Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Chefs: Hilary and Herbivore
The Menu: A melty-hot whole-wheat quesadilla stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, and onions, and laden with pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.
The Goods: Our pals over at Herbivore just unveiled a newly revamped menu that includes gems such as the above, a toasty creation of Daiya-oozy goodness. Associate Editor Jennifer Chen and I basked on the deck in the ridiculously warm weather (I'm talking in the 80s, people!) and pretending that we were on a Mexican vacay, especially since Publishers Joseph Connelly and Colleen Holland are undoubtedly enchanted on the VegNews Great Adventure to India as we speak. No worries, though—we'll be getting wild in their absence at SF Vegan Drinks tomorrow night! I am going to be getting so down with some beer-battered fried pickles, not to mention the libations. Party on, Wayne! (Party on, Garth.)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Menu: Cream of celery soup, with a side of spinach salad studded with red onions, walnuts and crispy shiitake mushrooms.
The Goods: As we trudged through the final trenches of the editing process for our mind-blowingly, brain-meltingly, hair-fryingly, skull-pulverizingly cool March+April Issue, wacky California's indecisive late-morning sun emerged, then hid, then winked from beneath a sky-wide pallor of wispy clouds. Unsatisfied with my initial feast of spinach salad, I had no choice but to seek warming soup from cashew-cheese quesadilla palace extraordinaire Gracias Madre. While filling, my lunch was still light enough to not interfere with this evening's inaugural SF Vegan Drinks event at its brand-new location, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, a boozy top-shelf pub a mere half-block from our headquarters. Beer-battered fried pickles, sweet potato tater tots, my heart is aflutter in anticipation of our union after dusk falls.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Chefs: Joni and Udupi Palace
The Menu: Crispy masala dosa filled with spiced potatoes and onions, steamy sambar (lentil-onion soup), and three kinds of chutney—savory coconut, seasoned tomato, and zesty ginger.
The Goods: Nothing inspires fantasies of travel to exotic, sunny locations more than grey San Francisco mornings. Since the vacation had to fit within my hour-long lunch, travel to India via feasting on a masala dosa at Udupi Palace was the next best thing! Besides, with such a busy and exciting week here at the VNHQ as we finish up the September+October issue of VegNews, not even lousy weather could tempt me to actually leave town. We’ve also got a Twitter chat with four amazing farm sanctuaries tonight at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT. But at the VNHQ, when we work hard, we play harder, and I can’t wait for summery cocktails at this month’s Vegan Drinks Night at Martuni’s this Thursday at 6PM.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Chef: Liz
The Menu: A classic peanut butter and jam sandwich on whole-wheat bread.
The Goods: To clarify, I didn't eat three-fourths of a sandwich for lunch. No, I had in fact already begun eating my sandwich when I remembered I needed to document my meal. This truly stacked sandwich will fuel me for a few hours, until mid-afternoon snack time, when a bag of fresh, crunchy carrots will tide me over until dinner. Before dinner, however, I'll be sipping on Sake Pomegranate Lemonade martinis at SF Vegan Drinks! If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to join us for a drink or two or 12 tonight at Martuni's, the perfect place to celebrate cocktail hour.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The Chef: Colleen
The Menu: An Asian-inspiried spread of fluffy basmati rice and veggie stir fry, including wok-fried broccoli, cashews, mushrooms, carrot, and spinach.
The Goods: Colleen's scrumptious stir-fry was exactly the healthy fare we needed to prepare us for a fabulous Thursday night of indulgence at SF Vegan Drinks. We're pumped to throw back a few fruity martinis, nosh on a veggie dog or two, and mingle with fellow awesome San Francisco vegans. We're also looking forward to this month's summer-themed drink special, mixing hints blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, and raspberry, which the all-star bartenders at Martuni's have concocted especially for the event. Be there, or be
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Chef: Colleen
The Menu: Perfectly cooked, fully-loaded baked potatoes brimming with coconut butter, We Can't Say It's Sour Cream, two varieties of sweet and savory chutney, and spicy tapenade. Colleen paired our hearty main course with an inspired salad of baked and seasoned bread and veggies, including onion, roasted red pepper, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.
The Goods: This meal was a home run hit for two reasons: One, we love piling baked potatoes high with saucy condiments, and Two: the inclusion of bread in salad is awesome. Seriously, if you ever find yourself short on greens, we highly suggest creating a salad base out of crispy, flavorful cubes of french bread. Now that we've had a rejuvenating, carb-filled lunch, we're ready to power through our afternoons until 5pm, when our staff will head over to local watering hole Martuni's for SF Vegan Drinks! We always kick off the occasion with a bottle of budget-friendly Champagne from our local grocery store, thanks to a thrifty tip-off from VN's own Savvy Abby. We always look forward to this monthly event for the chance to share cocktails, stories, and veggie dogs—if you live in SF come out and join us at Martuni's from 6 to 8pm! Except you might have to buy your own veggie dog at the bar. We're not actually that good at sharing ours.