Recipe: Sweet Hot Chili Fish Tacos

Summer is quickly fading away, and as the shadows get longer earlier, and the grill is in the dark faster, it is time to start thinking of ways to make fresh, hearty food.

I also can’t think of a better way to serve Gardein’s new Fishless Filets.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Gardein Fishless Filets
  • Large tortillas

Potatoes:

  • 2 potatoes
  • Sweet hot chili sauce (3 Tbsp).

Slaw:

  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Miso dressing
  • Sweet hot chili sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds

Taco Sauce:

  • Just Mayo plain
  • Sriracha
  • Sweet hot chili sauce

Instructions:

  1. Dice and fry the potatoes, when almost done stir in some sweet hot chili sauce and fry a little longer.  Ensure even mix.  We cheated and used some frozen french fries we had in the freezer.

2. Using a cookie sheet, cook the fishless filets per the instructions.

3. Make the taco sauce by mixing the vegan mayo, Sriracha, and           sweet hot chili sauce to taste.

4.  Slice the cabbage in long pieces, and stir in the corn, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and miso dressing to taste.  Do not over saturate!

5. Remove fishless filets and cut lengthwise, in half.

6.  Spread some taco sauce on a fresh tortilla and place fishless filet segments on the tortilla.  Add some potatoes and top with slaw.

7.  Wrap like a taco and enjoy!

Product Install: Redneck Ram Hydro Assist Kit + Synergy Sector Shaft Brace

I always wanted to add hydro assist to my Jeep but questioned the PSC kit’s price point.  Being a simple system I figured others would work just as well or better.  Enter Redneck Ram from West Texas Offroad.

I found myself once again calling my buddy Dirk to help lend his expertise with this somewhat complicated install.

This was a two day install, as we could only work nights.

First things first, we put the Jeep on the lift, removed the front driver tire/wheel, tie rod, and sway bar links.   We also removed the pitman arm from the drag link (leaving the passenger side connected).

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Yuan Su Vegetarian [Portland]

When it comes to vegan sin food, look no further than a steaming chinese buffet to quench your carby-starchy-salty cravings.  And, no two Chinese vegan joints are ever created equal.  There are upscale locations and, well, downscale too.  Which was honestly what I expected as we pointed the Jeep to Portland’s “felony flats” to try out a new Chinese place.  And boy was I wrong.

Yuan Su is located in a large building at the corner of 112th and Powell with ample parking.  Once inside the huge wooden doors, the place is well lit, clean, and very spacious.  I was surprised to see a stage there, but figured it was just part of the building’s history.

The service was warm and humble and quickly brought us water, house soup, and discussed the new business.  As we pored over the immense menu (I honestly do not know how they can sustain such a huge menu) we decided on some options.

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Restaurant Review: Lovin’ Spoonfuls [Tucson]

On a recent trip to Arizona, I checked out the Happy Cow app to help me find some local vegan restaurants and was stoked to see a place called Lovin’ Spoonfuls.  After reading a few reviews I decided to head over and check it out.

The location is simple, but nice, nestled into a strip mall off Campbell Avenue.  Parking was simple, and I found a spot right in front.  They have a nice covered outdoor seating area and on this cool evening, I decided to eat out front.

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Once inside, there is a really nice seating area with a dessert case, small retail section, and some information on animal rights and activism.

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2016 Tillamook Jeep Jamboree

Well it has happened again – a hoard of Jeeps from around the country descended upon Tillamook, Oregon for the 2nd Annual Jeep Jamboree.

I was invited to trail guide for the Archer’s Firebreak trail which coincidentally is my personal favorite in the TSF trail network.

The first day we arrived, we setup our tent trailer and camp, got vehicles checked in and evaluated, and signed up for trails.  In the evening, we had our Trail Guides & Gunners dinner at Shilo Inn.

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Mark and the Jamboree staff hold a mandatory Trail Guide/Gunner meeting.

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Recipe: VEGAN “Joadan Maash” Blueberry Muffins

Any Massachusetts native worth their salt knows about Jordan Marsh and their amazing blueberry muffins.  For people in the other 49 states, here is a summary:  Jordan Marsh (pronounced in Mass. as Joadan Maash) was a department store in and around New England.  There is some interesting history here. And here.

Some stores had bakeries inside (like Nordstrom’s today) and their blueberry muffins were sought after.  Not too long ago, the baker that made the muffins leaked the recipe, so I knew we had to veganize it!

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Recipe: Orange Glazed Soy Curls

Of all the vegan food staples out there, I feel the humble soy curl gets a bad rap.  Basically, there is nothing that sounds good or enticing about a “soy curl.”   Yet as many vegans know, these nutritious, easy to store, easy to prepare curls are amazing meal starters and replace chicken in almost any way.

Make sure to create this amazing vegan dinner when your family is craving an asian-inspired junk food night!

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Restaurant Review: VeganBurg [San Francisco]

When I used to travel to Singapore, I always made sure to stop at VeganBurg – a country-wide vegan burger joint that prided itself on healthy vegan options.

So when I heard their first (and only) US location was in the heart of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, I knew I needed to go.

While the menu options seemed  little lighter than I remember, the space itself was really nice, clean, and bright.  I ordered the “Cracked Mayo” burger with seaweed fries (not as hippy as they sound, I promise), and Kristin ordered the Smoked Franks with a side of fries. Landen went with the standard – Chicken Tenders.

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