Hump Day Grilled Cheese Glory

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VeganMoFo Day Four> Yeah, it’s a great day when you don’t have to depend on a (pricey!) store-bought vegan cheese alternative. It’s all about the flavor and purpose: bringing the bread together with a bit of melt, if you dare. Continue reading

Further Northwest, Continued: 48 hours & Spring Vegan Eats in Seattle, WA

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My travel bug has been itching up a storm, and this Spring’s venture to Victoria B.C. and back has only made it twitch some more.  J. Legume and I spaced out the journey with evenings, exploration and meals in Seattle, … Continue reading

Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day: Book Giveaway & Blog Tour of Wonder!

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THE GRAND ENTRANCE… BLOG TOUR!  This post is a whole trio of firsts: my first time breading with cornflakes, my first blog tour, and shockingly, my first cookbook giveaway. Who saw that happening?!  Well, it’s all in honor of an enthusiastic, satisfying and beautifully photographed … Continue reading

The Charm of Brass Tacks Sandwiches

Update: They now have a website!

Last week, I was charmed by a sandwich. True story.

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I stopped by the soft opening of Brass Tack Sandwiches, located on the corner of N Fremont & N Vancouver, and I continue to look back, wistfully. This new deli has creative vegan, vegetarian and omni options, including housemade vegan salami, ham, beanballs, turkey, cold salads & slaws, daily soups, housemade beverages and coming soon – pickles! Both my friend and I ordered the Velveeta Underground, featuring agave smoked seitan ham (yup, I just wrote that) and smoked oat cashew cheese (and that!) and other goodness in between one of Fleur de Lis’ ciabatta rolls. Dare I say, this sandwich was artisan. There’s a build-your-own option amongst other unique named signature vegan sandwiches, too. Here’s the menu.

This adorable combination was served on a cafeteria style lunch try. Add the mug of soup; cue instant charm & nostalgia.

The soup of the day: Cream of Mushroom sprinkled with fresh chives. So great.

Purple Cabbage & Dill Slaw

Behold, The Velveeta Underground

Brass Tacks & the return of Susie

I’m stoked about returning & trying the Captain Nemo, a white beanball & marinara sub, on my next visit.  And believe it: I learned after the fact that this shop was a freaking Kickstarter project come to life! Impressive.

Bonus points for being on my bus line!

Note: They have both vegan and carnivorous versions of their meats – make sure you order the right thing, yo.

Juliet Burke, will you make me a Grilled Cheese?

Semi-Warning: LOST spoiler sensitive. Except it’s the final season, I’ve been watching since the Season 1, and if you’re not up to date – DUDE! Come back in a couple days!

Grilled Cheese with (new!) Teese Mozzarella and Tomato

Some days you just want a damn grilled cheese sandwich.

Some days you don’t.

Being held captive in a cell on Hydra Island could have something to do with it.  Wondering if your ex-wife was sleeping with your alcoholic, distant father prior to the divorce is another.  Contemplating the fugitive you have feelings for caged alongside the sexy con man outside is yet another…

Time for a Screwdriver, right?

Well, Grilled Cheeses have had a special place in my heart and stomach this past week.  Credit the Jackets and veganization.  Of course, there’s a thread for these shippers entitled “Grilled Cheese:  The Official Jack and Juliet Thread“. Very cute.  I may be a Suliet shipper (and a former Shayid shipper), but I like it.  I was going to dedicate this post to both Jack and Juliet, but I’m still screaming at Jack for you know what what what what, that could bring tears to my eyes right now. Entering Season 3, Juliet Burke was a character I disliked almost as much as Ana Lucia.  That is, until Not in Portland.

Please accept your Grilled Cashew Cheese with Tomato and bonus Pineapple Orange Screwdriver.  Please, Jack. Just take it.

Just let it go Jack. Take the Grilled Cheese.

This version has homemade cashew chickpea cheese inside, a variation of the Real Food Daily Cheddar recipe. By the way, if you’re a fan of Jack learning to live alone, however miserably he chooses (perhaps as Island protector?), are you a Screwdriver?  Or are you Jacob?

The inspiration:

LOST Images Credit ABC

Who knew they had rosemary on the island? I’m impressed.

The sight of these two is almost heart wrenching as watching Penny and Des. Almost. Maybe. A little tiny bit.

We have to go back! I think I have one more LOST meal up my sleeve this season.  Think “Namaste“, because I sure am. Always.

I decided long ago not to throw a LOST series finale party this year. It was a difficult decision.  One one hand, I really love themed parties and counting my rations, but on the other, I need to concentrate! During the show’s six year run, I’ve hosted weekly viewings and thrown both premiere and finale parties.  This year, I’ve been watching it for free on big screen at the Bagdad Theater – just what this epic season deserves.

Plus, big screen = less distraction when your friends swoon and cry and speculate  and “aw” over Hurley next to you.

If you’re throwing a party, head to Max Pictures right now and download your Dharma labels!

And might I suggest Kung Foodie’s spectacular Fish Biscuits?

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