Monday, July 03, 2006

SNEAK PEAK - Vegan Beer Party

This weekend I had a Vegan Beer Party.
Here is a picture of the beers, I will fill you in on the rest later.

Friday, April 28, 2006

April - NJ Vegan Cookie Review

The Vegan Cookie review will be part of Vegan Freak Radio, Episode #36. Take a listen!

I did a little roving this time! I traveled to New Jersey to meet some Vegan Freaks, have a pot luck and review some cookies.

I love everyone I met and I am so sad I don't live closer. One day I will make it back to another one of their potlucks!

Here are the judges!
















Clockwise, starting in lower right corner: Patrick (veganjedi), Me (nell), Amanda (aj_veggiegirl), Elise (veganwitch), John, Jenna (tofupunk), Chad (cosmo), Sheryl (sherbs), Mike, Stephanie (steffapeppa). Not pictured is Liam, he crashed from his sugar high before we got to take a group picture.

Here is the food!
Before we had the review we ate dinner, just like our momma's taught us. It was a Mediterranean theme, there was Tabbouleh, Felafel's, Tomato & Cucumber salad, Kale Salad, Roasted potatoes, Baba Ghanoush and Hummus. It was glorious.








And...here are the cookies!
Everyone at the party brought a cookie or three for the review. We ended up having 14 different options. Talk about OD'ing on sugar.
















Liam helped me fix up the products. He did very good and didn't sneak a single piece!












The testing begins.
Cookies make vegans happy!












Best Cookie Overall
Alternative Baking Company - Double Chocolate Decadence

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
Liz Lovely - Cowgirl

Best Peanut Butter Cookie
Alternative Baking Company - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Boston Cookies
Peanut Butter
Rating: 7.1

Good, but not super peanut buttery
Soft, full bodied
Too sweet for peanut butter
Not too sweet, great flavor
Soft, yummy, peanut-buttery










NO PICTURE
Alternative Baking Company
Double Chocolate Decadence
Rating: 9.1

ROCKS!
Yummy, creamy
Fudgi-licious
Somewhat rich, but not too rich, perhaps my favorite vegan cookie ever
Love it! Love it! Love it!


Alternative Baking Company
Colossal Chocolate Chip
Rating: 8.2

Chips are rockin’
Like toll house for Vegans!

Nana's
Oatmeal Raisin
Rating: 7.0

Tastes healthy, but good
Yum, but not that yum.
Homemade comfort!
Nice big raisins
A little dry but still good










Boston Cookies
Mocha Chocolate Chip
Rating: 7.6

Excellent
Fabulous, full, my favorite
Excellent












Alternative Baking Company
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Rating: 7.7

Good, but still not enough peanut butter
Its pretty darn good


Liz Lovely
Cowgirl Cookies
Rating: 8.3

I can die happy!
My fantasy, melt in the mouth
OMFG! 10,000,000
Different texture, sort of melts instead of chewy.
Can taste the sugar – weird but excellent










Nana's
Cookie Bars
Fudgy Wadgy
Rating: 6.1

Again with the health, so-so
Light sweet flavor
Bar-like. It really is fudgy though.
More brownie like.
Tastes like it has a weight watchers thing going on.









Nana's
Cookie Bars
Chocolate Chippy
Rating: 6.2

diet-like, but still tasty
rather dry
dry
not bad if you don’t compare it to all the others










Nana's
Cookie Bars
Lively Lemon
Rating: 6.8

Really good
A little crunch and lemony, good!
Refreshing
I heart it
A little crunchy, too lemon-y









Enjoy Life
Snickerdoodle
Rating: N/A - The package was open and most judges didn't try them (including myself).

Cinnomony
Eh, ok



Newman's Own
Fig Newmans
Rating: 6.3

YUM! I love figs!
Figulous
Figgin Gross.
Better than Fig Newtons by a long shot!
Okay, I would rather have chocolate
Good for what it is. FIG

Newman's Own
Newman-O's
Rating: 8.2

YUM! I love figs!
Figulous
Figgin Gross.
Better than Fig Newtons by a long shot!
Okay, I would rather have chocolate
Good for what it is. FIG





Health Valley
Cookie Cremes
Rating: 8.7

Really comforting taste.
Nice and vanilla-yee!
Wow – surprisingly good and buttery and vanilla-yum.
Very light tasting, I could eat a w hole bunch.
Mmmm


And last but not least....Simple Treats sent me a box of snacks but I didn't receive them before my trip to New Jersey. So I tested those products all on my own! Well, I did send some to Bob & Jenna and a few of my other Vegan Freak friends, but I made sure to get one of each for myself. Simple Treats is a great brand. The cookies, brownies and bars are very filling and tasty.

