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Triple Threat

In Not-my-street-eats, The Good Food Emporium on January 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

This month I’ve had the pleasure of two of my favourite small meals in Halifax.

One: The Good Food Emporium‘s Tofu Sandwich

Why I love this sandwich: the positively magical, mysterious and unmockable mixture of tasty tofu that is so generously slathered throughout the center  and even the mayo is vegan on this puppy.

Tofu Sammy

Two: I went to The Carleton to see Laura Peek and Mike Evin perform their poppy piano melodies. I never seem to smap a picture of the delicious frites they have there because I eat them so fast, but here is the Spinach Salad with Ginger Soy dressing, mangos, onions, peppers, and toasted pecans.

Ginger Soy Dressing! Onions! Mango! Red Pepper! TOASTED PECANS.

BONUS: Off to my friend Fitzi’s (also not the same day!) for a girls night of drinking and debauchery. I took some Daiya with me and we made NACHOOOOZZZ.

Yeah, so I took the picture through the oven door. What?

H’ooooo m’lanta.

What treats, what treasures.

Fortunate is me.

xo

TFish

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Janvier

In 1223 Church, Morris East, Not-my-street-eats on January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

This month has been delightful food wise. Earlier I ordered 10lbs of Daiya from Karmavore! That makes everything allllright.

I’ve been really into mac ‘n cheeze due to the winter weather, short days, and the simple fact that it is deeeeerichious!

Mac ‘n Daiya!

Mid month I got together with a friend who is living in San Francisco right now, just home visiting on a work trip. We went to Morris East for some tasty wood fired pizza. Always a pleasure.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza with extra onions

Then my friend Molly and I exchanged vegan boxes for the holidays. Chocolate Caramel popcorn, Mac-n-chip cookie, chocolate bars, gummi bunnies, and ginger mints! Check-check-check it out!!!

SWEET TREATS

Over the Holidays I found myself indulging in something dirty dirty dirty. Mr.Noodles.

When I realized what I did to myself I vowed to find a way to make hot, spicy, brothy noodles at home!

When I re-read what Meghan Telphner has to say about MSG, and all the other names MSG can be labelled as, it reignited my fuel for the fire! No more MSG for me.

So, this is what I make:

Hot Noodz, you got what I want.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shimmer me timbers, baby! These noodles look fiiine.

Broth time!

Small pot – Med-High

2C H2O

1 T Braggs

1/2 tsp Sriracha

1/2 tsp Lemongrass Paste

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 T sugar

 

Once that gets to the boiling point take a small dish and mix 1T cornstarch and 2T water, mix this well until there are no clumps.

Pour into the broth mixture and stir in quickly. This will thicken it a tiny bit.

Meanwhile, you should have been cooking your skinny rice noodles or whatever tickles your fancy.

This is enough broth to pour over 2-3 bowls of noodles,depending on how brothy you like your noodz.

 

xo

TFish

Golden Buddah

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Must. Not. Live. My. Life. Without. Eating. At. The. Golden. Buddah. Again.

Got it? Got it. Good.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I do miss the tasty sweet and sour flavour of a good Canadian Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken Ball.

Yeah, I know…  vegan blog, bla bla bla. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend like you don’t.

Now, it’s not every city you come across the opportunity to dine at an ALL VEGAN CHINESE FOOD RESTAURANT. Nope, not even close. This, among many, is one of the reasons I decided to visit San Francisco. This is beyond not-my-street-eats, this is one of the greatest vegan meccas of North America.

 

Tofu Salad

Tofu Salad doesn’t even begin to describe what’s in this solid gold rock of a food jem. I’ve never had a salad like this be so scrumptious and I doubt I ever will unless I eat here again. Which is clearly on my bucket list. Perhaps the 50 before 50 list?

 

Vegetable Fu-Young

More tasty deep fried treasures. I bet you’re starting to think “Daaaayum, this girl is a total binge eating maniac!” However, I was not alone. I had three others to share these appetizers with.

 

Fried Golden Rolls

Some of the finest spring rolls to ever grace this earth.

 

…aaaaand… *drum roll*…

 

SWEET AND SOUR "CHICKEN"

Yeah, that’s pineapple.

Yeah, it was perfect.

Yeah, it changed my life.

 

/end scene.

 

xo

TFish

 

 

 

 

Convenience

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

Oh, San Francisco, even your convenience stores blow all other corner stores out of the water and into the shameful depths of easy eats.

 

Just check out this selection!

Three types of MISO! Tofu! Udon nooodles! Sausages! Bacon! Vegenaise! FRIED TOFU.

Good graces, I bet they carry Daiya now! Sheesh. They would.

 

This Hayes Valley store even has a bulk section full of vegan delights.

Dark Chocolate Pretzels from Sunridge Farms. BULK!

 

See this jerky below? Well I thought “Hey! Maybe it’s as good as Primal Strips!” Nope. It has the quirkiest texture and not in a good way. Plus, it smells like canned chickpeas. Now we all know that canned chickpeas happen to smell like CAT FOOD so let’s connect the dots.

