11 Restaurants with Good Gluten-Free and Vegan Options

Buddha Bowl from Steeping Room

Buddha Bowl from Steeping Room

A family member was just diagnosed with celiac’s disease, so I have a new interest in the intersection of gluten-free and vegan, also known as xgfx. Where can the whole family get a good meal together in Austin? Here’s what I found:

A quick note on gluten: Because even minuscule amounts of gluten can cause havoc for people with celiac disease, restaurant staff need to take special care to prevent contamination issues. I consulted Jessica of ATX Gluten-Free about which restaurants have a good reputation for preventing cross contamination, and these all passed the test. But if you have celiac disease or a severe allergy, it’s always a good idea to check in with your waitstaff before ordering. 

Bouldin Creek Cafe
This is the perfect spot for breakfast. Order off the gluten-free menu. The staff is well-informed about both gluten-free and vegan diets. The most popular order seems to be the El Tipico with tofu scramble, though my personal favorite is the Tofu Chorizo tacos.

Casa de Luz
Casa de Luz is an experience. You pay when you enter. Seating is communal, and you both serve and bus your own table. The menu varies day to day, but you can expect some combination of beans, whole grains, greens with a sauce, a vegetable dish, and fermented vegetables. If it sounds bit hippie, that’s because it is. Meals are all gluten-free and vegan. Desserts are an extra charge, and some may contain gluten.

Counter Culture
Gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu. My favorite xgfx item is the tempeh reuben, made with local Hearty Vegan Tempeh, sauerkraut, and cashew cheeze. Ask for gluten-free bread on  your sandwiches. Keep an eye on the daily special. If you feel like a splurge, try the raw cashew cheeze plate or the spicy baked artichoke dip from the appetizer menu. Both are fantastic.

Frank’s
Check out the veggie and gluten-free section where vegan and gluten-free items are marked. Chili cheese fries (skip the sour cream to be vegan) and frito pie are highly recommended.

Galaxy Cafe
Grab a gluten-free menu by the door and ask for the vegan menu at the cash register. Stare intently at both until your eyes cross. Then order a vegan burger (no mayo please!) on rice bread with a side of sweet potato fries. Or regular fries, if you’re boring. Other good choices include an avocado and tomato sandwich or a veggie wrap.

G’Raj Mahal
Vegan items are marked on the menu. Gluten-free items are not marked, but all the entrees are gluten-free (though consult your waitstaff to be safe). For bread, try the papadum, crispy crackers/chips made from lentils. I always get the baingan bartha, but the whole menu is pretty popular. (Note that G’Raj Mahal is temporarily closed while they switch from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar location. They expect to reopen in February.)

Steeping Room
Their regular menu has icons for both gluten-free and vegan options, which is nice because you can order off the same menu as normal folks. Get a pot of tea, crook your pinky, and then pig out on a Buddha bowl.

Freakin' Vegan (front) and Florentino (back) from Tacodeli. Order corn tortillas for gluten-free. Photo by mollyjade. Licensed under creative commons

Tacodeli
The great news about Tacodeli is that all of their vegetarian tacos are also gluten-free (obviously, choose corn tortillas). The bad news is they’re only open for breakfast and lunch. I highly recommend the Freakin’ Vegan, even if you feel like a doofus ordering it.  And bonus, their famous Dona Salsa is xgfx.

Tarka
This is a fast-casual restaurant from the people behind Clay Pit. Check out their gluten-free menu, which has icons for vegan options. Almost all of their vegan items from the regular menu are also gluten-free. I can’t get enough of their madras soup. If you get a dish that comes with chutney, ask for the vegan chutney as their standard chutney contains yogurt.

Thai Fresh
This quirky place is half Thai restaurant half coffee shop and serves wonderful desserts, many of which are xgfx. Gluten-free and vegan items are clearly marked in both halves. While the Thai food is great, be sure to save room for dessert. Adventurous eaters should try some of the more unusual flavors of ice cream, which in the past have included Texas Corn, Thai Basil, and Ginger Lemongrass. Newcomer tip: order your food at the counter. They’ll bring it out to you.

