City of Lights, Restaurant of Darkness

BlackOut—a new plant-based dining experience offering a chance to eat in total darkness.

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Pan Am Experience 3.05.16

In the 21st century, flying on airlines isn’t the best experience for some. From TSA to the cliché crying baby on board, it is becoming cumbersome to step foot on anything with wings. Gone are the days of truly great chair-side service with cocktails, fine china plated with good food, and, hell, even your own smoking […]

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Veganizing Mama’s best recipes

“Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now they gotta do what’s right for them, ’cause it’s their time. Their time, up there. Down here it’s our time. It’s our time DOWN HERE.” – Mikey; The Goonies I’ve struggled for years trying to veganize recipes my mother has so effortlessly conquered as […]

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eliminating wastefulness

I waste a lot of food, and I feel like shit about it. After purchasing a juicer and throwing out the pulp a few times, I thought, “….what in the actual fuck am I doing? I could use this.” So I saved some carrot pulp for a few days, but then I’d look into my […]

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in before scoffs

It’s fall. A lot of us are bummed. Cold weather is inevitable, sunshine will no longer grace our cheeks (butt cheeks, that is), and the year is coming to an end. But alas! This now gives us an excuse and purpose to make hot drinks, which I’ve personally been waiting for. There are very few […]

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the summer of sorbet cocktails

Living in Portland during the summer can be amazing….but also unbearable. Air conditioning is a rarity, but luckily the tools and ingredients to make the best sorbets aren’t.     Lemon Basil Sorbet 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of lemon zest 2 cups of sugar 1 cup of water handful of basil, […]

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The Room: Cocktailized

Having been inspired by this gem, “The Tommy Wiseau 2 ounces whiskey 2 ounces vodka Pour all ingredients into an old-fashioned glass. Do not include ice. Do not stir. Best served after working a long day for an employer that doesn’t appreciate you. Especially tasty if you feel betrayed by the world.”   I took […]

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sake cocktails + noodles

Shying away from my normal Prohibition era cocktail preferences, I discovered some recipes for sake cocktails. None of them seemed appealing or would be cheaper than $75 to make, so I found some strange liquors to pair with a dry sake: For the Sake of Love 2 oz of sake (junmai or extra dry) 1.5 […]

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improvising

Scenario: You’re sick (cough, sore throat, raspy voice, typical winter shit) and you don’t want to go to the store. You’ve also got bourbon and a lime. An idea emerges.  The Improvised Hot Toddy #1 1 oz of bourbon/rye 1 teaspoon of agave (you can use honey if you’re not vegan or don’t care) juice of […]

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arsonphobia in cocktail form

Arsonphobia (the bitter heiress without the flame) 1.5 ounces of Lillet Rouge 1.5 ounces of Campari 4 ounces of orange juice, freshly squeezed is preferred Shake vigorously with ice, strain and serve in a chilled glass. Traditionally, the bitter heiress calls for a flamed citrus peel after pouring in the glass to collect the citrus […]

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Infusing less than quality rye

This week, I’ve been infusing some shit whiskey with raspberries and cardamom. I was thinking of making it some sort of variation of a manhattan.

LOOK AT HOW THE INFUSED RASPBERRIES LOOK LIKE LITTLE BRAINS!!!

Manhattan #69

  • all the raspberry cardamom infused whiskey* your little heart desires (okay fine, 1 oz)
  • 1 oz. Lillet Rouge (instead of the sweet vermouth)
  • no fucking bitters because you’re broke as fuck

STIR GENTLY and strain the ice

(fuck it, i drank it straight out of the mason jar, do what you want)

*infuse a handful of raspberries and one cardamom pod in whiskey for a week in a cool, dark place

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Looks gross? Chug it.

Over the years, I’ve acquired pretty much every herb, supplement, and health food you can imagine. Exploring my nutritional options as a vegan has gotten me to a point where my cupboard should belong to someone in their late 60s. Regardless, I’m pleased with the fact that I can easily make something that calls for […]

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classy bitches

Crave. Indulge. Regret. Repeat.  I’m able to feel a little less regret knowing my desserts don’t contain eggs and dairy, and I feel no regret when they’re gluten free. Still, cupcakes should not be consumed every day EVEN THOUGH I would happily eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my (very […]

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no excuses

There should never be any excuse to not eating healthy. You have time. It doesn’t always have to be expensive. You don’t need fancy equipment in the kitchen. There are enough resources out there to assist you with knowledge on eating better and staying healthy. Now let’s talk about carrots. Rich in antioxidants, they are […]

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free

Every day I get closer to my move to Portland, I am overcome with excitement and nervousness. Today was my last day of work, and I’m officially without a job. I feel like I’ve left a family at work, and I can honestly say they are the best people I’ve worked with. Tonight has become […]

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hello, odd cravings

“Spicy Crab” Rolls For the crab mixture: 3 spoonfuls of Vegenaise 1 tablespoon of Sriracha 1 block of baked tofu, chopped garlic powder (optional) Cooked sushi rice nori wraps Bake the tofu until both sides are browned. This is the most important part, none of the tofu can be slimy. Be patient. Mix together the […]

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I’m all about the sandwiches

