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New Vegan Menu Items:

Fresh falafel from JuiceLand in Hyde Park- JuiceLand is not the kind of place I’d plan on finding my new favorite falafel in town, but that’s in fact where you’ll find a fresh, moist falafel that’s drenched in delicious tahini. It’s definitely not too oily or too dry, problems that can plague a lot of falafel joints. I think you could potentially fault it for not being authentic, with kale and carrots finding their way into the mix, and being cooked in avocado oil, but it all just works for me. It’s gluten free if you skip the pita and get it salad style. As of right now it’s made fresh to order during lunchtime, Monday through Friday, at the Hyde Park location. It’s decently priced at $6, plus you can grab a Facebook deal for 50% off right now.

Chipotle announced that for the first time in the company’s 20 year history it’s expanding its menu with a new vegan option. The Chipotle sofritas, shredded tofu with chilies and spices, is made from organic soybeans from Hodo Soy Beanery and produced out of a factory in Oakland, CA. So far it looks like the tofu is making its way slowly inwards from the coasts, with Texas not quite on the sofritas map yet. I called a few locations to see if they knew when it would land in Texas, and no one that I spoke to had an idea of the timeline, but it’s definitely something to look out for in the near future – and a great option to find when you’re traveling.

Vanilla Silk Almond Froyo at TCBY- TCBY has added a Silk vanilla almond Froyo to their selection of flavors. This is the second vegan flavor in their lineup, after they introduced a Silk chocolate almond froyo a few months back. The vanilla flavor was available at the UT location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when we went to check it out, and while we didn’t have high expectations, we were pleasantly surprised by the flavor and consistency. It’s fat free, and a true frozen yogurt with added live active cultures. It’s certainly nice to see that TCBY, a major national chain, is adding more vegan options, and it’s a great option for those looking for a treat near campus.

Brunch at The Vegan Nom- Vegan Brunch is blowing up in this town! Down south, The Vegan Nom has created a vegan brunch platter available every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. For $12, you get not only a platter stacked with classic brunch fare (french toast, potatoes, scramble, sausage and tempeh bacon), but a free mimosa from the Buzz Mill as well! Brunch at the Vegan Nom is a bit of a departure from their usual menu of Rockin’ Vegan Tacos, but it’s quickly becoming a new Saturday morning favorite.

Vegan Brunch at Mr. Natural- We’ve tried the Mr. Natural Brunch buffet twice now, and are definitely fans. Come hungry, as just trying a little bit of everything will fill you up (pictured is a little bit of everything from last Sunday’s brunch, minus the spinach puffs and tamale pie which came out a little later). Head on over to the east side, and check it out yourself on the first Sunday of the month at the Cesar Chavez location for $16.
New Menu Items at Taco 'Bout It- Up north we have some new menu items at Taco ‘Bout It, and their first vegan-friendly brunch this Sunday with free drinks! The new tacos include a vegan baja fry taco (aka fish taco), and a vegan beef taco, which compliment their two veggie heavy vegan tacos. For those looking for a little more food, try making any taco into a burrito for only $3 more (note: the burrito is really a giant taco). They also offer agave for their sopapillas (fried flour tortilla with cinnamon) to make them vegan, so you can finish off your meal with something sweet.

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Dan and I have been traveling for the past few weeks (we’re in Chennai, India right now!), but whenever we have a chance to check the internet, we’ve been keeping up with all the exciting happenings in Austin right now. One big thing that happened for us is winning Best Local Vegan Blog in the Vegans Rock Austin 2013 Austin Veggie Awards! We truly appreciate everyone who voted for us, and also want to send out a big congrats to all the other winners – there’s so much amazing food in this town! We had some stiff competition in our category, and love that there are so many kick-ass bloggers in this town. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Lazy Smurf,  The Little Red JournalLizz DeliciousLone Star Plate and My Healthy Chef, I highly recommend that you do.

Veggie Awards 2013

Because we’re traveling, we’re not able to get pictures of all the new stuff going on, but here’s a list of some of the latest news:

Vegan-friendly Businesses:

- Capital City Bakery’s storefront on E. Cesar Chavez has been under construction for months, but is now soft open, and looks super adorable! Check it out now, and head on over to their grand opening party on January 5th!

- Candy Cart is a new mobile candy store in Austin – think food truck, but instead it’s a store. Offering organic, vegan, and all natural candies, treats, and snacks. You can find them parked at the South Shore Eatery next to the AMLI on Town Lake. Stop by and stock up on sour beans, veggie booty, dark chocolate and more.

- If you’re in the market for some vegan kimchi, keep an eye out for Oh Kimchi Austin. Stocked at Wheatsville, The Wet Whistle and In.gredients, and sold at local farmers markets, this local kimchi company has quite a few vegan options including cucumber, napa cabbage and daikon kimchi.

- I ran across a press release about Scott Tucker, an Austin vegan who plans to open an American-style (aka burgers, hot dogs, fries) vegan food truck in Austin soon, but other than that, the details were murky.  Anyone know more about this, and can fill us in?