Stonewalls Jerquee!

 

Loki, the mancat of the house where I stayed in SF, l-o-v-e-d t-h-i-s s-h-i-t. Perhaps that may be the understatement of last year because this cat danced for Stonewall’s Jerquee. Never have his owners known Loki to be a dancer. Never, ever.

Upon returning home I left the brown paper bag unattended in the dining room only to quickly discover that Loki had torn into it and started to mow down on the chicken flavoured Jerquee! Holy bananas! It didn’t matter where I put this stuff, he would sniff it out. Oh, and he would dance. That cat is a natural. Eventually the Jerquee went in a bag, in a cookie jar, on top of a hutch. Even then, Loki tried to obtain said goods.

 

Ready made Seitan Sandwich!

REALLY? Yeah, really. They went there. A wide selection of pre-made seitan sammys! Just touch me all over, whydoncha?

 

At the counter they have vegan cookies galore!

 

My my my. How could any vegan in their right mind come out of there without feeling wild with excitement? I might as well have found a freaking shipwreck off the coast!

 

I’m on a roll! We’ve got a lot to cover until this blog is up-to-date.

 

NEXT!

 

xo

TFish

 

 

Cha-YA!

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 24, 2011 at 1:27 am

A whole restaurant dedicated to vegan Japanese cuisine! My lanta, what a treat!

 

The Cha-ya Roll

This tasty treasure is tempura sushi filled with avocado, yam, and carrots. The entire roll is lightly battered and deep-fried and served with a special house sauce!

Quite possibly the best sushi I have ever had.

 

Tofu-Veggie Curry Bowl

Hot and spicy noodle soup, just the way I like it. Curry soup topped with tofu, kabocha, pearl onions, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, and sugar snap peas. POWPOW.

Atsuage Tofu

Fried and firm. Fabulous. It also doesn’t hurt that this Nigiri Sushi is absolutely adorable.

If I lived in San Francisco I would eat here way way way too much. I would need to try everything on the menu.

NEXT!

xo

TFish

 

Souley

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on October 3, 2010 at 4:30 am

Vegan. Souley Vegan.

 

You rocked my world.

Prepare to have your mind blown.

The Menu

If you squint at that in the bottom right hand corner you’ll see the TOAST-Y-CRISPY-BBQ BURGER.

That means I’ll get breaded, toasted deep fried tofu AND glazed, browned, BBQ tofu in a sandwich. Hurrah!

Oh wait, 3 items is only 10$ ?! 2 for 8$?!  Are you kidding me? This place is a rare gem!

 

Ohhhhh m'laaaaaawrd.

That was my plate. Collard greens, potato salad and the CTBBQB.

Living in a world where this is possible on the daily would be so so so dangerous. I couldn’t get over how incredible both the breaded and BBQ tofu slabs were! The textures were flawless and intense. Great sauce action and it was the perfect level of spicy.

 

With fond memories,

xo.

TFish

 

 

 

Sweetness

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on April 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm

San Francisco round up number two!

All the sweet stuff shall be found here.

Maggie Mudd Sundae

Oh glorious Maggie Mudd and all your dairy free options. We waited outside on a chilly Soy Flandisco day, pacing with anticipation until you were open for business and welcomed us inside.

In case you’re wondering what exactly is happening in that bowl let me explain:

bottom later = warm, dense, fudgy, generously sized brownie.

two ice cream scoops = pumpkin (YES!) and toasted coconut (OMG)

chocolate sauce drizzled everywhere

peanut chunks, too.

topped with vegan whipped cream and a frikkin’ cherry.

Yes, I ate it all. Yes, I passed out mid afternoon with a sugar coma.

On the counter at Maggie Mudd they have a tiny freezer where they keep VEGAN ICE CREAM CAKES IN A VARIETY OF LAYERED FLAVOURS. Always.

Vegan Ice Cream Cakes… READY TO GO!

I wonder if there’s a hypnotist who could help me with my sugar addiction…

Hello Vegan Donuts!

Whole Foods, I love thee for many reasons. One being the vegan donuts that taste like donuts should.

I didn’t even know I was going to be encountering the donuts when I did so… I ate three. Yeah… I ONLY LIVE ONCE OKAY?!

Just like Timmies from the ol’ childhood.

Check her out, in all of her MAPLE GLAZED glory. How could you turn her down? Could you just leave her there.. mingling with the other soulless (read: lacking maple) donuts? NO. YOU GIVE HER A GOOD HOME. A good home complete with all the other maple syrupy goodness you have been hoarding in your body.

Good bodies are made of maple.

PROOF OF MY LOVE:

I ate them all.

Oh, I’m not done.

Check iiiitttttttt!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with a CCP Topper

Thanks JayMoh! After a long day of frolicking around the city, coming home to this after a dinner treat of Belgian double fried fries was out of control! Spoooooooiled.

