News & Notes
- Attention Kansas City friends: my first book signing has officially been scheduled! Check out the “Upcoming Events” section of my Practically Raw page for date/time, location, and other details. I hope to see you there!
- Autographed copies of Practically Raw are now available: click here to find out how to get your personally-signed book.
Welcome to my latest “leftovers” post! I don’t do these as frequently as I used to, but many of you have told me they’re some of your favorite posts, so I’m going to try to give you one at least every other month. The last edition took us up to the end of December, so here’s the first batch of my randomly collected 2012 eats.
Matt’s an oatmeal addict. He eats it for breakfast every.single.day, usually with nothing but a handful of raisins added. On the weekends, though, I sometimes like to make him “treat” oatmeal, like this bowl: cooked steel-cut oats swirled with raw honey and topped with sliced bananas and mini chocolate chips. If it were me, I’d add some chopped walnuts, but Matt doesn’t like crunchy bits in his oatmeal (weirdo).
Just a little reminder… 😉 This was a real fortune I got once!
Matt and I spent one Saturday night at home, drinking vodka sodas and starting a list of songs we want to play at our wedding. We soon abandoned the list-making in favor of just taking turns playing songs we love and singing along when applicable.
I ate lots of smashed avocado salads…
…and cinnamon-spiced sweet potato purée, often with extra coconut butter swirled in…
…or simply drizzled on top (no matter how “wrong” it may look!).
I saved the best for last. Anyone who still has the misconception that Kansas City is a vegetarian/vegan wasteland: take note!
Matt and I rarely seem to eat out anymore, but in February we decided to go out to dinner at McCoy’s Public House, a popular bar/pub in the Westport area of Midtown KC. I used to go there pretty frequently for their excellent roasted red pepper hummus appetizer (see here), but hadn’t been in a long time. McCoy’s has always had a number of veg options on their menu, but the offerings have become even more plentiful and impressive these last couple years. Exhibit #1: Matt’s dish.
Guess what that is? Mock Duck Curry. Sliced seitan “duck meat” panfried until crispy-edged alongside a heavenly array of seasonal vegetables, tossed with a light coconut curry sauce and served with basmati rice. For real. Most amazing bar food ever? I think so! Matt had to keep batting my fork away as I stole bites of it.
My dish was pretty damn awesome, too. The Vegan Masala had lots of fresh veggies and chickpeas roasted with Moroccan-ish seasonings, served with a basmati rice/lentil pilaf and grilled pita bread.
But the night wasn’t over yet! Matt and I met up with friends next door at McCoy’s “sister bar,” The Foundry.
Several hours (and drinks) later, we were feeling a little “peckish” again. The Foundry also has an amazing amount of vegan options (note to self: try the “cheat meat”-topped nachos next time!), but we went straight for the pizza.
The Cheat Lover’s Pizza is made with vegan italian sausage, Daiya cheese, ratatouille veggies, wild mushrooms, 12-hour red sauce, and fresh basil. They even offer a gluten-free crust, which we took advantage of. Runner-up for best bar food ever? Very possibly!
Alcohol + friends + pizza = good times.
QUESTION: Do you have veg-friendly bars in your area?