Wildwood Bakehouse
The entire restaurant is gluten-free, which means this is a good spot if you’re very sensitive to cross contamination. The vegan options aren’t super exciting, but if you’re gluten-free you’ll be thrilled to be able to eat sandwiches (with multiple bread options!) and pizza, even if the vegan toppings aren’t exciting. Be sure to check out the Sunday brunch buffet which comes with either a mimosa or juice.

Sweet Ritual ice cream cone

Sweet Ritual ice cream cone

Bonus: Sweet Ritual
This is the perfect spot to pick up a xgfx dessert. Their homemade waffle cones are gluten-free, and most of the ice creams are gluten-free as well. And of course everything’s vegan. The homemade salted caramel sauce is highly recommended.

Austin and Dallas: Vegan Best of Polls

There are few things more satisfying in life than being asked your opinion. So grab a hot beverage and get ready to tell the world who has the best vegan food in Austin and Dallas. And then let the satifaction of being right roll over you.

Vegans Rock Austin is hosting the second Vegan Best of Austin poll. You can vote in thirty-seven categories including Best Coffee, Best Late Night Grub, and Best Fried Food. Voting ends Wednesday, December 4.

Dallas Vegan has launched their own Best of Vegan Dallas poll with eighteen categories. For someone who only visits Dallas occasionally, I think I need to adopt the voting ballot as my to do list! I’m especially excited about the Best Bar category. Voting ends Monday, December 2.

One thing I really like about both contests is that they include a really great mix of vegan and nonvegan businesses. I love when the vegan movers and shakers get credit, but I also love an opportunity to tell nonvegan restaurants that we noticed they’re offering awesome vegan options and we appreciate it!

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The Vegetarian Society of El Paso also voted on a Best Vegetarian of El Paso recently. They were so quick that I missed my opportunity to tell you to go vote. They’re announcing the winners this week, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.

SXSW Interactive Panels You Should Vote For

Meatless Monday Unicorn

Meatless Monday Unicorn from Vegansaurus

It’s SXSW panel voting time, and there are a number of vegan-related panels you should support.

First up, Austin’s own Lazy Smurf is teaming up with Laura Beck of Vegansaurus and Jezebel to talk about stereotype-smashing vegan activism like Thug Kitchen, the LA Vegan Beer Fest, and Vegansaurus’s Meatless Monday Unicorn in a panel called Activism on the Internet: You’re Doing it Wrong. The team will explore how social media plays a role in both forming and challenging these positive and fun forms of activism.

Next up is a panel called How Tech Saves Us from Junk Science and Animal Abuse. The name is a bit clunky. This panel is about the government’s role in animal experimentation. You’ll hear from a watchdog, a doctor, a former animal experimenter, and an attorney and animal rights advocate—not to mention getting to meet a few Beagles rescued from laboratory experiments. The panel looks at technological alternatives to animal experimentation from the points of view of both animal rights and scientific rigor.

I’m not going to tell you to vote for this last one, but it is of interest to a vegan audience despite being decidedly unvegan. Hacking Meat: Why Insects Are the Future of Food. Again, eating insects, not vegan. But it’s an interesting idea to explore in order to reduce consumption of animals that have more of a capacity for pain and emotion. Personally, I think it’s much easier to get people to eat beans and grains than to eat bugs, but I like exploring ideas that address the problem that we’re consuming an unsustainable amount of meat.

Austin: New Vegan Breakfast Options

Red Rabbit donuts

Red Rabbit Bakery coffee donuts

There are two great new vegan breakfast options in North Central Austin. Red Rabbit Bakery opened a food cart at 53rd (aka North Loop) and Martin Ave, just down the street from the Vegan Nom taco cart. The Red Rabbit cart serves their signature donuts, as well as the harder-to-find filled donuts, fritters, muffins, and donut holes. Coffee is available with either soy or almond milk. Red Rabbit shares the lot with just-opened Taco ‘Bout It and the soon-to-reopen Yoko Ono Miyaki. The Red Rabbit cart is open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM until they sell out (or 1 PM).

