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DC VegFest 2016

As a local resident in Northern Virginia, I’m always excited to visit the annual DC VegFest at the Yards Park in Washington, DC,  located next to the Stadium where the local baseball team, the Nationals (the Nats), play.  This event is organized by Compassion Over Killing and brings dozens of vendors and hundreds of vegans, vegetarians, or anyone interested in learning more about animal friendly and healthy foods.  Best of all is that it's a free event with free samples of food and drinks. Some of my favorite vendors, and to be honest, every other vegan in DC as well, are Vegan Treats, Craft Kombucha, and others.

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Sauvignon Blanc (2013) - An Argentine Vegan Wine by Bodegas Santa Ana

One thing I have learned about tasting wines is not to judge one by the bottle or in this case by the screw cap.  I understand that corks carry an elegance that almost fools the mind into thinking the liquid is already going to taste like a better wine. Well, I have been conditioned to prefer corks; however, I knew I couldn’t judge this Argentine Sauvignon Blanc from Bodegas Santa Ana by the screw cap.  And of course I did not travel to Argentina to acquire this wine, but rather purchased this bottle at a nearby Total Wine, which carries wines from Bodegas Santa Ana and Mascota Vineyards.  A fellow vegan at Bodegas Santa Ana informed me their wines are clarified with bentonite, which makes this Sauvignon Blanc a vegan wine, a veggie wine or vegetarian wine, depending on your term of preference. 

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How to make fluffy biscuits (Vegan)

I love to eat biscuits!  I love eating biscuits with gravy, biscuits with butter, jelly and straight with nothing else but biscuit deliciousness.   If you are in the mood for biscuits, then try this recipe to make fluffy vegan biscuits. 

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Sauvignon Blanc (2013) – Trump Winery

The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Trump Winery is an excellent wine...as I'm sipping this wine away, I can only think about buying more bottles to keep a stock in the cellar.  This wine is easy to drink and will attract both the wine curious and the connoisseur.  The best thing is that this is a vegan-friendly wine since it is unfiltered and fined with bentonite. 

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VLife

A few months ago while visiting New York, I discovered VLife, a Vegan restaurant in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York.  I had an incredible experience with the food being flavorful and simply put, an easy vegan bite while in Manhattan.  As far as drinks, we settled for two Thai bubble teas, which were delicious!  Regarding the main entrees, we had the Amazing Avocado, a gluten and soy free wrap; and the Bodacious Burger, which came with a soy patty, tapioca cheese and vegetables.  We were also recommended by their staff to try the V-Cheddar Poppers, which were completely unhealthy, but super delicious!  Definitely a must try in this restaurant. 

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Better Booze Festival (2014)

I am writing this post a few months late, however I had to discuss my trip to New York City to the Better Booze Festival back in September 20, 2014. The event was organized by U.S. Veg Corp and took place at Center 548.  This was their 1st annual event, with their 2nd event planned for June 13, 2015. In a nutshell, this was an event that hosted vegetarian and vegan tastings from several vendors, which included wineries, breweries, distilleries, and a few food vendors. 

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Cabernet Sauvignon (2010) – Regusci Winery

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon by Regusci Winery is a purplish dark and cloudy wine with moderate, but complex aromas.  The noticeable aromas include dark fruits such as blackberry and dark plums, raspberries, strawberries, and hints of vanilla.   Upon tasting the wine, I discovered the complexity of the wine had to be flavors of vanilla and smokiness, along with spices such as black pepper, cloves and nutmeg.  I also detected hints of blackberry and black currant.   This is an off dry wine, with a medium-full body and presence of round but medium tannins. The wine is fairly balanced with moderate flavor intensity. 

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Chardonnay (2013) – Trump Winery

I recently discovered vegan friendly wines from a local winery, Trump Winery located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 2013 Chardonnay from Trump Winery is a crisp, well-balanced wine with a creamy texture. The wine is both aromatic and youthful.  This Chardonnay evokes citrus aromas resembling zesty lemon, green apple, honeysuckle, vanilla, melon and grass. At the end of the sip, this Chardonnay will leave a smooth finish with hints of vanilla and citrus.  Until the next bottle as I sip this one away! 

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Sweet White Moscato - Deccolio

Moscato wine by Deccolio is certified vegan, Kosher and Mevushal as you can see on the back label.  This Moscato is a clear, pale straw-yellow wine.  It is a sweet smelling wine with aromas of peaches, melon, honeysuckle and orange blossoms.  The Moscato is aromatic, but youthful.  The wine has a light body, and is sweet with a crisp acidity.  The Moscato is a fairly balanced wine.  It has flavorful hints of green apple, honey and peaches with a short and bubbly finish. 

