Imagine our surprise when we were looking around Whole Foods for these new burgers and found a display and this friendly face giving out samples!
There are a couple of more opportunities to catch the free samples of Beyond Burgers at the Highland Village Whole Foods. Go meet Liz on April 1 from 11-2 and again on April 9, times TBD. She also has coupons!
I think we are all counting the minutes until our beloved Sprial Diner Denton location opens! It will be located at 608 E. Hickory. We are so freaking excited!!
We can also now enjoy Juice Lab's expanded service and menu. They are adding things such as stir fried quinoa, veggie burgers, and vegan grilled cheese. Thanks, Juice Lab!
In other menu changes, the bowllery has really changed their menu. There were tears at the loss of longtime favorites such as the Vair Day and Mega K, but perhaps we will find a new crush. On the plus side, there are FOUR vegan desserts to choose from and now they have espresso drinks! Count us in.
It's a great time to be vegan in little d!
T-shirts are here! Made from eco-friendly fabrics in the USA and printed in Denton, TX. There are unisex sizes of short sleeve and tank styles, and this women's style (pictured). $25 each. Send us an email if you'd like one or have any questions. Thanks!
Can you believe it? Mean Greens is turning 5! They're having a party to celebrate and we are all invited! There will be a special menu, chef demonstrations, and live music. I hope to see many Denton vegans there!
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2016
WHERE: Behind Maple Hall on the UNT Campus, 1621 Maple Street, Denton, TX 76201.
COST: $7.50 for all-you-can-eat cafeteria meal
Another new piece of information from Dining Services:
This is just the beginning. Mean Greens already has plans to expand their menu options and increase the freshness of their food. This semester, they’re installing a Freight Farm behind the cafeteria. It’s a hydroponic garden built into a specially-designed refurbished freight trailer. Mean Greens has always sourced ingredients from local vendors, and this is as local as you can get. Now they will be able to grow lettuce and other produce right in their own backyard.
What's that? Vegan cupcakes delivered to your door? Yes!
Today we had the opportunity to sample some cupcakes from CJ's Sweets. They have expanded their menu to include vegan cupcakes, as well as gf. Cake and frosting flavors can be combined however you'd like. Here are their vegan menu items:
Vegan Cupcake Flavors-Vanilla, Lemon, Chocolate and Red Velvet
Vegan Frosting-Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Buttercream, Lemon Buttercream and Coffee Buttercream
Shown above are a few additional twists, such as strawberry, coconut, and orange flavors. The cupcakes were really tasty and kid-approved. What a great thing for sugar cravings or parties! You can find them at their website here.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy meeting vegans who work in local restaurants! They always know the best dishes and take time to make sure the order is done right. So the next time you go to Seven Mile Cafe in Denton, say hi to Lauren. She is so kind, also vegan, and even drew a cute cow on our receipt today. Thanks, Lauren!!
Dorothy's Kitchen Table had a fantastic vegan night tonight! The set menu included four courses of veggies straight from local gardens. They served Cesar salad, squash blossom soup, lentils and brown rice with lavender braised radishes, and a raw brownie bite with orange and beet purée. Rachel put together an amazing menu and everything was so good!
If you haven't experienced Dorothy's before, you should know that it's a special place. Patrons can trade services or supplies for their food or leave money in an envelope. Volunteers make it happen every week. Pictured above is a list of needs we saw, just in case you want some ideas.
The other lovely thing about this community restaurant is that everyone is so friendly and supportive. To everyone at Dorothy's, thanks for doing what you do! We appreciated vegan night so much and hope to see many more!
Have you guys met Steven yet? He's a super nice Denton vegan who works at J & J's and suggested this amazing pizza tonight! The crust was stuffed with mushrooms, which really took it from a regular cheeseless pizza to something a vegan could get excited about. If you want to make a special vegan request, call the restaurant and chat with him. Thanks, Steven!
Check this out - a fancy vegan dining opportunity in Denton! Doesn't this look amazing? You can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegan-pop-up-dinner-at-940s-tickets-19684942192
I get a lot of questions about what my children eat during lunch at school. They, like many other vegan children, often pack their lunches. It's tried and true. There are some times that they just want to go through the line and buy a hot lunch.
When my older son started public school, we were working toward being vegetarian. He was aware of his choices and crossed his fingers for pizza without meat bits. Sometimes it was a little challenging, but nothing like eating vegan.
When we cut out dairy and eggs, the boys would still buy their lunches on occasion. We would study the menu and choose a day of the week when there were good sides offered. The main is almost always a meaty or cheesy thing, so we just ignore that part. Things were awkward at times with the cafeteria staff, but the boys could explain their dietary choices and work it out. Occasionally things would get sticky and I'd have to write an email, like the time they were told they must take a meat or a milk, then they could just throw it away. This did not go over well, especially with the younger boy. He cried at the wastefulness.
This year, the rules tightened as fruits and vegetables can no longer be sold a la carte. Younger son came home with a note to call the cafeteria manager. She very kindly explained the situation to me and gave me the number for her supervisor. I spoke to her and she suggested I get a note from the doctor, then send it to the school nurses. It would eventually get to her office and then they can see what they can do.
I did as requested. My husband and I wrote a kind explanatory letter to the nurses, included the note from the doctor and a vegan food pyramid with a quote from the American Dietetic Association:
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the pre- vention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
I received a phone call days later from another person in the child nutrition department. She thanked me for my kind letter and asked if the boys would like to have soy milk to solve this issue. Yes! I was given the option of chocolate or vanilla, and told that it would be there in two days. So now they are able to enjoy their hot lunches again! The other great news is that she said they are working on some vegan menu items for the menus later this year or stating next school year. Hooray, Denton ISD!
The soy milk is kept behind the counter, so unfortunately it is not available to all children. With so many people affected by dairy intolerance or allergies, it seems like the kind of thing that people need to know about. So if your child would like nondairy milk with their lunches, please request it.
Thanks to the child nutrition department of Denton ISD! You've made this family very happy indeed.
Now... what can we do about those styrofoam trays? :)