Catch Up on VeganMoFo: Recreating Memories, Quick & Weird

The VeganMoFo fun continues! And we’re catching up on challenges for Days 2, 3 and today’s Day 4! You’ll be amazed by Carmella’s sloppy drawing skills, how we do quick & easy and something really weird!

Day 2: Recreate your favorite childhood meal

We had a bit of a heat wave here in NYC. We didn’t feel like cooking or baking. So what’s the next best thing? Recreate our faves in artistic form! 

First up, American Boysenberry Grilled Cheese

Momma Macaroon would put creative spins on comfort food. She’d come up with her “cosmopolitan” versions of grilled cheese with different types of cheeses and fillings. However, I just liked grilled cheese. So, she decided to add in a bit of boysenberry preserves as a sweet surprise! It’s stuck with me to this day, now with vegan cheese slices!

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Waffles & Berries

Who doesn’t love waffles??? We both grew up with them for Sunday morning breakfast or brunch! Of course, both sets of parents made sure got some fruit to make it all seem “healthy.” Vegan waffles keep the Sunday tradition going!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

C is for Cookie!!! Carm and her mom would make these a lot! Sometimes, Momma Mac would toss in some roasted peanut or use chunky peanut butter. Baking with vegan substations keeps it as close to Mom’s recipe as possible!

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Chick’n & String Beans

Grandma Macaroon would serve this dish up everyday for Carm! Now we veganize this whenever we can. So simple with fresh green beans and replacing the chicken with Beyond Meat, Gardein or tofu!

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Day 3: Quick & easy meal

Avocado toast!!! Sliced or mashed avocado with nutritional yeast and a peppery spice blend (cumin, black pepper, sea salt and cayenne) kicks off the morning for us often! Lemon juice brightens it up. You can’t go wrong. It takes all of 5 minutes, if that!

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Day 4: Weird food combination

May we present Hot Dog Sushi! We made this the first time a couple of years ago after a bit of winter cabin fever. Homemade Italian onions, mustard and relish, rice and nori wrapped around a veggie dog, we were surprised how good it was! We served it up with some wasabi ketchup, which was yummy!

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Weird, eh?

We’re having a good time with us! Why don’t you share with us your fave childhood dishes, quick & easy meals and your weird foodstuffs! We’d love to see what you come up with!

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It’s VeganMoFo 2015!!!!! Celebrate September with Vegan Month of Food!

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As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Yeah, yeah! We know it’s not the holidays, but how can you NOT get excited over the annual VeganMoFo 2015 celebration, hitting up blogs across the globe?!?!

This year, things have been switched up a bit. 30 days = 30 challenges. We’ll TRY to complete them all. Let’s see how it goes. (You can check out the list of challenges at veganmofo.com)

Today, we start with Day 1, because it’s September 1st (or the end of it).

Challenge: Rise and Shine! It’s MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast.

Well, our breakfast was pretty boring today. However, let’s show you some of our favorite breakfast yummies, both at home and while dining out! All vegan, of course!

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Chik’n & Waffles Donut
from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA (Psst. They don’t make these everyday, often on the weekend)

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Everything bagel with vegan scallion cream cheese from Grindcore House in Philadelphia, PA

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Avo breakfast cups 
with spinach, black beans, corn, tomato and avocado. Made at home.

 

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PB&J Sammie Smoothie with some banana, oats & protein powder. Made at home.

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Avocado Toast, a Bowl of Berries & Coffee at Le Pain Quotidien in Rye, NY

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Bananarama 
pancakes with bananas, chocolate chips & whipped cream from Champs Diner in Brooklyn, NY

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Tofu scramble nachos. We love a variety of scrambles, but this cheesy-salsa scramble over tortillas and topped with seitan bacon is ranking pretty high for us. Recipe to come soon, right Carlo?

Since we’re up pretty early, making breakfast sometimes can be a chore. However, when we do make the time, it’s a lot of fun just to sit down together and get ready for what’s ahead.

What do you like to eat to kickstart your day?

VeganMoFo Day 29: 10-for-30 on Top 10 Things We Did Before, During and After Our Visit To Brighton!

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Today’s VeganMoFo 10-for-30 is an homage to our romp to, through and after Brighton. Like our Top 10 list for London, our multifaceted Brighton list could have contained 30+ amazing things, but we decided to toe the line. 

