Meat-Free Week Preview: H Street Goes Veg

It’s less than one week until Meat-Free Week launches with our big BBQ party at Sticky Fingers and one short week until “H Street Goes Veg” to celebrate its plethora of veg-friendly restaurants.  Check out these sweet deals to be had on February 7:

A. Litteri, Inc.
517-519 Morse Street, NE
10% off already very low prices on quality olive oil (12 oz to 5 liter sizes) – special available all week!

Argonaut
1433 H Street, NE
$2 tempeh tacos

Dangerously Delicious
1339 H Street, NE
10% discount on all vegan/veggie items – all week long – just mention Meat-Free Week!  In addition, on Feb. 7, 10% of house sales will go to benefit Compassion Over Killing!  Look for the debut of DD’s new vegan pie: Fat Tire Beer Brat Pie.                                        

 Ethiopic Restaurant
401 H Street, NE
20% off Vegetarian Sampler I and II, featuring 4 or 7 vegan dishes

Granville Moore’s
1238 H Street, NE
Featuring vegan sausage, pepper and onions subs!

Smith Commons
1245 H Street, NE
Debuting a new vegan item – Chickpea Ravioli with Curry Coconut Sauce

Sticky Rice
1224 H St, NE
$1 off all veggie sushi rolls and noodle bowls

Toki Underground
1234 H St, NE
Featuring Masumi vegetarian ramen, vegetarian dumplings, and vegan steamed bok choy with braised garlic, grilled turnips, and house-made turnip tare

Even outside of Meat-Free Week, H Street has amazing veg offerings.  Our new friend Margaret Holwill, who helped us with H Street Goes Veg, also compiled a great list for us of H Street’s daily veg options, which we will be sure to share with you.  (Thanks, Margaret!)

Be sure to check out the rest of what Meat-Free Week has to offer, here.

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Biking DC, Vegan Food, and Rescued Animals!

This weekend is jammed packed with all kinds of stuff…

Saturday’s Events

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is holding their anual 50 States & 13 Colonies. This ride is 60 plus miles long and hits all 50 State Streets. The 13 Colonies ride hits all the streets named for every one of the 13 original colonies and covers about 15 miles.  To celebrate the day’s feats, New Belgium Brewing will be hosting the 51st State After Party at the Grill From Ipanema. Stop by after the ride with your fellow comrades for a frosty Fat Tire and a delicious bite to eat. Beer, food and goodies will be available from 3:00-7:00pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Registration for the ride is closed so if you didn’t make it this year, maybe next! Check out other upcoming WABA Events.

I have been wanting to do this ride for a while now and I am finally going to get to do it this year! Super Excited!!! Plus it’s going to give me a good appetite for DC VegFest.

Speaking of, DC VegFest, is also this Saturday (if you haven’t heard!) at George Washington University from 11am to 6pm. There will be LOTS of vendors and LOTS of Vegan food! The first 500 people get a Compassion Over Killing gift tote filled with a bunch of goodies! So get there early!!! There will also be a host of great speakers at this years event including Michael Greger – Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at HSUSColleen Patrick-Goudreau – Vegan Chef & Award-Winning Author, Dawn Moncrieffe – Founder and Executive Director of A Well-Fed World, just to name a few. See the rest of the speakers, sponsors, and food vendor on the DC VegFest Website.

Sunday’s Events

Poplar Spring will be holding their 14th annual open house and fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 5. Come out and enjoy an educational and entertaining afternoon with delicious food, a live music, silent auction, clowns and face painting for the kids, and an opportunity to visit with the Sanctuary’s many rescued residents. Colleen Patrick Goudreau, vegan cookbook author, will be the keynote speaker. I know it may be a hike for a lot of you DC residence but it is worth the trip out there if you haven’t been, find a couple people to carpool with, its only about an hour drive. Hope to see you out there!

To ensure fun and safety for all, NO DOGS at any event that is held at the sanctuary, please! Events will be held rain or shine, and all proceeds benefit the rescued animals.

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Vegan MoFo, yo!

Ladies and gentlemen: start your stove-tops, rev your ovens… DC Vegan blog spot has entered Vegan MoFo and we need your help!

