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VeganMoFo: What I Ate Wednesday

Iced Mocha www.good-good-things.com

Iced Almond Milk Mocha

I’m trying something different today. I’ve never done a What I Ate Wednesday Post but instead of doing it all in one shot I’m going to update 2-3 times through out today with what I ate. Its kinda like real-time blogging in a way.

I ALWAYS start my day with an Iced Mocha. ALWAYS! I make my own chocolate sauce and I keep already French Pressed coffee in my fridge. I’ll occasionally go to Starbucks but I find what I make for myself at home is so much better, and more affordable! The coffee I use is Fair Trade, Organic beans from a company in upstate NY called Catskill Mountain Coffee. Zanzibar bean. Its the best coffee. Plus organic and fair trade is awesome. 

To froth the milk I bought a small battery powered, cheap frother from IKEA. I’m on my second one already since I use it everyday. 

Breakfast: seitan bacon tofu scramble www.good-good-things.com

 

Breakfast

This is not my normal breakfast. The toast with EB would be normal. Last night I used only half a block of tofu for dinner and usually the other half would go to waste. I’m trying my hardest to use up all of the food I buy so I made a quick Tofu Scramble with some Upton’s Seitan Bacon and string beans thrown in along with onions, garlic and spices. It was fabulous and it gave me an idea for another Tofu Scramble to make on another day. I happily have leftovers of this breakfast for tomorrow. 

See you later in the day with more food for What I Ate Wednesday! 

Korean Taco’s from Mogo

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MOGO

MOGO is the Korean translation for EAT. MOGO is also a food stand on the Asbury Park boardwalk in NJ that sells Korean Fusion Tacos. Its made out of an old shipping container which is pretty cool. A food truck without wheels.  I first noticed it last year and unfortunately was never able to order from them. The timing was never right. Then Hurricane Sandy hit and I was nervous that I would never get to eat there. A month or so ago we took a trip to the boardwalk to walk around and I was happy to see people working hard to get MOGO reopened for the summer season! I knew I would be eating their Tofu Taco the next time I was down there no matter what!

My family headed down to Ocean Grove for an early evening beach visit this past Saturday where we swam, dug holes in the sand and found some sea treasures (3 sand dollars!) Then we headed to the Asbury Park boardwalk, which is connected to Ocean Grove, and headed straight to MOGO.

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Tofu Taco

When I first noticed MOGO last year I saw that they offered Tofu Taco’s. I emailed them and they promptly replied assuring me that their tofu taco’s are in fact vegan. My husband and I each ordered 2 of them. The year long wait to finally try them was worth it. The soy glaze on the fried tofu was incredible. My husband could not stop talking about how good the sauce was. I was a big fan of the soy-sesame slaw that topped it off. Every flavor put into this taco was perfect. They weren’t spicy, which was nice. You can add some spicy sauce to it yourself which we did. You can also order that it be topped with kimchi and I’m forgetting what else (!) to spice it up even more.

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It was truly the perfect summertime boardwalk food. We will be on vacation in a few weeks in Ocean Grove, the next town over, and we will definitely be hitting up MOGO a few times while we are there.  Love you MOGO!

Vida Vegan Con Food Day 3

Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase. #vvc2013 #vegan #pdx

Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase

Day 2 of Vida Vegan Con started off with the promise of a Breakfast Showcase featuring a bunch of different local restaurants, bakeries, etc. This was the conference meal I was most excited about! We made sure we got there early and lined at Portobella Vegan Trattoria’s table first. I am not sure what exactly they served. It involved potatoes, peas, edible flowers, a radish slice and a sauce. Whatever it was it didn’t disappoint!  Next I hit the A.N.D. Cafe table for a meatloaf benedict that was out of this world. I then headed over to Back to Eden and picked up a Smoked Tempeh Mozzarella Fig Scone, simply amazing.  Near Back to Eden was Diving Pie where I tried a few samples of their raw and whole foods pies. A bagel from Blackheart Bagels and a green juice from Portland Juice Press finished my first round of the showcase. After I sat at my table some of my table mates were raving about a  Broccoli Cheddar and Smoked Tempeh Quiche from Back to Eden so I paid them a visit for the second time to pick one up. I’m glad I did because it was my favorite of all the foods I tried at the showcase.

My one disappointment was that I didn’t get to sample Sizzle Pie’s breakfast pizza or the sliders offered up from White Owl Social Club. The line for them was so incredibly long!

