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Jungle Noodle Love
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I think I wanna know ya! Today I’m taking another look at a fairly new 100% vegan restaurant. Quite frankly, Thai Vegan is my greatest loooove of all. This place is magic. I discovered it by accident last December, introduced it to Ryan, and we eat there 2-3 times a month.

When it comes to the menu, I totally play favorites. If I’m at Thai Vegan, I’m getting the spicy eggplant with tofu every time. Delicious blend of Thai basil, tender eggplant, chewy tofu, and soul-shattering spice. I have to ask for a level 1 because level 5 will give me an asthma attack. Yowza!

Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Everything is so freaking fresh and filled with veggies. The flavor is always amazing, and the portions are legit. I’ve tried to make my way through the menu, but I am so in love with my favorites that I have to force myself to try something new. Another dish I love is the green curry with tofu. Loaded with basil, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, onions, and tofu, it is super filling and makes great leftovers. As for dessert, don’t miss out on the mango with sticky rice or the banana spring rolls! Another favorite is the Thai iced tea. Beware: it is super sweet. I love it, though.

Soy tofu bacon burger

Soy tofu bacon burger

Thai Vegan also has a great selection of appetizers. We really love the tofu satay. Also a big fan of the spring rolls. Additionally, the restaurant offers the following options for your protein of choice: tofu, soy chicken, soy fish, soy shrimp, or soy chicken nuggets. We always get the tofu because it is just ridiculously good. They even have unexpected things on the menu like falafel, burgers, and lentil loaf.

Jungle noodles w/ tofu

Jungle noodles w/ tofu

On my most recent trip, I tried out the jungle noodles with tofu. They were spicy, flavorful, and looked like a rainbow. Super delicious, and I definitely recommend it. I also tried the yellow curry with tofu for the first time. This would be perfect when the temperatures finally start dropping. Hearty potatoes,carrot, onions, and tofu in a thick yellow sauce. Super warming and also makes great leftovers.

If you aren’t hungry already, I dunno what to tell you. Thai Vegan is the place to be, so go give them your money. Head’s up: they’re closed on Tuesdays!

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Tofu: Their tofu game is on lock. Crispy and chewy. Perfect vehicle for sauce

Spice: Level 1-5

Veggies for Days: Every dish is full of veggies and they aren’t cooked to death

Desserts: Banana chocolate chip spring rolls, mango and sticky rice, green tea ice cream…and so much more

How vegan-friendly is it? 5 out of 5 nooches. This place is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. I have already eaten there twice in the last week. Obsessed is an understatement.

Yellow curry w/ tofu

Yellow curry w/ tofu

THAI VEGAN

15614 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78248

Wed-Mon: 11am - 9pm
Closed Tuesday

Phone: (210) 257-0090

The Power of 'Za
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When I want food in a hurry, I can think of no greater gift than p to tha izza. My boyz Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Donnie weren’t faking the funk. A great slice of pie will bring the cowabunga out of anybody. The greatest thing about the past few years is how many national chains are providing vegan cheese to the masses. In San Antonio, you can grab yourself a slice at franchises like Mod Pizza, Urban Bricks, and Pieology. However, there is one game in town you just do not want to miss.

Pizza Classics is a happening pizza spot located on N. St. Mary’s, right across the street from the Bombay Bicycle Club. A short walk from Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Tea Gardens, it is in the middle of a developing neighborhood. Expect some construction and a bit of congestion at times. Tucked away in a tiny parking lot, this space fills up quickly at peak times. The restaurant is fun, with colorful green walls covered in license plates. A juke box sits next to the soda machine playing tunes as patrons scarf down on some delicious food. There are a handful of booths and small tables, enough to come with a partner or with the homies.

Margherita

Margherita

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Late Night Hours: Open until 1:30a Sun-Thurs and 2:30a Fri-Sat

BOGO Always: Forever special of buy one pizza get one pizza free

Maine Root Beverages: None of that sucka emcee HFCs

Paper Straws: They recently switched from plastic to paper straws.

How vegan-friendly is it? 4 out of 5 nooches. Marinara and olive oil are vegan. I’m not sure about the bbq sauce, so ask. Veggie toppings include: Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers, Black Olives, Green Olives, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Pineapple, Banana Peppers, Garlic, Spinach, and Basil. The regular crust is vegan, but I’m not sure about gluten free. Garden salad with Italian dressing is vegan, but you have to say “no croutons.”

So, the next time you’re craving something quick and easy for that Game of Thrones rewatch, slide on over to Pizza Classics and up your vegan pizza game.

Veggie w/ black and green olives, onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers

Veggie w/ black and green olives, onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers

PIZZA CLASSICS

3440 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78215

Hours: Sun-Thurs 10:30a-1:30a and Fri-Sat 10:30a-2:30a

Phone: (210) 225-3356

Welcome to Earth Burger

Welcome to Local Week, a week dedicated to all the great finds in my wonderful city of San Antonio, TX. For those of you who do not know, San Antonio is the fastest growing city in the nation! From July 2016-July 2017, we gained over 24,000 new residents. We can definitely feel it!

When I made my way to California in late 2008, there was only one 100% vegetarian business in San Antonio at the time. In order to find out if things were vegan in any restaurant, you’d have to specifically ask. There was no such thing as vegan brunch and you could forget about cruelty free BBQ. In less than a decade, the landscape has completely transformed! We have a vegan butcher, bar, Thai food, and have even entered the food truck game.

This week of MoFo is about giving love to all the places that bring me joy. I’ll be visiting local restaurants and grocery stores and blogging all about my finds. I even threw in some places I’ve never been before in hopes of discovering new traditions. Let’s get started!