Vegan MoFo = Vegan Month of Food; an international vegan get together via the blog-o-sphere through mouth-watering vegan recipe posts all throughout the month of October. Last year, more than 800 blogs entered and shared all things vegan.This year, we’re joining the mix and would love for our DC Vegan readers to join us because cooking delicious homemade vegan soul food, baked goods, raw eats and traditional meals is something that we all do and enjoy sharing. So swing by the grocery store, pick up a six pack of pumpkin ale and stay home a few nights this month to show us your vegan culinary talents in the kitchen. Not only will we showcase your vegan masterpiece on our site (that will ultimately be featured on Vegan MoFo) but we’ll also be giving away fun prizes at the end of each week to the best entry!

Here are the rules to participate and enter to win prizes during our weekly giveaways:
  • Whip up a vegan masterpiece with your own spin and send us your recipe and 2-3 photos to kristen@dcvegan.org
  • Register on our website
  • “Like” us on Facebook at DC Vegan and tag us in a post: “I just submitted a vegan recipe at DC Vegan for Vegan Mofo. Check out my recipe at dcvegan.org!”
  • Follow us @DCVegan and RT: “I just submitted a #vegan recipe at @dcvegan blog spot for @veganmofo. Check out my recipe: dcvegan.org”

For further testimonial on why should should participate, check out the Vegan MoFo Flickr page for inspiration. And most of all, have fun! What better excuse to host a vegan potluck between you and your friends? Five people = five recipes = one week’s worth of content and chance to split the prize between you and your buddies.

Get cooking, and let us know what recipes you’re experimenting with along the way: in our comments section, on Facebook and Twitter! We look forward to seeing your entries!

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DC Restaurant Review: Meridian Pint

Lentil Barley Burger

Tim, Emily and I ventured to Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights last week to size up the restaurant’s vegan fare. After scanning the menu, I noticed there were a few selections to choose from, including:

  • Fried Tofu with chili sauce as an appetizer
  • Fresh Vegetables with walnut and white bean dip as an appetizer
  • Three Bean Chili with roasted peppers and corn bread (must request no cheese)
  • Seasonal Salad with roasted butternut squash, apples, toasted pumpkin seeds & creamy cider dressing
  • Tofu Skewers with a ginger soy glaze
  • Grilled Polenta with wilted arugula and lentil & walnut salad
  • Grilled Tofu Sandwich marinated tofu, portobello, eggplant with roasted garlic aioli
  • Lentil Barley Burger house made vegan burger topped with caramelized onions and vegan cheese
  • Tofu Scramble with roasted potatoes for brunch

In addition, this restaurant offers a Meatless Item of the Day, which happened to be sweet potato quinoa cakes with ginger tomato compote. Since tofu, raw cut-up vegetables and vegetarian chili are easier to come by (and cook-up myself), I opted to order the lentil barley burger. I can appreciate a kitchen who cooks up its own vegan burger instead of keeping a frozen box of Boca burgers on-hand.

Overall, the meal was good – the burger fell a part and wasn’t incredibly flavorful but not bad at all for bar food. In addition to the house made burger, I ordered a side of sweet potato fries, which were incredibly yummy. What I really liked and appreciated about this place was the extensive beer menu and bar atmosphere. If you’ve ever struggled to find a hangout spot where both you and your meat-eating friends can eat and drink beer together, then this is the spot. The selection of vegan items to choose from on the menu is pretty robust compared to most bar hangouts, and I’m excited to try out more of the options next time I go.

Have you ever been to Meridian Pint? If so, what did you order and think about your meal?

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Food! Food! Food! at DC VegFest!

DC VegFest is just around the corner and one of the number one reasons I go is to try food! We Vegan’s are passionate about our food to say the least. Having all the delicious Vegan food from DC (and beyond!) come to one central location is like Vegan heaven! So who is going to be at DC VegFest you ask? Well…

Vegan Treats

Amsterdam Falafelshop
Bakeshop
Bread and Brew
Burrito Bandits
Cafe Green
Curry Mantra
Dama Ethiopian
Everlasting Life Cafe
Fojol Bros. of Benethiopia
Fojol Bros. of Merlindia
Mojo Juice
Nourish Market
Robert Jordan Health Services
Saveur India
Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Sweet and Natural
The Highlands
Vegan Treats

 
Thats a lot of food to eat!!! While you’re chowing down on your 5 plates of food and 8 cupcakes you can sit back and listen to some of the awesome speakers that will be speaking at the event, like Michael Greger – Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at HSUS, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – Vegan Chef & Award-Winning Author, Dawn Moncrieffe – Founder and Executive Director of A Well-Fed World, just to name a few. See the rest of the speakers on the DC VegFest Website.

DC VegFest is Saturday, September 24 at George Washington University

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