- There’s a new baker in the Austin vegan scene: Kat Sisler, who goes by Craving Vegan. Head on over to her Facebook and Instagram account to see her tempting cupcake photos, or over to her blog CravingVegan.com for recipes and to place an order.

Toms Tabooley- Tom’s Tabooley announced on Facebook that they are going totally vegetarian starting January 1st! They’ll also be adding some breakfast items to the menu that will hopefully be vegan-friendly as well.

- Thrilled Cheese is a grilled cheese food truck in Austin that advertises vegan options on their menu. The truck is one of the few that actually moves around, and can generally be found at one of three North Austin locations.

- The Vegan Nom had officially planned to re-open on North Loop today, but it looks like something has delayed the trailer. Keep your eyes open for it though, as the official re-launch could be any day now. They have been sorely missed up north, and I’m sure all their regulars will breathe a sigh of relief once the north location is back up and running. Also in Vegan Nom news, they’ve switched their tempeh to Hearty Vegan Tempeh. Yay for local businesses supporting local products!

New Vegan Menu Items:

- The Hearty Vegan has really been keeping busy with the local food trailers, debuting their garbanzo bean tempeh at BBQ Revolution. This is a great option for those on gluten- and soy-free diets looking for the home-smoked taste of real Texas BBQ. If you’ve somehow been living in a rock for the past month and haven’t checked out BBQ Revolution yet, well, what are you waiting for?

- Ramen Tatsu-Ya has offered a vegan mazemen (brothless ramen) on their lunch menu for the past several weeks. The best part? It’s available all week long (except on Mondays, when they’re closed), so no need to wait until Sunday to get your vegan ramen fix. In other Tatsu-Ya news, the deep fried Brussels sprouts and tofu toppings on their Sunday special vegan ramen bowl are now fried in a new dedicated fryer that Ramen Tatsu-Ya added to their kitchen last month!

Michi Ramen – Vegan ramen is now also available at Michi Ramen. They’ve had a veggie option on the menu since opening their brick-and-mortar at the beginning of the year, and they’ve finally sorted out the vegan noodle situation, adding a fourth option to Austin’s growing vegan ramen scene. We gave the new vegan option at Michi Ramen a try last month, and loved it! The well-balanced shoyu broth is both flavorful and refreshing, and complements the noodles and toppings well.

- Some bad news: the VERTS patties are no longer vegan. The company received complaints about the new recipe, so they decided to revert back to the old one that contains eggs. This is incredibly disappointing, but if you’re still a VERTS fan, you can get a vegan kebap with the grilled veggies instead of the patties.

Other Vegan News:

- Jay-Z announced on his blog, Life and Times, that he and Beyonce will be trying a 22 day vegan pledge. The news made worldwide entertainment headlines, and it even seems like they’ve kept up with it, with pictures of vegan food a mainstay in Beyonce’s Instagram feed. A picture of vegan cupcakes with 346,000 likes!?! Whether they decide to stay vegan or not, that’s pretty neat. Al Gore has also reportedly gone vegan, following in the footsteps of President Clinton perhaps?

domaine carneros- If you’re looking for an affordable vegan sparkling wine for the holidays, Domaine Carneros is a great choice. It’s even marketed as vegan on the back label – and you can find it at Central Market (probably other places around town too), retailing for around $20 a bottle. French 75 New Years toast, anyone?

Dan and I are looking forward to returning to Austin in a few weeks, and checking all this fun new stuff out ourselves. In the meantime, if you’d like to follow us on our trip, check out my Instagram feed. Happy holidays and a fantastic new year from Red Hot Vegans!

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The Vegan Del Rey Taco from The Vegan Nom

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The Vegan Del Rey Taco from The Vegan Nom

A vegan take on the classic fish taco, the Vegan Del Rey has quickly become our taco of choice, and a fan favorite at the increasingly popular Vegan Nom trailer on North Loop. The crispy breaded strips of vegan mock fish, together with the shredded purple cabbage, give the taco a satisfying crunch that pairs nicely with the slices of fresh avocado and cilantro-lime crema sauce. The Vegan Del Rey began life as the “SXSW ofFISHal taco” for SXSW 2013, and it proved popular enough to earn a permanent spot on the extensive menu of “Rockin Vegan Tacos”.

To complement our order of fish tacos, we often add the Rockin Vegan Migas, a taco stuffed with tofu scramble, grilled tortilla strips, vegan cheese and fresh sprouts, or the Vegan Jalisco, which features marinated vegan chicken and grilled veggies. There is, of course, an abundance of other outstanding vegan tacos on the menu; taco cleansers and other taco afficionados will feel right at home with the myriad options available. The Vegan Nom also has rotating monthly special tacos, which are always delicious — when the next monthly special rolls around, it’s hard to decide whether to be sad that the last taco special is gone, or excited that a new one is available.

The Vegan Nom Trailer located on North Loop

Magical vegan tacos ready to take home.

