Zito Pizzeria and Grill: They have Poutine!

Hello there! I’ve been gone a while. I’ve been cooking and eating way too much food, but I haven’t cooked anything worth sharing. However, a place in my town recently started serving vegan poutine.

I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I spent some time living in Canada. This was in my pre-vegan days. I grew to love poutine made with vegetarian gravy. I’ve wanted to make my own poutine ever since going vegan. I’ve missed the comfort of greasy fries, savory gravy, and the texture of cheese curds, slightly firm, slightly melty.

Well, I didn’t have to work at all; a local restaurant recently added a vegan menu that includes vegan poutine! I knew I had to go try it.

 

It was nice. The fries are amazing and cut in house. The gravy was flavorful and worked really well with the fries. Instead of cheese curds they had little bits of vegan cheese globbed together, so it melted a bit, but was still warm and firm. It wasn’t as good as normal cheese curds, but I still really enjoyed it and I’ll order it again.

 

We also ordered the vegan club, sans vegan mayo (I find Mayo super gross). It was a standard club, filled with vegetables and melted vegan cheese. But nothing as special as the poutine.

 

Our waitress also told us they added vegan feta to the menu. I predict a trip in the future to try a greek salad.

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A Very Vegan Birthday

I am now 30 years old. It’s a pretty. big birthday and I celebrated like any normal person would and ate waaaaay too much food.

For lunch we went to Mozzarella Fellas, a local pizza place that has tons of vegan options.  We got fried mushrooms as an appetizer. For my lunch I opted for a bbq chicken sandwich. It was amazing, even though it was messy.

 

For dinner we went to Taste of Ethopia in Greensboro. They have lots of tasty vegan option on the menu. My special person and I shared the veggie combo for 2. It could have easily fed more though.

 

Then there was dessert. Any birthday would not be complete without cake. My mom was awesome and made me a chocolate cake with peanut buttercream frosting. It was rich and delicious.

 

 

Snow Day: Egg Nog Pancakes

Wow! I’ve posted a lot recently. Yesterday we got a lot of snow, around 10 inches where I live. Whenever we had snow days as a kid, my mom would often make us a fancy breakfast. I decided to make pancakes for brunch. What can I say? I’ve been on a pancake kick recently.

Before the storm hit I got some almond nog from Trader Joe’s. It’s really good. Egg Nog pancakes seemed festive enough for a snowy December morning, so I decided to alter the Perfect Pancake Recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance.

Egg Nog Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tap nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 2 TBSP canola oil
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 Cup vegan egg nog
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup (plus extra for serving)

In a large bowl sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients. Add the dry to the wet and mix until combined, being careful not to over mix.

Lightly grease a non-stick skillet and place on medium or low heat (depending on how your stove works). Pour pancake mix onto skillet to make desired size pancakes. Cook until bubbles form on pancakes, then flip and cook until lightly brown. Remove pancakes and repeat until you use all your batter. You might need to add a light layer of cooking spray to the pan between batches of pancakes.

Enjoy!

White Duck Taco: Greenville, SC

Before going to the concert we needed a nice meal. Tacos are always a great option. My special person and I love trying different taco shops. White Duck Taco started in Asheville, NC, but recently opened up shop in Greenville, SC as well.

I ordered 2 banh mi tacos and a peach sangria. The peach sangria was a nice drink; though, like most sangrias, it would have been nicer in the summer. The banh me tacos were a bit of a disappointment. The tofu was raw. It had an amazing sauce and the other aspects of the taco were wonderful. However, one of the thinks I love about banh mis the the contrast of warm substance with cool condiments (okay, maybe I’m odd).

After getting tacos we decided to pop into the brewery next door: Birds Fly South Ale Project. I ordered a pint of their coffee stout. It was really good. Maybe we should have just stopped the tacos and had beer for dinner…

Swad Indian Cuisine: Greenville, SC

I finally got to take a small vacation! My special person wanted to go to a concert in Greenville, SC, so we took a couple of days off to to. We were surprised at all the amazing food options in the area.

Our first night we looked up reviews and decided to try Swad Indian food. It’s a vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options. It was so good we ate there again!

The first time we ordered an appetizer and entrees off the main menu. The appetizer was one of the best bits of food I’ve eaten in a long time. Our appetizer was lentils, fried noodles, and potatoes on a cracker.The entree (baked eggplant didn’t disappoint either).

The second trip we each order the Thali. I got the vegan option (which was really mainly the same, I just got a crispy lentil cracker instead of yogurt sauce. I actually preferred that!). We also ordered the sweet bread dessert. It was so good.

If you’re ever in Greenville, SC I HIGHLY recommend this place.

Biscuit Head: Greenville, SC

I love breakfast and brunch. One of the things I haven’t eaten since becoming vegan is a biscuit. This is strange, in part because I’m Southern and a biscuit covered with jam was one of my favorite breakfasts to grab before going vegan. A quick google search for vegan breakfast Greenville popped up with Biscuit Head.

I learned a lot at biscuit head. Including, that Cat Head Biscuits are slang for biscuits the size of a cat head (the restaurant is covered with cat stuff and the table numbers are adorable pictures of cats). Biscuit Head is another restaurant that started out in Asheville, NC and ended up expanding to Greenville.

Anyways, they have a biscuit offering that is vegan and gluten free. I’m not gluten free, but it was my option. It wasn’t as fluffy or traditional as a normal biscuit, but the vegan/gluten free biscuit was still tasty and reminded of one of the foods I’ve missed most.

One of the most magical thing about Biscuit Head is the jam bar (which included vegan butter as one of the offerings). I sampled a lot of jams on the jam bar (because it’s what I do best). My favorite was the Bananas Foster Jam (it was good enough I purchased a jar to bring home!).

Another magical thing about Biscuit Head is that they have vegan gravy options. My partner ordered one of those: coconut sweet potato gravy. I’ve never been a fan of biscuits and gravy. I was strictly a jam girl; however, the sweet potato coconut gravy was so amazing it converted me. I would eat that gravy on anything!

Kale Buds

My parents are sometimes pretty cool. They went to a local pop-up farmer’s market and surprised me with some kale buds. I had never seen them before or cooked with them. I looked online for some guidance.

The first blog I clicked on suggested parboiling the kale and sautéing with garlic. I’m always down for greens and garlic. So, I decided it was a reasonable option.

I parboiled the kale buds until the purple stems started to turn paler/green. Then I transferred the kale to colander and rinsed under cold water. I sautéed with 5 cloves of garlic (I love garlic and more might have been nice). At the end I added red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

The kale was nice and tender and tasted really good. This was an adventure that worked on the first try!