There we are listed at the 3:00 demo!
A weekend or two ago I headed down to Bethlehem PA for the Bethlehem VegFest with Dianne from VeggieGirl. We were asked to do a cooking demo which I wrote about HERE. The demo was only a 1/2 hour long so we did some walking around, shopping and eating! I really wanted to eat at the Jenny Kuali’s stand but unfortunately they had a bit of an accident that involved the fire department and sending a few people to the hospital! Good news is that everyone involved is going to be ok. They are very vegan friendly and I might just plan another day trip to Bethlehem to have a meal at their restaurant.
I ended up getting the PA Dutch Brown Bag Lunch from the V-lish stand. The brown bag lunch had a Faux Tuna with Beet Slaw sandwich on homemade bread, Dutch Potato-Onion Soup and a Debbie’s Kitchen Fresh Oatmeal Cookie. The whole meal was great. The faux tuna was a standard mashed chickpea salad. The beet slaw added something special to the common vegan sandwich. The soup was delicious but not what I really needed on what was turning into a warm day. The oatmeal cookie however was outstanding. I wish I bought a few extra to take home. I had other desserts to take home though!
Vegan Treats had their own HUGE stand at the VegFest! I have alway’s wanted to drive to the Vegan Treats bakery and have never done it so I was more then excited to finally be trying their desserts, although I’m sure I’ve had one or two while eating at a restaurant in NYC. You could smell the sugar from at least 10 feet away from the tent and then when you entered the tent you were easily overwhelmed by the sweet sugar smell. I didn’t mind one bit though! We headed over to their table later in the day after our demo and it was quite picked through but they seemed to have everything in stock still.
I was so happy to see cannoli’s on the table! I ordered 2 of them just for myself since my husband doesn’t like them. I also took home the biggest whoopie pie I’ve ever seen and Vegan Treats famous Peanut Butter Bomb.
I’ve been wanting a Peanut Butter Bomb for years now. My husband and I shared it while watching Breaking Bad the next night and it was everything I thought it would be. I’m at the same time sad and happy that I don’t live close to the Vegan Treats Bakery. If I lived close by I would be there all the time! It would not be good! I am looking forward though to next years Bethlehem VegFest with the hopes that the Vegan Treats tent will be back!
A few weeks ago I finally had a chance to eat at Sprig and Vine in New Hope, PA. I’ve been wanting to eat here for years and was so excited to finally being going. What was even more exciting was our dining companions. My blogging BFF Dianne from Veggiegirl and her husband, Lydia and Mauro who blog at From A to Vegan and Jaime K from Save The Kales along with her boyfriend. It was fabulous seeing everyone again over delicious food.
We went on a Sunday morning for Brunch. I started off by ordering a Beet Lemonade. After my first sip I vowed to make this myself at home. The ratio of beet juice to lemonade was perfect. It also wasn’t overly sweet. I drink a lot of lemonade over the warmer months and I always water it down. The color was also stunning.
My husband and I split a side of Roasted Potatoes to go along our respective meals. At first I thought we should each order our own but this plate of potatoes turned out to be just enough and they really hit the spot.
Now to my entree. I checked out the menu before we left our house and knew exactly what I was going to get. Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Biscuits and Cashew-Herb Gravy! I could eat Biscuits and Gravy for almost every meal. Add fried oyster mushrooms to that and that’s my favorite meal for life! It was amazing. Creamy herbed gravy. Fluffy biscuits. Breaded and fried oyster mushrooms. Perfection.
Bloggers on a bridge between 2 states
(Jaime K, Dianne and Myself)
After our meal a few us walked around New Hope, PA and across the bridge into Lamberville, NJ. It was really a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to going back soon and eating off of Sprig and Vines Dinner menu. I’ll definitely being saving room for dessert!
A few weeks ago my friend VeggieGirl posted a recipe for Baked Ratatouille. I knew right away that I needed to make this recipe for myself. The recipe calls for cannellini beans, eggplant, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini. I’ll admit in the past I have not been too fond of eggplant. My husband loves it so I’ve been giving it a shot this summer and even growing it in my garden. I thought this would be the perfect recipe to “hide” the eggplant in. I didn’t get to use the eggplant I grew myself but I fortunately received some Sicilian Eggplant from the food co-op I belong to.
I made a few very minor changes to VeggieGirl’s recipe. First I used regular potatoes in place of the sweet potatoes because I had some that needed to be used. I also didn’t have the herbs de provence the recipe calls for. I subbed it with dried thyme and basil. I also used a bit more broth then called for but that’s just something I tend to do. It will work perfectly with the amount of broth called for in the recipe.
Baked Ratatouille with Tomato and Garlic Crouton Salad
The dish was very easy to put together after slicing up all the vegetables. I sliced them all by hand but next time I will dig out my mandolin to make it easier and much quicker.
I invited my parents up for dinner since the recipe didn’t contain any “weird fake stuff”. They enjoyed it immensely as did my husband. My father said it was “a keeper” which means he thought it was awesome. I really liked the eggplant cooked in something like this and I look forward to making this recipe again. I think it would be a nice main dish or even a side dish for a holiday meal with possibly more seasonally appropriate vegetables added to it. I made my Tomato and Garlic Crouton Salad as a side dish. We received so many tomatoes from the co-op plus what has been growing in the garden I just had to use them up!
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Smokey Avocado Wrap and Vegetable Juice
A few weekends ago VeggieGirl and I hoped onto a train to NYC for the day. Our main reason for going was to take at class at my old alma mater The Natural Gourmet Institute. The class was called Spice Up Your Food Writing and it was taught by none other then the Urban Vegan’s Dynise Balcavage! It was so nice to finally meet Dynise. I’ve “known” her through the blogging world longer then I’ve known my own children. Her class was so informative and really jumped started my brain to get back into writing. She had us do a few writing exercises, which I was nervous about doing, but they helped me tremendously! I’ll forever be grateful to her for this class. If you ever have a chance to take a class taught by Dynise I highly recommend it.
Of course heading into NYC means we also have to eat! There is no way I can spend a day there and not hit up at least 2 vegan food establishments! We headed into the city a bit early so we could eat lunch at Blossom Du Jour which is located at 174 9th Avenue. Its an adorable little take out place with very limited seating. I chose the Smoky Avocado Wrap a.k.a. Smokacado. It was a spinach wrap filled with avocado, smokey tempeh, tomato, lettuce and a chipotle aioli. I pretty much will choose anything on a menu that contains a chipotle aioli! I chose a TRu Life Juice to drink with my meal. I went with the Heartbeat juice. Its made with apples, ginger and carrots. One of my all time favorite fresh juice combos. It was so refreshing! I wish I saved some of it to drink during class but since it was so good I gulped it all down while eating lunch.
After lunch we headed right next door to Blossom Bakery for a treat. I chose a chocolate chip cookie thinking I would nibble on it during the class. I didn’t get a chance to so I shared it with my husband after the kids went to bed. Honestly, by looks alone I wasn’t expecting much from the cookie but by taste, oh my goodness its was delicious!
After class we had some time to kill before our train arrived so we headed to Terri which is located at 60 West 23rd Street. One of these days I will actually order a sandwich when I go to Terri but since we already ate lunch Dianne and I both choose to order their famous Butterfinger Shake. It was my second time having this shake and I can say, even without every ordering anything else off their menu, that it is the best thing they have! Its just that good! It was hot as hell out that day so the shake was the perfect thing to cool us off on our walk back to Penn Station.
Desserts at Terri
I’ve truly promised myself that I will order more than a Butterfinger Shake next time!