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Vegan on the Loose: San Diego

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Welcome to our first installment of Vegan on the Loose: your one-stop around the country restaurant review. I travel for work. A lot. And as a vegan on the go around the country, I get to constantly eat amazing vegan food. My first stop for this travel season was San Diego (could I GET an easier location to find tasty vegan noms?!)

For my first meal, I dragged (and I do mean dragged) my friends to this place called Veg-N-Out. Can’t. Gush. Enough! This place is like a vegan dream. It may not look like much,  but just trust me; it’s ridiculous.

We started with the sweet potato medallions with ketchup. Tiny golden disks of joy in my mouth. No joke. With some salt, they were heavenly. I even got the meat-eaters to agree on that one.

Then we have the Big Kahuna sandwich. Oh the sandwich…I can’t. There are not words.  Ok, maybe there are.

They use a “chicken” base that they create (like a BBQ-shredded-chicken-mess) that is delish. Then they add some vegan cheese, a pineapple slice, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan mayo, and mustard. You get fries or salad on the side. I got salad with some kind of dill dressing that I want to bathe in (no, seriously…I mean that).

All of that, plus a locally brewed ginger Kombucha tea, and stick a fork in me; I AM DONE!

They also had some locally baked vegan cookies and brownies. I tried both the chocolate chip and the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I was licking the cellophane…licking. As for the brownie…it was a vegan brownie. Nuff said.

Overall, Veg-N-Out is a must visit for any vegan on the go. The menu is about 5 pages long, and everything I saw coming out of the kitchen looked amazing. Go, GO NOW!

The Last Couple of Weeks in Review

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It’s been forever and a day since we’ve put together a Week in Review post, so some of this might be old news – but heck – life happens, so here’s what’s been going on in Austin:

– Mr. Natural’s Vegan Ice Cream Happy Hour is back! From 3-6pm everyday in June, you can enjoy 2-for-1 vegan soft serve cones. There are only 8 more days left to enjoy this – so get on it!

– Austin’s scheduled for its very own Walk for Farm Animals fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary. It’s going to be at Pease Park on October 27th, but you can start raising money for this awesome cause now. Create a team, or do it solo – there’s no wrong way to raise money for farm animals! It’s an incredibly popular event all over the country, and I’m so happy to be able to join in, right here in Austin!

– Red Hot Vegans participated in a vegan food swap hosted by The Verdant Life. The box we sent was featured on St. Pete Vegan Food Swap. They totally dug the Food for Lovers queso we sent them – no surprise there!

– There will be two new Daily Juice locations opening up soon! One location is planned for Westlake and one for downtown. I happened upon the downtown location the other day, and now I’m super psyched for them to finally open their doors. I’m hoping for an expanded vegan food menu like the Hyde Park location – with awesome nachos and the like.

Ice Cream Social, an adorable little ice cream trailer, has a bunch of different vegan options, the most interesting of which is avocado sorbet! Unfortunately, none of their topping options are vegan, but they’ve got plenty of other stuff like rotating sorbets and popsicles to cool down with on a hot day.

– Have you checked out The Vegan Nom lately? They practically have something new each week, like queso and cookies (great for dunking), and a vegan migas taco that is insane! I eat there way more often than I should admit to. Word to the wise: if you’re not into spicy food, just ask for it mild. Almost everything they make can be mildified – I should know, I’m the biggest spicy food baby around.

– Austin has its very own vegan nut cheese company called Nutty Cow. Who knew? Products haven’t hit the shelves yet, but I’m looking forward to trying them out, once they do.

Vegan Pizza Day 2012 is coming up on Saturday, June 30th! We’re working on putting together an awesome party with Capital City Bakery! Stay tuned for party details and a rad Austin vegan pizza blog post.


Vegan Cookbook Bonanza

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Vegan Books at MWB

MonkeyWrench Books is super stocked with an awesome selection of vegan cookbooks. This book bonanza is available now at their store on North Loop, and will also be on sale at Texas VegFest this Saturday! Add to, or start, your collection of vegan cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero before, or during the festival! They’ve got Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance, Viva Vegan, Appetite for Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Pie in the Sky, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and more!

MonkeyWrench Books is the bestest, all around most amazing collectively-run and operated radical book store in Austin! It’s made even more awesome by the fact that two of our Red Hot Vegan bloggers volunteer there. Check out the MonkeyWrench website for info on how you too can become one of these superfly volunteers!

MonkeyWrench Books is also an amazing community space, and will be host to Austin’s local Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale event on April 29th! Can’t wait a whole month for a cookie? No worries! MonkeyWrench normally stocks vegan cookies and brownies by Celeste’s Best, and has vegan donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery on Sundays – come in on Sunday and you can even get a free donut with the purchase of a book. Books and donuts – sounds like a winning combination to me!