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Killer Vegan {Restaurant Review}

My husband and I were child-free for the afternoon so we had a delicious lunch at Killer Vegan in Union, NJ. I had the Killer Panini for the first time. It was so delicious and reminded me of the seitan wraps I made for road trips. My husband had the Guns Killer Vegan Panini

Killer Vegan is a diner and delicatessen in Union, NJ. I love this place. They started off small with only a few sandwiches and sides and a twice a month all you can eat brunch. Yes an ALL YOU CAN EAT VEGAN BRUNCH! They have burgers, panini’s, sausage and meatball sandwiches, new dinner specials every week, disco fries (!), cheese fries (!) homemade cakes, cookies, milkshakes and more!  I’ve been here a handful of times already and it’s been fun to see their menu and hours of operation grow.  My last visit their I had the new Killer Vegan Panini. Filled with Country Fried Seitan, avocado, arugula, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo.  It was perfectly paired with the kale slaw. The seitan was so delicious I wish I had a plate of it to myself!

1st of 2 identical plates of food at the all you can eat opening brunch at Killer Vegan in Union. I stole bites of pancakes and French toast from my kids plates.

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch

Brunch at Killer Vegan is alway’s All-You-Can-Eat and alway’s amazing. A buffet filled with homemade sausages and tempeh bacon, biscuits and a cashew sage gravy, tofu scramble, steamed greens, arroz con gandules, pancakes, french toast and home fries. On one or two occasions I’ve also spotted and dined on some deliciously sweet plantains.

One time a woman on line asked me what to put the cashew gravy on and I just said “Everything. Just put it on everything.”  

Delicious KV Burger and Kale Slaw at Killer Vegan in Union NJ today with the Montclair Vegans meetup! Not pictured: Mint Chip Milkshake, it was awesome. Thanks @diannewenz !! KV Burger

Their burger menu has grown from 1 burger to 4 different burgers including the original KV Burger (pictured), the Gunslinger Burger, which my husband enjoyed on our last kidless visit there, a Pizza Burger and The Killer, which I’m looking forward to trying the next time I visit. Its 2 burgers, cheese sauce, sauteed onions and coconut bacon. I can’t say no to Coconut Bacon! The burgers are house-made, delicious and they don’t fall apart. I’ve never been disappointed.

Lunch from Killer Vegan today: Sausage and Peppers w. Kale Slaw. Miles's fries in the top left corner. Not pictured: Butter Pecan Milkshake #vegan

Sausage and Peppers

One of my favorite things about Killer Vegan is that they make their own sausages. I love store-bought vegan sausages and buy them all the time for convenience but when a restaurant goes out of their way to make their own it’s special and I notice and I eat them. Nothing beats a house-made sausage and pepper sandwich!

If you can’t tell by these pictures I really dig Killer Vegans Kale Slaw. When you order a sandwich it comes with chips or you can upgrade to one of their sides. I alway’s upgrade to Kale Slaw. It tastes exactly how I make my own Kale Slaw at home and I really should go for one of their other sides like Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fries or Mashed Potatoes but I just really love Kale Slaw! 

Not pictured are the vegan Milk Shakes and desserts I’ve tried at Killer Vegan. Nine different Milkshake flavors from Mint Chocolate Chip to Butter Pecan and desserts like Red Velvet cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mini Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and a Cookies and Cream Cake. I could live happily eating at Killer Vegan forever! 

If you are in the area take a peek at their menu and plan a trip to eat here!

Summertime Eats

Firework sandwiches! Ciabatta, cashew cheese, pesto, roasted zucchini and onions w, spinach and tomato #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganbloggerVegetable and Pesto Sandwiches w. Cashew Cheese (for the fireworks!)

