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Jameson: a vegan whiskey
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Post Title: A New & Unique Restaurant Review Blog for Vegan Promotion

Post Date: May 1, 2014

I’m finally starting my blog. Not a novel idea, and yet the world needs this blog. For this blog, I will post restaurant reviews based on my testing the establishments for vegan friendliness. But instead of paying out of pocket to dine at such restaurants, I win the gift cards or gift certificates. I save animals by winning the prize that a meat-eating prize hoarder would otherwise win. Then I agitate for vegan options, which is basically a public service. I’m such a do-gooder.

I’ve been putting off starting this blog for a long time because I really don’t have spare time, especially to work for zero remuneration. And yet I’m such a giving person. Sometimes I’m rewarded. I recently scored a lot of vegan food at a casino restaurant, of all places, and that’s when I knew it was time to start this blog.

I don’t know any vegans in my community who are into this same hobby. They seem to be into protests, potlucks, and meetups at vegan restaurants. That’s all very cool, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t have a lot of leisure time or spare money for that kind of stuff....

Post Title: A Vegan Lunch at BLD’s in the Valley View Casino & Hotel

Post Date: May 14, 2014

I won a $100 dining credit and wondered what I could possibly get. Even though the BLD’s menu showed no signs of vegan-friendliness, chef (Michael Pinson) was happy to accommodate (even happy to accommodate the fact that I don’t like mushrooms). Not only that, but Chef Pinson, server Samuel, and other workers were happy to help me make the most of my dining credit by filling up a heavy bag full of items to take home. Sweet people!

For lunch, I enjoyed a lovely garden salad with green vinaigrette, garlic tofu stir fry with baby bok choy and steamed rice with soy sauce, and bread (no butter, of course). My to-go bag kept me in delicious meals for days and included: roasted vegetable quinoa-pilaf, veggie lo mein, chilled quinoa salad, garlic tofu + steamed rice, root vegetable risotto, garden salads with tofu & green vinaigrette, and fruit cups. Some of those veggie dishes included special veggies like orange and purple cauliflower.

I did spend $16.99 out of pocket (yes, a lot of money!) because, of course, my dining credit did not include gratuity and that was the recommended gratuity.

If you want to experience special-order vegan dining at BLD’s, too, then you might want to call first to make sure they can accommodate: 760-291-5500. The chef said the kitchen regularly cooks vegetable stock.

Post Title: 3 Irish Pubs in San Diego County

Post Date: July 8, 2014

Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill – They have a “vegetarian” menu (at the pub, not online), but not a “vegan” menu, unfortunately. Trying to figure which “vegetarian” item could be modified to be made vegan proved confusing. Hooley’s desperately needs a vegan menu.

I ended up getting a zucchini taco and a house green salad with malt vinaigrette dressing. When I mentioned vegetable tacos in my last post, I forgot that zucchini and yellow summer squash are considered crops that are high risk of being GMO. Oops. Perhaps restaurants could label their menus with such information instead of me having to research everything. (I wish!)

The taco was all right. It was a soft corn tortilla (GMO!) with shredded cabbage and strips of grilled zucchini. I would have enjoyed the fresh salad more if I didn’t wonder if the croutons were really vegan. There’s a mystery.

I also got a whiskey sour with Jameson as I knew from Barnivore.com* it was a vegan Irish whisky.

*I recently contributed some wine research to Barnivore.com and requested that my blog be cited, but no, only my first name is cited. Do people know how valuable research is? I bill my clients for the valuable research that I do. I must be very selective who I contribute free research to.

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Title: Vegan Town USA | Address: vegantownusa.wordpress.com

Author: Thrill Racer, Esq. | From: San Diego | Blogging since: May 2014

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