Lunch at #vvc2013 #vegan

Portland-Style Build-a-Bowl

Lunch on Saturday was Build a Bowl meal. I loaded my bowl with greens, quinoa, Upton’s Naturals chorizo, tofu, beans, raw walnut meat, Teese, Nacheez, salsa, a super garlicky condiment that the organizers actually got up on stage to announce that it wasn’t a dressing and not to pour it all over your bowl unless you wanted to smell like garlic for days! I had to try it just because of the “warning” and it was so good that it was worth the garlic breath. Thankfully I had some gum to chew afterwards.

All Hail Kale w. Blackened Vegan Chicken at Veggie Girl w. @diannewenz #vvc2013 #vegan #pdx

All Hail Kale w. Blackened Vegan Chicken

After the conference on Saturday was the Galarama and Silent Auction for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. We had some time kill between events so Dianne and I took our free entree gift card for Veggie Grill out of our swag bags and headed there for dinner. Feeling like we needed some greens, even though I loaded up on mesclun at lunch, we each got a salad. I had tried the All Hail Kale salad at the Veggie Grill reception the night before and loved it so I ordered it here and the lovely man behind the counter recommended I add the vegan chicken. I’m happy I did. It was one of the best restaurant salads i’ve ever ordered. I can’t wait for Veggie Grill to open some East Coast restaurants.

Vegan cheese plate! #vvc2013 #vegan

VEGAN CHEESE TRAY!!!

I think the best thing that has ever been served at any event I’ve ever been to happened at the Galarama. Miyoko Schinner, who wrote the book Artisan Vegan Cheese, made a ton of her artisan cheeses and put together these really amazing cheese trays. VEGAN CHEESE TRAYS! I don’t think anything can ever beat that. Every cheese I tried was my favorite. Thank you Miyoko. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Brownie Sundae! #vvc2013 #vegan #galarama

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

After eating too much of Miyoko’s cheese I headed over to the So Delicious Sundae Spectacular. It featured brownies from Capital City Bakery. Full disclosure..I ate one of the brownies san’s sundae while I was headed over to the Cheese Trays. I then ate another when I made my own sundae. There was everything you could ever want to put on a sundae there. Marshmallows, nuts, whipped cream, sprinkles..etc…

I’m pretty sure this day was one of the best food days of my life.

Last Night

Dinner: #glutenfree #vegan chocolate chip pancakes and kale and tomato tofu scramble

Chocolate Chip Pancakes/Kale and Tomato Tofu Scramble

Why is it so much easier making breakfast for dinner then making breakfast for breakfast? Time I suppose has a lot to do with it. I don’t wake up well in the morning and when my kids wake up they want to eat immediately. Same with my husband. That’s probably why we eat bagels most mornings. I wouldn’t mind eating what I made for dinner last night most mornings though! The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed those pancakes. I alone enjoyed the tofu scramble. The idea was to have the kids eat it also but I grabbed the spicy/smokey paprika instead of the more mellow paprika by mistake. Too spicy for the kids little palates I’m afraid. Perfect for mine though. I ate the leftover scramble for second dinner while watching Netflix. (If you haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed yet I highly recommend it!)

The pancakes are gluten free and came from a box. They are our favorite. The scramble is just your basic scramble with a spice mixture of: cumin, thyme, paprika and red pepper flake along with some nooch. You’ll notice the tofu is cubed. I follow that party line when it comes to scrambles. I’ll smoosh some of it up but NO..I like the cubed scramble!

It will be worth throwing this together one weekend morning instead of eating our daily bagels.

Some eats…

Dinner: Supreme Rice and Beans! Beans, brown rice, cashew cream, guacamole and fried garlicky mushrooms! #vegan

Supreme Rice and Beans

We eat Rice and Beans at least once a week. It gets very boring so I went a little fancy the last time I made them. I seared some sliced mushrooms in oil w. pepper and salt. Made a quick Guacamole. Then blended up a cashew cream in the Vita Mix. My husband and I only want to eat Rice and Beans like this now. The mushrooms are really what put it over the top!

Dinner: Mirin Glazed Tempeh and String beans w. Peanut Sauce over Brown Rice #vegan

Mirin Glazed Tempeh w. String Beans and Peanut Sauce

A recipe in progress. The Mirin Glazed Tempeh was amazing. My 20 month old son and I couldn’t stop eating it straight from the pan.

Dinner: Kung Pao Tofu with Broccoli, Carrots and Water Chestnuts over Jasmine Rice. #vegan

Kung Pao Tofu

Another recipe in progress. I’m not quite sure whats missing but I’ll figure it out soon. :)

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