Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pizza

22.08.11 / Eating Out, Food / Author: / Comments Off on Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pizza
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For some reason, totally out of the blue, I was craving Pizza Hut pan pizza so I went to their site and looked at the allergen information and discovered the pan pizza is not vegan. Looking through the chart the hand tossed is, but it is prepared on equipment that uses egg, booooo but I feel as long as we order from these places and show demand they will then get better themselves.  I went ahead and got the hand-tossed with onions, mushrooms and no cheese. I added my own Daiya pepper-jack, I can eat that stuff on everything 🙂  The dough was good, but toppings were awful and I had to pull them all off.  I cannot describe what was wrong I just did not like it at all, the onions were almost raw and I think that is what killed it for me.


Red Velvet: Vegan Cupcakes

03.08.11 / Eating Out / Author: / Comments Off on Red Velvet: Vegan Cupcakes
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While on my trip into D.C. I wanted a cupcake so bad and Sticky Fingers was way to far to walk to so when I walked by Red Velvet, and they had a sign for a vegan cupcake, I had to go try.  I ordered two regular cupcakes for my husband, who loved them, and I got one of each of the vegan flavors-white velvet and black velvet.  I really did enjoy both of them and especially love the purple candy garnish on the black velvet.  They were moist and did not have that weird oily sheen that I see on most vegan cupcakes.  I love it and will have to go to the Reston, closer to my house, and get some more 😀

Bus Boys and Poets: Nachos and Panini

29.07.11 / Eating Out / Author: / Comments Off on Bus Boys and Poets: Nachos and Panini
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On a recent trip into DC I wanted to try this restaurant on 5th & K called Busboys & Poets.  I really wanted to try a vegan restaurant that was in walking distance from where we were and this was the only option not Asian, and I really wanted to try something different.  Asian restaurants are really easy to get vegan options and almost always good, but like I said I just wanted something different.  When we finally settled on Busboys & Poets we made the trek over and I was immediately impressed.  It was nice on the outside and had a nice area for eating outside, I tried to get a picture but it came out pretty bad…. The menu was pretty neat and I loved looking through it and was really easy to find what was vegan and not, the drink menu was even clearly marked.

For a starter we got the vegan nachos which were pretty good, I just wish there were more beans.  I liked whatever faux sour cream they used and it tasted like they used that new cheese from Daiya.

For my actual meal I got the Peanut Butter and Banana Panini and I LOVED THIS! Simple yet so incredibly good and what I wanted 🙂  It made the best breakfast the next morning 🙂

Mike’s Italian Restaurant: Pineapple Sorbet

25.07.11 / Eating Out / Author: / Comments Off on Mike’s Italian Restaurant: Pineapple Sorbet
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Recently my dad took my sister and me to Mikes Italian Restaurant on RTE 1 right outside of Fort Belvoir.  I was worried that they would not have anything vegan but I was sure they would at least have a salad I could munch on just in case, but I was pleasantly surprised that they now have a separate spot on the menu for vegetarian items – one eggplant parmigiana and a spaghetti option, so of course you just need to ask the question is the breading used contain egg and make sure they know not to put any cheese on anything.  I do love their spaghetti and could eat that all the time so I was happy 🙂 Then came desert, again I was not hopeful they would have anything and I would have to watch my dad and sister enjoy the yummy Tartufos which do contain dairy, but then the waitress started spouting out the list of sorbets and I quickly chose the pineapple sorbet.  It came out in a pineapple 😀 I loved the look and then quickly started to dig in. It had a wonderful texture and taste, it was so soft and wonderful 🙂 It was a lot more sorbet than I expected and had to share with my family, who also enjoyed it greatly. I would totally go back just to eat the sorbet!

Asia Nine: Veggie Sushi Set

11.07.11 / Eating Out / Author: / Comments Off on Asia Nine: Veggie Sushi Set
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I recently made a visit to Washington, D.C. and one of the restaurants we tried was Asia Nine. I really liked the food here and would totally visit again.

I ordered the Veggie Sushi Lunch and it came with Miso Soup and House Salad.  The miso soup had a great flavor, the tofu was firm and not grainy at all. The ginger house salad had a mustard like flavor in the aftertaste. Normally I hate ginger but I did enjoy this salad as it was not a very strong ginger taste and like the heat(from whatever gave the mustard flavor) added.

YUMMMMM!! This sushi was amazing! The mushroom one sweet, the avocado was good but needs some crunch cucumber would be great in it, and the cucumber had a fresh crisp taste.

Taco Bell: XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito

17.06.11 / Eating Out, Food / Author: / Comments Off on Taco Bell: XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito
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The other day I really wanted to eat and then post about the BK Veggie Burger but it turned out that it is not vegan… By the time lunch came around I finally decided I would just go ahead and go to Taco Bell. I love Taco Bell, although I try not to eat there as much as I used too, it is so easy to veganize anything and as long as they have the ingredients they will make anything you want-so if there is something you used to love and is no longer on the menu, they will make it for you.

I went to the Taco Bell expecting to get nachos or something similar; until I saw this new item they have the XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito.  It looks like a Crunch Wrap which my favorite except the center is always soggy before I make it back to the office. I decided to order this, which was a little difficult because the lady insisted that I wanted beef and I had to keep saying no beef I want the beans. The lady taking orders at the register next to her finally had to interrupt and show her how to put it in and asked why I just did not get the 7 layer burrito to which I replied I want the grilled part. That was fun, but thankfully she got everything right no sour cream, beef or cheese.

This by the way is my new absolute favorite thing from Taco Bell. It is a bit on the large side, but I managed to eat it all 🙂 It really does remind me of the crunchwrap, minus the extra crunch, and that really is my favorite part.  I barely noticed the rice and I think the guacamole was all on the bottom but I really really like this burrito… Totally thinking of getting one today…

 

Cheesecake Factory: Pasta

10.06.11 / Eating Out, Food / Author: / Comments Off on Cheesecake Factory: Pasta
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Recently my dad took Damen and me to the Cheesecake Factory in Tyson’s Corner.  Before we left the house we googled vegan options and basically discovered there is almost nothing and a ton of conflicting/outdated information.  We decided the pizza w/out cheese was the best option and I would bring some Daiya with me and ask them to put it on.  After we were seated we scoured the book of a menu and I saw Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta and that really looked like a good and tasty option, before we ordered we again went to google to see what others have said about it being vegan.  Again there was not very much out there but most said without cheese it is vegan, but what I forgot was that pasta is sometimes made with eggs and that was impossible to verify and not having that on mind I did order it.

Overall this pasta dish tasted good, but I do wish there were more veggies and less red peppers-bleh 😛 It was a little oily but the artichokes were really tasty and once cut up really added to the flavor. While it was good I may not order this again, its status as vegan is unsure but next time I go I will go for cheeseless pizza or the Thai Lettuce Wraps minus chicken.

Starbucks: Mocha Coconut and Coconut Crème Frappuccino

01.06.11 / Eating Out, Food / Author: / Comments Off on Starbucks: Mocha Coconut and Coconut Crème Frappuccino
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I hate coffee and the awful after taste that it leaves… I also really do not like coconut… All that said, for some strange reason, I absolutely love Starbucks Mocha Coconut and Coconut Crème Frappuccino. YUMMMMM!!!! I get it Tall, with Soy Milk instead of cow’s milk, and minus the whip crème.  Even though you can clearly taste the coconut I love it and I had two of these guys this weekend.