Edamame and Cucumber Noodle Salad is so perfect for a summer lunch. 

And their Quinoa + Almond spring rolls are really lovely. They're filled with cucumbers, tofu, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, quinoa and an almond sauce. 

Bryant Park Grill

Last week, on a particularly nice day, Heath and I walked to Bryant Park for a rooftop snack.

Bryant Park is super chill and a nice break from the city. There was a yoga class going on at the time. It felt a bit lazy watching others burn off calories while I consumed them, but it was still lovely. 

The Bryant Park Grill has several dishes labeled vegan, but it looked like there were a good deal more that could be veganized. 

We shared the Vegan Israeli Platter -  hummus, pinto beans, olives, chopped tomato & onion salad, tabbouleh, grilled hot chilies, fire roasted eggplant, cabbage slaw, organic carrot and date salad, sliced raw onions and grilled pita bread. I loved the mixture of hummus and smashed pinto beans, with all of the various toppings. 

(Everything is in plastic because we ate on the rooftop. Their indoor presentation is a bit more elevated). 

June 4, 2014

Pitch follow up

Pitch is always one of my favorite stops in Omaha. They have a veggie pizza that I really love. Everything is baked in their coal fired oven, and it adds such a nice complexity. 

The veggie pizza needs to be ordered with tomato sauce instead of the cream sauce, and without cheese. It's so flavorful, you won't miss the cheese. 

Bliss Bakery

During my last trip to Omaha, I also got to try Bliss Bakery for the first time. They sell their awesome baked goods at the Tea Smith in the Old Market and I was thrilled to find a vegan brownie when I stopped in for my morning tea. 

The brownie is a Chai Chocolate Brownie, and it was really interesting and unique. I love chai. I love chocolate. Also a really great texture for a vegan brownie. 

Blue Sushi's expanded vegan menu

In Omaha, Blue Sushi is one of my favorite spots. They have really inventive veggie rolls, which I really appreciate. And now, all of their veggie rolls with the exception of one, are vegan. Vegan mayo, vegan tempura. It's amazing...and it's all because people requested it. (In particular, Vegan Omaha). Ask and you shall receive. Never hesitate to ask. 

The Cowgirl is my favorite roll - pickle tempura, crispy onion rings, mayo and bbq paper. It's so unique for sushi and I love the pickles. 

This picture was taken in my hotel room, while I was working late on a Tuesday night. It was the perfect snack to eat in bed.