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Eating Veg in Vegas
July 31, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I went to Las Vegas for the first time ever last week. I had a great time and I am sure I’ll return (someday). While Vegas is known for gambling, drinking and shows…it’s not renowned for being veg (vegetarian and vegan) friendly. Even so, I found it a snap to eat veg in Vegas.

Here’s a list of restaurants I know of that have vegetarian and vegan options. You shouldn’t take my word for it though. Do some research for yourself too.

(1) Go Raw Cafe

Tasty raw vegan food at two different locations. One of the locations even has a salad bar. We went to the Lakes Center local during our second day in Vegas and left very satisfied. Matt and I shared a tropical smoothie and the Mexicali Sampler.

I must warn all of you, though: this place is not close to the strip. When I say not close, I mean don’t try to take the bus! Please. We did and it took us over an hour. If you are in Vegas with no car and don’t want to take a cab, I would skip Go Raw.

(2) Chipotle

I love Chipotle. Big ass veggie burritos the size of my head. If you want yours vegan- get no cheese, no sour cream and black beans. That’s the way I like it. Oh, and lots of salsa!

There is a Chipotle right on the strip too. It’s next to Harrah’s Casino.

(3) P.F. Changs

P.F. Changs is a great place to start a fun night out right. My favorite dishes are the vegetarian lettuce wraps and the coconut curry vegetables. They have many other clearly marked veg dishes too. Changs is also located on the strip.

(4) California Pizza Kitchen

If you are vegetarian, they have tons of killer pizzas. If you are vegan, a source tells me that you have much to choose from too, including the Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomato Fusili (no parm), which is awesome. Again-right on the f’ing strip!

(5) Ronald’s Donuts

Vegan. Donuts.

Unfortunately, Matt and I didn’t have time to visit Ronald’s this time, but it’s on the to do list for next trip. Ronald’s is not on the strip, but it isn’t too far. Let me know if you have any luck taking the bus there!

I am adding your veg-friendly Vegas spots here:

(6) Burger Bar

Thanks, vegyogini!

I am sure there are many more veg options then what I’ve listed here, so keep your eyes open and your chin up! 😉

Other foodie tips: Bring breakfast with you. We packed cereal, almond milk and lots of fruit. Yummy and CHEAP! We also brought oatmeal, but our hotel room didn’t have a microwave nor hot enough water to cook the oats. We asked a restaurant down stairs and they wanted to charge us $2 or something for a little cup of hot water. Whatever! I’ll stick to cereal.

I also brought some homemade trail mix for snackage on the go.

I hope this info helps and please leave me a comment if you can think of any other veg friendly places in Vegas or any Vegas tips in general.

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Blog Award
July 25, 2008, 3:07 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The lovely Kristen passed along this fun award to Julie’s Kind Kitchen! I am so thrilled and flattered that she would think of me. Thanks girl! Also, thank you to everyone that reads this blog. I love blogging and hope you all enjoy reading.

Now I need to nominate 7 other blogs for this award. As you can see by my blogroll, this is such a hard decision! In alphabetical order, I nominate:

1)  Food Snob

2)  Guinnah

3)  Just the Food

4)  Kamutflake Girl

5)  Vegan Homemade

6)  Vegan Vice

7)  Your Vegan Mom

I truly enjoy your blogs, ladies!

Look for a new post in the next couple of days about eating veg in Vegas…



The colors of RAW…
July 10, 2008, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Ani, Isa, Jae

I am no raw expert like Kristen, but I do love how raw food makes me feel! After eating raw, I am full, but not full. I also love how raw food is so colorful and beautiful and simple. In this hot, hot heat here in the valley of the sun, raw food is something I welcome into my diet.

First up, a green smoothie! If you just said or thought “YUCK!”, you should think again. Green smoothies don’t have to be gross. Here’s some simple rules I follow when making mine: (1) Get your proportions right. All greens and a little fruit may not be palatable, but you also don’t want all fruit and one leaf of spinach. Experiment and adjust the fruit/veg proportions to your taste; (2) Blend everything really well. You don’t want to get a piece of kale stuck in your teeth and (3) If you just can’t get past the green color, add some berries. My newest cookbook treasure, Get it Ripe!, has a wonderfully proportioned green smoothie recipe that I have been following lately.

Next up, a RAW soup! Crazy, I know. This is Ani Phyo’s Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder. This soup was refreshing and delicious. Matt didn’t much care for it, though. He tried it and then had a pb&j.

Matt and I did both like this dip. It’s Ani’s Sun Dried Tomato Hummus from her book (link on the left side bar). This hummus is bean free, which is incredible to me. It really does taste hummus-like.

This is not a raw dish, but it is a tease. Courico Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa from Isa’s upcoming book. These were awesome. I made them using my favorite homemade seitan recipe, Simpler Seitan from Veganomicon.

Curious about raw foods? Check out these links:

Melody is taking on a one month raw challenge

Swell Vegan completed a one week raw challenge

Kristen’s tips on how to make raw food easy



And the winner is…
July 5, 2008, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

VeggieGirl!!

I’ll be in contact with you so that you can get your free cookies! As for the rest of you, don’t be sad… Matt and my favorite Liz Lovely cookie variety, Ginger Snapdragons, are on sale. 6 big ass cookies for less than 10 bucks?! YES, PLEASE.

Thanks to all of you who participated in my little game! 😉 Some of you noticed that with a little investigative work, the lie was easy to figure out.

Happy 4th for those of you in the US!



Love in the form of cookies…
July 1, 2008, 7:21 pm
Filed under: product review

I like cookies. A LOT. I usually bake them myself (Dreena’s Chocolate Chip recipe is the best!), but sometimes it’s nice to have yummy packaged cookies at your disposal. Problem is, packaged cookies usually taste nothing like their freshly baked counterparts. Such is not the case over at Liz Lovely! Liz and her crew bake the freshest tasting cookies out there. If it weren’t for the packaging, you would never guess these babies weren’t homemade!

I first tried Liz Lovely cookies when Matt bought me some for Valentine’s Day after I sent him and email that read something like:

FYI, babe!

xoxo”

Like the wonderful boyfriend he is, I enjoyed Lovely Oh’s for weeks (I mean days).

Recently, I got to try even more deliciousness from Liz Lovely in the form of Snicker Dudes, Macaroonies Sock-It-To-Me and Ginger Snapdragons.

Matt and I thought that all three kinds were awesome, but we’re especially fond of the Ginger Snapdragons. Both of us would like to eat Ginger Snapdragons until the end of time.

Now, not only are Liz Lovely cookies yummy, but they are also organic, vegan, fair trade and are packaged with eco-friendly materials!

Now that I’ve got your mouth watering, want some free cookies!? The good (and generous!!) people at Liz Lovely want to give YOU their Brand New Cookie Sampler!

Here’s what you gotta do to get the cookies:

Ever played the game two truths and a lie? Here are two things about Liz Lovely founder, Liz Holtz that are true and one that is a lie. Pick the lie and leave it in the comment section as “#1, #2 or #3 is the lie!” Everyone who guesses the trivia question correctly will be put in a random drawing for FREE COOKIES!

Ok, two truths and a lie (not necessarily in that order…or are they?)

#1 Liz loves gangsta rap.

#2 Liz has a dog named Bella.

#3 Liz has a “trucker mouth.”

The contest will close on July 4th at 5PM-so hurry with your guesses! I will announce the winner by the 6th.

Good Luck 🙂