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 »

Jul 042014
 
Amy's Chocolate frozen non dairy dessert
Amy's Chocolate frozen non dairy dessert

Amy’s Chocolate frozen non dairy dessert

I saw this on sale in the health food store and decided now is as good as any to follow up on my review on Amy’s new frozen “ice creams”. As stated in the other review I thought I would pick up chocolate next time, and I did. It was a short trip from the health food store to my job, and instead of waiting to eat it, as soon as I had a chance and was settled in, the lid was off and the spoon was digging into the frozen chocolate and coconut inside.
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Jul 042014
 
Sukhi's Veggie samosa street wrap

Sukhi's Veggie samosa street wrap

Sukhi’s Veggie samosa street wrap

I was in the health food store to pick up something else, and I decided to pick up one of these street wraps for lunch at work.

When I got to work I took it out of it’s outer plastic casing and then wrapped up this wrap in a paper towel and heat it according to the directions in the package.
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Jul 012014
 
Thai Garden sign
Thai Garden sign

Thai Garden sign

I was starving and Tammy had meatloaf already made so I was on my own to find something to eat. Thai Garden was up the street and we pass by it all the time, so I decided to give this place a try.

On the outside the restaurant looks like someplace you would want to avoid, it is plain, looks dingy and decrepit. Don’t let the looks deceive you though. The food is great and full of flavor.

When I walked in I was greeted by the owners, and I let them know I wanted to take away, but didn’t know what I wanted, after sitting down and looking at the menu, which by the way the menus I found online only had a small portion of the items that they actually carry. I asked for a togo menu but they didn’t have any of those at hand.

I decided on the vegetable thai spring rolls and massaman curry with tofu thai hot. Unfortunately they were out of the spring rolls, and when I placed my order the owner asked me if I was vegetarian. I said yes, and she suggested that I get the fried tofu instead. I agreed and the order was handed over to the cook.
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Jun 242014
 
Gross enchiladas at Abuelo's

Gross shredded beef chimichanga at Abuelo's

Gross shredded beef chimichanga at Abuelo’s

Tammy and I were starving and trying to figure out a place to eat at. We finally decided to eat at Abuelo’s. We had an over the top perfect experience at their Quail Springs location (I didn’t write a review for that experience unfortunately) that we decided to drive from the Southwest side of OKC to bricktown to go there, passing what I am sure would have been a better choice to eat at along the way since we had to drive through “Little Mexico”.

We arrived to an almost empty restaurant. That should have been our clue right there, but we ignored it, sat down and got our drink order taken. We started eating the chips, and noticed the chips were different colors, and cold. I could tell that they fried the chips with the oil too cold because the discoloration was the saturation of oil in the chips. Tammy wanted some queso to go with the chips and salsas that came with our meal, and the waitress brought it out. In the middle of the bowl of cheese was a big lump of cold congealed hunk of cheese, and the rest of the sauce was cool as well. We brought this to the waitress’ attention and she got this taken care of. Another few minutes later and we had a microwaved steamy hot bowl of spicy cheese sauce. Tammy did like the cheese sauce, and even mixed a bit of the roasted spicy salsa in the sauce as well.
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Jun 212014
 
Gardein mandarin crispy chick’n package

Gardein mandarin crispy chick’n package

Gardein mandarin crispy chick’n package

I picked up Gardein’s mandarin crispy chick’n to give me something to eat for dinner over my weekend, I was hungry for some Chinese, and I saw this and picked it up.

Before starting out cooking these I made the starch to serve these on top. The starch consisted of basmati rice, amaranth, and quinoa.

Gardein mandarin crispy chick’n package inside

Gardein mandarin crispy chick’n package inside


I followed the directions on the package for the oven version, I placed the vegan chicken nuggets on a pizza pan and put them in the oven for 10 minutes, then I flipped them and cooked them for the additional time required.
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Jun 172014
 
Athena Greek Restaurant

Athena Greek Restaurant

Athena Greek Restaurant

I am always looking for new Greek restaurants, and I pass by Athena Greek all the time. Today I actually got the chance to eat here, it was purely by chance, I was hungry, looking for a place to eat and almost stopped in a Peruvian and a couple of Mexican restaurants down the road before finally decided on Athena. I should have eaten here a lot sooner.

