We’re Still Alive

Oh, hi!  Long time, no talk.  We’re still eating delicious food, but various life factors have been preventing us from being good bloggers lately.  Which is dumb.

Want a little recap?  Some proof that it’s still good to be vegan in our world:

Balcony season!  We’ve got some terrible construction happening out front, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the amazing Bajan “Beef” Stew from Caribbean Vegan.

This sandwich from the cookbook Vegan Diner happened.  Thinly sliced seitan in caramelized BBQ sauce, with creamy slaw on a bun.  WOAHMYGOD.

Local vegan & gluten free bakery, Sweet Lemon Bakery, does whoopie pies.

Starbucks changes their Strawberries and Cream frappuccino mix to be vegan; so now ordering one with soy and no whipped cream will get you a milkshaky tasting drink.  Not super healthy, but a nice summer treat.

I have not been able to satiate my love of avocados lately.  Sprouted grain toast, smooshed avocado, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

We went to Montreal and visited the Viva Vegan Shop.  They had cupcakes, sandwiches, ice cream cones and a whole retail shop.  So cute.  We sat and had some sandwiches (végépaté) and drank kombucha.  They have an online shop as well, and we’ve been getting orders from them for years.  Lovely folks!

In Montreal we also went to Aux Vivres.  Pictured here is the chana paratha appetizer, the “lox” wrap and the creamsicle smoothie.  We both agreed that Aux Vivres is one of the best all-vegan restaurants we’ve been to yet.  Look at this menu!  It’s not fine dining or anything, but the food is so fresh and hearty.

And again for brunch.  My waffles were really only so-so, but Trevor’s “Le Complet” plate was amazing.

I’m going to try to stop being such a slacker with taking photos (having an iPhone/Instagram has sort of ruined me for using my camera…).

I don’t make a lot of recipes up and mostly cook from cookbooks, but I still like to share because I hope it provides a realistic view of what a couple of vegans eat.

– Crystal

Product Review: Tofurky Pizza

We were at our local Farmer’s Market on Saturday (Western Fair, for those in the area) and went to the organic stall to pick up our usual bag of Daiya vegan cheese.  I noticed in the freezer that they had the Tofurky brand vegan pizzas made with daiya cheese, so naturally I had to get one.  We brought it home and had it for lunch with a simple spinach and strawberry salad with a balsamic/oil dressing.
Okay, so it pretty much tastes like a McCain’s frozen pizza or whatever, which is I assume what they’re going for.  It was quite good.  Not something I’d make a regular part of my diet for the obvious reason that it’s frozen pizza, but it certainly is awesome to have options – sometimes you just don’t want to cook and want something premade.  I get that.  Serve it with a simple salad and call it lunch or dinner.  
Oh, and I am continually impressed with how daiya melts!  Vegan cheese has come along way in the last couple years…you could serve this pizza to anyone and I bet they wouldn’t know it was soy cheese and meat.
– Crystal