Vegan Hot Dog at Ballpark in Arlington

Vegan hot dog at Ballpark in Arlington. Photo by mollyjade

Be prepared for a long walk if you want to try the vegan (and gluten-free) hot dog at the Ballpark in Arlington. The dogs are sold at the Centerfield Marketplace. A lot of online sources say it’s located in section 131, but this isn’t true. The nice usher at section 131 sounded like he was used to the question. The Centerfield Marketplace is in restaurant location 131, which doesn’t mean anything to customers. It’s a numbering system used by Ballpark facilities management. The important thing to listen to is “Centerfield” Marketplace. It’s located near, ta da!, centerfield on the ground level.

Vegan hot dogs at Ballpark in Arlington. Photo by mollyjade

The Centerfield Marketplace is a small convenience store with healthier and gluten-free food. On one side are refrigerated cases with prepared foods and beverages. On the other side is a rolling hot dog warmer filled with smart dogs. Isn’t America a wonderful place? We snagged a fruit cup from the refrigerated case along with our hot dog.

Fruit cup at Ballpark in Arlington. Photo by mollyjade

Unless you have seats on the ground level, grab your food before you find your seats. The elevators only go up for the first innings, and it’s a lot of work to get back to ground level once you’ve gone up. Back at our seats, I bit into my hot dog loaded with ketchup and mustard and watched the Rangers hit a grand slam. It felt just like watching a game in the nosebleed seats as a kid. I loved it.

Winner! and Restaurant News

Hacienda on Henderson vegan brunch options from their Facebook page

A number of vegan-friendly Texas restaurants are changing things around. In Dallas, Hacienda on Henderson has added vegan brunch options to their already vegan-friendly menu. French toast sounds just about right to me. Dallas Vegan and MFA has been working with Hacienda on Henderson, and this just shows what big changes you can get by asking for more vegan options.

In Arlington, the Loving Hut is changing format again. This time they’re scrapping their pasta/wraps/anything goes menu for vegan pizza. This makes two restaurants offering vegan pizza with cheese in Arlington (the other is Mellow Mushroom). The new menu debuts March 19. I can’t wait to see what toppings they’ll offer.

And in San Antonio, Green Vegetarian has moved their Flores St location to the Historic Pearl Brewery. The new location is in a much more visible and accessible area. Menu and prices remain the same.

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In site news, Annemieke is the winner of the Vegan Bag of Tricks. Congrats! Let me know if these giveaways are something you want me to continue.

Vegan Tex-Mex in DFW

Vegan enchiladas in the Metroplex. Photo by tofutti break. Licensed under creative commons

The folks at Dallas Vegan have been putting a lot of work into their website lately. They’ve added several new food guides, including this list of vegan Tex-Mex options in DFW. The list tells you the vegan status of beans, tortillas, rice, and sauces at restaurants. With that info, you can create just about any vegan Tex-Mex restaurant dish. The info is crowd sourced, so be sure to let Dallas Vegan know about your favorite Tex-Mex spot in the Metroplex.

Vegan Pizza in Texas

Cartoon by Matthew Diffee

So I get this cartoon. Really. Texas is a wasteland of BBQ and chicken fried steak. Except it isn’t, exactly. Don’t get me wrong. You can drive along miles and miles of highway seeing signs advertising brisket and chicken fried chicken, and Texas isn’t exactly known for its fresh produce or vegetarian cuisine. But this cartoon always makes me a little wistful, because people who think like this are missing out on some great vegan pizza.

Here in Austin you can find vegan New York-style, deep dish, Detroit-style, Italian wood oven-baked, and French bread pizzas, among the many many options. That’s a lot of vegan pizza.

So partly in honor of this cartoon and partly in honor of the fact that “vegan pizza in _____” is always one of my top search terms, here are links to vegan pizzas around Texas.

