Monday, September 22, 2014

TownHall Ohio City Is...

 TownHall Ohio City is...THE BOMB (do people still say that?)!

I hit this place a few nights ago with some non-veg friends (Baldwin Shout-out!), which means that TownHall can cater to the most discerning vegan critic (that's me) as well as those pesky meat eaters (xoxo). 

This new Ohio City restaurant caught my attention and taste buds at this year's 2nd Annual VegGala, where they made a stunning debut with an "Oh My God!" Butternut Squash Soup & a scrumptious Veggie Burger made with brown rice, black beans and beets.  Both had me going to back for seconds, thirds, got a little out of control and yes I may have made a spectacle out of myself, but a vegan girls gotta do what she's got...ta DO!

Needless to say, I had the very same meal this time and it was just as incredible as I remembered.  I really need to hit this place again and try out their other vegan offerings...such as their Yucca Sticks (no clue what that is, but it's a root vegetable), Vegan Chili, West Side Market Veggie Flat Bread, freshly squeezed Juices or Smoothies!

I did get a bite or two of their Matchstick Truffle Fries (made vegan) and Basil Fried Rice (made vegan), both were pretty good as well. They were out of the Vegan Salted Caramel Milkshake, so I got the vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie, which was nothing to get excited about...

TownHall seems to be the new hot spot in town, so reservations on a weekend at least are definitely recommended.  Not a place to have a quiet evening - it's LOUD & busy, but full of the downtown energy you would expect in Ohio City.

Afterwards, we hit up Mitchell's Ice Cream (right next door) for some vegan ice cream delights!  So far they only offer two flavors: Chocolate & Salted Caramel.

Both are AMAZING! 
Both are made using coconut milk.
Both are typically sold out.

Which I say is a good thing; it shows demand and hopefully Mitchell's will take the hint (VEGANS LOVE ICE CREAM TOO!!!) and broaden the offering!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hoff's Apple Almond Butter Smoothie

Hoff's Apple Almond Butter Smoothie
Yields: About 4 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 Apples (quartered & cored)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Almond Butter
  • 10 Dates (pitted)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 6 Ice Cubes

  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender, such as a Vitamix
  2. Blend on high for about 30-60 seconds or until smooth
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer
  4. Serve immediately

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doc: The Healing Effect

The Healing Effect is a documentary that primarily follows police officer Eric Wayne and shares how food has transformed his life.  Supported by some plant-based industry heavy hitters: Dr John McDougall, David Wolfe, John Robbins, Charlotte Gerson and Joel Fuhrman...just to name a few.  

This doc explores the power of prevention, why genes do not dictate your destiny and shares food & lifestyle tips that are super simple that you can start integrating today!

Worth the hour to watch!  In fact, I watched twice!

Check out a preview!