Buffalo Chik-N Wrap w/ poblano ranch and kale salad

Buffalo Chik-N Wrap w/ poblano ranch and kale salad

Welcome to Earth Burger, home of the Earth burger. You’re gonna want them to take your order! This place is so cool and fun! San Antonio’s official first and only vegan fast food spot. This place will make you forget all about those golden arches as you geek out on the kale salad. Yes, kale salad, Grrrl! Earth Burger opened to hungry mouths in 2014. Originally it was vegan with the option of dairy cheese. However, as they grew and expanded, the plant-based joint became 100% vegan…and I’m loving every minute of it. I have tried everything on the menu multiple times. My absolute favorites are the Spicy Chik-N Sandwich combo, Chik-N Tender Basket, and Strawberry Earthshake. It’s seriously like being a kid again.

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2 San Antonio Locations: Find one at Park North and the other off of 410 and Nacogdoches

Fair Prices: Combos run about 10 bucks and you get full every time

Them fries, tho: Crinkle cut with some sorta special seasoning that is addictive as hell. Just buy another order because you’ll finish them before you get home

Healthy Sides: How about apple slices, hummus, kale salad or edamame? Eat good food and feel great!

Sweets for dayz: Earthshakes, brownies, soft serve

How vegan-friendly is it? 5 out of 5 nooches. 100% of the menu items are vegan. Bonus points because they offer gluten free for the Earthburger and BBQ Pulled Jackfruit. You can also turn any burger into a lettuce wrap!

This is a place you have to stop by and visit. The decor is so bright and cheery! Even the drive thru brings a smile to my face with all the vibrant colors and anthropomorphized veggies thanking me for devouring their precious little souls. Come on down to Earth Burger for a tasty treat or two! IMPORTANT: Earth Burger is closed every Saturday for religious reasons.

One Beyond Meat patty, secret sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion on a whole wheat bun skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day

One Beyond Meat patty, secret sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion on a whole wheat bun skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day

EARTH BURGER

818 NW Loop 410,
San Antonio, TX 78216 
210.254.1391 
info@eatearthburger.com

Sun-Thurs: 11a-10p Fri: 11a-9p Sat: Closed

EARTH BURGER NACOGDOCHES

2501 Nacogdoches Rd 
San Antonio, TX 78217 
210.476.5010

Sun-Thurs: 11a-10p Fri: 11a-9p Sat: Closed

Solid as a Rock
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How I met Michele is as magical as our friendship. I had been living in the Coachella Valley for a couple of years and had not made a single friend since moving from Texas. At the time, it was just painfully awkward for me to create friendships. I never felt cool enough and was suffering from a lot of social anxiety, which made personal interaction seem like an obstacle too hard to conquer.

One semester, I decided to take a geology class at a local community college. In walks this cool looking woman who sat in the back row with me. I might have muttered a passing "Hi" but I almost immediately knew I wanted to be friends. It took several weeks for me to attempt a conversation, but I thought Michele was pretty cool. Always talking to other classmates about her love of science and she was really great at geology.

Michele once packed me fruit cups with a bag of Tajin for my road trip back home to Texas. She's basically the best. Here's to Michele and salty, spicy, fruity good ness!

Michele once packed me fruit cups with a bag of Tajin for my road trip back home to Texas. She's basically the best. Here's to Michele and salty, spicy, fruity good ness!

The first time I talked to Michele was when I saw her wearing a vegetable shirt and I asked if she was a vegetarian. When she told me yes, I got super animated, and that's when the friendship began. When the semester was nearly over, I nervously invited her to a Festivus party and was delighted when she showed up. We've been great friends ever since.

From rainy mornings on San Diego beaches to Whedon Wednesdays to grocery trips when I was rocking a back brace, we have had some magnificent adventures together. Michele has seen me at my best and worst, and loved me no matter what. She is the type of friend I turn to when I want a real answer with no filter. I trust her entirely and she has made me a better intellect, a better feminist, and a better friend. I love her with my whole heart.

Today's MoFo is inspired by Michele's love of spice. She loves adding hot sauce to things, putting Tajin on fruit and adding a bit of chile to her esquites. Here in San Antonio, we just call 'em corn cups, and they are mighty delicious bowls of creamy, spicy goodness. And a friggin' food cart institution. Let's DO THIS!

CHIPOTLE CORN CUPS

Serves 2-4

Prep Time: 5 Minutes  Cook Time: 5-7 minutes

  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 4 Tbsp non-dairy margarine
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan
  • ¼ cup non-dairy mayo
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, optional
  • 1 tsp lime zest, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Chipotle chile powder
  • Hot sauce, optional

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the corn and boil for around 5 minutes, until tender. Corn should give a bit but still have that fresh, crunchy pop.

While corn is boiling, prepare dressing ingredients. In a large bowl, add the margarine, parmesan, mayo, nutritional yeast, and lime zest together. When the corn is ready, cut the kernels off of the cob and into the large bowl.

Stir everything together until thoroughly mixed. Portion off (2 servings as a main, 4 portions as a side). Serve with lime wedge, chile, and hot sauce to taste.

Sexy chipotle powdered dusted atop a cup made of corn and mayo and love

Sexy chipotle powdered dusted atop a cup made of corn and mayo and love

Straight up, lime zest isn't a thing in most corn cups. However, I really love lime with chipotle and it does brighten up the citrus a tiny bit. For the parm, I used Violife, but there are so many brands out on the market now. Plus, tons of recipes for you to use. I also like nooch in mine because I'm weirdly obsessed with it and it adds to the flavor. Super easy and delicious snack for when you want to pretend like you're hunting down deals at the Poteet flea market on Sunday. Don't forget to grab an agua de jamaica on the way home!

That's all for now! Happy MoFoing!