Thursday, February 15, 2018

Maoz, Amsterdam

We had gotten back from skydiving on the Texel island in The Netherlands late and I was desperate to find some food at 9 p.m. at night!  Luckily, I found the international vegetarian chain, Maoz Vegetarian!

Maoz's menu is simple--falafel in a white or whole wheat pita or make it a salad or bowl with falafel and add fries and a juice if you like.

All toppings are vegetarian and mostly vegan. I topped mine with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives, pickles, tahini and more. And as starving as it was, it really hits the spot. There are four of these in Amsterdam and all are open until 1 a.m.

Maoz Vegetarian
Leidsestraat 85
1017 NX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Whaddyalove Chocolate

Looking for a fun gift of chocolate? Whaddyalove Chocolate based in Los Angeles is making vegan chocolates with pizzazz!

Half of the fun of these bars is in the packaging as they are wrapped with a thick paper with origami folds.  The Classic Bar was psychedelic looking and so colorful. And inside the chocolate was made with cacao nibs.

The other half of the fun is on the inside. The Sparkle Bar has a unicorn on the outside and chocolate with edible sparkles on the inside. Made with pure cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, and Himalayan Salt, you really can't go wrong with these.

These chocolates would make a really fun gift to anyone who is a child at heart. They even come with a card that states: "Share what you love about your life with someone you cherish." So sweet. You can order the bars online for $5.95 each here.

Full Disclosure: Although the chocolate was provided to me at no cost to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Juice Brothers, Amsterdam

As I was walking along the streets of Amsterdam, as one does in the Netherlands, I came across a juice shop called, "Juice Brothers." This cute, quaint, little shop serves organic juices, cleanses, and food.

From acai bowls and smoothie bowls to granola and vegan sweets, there is a variety of treats to choose from. As I was just passing by, I wanted a snack and found that they were serving Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream from New York! Well, I couldn't pass over a chance to have that delicious ice cream. Yum!

Be sure to stop by for a vegan mac and cheese and don't leave without trying the ice cream as well! Winner, winner, mac and cheese dinner!

Juice Brothers
Haarlemmerplein 43
1013 KB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wild Garden - Marinades and Pilafs

Wild Garden, best known for the little to-go hummus packs you get in airplane snack boxes, has Marinades and Pilafs now as well! And five out of six of them are vegan!

All of the marinades: Turkish, Shwarma, and Persian are vegan and two of the three pilafs, Bulgar and Couscous, are vegan. The Rice and Lentil are not vegan because it is made with butter.

My favorite of all of them was the Shwarma. I cooked seitan in the Shwarma marinade and was blown away by how tasty it was. I put the seitan in a Turkish wrap with lettuce, tomato, and onion and it was fantastic. You have to try this!

The Bulgur was okay. It had a funky seasoning and was sticky and hard out of the bag. I made the recipe on the bag for Bulgur Herb Salad by cooking it with red and yellow peppers, onions, and parsley and while it looked beautiful, the seasoning was too heavy to go with this recipe.

The Couscous really stands alone as it is already seasoned in a tomato sauce and made with chickpeas. You heat it up for 90 seconds and you have a complete meal!

I really enjoyed trying these marinades and pilafs and look forward to trying the rest of them. If you'd like to try them yourself, you can find them at Amazon here.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me at no cost to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking - Cookbook Review

Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking by Kathleen Henry was inspired by both the challenges and benefits of eating vegan in rural Alaska.  She says, "If I can make my way being vegan with seemingly limited ingredients way up here in the Last Frontier, then I know you can too. One doesn't have to be next door to a specialty health food store or have a pantry full of odd ingredients." I agree!

She begins with quick tips on ingredients and equipment that help to demystify ingredients that may be unfamiliar to you like agar agar, miso paste, and kala namak.

In her mornings section, the Caramel Banana Oat Pancakes look delectable. Other recipes that inspire me are Savory Steel Cut Oats with Fava Beans, Sweet Potatoes, and Baby Kale; Pea and Sausage Pesto Crepes with Creamy Cheese Sauce; and Garden Lasagna.

In the desserts section, the Mocha Smore Pie looks so amazing. There's also Banana Cream Pie, Blueberry Thyme Lemon Bars, and German Chocolate Cups.

