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Vegan necessities

So funny! I will remember this story when I make my purchase.

There are many excellent Asian markets near my home, and that's another thing I need to do; experiment with new products that are sold there.

I forgot about adding Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce as well as Sriracha. I use them a lot when I am experimenting with Asian flavors and always add a bit of the chili garlic sauce to my muhammara. I also like having soba noodles around.

Mar 30, 2015
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan necessities

More great items.
Spices and things like fresh ginger have a lot more meaning for me, now. That has been one of the best parts of becoming a vegan.
I've never used umeboshi paste so that is going on my list.
And avocados, yes, I go through so many avocados now. I'm surprised how many dessert recipes use them, not to mention having them in a salad or a sandwich.

Mar 30, 2015
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

The Glenville Stops

Thanks for this tip. Can't wait to go with my family.

Mar 30, 2015
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegan necessities

These are great. Thanks.

I need to use more miso and tahini.

Mar 25, 2015
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Vegan necessities

I've been following a mostly vegan diet for about 10 years for health reasons. I love it.

I've discovered many ingredients along the way that I turn to often when I am cooking, ingredients that I seldom if ever used before. And things like peanut butter, that used to be spread on a banana or a piece of bread, are now featured players when I cook. (Spicy peanut sauce, for example.)

I'm hoping you can share some of the things you rely on a lot(besides the obvious fruits and veggies) now that you are a vegan.

Here are some of mine:

Earth Balance (great for baking and everything else)
Bragg's Liquid Aminos
Apple Cider Vinegar
Nutritional Yeast
Agave
Panko
Maple syrup
Spices, lots of spices
Earth Balance Mayo
Almond Milk
Coconut Oil
Coconut Milk
Applesauce (substitute for eggs when baking)
Molasses
Silken Tofu
Liquid Smoke (I do not use this a lot but never used it before.)
Quinoa and other grains
A variety of hot sauces

Hope this helps some new vegans. Would love to hear about any other things you rely on when you are doing your vegan cooking. I'm looking forward to a shopping trip to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's soon, so I'm going to stock up. Both of them are very vegan friendly.

Mar 24, 2015
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Shout Out for Berezka Russian Market: New Food Adventures with a Helpful Owner/Guide

It was pretty crazy. Thanks to modern technology, we were quickly able to find out that it was open and thanks to their delicious prepared food, not to mention their excellent customer service, Thanksgiving was reborn. To be honest, I think we'll go back next year just before Thanksgiving to get some treats, as it has become part of the family lore. Thank goodness for accepting change and dealing with a food crisis in a positive way.

It really is good to know about. And here's a funny thing; while the rest of the area was desolate, with empty streets and plenty of parking, this place was totally jam packed.

Mar 15, 2015
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Shout Out for Berezka Russian Market: New Food Adventures with a Helpful Owner/Guide

Love this spot. A good tip to remember is that they are open on Thanksgiving so when you have a turkey crisis, you can swing in for some delicious chicken Kiev and other prepared meals that more than make up for the loss of the turkey. We could not have found a better solution to our turkey crisis as just about everything in the area is closed that day.

Mar 13, 2015
mvi in Greater Boston Area
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Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

For us it is always Eastern Standard. Fun atmosphere, good food with something for everyone and delicious cocktails. We've had so many meals there over the years and have never been disappointed.

Feb 19, 2015
mvi in Greater Boston Area
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Christmas Dinner Petit Robert

This is helpful. Thanks so much. We will keep this in mind for future holidays as we often go out, depending on all kinds of family issues/ plans, etc.

Dec 26, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegan-friendly (but not only) in Boston

We have a lot of vegans in the family and find Boston/Cambridge to be very vegan friendly. There are several places that serve really good vegan food, including Veggie Galaxy and Life Alive in Central Square, which is in Cambridge. The stop is on the Red Line. Both are better for lunch as they are very casual. We also like Punjab Palace in Allston and Myers and Chang in the South End. These are family favorites, with vegans of all ages. The most upscale of these is Myers and Chang.

Eastern Standard is also very friendly to vegans. It is also one of the most popular restaurants in the area and very close to Copley Square. Note that they do not feature vegan dishes, however they offer many and also work with you to make sure you get what you want. Make a reservation if you decide to go here.

You can always call ahead and say that you have a vegan coming along. We have found the Boston area chefs to be really accommodating. In one case my vegan daughter, then age 25, said that she had enjoyed the best vegan meal she had ever had. It was a risotto/ veggie dish with a mushroom gravy that the chef prepared for her. He came out to speak to her twice. Really nice.

Vegan food is terrific and your friend should be fine. It's not Seattle, where vegan restaurants are all over the place, but things are getting better all the time.

Dec 22, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

ISO Quiet place for a winter drink, Harvard-Porter-Davis Squares

Not sure if their drink menu is what you are seeking, but as far as a nice, quiet place for a good chat with a friend on a cold afternoon goes, I'd recommend Harvest.

Nov 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area
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Thanksgiving side: Not heavy, possibly acidic or citrusy?

I made a beet, celery, apple salad the other day that I am adding to our Thanksgiving meal. I added a bit of lemon zest, salt and pepper, and a very light mixture of oil and red wine vinegar. I love roasting beets, so I used some that I had already roasted, but the celery and local apples were raw. I thought about adding a bit of orange zest, too, but did not have any oranges handy.