Maoz Austin breakfast menu

Maoz Austin breakfast menu

Nearby at the Triangle, Maoz just released a new breakfast menu. Vegan options include a pita with tofu scramble, sauteed onion, and tempeh bacon or a play on a BLT, a pita with tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, and vegenaise. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 11 PM.

New Vegan Restaurants Opening in Texas

Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill: Fried (Gardein) chick'n, mashed potatoes, gravy, kale, or as I like to call it, the Wannabe Luann Platter

Fast casual vegan chain Veggie Grill plans to open at least two Texas locations in 2014. According to an article in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Veggie Grill is looking for appropriate locations in Houston and Austin.

I was lucky enough to try Veggie Grill in Portland while I was there for Vida Vegan Con. The menu strikes a great balance between hearty comfort food and health food. Who doesn’t love a plate of food that has both kale and gravy?

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Buffalo Chick'n Sandwich from Green Vegetarian

As I announced recently on Facebook, Green Vegetarian of San Antonio is expanding to Houston. The food at Green is somewhat similar to Veggie Grill, except that Green has table service. I think both restaurants will find an audience that’s hungry for comforting, healthy food in Houston, seeing how few vegan restaurants Houston has for it’s large population. In the future, Green plans to franchise their restaurant.

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Gluten-free vegan oatmeal cream pies from Reverie Bakeshop. Photo from Reverie Bakeshop Facebook

In Dallas, two friends are opening a vegan bakery, Reverie Bakeshop. The duo is currently hosting a Kickstarter fundraiser to help cover the costs of build-out and inventory. The grand opening is planned for September of this year.

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Locali (perhaps a pun on local and low cal and California?), another Los Angeles-based fast casual healthy chain, is planning an Austin location according to Eater-Los Angeles. At first glance the menu isn’t that exciting. Sandwiches mostly. That is, until you notice almost every sandwich is vegan or can be made vegan, including a list of hearty breakfast sandwiches. Look out breakfast tacos, you’re going to have some competition.

The Wet Whistle, One Year In

The Wet Whistle is having a one year anniversary party this weekend, which means it’s time for a follow up to my preview a year ago. I almost don’t want to write this. Right now, it feels like the Wet Whistle is my own private food paradise. But it’s not right to keep such a great place a secret.

If you don’t spend much time near Chicon and MLK in Austin, you may not even know what Wet Whistle is. It’s a small convenience store that’s been stripped of all the corporatization and sameness of your neighborhood 7/11. Instead, you’ll find local and alternative specialty foods in an arty, DIY setting that fits right in with the East Austin vibe.

Paint can lid art outside the Wet Whistle

Looking at the range of goods on their shelves, it’s obvious the folks at Wet Whistle have gone out of their way to accommodate vegans. The small convenience store has two cases of prepared food, and they’re stuffed with vegan options, including

  • Vegan Nom tacos
  • Counter Culture kale salad and macaroni and cheese
  • Happy Vegan Baker macaroni and cheese and shepherd’s pie
  • Tom’s Tabooley salads and wraps
  • Grandma’s hummus
  • Green Cart wraps
  • Tam’s Deli veggie bahn mi (usually vegan, but ask about mayo)
  • various bean curries and dips
You won’t find all of these there at once, as they arrive fresh a few times a week and eventually sell out. But a large percentage of their options are vegan at any given time.
The bakery counter is also stocked with vegan baked goods from Red Rabbit Cooperative, Sugar Circus (Sugar Tooth Bakery), Sugar Mama Bake Shop, and others. You’ll find cupcakes, cookies, donuts, muffins, and loaves of bread. Many of the baked goods are gluten free as well.
If you’re looking for a beverages, they have kombucha; beer and wine; natural colas; fresh iced teas, coffees, and fruit beverages; and coconut waters. What you won’t find is the usual Coke and Pepsi that crowd most convenience stores.
They also stock staples like fresh produce, soy milk, vegan cheese, tofu, tempeh, pasta, and crackers.
Beyond the food, the service is excellent. Like much of Austin service, it’s not effusive. They won’t shout “hello” at you when you come in the store. But I always have great interactions at the checkout, and they’ve stocked numerous things I suggested.
Wet Whistle One Year Anniversary
Wet Whistle is celebrating their one year anniversary with a big party on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 9 PM. There will be music, a raffle, wine and hummus, a whistling contest, and a vegan taco eating contest. That’s right! Test yourself against competitors to see who can eat a set number of tacos the fastest. I eat a lot of Vegan Nom tacos, and finally all that practice will do me some good.

