Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm at Xi'an Famous Foods! NS5, L2, L1, F1 today! Taking it to the library/Bryant Park to enjoy the beautiful weather.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Saturday June 28 is Vegan Pizza Day

So says Facebook and PETA.  And as much as I realize this is a made-up holiday (aren't they all?), it reminded me of the frozen vegan pizza binge I went on a few weeks (months?) ago.

I bought every frozen vegan pizza in the store to do a taste comparison! I meant to post a detailed illustrated comparison of each one (I think I bought 5 different ones, I don't remember all of them and I don't know where the photos went), but I overcooked several of them (our oven has a replacement knob and the temperature numbers on the knob don't reflect the actual temperature, so I had to keep tweaking it up and down) and regardless I ended up just gobbling them all down and then lounging around, as pizza eating often induces.  Here are my hazy, time delayed notes:

The first thing I realized was that just because a pizza is using non-dairy cheese, it DOESN'T mean it is vegan!  Some of those frozen pizzas were implied they were vegan, even though they were not.  Amy's Soy Cheese pizza "Contains wheat, soy and milk protein" so be aware!  Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza is vegan though, and I recall it being pretty good.

Another one was Daiya's Cheeze Lover's Pizza, and that was pretty good too (sorry it's so vague, it was a while ago).  I think I had two different varieties of Daiya frozen pizza.  Daiya seems to be the gold standard of vegan cheese, and I hear people gush about it all the time but my mother-in-law (who doesn't do dairy) prefers some other kind, I'll have to ask her to remind me what it is.

The Tofurky ones were OK, it's been too long for me to remember specifics, sorry. Honestly, I don't even know why I'm writing this post because I don't eat dairy frozen pizza normally.  BUT I DO EAT HOT FRESH LOCAL PIZZERIA PIZZA! Which brings me to....

My top pick: Go to Two Boots (so many locations now! Even outside of NY!) and get a V for Vegan pizza, which is "Daiya non-dairy cheese with artichokes, shiitake mushrooms, red onions and criss-cross of basil and red pepper pestos."  There's a Two Boots in my neighborhood and when I want a pizza fix, that is my go-to place! If you prefer delivery, they don't list it on their website, but the V for Vegan pizza shows up when you order via Seamless. That's one of the reasons why New Yorkers live in New York, right? So we can make a few clicks online and a hot vegan pizza shows up at our door.

PS since we're on the topic of pizza which naturally leads to cheese, I found a BuzzFeed called 14 Vegan Cheeses That Will Make You Forget About The Real Thing. It's mostly recipes so don't hold your breath waiting for me to make one and tell you how it is, but if you want one leave me a comment and tell me about it!