Thursday, October 15, 2009

VeganMoFo Day Fifteen: 300! (Part 1)

Maybe you've seen this before - I never had though, not until a fellow PPKer posted it on MyFace. Apparently it all began with some self-proclaimed "omnivore" and his list of what "everyone" should eat in this lifetime. Well, not all of us want to eat snake, a'ight pal? But as we vegans do with all things, we take what we're not so happy with in the world and we make it better.

So what is it that I'm talking about? The Vegan 100! It entertains me, largely because it gives me an opportunity to talk about myself. And face it, isn't that why we all love surveys? OK, that's only half a joke - I really like it because it's such a great showing of the glorious variety of vegan foods! It becomes a somewhat interactive activity - you're to post the list, noting what foods you've tried, want to try, and would never try. The original instructions go something like so:

1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.

Personally, though, I think the crossing out etc. makes it difficult for people to copy and paste, and doesn't it ruin the fun if it's hard to pass along? Plus I prefer to comment/annotate. And this is my damn blog, so that's how I'm gonna do it! Essentially, each food is a one word question, the invisible implication being "have you eaten it, and if you haven't would you?" For me that's almost never a simple yes/no reply. I'm too verbose. (Isn't that a lovely way to say I talk too much?)

So, why is this just Part 1? And why is the post called 300!? Well now comes the crazy part. I'm not just doing one set of the Vegan 100. I'm gonna do Bittersweet's 2008 version, HHL's 2009 version, and my very own New York in Green NYC version! But since there's no way in hell you're going to sit here and read all three at once, I decided to break it up into three posts.

You ready? Here we go.

We begin with Bittersweet's Vegan's Hundred of 2008:

