Thursday, November 06, 2008

400th Post: Favorites Edition

Let me name drop for the 400th time my friend Karla, of Veganshizzle on this, 
the 400th POST ON GET SCONED!  Holy Crap, it's exciting.

Her latest post is a spazzy list of favorites and I thought I'd jump on board with mine.  
I wandered into my flickr stream for inspiration....

Of course I'm starting with the cats.  Here's Huxley and Zelda on my newish (vintage) couch,
which I also adore.  They're actually next to each other!  OMG.

Chocolate Peppermint Vitasoy.  I stockpile this stuff come $1 end-of-season sale time and merrily drink it throughout the year.  Chilled.  I don't need to go on.  Just try it.

I picked up this Kozy Shack Soy Pudding on sale at Grocery Outlet for $1.49 a while back.  I rarely make pudding for myself but was a big Kozy Shack rice pudding fan back in high school.  I haven't read about a Soy Rice Pudding yet, but for a vanilla snack pack, this was good and a trio of friends agreed.  It made me feel like a special vegan little kid.
There wasn't a big soy beany taste that packaged vegan pudding can be victim of and therefore not shine in vanilla form.  Like I want banana soy pudding??
Overall - Recommended!

The downtown farmer's market - specifically, the Wednesday downtown.  It's right by my office and is one half of why I actually look forward to the midweek.  I can pick up produce, lunch sample what's in season, people watch and escape work within a block of my office.  Sadly, last week was the final one for the season.  

The other reason I look forward to Wednesdays - ANTM night with friends!  Yes, there was a vegan on it this season.  There were a few mentions of her veganism on the show early in the cycle.  She wasn't my favorite, sorry!  That goes to awkward Marjorie.  I don't see how McKey won't win, though.

Making ANTM even better?  The hilarious Four Four recaps.

This is a food blog.  Cooking is my favorite!  No, baking!  Cooking!  All of it!  Tofu!

Fancy cocktails, like this freshly squeezed Whiskey Sour.  I made this one after using a vintage cocktails book for a craft project (my decoupaged kitchen table).  I probably sat down to watch Mad Men right after this.

But I'm also a sucker for $2 greyhounds at Tube, not to mention their 5pm-1opm happy hour cheap vegan eats.  $3 Fake ham and cheeze!  2 for $5!  They no longer call it the McGonnigle, but whatever.
There's something about their greyhounds that tastes like vanilla.  
Veganshizzle and I attend bi-monthly Tubesdays!

Gourmet chocolate.  A second Cacao location opened up by my office downtown and on a trying day, I actually stopped in for the first time and picked up a soy macchiato and a dark chocolate mint bar - with actual mint leaves, oooooo.  I've gotten 1/4 through the bar and the rest is in my freezer waiting for me.

Trader Joe's dried cranberries.  $1.99 a bag.  I pick one up whenever I'm there, which is more often come winter, when the farmer's markets are gone.  My go-to snack.

I can't think of what truly replaced it - but the TLP (tempeh, lettuce, roasted pepper) at Red & Black Cafe was my first favorite sandwich in Portland and remained so for trio of years. 
The cafe used to be located across the street from my apartment in SE, but was forced to move last year.  It's now all vegan and located next door to the vegan mini mall, still in SE.  I can't say if it's the move or the chopped roasted red pepper as opposed to strips, or tortilla chips over potato chips, but it's no longer my favoritest sandwich ever in Portland, but it's still up there, no doubt - especially on rye or Dave's Killer Good Seed bread.

Family!  I have a tiny family and they're in NY, but they must go on this list if my cats are! Here's my sister, myself and our grandparents in May, before her college graduation from Stonybrook University.  If you remember from last month, my brother Rick was in town for the first time, he's definitely a favorite, too.

Rich's Whip at Sweet Pea Brunch.  And kale!!!! Horribly bad for you vegan whipped cream from a can goodness, balanced a little bit by stocking your plate with kale.
Hell, Sweet Pea, specifically.  Wait....Katie Jane from Sweet Pea Bakery!  She's the best.  

Another favorite meal - the $8 BBQ Tofu Platter from Bye & Bye.  I subbed brussel sprouts for the collards the last time I went and wouldn't do that again and don't understand why the tofu is sprinkled with nutritional  yeast as well, but moving on - great food, great plate, reasonable price.  We had a black out in SE on Monday night and some friends and I trekked up north for grub.  
Once again, Zelda.  The Couch.  The end.

What's on your list?


jennconspiracy said...