I’ve been having a very busy summer so far with the kids home and no summer camps lined up. I regret it a little bit each day but we are also having a lot of fun together. We’ve been to the beach, put up a pretty big pool in our yard, saw some fireworks, went to the State Fair and are gearing up for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore in a little bit.  In between all of this I’ve been cooking up a storm. I have a new museli recipe ready to go, some smoothies, a blended coffee drink, a protein packed tomato sauce that is delicious on pizza and the kids have no idea what’s in it, a kale salad and a quinoa salad. I’m pumped about all of it. I also have to finish my eating out recap of Austin, Tx. I’m still dreaming of Bouldin Creek Cafe and Arlo’s.  In the meantime here are some of our summertime eats from the last month. We’ve been eating quite well and I desperately need to get back to the YMCA! 

Veggie loaded Caesar Salad with a #vegan Caesar Dressing #whatveganseat #vegansofig #veganfoodshare

Veggie Loaded Caesar Salad

Romaine, cucumbers, orange bell peppers, red onions, sunflower seeds, capers, nooch and a Just Mayo based Caesar dressing. This was very refreshing on a hot day.

Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Banana Milkshake #vegan #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #vegansofig

Vanilla Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

We enjoyed these Milkshakes after the Caesar Salad above. 

4th of July: field roast sausage, chickpea and zucchini quinoa salad, balsamic kale salad, potatoe salad and baked beans #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganblogger

4th of July plate

 We celebrated the 4th of July, at home, potluck style with my parents. I made the kale salad and quinoa-chickpea salad along with Field Roast Sausage Rolls and my mom made the potato salad (alway’s leaving some without mayo for me so I can add my own vegan mayo) and some delicious baked beans. You can find the baked beans recipe here

 

 

Soup Swap

Dianne's Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup

Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup by Dianne

The idea of a food swap has always been intriguing to me. Last year I even secured some food swap themed URL’s in hopes of starting one locally. While that hasn’t happened yet, on my end, two friends of mine have recently held swaps. The first was a vegan/gluten free food swap at my friend Jen’s house. I came home with many quinoa dishes, a delicious hummus, a black rice, mushroom and lemongrass dish and a walnut sauce. I contributed coconut chocolates. I have no photographic evidence of this event at all or of any of the food I took home! 

A few weeks later my friend Dianne held a Soup Swap on National Soup Swap Day. This day I do have photographic evidence of..but of just the soups…I didn’t take pictures of the amazing appetizers Dianne served at her swap. 

Chef AJs Red Lentil Chili

Chef AJ’s Spicy Red Lentil Chili by Jen

Everyone in attendance brought 4 quarts of soup in four 1 quart containers…mostly mason jars. Since only 4 of us were able to attend we were each able to bring home one of each soup. Lucky us! 

I made my Quinoa, White Bean and Vegetable Tomato Soup, I’ll be sharing the recipe for it this week! 

Dianne made a Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup with little baggies of Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. 

Jen made Chef AJ’s Spicy Red Lentil Chili with instructions to add scallions, hot sauce, salsa..etc..on top. 

Last but not least The Food Duo made a White Bean and Escarole Soup. 

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White Bean and Escarole Soup by The Food Duo

My husband and I have since consumed all of the soups and each and every one was fantastic. Its great having friends who know how to cook! I would gladly eat all of these soups again and again. 

I’m looking forward to the next food swap I attend! 

 

VeganMoFo: The Cinnamon Snail

So happy right now!

I don’t often get that many chances to eat at the Cinnamon Snail. They mostly spend their days in NYC. For us in NJ they are at the Red Bank Farmers Market on Sundays which we won’t go to in the summer because the traffic home is an absolute nightmare! On Thursdays they are in Jersey City at the Grove Street Farmers Market. We are close to J.C., my sister lives down the street from the market, but it’s still rare that I can go. 

I usually try to go when my sister is teaching a craft class at her friends shop called Kanibal Home. The keyword in that sentence is “try”. Even when I’m in town on the right night I usually still miss it because parking takes forever, the lines are crazy long and then I’ll miss the class I’m taking. Last night though everything went perfectly! We found 2 parking spots right away. (One picking up my sis and one in front of our friends shop). Since we were early from not circling for 1 hour looking for parking I left everyone at the store and speed walked to the market. The market wasn’t there but the Cinnamon Snail still showed up! Thank goodness because I was starving! 