I have an absolutely insane love for bread. Good, freshly baked bread. The smell of a loaf coming out of the oven is probably the best smell in the world. It also goes with pretty much anything. This is why sandwiches are the best things to ever come from mankind.   Peppered “Chicken” Sandwich Two […]

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exploration in fancy

I recently ventured to China Poblano in the Cosmopolitan for the 10th time, and it still amazes me. MEXICAN food and CHINESE in one place filled with beautifully designed pieces and literally…bicycles on the ceiling. They recommended some crazy beer/tequila cocktail (which is trusting as all hell of me since I stick to certain things), […]

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my taste buds are skewed

Spinach Ravioli with Alfredo 1 package of Rising Moon Organics ravioli Wild Mushrooms Sauce: 1/2 block of tofu 1/2 cup of nondairy milk, unsweetened 1 tablespoon of onion powder and garlic powder 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance pepper chives (optional) Blend tofu and nondairy milk while heating Earth Balance in a small saucepan. Add the […]

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FYF 2012

Festivals are pretty overwhelming, especially for being my first one. I don’t know if I’d go to another one, but I did get to see a lot of bands I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The location was odd- near Chinatown in Los Angeles. The weather was mild despite acquiring a nasty sunburn. Pictured above is […]

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progress!

A week into this raw diet, and I already see significant changes. Clearer, softer skin. Pounds shedding off. Appetite (cravings) ceasing. I think I finally did it correct this time, minus the bourbon. This morning, I tried my hand at making a green smoothie. There are a million different recipes for this odd concoction, so explore […]

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I spoil my friends.

“Hey, I’m making you lunch” turns into me grabbing everything I own in the fridge and making THEM lunch. Here’s what came of it: Vegan “Egg” Salad Wraps with Pear Coleslaw Wraps: 2 raw collard green leafs 1/2 block of tofu 1/3 cup of Veganaise 1/4 cup of Dijon mustard 1/4 of a small onion […]

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wandering

Pictured above: My beet burger and “thug life” gin cocktail from Neighborhood  in downtown San Diego; Buffalo Trace bourbon and the “last fucking word” gin cocktail from El Dorado Cocktail Lounge in downtown San Diego; the Real Estate show at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach; the beach near the venue; and Lucky D’s Hostel.

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salad gets boring

As a “health conscious” eater, you get fucking tired of salads. However, people grow COOL SHIT like red corn, easter egg radishes, yellow beans, and other strange color vegetables. I had no idea what to do with these and hadn’t tried some of them before, so I tested it out in a salad. Odd Skewer […]

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that’s quite a raspberry!

I used to have a hell of a time with acne. I looked monstrous, no medicine could help. Luckily, there are foods that promote healthy, glowing skin (and some that promote the opposite). Cutting out dairy and refined foods helped a LOT. After finding out what exactly is good for your skin, I incorporated more […]

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epic dawgz

“Chili dog”  vegan hot dogs ezekiel’s gluten free hot dog buns vegenaise ketchup daiya cheddar shreds whole foods brand spicy vegetarian chili guacamole Potato Salad 6 red potatoes, chopped and cooked 1/2 cup of vegenaise 1/4 cup of dijon mustard 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon of dried dill 1 teaspoon of parsley […]

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can’t stop, won’t stop

    Vanilla fritters are from HOMEMADE cookbook, a wonderful book with vegan and nonvegan food. The fritters, unfortunately are not vegan. My mom got to enjoy them while I smelled the incredible aroma they left in my apartment. The drink recipe is from a bartender at a local bar here, wonderful drink, though I […]

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housewife mode: engage

Today I’m starting my high raw/gluten free diet. I decided to make a shit ton of gluten free breads for the week. Here I veganized Whole Food’s Flaxseed Muffins. Instead of eggs, I used the egg replacer, and for the buttermilk, I combined a cup of nondairy milk with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar […]

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a fucking shitstorm

Sometimes when you get drunk, you make REALLY GOOD SHIT (mostly, you don’t) I am calling this drink a Shitstorm.       This drink literally has everything pictured above. It’s whiskey shaken with 6 dashes of Tabasco and an ounce of homemade grenadine. I call it a  “Shitstorm”, but I’m sure someone has concocted […]

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EAT BOOZE

I tried to make this not look like shit, I REALLY TRIED. At least it has bourbon in it? I jumped at the chance to use my peach spiced infused bourbon and decided to make a gluten free cake. No icing, however, go for it. I’m trying to not have my ass jiggle for a […]

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portland part deux

Here is what I explored in PDX: Dick’s Kitchen Cozy diner-esque restaurant with a strange mirror on a wall and okay music. They had a good beverage selection (alcoholic and nonalcoholic). Additionally, they served collard greens as a side (WIN) and a bbq tempeh burger. I snagged that and a manhattan, which also tasted decent. […]

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Portland, you destroy me.

1. “Fireball” – Makers Bourbon, Grenadine, Tabasco at Beuluhland Overall awesome bar, cheap drinks, great atmosphere. 2. “Celebratory Gunfire”- Four Roses Bourbon, Creme de Cassis, Ginger Beer, Rosemary at Central Intimate and amazingly designed bar, the owner seriously pays attention to detail. I am hooked. 3. Negroni and Pink Pearl- also at Central.     […]

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