Interesting discussion on whether on whether or not you eat fake meat! One of the reasons I stay away from it is because meat doesn’t really appeal to me that much anymore. Once in a while, though, I get a craving… and there’s really one restaurant I’ve been to that makes GOOD fake meat!
Remember that cooking demo I said I went to last Saturday? It was at Native Foods, an all-vegan restaurant pretty close to my house. Every month or so, they have free cooking demos, where you watch the owner of the restaurant, Chef Tanya, cook a few recipes and talk about veganism.
(For the record, I didn’t get paid or bribed or anything to write this- I’m just kind of obsessed with this place)
The best part about the demo? SAMPLES!
They started out by bringing around hot chai made with soy milk. This was my favorite drink when I worked at a cafe in high school- there’s something about soy milk that makes it silky and delicious.
Three dishes were made, and everyone gets a paper with the recipes on it.
The theme of the demo was food that you can bring to a Superbowl party- so there were two kinds of nachos!
The first was the Miyamoto nachos, which had sweet potatoes instead of tortilla chips. HELL YES.
My sister didn’t even like sweet potatoes until she tried them last year at another demo (freak) so we both LOVED this. It had black beans (so good with sweet potatoes!) cucumber, tomato, avocado, nori and a wasabi dressing.
The next kind of nacho was an Italian version- Nachos Italiano.
Instead of tortilla chips, the base was a baguette, and was topped with tomatoes, basil, white beans, avocado, pesto, and roasted garlic cream. Also delicious!
A sample of one of their drinks was brought out in between- watermelon fresca. Soooo refreshing! They also have a lavender lemonade and an iced tea. I’ve tried all of them, but nothing beats the watermelon!
Last course- dessert!
Chef Tanya made chocolate almond filo crispies, which were AMAZING. I know I say that about every food, but seriously- oh my good. There was orange zest in it, which made it taste like those chocolate oranges from TJ’s! My sister hates citrus and chocolate together (double freak) so she gave me hers. It was happily devoured 🙂
Not only do you get to keep the recipes, there’s an information sheet that talks a little about veganism on there. They make all their seitan from scratch in each restaurant. I had never had it before I tried a burger from there, but I am now a seitan lover.
Second best part of the demo- coupons!
Since we didn’t have time to eat after the demo, we took our coupons and headed back for lunch today.
I knew exactly what I was going to get- the Soul Bowl!
Southern fried Native Chicken with hearty red beans and “jazzman” rice, steamed veggies, organic greens, ranch dressing and served with a freshly-made corn bread wedge. Lord have mercy.
Look at that sauce! So, so, so good.
My sister got her favorite- the Scorpion Burger.
Chef Tanya’s original burger! Homemade Tempeh blackened with chipotle sauce, lettuce, carrots, avocado and onions. I had a bite, and it was great!
I also got a watermelon fresca 🙂
For the record, I have taken several (very skeptical) friends and my mom here, and everyone has LOVED it. It’s the perfect place to take people who are hesitant to try vegan foods to! I don’t eat out very often, but when I do, it’s usually here or my other favorite, Rutabegorz. Thank god for vegan / vegetarian restaurants!
Have you ever been to a cooking demo? I went to one in October with my mom that Taste of Home (best cooking magazine ever!) did. I’ve also been to almost every demo that Native Foods has done 🙂