“Excuse me, do you have ANYTHING VEGAN?” ~Taste of DC
– By Vegan Chef Jasmine, Anything Vegan Co-Founder- Sunday Oct. 12, 2013
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“Excuse me do you have ANYTHING VEGAN?” This was the question Anything Vegan asked all day Sunday on our vegan grub prowl at Taste of D.C. We found a few good hits like this Authentic Greek vegan, gluten-free salad dressing formulated by restaurant Athens Grill/Angeli Gourmet owner Anna Maria Angelakis. When I tasted it I had a flashback, in 2008 I ate at this little Greek Restaurant in Australia when I bit into my portobello salad wrap I was hit with a remarkable burst of flavors that I will always remember and never tasted again…until Sunday at Taste of D.C, this dressing taste like Greece in a bottle!
We also found a few misses like the donut place (name omitted to protect the innocent) when asked, “Excuse me do you have ANYTHING VEGAN” one employee replied by saying “We don’t believe a truly good donut can be made vegan.” (Sidebar: Seriously? I think our friends over at Sticky Fingers Bakery would rightfully disagree. I’m just saying.)
Moving on, so the day was cool but not raining (a good sign since it had been pouring for the past three days).
Here’s Anything Vegan’s: 2013 Vegan Grub Prowl List of Taste of D.C.
Looking for a meal that taste like home…but not your home where you have to cook and clean-up. A meal that taste like it was made at the home of your friend who has a mom who is an incredible Ethiopian Chef and this mom cooked for two days and two nights to create the perfect soul satisfying meal that makes you feel like you are sharing a meal with family and friends in Addias Ababa. Well if you are looking for that meal, yup THAT MEAL, stop by ETETE ETHIOPIAN CUISINE ON 9TH STREET N.W. DC. I feasted on a plate of lentils, greens and a sambusa (a triangular pastry roll filled with lentil, green pepper, jalapeno and onion).
Honorable Mentions: Union Kitchen: filled with restaurants and shops offering lots of vegan grub options. Such as:
|INDIQUE HEIGHTSIndian Cuisine||Created by RestaurateursSurfy Rahman and Chef K.N. Vinod
Right blend of spices…taste like India in DC
|CHAYA: Tacos & more!Owners Bettina and Suzanne wanted Anything Vegan folks to know that they are very vegan friendly and can make Anything Vegan, just ask!||They offer restaurant concept with an emphasis on vegetarian fresh Mexican cuisine. Find Chaya chefs making these tasty tacos at:Union Kitchen and the White House farmers market (810 Vermont Ave. NW)|
|GONE NATIVE FOODS: Founded by Anna Vita Lee~Vegan Tomato Sauce that taste so fresh, because it is!||Tomato sauce that uses fresh tomatoes…seems so obvious you think more companies would do it. Well here’s one “Gone Native Foods” that’s doing it right! This sauce is fresh, locally sources and tastes literally worlds away from the common tomato sauce made with canned tomatoes.Find Gone Native at: Union Kitchen and Whole Foods Market|
Other great Vegan Grub at Taste of DC: Snacks, Places and Items to stock your fridge
|Woodlands Vegan Bistro||Woodlands served upa plate of vegan goodness! Umm yeah I was FULL!||Morning Star Farms Chef: Feeding the people at Taste of DC: and yes we ARE aware that it includes vegetarian but you have to start somewhere and plenty of people were lining up to taste vegetarian food for the first time! #Exposure|
Last but not least the Sabra Hummus Team was hilarious! They offer great snack packs to grab & go!
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