The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair will take place on Sunday, October 23, from 11AM-6PM at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. The host, Mercy for Animals, promises tons of vegan-friendly food, guest speakers, carnival games and prizes, music, and other entertainment. And it’s free. Get vegucated! Details here.1 Comment »
Leave it to Teresa “Gumshoe” Gubbins to find a snitch in Trader Joe’s camp. Since the grocery chain announced they were planning locations in Dallas last May, they have been quite secretive about their locations. According to TG, you can rule out the former location on Greenville Ave. Her Deep Throat coughs up three possible locations: Walnut Hill and Central, Knox Ave., and Fort Worth. All of the details are here.
There was a time when Trader Joe’s was cool and funky and carried stuff you couldn’t find elsewhere, but I think the company is now running on a tired image. In the 70s, Two Buck Chuck played a significant role in nursing wine drinkers off the Spanada bottle but the last TBC I sampled burned the enamel off my teeth. So, Trader Joe’s? Yes or no? Why?20 Comments »
I can’t even imagine what it is like to be pregnant in Dallas during July. However, there is one loyal Disher who is just that. She writes:
I am in need of a restaurant recommendation. My husband is vegetarian, I am not, and I was hoping you or your readers could suggest a restaurant that has a great vegetarian dish for his birthday dinner. The catch? I’m pregnant, and loathe Indian/Asian food at the moment. Thanks for any suggestions you can send!
“The catch?” That’s good. Help her.25 Comments »
Panicked 4th of July requests are coming in fast & furious. Here’s one of my favorites from this morning:
Help! I just started dating a very cool woman. She happens to be vegan (or is it a vegan?). Regardless, she invited me to her 4th of July cookout which is, yes, you guessed it, all vegans except me. I want to be respectful and make a good impression on her friends & family (I really like this girl). She asked me to make a side, preferably potato salad. I could look up some recipes but I’m kind of a lost cause in the kitchen. Does anyone know if there’s a deli that sells vegan sides?
A challenge, to say the least. Let’s help this poor schmuck.21 Comments »
Shhh! It’s hush-hush. Underground. Vegan. But if you call 214-679-0999, they might let you attend. You’ll have to know the secret word: SideDish.
I’ve had more than my fair share of vegetarian entrees placed in front of me by chefs beaming with anticipation of converting me to a meatless lifestyle. It never took. Not one of the dishes offered that X-factor I need in order to feel satisfied, probably because in addition to being vegetarian, most of them were shunning salt, fats, and oils in an attempt to also create something healthy.
Last night, at Madras Pavilion, I felt like I finally discovered the best of both—a veggie feast spiced to the gills and custom made for my hearty appetite. Not only was the food piping hot, fresh, plentiful, and affordable ($34 for a five-course chef’s feast for two), but it drew a crowd that was 90 percent Indian, always a good sign (apart from the two of us, the only other non-Indian table was a family of observant Jews, most likely there because the restaurant is also Kosher).
Course #1: Mulligatawny soup
Course #2: veggie fritters
Course #3: potato and vegetable dosai (I was already stuffed at this point.)
Course #4: naan and rice with pots of yellow dal, saag with cheese, vegetable curry
Course #5: cheese disc in sweet coconut milk and topped with crushed pistachios
But I fell down on the job, readers. I only took one picture, and it was after we had done serious damage to the fourth course of our five-course, $34 marathon.
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In coordination with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, Dallas Vegan will be holding a vegan bake sale this Saturday, April 30th, from noon to 4 pm at Beauty Bar Dallas on Henderson Ave. Think whole pies, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts, in addition to gluten-free and raw options.
Proceeds will benefit Direct Relief International, an organization praised by Forbes magazine as being “100% efficient” in providing support for those in need. Through DRI’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, 100% of funds raised will be directed toward the Japan relief effort.
So, in addition to consuming mass quantities of cruelty-free goodies you’ll be helping a worthy cause. And your purchase of $20 or more includes a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for:
jump to see what you could win… Continue reading "Dallas Vegan and Beauty Bar Host Vegan Bake Sale to Benefit Japan"
Ever since signs went up for the new Sylvan Thirty development at Fort Worth and Sylvan Avenues (across the street from the Belmont Hotel) over a year ago, Oak Cliff’s been buzzing about the “organic grocer” that would fill the mixed-use Lake Flato designed space. Whole Foods? Sprouts? Sunflower? Today, the wait is over, and it’s a grocer with local ties: Duncanville’s Cox Farms Market. Go Oak Cliff drove down to the southern sector grocer to check it out and took photos.3 Comments »
I wondered if I should eat a large breakfast in advance of Saturday’s 2011 Dallas Vegan Tour (organized by Steven Doyle). After all, just how far through the day can a piece of lettuce and a few shreds of carrot take you? After finishing a stonking good vegan chili (Va-Va-Vegan Chili, $4.95) at our first stop which was the Anvil Pub, the question became inverted: How would I get through the day if each of our half-dozen planned stops served this much food? Beans, onions and Smart Ground substituted for the meat. I never tasted the difference.6 Comments »
From the copy and paste press release department.
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The Dallas Foodie Bus Tours hosted by Steven Doyle presents its third installment, the
Vegan Bus Tour, in collaboration with DallasVegan.com. The Vegan Bus Tour will visit
local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area such as Spiral Diner, Bliss Raw Café,
Zen Sushi, and Sol’s Nieto. In addition, the tour will include a first-look at Jay Jerrier’s new
Il Cane Rosso, a new pizzeria in Deep Ellum offering vegan-friendly options.
Say bye-bye to Bliss Raw Café and Elixir Bar’s Greenville Ave. location. Proprietor Dee Pissaro has decided to consolidate the Greenville Avenue location into Bliss’ recently opened Preston Center digs and, she tells us, open another concept eatery in the Greenville space. (Stay tuned for the deets on that.)
