Eating Vegan In Vegas

FOR ANIMALS...FOR HEALTH...FOR THE PLANET

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Take a Big Bite Out Of These Waffles

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The vegan breakfast options just got a little easier this past Saturday as Bite Vegan Bakery introduced their new Belgian Waffles at the Fresh 52 Farmer’s Market at Tivoli Village.  Bite is one of the true bright spots in our local vegan community and they are now offering these fresh waffles made to order along with their regular selection of wondrous vegan baked goods. They are also at the Fresh 52 Market now in Henderson on Sundays.

It was necessary for our community and the world to check out these wonderful sounding creations by Holly and Martin.  We started out with The Purist, a hot waffle with maple syrup and vegan butter.  Sublime.  It will evoke some great memories of breakfast times past.  The batter that Holly has created is delicious and totally free of any animal products of any kind. They taste so much better knowing that the ingredients have brought no harm and will bring you nothing but good.

Next, we had to try the Notellanaberry, a waffle with bananas and strawberries topped with Notella and Whipped Cream.  If it could even be possible, it tasted even better than it looked.  Outrageous.  We managed to find some room for some Monkey Business, topped with peanut butter, bananas, and chopped peanuts.  We had high expectations for these waffles and they exceeded them.  Holly and Martin do a great job with everything they do and will always make you smile.  Enjoy a waffle and take some baked goods home with you…your weekend will just have got a whole lot better.

Bite Vegan Bakery

www.ivebeenbitten.com

holly@ivebeenbitten.com

Saturdays

Fresh 52 @ Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV. 89145

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Sundays

Fresh 52 @ Sansone Park Place

9480 S. Eastern Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89123

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Since becoming vegan, my running has improved considerably. Vegan food is ideal: high carbohydrate, low fat, and plenty of vitamins and iron. I’m proud that I run without exploiting animals in any way.
Sally Eastall, Marathon Runner

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V-Cuisine at The View Wine Bar & Kitchen

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We shall spill the truth.  We enjoy hanging out at Tivoli Village.  This beautiful little European-inspired village of shops and restaurants on the outskirts of Summerlin has a definite appeal.  It has charm and a great feel to it.  From the Fresh 52 Farmers Markets on Saturdays to the bars and vegan-friendly dining options there is always good reason to go there.  The View Wine Bar & Kitchen is definitely one of those reasons.

Located on the second floor of Tivoli Village surrounded by some fun and unique shopping options is the View Wine Bar & Kitchen, looking down on one of the main squares there.  The restaurant has had some vegan-friendly options but they are moving more and more to offer even more wonderful options for plant-based eaters.  They have recently added a vegan cheese plate from local Virgin Artisan Cheese to their menu. They recently hosted a vegan wine and cheese night there with Virgin Artisan Cheese that was very well attended. They have a number of other items on the menu right now that are vegetarian now but can be slightly modified for vegans.

We started off with the Avocado Bruschetta, which was a delicious mixture of avocado, orange, tomato, red onion, and chives atop a sliced baguette. Just leave off the lime crema and you have a great starter for any meal or to enjoy during Happy Hour.  Everything is served on on these wooded trays which offer a rustic charm and feel.  Next came the Farmer’s Market Salad with market vegetables drizzled with a delightful citrus vinaigrette.  Just have them leave off the goat cheese croutons. Fresh and fabulous.

The main event was the Vegetarian Burger…a large Portobello Mushroom cap on a bun with a fantastic vegan pesto.  Have them leave off the cheese and add some of the Tomato Jam.  You will be glad that you did.  Ask for the vegan bun option now, not the brioche featured on other burgers.  Soon enough they will have it on all of the Vegetarian Burgers and maybe they will then just rename it the View Vegan Burger. It is served with their amazing Just Fries with truffle oil…leave off the parmesan and fall in love!

There will continue to be more and more vegan-friendly items added to the menu and we are excited that Las Vegan Eatz will be helping to host some events there this fall. They have a strong wine list and offer many reasons to take in the view and all that Tivoli Village has to offer.  You really have to love all of the options that we enjoy here in Las Vegas…a city like no other.

View Wine Bar & Kitchen (Tivoli Village)

420 Rampart Blvd. Suite 240

Las Vegas, NV 89145

(702)280-7390

www.viewwinebar.com

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I have taken after my mother: I’m an entertaining maniac. The only difference is that animals are on the guest list, not on the menu.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Beautiful, Delicious and Vegan at Table 34

Las Vegas is a wonderful city filled with so many things to do…one of which is dining out.  We have gone from a town known for its steakhouses and cheap buffets to a world-class dining destination.  People would be remiss if they thought that all of the prime dining destinations were all located on The Strip in one of the casinos.  We also have a number of fantastic restaurants off The Strip that the locals know and love and are also becoming places sought out by those visiting our city as well.  One of those restaurants is Table 34, led by celebrated Chef Wes Kendrick.

