Archive for July 2, 2010

821 Cafe & Fudge Babies!

I’ve only been in Richmond for about 3 months, but so far, I’ve really enjoyed the restaurants here! There are a lot of unique “hole in the wall” places, and last night, my friend Wendy and I decided to try 821 Cafe. I looked up the menu before hand, and was pleased to see so many vegan options! I knew the hard part would be deciding what to try!

It was a very “hipster” atmosphere, and all of the servers were very friendly and welcoming. After perusing the menu, I settled on the Vegan burger with a side of vegan chili. Wendy decided to balance things out with a philly steak sub and cheese fries. (Ah, opposites attract!!) Although it took a little while to get our food, Wendy and I were deep in conversation, so we were in no hurry! Here is my delicious burger:

Instead of vegan chili, I think I got the seasoned arroz… which was good, so I didn’t complain! 🙂 This burger was huge, and had plenty of sprouts and avocado. I was really pleased with this burger. (Sometimes you order a veggie burger, and it’s just a burger with some lettuce and maybe a tomato, but this one was loaded with so many other goodies!) I didn’t snap a picture of Wendy’s plate, but apparently the folks at 821 didn’t think the cook gave her enough cheese fries, because they ended up bringing us an extra side of fries, just because! Even with a tip, my meal was only ~$10, which I think is a good price for a delicious vegan dinner! I’ll definitely be going here again!

After I got home, I wanted to do some baking, but didn’t feel like actually baking… so I decided to finally try making Fudge Babies, from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Here are all the ingredients going into my little food processor!

At first, the food processor was making a really weird sound, and I was afraid I was going to burn up my little processor, but then it got going, and turned out fine! I was a little skeptical, because I’ve never actually eaten a date before, and something about them freaks me out a little bit. Thankfully, these guys turned out splendidly! I followed the recipe I linked above, but also added in a few chocolate chips. I couldn’t believe how simple these were to make! I literally just blended it up, and then squished them into little balls. That was easy! (I meant to take a photo of the finished product, but alas, I’m still working out remembering to take pictures!)

Katie, I’m so glad I finally tried these little babies! Soo delicious! And I think the possibilities would be endless! Next time I think I’ll add some coconut. 🙂

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars

I’m pretty sure my co-workers think I’m out to sabotage their diets… because I’ve been baking up a storm! I decided to give my latest creation to a different department (my brother’s department, specifically. I’m such a good sister!) So I made these babies last night

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Bars

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups oats (quick oats work best)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon canola or veg oil
1/2 – 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like things)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon chocolate or coconut extract (optional)
1-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
1/4-1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, oil, sugar, vanilla,and other extract (if using).

Add wet to dry and mix until combined. The mixture will be very thick, so add soymilk a little at a time until it holds together well.

Fold in coconut (reserving a small portion for the top) and chocolate chunks. Press into baking dish and sprinkle over remaining coconut.

Bake for 21-23 minutes

These are moist and chewy, like a very soft cookie. (One of my *volunteer* food tasters described it as more of a sweet bread.) They were pretty simple to make, and I’ll definitely make this one again!

Dinner consisted of Soy Yogurt, Blueberries & Bear Naked Fit granola, as well as some Zucchini from my garden. Kind of a random dinner combination, but I was listening to my cravings!

I really like the Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Granola, but I haven’t tried that many different kinds. I like it because it’s low fat and doesn’t have too much added sugar. Anyone else have a favorite granola? I’m open to trying new kinds!

-LLV

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