Friday, November 16, 2012

Hoagie Party.

Yes, we at Ye Olde Pompous Vegan have been on sabbatical for oh, say, a year and a half.  Why? Well, we were laid off from our job in glorious New York City and promptly offered a newer, better version of the same job at the same company out here in glamorous, sunny Los Angeles.  So - we've had a lot to deal with.  But now that we're finally settled in and feeling like we can get back to the joys of writing about our favorite thing - food - we'll try to be a little less egregiously lethargic when it comes to updates.

And so, that brings us to the HOAGIE PARTY.

Somewhere out there in Los Angeles, there was a contest to reveal the area's best vegan reuben sandwich. The results were reported on Facebook as they came in, and we waited to see who the winner was. Well, when they revealed the prize vegan reuben, we had no idea how good it was actually going to be. Back in the day, a "vegan reuben" consisted of tempeh with sauerkraut with some hippified thousand island dressing, all crammed onto a piece of toast. That's what we were brought up with. That's what we know. So we were a bit skeptical. How were they going to make these sandwiches good?

Well, when they announced that winning sandwich, we decided we'd go and find out. The establishment that created this divine concoction is Locali, a sort of hippie bodega on Franklin, right across from everyone's favorite Scientology Celebrity Centre. They sell all sorts of raw snacks, kombucha, organic beers, desserts, et cetera. We ordered, and here's what we were presented with:

Holy CRAP is this thing good. I mean, it is FUCKING good. I'm not really sure what the pink business they substitute for meat actually is - I'm assuming some sort of soy product - but who cares. Once you smell this sandwich's tantalizing aroma, you know you're in for a very special treat. Daiya cheese dribbles out of the corners of this grilled angel, and the sauerkraut and sauce are perfectly portioned. We here at YOPV could eat this fucking thing chaque jour. And we do mean every day. 

We've brought several people who eat meat to try out this sandwich. They are sold. They love it more than we YOPVers do. If you're in Los Angeles, run - do not walk - to this place and get one of these. Try a side of the red cabbage cole slaw with it. 

You will thank us for the rest of your lives.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Y'all It Tastes Like Chicken.

You know that one joke where people say "it tastes like chicken" when others ask what funky, weird shit tastes like? Well... I just was up to the Whole Foods here in sunny Glendale, California. I purchased their vegan curry chicken salad - which, for the past several years, has been made with Gardein. 

Now, I think Gardein is fine - some products are better than others. Their crispy mandarin orange chicken is some of the best shit I've had since becoming vegan. I think I could eat it chaque jour as they say in France. 

But when I bit into this vegan curry chicken salad, something was off. It tasted TOO much like chicken. As I'm suspicious by nature anyway, and expect people to fuck up and put non-vegan ingredients into stuff I've ordered, I got a little panicky. 

I checked the incredients, and lo and behold - something that's only been whispered about in Southern California up til this point appeared, as if sent down from the heavens. Yes, I am talking about Beyond Meat. I've heard so many things about this crap from people who have it readily available in the Bay Area - "it's scarily like meat," "you'll never know the difference," et cetera. 

Yeah, yeah, we've heard it before. And then what we're presented with turns out to be some grainy, gross shit that is barely consumable even by people who are starving to death.

Well I am here to tell you right now that this Beyond Meat stuff is the Daiya of Fake Meat Products. What does that mean? Well, it means it's awesome. An extraordinarily pleasant flavor coupled with a non-rubbery, easily-chewed texture.  Finally!

I hope we are going to be able to buy this stuff in forms other than pre-prepared salads, because I would love to make it a regular thing.