The Vegan Jalisco Taco from The Vegan Nom

All tacos are made to order, so it may take some time to get your order ready: call ahead to get a head start on the wait. The tacos are always affordable ($3-$5) and delicious, and can be topped with your choice of signature sauces. Most of the tacos have a bit of a kick to them, but modifications can be made for those with a lower tolerance for spicy food — just ask. The Vegan Nom is cash-only, so if you don’t have any on hand, there’s an ATM in the convenience store across the parking lot. This store is particularly convenient, as it also offers a wide selection of cold beverages to sip on as you enjoy your delicious tacos from this amazing little blue taco trailer.

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!

[This post was edited on 8/30/2014 to reflect the Vegan Nom’s move back to their original location.]

Vegan News Bites

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Vegan Week in Review” is now called “Vegan News Bites”!!! Same news, new and improved name. Enjoy the latest Red Hot Vegans News Bites!

Beyond Meat in the Jalisco Taco at The Vegan Nom- Have you heard about the magical new vegan chicken from Beyond Meat? Supposedly it’s such a good mimic, it even tricked Mark Bittman at the NY Times. Well, now you too can try it! Grab a jalisco taco at The Vegan Nom, and try your tastebuds at the latest vegan wondermeat. The Vegan Nom is the only place in town that has it for now, but something tells me it’s going to be everywhere very soon. [Edit: The Vegan Nom doesn’t have a regular supplier for Beyond Meat: sometimes they have it, sometimes they don’t.]

Capital City Bakery Trailer -  Did you catch the episode of Unique Sweets featuring Austin’s very own Capital City Bakery on the Cooking Channel? If not, catch one of the rerun episodes listed here. The episode featured an insanely delicious looking massive peanut butter cup. They are always available by special order, so order your very own to experience the magic.

- From the makers of La Condesa comes a new “modern Australian-style Thai” (?!?) restaurant on S. 1st called Sway. According to Crystal over at Vegan Explosion, Sway has a really vegan friendly menu, and a knowledgeable staff to boot. Considering how much I love La Condesa (and their secret vegan platter), I’m super excited to try Sway!

Vegan Nachos at Austin Java Tarrytown- Austin Java is trying out a new concept in Tarrytown with an all vegetarian restaurant. They had a few bumps along the road upon opening, but I’m hoping that we see great things from them going forward. If you have a chance to try them out, let me know what you think.

- Is it just me, or is there a new juice shop location opening up everyday? I can’t keep up. The latest addition is a new Juiceland location tucked away at Spider House off of Guadalupe near 29th. It’s the perfect location for all you UT students to grab a snack and hit the books.

Guac N Roll Menu- Guac and roll is the latest veg addition to Austin’s growing food truck scene. But this truck is a little different, because it actually moves! Not tied down to one location, you may be seeing this truck all over town. So far it looks like you can find them on the weekends at Dane’s Body shop and Frontier Bar, but stay tuned to twitter to see where they land next. The menu is mostly variations on a theme, with a selection of guacamoles that you won’t find anywhere else – like a Moroccan guac with hummus and raisins. If you’re into avocados (and who isn’t?), then this is a fun place to try.

- Tamale House East just added the fabulous Food for Lovers vegan queso to their menu! Grab a plate of purple corn vegan tamales to go with your queso, and you’ll have yourself a delicious meal!

- There’s a new mostly-raw restaurant up in Round Rock called Premier Raw. I’ve yet to check out a raw restaurant that isn’t vegan friendly, but this place’s menu baffles me. I don’t quite understand what a raw restaurant is doing up in Round Rock, nor what a “raw” restaurant is doing with real (aka – not veg) fish and chicken on their menu… but it certainly looks different. If nothing else, I want to check out the decor… “These natural building materials act to create a wonderful, high quality quantum resonance within the space – truly a mini-retreat as you dine!” That’s quite the statement to live up to. If I find anything vegan here, I’ll report back.

ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie's- Love Arlo’s, but hate waiting to get food till 8pm? Great news, Arlo’s is now open at 6pm! Which for us fuddy-duddies, is a much more reasonable dinner hour. Enjoy your burgers, and get to bed early too! Grab one tonight during ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie’s!

Vegan Week in Review

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- Want to get your hands on the new Vegenaise flavors? Pick up a jar of pesto, roasted garlic, chipotle, BBQ, horseradish or tartar sauce Vegenaise from Rabbit Food Grocery! Order online, or pick one up at this Wednesday’s ATX Vegan Drinks Wine and Cheeze Party at Counter Culture!

- Join Mercy for Animals for a week of veg outreach here in Austin! The Dallas Mercy for Animals office will be in town from July 17-20th, and they are looking for volunteers to help get the word out about plant-based diets by hitting the streets and leafleting.

- In addition to their already awesome vegan menu options (the veggie burger, beer-battered portabello mushrooms, chips – aka fries, and slaw),  Black Star Co-op has added a rotating ice cream selection this summer, including coconut milk based flavors like chocolate and lime!

- Craving $2 tacos for dinner? You’re in luck. The Vegan Nom is now open till 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

- Texas running back Arian Foster joins the ever growing list of professional athletes who have decided to go vegan! He’s been sharing his journey on twitter, even commenting, “People feel so strong about meat and milk. I wish they felt this strong about peace.” Hooray for awesome vegan role models!