DDD #114 – Rabbit Hole Foods – Vegan Egg, Tuna & Chicken Salads Reviewed

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DDD #110 – Jackfruit Company Teriyaki Jackfruit Review

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DDD #107 – Herbivorous Butcher No Box Unboxing & a Vegan Cheese & Deli Meat Review

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DDD #105 – Herbivorous Butcher Unboxing & Review

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DDD #97 – REVIEW! Miyoko, Punk Rawk, and Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheeses

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2015 – A Year in Review

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So – WordPress sent me a list of statistics for my blog and I found it very interesting.  The most interesting thing was that my Easy Spicy Southern Chicken Spaghetti (seen above) is – by 500X – THE MOST POPULAR recipe on my blog.   To date – it has gotten 312,149 views!!!  The next most popular (I will list them all below) is my Spicy Vegan Chinese Eggplant (seen below) with a mere 55,874 views.  It is curious that these two reign supreme because both posts involve stories of my house failing me.  In the case of the chicken spaghetti, my stove would not heat beyond 200 degrees so I overcooked the fuck out of the dish.  Also – because it has meat in it – it is one of the few recipes I have posted that I have never tasted.  I made this in an effort to recreate the badass, Miles Miller’s, grandmother’s recipe.  I was winging it, ruined it, photographed it very poorly & never tasted it – and it has gotten 300K+ views.

In the case of the eggplant – it was a plumbing failure involving raw sewage & plumbers & money woes.  One reader even complained that I including talk of fecal matter in a food blog post – and that is a valid complaint.  Still – it remains my number 2 most popular post.

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Rounding out the the 5 all-time most popular are my Grown-up Fireball Whiskey Cupcakes (39,053 views), my Margarita Pizza Quesadilla on Homemade Spinach Tortillas (32,574 views), and my ZERO CALORIE ZERO CARB Vegetarian Shirataki Pho (13,138 views) – seen below, respectively.

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Another interesting thing is that none of those top 5 were posted in 2015.  I am not sure if that is because they have just been up there the longest or if they just struck a chord with folks.  I guess time will tell.

I have posted over 700 posts and the blog has gotten 624,455 views by 481,055 visitors  – over all.  If it were an exhibit at the Louvre, it would take 26 days for everyone to see it.  My most popular day was Nov. 8, 2015 with 5819 views – a day that chicken spaghetti got something like 3000 views.

In 2015, the 12 most popular recipes were:

Easy Vegan Meatloaf

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5-minute Sticky, Spicy, Korean BBQ Chicken with Sesame Hibachi Noodles (Vegan)

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Annie & Dan Shannon’s Vegan Yankee Pot Roast Dinner

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Vegan Spicy Citrus Black Beans (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

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Rustic Pizza with Vegan Sausage, Broccolette (Broccolini), Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Mushrooms, Farmers Cheese, Goat Cheese and Micro Arugula

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Spicy Indonesian Street Cart Noodles – Mie Goreng – with Vegan Chicken (and Crispy Shallots)

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5-Minute Vegan Burnt Brown Sugar Chicken Fingers

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Vegan Meatballs

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Fast and Easy Stove Top Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Vegan Jackfruit Spicy Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles

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20-Minute Spicy Vegan Kung Pao Chicken

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Easy 10-minute Vegan Firecracker Chicken

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The most amazing discovery was that raw egg heals the pain and scarring of terrible burns – almost INSTANTLY.

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I probably cooked these most often:

Easy Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

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Craziest fake “meat” option:

Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Salad & Avocado

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And I took a lot of photos of food!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Potato Hash – Vegan or Not

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Creamy Vegan No-Pasta Zoodles with Arugula & Chanterelle Mushrooms & Thyme

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Burnt Eggplant with Pomegranate Seeds & Cucumber – or Really Fancy Baba Ganoush

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Vegan Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta with Fried Sage

 

And I made a LOT of pizza!

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Spicy Jalapeno Pizza with Avocado & Cilantro

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The Best Fast & Easy Vegan Mozzarella – for Melting & Grating

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Sweet Potato and Asparagus Pizza with Vegan Mozzarella & Watercress

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Caramelized Fennel & Spinach Pizza with Goat Cheese

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Peach & Tomato Caprese Pizza with Mozarella, Basil & Balsamic Reduction

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Vegan or Vegetarian BBQ Pulled Chicken & Jackfruit Pizza

And there you have it.  That is my 2015 in food.  See you in 2016!!

