Sep 242014
 
Thai Kum Koon
Thai Kum Koon

Thai Kum Koon

This little Thai restaurant has been in my radar for quite some time, I just never got the opportunity to try it out until today. I waited way too long to try it out, and I have to say that Norman really does have some good Thai restaurants. This one is only second to Thai Delight.

This small family owned restaurant is located on the North side of Lindsey and just West of Berry. There is just a small row of parking in front, luckily there was one spot left that I snuck into. I walked into the place to a pretty packed house. All the other tables were full so I was sat at the table they had open to use for large parties and also as a communal table for people like me who were singles. I checked out the lunch buffet that they had going before deciding to order from the menu. I decided on a couple of my regular dishes which were an order of vegetable spring rolls and massaman curry with tofu Thai hot. I also ordered some iced tea to drink.
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Sep 232014
 
NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

 NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

I saw a post about NadaMoo either on Facebook or Twitter and I had never heard this company before, so I was curious. I looked at their webpage and saw that there was a healthfood store close by that sold it. I picked out their Java Crunch and took it home.

When I got home and it was time for dessert I popped open the top and dug in. The white coconut ice cream was creamy and had a nice mouthfeel and flavor. It only had just a slight taste of coconut. The chocolate chips sprinkled in was small enough that they were easy to bite into. I didn’t feel like I was breaking my teeth like I had to with Amy’s Mocha chocolate chip.
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Sep 232014
 
Shawarma Vite

Shawarma Vite

Shawarma Vite


I saw Shawarma Vite browsing for new places to eat on Urbanspoon and I knew I had to try the food here. I am a sucker for hummus and babaganush.

I try not to spend much time around the OU campus especially when school is in session so I am not familiar with the campus area. I am really not familiar with the area South of Lindsey, so it took me a couple of minutes to find the place even with using Waze).

I walked into a small restaurant with middle eastern music playing in the background the restaurant had a single row of table seating and a small bar like seating at the window. There were a total of 4 tables and three of them had patrons at them. There was a single person behind the counter taking orders and cooking. I looked at the menu and asked what was on the sampler platters. He talked me into the gourmet platter, but I asked if he could put the babaganush on instead of the feta salad. He said it wouldn’t be a problem so I ordered that and a falafel pita. I also got an iced moroccan tea to drink.
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Sep 202014
 
Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Ok, so this meal isn’t made by anyone in the natural foods companies, in fact it is made by the Heinz corporation, so it isn’t completely evil. I do buy their ketchup, so I can’t say much on that front without being completely hypocritical. The entries ingredients didn’t have anything in it that was glaringly non vegan, and there was no cholesterol in it either, so I figured it was safe.

I was looking for something to eat and the grocery store I was in only carried Amy’s products and the limited choices they had that were vegan I have already had before. I decided to take a quick stroll down the regular frozen entree selections and this was one of the few vegan options I found that looked interesting.
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Sep 172014
 
Taste of India

Taste of India

Taste of India


I am not sure how long Taste of India has been in Norman, however I only recently heard about it. I am a sucker for good Indian food, so I had to try it out. I stopped in after meeting up with my dad to help him with an errand. I wasn’t sure exactly where the restaurant was located at, so it took me a minute to find it.

I walked in to a mostly empty restaurant, there was a TV that was playing Indian music hung on the wall. Below that were empty bain maries that they use for their lunch buffet. I was greeted immediately by what I assume is the owner, and sat down at a table and given a menu. I started looking over the menu and placed my order.
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Sep 162014
 
Earth Balance mac & cheese package

Earth Balance mac & cheese package

Earth Balance mac & cheese package


Ever since Earth Balance announced their vegan mac and cheese I was excited to try it. I finally saw this product in my local market and picked it up. Today I made it. I measured out the ingredients needed and started the water to boil.

I opened up the package and removed the cheese packet. I looked inside and saw that ¼ to ½ of the box was pasta. This box is supposed to make 2 ½ servings, for me it was like one serving.
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Aug 232014
 
Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

I have another review that I am going to have to revisit. This time it is Whole Foods brand 365 roasted vegetable pizza. I should have looked at the package a bit more closely when I picked it up, but the price was right and I hadn’t tried it before so in the basket it went.

The pizza was a whole wheat cheeseless pizza. It looked promising from the package, since it wasn’t gluten free, which for the most part I have bad luck with since most crusts end up tasting like sandy saltines.
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Aug 222014
 
Sweet Earth Foods - Curry Tiger Burrito

Sweet Earth Foods - Curry Tiger Burrito

Sweet Earth Foods – Curry Tiger Burrito

I always get excited to see new products in the market, especially if they are from companies I haven’t seen or heard from before. Today was no exception. I saw The Curry Tiger burrito from Sweet Earth Natural Foods today while grocery shopping and had to immediately pick it up to eat for dinner tonight.

