choctastic's Profile

Title Last Reply

Grocery Outlet -- March 2014

I like the Enjoy Life cookies and I got a few boxes of these for $1.99 here. Great price. Not as fresh as Trader Joe's knockoff version but there were more flavors to choose from.

Apr 06, 2014
choctastic in San Francisco Bay Area

Any Baklava Makers Out there?

You can use any nuts.

Also, honey is not necessarily a prerogative to good baklava. In Turkey, I had the best baklava that was made with a sugar/lemon syrup.

My favorite baklava has pistachios, but I also like the walnut and pecan varieties.

Feb 14, 2014
choctastic in Home Cooking

Artisan Bread in Orange County, CA

Since you're Mr. Celiac, I'm assuming, gluten-free?

If contamination is an issue, you might have to stick to just the packaged breads. There are gluten-free bakeries like Sensitive Sweets, but I think they stick to sweet stuff like cupcakes?

Aug 05, 2013
choctastic in Los Angeles Area

Paula Deen's deposition

It's the complaint, NOT the depo, that is attached to that news article. Great journalism, people. Reading through the complaint, I found some of these charges rather hard to believe. I get that you can be racially discriminated against, but for a white employee to complain about racial discrimination against a fellow black employee...hmm. As for the sexual discrimination allegations of men getting all these cushy jobs while women get the brunt of the work and none of the pay...uh, I find that somewhat hard to believe as well. I mean, if the allegations were true, I think this place should shut down, period. But as I read more and more of the actual allegations, I'm starting to smell a phony.

Jun 19, 2013
choctastic in Food Media & News
1

If You Were Broke For The Week, What Would You Buy?

I'm going to try this as well.

Dec 16, 2012
choctastic in General Topics

Veggie Grill (Southern Calif chain) now open at San Jose's Santana Row - any reports?

They're very consistent between branches, so it should be representative of the others. I personally love the place. Their fried chicken plate (no sauce on my steamed kale though) is my favorite thing to eat. Love the quinoa side as well. mac & cheese is bland . Love the carrot cake because it's cheap and doesn't have all kinds of crap on it, just pure carrot cake goodness with a thin layer of frosting. Chocolate pudding parfait is too achingly sweet for even my tastes, but the reguar chocolate pudding is pretty good. I like the cheeseburger, but a hardcore meat-eater said it was the worst thing he had ever put in his mouth, so YMMV.

Nov 18, 2012
choctastic in San Francisco Bay Area

trying to figure out an old recipe for vegan pancakes

too much flaxseed for that quantity of flour. I would start at a tablespoon and go higher or lower from there.

Nov 18, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Arkansas Black Applemania!

imho, they make a fantastic apple pie. I forget if I mixed them with Granny Smith or not, but what's awesome is that they turn the pie pink and they have a really delicious sweet flavor. I'm a fan too, in case you haven't noticed. I got mine at Berkeley Bowl. Lucky for you, I moved to SoCal.

Nov 06, 2012
choctastic in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Vegan Bakeries?

Oh, I have to try this cake out. Thanks!

Oct 11, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

This sounds totally awesome. I have to try this.

Oct 11, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

How did you become vegan?

I pretty much went vegan for health reasons as well, but honestly the vegan choices these days keep me going. Oh and I just had a cholesterol test. Total cholesterol = 110. Total cholesterol/HDL ratio = 2.6. I really can't complain.

Sep 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

vegetarian bacon substitue?

I had toasted coconut slices on a "BLT" at this place called Phoney Baloney's. It was pretty amazingly baconlike, and had a slight coconutty touch. It was great!

Sep 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Una Pizza Napoletana, SF report w/ pics

Went here on a recent trip. After all the hype, was really surprised to find it doughy and uninteresting. I have no problem with soft crust, but I'm telling you, this was doughy. I have a local pizza joint near me called Pizza e Vino, and the pizza there seemed to be more interesting: nicer crust texture, good blistering, decent sauce and toppings. Just my $.02. I had a no-cheese pizza at both places which may skew things.

Sep 03, 2012
choctastic in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegan foods at Trader Joe's - What's good?

Interesting. I wish you guys would advertise this, because I definitely want to buy non-GMO products.

Sep 03, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan in Disney

Damn, I wish I had known this. I ended up eating fries and a coke, and I had a bad reaction to the fries, so there was clearly some animal contamination going on there.

Sep 03, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

A website that this forum might be very familiar with already

happycow wasalso the most reliable source of vegetarian restaurants in Seoul, Korea for me.

Sep 03, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

How did you become vegan?

I started my vegan journey on September 30, 1997, when I was having horrible skin reactions and I read some book about elimination diets. I went on a diet of tofu and rice for a month and cried when my symptoms completely disappeared. I cried because loved meat and didn't want to spend the rest of my life life just eating tofu.

I stayed in the closet for many years, eating vegan at home and then going hog wild whenever my friends wanted to go out and eat. I have friends who never realized I was a vegan at home all those years.

Several years back, my symptoms got worse and so I couldn't cheat anymore. I"m not that sad though. The vegan word has blossomed. It's amazing. I'm happy.

Sep 03, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Low Carb Vegetarian Meal (and snack) Ideas

I agree with the LC tortillas. I nuke them with the filling inside and I think they're awesome, but I found out about them when my co-worker bought them, couldn't stand them, and gave them to me. So ymmv.

Aug 09, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

How exciting! I"m so there on my next trip!

Aug 09, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

oooohhh

Aug 06, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Good Vegan Restaurant - downtown

If you are walking, the closest to downtown is probably Plant Cafe and Enjoy Vegetarian, both pretty decent options. Only Enjoy Vegetarian is all vegetarian though. Plant Cafe serves a vegan option but is a non-veg restaurant.

Jul 24, 2012
choctastic in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Vegan Bakeries?

Well, I'd rather support vegan bakeries, if at all possible, but I still do want to hear about the vegan option at non-vegan restaurants.

Jul 24, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

Oooh, trashy vanilla glaze. I will have to go there. Speaking of which the Trader Joes cinnamon rolls more the fluffy pillow kind, but they still got that uber-sweet vanilla glaze. Mmmmm glaze.

Jul 24, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

I've been meaning to go there. I've been to some of the Sticky Fingers in Seoul, but they have totally different pastries.

Jul 24, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Your votes for the best vegan fast food in the US

I noticed that vegan fast food is increasing in popularity in the US. Places like Veggie Grill and Native Foods Cafe make it easy to be vegan, almost too easy.

Who gets your vote for best vegan fast food in the US? You may only vote once. I will tally up the votes in about a month, or whenever votes stop coming in.

Jul 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

OK, I'm concerned about the lack of posts on Veg. & Vegan! Let's make a concerted effort to amp things up. Ideas? Post in this thread, if so!

I'm so sorry, but I'm stupid right now. So, in that thread, we just make a new post and put a link directing people to the Veg forum? Is that what you mean?

Jul 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

I'm so excited by the responses in this post! Thank you so much. I never knew these places existed!

Jul 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

Ooh vegan chocolate chip cookies! Thanks! It's hard to find a good version.

Jul 21, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

What's the best thing you've had?

Jul 19, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegan Bakeries?

Ooh, Ohio, that's really interesting. Thanks!

Jul 18, 2012
choctastic in Vegetarian & Vegan