Vegan Pizza in Austin

Vegan Pizza Day is this Saturday. If you’re having trouble picking a slice in Austin, here’s a guide to the best vegan pizzas in Austin. (Not in Austin? Check out this post about vegan pizza in Texas.)

Note: This list is regularly updated.

Austin’s Pizza
Vegan cheese: Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese
Recommended pie: Mediterranean (minus the feta) because kalamata olives
Tip: Avoid the online ordering system. For whatever reason, calling gets more accurate results

Bistro Vonish
Vegan cheese: homemade!
Recommended pie: Whatever is on special
Tip: This cart is entirely vegan. As with all carts, check social media for accurate hours.

Brick Oven on 35th 
Vegan topping: chipotle pesto, no extra charge
Recommended pie: Spicy Vegan, a personal sized pizza with chipotle pesto, tomatoes, red bell pepper, onions, and jalapenos
Tip: Be aware, this is an entirely different restaurant than Brick Oven. (Bonus tip, you can get the chipotle pesto on pasta as well. Just ask for no cream.)

Spicy Vegan from Brick Oven on 35th

Spicy Vegan from Brick Oven on 35th

Conan’s Pizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, counts as double topping
Recommended pie: Don’t Choke Art, spinach, sliced tomato, artichoke heart, garlic
Tip: Both the deep dish and thin-style crusts are vegan now

Counter Culture
Vegan cheese: homemade!
Recommended pie: Whatever is on special
Tip: Gluten-free pizza available

East Side Pies
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $2/14-inch pie, $4/18-inch pie
Recommended pie:
Sharon’s Pie with spinach curry sauce, broccoli, and red potatoes
Tip: 
They make thin-crust pizza, so you may want to order a bit more than usual. Take advantage of their unusual pizza sauces, including hummus and curry sauce.

Flaming Pizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $1 extra
Recommended pie: Eater’s choice. Choose your own toppings.
Tip: Like Mi Pizza and Mod Pizza, you can have unlimited toppings for no extra charge

Hoboken Pie
Vegan cheese: Daiya and tofu ricotta, $3 extra for any size
Recommended pie: Any pie with fruit (pineapple, pear, or misison fig)
Tip: They also have seitan and occasional vegan specials. (Bonus tip:The garlic knots can be made vegan.)

House Pizzeria
Vegan topping: Not actually cheese, but the eggplant tapenade is a wonderful topping made of eggplant, lemon, tomato and onion
Recommended pie: Eggplant, no parm. In addition to the tapenade, this pizza has capers and kalamata olives.
Tip: Start your meal with roasted olives or cannellini bean spread.

Marye’s Gourmet Pizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, unknown extra charge
Recommended pie: sun-dried tomato, red onion, rosemary, and garlic

Mellow Mushroom
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $1.49-3.29, based on pizza size
Recommended pie: Tempeh (because where else can you get tempeh on a pizza?), onions, and bell peppers.
Tip: Remind your waiter, “No butter or parmesan on the crust.”
[Guadalupe location closed]

Mi Pizza
Vegan cheese:
Daiya, $1 extra

Recommended pie: build your own personal pie with as many toppings as you like for only $6.99.
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Mod Pizza
Vegan cheese:
Daiya, no extra charge
Recommended pie:
Garlic rub with arugula.
Tip:
Red sauce is not vegan. They’re working on a new recipe. In the meantime, get BBQ sauce or garlic rub as your base.