I made two recipes from this book. The Creamy Rosemary Chickpea Pasta is a hearty and tasty pasta dish made with chickpeas, vegan sausage, and fresh rosemary. By using the chickpea liquid, which some now call aquafaba, it helped thicken the sauce and bring heartiness to this pasta dish. Also, the addition of vegan sausages gave it some extra flavor that complemented the nutritional yeast cheesiness and fresh rosemary. Delicious!

I also made the Soba and Veggie Miso Bowl, which warmed my heart on a cold, winter afternoon. Warm broth envelopes soba noodles, broccolini, carrots, peas, and shiitake mushrooms while the red miso adds the flavor to this dish. It is a meal unto itself.

I don't think you can go wrong with the recipes in this book. You can find Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking on Amazon here.

Full Disclosure: Although the cookbook was provided to me at no cost to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dodah's Kitchen

With so much good vegan food in DC, how is one to keep up with it all? Well, that's where I come into the picture. I am constantly seeking the next big thing in vegan food so that I can share it with all of you. And I'm very excited to share with you my latest find--Dodah's Kitchen.

Dodah's Kitchen was born just a few months ago in DC by three friends. Dodah had been a vegan cook for her African, Hebrew vegan community in Israel for over 30 years before moving to the states. The cakes made by Dodah's Kitchen are based on a vegan cake recipe from her community that has been expanded and modified. The mac & cheese is her original recipe.

It was the Mac & Cheese that caught my eye. As a lover of all things mac & cheese, when I see a new vegan mac & cheese, I have to try it. The label states that it is plant-based, locally baked, and non-GMO--love it! Oh, and most importantly, the taste--out of this world! Made with just whole wheat macaroni, soy milk, nutritional yeast, Himalayan salt, garlic, and spices, it is reminiscent of the Soul Vegetarian mac & cheese everyone loves so, but a little better. Upon first bite, you'll taste the creamy goodness of cheese wrapped around the macaroni. It is a little oily, but that doesn't take away from the impeccable flavor.

They also make cakes--lots of them! Their Lemon Cake is super fluffy and topped with just the right amount of icing to complement and not take over the cake itself.

I could say the same about the Sweet Potato Cake--super fluffy, but this one could actually use a little more icing. And there's so much cinnamon goodness inside. The ingredients are all natural and include wheat flour, cane sugar, sweet potatoes, water, sunflower oil, hemp milk, baking powder, Himalayan salt, natural flavors, and spices.

Dodah's Kitchen does not have a storefront at the moment. They are selling most of their products for $4.99 each at Yes! Organic Market on 14th Street in DC and they offer catering as well. Their sweet potato pie is slightly more expensive. I'm so excited to have a new vegan player in town and encourage you to try their products! But, be careful, that mac & cheese is totally addictive!

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me at no cost to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Homestyle Vegan Cookbook - Cookbook Review

Homestyle Vegan by Amber St. Peter is filled with recipes that will remind you of the home cooked meals of your childhood. She kept the ingredients in the book simple so that the recipes would be able to be made by anyone. From Apple Cider Donuts and Cinnamon Rolls in the breakfast section to Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Lobster Mushroom Bisque in the Feed Your Friends section, she does a great job of making everything sound so delectable.

I made two of the recipes in this book. The first one, Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup, is pretty amazing. With just some cashew cream, mushrooms, onions, thyme, and a few other ingredients, you can whip up this creamy soup in no time. This is a fantastic soup to serve friends and family--loaded with umami and love.

The second recipe I made was the Corned Bean Hash, a play on Corned Beef Hash, listed in the breakfast section, but I made it as dinner. After mixing simple ingredients together like red potatoes, kidney beans, tahini, and onion, I had a great tasting dish. The fantastic flavor could be attributed to the mix of tahini and cayenne pepper. It is a very filling and satisfying dish. Double the recipe to get even more!

Other recipes that caught my eye were Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Vanilla Cream Frosting, French Onion Soup, Smoky Potato Salad, and Cauliflower Rice Risotto with Homemade Parmesan.

After testing the recipes, I did feel like there were some things missing so you'll see I fixed my version of these recipes to account for that. All in all though, I think it's a solid cookbook. You can order Homestyle Vegan on

Full Disclosure: Although the book was provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.