New to raw? Well, it’s pretty much what you’d think: food that is uncooked, fresh, rich in enzymes and minerals, free of gluten, sugar, meat, dairy, additives, processed flours, genetically modified foods, pesticides, and preservatives. Oh yeah, and nothing has been heated above 115 degrees. As for the elixirs, think nutritious and medicinal liquid cocktails made by blending phytochemical-rich super foods believed to strengthen the immune system.
Multi-tasking Pisarro is also poised to launch V-Spot – a new vegetarian restaurant on Henderson. V-Spot will focus on cooked vegan/vegetarian-fare. Look for V-Spot to open in December.
In the spirit of keeping you posted on all of the fabulous dinners, tastings, and events going on around town, we present the following three events, each one guaranteed to tickle the taste buds in its own way.
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Go Vegan Week is a worldwide celebration of compassion and sustainability organized by Mercy for Animals. It takes place this year from October 24 through October 31. So far five Dallas restaurants (Salum, The Second Floor, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Bijoux, Stephan Pyles Restaurant) will be creating vegan dishes for Go Vegan Week Dallas. Why vegan? The press release says:
“On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates and other cruel confinement systems. These animals will never root in the soil, build nests or do anything that is natural to them. They won’t even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter. Animals on factory farms have little to no legal protection. Cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats, such as neglect, mutilation, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter, is commonplace in animal agribusiness. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions.”
Okay then, whose hungry? will you participate? Details below. Continue reading "Dallas Chefs to Participate in World Go Vegan Week"10 Comments »
Love the Fair but end up steering clear of the Midway on vegan principle? Your reunion with Frito Pie is in the offing. The first State of Texas Veggie Fair on Oct.16 (sponsored by DallasVegan.com) combines cruelty-free vegan food (think veggie corny dogs, Frito pie, and funnel cakes) with carnival games, fried food, and fire dancers.
jump here to read more… Continue reading "Oh, the (Lack of) Cruelty! at the Texas State Veggie Fair"
I’d love to kick this off with a cliché like, “I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like,” but I’d be a big, fat liar. I’ve met a number of tacos that rubbed me the wrong way. (For the record, I’ve met an equal number that I don’t even remember because they made so faint an impression.) Top of the list (sublime): the calamari soft taco from Taco Loco in Laguna Beach. Bottom of the heap: the Nebraska-truck-stop, E. coli time bomb of ’93 that stranded me in a deserted campground for 30 hours straight.
Luckily, today’s lunch of fish and crawfish tacos at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Mockingbird did not fall into the latter category, nor did it fall into the former (admittedly, that bar is set pretty high). Where it fell instead is in the “old-reliable” category, which means I’d go there again and order the same combinations again but not stray too far from my choices (my companion was not so fortunate and marked hers in the “feh” category). Take my suggestions or not – nothing about this is life-or-death – but you can trust me that these combos won’t disappoint:
What’s your favorite taco joint in town? I really would like to know, but feel free to leave out your graphic tales of woe; I’ve amassed plenty of those on my own.32 Comments »
DallasVegan.com would like to invite you to the inaugural Texas State Veggie Fair, a
celebration of the thriving vegan scene in Dallas. The antithesis of another fair coinciding at
the same time, the Texas State Veggie Fair aims to show how a compassionate view of
animals can result in an awesome fair environment with food, arts, and entertainment.
Applications for cruelty-free vendors, artists, and other organizations will continue to be
accepted through September 30th.
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Black bean veggie burger with grilled portobello and provolone. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the “breastraunt” concept. Think Hooters, Twin Peaks, and the like. Perhaps it offends my puritanical Church of Christ upbringing to which my friends are now snickering as they read this and saying, “Puritanical? You?” Glass houses, kids. Anyway, once I got past Burger Girl’s tight red t-shirts and Daisy Dukes, I discovered that this newish Knox-Henderson spot makes a darn fine veggie burger: a wheat bun piled high with a spicy black bean patty, grilled portobello, provolone, and all the fixings. I added avocado and substituted the Dijon mayo with BG’s secret sauce. “It’s kinda like a spicy Thousand Island minus the pickle relish,” admitted my stacked server. Most of the time, veggie burgers are an afterthought at burger joints. Not so at Burger Girl. It was one of the better ones I’ve had in town. That sets up a question to you, dear SideDishers: Who has the best veggie burger in Dallas?15 Comments »
From the department of This Does Not Make Me Hungry. As a society we have to address the effects of raising and eating animals has on the earth. This will be easier for younger folks—I can not imagine finding the same satisfaction I get from eating a thick juicy steak by eating a fake-meat product. It comes down to texture—no combination of soy, wheat gluten, oil, and water is going to taste like a bone-in rib-eye. Or chicken. Oh, wait.
Researchers at University of Missouri announced that “after more than a decade of research, they had created the first soy product that not only can be flavored to taste like chicken but also breaks apart in your mouth the way chicken does.” Hear Time magazine explain:
What has confounded fake-meat producers for years is the texture problem. Before an animal is killed, its flesh essentially marinates, for all the years that the animal lives, in the rich biological stew that we call blood: a fecund bath of oxygen, hormones, sugars and plasma. Vegan foods like tofu, tempeh (fermented soy) and seitan (wheat gluten) don’t have the benefit of sloshing around in something so complex as blood before they go onto your plate. So how do you create fleshy, muscley texture without blood?
You can read the details here. Hmm. Food Inc. made me feel guilty but I can’t help but feel there is a happy medium somewhere. If we switch to in vitro chicken or meat, what will we do with our teeth? What will we make our shoes out of? And what will happen to the Dallas restaurant business? We might as well say hello to this! Are you ready to make the switch?1 Comment »