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Ilikethepixies
5870 Posts
14 years, 1 month ago
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a meat-eatter to the very death. I've butchered just about every type of animal one could butcher and to live without meat would be very sad.

However, there is this adorable (those of you who know me know that I don't throw that word out too often) vegan cafe within walking distance from where I live. It supports local farmers, sustainable agriculture, organic (or at least pesticide-free) produce... the works.

So, I really like the place, I like the politics, I like the people... but I'm a meat eater by nature.

For those of you who have experience with vegan food, what kinds of food would you recommend to someone who hasn't eaten a lot of it before?

I tried a hummus and vegetable pita wrap, which was quite good. I'm just scared about taking the leap into tofu. I am just... somewhat scared of it.

So what ya'll vegan-eattin' retro junkies got for lil' ol' Pixies?
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    Rainbow_Bright
    2505 Posts
    14 years, 1 month ago
    Chickpeas man those are soo good. A nice simple drink would be a bag of the forzen fruit and some ice and a blendar, so simple yet so delicious. Soymilk can be ok with lattes or coffees um...the tofu burgers and things are kinnda descusting but a block of tofu chopped and added in to a meal tatstes better for some reason.
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      Video_Jukebox
      1068 Posts
      14 years, 1 month ago
      I'm a meat-eater, but I once went to a restaurant in Manhattan that served "chicken" burritos made with seitan in lieu of chicken. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't really notice much of a difference. Of course, it could have been because it was Mexican food and I was huunnnngry.

      I've also eaten tofu cheesecake before. Unfortunately, I wasn't so impressed this time. It was sweet, but it had a wang to it that you could tell just wasn't cheese.

      Based on my experiences, tofu usually doesn't taste like much of anything on its own. When mixed with other things, it'll taste like whatever it's mixed with. The consistency is usually pretty mushy, though. That might put some people off. Not all tofu is alike, though. Apparently, people in Hong Kong like theirs stinky.
      "Preserving the old ways from being abused,
      Protecting the new ways for me and for you.
      What more can we do?"
      --The Kinks, "Village Green Preservation Society"
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        Ilikethepixies
        5870 Posts
        14 years, 1 month ago
        I know that there are two different types of tofu, I watched the "Good Eats" show on it, but I forget which one. Damn Alton Brown marinated and cooked it like a steak.

        It has to do with the curds and whey or whatever it is translated into soybean terms.

        What's "seitan"? Is it pronounced "satan"? Also, is it evil?
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          Video_Jukebox
          1068 Posts
          14 years, 1 month ago
          It's wheat gluten. Apparently, you can flavor it to make it taste like meat. I've always pronounced it "SAI-tan", but Wikipedia says it's pronounced "SAY-tahn", so, I guess you're right about it being Satan. That burrito was good, though.
          "Preserving the old ways from being abused,
          Protecting the new ways for me and for you.
          What more can we do?"
          --The Kinks, "Village Green Preservation Society"
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            Rainbow_Bright
            2505 Posts
            14 years, 1 month ago
            Well that's a good question pixie, try looking it up at Urban dictionary.com.
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              Ilikethepixies
              5870 Posts
              14 years, 1 month ago
              Gimme it one more time!

              Just kidding.

              I find that the older I get, the more interested I become in other ways of being. The vegan lifestyle, for instance.

              Please, feed me information. I am but a block of spongey tofu waiting for the soaking of your knowledge marinade.
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                Rainbow_Bright
                2505 Posts
                14 years, 1 month ago
                sorry my fucking laptop is slow..it's the internet connections fault...lol
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                  KRW
                  431 Posts
                  14 years, 1 month ago
                  For thanksgiving, I made (and created) Chinese Vegan Stir-Fry in my mom's wok as a side dish.
                  it was SO good :shock: . My relatives, brothers and parents INHALED it. No really, it was THAT delicious. It's vegan friendly and I made it that way since some of cousins who were there were vegans themselves. It consisted of onions, bell peppers and zucchini chopped up and fried in the wok with vegetable oil and lotsa soy sauce.
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                    kayvee
                    3672 Posts
                    14 years, 1 month ago
                    Best vegan burrito I ever had:

                    refried beans, diced fried potatoes, Spanish rice, avocado, grilled onions, & habanero hot sauce- all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla. The only thing missing was the cheese but it was supposed to be vegan- so no dairy. It was pretty damn good though.