Nov 18, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

Well, I meant "Christmas should be a time of joy...." in my last paragraph, as your request was about Christmas festivities, but the same applies to Thanksgiving. Have fun! I hope you let us know how it goes.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful time! Enjoy every moment. Your family is lucky to have one another.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking

New holiday ideas

Within the last couple of hours, the NYT has published a nice collection of vegetarian recipes that is called A Well Vegetarian Thanksgiving. Here is the link:

http://cooking.nytimes.com/68861692-n...

Let me know if you have trouble with it.

Nov 16, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

Some of these look really tasty:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/4...

I'm going to do a test run this week. Thanks for all of the great ideas, everyone. I've already had the meat eaters in the family ask what I am making this year. Pressure is on.

Nov 15, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Liquor stores carrying cacha├ža in/near Boston?

Sav Mor has it.

Nov 15, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

A simple Google search of crockpot and Thanksgiving (not Christmas) sent me to a vast number of resources. I hope you are able use some of the time leading up to Christmas by trying some recipes out.

And if you have the kind of people in your family who will say they never want to go to your place again, then that is their loss.

Our preparation does not take weeks and weeks. And we have fun cooking together. (Yes, we sometimes use a crockpot for a couple of dishes, but not always.) My parents are older now, and we usually go to their place, which is many hours away. They now purchase things like pies and side dishes, which has been an adjustment for us, as we all love to cook.

In addition, several of us are now vegans. We have had a blast making vegan dishes that everyone has enjoyed. The meat eaters have been really surprised and accepting about our vegan dishes, and I'll be honest, the dairy free/ meat free dishes are the first to disappear.

Thanksgiving should be a time of joy and family/ friends. If you are hosting, I hope you can enjoy this time and feel confident with whatever you offer- crockpot based or not.

Nov 14, 2014
mvi in Home Cooking
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Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

I supported a Boston based food project a couple of years ago as a friend was heavily involved. They raised a lot of funds but nothing ever happened. There were a lot of angry people at the time. Sadly, I'm not going to fund any more projects on Kickstarter any more, although I'm sure most of them are well intentioned. I just felt taken advantage of, but like any investment, you take a risk, so I've moved on after learning an expensive lesson.

Nov 14, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

They are adorable! I love Brussels sprouts and do want to give these a try.

Nov 12, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

Looks like they just started sharing the recipes. Here is the link:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11...

I'm not sure how many free articles you get with the NYT (I am a subscriber), but it appears they are releasing the recipes "over the next few weeks" which is a pain.

Nov 12, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Pomergranate Molasses

Try Al-Hoda Market on Prospect Street. The location is closer to Inman than Central, but it's a nice walk from Central. It's a lovely little market. I got pomegranate molasses there a couple of years ago for muhammara. Prices are great.

Nov 09, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Weekend in Boston...single guy looking for great food!

If you like eating at the bar, I'd head over to Island Creek Oyster Bar and/or Eastern Standard.

Nov 07, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston spot for 50th Wedding Anniversary @35 ppl?

In addition to the questions posed by addiez, are you looking for a private room?

Nov 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

This recipe looks terrific. Definitely a new idea for me, and one I will be trying with enthusiasm.

I agree about the roast vegetables. I can't make enough. They always get devoured.

Nov 05, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Traditional thanksgiving dinner boston or south shore

Take a look at Open Table which may give you some ideas. You can enter the # of people and the time you desire. If Henrietta's Table is offering a Thanksgiving dinner, I'm sure it would be terrific, if a bit expensive.

Nov 04, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Vegan Cross-Contamination Help

Really nice of you. We have several vegans in the family and would not be concerned with sharing oven space with the turkey or anything else that is not vegan. If your guest is sensitive about these things, though, I agree that asking is a good idea. If not, I like the idea of cooking it ahead of time and warming it up later.

Oct 29, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

This is an issue for many people, including some in my family. I know there are other threads here on this topic. (I'll look for them after work and send along unless someone else beats me to it.) A few fairly quiet ones we like are Catalyst, No. 9 Park, Beacon Hill Bistro, and EVOO.

Oct 28, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

New holiday ideas

That lentil rice wellington sounds great....All of these great ideas and links are so helpful, and I thank you all. I have a new family member who loves bourbon so I'm thinking of a sweet potato dish with VT maple syrup, orange zest and a dash or two of bourbon. I recently had a home made chickpea veggie burger that was served with a beet puree which was better than the burger, so I may try to replicate that.
As I said, it is fun seeing how many people love eating vegan dishes on this holiday, so I like to contribute a lot to the table.

Oct 27, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan

New holiday ideas

I live in the New England area where the NY Times has started collecting vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes and the stories behind them. I totally love cooking vegan meals for the holidays and am wondering if anyone has some new discoveries or ideas to share. I stay away from fake meats and fake cheese. Tofurkey is not on the menu either.
I've really enjoyed making dishes that everyone likes, not just the vegans and vegetarians. Haven't converted anyone yet, but without exception, they all go back for seconds and are always super impressed.
We usually make a roast veggie dish with beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc., onions in a creamy sherry sauce, stuffed squash with home made cranberry sauce and gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and two kinds of pie. Except for the pies, we do not always follow a recipe.
Any new ideas out there? Thanks!

Oct 24, 2014
mvi in Vegetarian & Vegan