1. Natto - wha? (Ah. Had to google it.) Yes, I've eaten them/it. It was an accidental order sort of. Won't be doing that again. Not much flavor, and texturally it was like eating something that was about to hatch.
2. Green Smoothie - yes. Can be awesome, depending on exact ingredients. Avocado = fabulous!
3. Tofu Scramble - yepper! My man makes some of the best. Well, him and Blossom.
4. Haggis - they make vegan haggis? Well of course they do, but whoa.
5. Mangosteen - have had mangosteen powder, nothing else I don't think.
6. Creme brulee - sadly no. Do you know where I can get some?!
7. Fondue - again, sadly no. I've considered getting a fondue pot just to make this happen. Then we could totally party like it's 1979!
8. Marmite/Vegemite - nope. I'd try it; just on the wrong side of the pond. I hear mixed reviews.
9. Borscht - nopers. I'd eat it, but I don't think I'd try to make it.
10. Baba ghanoush - often! One of my favorites.
11. Nachos - Jon has made some good ones, and we just discovered that V-Spot makes them! We'll be making a special trip to the Slope...
12. Authentic soba noodles - authentic vs. what? I've had plenty of buckwheat if that's what you mean.
13. PB&J sandwich - um, yes.
14. Aloo gobi - who doesn't love potatoes and cauliflower?
15. Taco from a street cart - no tacos. :( Can you get vegan tacos from street carts? Is this a Portland thing?
16. Boba Tea - oooh yes. Love me some chewy tapioca balls. And for the record people, the technical term is bubble, mmmkay?
17. Black truffle - truffle oil only I think. But I'll be happy to eat any edible fungus.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - I'm a big sucker for umeshu (Japanese plum wine) including the pickled plum inside.
19. Gyoza - please view blog.
20. Vanilla ice cream - oh I've had it. Could I name you all the brands I've tried? Probly not. I do recall Soy Cream being pretty good. I don't tend to go for plain vanilla though - I like stuff with stuff in it.
21. Heirloom tomatoes - these are so gorgeous and fabulous and amazing and taste the absolute best! I hope that eventually I'll have a little plot of dirt so I can grow my own.
22. Fresh wild berries - not since I was in single digits. But what an experience!
23. Ceviche - hmm. I would be fascinated to experience a vegan version of this. What, exactly, would be getting cooked with citrus?
24. Rice and beans - a staple in my household, forever and always.
25. Knish - how shall I put this... I've been in New York for four years! I think they might have deported me by now if I hadn't started eating knishes yet.
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper - mmm... tabasco sauce is about as spicy as this girl gets.
27. Dulce de leche - I've had an ice cream version; they call it Dulce con Leche, ha ha.
28. Caviar - different people have different versions. I had something someone was calling "vegan caviar", but it was just black beans... anyway, even when I was a mostly undiscriminating omni I wouldn't eat caviar, so whatevs.
29. Baklava -love it love it love it!
30. Pate - can't decide which I like better, the one at Sacred Chow or the one at Angelica.
31. Wasabi peas - not a big fan of these. Jonathan likes them though.
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl - haven't found a vegan version of this, but I'd love to!
33. Mango lassi - yes! Thank you Madras Cafe on 2nd Ave!
34. Sauerkraut - blegh. Pickled cabbage? You can keep it, thanks. Although, when you make a vegan reuben it is a necessary ingredient.
35. Root beer float - mmm hmm. This was a childhood fave, so it brings back good memories.
36. Mulled cider - not yet, but we just got a slow cooker and we're having company for Thanksgiving, so I feel that chances are good.
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam - have not yet had a vegan scone. Weird right?
38. Vodka jelly - never heard of such a thing! I might sample it, but I'm a lightweight (not literally but drinkwise) so if it has actual alcoholic content that would be the extent. (And if it just tastes like vodka... well, I don't think anyone drinks vodka for the taste.)
39. Gumbo - oh yeah. Used to get Andy's vegan gumbo at Z'otz on Oak. Haven't had any since I came to NYC though.
40. Fast food french fries - probably. Though the veganity of anything that comes out of a fast food chain is debatable. Had restaurant french fries twice last week.
41. Raw Brownies - in the couple of times that I've tried to bake brownies - well, let's just say I'm a taster.
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans - no! But I'd sooo love to. I'm a big fan of the canned variety.
43. Dahl - love me some lentils.
44. Homemade Soymilk - supposedly Jonathan has made soymilk from scratch before, but that was before I was around. I'm not a big fan of soymilk, so I think I need it with plenty of sugar and artificial flavor if I'm going to be drinking it at all.
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - I think my dad might have dropped two bills on the bottle he got during the lunch when we told the parents we were engaged.
46. Stroopwafle - no but I want it I want it I want it!!!
47. Samosas - on a semi-regular basis.
48. Vegetable Sushi - again, on a semi-regular basis. Last weekend in fact.
49. Glazed doughnut - yepper, but never a fresh one sadly. Only packaged.
50. Seaweed - sure. Hijiki, nori, probably some other stuff. Don't know all the kinds they use in seaweed salad.
