Friday, August 17, 2007

Welcome to Paradise

I have been back from my vacation in Long Beach Island, New Jersey for a while but have been very busy and unable (and forgetting) to post. I had a great time with pretty good weather and awesome waves! I found amazing shopping at Ron Jon’s Surf Shop and Ferias Surf and Sport. With a little pre-vacation research, I found the only veg restaurant on The Island called Living on the Veg! (the ! is part of the name) and if you are ever in LBI, the restaurant is located between 132nd St. and 133rd St., Beach Haven Terrace (phone # 609-429-4066). I am going to the beach with my friend all next week so goodbye for now, hope everyone’s summer is going great.

I learned that you CAN order a cheeseless pizza without any questioning remarks. Ponzone's Pizza has the best sauce out there! This pizza was loaded mushrooms and peppers.

*Here are my Living onthe Veg! pictures:

Green Burger (this picture was taken with my phone). I ordered this and my mom ordered the Tofu Burrito below and we split. They were aweomse!

Avocado Club

We had to go back again. My mom ordered this.

My dad ordered the Southwestern Burgerrito and it was fantastic!

I ordered the Atomic Veggie

A side of couscous

My dad's yummy smoothie

"In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line."

-Henry David Thoreau-

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Surprise! I Made Desserts

On Saturday we had a surprise party for my dad. I helped out by doing almost all of the cooking. Since my job was to make all the non-meat dishes, I of course had to make them vegan and awesome. For hor’dourves, I made hummus with veggies and guacamole. For the main dishes we had sesame peanut noodles, corn and black bean salad, grilled veggies, and a bunch of fruit. For dessert I made dark chocolate brownies and carrot cake cupcakes. Since I was the designated photographer for the night, I had a chance to quickly snap pictures of the dessert table before they were gobbled up. I made a ton of brownies so we still have enough brownies to feed an army, though I gave some away to my friend, but the carrot cake cupcakes were devoured.

On a side note, I am going to the beach on vacation for a week but I will be back with a long post. I plan to visit the only vegan restaurant for miles and take plenty of pictures.

Very dark chocolate brownies
topped with powdered sugar

Carrot cake cupcakes with basic buttercream frosting
(from VWAV)
My dad LOVES carrot cake so I decided it would be classier to make it in cupcake form. I had two cuppers and ate about a cup of frosting during the prep. My brother and dad had about 6 or more each. I made plenty but they did not make it to the next day.

"I went to a restaurant, and I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket, eating a hamburger, drinking a glass of milk. I said, "Dude, you are a cow. The metamorphosis is complete. Don't fall asleep or I will tip you over." "- Mitch Hedburg