Once dinner time happened I heated it up in the microwave for the prescribed time: One minute, flip, one minute more, then wait a minute for it to settle. I unwrapped the curry burrito from it’s wax lined brown paper lining and dug in.
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Aug 122014
 
Amy's Vegan margherita pizza package
Amy's Vegan margherita pizza package

Amy’s Vegan margherita pizza package

For dinner tonight I baked up Amy’s vegan margherita pizza with Daiya cheese. I like it that Amy’s has a vegan pizza made with Daiya. I personally wish that Amy’s would make more items with Daiya across their product line, or even better replace regular cheese with Daiya. I would love to have some of their burritos and enchiladas made with Daiya. That is just a personal thought though.

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Aug 122014
 
Full Moon Sushi

Full Moon Sushi

Full Moon Sushi

Today after seeing a client I decided to have some sushi for lunch. I headed on over to Full Moon Sushi and Bistro to do just that. I have never been here before and decided to give them a try.

I walked in and stood there at the entrance for about 5 minutes before I was greeted and advised to have a seat wherever. I was greeted by my server and ordered some jasmine tea with ice. The tea was not the typical tea as it was organic. It was pretty good.

I looked at what they had on the menu and was going to order the veggie roll until I saw the Futomaki. I didn’t recognize the last two ingredients on it, but it had a nice (V) next to it so I assumed it was veggie, and decided to order it. The Futomaki had asparagus, cucumber, carrot, avocado, yamagobo (pickled burdock root), tamago (which I didn’t know what it was at the time. I should have asked, because after I got home and researched the ingredients, I found out that this was egg ugh!)
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Aug 082014
 
Rising Moon Organics vegan manicotti package

Rising Moon Organics vegan manicotti package

Rising Moon Organics vegan manicotti package

Today while shopping for necessities I saw something I never saw before, it was Rising Moon Organics vegan Manicotti. And I saw this in a regular Target of all places. I just had to pick this up and try it out.

Once I got to work I heated the manicotti in the microwave for the five minutes it said on the package. They could have gone a bit longer, but they were heated through, just not hot. The microwave at work is a decently powered prosumer microwave and usually does a good job of heating things up, so the directions could have been for five minutes thirty seconds to six minutes.
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Jul 272014
 
Candle Cafe Ginger Miso Stir-Fry package

Candle Cafe Ginger Miso Stir-Fry package

Candle Cafe Ginger Miso Stir-Fry package

I had a coupon for a dollar off Candle Cafe’s dishes and decided on their Ginger Miso Stir-Fry. This is one of the items I hadn’t tried yet from them so I decided to give it a go.

When I opened the package to put it in the microwave I noticed that the different parts of the dish were separated. Sauce on one side, Rice on the other, with the veggies and tofu scattered throughout. Not sure why Candle Cafe does this, maybe it is to save money. To me it can create inconsistencies in the dish. The sauce is cold but the rice is dry, it didn’t happen in this dish, but I can see that happening.
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Jul 262014
 
Candle Cafe vegan macaroni and cheese packaging

Candle Cafe vegan macaroni and cheese packaging

Candle Cafe vegan macaroni and cheese packaging

Today for lunch I decided to have Candle Cafe’s vegan macaroni and cheese. Upon removing it from the packaging I was amazed that the cheese sauce was not already incorporated in the spiral pasta, and it at this point was not even a cheese sauce yet. there were shreds of what looked like Daiya cheese piled in the center of the pasta. I placed the frozen concoction in the microwave and heated it according to the directions. It took me quite a bit of stirring both between the two cooking sessions and after, and still didn’t get the cheese to fully be incorporated into a sauce.

I am not sure why the sauce was not made and mixed in the pasta in the factory like other companies do, but this should be done, as it is difficult to do in the tray that the dish is served in.
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Jul 232014
 
Tamazul

Tamazul

I have seen Matthew Kenny have multiple iterations of restaurants in this location and sadly I never made it to his previous iterations. I finally made it to Tamazul. A Mexican restaurant that is 100% vegan. It is Located in Classen Curve, so it was easy enough to find.

I went with my friend and her son. We were greeted and seated and started looking at the menu. I saw a few things that I wanted, but settled on the Tamales. This is something that I normally can never have since they are premade. My friend got the enchiladas, and her son insisted on the burrito. We also decided to share some nachos to start with. We also ordered a lemonade with hibiscus. The lemonade was pretty tasty and a good choice to drink on a hot summer Oklahoma day.
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Jul 082014
 
Forward Foods

Forward Foods

Forward Foods

I was starving after a morning of doing errands and drove around Norman a bit before finally deciding on Forward Foods. I remember from the menu on Urban Spoon they had a veggie sandwich that had avocado, tomato, pea sprouts, cucumbers, fresh sweet peppers and carrot on 12 grain bread with veganaise and olive tapenade. That sounded really good to me so I decided to drive there and have a sandwich for lunch.

I parked and walked in and was greeted as I walked in. On the left and back are shelves stocked with canned and jarred items, bulk herbs, pasta, and grains. On the right was the kitchen and deli filled with cheeses. I saw the menu upfront by the cash register, glanced at it and ordered the veggie sandwich, which was different than the one that was on Urbanspoon. The menu there was outdated. What I got was layers of shredded carrots, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, and arugula on toasted wheat which was coated on one piece with hummus. Not quite the same pizazz as they had before, but I was starving so I ordered it. Continue reading »

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