Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sometimes you buy crazy things.

Thomas and I picked up these goodies recently at Food Fight! Vegan Grocery store..

Vegan Citrus Sparerib Cutlets $5
Strong Cheddar Sheese $9.25
Vegan Ham Log $20

Thomas is a big fan of the Gardenburger riblets, and picked up the ribs. His verdict - even better than the riblets! He really dug the tangy plum sauce. The only other place I've seen these is at Whole Foods, which isn't convenient for us to really shop at being downtown, and we'd rather support Food Fight! and visit the mini mall in SE, where we live, anyhow.

The giganto ham log was also his choice. I don't despise it, and enjoy the McGonnigle sandwiches with fake ham and an itty bitty bit of fake cheeze at The Tube, but I've left it for him to enjoy. He's been eating it grilled and pan fried over rice or with veggies. I was never into ham as an omnivore as it is.

The Strong Cheddar Sheese - Europe is home to the holy grail of fake cheezes - this one and Cheezly, which I have not tried. I have tried a few different types of creamy and hard Sheeses in the past year or so.
I've been most impressed with the Creamy Cheddar, if I recall correctly, but I did enjoy most of the others. I decided to buy a hard one at Food Fight!, and after much debate, chose the Strong Cheddar. I've eaten about half of it on crackers and whatnot in the past couple weeks, and plan on making some kickass mac and sheese bake with it. The taste is almost there and pretty realistic for a vegan cheeze, much more tangy than buttery, as most other vegan cheezes are. If I hadn't been taking lunch to work a lot lately I wouldn't justify the price. It's certainly not something I'd buy frequently, but it's fun to get. It does creep me out a bit that it was made *so* far away, I'll be honest. Is is worth the money? Probably not, but you decide.

Please note that it is certainly possible to buy rational items at Food Fight! as well, including chard, bulk lentils and cleaning supplies.

17 comments:

DeepCerulean said...

The people who make those riblets also make pepper steaks and ginger chicken. Both of which are very good. I think the Fred Meyer @ NE 28th & Broadway(ish) carries(ed?) all three of them. But we haven't been there since we moved to SE, and Hawthorne doesn't have them. I still prefer the gardenburger riblets though :-)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Thanks for the tip! I haven't had either myself, though I do like a vegan ribs recipe that's floated around the internet. I've mostly only been to the Hawthorne Freddy's, and haven't seen it there either.

Romina said...

We're all entitled to splurge once and a while. I've never tried Sheese, but I would like to one day possibly. It's just so darned expensive to buy vegan substitutes. =(

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

I love that Food Fight website! And I agree with Romina above--everyone needs to splurge now & then. :) I have really been wanting to buy some of the Bleu Sheese, but I'm afraid I'll hate it & be out $10! I'm sure I'll break & buy it sometime, but that's a lot of money for a gamble. Glad to know the brand gets your approval, though!

Also, I am not that fond of most faux meats, as I don't really miss meat at all... But those riblets are absolutely INCREDIBLE! I've not had the ribs, but riblets=pure bliss. So frickin' good.

Ashasarala said...

That's awesome that you've got Food Fight right near you! I've gotta pay a million dollars for shipping if I want anything from there. :(

I really want to try sheesh. I've been hearing so much about it!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Hmmm I've never seen those sparerib cutlets. I'm always excited about new vegan products, so hopefully they'll show up in Dallas soon.

sarchan said...

I'm a sucker for vegan novelty products as well. I really want to try out some Cheezly--I think they sell it at veganessentials? Yeah, Sheese is a pricy treat--but think about how much omnis shell out for a nice piece of Stilton! (And the foodie police are probably gearing up their siren right now to arrest me for mentioning vegan cheeze in the same sentence as Stilton...)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

i still haven't tried Sheese. i haven't been able to justify the price. it might be cool to try on a special occasion.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I dig that Sheese too, especially on TJ's Wheat Thins with a slice of seitan sausage! hell yes.

Claire said...

i'm so damn jealous that you have Food Fight. the other day, up here in Halifax, the woman running my fave used bookstore and I got into a big vegan conversation because she noticed i was wearing a Food Fight button!

VeganFabulous said...

I just like the name "Sheeze"!

paula said...

After reading this, I feel like I might die if I don't eat some sharp cheddar sheese soon.

Jody from VegChic said...

I'm jealous that you have FoodFight in your backyard. Stuff like that is difficult to find here! Though I may have seen those rib thingies at Super88.

Sheese has a very strong flavor to me and reminds me a bit of feta cheese. Maybe I tried the wrong flavor.

trina said...

If those are the citrus spareribs that I used to buy from the Thai market back when I lived in a cool neighborhood, then that's definitely worth the splurge. I considered it an alternative to takeout, rather than a grocery expenditure.

Bianca said...

I've only tried the Gouda Sheese. It was just okay. I had to order it from Vegan Essentials b/c it's not available at the one Wild Oats/Whole Foods store in Memphis. Can you believe Memphis, a city with over 600,000 people, has one freakin' lousy health food store? I do order from the Food Fight website though.

julie hasson said...

Hey Jess! It's fun to see the vegan treats you bought.

I've never had ham tube, but lots of people seem to love it. I'm like you though. I never really liked ham before I went veggie, so the tube has never called out to me.

funwithyourfood said...

WOW i find it hard to believe ANYTHING could be better than the ribletts from garden burger!

hmm if YOU say so.... :)