A blog about living vegan in Brisbane, Australia. I will probably talk vegan food, gardening, general life and maybe a dash of feminism.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Larabar Review and Vegan 100
Larabars are rare creatures in Queensland. I usually get them by post from the Cruelty Free Shop. However, when I was at Mt Tambourine recently, I found them on the shelf in a pharmacy in the small restaurant and shop strip near the local library. They had Cinnamon Roll, Jocalat (chocolate, obviously) and Pecan Pie (eatan and not photographed). I was very pleased.
All three options were very pleasant. I have also tried key lime pie, which is my favourite. They are delicious little bars, packed full of the dried fruit and nuts which are really their only ingredients. The flavours are usually somewhat reminiscent of the named item. They are not sickly sweet, though their high fruit content means they are fairly sweet. The only down side is that they are pretty high in calories, which may be a concern for some people. If you see them and don't have any food allergies or calorie concerns, give them a go.
The wonderful Bazu of Where's the Revolution? has posted her version of the Vegan 100 on her blog. Basically, this is a list of foods that are worth a try. You show which you have tried by bolding items. I notice that a lot of this list is very US centric, with NY items or US versions of produce. Here is my version:
1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.The Vegan Hundred:
1. Molasses 2. Cactus/Nopales 3. Scrambled Tofu 4. Grilled Portobella Caps 5. Fresh Ground Horseradish 6. Sweet Potato Biscuits 7. Arepa 8. Vegan Coleslaw 9. Ginger Carrot Soup 10. Fiddlehead Ferns 11. Roasted Elephant Garlic 12. Umeboshi 13. Almond Butter Toast 14. Aloe Vera 15. H and H Bagel NYC 16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash 17. White truffle (in oil form- does that count?) 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 19. Freshly ground wasabi 20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider 23. Organic California Mango (I think it is fair to substitute a local Qld version. There are mangos growing in our local parks, but I have also enjoyed local certified organic ones.) 24. Quinoa 25. Papaya Smoothie 26. Raw Scotch Bonnet or Habañero pepper (grow my own habanero chillis) 27. Goji Berry Tea 28. Fennel(Only vegetable of which I am not a fan) 29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie (made my own from Isa's recipe - too good!) 30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread (not yet, but sounds good) 31. Starfruit 32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread 33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices 34. Sauerkraut 35. Acai Smoothie 36. Blue Foot Mushrooms 37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc (unlikely without serious travel) 38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo 39. Falafel 40. Spelt Crust Pizza 41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms 42. Jicama Slaw 43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings 44. Hemp Milk 45. Rose Champagne 46. Fuyu 47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup 48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich 49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice...with Extra Ginger 50. Grilled Seitan 51. Prickly pear(Once as a kid, these are considered weeds here) 52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk 53. Concord Grapes off the vine 54. Ramps 55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut 56. Organic Arugula(Grow my own) 57. Vidalia Onion 58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics 59. Honeycrisp Apple (Not available here) 60. Poi 61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores (Smores are not an Aussie thing at all) 62. Grape seed Oil 63. Farm fresh-picked Peach 64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus 65. Chestnut Snack Packs 66. Fresh Guava 67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC 69. Fried plantains(For my Brisbane friends, you can get plantains at the West End markets in season. I fried my own) 70. Mache 71. Golden Beets 72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles 73. Liquid Smoke (Love it - get it from VVSQ!) 74. Meyer Lemon 75. Veggie Paella 76. Vegan Lasagna 77. Kombucha 78. Homemade Soy Milk(Too lazy) 79. Lapsang souchong(Yum!) 80. Lychee Bellini 81. Tempeh Bacon 82. Sprouted Grain Bread 83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh 84. Vanilla Bean 85. Watercress 86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself(Must go and pull some from my garden this afternoon) 87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie 88. Flowers (Nasturtiums from my own garden are great, but have also tried lavender, chamomile, violets, and roses) 89. Corn Chowder 90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate 91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi 92. White Flesh Grapefruit 93. Harissa 94. Coconut Oil 95. Jackfruit 96. Homemade Risotto 97. Spirulina 98. Seedless 'Pixie' Tangerine 99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought 100. Fresh Plucked English Peas
I bolded 63. That's not too bad. There would be more if I substituted Australian fruit varieties for the US versions. Please let me know if you fill this out. It would be cool to see what you highlight.