I’m In Seattle!!!

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This is some beer from a place called McMenamins Six Arms. It’s the hammerhead. Pretty good, if you ask me. I also had some of their Ruby beer tonight, which is a fruity, raspberry beer. Delicious! Tastes kind of like kool-aid + beer. Also… I may be drunk blogging just a little bit. Mobile blogs Sunday and Monday. Regular posts resume Tuesday! Kisses!

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I’m doing Vegan MoFo!

Vegan MoFo 2013 LogoAfter a 31-month hiatus from blogging I signed up for Vegan MoFo. Which was clearly the not crazy-difficult decision.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, it’s short for the Vegan Month of Food. A bunch of vegan bloggers, food bloggers, and other kinds of bloggers band together and commit to posting every day (or nearly every day) in September about vegan food. No non-vegan posts allowed! Not even posts including honey. Which, thankfully, is not a problem for me!

So remember how I said that the blog would be a Monday-Wednesday-Friday affair? Well, that idea will be suspended for the month of September while I attempt to post every day! I guess it’ll be like doing a YouTube VEDA or participating in NaNoWriMo.

I’m going to be honest. This will be a challenge for me. Being witty and interesting while trying to come up with delicious-looking photographs takes a lot of energy. But as I am currently otherwise unemployed, I can make classyvegan.com my full time job. At the very least, it’ll be better for me professionally and personally than sitting around watching the Price is Right all morning (though I do loves me some Drew Carey).

In an interesting twist, I will be in Seattle attending PAX Prime from August 30th to September 2nd. So the first two Vegan MoFo 2013 posts will be coming from my phone. You’ve got to love technology. I am pretty thrilled to try all the vegan places in Seattle, though. Especially Wayward Vegan Cafe. I took a peek at their menu and I want to try SO many things on it that I may have to visit there more than once during my 4-day trip.

Look for a preview of everything I have planned for a September full of Vegan delicacies on Friday, August 30th.

If you’re interested in other bloggers who are participating in Vegan MoFo, you can check out The Vegan MoFo website. I think they’ll post the full list of bloggers doing Vegan MoFo soon. If you want to sign up, too, there is still time! The deadline is tomorrow, August, 28th.

Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box Review

4 photos of my nails. Tom kept making me laugh when I was trying to be serious, so it was difficult to take a decent photo.Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

In addition to my standard lazing about the house and adventure to the Ferry Building for coffee and doughnuts, I spent some time trying out the vegan beauty products sent out in the August Beauty Box.

To try to give you some idea of how much I like/dislike each product, I’m going to rate each product on a scale from 1 to 10.

  • 1 being something I really, really dislike
  • 5 being something that I don’t hate, but don’t really see myself using
  • 10 being something I would definately buy in the future.
  • All other ratings being somewhere in between.

So let’s take a look at everything in detail… Continue reading

The New classyvegan.com!

Just a quick post tonight because I’m so excited!

I’ve finally gone and done it. I’ve bought myself a dot com! In addition, I have officially changed the name of the blog to classyvegan.com. Now if I understand the way the WordPress and DNS servers work, the old links and bookmarks should still work and all the old content will still be around.

However… THERE WILL BE NEW THINGS!!!

New posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Look for new recipes and stories as well as reviews! I’ve got a couple product reviews and restaurant reviews already on the docket.  I’ve also got some fresh vegan tips and shortcuts up my sleeve to share with the world.

Anyway, that should be all the big changes for the blog for now. Look for a super fun video tomorrow! (Technically later today, I guess.)

The Problem with Vegan Loaf

I have the same problem with vegan meatloaf (I call it “meefloaf”) every time I make it. No matter what recipe for lentil loaf or nut loaf or veggie loaf I make it always (Always, ALWAYS) ends up mushy. As in I-could-serve-it-with-a-spoon mushy. It’s nothing like the firm, sliceable loaves my mother made. Granted, she made them out of dead animal, but that’s neither here nor there. The issue is, I want meefloaf that slices! I want sammich fillings and chewy, forkable mouthfulls of savory goodness.  It’s not that any of the loaves I’ve ever made have had a bad flavor, or were poorly seasoned, I’ve just always been disappointed by their texture.

White platter with green beans, ketchup glazed meefloaf, and roasted potatoes.

Last Night’s Dinner. Meefloaf, roasted potatoes, and steam fried green beans with garlic and lemon peel.

Thinking I’d hit on a possible solution, last night I tried making a meefloaf out of LightLife ground fake beef and ground fake sausage.  But knowing that those products –while delicious– tend to be a tad bit dense and heavy on their own, I decided to cut it with about four slices of dried whole wheat bread that had been soaked in some hot water to rehydrate them.  I added onion, garlic, finely diced carrot, soy sauce, some peanut butter, an egg replacer, and various herbs and spices. I baked this creation at 400 degrees for an hour and a half with a ketchup glaze for the last 20 minutes.  While it was a tasty loaf… it was still wet, still mushy.

WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!!?

Really, I think the mistake here was the rehydrated bread. I think it’s why my meefloaf is so doughy. Has anyone had success with a vegan loaf? Tell me your secrets!

Back to Blogging after 2 1/2 Years?

Oh, hello.

I did not die or go into witness protection or otherwise cease to exist on the Internets. I was experimenting with my forms of expression and such.  That, and finishing my philosophy degree, doing a year of service in AmeriCorps, and working event logistics for a multi-million dollar fundraiser.

So… I’ve been busy.

I tried the YouTube thing for a while and while I liked being able to present what I do in a more visual format, I’m just not good on camera.  That, and making a post is so labor-intensive.  While I’m a fairly capable video editor, shooting, editing, and posting a cooking video would take at least 8 hours –that’s a full day’s worth of work to get new content out.  (Not to mention that actually making the food takes at least twice as long as it normally would.)  Whereas writing takes a couple hours, I snap a few photos while I’m cooking, do some quick photoshop edits, and MAGIC! NEW CONTENT!

What’s changed in my life…

I live in San Francisco now.  It’s beautiful here and I never want to leave.  I moved here for my year of AmeriCorps service in February of 2012.  I have a partner, his name is Tom.  He is also vegan but he’s not a cook like me (which is probably one of the reasons our relationship works, I couldn’t handle being in a relationship with someone who was as skilled with and as opinionated about food as I am).  We have a dog, his name is Pancakes.  Pancakes the dog also has a blog, which, once I start updating again, I will post a link to.  Aaaaaannnnddddd…….. I am currently unemployed.

That’s probably what has prompted the blogging, all this time on my hands.

Soon, I hope to re-do the blog layout and make some delicious content.  I’ve got a backlog of recipes I’ve created in the meantime and need to get them out into the world somehow.  So, let’s see what I can get done around here.