New Vegan Choices

April 13th, 2015 by NashVeggie 1 comment »

There was a time not so long ago that if you wanted to find something vegan in a Nashville restaurant you were limited to a frozen veggie burger or a burrito joint. These days many new places have opened their doors in Nashville to vegans and some old places have expanded their menus to accommodate a vegan diet.

With the influx of new places to dine for a vegan one thing seems to remain constant when I ask people their favorite place to go: There’s no one place people pick over another. Many still choose a burrito place as their go-to and some swear by the upscale restaurants. So, what’s your favorite? Do you like to eat around or do you have a single place that you set your sights on anytime you have a chance to go to a restaurant? Bonus points for you favorite order at the restaurant.

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Eat Local or Bust

April 6th, 2015 by NashVeggie Leave Your Comments »

There are more places to pick when looking to eat vegan in Nashville now there was ten years ago even five years ago. Locally owned and operated eateries are mingled in with chain restaurants and many of those chains are shunned. I eat at local places as much as possible but I refuse to support a local place if their food is poor just like I refuse to spend money on bad food at a chain. I have recently noticed a lot of backlash for chains even though the food may be good and clear vegan choices are available. I’m not referring to TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, Olive Garden or Ruby Tuesday as those restaurants have little to nothing to offer a vegan let alone a vegetarian. My question is do you avoid all chain restaurants and go local only even if the local option offers a subpar meal? How important is it to you?

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Spring Gardening

March 16th, 2015 by NashVeggie Leave Your Comments »

It is the time of year to play in the dirt. I’m presently in the process of getting my square foot tower garden ready for another year of allowing me to skip the produce aisle at the grocery store. Recoupoerating the garden form last year with some peat moss and compost and it will be ready to plant spinach, lettuce, carrots and possibly kale. Do you garden? What do you plant?

Square Foot Tower Garden

 

Square Foot Tower Garden

 

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Visitor Questions: Vegan Sugar Free Gluten Free Cake

February 21st, 2015 by NashVeggie 2 comments »

I regularly get emails from visitors with questions about where to get a vegan dinner in Nashville or inquiring about a recipe. There have been occasions when I can’t answer a question properly and turn it over to someone else. I recently received this email:

 

Hello! I am trying to find a place locally to get a vegan sugar-free gluten-free cake. I have checked with Whole Foods but only got a shoulder shrug and a look like I was crazy. I know that this is a stretch to ask since it is not only vegan but gluten and sugar free but I would think there would be some place to get one in or around Nashville. I am looking for this cake as a birthday cake for my 10 year old son who is allergic to dairy and gluten and we try to avoid as much sugar as possible. Do you know of somewhere that may be able to make one?

So, readers of Nashveggie, you are a group in the know. Can you help?

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Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer

February 12th, 2015 by NashVeggie Leave Your Comments »

Nashveggie - Nashville Vegan - Trader Joe's Coconut Creamer

 

I love coffee. Anyone who follows my Twitter knows this as I’m always rambling about the bean extract. I don’t typically drink anything in my morning french press but on occasion I’ll try a new creamer if I see one that is interesting.

While at Trader Joe’s a few days ago I saw a new item, coconut creamer. I have tried coconut milks, typically labeled as a beverage so not to get confused with actual coconut milk such as in a can, in the past and have not found one I could stand to drink. They all have an unusual plastic feel which gives me a sense I’m drinking pure fat. The taste is also something I cannot deal with. I thought the creamer would be different so I opted to try it.

To properly cream a 10 ounce cup of coffee required about 3 tablespoons of creamer. When I do use a creamer I don’t like a heavy amount so I felt to attain the light creaminess this was a bit much to have to use. The flavor was exactly as I expected, an acidic aftertaste as I find in all coconut milk products.

I’m sure I can find another use for this little carton so I’m not completely wasting it. Maybe I can use it in our next batch of vegan ice cream. I’m quite certain it is just relabeled ┬áSo Delicious coconut creamer. If you have tried So Delicious creamer and like the results then you may save yourself a dollar by buying this version. In the end it’s just not for me. I’ll keep my coffee dark and vibrant.

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