North Door Pizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $3 extra
Recommended pie: Green and black olives (in honor of Lazy Smurf, who recommended this place and loves olives)
Tip: North Door Pizza only serves pizza during events at North Door.

The Parlor
Vegan cheese: Follow Your Heart, $3.50-5.50 extra, depending on the pizza size
Recommended pie: Any pie with their homemade vegan meats (pepperoni, sausage, chicken). The meats aren’t always available. If they have all three and you can get a vegan meat lover’s pie, it’s like you’ve won the lottery.
Tip: If there’s no vegan meat, try a vegan French bread pizza with broccoli. Trust me.

Promise  Pizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, no extra charge
Recommended pie: Nature’s Choice, a pizza loaded up with all the veggies
Tip: Stretch the definition of pizza and try a Vegan’s Choice calzone

Rockin’ Tomato
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $1.50/10-inch, $2.75/14-inch or 18-inch
Recommended pie: Farmers Market

Sagra
Vegan cheese: Homemade nut cheese, no extra charge. They sometimes substitute Daiya if they run out of the homemade cheese.
Recommended pie: Calabrese vesuvio. Named after Mount Vesuvius, the pizza comes flopped over on itself.
Tip: Walk your waiter through the definition of vegan when you order. They’re really flexible about adapting many of their dishes, but it means they get a bit confused sometimes.

Sauced
Vegan cheese: A blend of mozzarella and cheddar Daiya
Recommended pie: Veggie meat and basil
Tip: Wednesday and Saturday you can order vegan pizza by the slice. The rest of the week, you’ll have to order an entire pizza.
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Spartan Pizza
Vegan cheese: Galaxy Foods vegan rice cheeseDaiya, $2.5/10-inch or $4.50/14-inch
Recommended pie: The Athena, with roasted garlic olive oil, fresh spinach, red onion, mushroom, whole roasted garlic cloves
Tip: The tomato sauce, the roasted garlic spread, and roasted garlic olive oil sauce are all vegan.

Via 313 vegan pizza

Via 313 vegan pizza

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint
Vegan cheese: Daiya
Recommended pie: It’s build your own, so it’s up to you.
Tip: They list all of their vegan ingredients online.

Via 313
Vegan cheese:  Follow Your Heart, $2 extra
Recommended pie: They serve Detroit-style pizza, which mean deep dish, cooked in a square cast iron, with a strip of tomato sauce on top rather than under the toppings.
Tip: Try a Vernor’s Ginger Ale, a Michigan classic. The ginger is so spicy, the first sip makes you cough.

Wheatsville Coop
Vegan cheese: Daiya, cheese price incorporated into the price of the pizza
Recommended pie: Popcorn tofu pizza. They’ve added everyone’s favorite sandwich topping to their pizza. Pick up a ready-made pizza in the refrigerated case and cook it yourself at home.
Tip: Occasionally, pizza-by-the-slice is offered at the deli counter.

Whole Foods
Vegan cheese: Cheddar or mozzarella Daiya, $1 extra/pie. As far as I know, this is the only place in town that offers cheddar (or as the last employee I talked to called it, yellow) vegan cheese.
Recommended pie: Red, green, and yellow bell peppers for a really colorful pie
Tip: Thursday is $10 pizza night, the best deal in town

ZPizza
Vegan cheese: Daiya, $1.35-2.25 extra/pie, depending on size
Recommended pie: The Berkley Vegan, with (Gardein) veggie crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, bell pepper
Tip: Their gluten-free crust is vegan. See the FAQ section for a vegan menu.

Updated 3/3/16

Why Name Austin the Most Vegan City?

A now-closed vegan food cart in Austin, TX. Iggi's Texitarian opened in 2010. Photo by Jeff Gunn and licensed under creative commons

Recently, PETA named Austin the most vegan-friendly city in the United States, beating out Portland, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. So why Austin?

