Interview: Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby – V Street, Philadelphia, PA Vegan Restaurant

Chris talks to Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby about their inspiration for opening V Street and how it is different from Vedge. V Street is a 45-seat restaurant where you can sit at the concrete bar in the front or watch the chefs work their magic at the back counter. Rich cultivates the V Street menu with bold, spicy vegan street food from around the world. V Street 126 S 19th Street Philadelphia, PA 215.278.7943 Parking: Street parking only. Handicap access: Not wheelchair accessible. Hours: Dinner... Read More

Sticky Fingers Taking Orders for the Holidays

If you are ever in Washington, DC you need to stop in Sticky Fingers Bakery. They are now taking holiday orders from December 18th to New Years Day. You can order Lasagna with marinara sauce, spinach, tofu ricotta and Daiya mozzarella; White Bean and Escarole Soup; and a Chocolate Cream Pie for $15.00. In addition, you can order peppermint cookie sandwiches, peppermint brownies, holiday assorted sugar cookies, ginger people, gingerbread whoopie pie, merry cran & ginger loaves,... Read More

Dinner at Vedge

On December 1, 2012, Chris, Mauro, Lydia, and I went to see War Horse at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Nick Stafford adapted the play from Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name. War Horse is the story of Joey a horse that is bought at auction and survives the battlefields of World War I to go back to his owner. All of the animals in the play are puppets. Since our favorite restaurant, Vedge is down the street, we went to dinner after the play. Chef/Owners, Rich... Read More

HipCityVeg Autumn/Fall Menu

It is getting cold here in Philadelphia and HipCityVeg has added some specials to their standard menu. They just added quinoa chili, cream of zucchini soup, hot chocolate, ginger carrot lemonade, and cream cheese pumpkin cup cake. The quinoa chili has organic quinoa, pinto and black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and corn tortilla strips. This was my favorite of the new items. I also like the hot chocolate with Dutch processed cocoa, organic soymilk topped with coconut whipped... Read More

Vegan Gatronomy Trip: London, UK

The day I received an email from my husband telling me we were going to London, I immediately got excited for another gastronomy trip. I’m so fortunate to have so many food options where I live (and some great restaurants, too) that I wondered if the United Kingdom would offer those same alternatives. I found a great web site, Vegan London, and started looking for ideas. My goal was to try to find some great restaurants but to also try to stay close to our hotels (we stayed... Read More

Restaurant Review: The Honey Underground – Hereford, PA

In early Celtic literature, the carrot is referred to as “The Honey Underground”. Mauro and I finally had the opportunity to go to one of The Honey Underground’s brunches on Easter Sunday. I had heard so many good things about it but just never got around to going there. It’s about a one-hour drive for us, so we had to make it a date to actually go. We had, however, already tried Wendy Landiak’s (proprietor and chef) Balasia Café dishes at a catered... Read More

Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

Philadelphia has a chance to become the next great vegan city. We already have Vedge, my favorite restaurant in the country. There is also Black Bird Pizza, Sweet Freedom Bakery, several Asian restaurants, and now HipCityVeg.  Nicole Marquis, the former general manager of Horizons, has opened a fast food joint. Nicole and her head chef, Lauren Hooks, have designed a menu that will satisfy vegans as well as carnivores. The restaurant opened on April 16 and was really busy with... Read More

Southern Vegan Gastronomy Tour—Wilmington, NC

We last visited Jim’s parents in North Carolina about a year and a half ago. It was during the summer and the perfect time to be at the beach. When we decided to go for the holidays this year, the first thing I thought of was to search for great vegan food, since we weren’t vegan last time we visted. Vegan isn’t the first word I would associate with North Carolina, home to the country’s largest pork producer. In fact, there just aren’t a lot of choices upon first glance... Read More

Restaurant Review: Phoenix Garden, Richmond, VA

On our holiday trip to Wilmington, NC from Doylestown, PA we wanted to stop in Richmond, VA since it is the half way point between our start and destination. We found Phoenix Garden that is a totally vegan Vietnamese restaurant owned by Phoenix, the chef, and Vi, a retired mechanic in Richmond, VA. It is easy to reach, right off of Route 95. They have only been open three months and serve delicious homemade Vietnamese food. They offer nine appetizers including spring rolls, corn... Read More

Vegan Gastronomy – D.C./Baltimore 2011

We took a recent trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore to try out some more vegan goodness for another issue of Vegan Gastronomy Weekend. ‘Cause you know our motto “We stuff our faces with vegan yummies so you don’t have to”. Founding Farmers – D.C. Kickstarting our weekend of gluttony taste-testing at a favorite spot, Founding Farmers, for dinner.  We had been there a year before, when we went to The Green Festival in D.C. and launched our very... Read More