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Swing Thai

May 12, 2010 1 comment

Red curry with coconut milk

Why not, right?

"GFV" on the menu = gluten-free and vegan

Swing Thai for curry. How can you ever go wrong with curry? They have 3 locations in Denver. We went to the one at 301 S. Pennsylvania. Friendly staff. Worth a look.

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City O’ City – The Sherman

March 31, 2010 3 comments

The Sherman

 Had lunch at City O’ City today and got to try out the revamped sandwich menu. I got The Sherman, a dry-rubbed BBQ tofu sandwich with red cabbage slaw and pickles. Excellent. I don’t know how they get the tofu to that firm texture, but it is awesome. That’s a tasty mediterranean side salad there too. Below, my lunch companion’s Maximus burger (made of quinoa and lentils I think), with tomato coconut curry soup.

Maximus Burger

Tofu Spring Rolls

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Vegan spring rolls with tofu, cucumber, bean sprouts, romaine lettuce, carrot shreds, scallions, glass noodles, and peanut sauce. A lot of stuff packed in there, I know, but that’s the fun of spring rolls. They are surprisingly easy to make and if you make a whole batch (using all the spring roll wrappers in a pack), you’ll have snacks for work or home for days!

Minnie wrappin'

You just need to prep the stuffings, preferably with all the ingredients sliced thin, and then get a bowl of warm water and a wet towel to do the stuffing and rolling on. Soak each wrapper for a few seconds and the put whatever you want in it and seal it like a Qdoba burrito. Some other good stuffings are bell peppers, maybe avocado, or whatever veggies sound good to you.

Vindaloo

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Vindaloo is an Indian curry dish that apparently has Portuguese origins. I had never heard of it until I was browsing the curry wall at Savory Spice Shop, and fell in love upon smelling it. I used Savory’s provided recipe and made the dish with Mori-Nu Tofu, cauliflower, 1 Russet potato, yellow onion and white rice. It was so good, and I can’t wait to make it again so I can try some new variations. I think it would be good with chickpeas, carrots, and maybe lentils. It seemed to get better over the next couple days when I nuked it for lunch at work. I love when that happens.

Tofutti, This Bugs Me:

October 14, 2009 1 comment

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Why don’t your products say they are vegan?

First off, I should say that I love Tofutti products. The dairy-free visionaries have come up with some amazingly good vegan substitutes. The two pictured above are staples in my fridge: Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Better Than Sour Cream. When I first tried them in my days of vegan infancy, I was so happy that I could keep eating bagels and tons of sour cream loving recipes cruelty-free. They are actually delicious, and the ice cream sandwich substitutes Tofutti Cuties are arguably better than real ice cream sandwiches!

The problem I am having with the company is their labelling. It’s a small thing, but it has become an annoying pet peeve: nowhere on any of these three products that I constantly buy does it say VEGAN. According to the company website, they are vegan, and the containers seem to scream every other way of saying vegan without the actual word, but no little Certified Vegan V logo, or even tiny print anywhere.

Here are the words describing Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese from its own packaging:

  • Milk Free
  • No Dairy
  • No Cholesterol
  • No Lactose
  • No Butterfat
  • No Animal Derivatives
  • Non-dairy lactic acid (in the ingredients)

See what I mean? They kinda get the message across, but why not just throw the word Vegan up there somewhere? I know it would be redundant with all that other stuff, but it would help. This may seem like nitpicking, but I think it would help Tofutti sell some more stuff. Vegans are cautious about what they buy. Many of us have been burned by not realizing that certain dairy-free products are not also vegan (like Lisanatti Almond cheese) because they still have animal ingredients. Even though we ritualistically scour ingredient lists, we like to see VEGAN somewhere on the packaging to ease our minds. Leaving it off just makes us uneasy: is there some wierd ingredient on there that we missed? Do I not know what one of those ingredients actually is?

Tofutti, you are a godsend to the vegan community. Your products give us something to brag about to friends who think vegan products must all taste terrible. Why not brag that you are vegan? Are you afraid of scaring off those customers who think “vegan” equals “tasteless?” It just bugs me!

I can understand that big mainstream companies like ClifBar would leave the word vegan off their packaging (even though most Clif products are vegan friendly) for fear of the uninformed customer thinking “Vegan? Ick.”, but Tofutti is a niche brand selling things that vegans in particular want. It’s a small thing. Just think about it.

Vegan Dinner: Seasoned Tofu with Noodles

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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Fried silken tofu seasoned with sesame seeds, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, and chili powder (kind of Korean style?). Udon noodles in veggie broth on the side.