Yeah, spoooooooooooiled.

xo.

TFish

Oh, and if you don’t get it, CPP stands for Chocolate Covered Pretzel.

Finally

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

YES, I KNOW, IT’S BEEN A WHILE.

Obviously, FxOxOxD is three months backlogged so expect a flood of new goodness to feast your eyes upon!

FxOxOxD is BACK IN ACTION.

Here are some highlights from my delicious trip to San Francisco in February! We’ll start at the beginning and then zig-zag-ric-rac the rest of the way. (Who knows when I ate what! I blame my many sugar comas.)

Frozen Soy Yogurt with Chocolate Shavings and RASPBERRY SAUCE

Frozen Soy Yogurt with Chocolate Shavings and TOASTED COCONUT

Upon arriving I was whisked away to Fraiche. San Francisco was swinging into a hot week so I was eager to welcome vegan frozen yogurt into my life! I got so excited I neglected to notice the toasted coconut option so I *had* to get another serving before we left. I ate both while my tour-guides worked on their single serving. What if I never returned to Fraiche again?! Good thing I trusted my gut instinct because we didn’t return to this lovely part of San Francisco.

OH!

Another reason to love Fraiche!

Yes, we certainly did spend a significant chunk of our vegan fro’yo conversation frantically whisper-scheming ways to smuggle this sexy beast out of the shop. How could we not?! You’re only in my dreams now. So close, yet so far away.

Sigh.

For breakfast, the lovely JayMoh of the Post Punk Kitchen fixed me a real down home breakfast while I showered international airport dirt off my body. Check this : ! : ! : ! :

Diner Home Fries

Spinach and Mushroom Fritatta with Daiya Cheeze

From one of my favourite cook books, Vegan Brunch! The diner home fries stole my morning show. Seriously. Perhaps even over and above Loki, JayMoh’s charming cat.

Phew, that’s enough for now!

Next we shall conquer Whole Foods, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with double buttercream frosting and an organic chocolate covered pretzel topper, and VEGAN DONUTS.

xo.

TFish

peeess;; Loki owns my San Francisco kitty heart. Don’t let my love for fried carbohydrates fool you.

BDBrunch

In Not-my-street-eats on January 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Ahh yes, the 3rd Annual Boxing Day Brunch at the Smitherbie residence.

This year we fed 19 people! Many people said it was one of the best parties they had ever been to ! Now, that’s a compliment. We had Lady Gaga and air hockey, 5 snuggies, and a massssssive sectional couch, and I had tanqueray. Thank you Colleen.

On to the food!

Gigantic Tofu Scramble

This scramble contained 3 pounds of tofu! THREE POUNDS. It had mushrooms, onions, carrots, and green pepper. Goodness it was a fine, fine scramble.

Gingerbread Waffles

This recipe from Vegan Brunch is out of control good. Luckily for us the Smitherbie residence comes complete with a handy-dandy waffle iron.

Cranberry Ginger Sauce

Again, from Vegan Brunch, this recipe is the bomb-diggity. Cranberry and ginger accompany the gingerbread waffles like it’s their only wish in life. They are all-over-it.

Hash-style Potatoes

Boiled the night before, fried up with some veggie dogs.. HASH ! Nom.

Deeericious Soup

This is one of my personal recipes and it doesn’t taste like it looks! It’s not slop, promise. It’s a lentil soup with curry, cumin, cilantro, smoked flavouring, and lots of sauteed onions. You’d love me a little more if you tried it, trust me.

Festive Holiday Salad

In this picture you can clearly see the effects of the Tanqueray. Yes, my picture taking skills were held captive by Gin and juice! IT WASN’T MY FAULT. This salad is from Gourmet Magazine, and let me tell you…it’s a winner!

Carrot Cake with Creme Cheeze Frosting

This cake has graced my blog before. It’s the Best Vegan Carrot Cake EVAR. Again, the tanqueray.

The Spread

This is our jam packed table! The scramble is on the stove.

My BDB Plate

Ohhhh the tanqueray.

More to come soon! I have some more from Mary’s Place Cafe as well as more Daiya filled goodies.

xo.

TFish

Spoiled

In Not-my-street-eats on December 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm

My boss at Thumpers Salon is the most wonderful of them all ! This are my Thumpers Official Brunch photos of all the delicious (whole foods based, savory and sweet) fresh vegan food he slaved in the kitchen making. Perfect for our ravenous group of 30-40 hungry drunk hairstylists and our lovers and friends!

Sweet n' Savoury Curried Nuts

Corn Quinoa Salad with Cilantro

Fresh mixed greens with Malcolm's famous balsamic dressing and PEARS and PECANS

Fruit Salad

Up close and personal with my plate

Please do notice the roasted potatoes on my plate as those were scrumptious as well!

Moi! Avec plate!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheeze Frosting

Now you see why I say we’re spoiled.

xo.

TFish

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