Burger and fries

I used to work in my parents’ convenience store, and I flipped many a burger. I’d like to think I’m pretty good at it. By far my most popular item, back in the old days, was a burger with grilled onions and mushrooms, with a toasted bun.

I’ve been craving a veggie burger since Thursday, and when I realized I had a vegan Boca Burger in the freezer, and a whole potato waiting for its destiny, I decided to make my own burger while waiting for the football game to start.

My new mandoline made perfect fries – so exciting! It took all of 30 seconds to transform the potato into these uniform, expertly-sliced fries. Goodbye sore wrists and hours of potato cutting!

I don’t think I really need to give you a recipe, since I am using a pre-made burger, but for the toppings, I used leftover pecan pesto, a little spinach, both mayo and mustard, pan fried mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Yes. Oh, yes.

Of course, to treat myself for game day, I also had a Dr Pepper. What a perfect Saturday Night! Texas Fight!

Cross posted from stellatex.

Participate in a university study on talking about your veg*nism

Lynsey Kluever Romo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies here at the beautiful University of Texas at Austin, is conducting a survey on how vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians talk about their diet/lifestyle.

If you’d like to take part, click here to begin the study.

Thanks, and Hook ‘Em Horns!

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Thanksgiving potluck this Sunday (Austin)

Royal Co-op, a vegan cooperative near UT, is hosting a Thanksgiving potluck this Sunday starting at 4:00pm.

“Bring a vegan dish to serve at least 8. Bring a family, bring a friend or 2 or 10.”

Royal will be providing such dishes as:

Mashed Potatoes+ Gravy
Sweet Pootatoes
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Chipotle Corn Bread
Sauteed Zucchini
Orange Salad
Lima Bean Salad
Chickpea Cutlets
Choclate Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Gingerbread Cooies
Cinnamon Rolls
RIce Pudding
Chai Tea
Banana Bread

1805 Pearl Street
Austin TX 78701
512 478-0880

What a colleague has to say about the new Blanton Café (Austin)

Cross posted from the Vegan Tree House.

From an anonymous omnivore.

Short review: Go to Hoa Hoa’s. Cheaper, quicker, and just as good. (And in your case, a vastly larger selection.)

Long review:

I got there at 11:40, and there was a line to the door. Lots of old people, so I think it was mostly museum visitors. Italian themed dishes, including ready and waiting flatbread pizza (stuff on a cracker) and premade sandwiches. I got the pesto chicken salad sandwich, soup of the day (mushroom bisque, fancy for cream of shrum) and iced tea. It’s more or less cafeteria style; all the foods are out and you order, they put it onto paper food holders, you pay at the register at the end of the line. Turns out the chicken salad is actually a grilled panini, which the menu doesn’t mention, so I had to wait for it, which sucked ‘cuz I didn’t have a long time for lunch and I picked that sandwich because I thought I’d get it right then and there. Diced chicken coated in pesto, tomato slice and cheese. Basically, a $5 sandwich with an $8 price tag. The soup was good; thick and very mushroomy with a hint of black pepper. A bowl of this would’ve been satisfying, and it was actually decently priced. They only had “raspberry island” iced tea. Something herbal, it tasted very raspberry-y without being sweet. I liked it, but the real sin of the iced tea was it came in a small cup full of ice for $2. For that much iced tea money, there should be enough iced tea to drown yourself in. It took one hour from desk to there, wait in line, order, wait for the pre-made sandwich (!), eat and back to desk with no distractions. By the time I left, the line was full of people coming from the Capitol complex.

Since everything was pretty much ready to go, you probably would have to wait to get a balsamic roasted veggie sandwich made special without cheese. I don’t see this place doing well with the vegan crowd.

Trivia: museum members get a 10% discount, and museum employees get a 20% discount.