Monday, September 1, 2014

VeganMoFo VIII: Ginger or Death!

Welcome to Mo Betta Mondays!  I thought I'd kick off MoFo by sharing my favorite ingredient with you...ginger.  For realsies.  Anybody who knows me, knows that I have an obsession with ginger.  If I read that anything has ginger as an ingredient, I'm trying it.  I regularly keep ginger candies in the house for the occasional bout of nausea caused by my chronic pain medication.

Not only is ginger an amazing flavor, it also happens to be an ancient homeopathic remedy.  It's perfect for nausea, helps with vertigo, soothes digestion, boosts immunity, and battles inflammation.  If I feel a cold starting up, I always load some soup with tons of garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper.  It really does make the difference.

Ginger ice cream and ginger candy all day, son!
Last night, I had a hankering for something super gingery, so I flipped through Isa Does It and became enamored with the Omaha Yakisoba.  Sho nuff...that ish is legit!  I love the pops of sweet corn.  You need to try it, like, NOW!

This picture does not do it justice.  Seriously...make this now.
Dudes.  I am so obsessed with ginger that I plan to get it tattooed on my person (and my mother will dislike my decision for the rest of my life).  Haha.  But there is no other ingredient that I enjoy more.  No other ingredient takes me to a happy place with a mere hint of its awesomeness.  No other ingredient can feel fiery and sweet, warming and exciting..all at the same time.  All hail ginger!

VeganMoFo VIII: MoFo Intro

Awww yeah.  Just like a 90s r&b mixtape, I've decided to do a little intro to this year's MoFo!  I am officially feeling better than ever, so I figured I'd do something I enjoy and do daily themes.  So, here it is, my lovelies!  Vegan Month of Food 2014:

Mo Betta Mondays: I showcase things I absolutely adore.  These days will range from products to ingredients...even things that inspire me.

Timeline Tuesdays: This will be a walk through my vegan journey through food.  This will be a nostalgic trip for me.

Redemption Wednesdays: Not gonna lie.  I look most forward to these days.  With ambition, comes failure at times.  Plus, last year my spinal injury basically killed my drive to finish.  Wednesdays will be my day for sweet, sweet justice!

Thirsty Thursdays: Booze.  In all forms.

Cookbook Fridays: A couple years ago I vowed not to buy anymore cookbooks.  So, Fridays will be about using cookbooks that I've made less than 5 recipes from.  YAY!

Celebration Saturdays: About three years ago, I planned to do a MoFo theme that centered on party planning, but it was too ambitious at the time.  But now I feel pretty good about the themes I made.  

Sunday Brunch: C'mon, son!  You know I'm not doing MoFo without a little brunch action.

That's all for now.  Stay tuned because I'm about to drop my first post.

Photocredit: PSYCHGIFS

Friday, September 20, 2013

Vegan MoFo VII: Sews Before Bros Freaky Friday!

MoFos...please welcome Erika to my blog for Freaky Friday.  -Mo

Hello and welcome to Freaky Friday! I’m Erika of Sews Before Bros and I’m excited to be here on Mo Betta Vegan! Mo told me today’s post theme would be failures and redemptions, and I immediately thought of Dante’s Weird Fish.

 Weird Fish was a teeny tiny little restaurant here in San Francisco known for their seafood and also their extensive vegan options. When I first started eating there years ago, they were renowned for their vegan fish & chips, hellfish (seitan) tacos with mango salsa, and buffalo girls (breaded and fried seitan with spicy buffalo sauce and ranch dressing). All this AND beer!

Then, in 2010—stormclouds. Drama! Betrayal! Weird Fish changed up their menu, and as a result, the vegan options were rounded down to a couple of salads (the only vegan option is a salad? STFU!!!!!). After a healthy back-and-forth with vegans on the interwebz, it took the owner a few weeks without sweet green vegan moolah to quietly bring back the buffalo girls. Which he then killed off again a few months later.

In 2012, Weird Fish changed hands and became Dante’s Weird Fish. True to form, the new owner inherited some drama. An early review of the newly re-opened restaurant was bungled when they served a buffalo girl. As in, a single buffalo girl. Hell hath no fury like vegans shortchanged on food! Thankfully, things were sorted out again and happy bellies made everything okay.

I’m happy to say that Dante’s Weird Fish is back in the swing of things, and it’s like nothing ever happened! Buffalo girls are plentiful and delicious- in fact, every time I order it I forget how much I’m going to get. I recently took advantage of a rare lull in the Mission District dining crush—a perfect storm of Burning Man weekend and a bridge closure—to enjoy a quiet night in the living room-sized restaurant. Part of Weird Fish’s charm is their ambient lighting, which also makes food photography impossible. Please accept my raggedy-looking (but still damn delicious) doggie bag instead!

Thanks to you for reading and thanks to Mo for hosting me!