                    I'll take potatoes over tofu but I suppose tofu is ok every now and then. It's pretty good fried crispy with that Tai style peanut sauce.
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                      Ilikethepixies
                      5870 Posts
                      14 years, 1 month ago
                      That does sound damn tasty. I might have to see if the place near me has it.

                      As for the tofu... anything tastes good after its been fried.
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                        HarryReems
                        2067 Posts
                        14 years, 1 month ago
                        Ilikethepixies
                        Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a meat-eatter to the very death. I've butchered just about every type of animal one could butcher and to live without meat would be very sad.

                        However, there is this adorable (those of you who know me know that I don't throw that word out too often) vegan cafe within walking distance from where I live. It supports local farmers, sustainable agriculture, organic (or at least pesticide-free) produce... the works.

                        So, I really like the place, I like the politics, I like the people... but I'm a meat eater by nature.

                        For those of you who have experience with vegan food, what kinds of food would you recommend to someone who hasn't eaten a lot of it before?

                        I tried a hummus and vegetable pita wrap, which was quite good. I'm just scared about taking the leap into tofu. I am just... somewhat scared of it.

                        So what ya'll vegan-eattin' retro junkies got for lil' ol' Pixies?


                        I'd recommend you grow your testes back.
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                          kayvee
                          3672 Posts
                          14 years, 1 month ago
                          testis--testis

                          one, two, ...three?
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                            KRW
                            431 Posts
                            14 years, 1 month ago
                            Ilikethepixies: *buds grow on his crotch* "I think they're growin' back HarryReems!"
                            HarryReems: "Good but maybe a little bigger than that!"

                            LOL
                              14 years, 1 month ago
                              My favorite vegan food, by far, is vegetable stir-fry. I love things that are covered in sauces. Vegetable stir-frys are especially good with a mix of bland things (broccoli, carrots, bok choy, water chesnuts, etc.) and strongly flavored things (bell peppers, onions). And, if you need some protein, throw some deep-fried tofu chunks in there; seriously, just put some chunks of tofu into a pan of hot oil and they'll turn very crispy and golden. And then cover everything with a thick, sticky sauce. Yum!

                              (I'm a meat-eater, but I used to be a vegetarian.)
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                                kayvee
                                3672 Posts
                                13 years, 11 months ago
                                I like to check out vegan restaurants every now and then. It's hard to go full vegan in today's society, especially if you're in a relationship. I know a guy that is vegan but his wife eats meat. I don't know how the hell they manage to prepare separate meals every night. It must be nuts.
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                                  Ilikethepixies
                                  5870 Posts
                                  13 years, 11 months ago
                                  Yeah, that's a good point.

                                  Its a lot easier to eat less meat and dairy once you know all of the hormones and antibiotics you are taking into your system.

                                  I had a vegan gyro the other day that was fucking delicious. The tofu tasted and had the texture of meat. I couldn't beleive how good it was. If I could prepare tofu like that resturant, I would have no problem being vegan (for the most part). I don't know that I could ever completely give up meat.
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                                    kayvee
                                    3672 Posts
                                    13 years, 11 months ago
                                    That dude that I was talking about also has a little boy, and he is raising him to be vegan.

                                    Doesn't that seem like a lot to put a kid through?
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                                      Ilikethepixies
                                      5870 Posts
                                      13 years, 11 months ago
                                      Yeah. Its a good way to raise a healthy kid though.

                                      I say that if the kid is up for it, why not?
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                                        kayvee
                                        3672 Posts
                                        13 years, 11 months ago
                                        True, but the pesticides still may get you. It just seems like at some point he'd get curious about a chicken strip or a glass of milk. I certainly admire that kind of discipline. It would be easier if the school systems offered a meal option to accommodate the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.
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