Simple Treats
Jam Dots

The fruit center is delicious.












Simple Treats
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

The cookie was slightly crumbly from being tossed around but I scarfed down every little piece.












Simple Treats
Chocolate Chip Blondies

This has always been my favorite Simple Treat product. I've tried to make them myself but it never comes out as good at theres.












Simple Treats
Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie

The brownie was so soft!



Friday, April 21, 2006

Sneak Peak - Vegan Cookie Review

This weekend I am traveling to New Jersey to meet up with the NJ Vegan Freaks. We are going to be doing a pot luck cookie review! I can't wait to meet more Vegan Freaks and of coarse try out some of these Vegan cookies, especially the kind I can't find in CT.

Since it is a pot luck review I do not have the products to take pictures of. But here are the websites for a few of the cookies we hope to check out.

Liz Lovely
Boston Cookies
Enjoy Life Cookies
Newmans Own
Nana's
Alternative Baking Company
Simple Treats
Health Valley

Friday, March 03, 2006

February - Vegan Wine Review

This Vegan Wine review is on Vegan Freak Radio, episode #30, take a listen!

CORRECTION: I am embarrassed to say the Vegan wines I tested are not all Vegan. The information I found was incorrect. The Fetzer white are Vegan but the Fetzer Red are not.

The Wine party brought out 10 of my closest family and friends! I had 5 bottles of "official" wine to test and an extra bottle or two kicking around to add as needed. I didn't get many comments from the judges, I think it was because they were distracted by the yummy food and the alcohol. These reviews were rated based on first, second, third and etc.. I will return to the obsessive average system for the next party.

Here is the link page I used to find out which wines are and are not vegan. http://veganfreak.com/index.php?s=internetresources#booze

Before I put up pictures of my beautiful judges I need to show you all the amazing food from the party. I don't want to overlook the yummy food, it deserves some attention because it was glorious, all vegan of coarse.

Here is the food!
Bruschetta by Dee, Cilantro Salsa, Guacamole, Demonic Mushrooms, Hummus and Chocolate Cake by Kerri.
































Here are the judges!
Wendy, Kim, Dee & Dan, Dad (Marty) & Sandy, Evelin, Kellie, Kelly, Kerri and not pictured is Cory.






















































































































A few of my friends showed up early and wanted to start drinking. I didn't want to open the wine from the review so I went with a different wine I had in the house. So here are the comments and picture of the "secret" wine.



Peter Lehmann
2003 Barossa Shiraz
Cost: $18.99
Rating: Secretly conducted prior to guests arriving!

We each had 2 glasses before the party started, it was smooth.
I will definitely be buying this wine again.












Here are the "official" Wines!




















Yellow Tail
2004 Merlot
Cost: $10.00
Rating: First Place


Mild and smooth.
Nice light oaky taste with good body.











CORRECTION: The information I found was incorrect. The Fetzer white are Vegan but the Fetzer Red are not.

Fetzer Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon (organic)
Cost: $9.99
Rating: Second Place

Nice fruity light taste, no aftertaste.
Very smooth, delicious flavor











CORRECTION: The information I found was incorrect. The Fetzer white are Vegan but the Fetzer Red are not.

Fetzer Vineyards
Merlot (organic)
Cost: $9.99
Rating: Third Place

Leaves an after taste bordering on bitter.












Frey Organic Wine
Pinot Noir
Cost: $11.99
Rating: Fourth Place

Very mild
Bitter taste...bitter aftertaste












Frey Organic Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating: Fifth Place


A little tart on my tongue, but mysteriously reminds me of grape soda.









Sunday, February 05, 2006

January - Vegan Veggie Burgers

This Vegan Veggie Burger review is on Vegan Freak Radio, podcast #26.

The Vegan Veggie Burgers brought out 10 people, thats 6 more people than the Chocolate party! I would have thought Chocolate would have been the biggie. Next month is wine, I wonder if I’ll have enough room in my apartment for everyone.


