Meeting Up and Coming Chefs

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting 2 awesome Chefs at an event sponsored by Slick Greedy. Slick Greedy are a culinary conglomerate who sponsors events highlighting upcoming African American Chefs in Atlanta. During the event the chef prepares samples of there food while food enthusiasts ask the chefs questions, talk about their food and just getting to know the personally. The Eat and Greet event overall was great. Very intimate homey environment, sort of like a big family dinner. I will be discussing the chefs and their foods below.

Chef Tay (www.instragram.com/goodeatz_atl)

Chef Tay is a is based in Atlanta and cook just about anything from vegan, vegetarian, seafood and everything in between. During the event chef Tay prepared a few dishes, I tried the salad topped with Salmon and Seafood Macaroni.

undefinedI know I am on the verge towards veganism but I just had to highlight the Seafood Mac and Cheese. This had to be one of the best Mac and Cheese I ever had. It was cheesy, full of flavor, full of seafood, and decadent. It was sooo delicious that I had to steal seconds!!! I would highly recommend her food, you will not disappointed!

Chef Kristis (www.instagram.com/kristis_cobbler)

Chef Kristis grew up with severe food allergies which prompt into cooking vegan food. Chef is based in Atlanta, Ga specializing in vegan desserts, she is best known for her vegan cobblers ( who knew cobblers can be vegan).

undefinedSo I tried two of Chef Kristis’ mini cobblers, strawberry and blackberry. I do have to admit that I am not much of a sweets person but the cobblers where delicious. What I love most about the mini cobblers is that they were not dense, the ingredients were simple and fresh.

They are two awesome Chefs and highly recommend you try their foods. You can place an order through Instagram by DM. Please support, you will not regret it ;).

20 Minute Vegan Pasta Dish

This is a quick 20 minute Pasta Dish that I wiped up on a whim. This dish is packed with flavor, fills you up and only takes 20 minutes to make. This recipe is very simple and does not require a lot of ingredients. Best part its vegan!!! Thank me later!! 🙂

  • Ingredients
  • pasta
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 roma tomatoes ( chopped)
  • 1 Tblsp of black pepper
  • 1 Tblsp of goya ( you can you salt or seasoned salt)
  • 2 ts oregano
  • 1 Tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ts Parsley ( optional)
  • 2 ts of crushed red pepper ( optional)
  1. Bring 2 cups of water in a large pan to a boil and add pasta
  2. while pasta is boiling, take a sauce pan and saute garlic with extra virgin olive oil. When sauteing garlic make sure to put heat on low ( garlic burn very easily). Saute garlic for 2 minutes
  3. Add chopped to tomatoes in the sauce pan with the sauted garlic and bring heat to medium. While the tomatoes and garlic are cooking add black pepper, salt and oregano. Stir all ingrediants together.
  4. At this time pasta should be al dent. Drain all the water and add pasta to the sauce pan with the remaining ingredients. Combine all ingredients together and add salt and pepper ( if needed).
  5. Place lid on sauce pan for 5 mins
  6. After the 5 minutes add fresh parsley and crushed red pepper ( optional)
  7. Ready To Serve!!!

Voila!!! Easy vegan dish!!!!

My Experience of Being Vegan for 30 Days

As stated previously for the past 1 1/2 years I have not eaten any chicken, red meat or pork ( still occasionally having fish) and seldom having any dairy products. So I decided to challenge myself and become vegan for the month of March, just wanting to see if I can. The Verdict ….. it was not as difficult as expected!!! There was a few adjustments but nothing drastic. There were a few things I noticed about becoming vegan.

  • Vegan Food Is Expensive as Sh*t. An example is if you go to a restaurant and order a vegan entre it will be twice the price of a regular entre. Also lets say you go grocery shopping and get a premade/ prepackage vegan hot dogs or burgers it will be probably $5 or $6 for 2 in a pack. An easy solution for this is to cook and make everything from scratch. So I cooked a lot at home to keep the cost down and the food taste better as well. ( Also a lot of vegan foods from restaurants are very bland as well.)
  • Another thing I noticed is that you have to pay attention to your protein intake. Protein is a nutrient that the body needs in order to function everyday. Meat has a lot of protein in it, so there is not need to think about protein you automatically get it from eating meat. But when going vegan you do have to make sure you are going enough protein. So for protein I ate a lot of beans and nuts.

I do not think I am going to be 100% vegan ( I really love fish). But I will minimize my dairy intake and incorporate more vegan dishes in my diet. So I do recommend trying veganism for at least a month and see how you like it.

Is the Impossible Burger Really Impossible?

