Product Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

Tonight I had some MAJOR deja vu.  I was eating dinner, and was magically brought back in time to eating fried fish and chips with my family at Ronnie’s Seafood on the side of Route 20 in Auburn, Massachusetts.

The only difference?  Instead of deep fried haddock I was enjoying an amazing, easy vegan meal in my own home.

The vegan meat industry is rapidly crowding with the latest in burger analogs and hot dog fake outs.  But the vegan fish space seems to be pretty vacant.

Tartar sauce, fries, and fish? All vegan!!???

Enter Gardein’s Fishless FIlets.  And they are absolutely amazing.

Simply place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, along with some fries and you have a trip down memory lane.

The filets are actually packed to the gills (see what I did there!?) with Omega 3 fatty acids (just like fish) and are healthier for you, in terms of fat content and a complete lack of mercury.

On the fork, they flake and cut just like the white fish that is so common in New England.  The breading was crisp and delish.  I paired the filets with Follow Your Heart vegan Tartar sauce and it completed the dinner perfectly.

Hungry yet!?

Whether you are a vegan looking for a complete fish filet substitute, or an omnivore looking to periodically enjoy an easy vegan dinner, look no further than the Gardein Fishless Filets!

 

Product Review: Goodyear Duratrac Tires

It’s often hard to find a tire that is good at everything, typically you have to make some sacrifices.  However, I found the Goodyear Duratracs to be some of the best options on the market.

Duratracs clung to the grippy slick rock of Moab.

There are 4 key conditions and factors I always consider when choosing a tire:

1. Off-road capability.  The Duratracs were absolutely amazing on both the slickrock of Moab and the granite slabs of the Rubicon.  I rarely had any issues on rocks when properly aired down.  The wider footprint at 12psi provided ample sidewall flex and I never lost a bead.  The tires held up amazingly well with offroad abuse, and I never saw a puncture or any other off road related problems.

The tires worked well on the Rubicon Trail.

But remember that whole sacrifice part?  Yeah…the DTs are NOT good in the old Oregon’ mud.  This is their shortfall, but it is expected in a non-M/T (Mud Terrain)tire.  They still worked out, but I was often stuck in spots my where my friends in M/Ts had no problems.

2. Snow.  Let’s face it, if you live where it snows you want a good tire. The Duratracs took me up Mount Hood to countless ski days in all types of precipitation and not once did I feel they were not performing.  From unplowed parking lots to hard, icy packed snow, the DTs did a great job.

DTs in the snow are amazing.

3. On-road handling and noise:  The Duratracs handled like an A/T (All-Terrain) tire should when on the road.   Almost silent, they were very well-behaved and when the pavement turned wet, I felt certain of my Jeep’s stability and braking.

4. Price:  I always get my tires from Discount Tire and the Duratracs were right in my budget.  I decided on the largest tire in the line, the equivalent of a 35x1250r16.    The tires aged evenly and lasted a SURPRISINGLY long time, given the amount of both off road and highway driving I do.

Even in the sand of Sand Lake, these tires were awesome.

Bottom line:  Sadly, I recently sold my old DTs, as I upgraded to a 37″ tire.  If Goodyear made these in a 37, I would have five of them on my Jeep right now.  But, such is life and I will soon review the Nitto Trail Grapplers which I replaced the Duratracs with.

These are a FANTASTIC tire!

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for Offroad Vegan!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Need your Feedback!

As I recently passed the one year mark of Offroad Vegan, I’d like to get some feedback from my readers about future content.  What would you like to see?

Restaurant Review: Moncai Vegan [San Diego]

San Diego has a pretty decent vegan scene, and Moncai Vegan is a cornerstone.  The nice thing about it, is that it contrasts to the “fast food” nature of other pillars, such as Evolution and Veggie Grill.

Moncai Vegan is more of a take your time and relax kinda place.

A funky/eclectic design felt a little cold at first, but I soon settled in.

While a small space, it is setup very well with about six or seven tables.  The ambiance is a bit austere, but the warm service combined with the scent of fresh baked goodies more than makes up for it. They have an awesome display case filled with donuts , cinnamon buns, and other baked goodies.

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Product Install: Rugged Ridge Low Mount Snorkel

I installed the Rugged Ridge low mount snorkel kit on my 2010 JK (3.8L) way back when, and remembered that while a tedious install, the benefits of this kit were well worth the effort.  The same can be said about this kit for the 3.6 Pentastar.

I wanted to share some tips and tricks for the install, as well as some mods I have to make so it would accommodate my bolt on coilover kit, and Bushwacker fender flares.  It is impossible for any manufacturer to consider all possible customizations, so I hope this can help a lot of people.

