Happy Mofo, everyone! I hope you're all as excited as I am. This month I'll be cooking up a storm, visiting my favorite veg friendly restaurants and being crazy social. And that's where I'm kicking off Mofo: Socializing.
This year we spent Halloween at our dear friend's Chris and Crystal's house (from Vegan Explosion and Food For Lovers fame!) Crystal's birthday is in October and she asked us over to eat pizza, watch movies and celebrate.
When we walked in I was instantly drawn to the punch bowl. It was purple and looked so menacingly delicious with the dry ice! It was so good! We threw in a little Brandy to give it extra umph. Yum!
The rest of the spread included chips and pear relish, fruit, my own contribution of muddy buddies
and these glorious sugar cookies. They were so moist and flavorful, I couldn't even believe it. And look how cute!
We also ate something that I was beyond excited to try. Queso from THE jar.
If you aren't familiar with the exciting things going on in the world of vegan queso, Food for Lovers is C&C's queso company. They were the original great queso makers and have been working their asses off to get it on the shelves for everyone to enjoy. This stuff is unbelievable. If you are aware of the queso and have been excitedly waiting for it to take it's place among the other vegan staples, you will not be disappointed. It's amazing! It's just like the original recipe only better if you can believe it. Patience is a virtue and the FFL queso is worth the wait!
All of this delicioness happened before dinner. They ordered pizza from Conan's Pizza who has just started carrying Daiya. I'm not the biggest Daiya fan, but Conan's used it Right. They got the proportions and use down so that the pizza was perfectly balanced. We got ours with onions, peppers and olives.
It was perfect. Generous with toppings, not crazy with the Daiya and with just the right amount of sauce (which was a lot!) The crust reminded me of the delivery pizzas of days past. Austin Vegans, get to it! Order from Conan's and show them how much we appreciate the option. Maybe we can convince them to start carrying vegan meats. It Cruzer did it, maybe Conan's will!
After we completely stuffed our faces, we all gathered around their ginormous TV for some movies that M picked for the occasion. We watched the adorable Frakenweenie (against mine and Crystal's apprehension), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (at my insistance) and Ed Wood, the brilliant film about The Worst Film Directer of all time.
It was a fantastic night. C&C were amazing hosts and pulled out all the stops (dry ice?!) Vegan entertaining doesn't have to be overwhelming or difficult. It can be low stress and still be completely impressive. I can't say whether or not this was stressful for them, but they made it it feel totally comfortable and like it was no big thang. Meanwhile mine and M's mouths stayed open the whole time from eating, drinking or in just plain aw.
If you're down for some vegan entertaining, I've got a post coming up later this month with some of my own tricks, secrets, ideas and aspirations. M and I love to entertain and did it a lot when we lived in Los Angeles. We're still trying to work out our own style in the new TX digs, but so far I'm pretty pleased with what we've come up with!
This whole post was brought to you by:
Charlie and Betsy, Koop (perfect blogging music), the coffee I'm currently enjoying and the plea that Austin Vegans support the hell out of Conan's Pizza.
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