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Zinfandel (2012) - Rombauer Vineyards

Rombauer Vineyards is another Napa County winemaker, which in my opinion produces excellent wines from Napa grown grapes.  On this occasion, I had the pleasure of tasting their 2012 Zinfandel. The aroma intensity was low and youthful with hints of dark fruits, blackberries, some red fruits, red currant, and dark plum.  This Zinfandel was an off dry wine with medium body, flabby acidity, and overall moderate intensity. Regarding flavors, I detected a slight sweetness almost like a black jam, some clove and oaky-vanilla spices. Along came a medium finish about four seconds average for each sip.  The aromas and flavor intensity were moderate at best, and I highly recommend decanting or airing the wine as it can almost be described as a semi-closed wine.

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Imagine Vegan Café

I decided to go have a bite or two at Imagine Vegan Café while visiting Memphis, Tennessee.  I liked this restaurant so much that I went twice, the second time to satisfy my cravings for southern-comfort food, some good ‘ole biscuits and gravy.  In essence, everything in the menu is vegan despite some of their non-vegan names or descriptions.  This is a restaurant that must be visited several times to be able to enjoy the large amount of food items in the menu.  So when I go back to Memphis, I will go back to Imagine Vegan Café and sample more vegan food and so should you!  If you are in the mood to enjoy a vegan atmosphere and delicious food with a hint of Memphis, then make sure to visit Imagine Vegan Café.

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The Crazy Noodle

During my recent trip to Memphis, Tennessee, I stopped by The Crazy Noodle, a Korean-style noodle shop located in Midtown Memphis.  We had the Veggie Jeon (be sure to ask for it without eggs), and then for the main course, we had the Vegetable Ramen and the Miso Ramen.  Truly delicious!  All in all, this was a fantastic place to eat, chat, and enjoy some good Memphis-style ramen.

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Loving Hut - Cincinnati

I recently drove by Cincinnati and decided to do a simple search looking for vegan eateries in or around Cincinnati, Ohio.  To my surprise, one my search options was a Loving Hut, one of the worldwide chains of vegan restaurants.  After perusing the menu, we ordered the grilled Spring Rolls, grilled dumplings, the Vegan Macaroni & Cheez, Vegan Sloppy Joe, the Japanese-style Udon noodles and the gluten-free house salad.  By far, my favorite item was the Vegan Macaroni & Cheez, which was simply delicious! We almost worried it was the real thing, but then we came back to our senses and realized we were at a Loving Hut and thus vegan food. 

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Rombauer Vineyards

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Rombauer Vineyards is a dark and slightly hazed purplish wine.  The wine showed a noticeable and intricate formation of legs around my glass, so yes it does have legs.  It has a moderate aromas, and noticeable spicy tones.  The wine has aromas of blackcurrant, red pepper, blackberries, blueberries, hints of vanilla, subtle aromas of dark leafed tobacco, and very smoky oak tones.  Did I say it has spicy tones?  This is a balanced and spicy delicious wine!  Yum!!! 

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A Hint of Fall at Quattro Goomba’s Winery

Piney River Red 2012 is a red blend with apparent hints of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  This is a youthful, medium dark wine, with a slight haze and a hue resembling garnet. The wine has moderate aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, peppercorn, distinct black fruits, and earthy aromas.   The wine is medium sweet, with a medium body and tart, and medium level round tannins.  Piney River Red is unbalanced with excess tannins and sugars, as well as noticeable legs.  In regards to flavor, it has a flavorful intensity with noticeable hints of black pepper, cherries, strawberries, bark, bubblegum, and dark plum.  The wine also has a long finish, lasting about 5 to 8 seconds.  Lastly, this wine has a metallic aftertaste flavor, potentially associated with brettanomyces.

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Vegan at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

I recently stopped in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport as I was catching my next Delta flight to Washington, DC.  I should point out this was dinnertime and with an already delayed flight, I was dreading my next meal.  I went to a nearby bakery looking for bananas or something that I could munch on for dinner.  I was quickly in disbelief as I discovered this unimposing bakery with several clearly marked vegan items in their menu.

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Zesty Lemon Vegan Cookies

Need that last sparkle of sunshine before the cool beauty of Autumn arrives?  This zesty cookie recipe will have you smiling like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.  You’ll be savoring one of these delightful cookies in less than 20 minutes.

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