As we saw from my post last week, Austin doesn’t have the most vegan restaurants (that’s Los Angeles). And we don’t have the highest concentration of vegan restaurants per person (that’s Portland). So why Austin?

The great thing the vegan community in Austin has going for it is momentum. I moved here at the very beginning of 2009. Austin was a pretty great city to be vegan in at the time, but the difference between today and four or five years ago is astounding.

Casa de Luz, Austin's only vegan restaurant five years ago. Photo by Chris Hardie and licensed under creative commons

In 2009, Austin had just one vegan restaurant: Casa de Luz. Joining Casa, were seven or eight vegetarian restaurants. Austin was home to the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off, two vegetarian meet up groups, and one vegan group (VRA). This is a healthy mix of options, but it leans pretty heavily towards vegetarian, and an older vegetarian scene at that.

The economy in 2009 was terrible, and it stayed that way for years. But the slow economy opened up space in Austin for food trailers. And there was an explosion of vegetarian, but more importantly, vegan food trailers.

 Month  Cart
 April 2009  Goodseed Organics*
 July 2009  Counter Culture
 October 2009  Defresh Mode
 October 2009  Cheer Up Charlies
 April 2010  Edible Earth
 July 2010  Iggi’s Texitarian
 September 2010  Biscuits and Groovy**
 August 2010  Conscious Cravings*
 October 2011  Kat’s Ice Cream
 November 2011  Arlo’s Food Truck
 January 2012  Moses Falafel*
 April 2012  Vegan Nom
 May 2012  Schmaltz*
 June 2012  Capital City Bakery
 August 2012  Good to Go*
 November 2012  Guac N Roll*

*Vegetarian
**Switched between vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore

Some of these trailers transitioned to brick and mortars. Toy Joy Ice Cream, Sweet Ritual, Beets Cafe, Austin Java Tarrytown, Maoz Falafel, and Counter Culture all opened as brick and mortars since the beginning of 2009. Altogether, that’s four or five new vegan or vegetarian restaurants opening most years. That’s a tremendous amount.

Austin has also been the home to a number of new packaged vegan food products, including Hearty Vegan Tempeh, Food for Lovers queso, Celeste’s Best cookie dough, Goodseed Burgers, Nacho Mom’s queso, Red Rabbit Bakery, and Baby Zach’s BBQ Hummus. You can buy their products in Austin stores, and in most cases, nationwide.

In 2009, Rip Esselstyn published The Engine 2 Diet, which quickly exploded into a national diet craze with books, classes, camps, and even food products. Today, the Engine 2 Diet Facebook page has 65,000 followers.

And 2009 is also the year that Daniela Nunez started a Vegan Drinks in Austin. Marie of Red Hot Vegans revived it as ATX Vegan Drinks in 2012.

In 2011, a small group of people began planning Texas VegFest in order to showcase the great vegan offerings in Austin and expose them to a wider audience. Texas VegFest attracted 5,000 attendees in its second year and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best vegan festivals in the country.

A sign announcing Vegan Drinks happy hour outside Cheer Up Charlie's. Photo by mollyjade and licensed under creative commons.

This is an extensive list, and it doesn’t even cover Austin’s all-vegan grocery store, vegan hot dog eating contestssupper clubs, vegan party bargesTrancegiving Thanksgiving potlucks, a vegan bar, bake sales that raise thousands of dollars, a no-kill city animal shelter. Read the past four years of this blog and you still wouldn’t be able to cover everything. And it’s all happened in less than five years.

So why is Austin the most vegan-friendly city in America? The people. It’s a small group of creative, dedicated people who go the crucial step beyond wondering “wouldn’t it be awesome if there were vegan…” and make it happen. The PETA award belongs to the people behind each of these businesses and events. Thanks for making it happen!

World-Wide Vegan Bake Sale 2013

Savory Vegan Cornbread

Savory Vegan Cornbread. On the left, Zucchini Corn Bread veganized from this recipe. On the right, Corn Bread with Fennel Seeds and Currants veganized from this recipe.