51. Prickly pear - Jon says he prepared some for me, and that I was fascinated. I believe him but don't remember.
52. Umeboshi - love it on/in my omusubi!
53. Tofurkey - which kind? Tofurkey is a brand. We've got the Italian sausages and deli slices in the fridge right now. I have not, however, ever had the original Tofurkey loaf thing. I'd sure give it a try though - we may do so for this year's Thanksgiving.
54. Sheese - is this a brand? Had several others, but not that one.
55. Cotton candy - pure sugar! You know I'm on it.
56. Gnocchi - yes! We love gnocchi, and we're lucky enough to live in a place where we can buy packaged vegan gnocchi. It's one of my absolute favorite quick dinners.
57. PiƱa colada - had one on Sunday! Of course, it had sake in it instead of rum because of NYC's weird liquor license laws. A little different, but still good.
58. Birch beer - yum.
59. Scrapple - having trouble imagining how/why a vegan version of this would ever come to be.
60. Carob chips - why would I eat carob when I can have chocolate? Outside of a chocolate allergy, why would anyone?
61. S’mores - in the mail on the way from Sweet & Sara as we speak! As for the roasted over the fire variety, all in good time.
62. Soy curls - I hear a lot about these, and it seems that many of people like them... the name frightens me, but if it's tasty it's tasty and I'd give it a go.
63. Chickpea cutlets - cutlets? Sure. Chickpea? You lost me. You can make lots of cool stuff out of chickpeas though, so I guess I'm not that surprised...?
64. Curry - I'm going to call this vague. And say about a hundred times in the past three years.
65. Durian - flavored candy. Not the real thing. I hear rumors about taste vs. smell.
66. Homemade Sausages - haven't had any, but I'd certainly try some from a competent cook. What do you use for casing?
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake - a Coney Island classic, people.
68. Smoked tofu - love it! BBQ flavor please. Fabulous on a sandwich of good bread, veganaise, a little bit of high quality mustard, and a thinly sliced sweet-tart apple.
69. Fried plantain - had some of these on Sunday too.
70. Mochi - oh man, you start talking rice dough and I am so all over it.
71. Gazpacho - my mom makes AMAZING gazpacho. Probably the only thing she makes that's vegan without effort.
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies - last weekend - too many of them.
73. Absinthe - not in years and years. My wild days have passed!
74. Corn on the cob - one of nature's perfect foods.
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can - still haven't had any of the vegan whipped creams. Any suggestions on which brand is best?
76. Pomegranate - when I was a kid, dissecting a pomegranate and sucking on each individual juice-enveloped seed could keep me occupied for hours. Can't remember how recently I've had one though. Really fascinating structure there.
77. Fauxstess Cupcake - no, need to order some from one of my Vegan Etsy teammates who makes them!
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy - Jon is a master at this.
79. Jerky - primal strips are hilarious.
80. Croissants - no, but I remember them fondly. Somebody get up on it will ya?
81. French onion soup - Jon to the rescue once again. He even got us special bowls for it.
82. Savory crepes - haven't had crepes since the egg-filled kind we made in 7th grade French class. Would love to have them again though.
83. Tings - I'm not as in love with these as everyone else seems to be. They're alright.
84. A meal at Candle 79 - were there for our 2nd anniversary, and several other times.
85. Moussaka - I'm a fan of eggplant, but I haven't had this.
86. Sprouted grains or seeds - shur.
87. Macaroni and “cheese” - me and Jon have battles as to who can make the best.
88. Flowers - in high school theater we ate the flowers that we gave each other after shows... not really since then though.
89. Matzoh ball soup - I would LOVE a vegan version of this.
90. White chocolate - this as well.
91. Seitan - some in the fridge right now.
92. Kimchi - I do not like Kimchi. I've tried to like Korean food; it's just not my gig, except for maybe the occasional veg bibimbap. It's gotta be in the hot stone bowl though or what's the point?
93. Butterscotch chips - been looking for vegan butterscotch chips! If you know where to get them please tell me!
94. Yellow watermelon - sounds fascinating! You say melon, I'm in. But for that matter, you say fruit, I'm in.
95. Chili with chocolate - anything with chocolate.
96. Bagel and Tofutti - OMG so many times.
97. Potato milk - wow, never even heard of potato milk, and I thought I'd heard of all milks. I'd taste it, but I must say I'm a skeptic.
98. Polenta - love polenta! Melissa's makes a sundried tomato one that's awesome to keep around for a quick meal. I'd love to have homemade sometime.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - I've drunk a LOT of coffee in my time and worked in two coffee shops, so I want to say probably. But then this is a very special coffee, so maybe not. I'm afraid it would be wasted on me, as I'm not much of a connoisseur.
100. Raw cookie dough - probably more than a person should have in a lifetime.

Alright peoples, so there's installment one. Tune in tomorrow for part two: HLL's 2009 Vegan 100!


Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

A three parter! And now I'm on the edge of my seat. When's act 2?

melissa bastian. said...

Lucky you, you don't have to wait too long... just till tomorrow! ;)