I arrived by myself for lunch. The restaurant itself is unassuming, a little hole in the wall with only 40 odd seats. In the corner was a TV with CNN on. I was greeted immediately by the sole person in the restaurant, which I assumed was the owner. I looked over the menu and the specials board before ordering my favorites, hummus appetizer and a falafel pita. The nice lady behind the counter fixed my lunch after taking a couples order who arrived shortly after I did.
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Jun 092014
 
Amy's mocha chocolate chip package

 Amy's mocha chocolate chip package

Amy’s mocha chocolate chip package

When I first read that Amys was making non-dairy ice cream I knew I had to try some of their flavors. I have been looking for them everywhere every time I go shopping. Today I stopped by a health food store I normally don’t shop at because they are even more expensive than the national natural foods chain known for taking your whole paycheck, looking for something else when I saw a few of Amy’s vegan ice cream flavors smiling at me. I decided on picking up the Mocha Chocolate chip flavor and bought it.
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Jun 092014
 
Candle Cafe Seitan Piccata with Lemon caper sauce packaging

Candle Cafe Seitan Piccata with Lemon caper sauce packaging

Candle Cafe Seitan Piccata with Lemon caper sauce packaging

I was looking in the frozen food section today trying to decide what to eat for lunch and I saw a box of Seitan Piccata made by Candle Cafe hiding on the top shelf and I had to try it. Chicken picatta was one of my favorite dishes and I had to try it to see if it brought back some of those memories of the tangy flavors. The package looked tempting with a bunch of seitan sitting on a scrumptious pile of rice. I immediately grabbed it and put it in my basket.

Fast forward to dinner time at work, I read the directions and started heating it in the microwave for the first round of heating.
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May 282014
 
Tommy's

Tommy's

Tommy’s

**Disclaimer** I used to work for Tommy Byrd at his old Tommy's location and his Bellini's Waterford and Norman locations.**

After hearing that Tommy’s is opening back up I was excited to see what they had to offer. I hadn’t been to Bellini’s Waterford when I moved back to Oklahoma because I heard that he sold out to someone else and everyone has said that the food is not the same.

After waiting a week or so for the newness to wear off my friend and I decided to go and try it out. We made it last night and it was a bit of a trek to get there from where she lives. The journey alone will make it a rare occasion that we are able to dine there.
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Apr 302014
 
Cafe Icon

Cafe Icon

Cafe Icon

I was in Edmond for a dental visit and since I was there I decided on some quick sushi. I remembered that I had an entry in my suggestion box from one of their managers named Bowie Wan to try them out, and this was close to my dentist, so I popped on over to try them out.

I was immediately greeted and sat when I walked in the door. I was put in a cozy corner in the restaurant. I was surprised when I started looking around. The building from the outside looks very unassuming and like what you would find in a typical strip mall location, but inside they made it feel modern and chic. Continue reading »

Apr 302014
 
Amy's light and lean pizza packaging.

Amy's light and lean pizza packaging.

Amy’s light and lean pizza packaging.

I saw Amy’s light and lean roasted vegetable no cheese pizza on their website and was finally glad to see this in the grocery store. I immediately picked it up and put it in my cart.

When I got home I preheated the oven to the prescribed temperature of 425 degrees fahrenheit. I took it out of the package and wrappers, placed it on my pizza pan and decided I wanted cheese on it as well, so I sprinkled on some of Daiya’s mozzarella shreds and Go Veggie’s vegan parmesan on half of the pizza and popped it in the oven when it was hot enough.
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Apr 252014
 
Amy's vegan vegetable pot pie package

Amy's vegan vegetable pot pie package

Amy’s vegan vegetable pot pie package

A little over a year ago I did a review for Amy’s vegan vegetable pot pie which I couldn’t give proper justice since I used a microwave to cook it. I promised to revisit it in the future and follow the cooking directions. I finally got to it, and didn’t realise how much time has gone by since I reviewed it. For that I apologise.

After I took the mini pie out of it’s box and then freeing it from the plastic wrapper encasing I placed it on my cookie sheet. I then placed the pot pie in the oven and baked it for it’s prescribed time. I even covered it with a piece of foil at the last leg of it’s cooking time as directed by Amy. What came out of the oven was a round circle of several shades of golden brown steamy goodness. I let it sit on my plate for the two minutes that Amy demanded before further breaking the crust to get into the vegetables, potatoes, tofu and sauce that was steaming away underneath. Continue reading »

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