Monday, August 27, 2007

Tofutti Kids!

I was never a fan of Orange Creamsicles growing up. I know, I know, you are shocked and dismayed, don't hate me. But i had one of these Kids bars about a year ago and fell in love. Maybe it's because they come in a red flavor (listed as Strawberry), not just orange. They also have a green flavor, also known as Lime. I'm not sure what the center is made of, but it's freakin' delicious! Kinda chewy and creamy at the same time. The best part is that The Daily Grind, here in Portland, sell them in singles for 49 cents so if you only like one of the flavors that come in the multi-pack or don't want them staring at you every time you open the freezer, you can just buy one whenever you're at Daily Grind (you know, along with one of their delicious vegan bakery items)....

Friday, August 17, 2007

Red & Black's Fundraiser Vegan Dinners

I should be doing a new entry soon, i don't have the internet at home so i use the computer pretty willy nilly.

This is more like a reminder. Saturday August 18th is the second vegan dinner that Aaron Adams (the guy who did the Vegan Dinners at Junior's) is doing to raise funds for Red & Black's inevitable move. if you want to check out what they had last time, check out, which is a great blog about Portland eats.

Here's the official message:
Next week is another fabuloso vegano dinner-o at the Red and Black. That's SATURDAY, August 18th at 7:00 pm... food will start rollin' out the kitchen 'round 7:30. We're servin' some yummy fixin's, including red onion n' corn mashed taters, garlicky green beans, summery vegetable salad, and PEACH PIE! Could you let the masses know about this upcoming dinner? They will get their bellies full of yummy vegan fare AND help the Red and Black raise money for their upcoming move. If you're in town and don't come to this dinner...we will hate you.

When: Saturday the 18th at 7:00 pm
Where: The Red and Black on SE 22nd and Division
How Much: $9 to $20 per person (Sliding Scale)

The per person doesn't include drinks, though.


Aaron and R&B Crew

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Dave's Killer Bread
If you live in Portland and you've never had Dave's Killer Bread you must be living under a rock. It's made by a guy named Dave, who's a (everyone say it with me!) 4 time loser. His dad is the one that started NatureBake here in Portland. You can find Dave's Killer breads everywhere here, from Fred Meyers to the Farmer's Markets. It's also sold in Eugene, Canby, Vancouver(u.s.), Klamath Falls, Corvallis, and some other towns nearby. They ship 4 loaves for $24, includes shipping.

The 2 pictured here are my favorites. Good Seed and Good Seed Spelt. Spelt is an ancient grain that some people who can't have wheat or gluten can eat without any reactions. If you have Celiac disease, I think you can try it but be careful. I think i heard that it's not good for you to eat if you are Celiac.

All Dave's breads are vegan and use molasses and organic evaporated cane juice as the sweetener. The bread isn't as dense as the German bread i experienced during my year in Germany. It's almost kinda like it was given an American makeover. It's like Wonderbread and German bread had a lovechild. A really delicious lovechild.......

They're about $4-5 a loaf and if you go to the Farmer's Markets you can give them all a try before picking one. There's really nothing better than a Tofurkey Smoked Turkey sandwich with avocados and Vegenaise on some Good Seed bread...yum! When toasting i prefer the spelt version because it's more compact/dense and just has a wonderful taste when toasted and covered with Earth Balance.

I also want to give a shout out to Dave for donating his delightful bread to the Post Punk Kitchen gathering this past weekend. It was enjoyed by us all.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Blossoming Lotus Ice Cream

It must be summer, i'm doing another post about ice cream. This isn't something you can buy anywhere. This is pretty much a restaurant review, but i don't care. Blossoming Lotus is a all vegan organic restuarant here in Portland (though the original restaurant is in hawaii somewheres). It's inside a yoga studio in the Pearl district and they serve vegan soft serve. my gosh, it's a delight! They only have one flavor at a time and it's not surprising when you get there and they're out or the machine's not working. It's $1 for 2 oz which is just right in terms of size. It's unbelievably rich and creamy for vegan ice cream. The flavors they've had:

Chai- i haven't had this but i want to hella bad (yes, i used the word "hella"...)
UPDATE 8-11-07: i tried their Chai today(this is what is pictured above). there was some flavor in it i was totally not liking. kinda like anise or black licorce. my sister disagreed with that assessment and really liked it and said that it tasted like real Chai tea (as in not like Oregon Chai).

Chocolate- yum

Vanilla Bean- at events they usually serve this with chocolate chips and hazelnut pieces and it's so good!

Orangesicle- they called it something else, i normally don't like this flavor but it really grew on me when i had it the second day in a row

Raspberry- i don't like this flavor in anything i eat, but i tried my friends in it was more like a *hint* of raspberry and it wasn't so bad, tasted more like vanilla ice cream with taste of berry

Strawberry-Kiwi- or something, i don't know, it was a mix of fruit and it was weird and i didn't care for it...i don't really like when they have berry flavors b/c really i could go to any gelato place around here and have one of their vegan flavors, which is always fruit.

Banana Nut- tasted like Banana Bread and it was delicious.

Chocolate Cherry- chocolate, which is always good, with a hint of cherry.

Vanilla Almond- good, but i prefer the pure Vanilla Bean

My sister and i really wish they would do 2 things:
1. open an only soft serve place in the SE
2. get a machine that can do 2 flavors, with chocolate all the time (also so you could swirl!)

if you're in Portland, go get you some!