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So, without hesitation, we implore you to read our humble list. 

The Top 10 Things We Did Before, During & After Our Trip to Brighton!

1. We Rode the National Rail. Despite the repeated announcements (we’re talking like 20 times) that the trains were delayed because someone was struck by one, the ride went smooth.

2. We Saw a Cute Dog Digging Up the Beach.  Can you stand it?!

3. We Window Shopped.  We looked at a lot of lovely things that we didn’t buy. 

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4. We Ate.The best meal we’ve had during our trip so far was at Terre à Terre. We’re talking a high quality and imaginative menu. We also ordered yummy dessert to go from  a nice little placed called Iydea.

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5. We Shopped, Shopped. Mac bought amazing shoes at Vegetarian Shoes. I bought several badazz shirts and we bought…lotsa other things. 

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6. We Walked Brighton Pier. The Brighton or Pleasure Pier  has been continuously operating since 1891, around the time I was born. 

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7. We Checked Out the Royal Pavilion. This gorgeous former royal residence is a prime example of Indo-gothic style architecture.It took 36 years to build and has had a rich history ever since. On 29 March 2014, the Royal Pavilion was host to one of a number of the very first legal gay marriages  to take place in the UK. 

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8. We Strolled. We walked hilly lanes, chock full of quirky stores and took in the scenic, but slightly grotty seaside part of time. We loved it! 

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9. We Went to Whole Foods. Kensington’s Whole Foods is a nice (with one exception that I’ll omit), well-stocked store. Like the ones in the states it’s mad expensive. 

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 10. We Cooked Dinner in Our Flat. We had a yummy, home-cooked dinner this evening. 

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If you’re visiting London, make sure to take 90 minutes trek southward to Brighton, to catch it’s independent and outrageous flavor.There’s a good amount of vegetarian restaurants with good vegan options and lots of coffee shops. We vow to return next year when we return to Vegfest UK. 

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VeganMoFo Day 28:10-for-30 on Vegfest UK: Part Two!

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Day 2 at Vegfest UK London didn’t disappoint. As matter of fact, we actually enjoyed it more, as we took a leisurely approach compared to yesterday’s vegan madness. We checked out exhibits that we missed on Day 1 and we were able to talk to many interesting and dedicated vegans. 

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Like yesterday’s VeganMoFo 10-for-30 list, it reflects the best of Vegfest UK London 2014. Read and enjoy, as you might want to go to next years. If you do, we’ll meet you there! 

The Top 10 Things About Vegfest UK 2014: Part Two!

1. Prefest Meal at Down to Earth. Like an NFL team before a grudge-match, vegans need energy food before a tiring day at a Vegfest.Carm, Victoria Moran and I regaled each other with great stories!  

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2. We Swagged a Gold Pass. We avoided the long lines, thanks to a friend with pull! 

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 3. Ms. Cupcake Liked Our Present. This kind lady vowed to share this trans-Atlantic gift with her staff. 

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4. We Drank. It’s a shame that Equinox Kombucha isn’t available in the states. 

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5. We Ate. Carm had a long, upright vegan sushi roll from Happy Maki and I had a falafel from Pomegranate Lebanese Kitchen.  

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5. We Shopped. More stuff! We’re the heck are we going to put it all! 

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6. There Was a Pirate Emcee. In between “arrrrrghs”, he was informative and polite! 

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7. There Was a Bike-powered Blender. A colorful one at that! 

8. We Met Brendan Brazier. One of the best athletes on the planet, Brendan was a font of nutritional information and very inspiring in a gentle way. 

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9. Carlo Got a Massage. He needed it…bad! 

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 10. Postfest Meal at The Gate. Like a post-game NFL grudge-match, having a good meal after a long day just makes things better! The Gate offers excellent vegan options in a lovely setting.   

Another fabu day and we’ll have another tomorrow in Brighton.

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This was the best Veg Fest we had ever attended. We plan to come back next year and possibly to the highly regarded Vegfest UK Bristol. As much as we love the New York Vegetarian Food Festival, Vegfest UK currently has the edge. New York has to step up its game! 

Missed any of our previous VeganMoFo 2014 posts? You now can catch up!