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The line also wasn’t as long as other lines I’ve encountered there. I’ve waited 30 minutes to order and just as long or longer to get my food. Its worth it though! 

For dinner I chose an old favorite of mine the Lemongrass 5-Spice Seitan. It has curried cashews and wasabi mayo among other things. Its incredible! 

I really wanted to pick up some donuts, especially a creme brule donut, but by the time I got there all the donuts I wanted were sold out. Most of the pastry case was empty. It was quite a sad sight. I decided to try 3 new pastries that I haven’t ordered from them before. 

Berry and cheese Danish from the cinnamon snail. #vegan #inkstainedhands

First up for the pastries was a berry and cheese danish. I had it as a late night snack when I came home from the class with ink stained hands. It was really good! I never was a fan of Danishes in my pre-vegan day’s. I love them now though!

Pear Turnover w. Lavender from the Cinnamon Snail. #vegan

Breakfast today was a Pear Turnover with Lavender.  This was even better then the danish above. I was wondering what they did to get the lavender flavor that was so prominent, in a good way, so I opened the danish up and saw actual lavender flowers mixed in with the pear filling. I’ll definitely be buying this again.

Raspberry Chocolate Danish-The Cinnamon Snail.

The one pastry I haven’t eaten yet is a Chocolate Raspberry Danish. I’m sure it’s just as great as the other pastries I’ve eaten in the last 12 hours. :) I might even share it with my husband tonight after the kids are in bed. 

For anyone visiting NYC or NJ if you have a chance to eat from The Cinnamon Snail please do. You will not regret it. They are amazing! You also need to visit my friends Kristen’s shop in JC called Kanibal Home. She stocks it with amazing refurbished vintage furniture, clothes and curiosities among other things. 

The Marx Brothers

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Freckle Lettuce

I was super pumped about gardening this year. The last few years have been so so on the growing food front. It was hard to take care of everything while having a toddler around for 2 years and then last year it was just a horrible growing season for a lot of people around us. I was determined to get the garden in great shape and have a successful season. 

I decided to start most of the veggies by seed this year. Tomatoes I alway’s buy as seedlings. I just can’t be bothered with them and I have a great place to buy organic and heirloom varieties. My go to for seed ordering is Cubits, located in Canada. I’ve always been happy with their seeds and love the variety that they offer. Plus I like buying from a small family business. Their blog is a favorite as well.

French Breakfast Radish

French Breakfast Radish

At least 1/2 of the garden was planted directly with seeds from :zucchini, kale, freckle lettuch, raddish, beets, carrots, mesclun, mizuna, chard, arugula, basil, borage, burgundy beans and cilantro. I purchased seedlings of peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Everything was growing really well and then…

Bros

2 of 4 Marx Brothers

These guys showed up. We have alway’s had a groundhog. His name is Theon. Its alway’s been just him. We fenced in the garden. He jumped the fence anyway and ate some stuff. It was fine because he didn’t eat everything. This year we took the fence down because it needed to be replaced and decided not to replace it because well…he jumps it. So what difference does it make? Well. This is the first year that baby groundhogs have been born. There are 4 of them. They eat everything and I mean everything! Nothing is left except for the tomatoes and some of the basil plants. Only because they are in containers and not ground level although some bites have been taken from them. They’ve also eaten our neighbors garden. They live under his garage. 

I’m debating now wether to just give up this season or start over with more seedlings. I have plans to build my own row covers for all the salad greens and kale just to help out with the aphids so I’m hoping that will protect the plants. I’ve had offers for people who will come and trap them and take them away but I don’t want that. As destructive as they are I’m alway’s happy to see them. They need to live and eat and survive like the rest of us. 

I’ve dubbed them The Marx Bros. because one of the 4 babies is a grouch! He’s hilarious! You alway’s know when he’s coming because of the grumpy noises he makes and he’s always trying to intimidate us. So we have Groucho, Harpo and Chico. They elusive 4th one, who I rarely see, is Zeppo. 

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At least I was able to eat one Breakfast Radish and it was delicious! (I pulled it out of the ground by accident) :) 

 

 

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