Don’t be alarmed. After removing the fender panel, this is what your Jeep will look like.

Please heed my advice and, before you tear your Jeep apart, run to the store and buy:

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Does this Vegan Support Hunting?

I find that a lot of the issues surrounding animal rights nowadays are pretty polarizing.  On one side, we have organizations like PETA that grab headlines with crazy stunts.  On the other hand, we have people like Ted Nugent screaming about how many animals he mercilessly slayed.

I find that the vegans are preaching to the vegan choir, and the hunting, consumptive users are preaching to Ted Nugent.

And, with that scenario, it is impossible to make any progress.

Johnathan Safran Foer, in his book Eating Animals laid out an extraordinary story about a vegan that helped build a slaughterhouse.  Basically this vegan wanted the ability to help build and design an ethical(ish) slaughterhouse.  This viewpoint is similar to my personal objective on hunting.

1. Global Veganism just ain’t happenin.

Do I wish that tomorrow, the World would be vegan?  Yes. Absolutely. We would very quickly improve a lot of the health issues we all face, as well as make inroads on curing hunger, and potentially reverse climate change, as well as countless other benefits.

But we all know that just about will not happen.  So, once we can accept that, we need to ask ourselves the next question.

If the World isn’t vegan, what is the next best moral position?

 

Continue reading Does this Vegan Support Hunting?

Heck Yeah! One Year of ORV – win something!

Thanks to all my readers and supporters out there!  Because of you, my blog has been exploding.  I have just shy of 20,000 unique visitors in my first year.

To celebrate, Northridge 4×4 and Beyond Meat have joined forces, giving me some awesome swag to give away!

The prizes include:

  • Northridge 4×4 mechanics gloves
  • Northridge 4×4 t shirt, decals, 2 coozies, and hat
  • Beyond Meat T Shirt and hat
  • 4 free Beyond Meat VIP coupons for FREE Beyond Meat!

How do you win!?

  1. Find the contest post on Offroad Vegan’s Facebook page.
  2. Make sure you already “Like” the page.
  3. Post a photo as a comment of EITHER your off road rig OR a vegan meal you recently prepared.
  4. I will randomly draw a name and will announce the winner.

All photos must be posted by 12/10/14!  

Have fun and good luck!

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Restaurant Review: Evolution [San Diego]

I’ll be honest.  From time to time I miss the ability to go grab a bag of fried, cheesy, meaty food from a fast food joint.  And, while there are plenty of vegan places that try to fill this niche,  have never found one that did it perfectly.

Until today.

Inside this greasy bag is amazing vegan eats.

When I found out I was heading to San Diego, I knew I’d also haveta make a beeline for Evolution.  Evolution’s tag line is simple “Delicious Vegan Fast Food. ”

The building is located in an easy location nicely situated next to Balboa Park and seemed to have ample parking (I walked there).  It was nice to see a drive up window, proving that vegans should also be allowed the occasional lazy fast food experience.

The drive thru window at Evolution.

The outdoor seating area, while a bit sparse was nice, and provided a shady spot to eat out of the sun.  Service was brisk and friendly.

I ordered at the register where they also had a nice selection of grab and go foods, desserts, and drinks.  I picked up an organic Blue Sky organic soda to go with my lunch.  The decision was tough, between the Bacon Cheeseburger and the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, but at the staff’s recommendation I went with the Buffalo.

Lots of grab and go options if you don’t have time to stay.

What was most exciting for me?  Honestly it was the greasy bag that reminded me of lunch at Ronnie’s (a legendary, non-vegan greasy spoon lunch spot in Auburn MA my family would frequent).   Inside the bag was an awesome white bag of fries, the buffalo chicken sandwich, and ketchup.  It was brilliant.  Taking the fast food theme even further, a voice squawked over the intercom when my order was ready to be picked up at the counter.

I opened the bag, and the strong smell of Buffalo indicated I made the right choice.   This sandwich was absolutely amazing.  The “chick’n,” while similar to Gardein seemed housemade and had a great texture and flavor.  The soft bun was also super good.

Messy, saucy, chick’ny goodness.

The fries, made fresh from Kennebec potatoes were cooked to perfection and had just the right salt.

Perfect fries.

I had to save some room for the chocolate shake I ordered.  Made with housemade ice cream, it was not too heavy but perfectly sweet.

Chocolate shake was perfect!

The best part of this meal was that I didn’t leave in a food coma.  While I definitely treated myself to some good ol’ vegan junk food, I still felt good enough to walk the 2 miles back to the hotel.

I still have about four days left in San Diego, so I know I will be back to Evolution!

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