Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vegan MoFo Post #21!

Getting one more post in before the MoFo craziness is over! I am super sad it’s ending this year. I’m not sure what was different, but I made a big effort to read and comment on other blogs as much as I could while traveling so perhaps I just felt even more connected to the power of MoFo!

I am sitting on Long Island as I write this, which is where this whole crazy road trip begin. I cannot believe it’s over, what a crazy summer! This is the last post in my Vegan Nom Noms Does America series (for now). Here is a summary of the trip in one place in case you want to catch up! Click the link to go to the post of interest. I went to (in order):

Long Island, NY
Brooklyn and NYC
Northampton, MA; Niagara Falls, NY and Cleveland, OH
Ann Arbor, MI
Detroit and Kalamazoo, MI
Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI
Madison, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Wanblee, SD and Greybull, WY
Yellowstone National Park, MO
Idaho Falls and Meridian (Boise area), ID
Portland, OR
Crescent City, Eureka and Cambria, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Bay Area, CA
Nevada, Utah and more Wyoming
Denver and Boulder, CO
Roswell, NM
Austin, TX
New Orleans, LA
Atlanta, GA

….and now this post on Philadelphia, PA!

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Smiley's Manyunk Greek Philly | Vegan Nom NomsAs soon as I arrived, hungry after endless DC area traffic, my friend Pat swooped me into a place called Smiley’s Cafe, in Manyunk which has Greek food. I got the Falafel Platter and it was awesome. I got falafel balls, hummus, grape leaves and a big salad with pitas and tahini sauce. I ate it all up and then wiped up all the salad dressing tahini goodness with the pita bread.

Couch Tomato Cafe Manyunk Philly Vegan Pizza | Vegan Nom NomsThe next day for lunch we went to Couch Tomato Cafe and Bistro in Manyunk where I got this awesome Vegan Personal Pizza with Daiya. I got pineapple, mushrooms and fresh arugula on top. Super yummy!

Abyssinia Ethiopian Philly | Vegan Nom NomsSince I am super super obsessed with Ethiopian food still, I met another friend that night at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in West Philly. I got this Veggie Combo and it was soooo good! I love Ethiopian food so much!

Foo Truck Thai Curry Quinoa Wrap | Vegan Nom NomsI had suuuuper good timing and visited during the Manyunk StrEAT Food Festival, which was a stone’s throw from my friend’s door. No public transportation was even necessary, which solved that “Oops I drank too much beer and have to pee, but we’re outside with tons of people around and no bathrooms” problem! I got this Green Curry Quinoa with Roasted Vegetable Medley Wrap thing with veggies that was pretty good, but HUGE. I topped it with Sriracha. It was from a food truck called Foo Truck, no really.

Little Baby's Ice Cream Non-Dairy Philly | Vegan Nom NomsI also got some Smoked Cinnamon Ice Cream from Little Baby’s Ice Cream that had a stand at the festival, but also has a brick and mortar shop. They had lots of other non-dairy flavors, but they were all sold out when I got there. I wasn’t a huge fan of the smoked cinnamon, just because I’m not a huge cinnamon person, but it’s my fault that I waited so long to get ice cream.

Manyunk StrEAT Food Fest Beer Garden | Vegan Nom NomsThe best part of the food festival though was that they had a beer garden. For $10 you got this punch card that allowed you 12 little cups of craft beers from any of the stands in the garden. The best past was that many people couldn’t handle those 12 little beers and we apparently looked like we could so three different people gave us their half used cards!!! You know what that means…FREE BEER! Hellzzz yes. I got my pumpkin beer and IPA fix here! I also re-learned that I quite like pale ales as they are hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so.

Han Dynasty Tofu Manyunk | Vegan Nom NomsMy original plan was to eat dinner from the food festival, but when it approached the closing time and all the stalls with vegan stuff had sold out of the vegan stuff, it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. I popped in to Han Dynasty, which was right in front of me at the time and had tofu on the menu so I went for it. Funnily enough, I saw that Laughfrodisiac blogged about this very place the day after I ate there. Psychic MoFo connection, amiright?! I got the Hot Sauce Style Tofu, but had them add broccoli to it. I kinda wish I got some of the stuff on Laughfrodisiac’s post though! They were super friendly and knew what vegan was as she said, win! HipCityVeg Philly | Vegan Nom NomsThis ended up being the most expensive lunch I ever had, as I ate and then came out to realize I had a $50 parking ticket. I am still pretty sad about it and a bit mad at Philly. That said, this was the Jerk Chicken Caesar Salad and Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Aioli from HipCityVeg  , a Philly vegan standby with several locations throughout the city.

And that was Philly and with it, MoFo for 2014! I must say I am impressed with myself for managing to MoFo while sightseeing, driving many 7+ hour days in the car, working and hanging out with friends. It must be a new all time productivity record!

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See you soon!


Vegan MoFo 2014 Round-Up!

Vegan MoFo Post #20!

Quick post tonight, but it’s my 20th! I’ve been traveling all day so here’s a little round-up of some posts I’ve bookmarked and loved from MoFo this time around!

Fried Sweet Polenta from Laughfrodisiac – Never would have thought of this, but it looks so good. Makes me want to get more into polenta!

