Posts Tagged ‘what vegans eat’

Eating out vegan… Mother’s Cafe and Garden – Austin, Texas

You’ve heard the phrase, “Brother from another Mother”, right?

Mother’s is a “Restaurant from another Mother”.

Disguised as a quaint, local, run-of-the-mill eatery; Mother’s is definitely from another planet. The planet is made up of people who only shop local, source their ingredients from their own backyard or local farmer, only eat veggies and never where watches. This place exists in its own time space continuum… and that’s why I love it!

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What to order: The vegan pancake of the day and coffee.

What NOT to order: Any of their mexican dishes. I don’t know why they don’t work…they just don’t.

If you are feeling frisky, get a desert. You won’t be disappointed.

Mother's Cafe and Garden - Click here to see their menu

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Eating out vegan… Z Tejas – Austin, Texas

Z Tejas has vegan options on their menu. I bet they are so proud of themselves for this. How simple… remove the chicken from the chicken salad and call it vegan… brilliant! Throw some random grilled veggies on a plate, drizzle some sause on it and call it vegan… brilliant!

Unfortunately this is the general attitude of chefs and “high cuisine” folks in the culinary world. Take away their butter, eggs and prime cut steaks and suddenly their brilliance goes out the window.

I think this is why I am so disappointed in Z Tejas. They have such a creative, fun and well executed menu–except when it comes down to their vegan and vegetarian options.

I am well aware that it is your restaurant, Mr. Chef. And since it is your restaurant you can put whatever you like on your menu, Mr. Chef. But if you are going to add vegan options, why half-ass it? Why not learn a few tricks and blow us vegans away too? It just doesn’t make any sense.

I digress… This is supposed to just be a review of Z Tejas and their vegan-friendly menu options. I just can’t help but address the ignorance of the entire culinary world when it comes to my diet.

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What to Order: If you must… Wild Mushroom Enchiladas, minus all the non-vegan stuffs.

Best time to go is definitely for Sunday brunch. Make sure to arrive early to beat the church crowd.

Z Tejas - Front Porch - 6th Street location

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Eating out vegan… 24 Diner – Austin, Texas

The wife and I eat out on a regular basis We do our best to prepare food at home and then life catches up with you.

One would think that being vegan would severly limit your ability to eat out. Luckily, we live in Austin, Texas–where vegans are very well served. In the land of bar-b-que, chili and chicken fried steak, there are plenty of options for these city slickers.

One of our favorites spots is 24 Diner at the corner of 6th and Lamar, directly across the street from our undisputed favorite place on earth–Whole Foods (this is a little extreme, I will admit. But we go there enough to capture the moniker for now).

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What to Order: The Veggie Burger without Goat Cheese and fries. I like to add gaucamole and mushrooms.

If you are feeling frisky, definitely go for their made from scratch, Bloody Mary.

24 Diner: Chef-inspired comfort food.

I will continue to review restaurants on and then link them from here. I’m not sure what the etiquette is on re-posting my reviews. Honestly, I don’t really care what the etiquette is. If you don’t want to miss out on any of my reviews, checkout my “Veganese Please” list and become a fan on Yelp!

On another note, I decided to start my restaurant reviews with 24 Diner, because Head Chef for 24 Diner, Andrew Curren, will be competing in my favorite tv show, Top Chef, starting on November 2nd. This season they will be featuring Texas and all that we have to offer. I cannot wait to see where they go and what type of challenges they come up with.

Real men… eat pumpkin seeds.

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to begin the ritual of carving those pumpkins.

The picture below is the best efforts of some of my friends. I carved the cat pumpkin in the middle for Melody.

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are highly nutritional and easy to prepare. When you’re scooping out all those pumpkin guts, separate out the seeds. Rise them off in a strainer. Then toss them in a bowl with some olive oil and whatever seasoning you have around. We were at a friends house and used their steak seasoning (sans the steak).

Think about chips or corn nuts and the different ways they are seasoned… now apply to pumpkin seeds.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, spread the seeds over a cook sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Not only do the seeds provide a great mid-day snack, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.

Now… more pictures of the pumpkins. And yes, real men carve pumpkins too.

What vegans eat… for breakfast

Breakfast is different everyday.

We eat cereal, sliced banana with almond milk, fresh fruit and kale smoothies, lots of granola and yogurt, toasted bread with peanut butter and the list goes on….

We do our best to make breakfast an energy boosting, strong start to the day.

I remember growing up and seeing my parents never eat a thing before rushing off for work. Dad’s breakfast was always instant coffee with a sweet-and-low. I know because I prepared it. Before my parents installed the instant hot water tap, I use to microwave his coffee in a styrofoam cup for 1 minute and 25 seconds. After zapping the water, you stir in the instant coffee and then the sweet-and-low. Basically chemically processed coffee followed by chemicals impersonating sugar. He might as well have eaten the styrofoam cup after he downed his coffee.

God bless my parents. I can only pray they change their ways. I know they are working it. I need them around to be grandparents someday.

I digress…

The inspiration for this post is a meal my darling wife whipped up on Monday morning. I think it only took her about 20 minutes and the only help she required was warming up the tortillas.

Melody made us an amazing tofu scramble. As best as I can describe this without this turning into a recipe blog:

She dried and then crumbled the tofu into a pan. Added a handful of spices, including turmeric (this is key for color) and then diced up some veggies into it. Peppers, onions and mushrooms. We poured some salsa on top and wrapped it up in some tortillas. Walla, your done…


Real Men Juice

Have you had your juice lately?

More importantly, have you had your homemade, fresh from the juicer juice lately?
Forget pills, multi-vitamins, diet plans, etc. Drink juice. It has everything you need in it. In fact, this guy lost a ton of weight and made a movie about it!

Click the pic to see his story.


Stream the movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime…


Need Energy? Drink juice.
Need to cleanse? Drink juice.
Want your skin to glow? Drink juice.


Here’s my favorite juice recipe right now:
  • 1 lemon, remove peel
  • celery
  • kale or spinach or both
  • cucumber
  • apple
  • carrots


It tastes like lemonade without all the sugar. Enjoy!

What vegans eat… Pizza Night!

This is the first post on my blog and I want to keep it simple. If you read my bio page, you will see that I rip on pizza night growing up. READ IT HERE.

We have a similar, but different approach to pizza night.

We grab a par-baked pizza crust from Whole Foods for $2-3. Then we grab fresh toppings. Peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, olives–really, anything that is fresh and from the produce section.

Pizza mees en plas

Melody makes an amazing and simple marinara to spread across the crust before layering on plenty of veggies. You will have to consult her for that recipe at  We pop the pizza in the oven for 20 minutes or so at 350 degrees. Just before it’s done, we throw some fresh basil on top from the garden,

And that’s it!


I’m sure your first questions is… where’s the cheese?

As vegans, we abstain from cheese–any dairy really.  You can try the fake cheese, but they don’t really make any that we like. (Keep trying cheese makers!)

I challenge you to try a pizza without meat or cheese on it. See what you think. I guarantee you will do it again. And you will feel so much better after the meal. No grease. No drippings. No food hangover.