It’s spring, and that means bake sale season! Let’s start the season right with World-Wide Vegan Bake Sales. Texas is hosting seven eight sales this year, including multiple in Austin and Houston. See below for a full list of Texas sales and info on how to participate.

I’ll be baking for the Austin sale at Monkey Wrench this Saturday. I’ve come into a motherlode of Dandies (that’s vegan marshallows), and despite my friends’ recommendations to EAT THEM ALL, I’ll be baking with at least some of them. I’m thinking chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops and some kind of cookie bar. Have you decided what to bake? I’ve been gathering some ideas over on Pinterest, if you’re still deciding.

A few bake sale tips:

  • Start with a clean kitchen
  • Individually wrap each item
  • Make it cute. Cute items bring in more money. Look for fun bake sale wrappers at a craft store.
  • Label your baked goods with their name and major allergens. (Think soy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts.)
  • Don’t neglect savory. I like to make corn bread with savory herbs and dried fruit.
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2013 Texas World-Wide Vegan Bake Sales

ARLINGTON

Friday, April 26, 10 AM to 1 PM
UTA Central Library Mall
Benefiting Promise Worldwide
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AUSTIN

Sunday April 28, 11 AM to 2 PM
Sign up here
Sunday, April 28, 11 AM to 2 PM
Sign up here

DALLAS

Saturday, May 4, 12 PM to 4 PM
Sign up here

EL PASO

Saturday, April 20, 9 AM to 1 PM
Union Plaza District

HOUSTON

Saturday, April 13, 3 PM to 9 PM
Unitarian Fellow Ship of Houston Spring Music Festival
Benefitting VegFest Houston
Saturday, April 27, 5 PM to 8 PM
Reception Hall at K.C.E.L Church
Benefitting VegFest Houston

THE WOODLANDS

Wednesday, April 24, 4 PM to 8 PM

Rabbit Food Grocery Products to Try Right Now

It’s so much fun having a vegan grocery store in Austin. I love trying new vegan products and finding ones I’ll use over and over again. With that in mind, here are my favorite vegan products available from Rabbit Food Grocery. If you  haven’t tried them yet, get to it!

Edwards and Sons Bouillon Cubes. These are my favorite bouillon for cooking with. The cubes are light on salt, so I can use them to make gravies and other dishes with concentrated flavors without overdoing the salt. Each cube makes two cups broth, but can easily be cut in half with kitchen scissors to make just one cup. For a quick snack between meals, make a cup of Not Chick’n broth and add a dash of ginger powder.

Victoria Vegan Vodka Sauce. This is a great tomato sauce for those nights when I don’t have the time or inclination to make my own (read: Monday nights when I have Texas VegFest meetings). It’s definitely more expensive than a $2 jar of Classico, but the taste is so much better. I also think it stretches a bit farther since I don’t feel the need to drench my pasta with sauce when I know that sauce has flavorful cashew cream.

Match Vegan Ground Meats. Again, these are a bit pricier than Gimme Lean or similar, but the taste and texture is better, too. This is by far the most realistic vegan ground meat I’ve tried so far, and it can easily be molded into meatballs or burgers. Most often, we use the Italian sausage to make lasagna.

Dr. McDougall soups. I’m really particular about soup. It’s probably my favorite food group. At any given time, you can peek into my desk drawer and find either Dr. McDougall tomato-red pepper soup or Pacific Cashew Carrot Ginger soup. They’re  a lifesaver when I need a snack between meals or when my lunch plans fall through.

Go Picnic meals. These are the answer to “what the hell am I going to eat on the airplane?” Unless you’re traveling through Houston. Then the answer is vegan pizza from ZPizza in terminal C. There are a few varieties of these, but there’s a special place in my heart for the hummus one because it’s high protein and low carb, a diabetic’s favorite combination. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with hummus and chocolate.

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As usual, this post was not solicited by Rabbit Food Grocery or any of the products mentioned above. I paid for everything myself. However, I consider Rabbit Food to be friends, and they’re pretty awesome. But that’s my own opinion.