Cheesy Spaetzle from Elephantastic Vegan – I live in Germany and have still somehow never tried spaetzle and we even have some places with vegan spaetzle so this recipe needs to

Banoffee Pie from VegHotPot – Have been meaning to make banoffee pie since I tried it in England back during my non-vegan days. I like that this recipe has dates in it to make it slightly healthier!

Pumpkin Cornbread from House Vegan – Fall is here and I found the combination of pumpkin in cornbread interesting!

Carrot Cake from The Vegan Nigerian – I’m not sure if she’s officially doing MoFo, but this carrot cake looked different and really yummy!

Smoked Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese from My Darling Vegan – The title is enough said, jalapenos, cashews, vegan cheese!

Zambia: Ifisashi, Nshima and Tomato Gravy from Vegan Sweet and Simple – I really liked reading about soem Zambian specialties and want to try these recipes as the pictures look delicious!

Butternut Queso from Windy City Vegan – Nachos cheese made from butternut squash whaaat! Pictures look amazing.

I’ve also been seriously enjoying Hasta La Vegan’s theme in general. She’s taking old quirky outdated cookbooks and making recipes from theme. There are some seriously hilarious ones in there and I love seeing the old cookbooks and strange recipes she’s found, so go check out her posts!

New Orleans in Green has been much read by me lately to due to my trip to New Orleans and new obsession with southern foods and I was lucky enough to meet her and the NOLA vegan gang at NOLA Vegan Drinks this month!

I’ve reached my 20th post, but more coming soon once I’m not driving all day!

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Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Atlanta, Georgia

Vegan MoFo Post #19!

Late post today as I’ve been on the road! I lied, cookbook post is upcoming soon but not today! Today I’m talking about Atlanta, which I just left this morning! Another city I barely scratched the surface in, but is up there in my top cities aesthetically and based on the few things I did visit. I am really getting into southern cooking and the fact that there are always vegan biscuits available and collards, oh the collard greens! I still have to try grits though!

Cafe Sunflower Atlanta Nachos | Vegan Nom NomsFirst up, Cafe Sunflower! A good friend in Berlin from Atlanta recommended this place to me, so I went to check it out. It’s moderately priced (salads are $10 and entree $17-18), but delicious. Would also be a good date spot. I wanted to eat everything on the menu, but they had nachos and nachos are my ultimate weakness so I got some of those. I was going to be a fit and go to yoga first, but I want to the wrong address and mixed it, but oh well. Anyway, these are the Supreme Nachos with vegan chili, guac, and veggies with melted Daiya cheese. Yum! Cafe Sunflower Atlanta Caesar Salad| Vegan Nom NomsI love me a good vegan Caesar Salad so I went with the Caesar Salad with Mushroom Anchovies as my main course. Cafe Sunflower Atlanta Peanut Butter Mousse Cake | Vegan Nom Noms Their dessert menu is just a giant platter of cakes. My stand-by is always the chocolate peanut butter combination, but I was debating between the German chocolate cake (am I feeling homesick?) and this. Luckily the waiter helped me out and then brought over a big slab of this Peanut Butter Mousse Chocolate Cake. It was divine. It even had a thin later of caramel between the mousse and the cake. Awesome texture, not too sweet, but very flavorful. Whole Foods Vegan Pizza | Vegan Nom NomsNot quite as exciting, but still delish and a cheap dinner at $3.50, I swung by Whole Foods once night and found this vegan pizza slice they heated up in the brick oven for me. Clearly I started eating it before taking a picture, oops. A good dinner as a break from the constant eating out and spending money. Soul Vegetarian Atlanta | Vegan Nom Noms I found Soul Vegetarian No. 2 on foursquare and decided to check it out, since I definitely won’t be able to get this kind of food back in Germany. The waiter was super friendly and the menu wasn’t too huge, which I like. I went for the Divine Dinner for $15 and chose the Vegan Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy with Collards and Mac and Cheese as the two included sides. It also came with some cornbread. The mac and cheese was probably one of the best I’ve had that I didn’t make myself (my most asked for mac and cheese recipe here)! Collards were good, but the best I’ve had were still at Detroit Vegan Soul in Detroit. Cornbread was tasty and the chicken fried steak and gravy were deliciouuusss!The Divine Dinner also came with a little salad. The dressing was pure noochy deliciousness and I like that there were sprouts!Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe Atlanta | Vegan Nom NomsI had exhausted my travel food stash of breakfast foods this morning so decided to pop by Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe. Their Breakfast Sandwich was possibly the best I’ve ever had. The biscuit was warm, flavorful and a bit crumbly in that good biscuit way, I got it with chipotle aioli mayo which added a nice hint of spiciness and then there was a tofu egg, that seemed like it was made and then fried in patties, it was a really great texture, and the tempeh bacon. Oh my it was good. I also got this Cinnamon Bun and had them zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds so it was warm and gooey. Their house coffee was also flavorful and good, not bitter, just right. Definitely go here! They have lots of seats and sandwiches after 11am!

My fly-by three day trip in Atlanta! I totally needed more time, but alas!

Tomorrow check back for some of my favorite MoFo posts and themes! Tomorrow I’ll have reached my 20 posts, but don’t worry, more to come including the aforementioned cookbook round-up, a post on Philly, more about some vegan American cheeses and products I’ve found and then we’re back in Europe!

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