Monday, June 15, 2009

Worldwide vegan bake sale & some restaurant reviews

I'm coordinating the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in Seattle this weekend. If you're not in Seattle, check out their site because the sale is happening all over the globe. Here are the specifics of the Seattle sale:

Where: Sidecar for Pigs Peace
5270 B University Way NE, Seattle

When: June 20 & 21 -- 1PM - 4PM each day

Why: To raise funds for the Pigs Peace Sanctuary by stuffing yourself w/ tasty vegan treats.

There are lots of bakers baking many delicious treats, so please stop by and grab something. I'll be making baklava and some other stuff. Hells yeah!

All proceeds go to the Pigs Peace Sanctuary. Here is some info that I gleaned from their site, but really you should look at their site and check out the cute pig pics.

Pigs Peace Sanctuary is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a safe home for unwanted, abused or neglected animals in need and is committed to spreading the message of compassion and respect for all animals.

Questions about the sale? email


NARN Bingo was lots of fun. David, the guy reading numbers, had me laughing the whole time. I'll post the pics of what I made for 2 of the prizes soon-ish. you know me :)


Eastsiders, I am one of you! There isn't a lot in the way of exciting vegan food on the eastside, but there are a few spots. Preets is one of them. It's a veg indian restaurant located in downtown Redmond and it has lots of vegan options. They give just the right amount of food so you leave satisfied, but not uncomfortably stuffed. Though leftovers aren't an issue as long as I remember my tupperware.

Cauliflower Pakoras, mostly eaten because as usual, I forgot to take a picture at the beginning.

Their samosas are really really good.Clockwise from the top. Corn flat bread hiding underneath a roti (be sure to specify no ghee), Aloo Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower), Sagwala (spinach), Carrot Pickles/Onion/Jalapeno, and Rice.

Note that you have to order the rice separately, not a huge deal, but annoying to have to order after the fact.

The carrot pickles are so good and I always eat my jalapeno. Plus if you go w/ Andy, you get his pickles :). Did that sound dirty?

I went to Squid & Ink in Seattle a while back. There were some hits and misses (fries & frosting) here, but overall, it's worth going back again.

Fish & Chips. The breaded tofu fish was really good. The fries were not good, they were very firm on the inside and greasy (but not crunchy) on the outside - maybe the oil wasn't hot enough? I would like to give their fries a second chance at some point.
Monte Cristo. This was really good, but I was expecting the more traditional version where it is assembled, dipped in batter, then fried as one cohesive block of a sandwich. Then sprinkled w/ powdered sugar, and served w/ strawberry jam.

Carrot Ginger soup was good.
Clouds and hearts cake. This was very fancy looking. The inside of the cake was good, it reminded me of a firm, yet delicate wedding cake texture. The frosting wasn't very sweet, sort of like that grocery store crisco like frosting.

The Judge was rolling around in the dried up grass clippings left behind by the trimmer. He doesn't mind getting dirty. Hmmmm...

They see him rollin', they hatin', patrollin', they catch The judge ridin' dirty. Hey, Sal, hopefully you get that song stuck in your head. It's in mine now.

The Judge is serenading all dino style. Just look at that neck stretch as he eats some triassic vines (ok, fine, it's me holding up some grass). Don't be messing w/ those dino teeth!

Now, I'm completely hungry. Time for something frozen for lunch. Trust me, I'd rather have pakoras and roti.


Jeni Treehugger said...

Good luck with the bake sell - your Baklava will be scoffed in seconds! That Cake is really pretty looking - there's just something about blue icing that I love.
Love the photos of dino Judge.

For the Love of Guava said...

rar RARRR Rarr arrrr... oh Sorry, Bethany I was just chatting with Judge in Dino-Speech... your food looks good and all but... what Judge? oh right... I know... rarrr RARRR Rarr... completely agree.

hehee... GUAVA WANTs INDIAN FOOD!!! nom nom NOMNOM!!!

Andrea said...

I really wanted to go to Bingo but after traveling all day and then attending a potluck, we were pooped. Maybe next time.

We had brunch at Hillside Quickie's Café in Capitol Hill and really enjoyed it.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Hi Bethany. The Campbell's Cream of Tomato does have dairy in it - in the form of milk. It's weird how the same products have different ingredients isn't it! Like Oreos. Oreos in Europe have dairy in too!!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

DEFINITELY give Squid and Ink's fries another shot. They're usually wonderful. Always a bit greasy, but I think that goes with the teritory. The Chicken-fried Steak breakfast is madness. I wake up craving that every morning, I SWEAR.

Nice to hear about the Indian place in Redmond, was wondering about options over that way. We'll be at the bake sale Sunday. Hopefully there will be SOMETHING wonderful left for us...

Mihl said...

Have fun at the bakesale! And bring us pictures :)
Cauliflower samosas are my all-time favourite Indian food. I could eat pounds of them.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

So fun to meet you at Sidecar. The bake sale goodies were scrumptious. Drop me a ine when you're doing it again. I'll definitely bake something...

Suzanne said...

So sorry to have missed the bake sale, but probably better for my waistline! Glad it went well.
The fries at Squid and Ink are super hit or miss. They're often greasy and burned on the outside, but somehow not cooked enough on the inside. Not sure how that happens. I never order them but of course, Anthony does! :)