Here are the judges!
Niki, Kim, Michelle, Evelin, me, Sheryl, Kristine, Jen and not pictured are Wendy and Dan.







































Here are the Vegan Veggie Burgers!










I picked up 9 different Vegan Veggie Burgers. I started at my local Health Food Store, I was surprised that they only had 1 type of Vegan Veggie Burger. I bought that one and then stopped at every grocery store within half an hour. Most stores only had the Veggie Burgers, they didn't have Vegan versions. But not Stop & Shop, they had so many choices for me.


Best Overall
Gardenburger, Black Bean

Best, Vegans only
Gardenburger, Black Bean

Best, Meat eaters only
Dr. Praeger’s California Burger

Best Price
Morningstar Farms, Vegan Burger



Sunshine Burgers, Original
$3.85, box of 3
Overall – 6.8
Vegans – 8.3
Meat Eaters – 5.8






  • Tastes like a big dip burger, awesome!
  • It’s green...
  • Very veggie, very good!
  • It’s a little too green for me. It was very good, but not what I’d be looking for in a “burger.” However, if you knew in advance what to expect it would be great!
  • Really good, not like any other.


Sunshine Burger, South West
$3.85, box of 3
Overall – 5.1
Vegans – 6.9
Meat Eaters – 3.9






  • Delish!
  • Not a fan of spicy burgers.
  • A little crumbly. I’m a little unsure, it tastes good, but the texture is unidentifiable. I love the spice. Quite spicy even for someone who loves spice!
  • Too salty and too spicy.


Gardenburger, Black Bean
$3.99, box of 4
Overall – 7.2
Vegans – 8.8
Meat Eaters – 6.2


  • The taste is great. It reminds me of a bean burrito with a kick.
  • Spicy aftertaste. Beans! Yum. Tastes like a burrito.
  • Great black bean taste
  • Too spicy.
  • Too salty.


Mornignstar Farms, Vegan Burger
$3.69, box of 4
Overall – 5.3
Vegans – 4.5
Meat Eaters – 5.8

  • Tastes like Boca burgers.
  • Needs more flavor.
  • Meat-like texture. I think it tastes great.
  • Kind of meaty.
  • Slap some gravy on that sucker and it would taste just like the Salisbury steak meat pucks they used to serve in middle school.
  • Tastes like a hamburger.
  • Not bad, but not the best either.


Amy’s California Burger
$4.25, box of 4
Overall – 6.3
Vegans – 7.3
Meat Eaters – 5.6


  • Very veggie and grainy, yummy.
  • Dry, but ok.
  • Almost feels and tastes like a Chinese dish with the combination of rice and vegetable.
  • Crunchy and gooey!
  • Good but not as good as Amy’s Amercian Veggie Burger


Amy’s American Veggie Burger
$4.25, box of 4
Overall – 6.4
Vegans – 6.6
Meat Eaters – 6.2


  • I can taste the vegetables.
  • Edible, but not for me.
  • This was delicious. A veggie taste with a smoky hint. The texture was a little mushy, but I think it would please both vegan and nonvegans.
  • Mildly spicy with a nice texture.
  • I like that it isn’t trying to be meat. Veggies aren’t meat man, don’t even play.


Dr. Praeger’s California Burger
$4.29, box of 4
Overall – 6.6
Vegans – 7.0
Meat Eaters – 6.3

  • The taste was okay. But the veggies were way too big. I would rather buy fresh veggies and make a sandwich.
  • Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! It tastes like veggies and that’s okay!
  • Brocoli is good, tries not to imitate meat. YAY.
  • I didn’t like it.


Dr. Praeger’s Bombay Burger
$4.29, box of 4
Overall – 5.4
Vegans – 6.0
Meat Eaters – 5.0

  • Spicy Indian taste with lots of veggies.
  • Soft, breaks apart, some spice.
  • Tasty but super mushy. Nice spice, curry-esque.
  • There are peas in there. PEAS.
  • Nice Indian taste. Spicy after taste, but its balanced.
  • Weird – there’s whole veggies in it.


Veggie-licious Burger
$3.50, box of 2
Overall – 4.5
Vegans – 4.3
Meat Eaters – 4.7

  • Smoky, different.
  • Upon first bite it reminded me of my dogs “jerky treats”
  • Meaty and super salty.
  • Fake smoky taste. This is what Burger King serves during Mad Cow outbreaks.

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