Austin, by Red Hot Vegans
Dallas-Fort Worth, by Dallas Vegan
Houston by Vegan Houston
San Antonio: Fraolo’s Art of Pizza and ZPizza via San Antonio Vegans

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I have a few favorite vegan pizzas in Austin that didn’t make the Red Hot Vegans list. The Spicy Vegan at Brick Oven on 35th (not to be confused with Brick Oven) for some reason doesn’t get much love. Maybe because there’s no cheese on the pizza. But there’s chipotle pesto, which I think is even better. FYI you can also get the chipotle pesto on pasta (ask for no cream).

Sagra also makes some great vegan pizzas, and recently they started making pistachio cheese for their vegan pies. The pizzas are Italian-style, not the Italian-American pizzas which are the norm in the U.S., which means you get more creative vegetable toppings including arugula, truffle oil, and asparagus. Their menu changes seasonally.

2012 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

2010 Austin Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti. Image by Lazy Smurf

It’s bake sale time again! Vegans around the world are heating up their ovens to make tasty treats to raise awareness about veganism and funds for their favorite nonprofits for the 2012 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Bake sales will take place between April 21 and April 29. There are a number of bake sales going on through out Texas (details below). If there’s not one in your community yet, then it’s up to you to organize one.

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale site has great advice on how to set up a bake sale in your community. I’ve done a few of these, and believe me, you can do one, too! You need a location, a table, and some other bakers to help you. It’s as easy as that!

2011 Dallas Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon

It’s still early in the month, so many of these bake sales are still in the planning stages, but I wanted to get this info out as soon as possible so more people can sign up to bake and organize.

ARLINGTON
Date: April 24, 11 AM to 2 PM
Location:  Engineering Mall at UTA
Hosted by: Vegan Club at UTA
Benefiting: Serenity Springs Animal Sanctuary and a puppy named Justice

AUSTIN
Date: Sunday, April 29, noon to 6 PM
Location: Monkey Wrench Books
Hosted by: Action for Animals, Capital City Bakery, Vegans Rock Austin, and Vegetarian Network of Austin
Benefiting: Sunny Day Farms
To Participate: See the Facebook event page

DALLAS
Date: April 28, noon to 4 PM
Location:
 Beauty Bar
Hosted by:
Dallas Vegan and Big A Little A Bakery
Benefiting:
 United Farm Workers (UFW)
To Participate:  email dallasveganbakesale (at) gmail.com

EL PASO
Date: May 12, 10:30 AM to 2 PM
Location: Ruli’s International Kitchen
Hosted by: Vegetarian Society of El Paso
Benefiting: TBD/local animal rescue group
To Participate: Contact volunteer (at) vsep.org

HOUSTON
Date:
Sunday, April 22, time TBD
Location: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
Hosted by: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

Date: TBD
Location: TBD (contact Vegan Society of PEACE if you have a location to suggest)
Hosted by:  Vegan Society of PEACE
Benefiting: VegFest Houston

SAN ANGELO
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Hostedy by: San Angelo Vegetarian Education Society
Benefiting: TBD

SAN ANTONIO
Date:
Saturday, April 28, 10 AM to 8:30 PM
Location: Vegeria
Hosted by: San Antonio Vegans
Benefiting: Sunny Day Farms
To Participate:  Contact veggiesue4 [at] gmail [dot] com

Planning a bake sale in Texas that’s not on the list yet? Tell us about it in the comments!

Veganizing UTA

UTA Vegan Club table at a recent health fair. Photo from the club's Facebook page.

I am continually impressed with the vegan club at the University of Texas at Arlington. So while I’m proud of their work on Resolution 11-19, I’m not at all surprised at it.

Resolution 11-19 asks for better labeling of ingredients and vegan options in the cafeteria and for more and more varied healthy vegan options. The National Restaurant Association estimates that about twenty percent of university students are vegetarian, and it’s likely that that figure is even higher at UTA because of the large number of international students from countries where vegetarianism is more common.

In working on this resolution, the vegan club sought opinions and support from other university organizations such as the Indian Students Organization, the Environmental Society, and several nursing groups. It’s just this kind of networking and energy that makes the group so successful.

Congrats to the Vegan Club on the passage of Resolution 11-19! The future of Texas looks bright.