Tian - Vegetable dining at it's best in Vienna Austria - by Bob Batz

Tian – Vegetable dining at it’s best in Vienna Austria – by Bob Batz

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and in Vienna, or if you have a love affair with vegetables, for heaven’s sake…treat yourself to a meal at Tian located in Himmelpfortgasse 23 in downtown Vienna.  This is high-class vegetable dining at it’s finest in a refined and elegant white tablecloth setting.  The atmosphere is pleasant and elegant, but it’s just backdrop for the exquisite food.   A six course meal will run you 104€ per person plus wine (six part wine pairing for an additional 59€), so give yourself lots of time to sit, savor, relax and enjoy the places this meal will…

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Honshemeji and Maitake Mushrooms in Philly?  Spring Garden Market

Honshemeji and Maitake Mushrooms in Philly? Spring Garden Market

Spring Garden Market may just solve all mushroom issues you have.  Like the problem that shitakes at the grocery are so expensive and old.  Like the problem that your recipe is calling for a mushroom you can’t find.  Like you are trying to make something that just smacks of asian restaurants… I’ve been using more and more mushrooms in my cooking since hitting Philadelphia this year. King Oyster mushrooms, also known as Royal Trumpet or French Horn mushrooms, have been a staple for a number of years, even finding a favorite brand, Hokto.  We used to hunt these big daddy…

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My trip to the 2014 Philadelphia Veg Fest

My trip to the 2014 Philadelphia Veg Fest

Earlier this summer I took a trip down to the Philadelphia Veg Fest 2012, at Headhouse Square.  It was a beautiful day, and perhaps that helped with the turnout, because it was packed.  Sometimes I think that Philadelphia is a bit lacking in its Vegetarian and Vegan options.  Looking at the festival this view was challenged.  Maybe it’s just that a bunch of the restaurants I like to go to that are near me just don’t cater to us vegetarians and vegans, and therefore don’t have a lot of choices on the menu.  Is that why there are so many…

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Kite Hill:  The worlds best tasting non dairy cheese.

Kite Hill: The worlds best tasting non dairy cheese.

Recently I have been using a non dairy cheese with fantastic results:  Cassucio Soft Fresh,  by Kite Hill.  It is made in the US, and distributed by Whole Foods.  It is found in their regular cheese location, right there with all the dairy cheeses.   This cheese is great as a vegan substitute for most mild cheeses, such as ricotta, farmer’s cheese, monterrey jack and cottage cheese.   It tastes nothing like the other vegetarian/vegan cheeses, most of which are soy based.  Kite hill is made from a nut “milk”, made in house by Kite Hill itself. I became aware…

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Love a Great Veggie Burger, and Live in NYC?  Check Yum Veggie Burger Blog

Love a Great Veggie Burger, and Live in NYC? Check Yum Veggie Burger Blog

Oh, sometimes just the thought of a great veggie burger can get my mouth watering!  Fortunately I’m not alone, they are  available all over.  But, how do you know which are the best?  Well you can go by recommendation.  Experience will cut through the maddening choices. If you live in NY City, there is a great resource for the hunt of top veggie burger, and it’s called Yum Veggie Burger.  Ali, who reviews them in NYC and beyond is a great resource.  I think you should check out her blog – she’s been at it a while and there is…

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