So last night I went on a date to a bar located in Atlanta, Ga called The Glenwood. It is a quaint little bar in the heart of EAV ( East Atlanta Village). There is not any options if you do not eat chicken or beef ( I am a pescatarian).The only vegetarian options were the beyond burger and the impossible burger ( I thought there were one in the same but apparently now). I heard so much hype for the impossible so I that was my pick. When it came out it looks like a regular beef patty. The first bite blow me away, it taste like beef. I was very confused and flagged down the waitress to make sure that the patty was meatless and assured me that is was. This tastes exactly like a beef burger it is unbelievable. Overall the burger was good ( a little dry ) and would definitely have again. If you get a chance I highly recommend you try the impossible burger. For those of you who are wondering the burger was the best part of the date. 😉

Impossible Burger (vegan) with hand cut fries from The Glenwood Located in Atlanta, Ga
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Cajun Seafood Market

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Steam Crab Pot

Hello Everyone!!!! Stacey Here!!! I have been away for months, been busy with work, life, bills etc. I am new to blogging but in 2019 I am going to be more consistent, work harder and work smarter!!!! Anyways, a friend of mine recommended this seafood restaurant… the food was amazing but it is located next to a gas station!!!!

As mentioned previously my friend/ roommate (Christian) came home with a big platter of seafood and I was awestruck!!! There was soooo much food!!! I asked Christian how much it cost ( expecting it to be at least $40) but she paid about $25 but than she added it is located right next to a gas station. Da Fuck NEXT TO A GAS STATION!!!!! She kept raving about the food so I decided to give it a try the next day. So after a long day of work I decided to go to the Cajun Seafood Market and get the same platter my friend got ( which was the Steam Crab Pot). This food establishment is located in Atlanta in the hood ( the best food comes from the hood) and it is right next to a Chevron gas station. Cajun Seafood Market is not really a restaurant meaning that there are not any tables to seat and eat your food, it is take out only. My wait time was not that long even though there were quite a few people there.

The Platter Included: 2 snow crabs. 10 shrimps, sausage (I substituted for broccoli), 2 potatoes and 2 corns all for $25. Anywhere else this much seafood would be $40-$50 at least, so you can not beat the price. The food was great!!! If you have been to a seafood broil that exactly how it taste, you can taste the old bay seasoning, salt and a little spicy for a kick. If you love seafood at a reasonable price this is the place for you!!!!

 

 

Mangos Caribbean Resturant

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Ga. There known for serving authentic Caribbean food ( I would say leading more towards Jamaican) and very popular among college students, Georgia State University is literally down the street. I had Mangos years ago and their food was amazing, I remembered having the Oxtails ( when I ate meat) it was tender and Delicious. My roommate and I decided to get some lunch from Mangos the other day. Here was my food experience!!!

Kingfish

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I ordered the Kingfish, the entree came with 3 sides: rice, cabbage and plaintains. The fish is fried and you can choose one of 5 sauces to have on the fish : escoveitch (pepper sauce), steam, brown stew, curry or butter sauce; I chose escoveitch sauce. So we ordered our food to go ( I had to wait 20 minutes for my food) and brought it back to the house. First of all the fish was slightly overcooked, it was chewy but still edible. What saved the fish was the escoveitch sauce. The sauce is very spicy and but still has great flavor( I could taste vinegar, salt, pepper etc). If you can not take heat I recommend not getting the sauce because it will slap the shit out of you ( literally). As for the sides the rice was under cooked ( a little firm in the middle) but both the cabbage and plantains were good enough. Overall I am very disappointed in the meal since the main components of the entree ( fish and rice) were not cooked perfectly, especially since I had to wait 20 minutes. I do not know what happened today.

In case you wanted to know my roommate got the chicken with brown stew with rice, cabbage and plantains as sides and she loved everything. So it was only my food they messed up :(.

Dulce Vegan Bakery Cafe

 

Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe is located in the heart of Kirkwood ( east side of Atlanta). As you can tell by the name Dulce Vegan serve 100% vegan sweets such as cupcakes, cinnamon rolls etc as well as vegan food. I have been to Dulce Vegan at least 3-4 times mostly for their baked goods. Since I have heard good things about there food menu I decided to go there for lunch and dessert the other day to give it a try.

 

Eggplant Melt

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I love eggplant so the Eggplant Melt seemed to be a good choice for me. What came on the sandwich was roasted eggplant with kale, caramelized onions( I had it without onions), mozzarella, artichoke spread on a house made potato roll and your choice of a side. I chose picked vegetables as my side.                                  Likes: Is it a hearty sandwich, so you will get full. They were not stingy with the eggplant ( 2 big slices of eggplant). The “cheese” on the sandwich did not have an after taste ( most vegan “cheese ” has a weird, bad aftertaste)

Dislikes: All in all the sandwich was pretty bland. I did not taste any seasoning at all and had to add salt and pepper. Granted I did have the sandwich without the caramelized onions and maybe it could of added some flavor to it. I did not taste the artichoke spread at all. Also the pickled veggies was a little bit overpowering. I could barely eat one vegetable. So even through I was disappointed I would still come back and try another item on their food menu. Now for dessert.

 

Chocolate Cupcake

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As mentioned earlier my previous visits to Dulce Vegan was for sweets. I did get one of my favorite desserts the chocolate cupcake and it was amazing as always. Most cupcakes are really dense and can be very rich.  What I like about Dulce Vegan’s cupcakes is that their very light and you do not feel heavy after eating it ( most likely because it is non dairy). The frosting is great as well, it is not overly sweet, light and not as thick as most frostings. So if your looking for a bomb ass vegan bakery  I highly recommend Dulce Vegan!!!!