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Vromage – A West Hollywood Vegan Cheese Shop

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OK – so – I am about 75% vegan – in that I eat vegan about that often or more.  I have not had a hard time giving up meat or fish (except for sushi) but the one thing that I still occasionally indulge in is cheese.  I have been experimenting extensively with vegan cheeses with mixed results.  I reviewed these cheeses below HERE.

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NOTE – THIS LISANATTI CHEESE  (below) IS NOT VEGAN!  IT CONTAINS CASEIN!

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And these from Miyoko’s Kitchen.

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You can read that blog post for my opinions of those cheeses but if you live in LA and you are vegan – have I got news for you!

Behold!  VROMAGE!

(PS – Vromage SHIPS – so you can get it – even if you are not in LA – VROMAGE online store.)

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I had long heard there was a vegan cheese store in West Hollywood but I always imagined it on Santa Monica Blvd in an area with heavy traffic & non-existent parking.  While I wanted to try the cheeses – I loathed the idea of driving west of La Brea & circling West Hollywood for hours – looking for some non-resident parking.

Then, last Friday, I had a photo session for a 90210 interview.  Here I am with the make-up artist, Noa Bolozky, and alone in a selfie in my bedroom afterward.  Noa does the MOST beautiful make-up!!!!  I will show some images from the session once the article runs.

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Anyway – as I looked out the window from the photo studio – I spotted Vromage!  It is in the strip mall – a block east of the mall at Sunset & Crescent Heights – the one with a Crunch.  It is in that plaza on the left (NOT The Crunch mall) – and it nestled near the elbow of the mall.

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So – as soon as I got out of that photo session – I headed directly to Vromage!  Noa beat me there & left swinging $70 worth of vegan cheese & a wearing a huge grin.   I braced myself for what promised to be a vegan adventure.

My mom & I were greeted by Youssef (seen below – in a photo I took from his site).

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Isn’t he cute?  He was so excited to let us try his cheeses – it quickly became overwhelming.  In a good way!  If you look at the second picture from the top  – that was the selection he had available that day & we still must have tasted 7-8 cheeses.  Once I had that many flavors going on – I lost my ability to keep them straight.  I THINK – I left with a mozzarella, a truffle brie, a pepper jack and a Gorgonzola (Veganzolla below).

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I added this video so you can see how outrageously creamy & spreadable Vromage’s cheeses are.  The truffle brie (the top picture – first in this post) came the closest to matching both taste & texture (as this Gorgonzola was way creamier than real Gorgonzola – but I am not complaining!).  The mozzarella – seen center, below – was mild & light & creamy & Youssef advised that, if I was making a pizza, to add this cheese at the very end & just flash-bake it.  I did not make a pizza but I will soon & I will report back.

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The pepper jack is the yellow cheese with the red on it – not sure what spice(s) that might be but the cheese is peppery & yummy!

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Those are kiwi berries, by the way.  They are about the size of large grapes & are just like tiny, hairless kiwis.  I recommend trying them if you ever come across them.

Youssef also offers sandwiches etc.  See below.  My mom tried the caprese sandwich & raved!

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Because my photos do not do Youssef’s whole situation & products any justice – here are some photos I nabbed from his site.

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So – for my money – Vromage has produced the best vegan cheeses I have tried, to date, and by a wide margin.  Most will not fool a real cheese eater (though the brie really might) but these guys are SO fucking creamy & bursting with flavor – I think they really hold their own.  And if you are a long-time vegan – these cheeses will make you lose your shit.  They truly are creamy & decadent & just BEG to be spread on a crusty baguette with some jam or veggies & basil.   Treat yourself and run – don’t walk – to Vromage.  And be sure to engage with Youssef – the owner.  He is kind & accommodating & very proud of his product & will let you sample anything you want.

And remember!  Vromage SHIPS – so you can get it – even if you are not in LA – VROMAGE online store.  Whatcha waiting for?  Get your ass some cruelty-free cheeses!