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Restaurant Review: Hip City Veg [Philadelphia]

Spending a week in Philly has been an awesome chance to get out and check the vegan scene.  So far it has been an awesome experience.

Shortly after landing at PHL, I hit the road and had dinner at Hip City Veg on South 40th.

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The spot was super nice, and had seats in the huge front window for epic people watching.  I arrived later in the day, even after dinner, so the place was pretty empty.

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The next challenge was to choose something from the menu.  It isn’t a super expansive menu, but there was a decent variety of things.  After hearing rave reviews of the Disco Chickin Sandwich, I ordered one up.  I added a side of sweet potato fries, and the mysterious black bean dip.

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My name was called and I grabbed the tray from the counter. My sandwich was wrapped in a white paper, and it was all messed up.  I am not sure if the sandwiches are pre-made and they had to open the paper to remove my onions, or if my sandwich had some other fate.  Either way, the bun was beat up as well.  With a nod to Farva, I dug in anyway.

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The grilled chickin was of the Gardein variety and was cooked perfectly. Overall the sandwich was awesome (the bent up bun in a non-issue for me). I am not sure how they do it, but the tempeh bacon was fried and greasy.  And really good.  Sorry for the gross pic, but this shows the bacon status really well.

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The fries, however were amazing. And that bean dip?  Perfect for the fries.  I actually barely touched the ketchup safety net I asked for.

I grabbed a chocolate shake to go, and it was really good as well.  Basic, but good.  They use Soy milk (I think she said Silk), and some ice cream that “is like the Trader Joe’s vegan ice cream.” I have not tried that to correlate the story, but in the end the shake was really good.

The next day I needed a close lunch stop, and decided to come back again.  This time, the place was PACKED!  I was able to order the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and a small table.

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The sandwich was really good, with chargrilled mushrooms and sliced up seitan.  I am not sure if sandwich management remains an issue here, but once again my sandwich looked like someone played football with it first. The bread even had a chunk missing like someone took a bite out of it.  Weird.

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If you order the Philly, be sure to have plenty of napkins at your table, lest you walk across the restaurant for napkins, looking like a messy-handed zombie.

If you are visiting Philly, a stop at Hip City Veg is a must.  Hopefully your sandwiches are in better shape than mine!

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Restaurant Review: Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza [Portland]

Vegan pizza is easy to find.

But good vegan pizza is very hard to find.

There are some places in Portland that try hard and have good options.  But when we recently stopped into Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza in SE Portland we were blown away.

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The place is a really rad sports bar with plenty of street parking.  The space was clean and well laid out.  There were tons of big screens for watching sports games and other events.

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We sat down and ordered a bunch of different things.

For starters we got the vegan wings in Pineapple BBQ.  They are the type with the fake bone/sugar cane slice in the middle.  The sauce was AMAZING and the wings were cooked just right.  I typically hate these wings at other places as they seem too chewy.  But here, they are cooked right.

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We also ordered the vegan cheesy bread.  What I thought was awesome is that they will blend Follow Your Heart and Daiya cheeses so you get the best of both worlds.  I opted for this blend and it was great.

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With the cheesy bread we also got marinara sauce and a sample of the new red pepper dipping sauce which was really good.  It worked with everything we ordered.

The pizza we opted for was the BBQ chicken. I modded it with no onions or peppers (I know, vegan sacrilege), but I added broccoli.

This was probably the best vegan pizza I have had in a long time, if ever.  The crust is that perfect sweet spot of crispy-yet-doughy, and the sauces, vegan chicken, and broc were perfect.  It was almost too good, as this fatty vegan ate almost the whole medium (I didn’t have breakfast in preparation for the trip BTW).

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I washed this down with a pint of my new favorite IPA – Vicious Mosquito from Sunriver brewing.  It’s a great IPA and I was stoked to see them with it on tap.

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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Trail Recipe: BBQ Beyond Meat Chicken Sammies!

When campin’ or Jeepin,’ there isn’t anything better than a nice warm, hearty meal – especially one that is super yummy and easy to make.

One of my favorite camping sandwiches is this BBQ Chicken sandwich courtesy of Beyond Meat!

You’ll need a whole pack of Beyond Meat chicken strips and whatever else you like on a sandwich (avocado, lettuce, toms, Veganaise, etc). Grab your favorite BBQ sauce too.

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