It seems like nearly every happy hour I go to now a days has sweet potato fries on the menu. I honestly had never had them up until a couple of years ago when I stopped by a Yard House for some after work drinks. I got the sweet potato fries as an alternative to normal fries and it changed my life forever. How could I have been deprived of this for so long?!?! Was this the new food fad like chipotle peppers? I hoped not because I liked them, I liked them a lot. In fact, often times I get cravings and I NEED them.
Last week the wife-unit and I stopped into our friendly neighborhood Islands Restaurant to get some quick drinks and a snack prior to seeing Hot Tub Time Machine. We really weren’t sure going into the movie how good it was going to be so it made sense to have a drink or two just in case. Just so you know, its about a 2 or 3 drink movie for it to really be funny I think. For a snack we were limited to chips and salsa/guacamole and french fries so we went with the fries. There was another guy at the bar chowing down on some little sliders that looked amazing. I called him a ‘jerk’ in my head while I sipped on a mai tai and wished I had some vegan sliders to munch on.
When we originally set out to make this recipe it was going to just be the “Cheesy, Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip” from Alicia Sylvesterstallone…err…Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet,
so all credit to her. If you haven’t picked up her book you should, the recipes are amazing and always ensure that you have leftovers (unless you have a family of like 6 people).
This stuff would probably be pretty amazing as it is from the book but we added a few tweaks for some extra spiciness and had to get creative with the sour cream because we didn’t have any in the fridge. The results were great and actually got better after leaving it overnight in the fridge so that the flavors could mingle a bit.
Pizza is my favorite food of all time….OF ALL TIME! (thanks Kanye)
All pizza lovers know that the most important part of a pizza…..the one thing that if done right takes pizza from enjoyable to truly epic, is the crust. Sure one person might argue that one particular combination of toppings is better than another or that a different vegan cheese could be a deal breaker, but the foundation, the glue that holds it all together is the crust. Thats why I searched for the best vegan pizza crust I could find before I posted anything related to a vegan pizza. So I’ve ruined the build up and you know the crust is gonna be good so here goes. Behold…the vegan pizza.
Orange chicken is one of those dishes that is a staple of what I’ll call the Chin-erican menu. Is it Chinese food? Is it purely an American invention? Only the inventor of the orange sauce combined with fried bites over rice knows. This is easily the best vegan Chinese food I’ve ever had and its so freakin’ good when prepared using battered and fried seitan. Also, for some reason, Asian beers seem to taste ten-times better when combined with this dish. WTF mate?