MEW! Hi kitties - how are you? You look so cute *kiss* *kiss* ...

er, huh? there's more blog entry here?

mew!!! the cats command me to pay attention to THEM! Can't you see it in their eyes?

Anonymous said...

I think my cat is jealious after seeing this post. I think she wants me to post her up on my blog so the whole world can see her. Your cats look awesome! Happy 400th post!!!

aimee said...

oh my! If I had that gorgeous couch it'd be on my list, too!

VeggieGirl said...

400 POSTS?!?!??!?! Damn, that's admirable - I hope I can post that much!!! Keep up the great work!!! :0)

Chelsea said...

Marjorie is my favorite on ANTM as well. I was glad she stayed instead of the vegan; she did not represent well.

Your couch is such an amazing color! Congrats on the 400th post!

Anonymous said...

Awwww Jess, I love you too. Even if you had to be all subtle with the linking to say it.

K.E.N. said...

you linked to s-rock? i totally missed it. very subtle indeed.
and did you say you mentioned me 400 times? can i just not read when it's midnight?
anyways, your list was so much better than mine. not because what you said, but b/c it's so picture-y and link-y!
i need to stop forgetting that Red & Black is around the corner from Sweetpea... word verification is "caterdoo"

Mihl said...

Congratulations on 400! I really enjoy reading your blog.

funwithyourfood said...

It is so nice to see someone else who is unashamed to be addicted to ANTM with friends. I'm far behind right now so dont spoil anything!! haha but I plan/NEED to catch up within the next week..
goodness, I checked and I missed my 400 mark... that means I must celebrate the 500th post ;)

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Anonymous said...

Aw, the kitties are cute.

Chocolate peppermint soymilk!? I am now on a mission to find this.

Jen said...

these are a few of my favorite things:

miso gravy
very vanilla silk soy milk
cho-chip cookies from bloomingfoods
caramelized onions
really good quality olives stuffed with garlic
tempeh bacon from VWAV
my $7 waffle iron--i'm thinking of experimenting and making a savory waffle. whadda ya think?

pb and J smoothie from soma coffeehouse (here in btown, IN)

shawarma king restaurant in kalamazoo, mi

piglets-have you ever held a baby pig?

i could really go on all day

Bianca said...

Huxley and Zelda are like, "This is our couch. Gotta a problem with it? Yea, I didn't think so."

I'm a Marjorie fan too...though I've missed the last two weeks so I've no idea what's going on.

Happy 400th!

allularpunk said...

nice list of favorites :) your kitties (and your couch) rule!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I see a lot of my favorites here too! (Huxley and Zelda! ANTM! Farmers Markets!)

melanie said...

I like Marjorie too, but I don't think she's going to win. :( She's definitely got a successful modeling career ahead of her though.

My vote's on Annaleigh if she makes it into the top 3. McKey's pictures are better, but Annaleigh has decent photos and can deliver a flawless commercial.

vegan addict said...

I want to pet Zelda, she looks so soft and cozy! The choc-pepp vita soy is my winter addiction; I love, love, love that stuff. I miss the farmers' market on Wednesday... sniffle sniffle. What is this Cacao place?! I must make a visit there to ease my stressed self. OK! Love all your favorites. Now I want to go to Bye and Bye.

aTxVegn said...

Happy 400th!

Anonymous said...

Happy 400th! ps I am so in love with Zelda, she is SO CUTE sleeping there!!

Anonymous said...

ooooh i can't wait to get some peppermint chocolate vitasoy - this is my favorite time of the year basically just for that stuff. i've been missing out on antm and i feel so out of the loop :-( happy big 400!

Urban Vegan said...

You have impeccable taste, chica.
I love the >^..^< s

I am freaking-out-happy--I never knew Kozy Shack made soy pudding Woo-hoo!

Chelsea said...

I love the list! I don't remember seeing Huxley before, so I must mention "what a gorgeous cat!" and Zelda is lovely as usual :)

Amey said...

fun! What a great post!
400!! That's awesome.

Almost Vegetarian said...

You started with kitties (and what cuties they are) and ended with a kitty, so you know I was totally sucked in.

I'm envious of all your posts. I don't know what I am up to, but I suspect it is half that.

And I got all sorts of ideas from your list. Like that scrumptious looking soy milk. And, hey, it looks like we are out.

Cheers (and congratulations)!

Kati said...

Being Jess looks like fun! I totally love your cats, and not just because Huxley looks so much like Dexter. I think it's fluffy kitty envy. Having two short hairs, sometimes all you want is fluff. The grass is always greener, I guess. Oh, and I love their names, too!

Erin said...

Happy 400! Great post full of goodies.