Food For Read

eating animals
I came across Eating Animals a few years ago but refused to read it, or anything for that matter, that had the propensity to separate me from chicken.  *feeling the side-eyes*  Don’t judge.  My thought was that I already had a limited diet as I rarely consumed pork or beef and adamantly refused to eat any processed meat.  Since I was very conscious about consuming nutritious meals, working out regularly and was the picture of health, couldn’t I just have my lean chicken breast and seafood?!?  C’mon son.

Fast forward 3 years – we’re mostlegans (mostly vegan) and the book and I crossed paths again. This time I dove in.  After beginning the read, I pondered how interesting the timing given the number of reports this week regarding our seafood.  No need for spoiler alerts here, but I will say INFORMATIVE  and NECESSARY! Some things I knew; other information rendered me speechless and nauseated.

This is not a clarion call for you to become vegan.  Though I can say that I will probably never have another bite of chicken, I can’t say that I will go the rest of my life without sticking my spoon into a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.  Hell, I could probably say the exact opposite!  I mean, have you ever had Blue Bell ice cream?!?!  And no, soy ice cream has yet to hit the same spot Blue Bell does.

I digress.  This is a call to read the book.  It is imperative that we are completely knowledgable about what we are consuming – antibiotics, hormones and all.  Hmmmm…tasty!

Have you read Eating Animals?  If so, share your thoughts.
What books that discuss factory farming and the food industry do you recommend?
-nah

Everlasting Life Cafe

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

“I know of a vegan restaurant on Georgia Avenue across from Howard University,” my friend told us as we were deciding where to fill our bellies after spending time at the National Day of Service.  “Let’s do it,” was our excited response!  This was our first visit to an all-vegan restaurant.  We were excited about not having to dissect the menu to determine what we could consume and direct our full attention to what we wanted to consume.

As I perused their website and reviews en route, I continually came across praise for their Fried Chick’n Sandwich.  Though we’ve adopted what we call a mostlegan (mostly vegan) diet, we had yet to venture into the realm of meat substitutes.  I still wasn’t convinced I was going to embark on the unknown until walking into their welcoming establishment and being overwhelmed by the delectable aromas that more than tickled my olfactory senses.  “I’ll have the Fried Chick’n Sandwich!”  The same must have befallen my husband because he quickly and emphatically ordered the Barbecue Ribs.  Since it was clearly a day of firsts, we also ordered the vegan macaroni and cheese before deciding on some classic sides like savory collard greens and candied yams.

I’m not sure how they managed to get that bean curd fillet so light and crispy, but that fried chick’n sandwich was DE-LI-CIOUS! Within minutes of beginning our meal, to our amazement, hubs had an empty plate in front of him and was up ordering more.  I guess the faux barbecue ribs were scrumptious.  Despite the macaroni and cheese not being visually appealing, it was tasty enough to satisfy a long unfulfilled macaroni and cheese craving.  We think we’ve found our new D.C. spot.

Have you ever enjoyed a meal at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant?  Any vegan restaurant recommendations?

-nah

Molly’s Cupcakes

If you ask any Chicagoan the best place to satisfy your sweet tooth with a cupcake, you will be quickly directed to Molly’s.  I was recently on a hunt for a delicious vegan cupcake.  Since we were already out and about, I didn’t research whether Molly’s made vegan cupcakes, but figured if any place in Chicago would, it would be Molly’s.  So north my friend and I headed to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  We got off the red line two stops south of the closest stop to enjoy the sun on our cupcake adventure.  The wind swept down Clark Street nearly pushing us back towards the Loop, but with the sun beaming on our faces and cupcakes just ahead, we persevered.

When we finally arrived at Molly’s we quickly ascertained that we weren’t the only ones with a hankering for a cupcake.  The place was packed!  Not a problem, because their shop is such a quaint storefront that conjures thoughts of an old-time diner.  I’m also a sucker for the Trader Joe-esque signs placed next to each type of cupcake.  As I perused the old-school green chalkboard menu hanging over the cashier, my eyes were immediately drawn to the words, “Ask about our vegan cupcakes.”  *heavens part and angels sing*  So I did and decided upon a vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting.  Once we ordered our cupcakes, we found room at the countertop, sat on the swings (yes, swings!) and savored our cupcakes with the soundtrack of small chatter and laughter from the other patrons.

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago
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vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting
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pumpkin spice cupcake
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What’s your go-to cupcake shop in the city in which you reside?

-nah