Located just a few blocks east of The Strip on Warm Springs Rd., Table 34 has garnered much praise from locals and visitors alike for their wonderful and inventive food and stellar service.  Table 34 is now expanding their reach even farther now with an expanded menu featuring plant-based options. Nearly one-seventh of the world’s population is either vegetarian or vegan with that number growing by tens of thousands each day.  Las Vegas has seen this change coming and has embraced it with many restaurants now offering vegan menus or a section of vegan-friendly options and has become one of the top ten vegan-friendly cities in America.  Table 34 is the latest to add it’s fine name to this list.  

We will be hosting our July Las Vegan Eatz dinner at Table 34 where we will be enjoying a five-course meal featuring many of the items from the upcoming plant-based menu that will be debuting in the near future.  We had the opportunity to enjoy a little preview of what is to come and we were impressed to say the least.  Things started off with an Organic Summer Asparagus Puree.  It was an explosion of fresh flavors and a perfect consistency.  It was followed by a salad of Organic Baby Arugula with Ruby Grapes, Crisp Green Apples, Candied Pecans and a superb Citrus Dressing. It was not only visually appealing but was one of the best salads I have enjoyed in quite awhile.

The main entree was not only a thing of beauty but taste-tempting layers of plant-based goodness all working together to create something magical. Every bite of this Grilled Eggplant Stack with Zucchini, Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, Marinara, and Basil was memorable.  It was one of those dishes that as you are eating it you know that you will be enjoying it again and again.  The dessert was something to behold. The Grapefruit Granita with Grapefruit Segments and Fresh Berries was a revelation and so enjoyable on a hot summer day. A perfect way to end a fabulous meal.  We will be enjoying it all again at our upcoming Las Vegan Eatz Dinner.  A limited number of tickets are available at http://lasveganeatzeventsjuly.brownpapertickets.com.  I will also visit Table 34 again soon after and try a few more items from their new menu before it is released.  Las Vegas and the world awaits.

Table 34

600 E. Warm Springs Rd.

Las Vegas, NV. 89119

(702)263-0034

http://table34lasvegas.com

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People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.
Pino Caruso

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Visiting a zoo is not educational and entertaining, but like touring a prison for the innocent.
Kim Stallwood

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New LYFE Comes To The Las Vegas Valley

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There is new life indeed with the opening of the new LYFE Kitchen in Henderson this week.  This exciting restaurant concept has taken California by storm and is now expanding into Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and Illinois. The first LYFE Kitchen here has opened in The District in Henderson on the Whole Foods side of Green Valley Parkway and is just a couple of doors down from the popular Settebello’s.  

While not a vegan restaurant, it does have a really strong vegan menu.  As you walk in the door you are greeted and can select from a variety of menus, including the vegan one, from which you can make your selection at the counter.  The restaurant features bright colors, lots of natural light, fresh herbs growing, and some very innovation design concepts.  One great things at the bar where you can get your silverware, glasses, and napkins are three kinds of water on tap that you can select from, including a sparkling one. When your food is ready it is brought to your table.

LYFE Kitchen is the creation of two former long-term McDonald’s executives.  Mike Roberts, the President and CEO of LYFE KItchen, was the Global President and COO of McDonald’s for three decades. Partner and Chief Communications Officer Mike Donahue was an executive with McDonald’s for twenty years.  Together they are bringing their knowledge of restaurant systems and management to a healthy fast-food type idea and the public has responded enthusiastically.

They have surrounded themselves with some real talent in the kitchen with Top Chef Masters Chef Art Smith and recent Chopped Champion Jeremy Bringardner.  The vegan menu has been put together by none other than Tal Ronnen, chef/owner of Crossroads in Los Angeles, author of The Conscious Cook, and also the one who has helped formulate the vegan menus here these past few years at The Wynn and The Encore.  The vegan menu has breakfast, lunch, and dinner options with a number of LYFE Water drinks, smoothies, coffees and tees.  They have salads, flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and desserts.

We enjoyed a few items off of the vegan menu and I know I will be back in to sample some more soon.  We started off with the Vegan Farmers Market Salad with arugula, frisse, blackberries, pickled onions, spiced pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette.  One of the best salads I have enjoyed in a while. Next was the Italian Sausage & Mozzarella Ravioli, with with Gardein Sausage and vegan cheese stuffed raviolis with kale, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil.  These were also very enjoyable.  My favorite of the night was Tal’s Grain Bowl, with stir fried vegetables and Gardein Beefless Tips served over black rice and cilantro with a sweet chile-ginger sauce.  I could have easily eaten another bowl of that. We also enjoyed a couple of refreshing drinks. One was a LYFE Water, the Hibiscus Beet, which was Hibiscus tea infused with beet, apple, ginger and lemon.  The other delicious glass we enjoyed was a Ginger-Pomegranate Lemonade.

I did not have the opportunity to sample any of the desserts this time, but I will on my next visit. They also provide beer and wine on tap.  I can just tell you that this restaurant is going to very well in this market.  More good news is that they are looking for two or three other locations here in Las Vegas to expand to and that will be a wonderful thing for all of us.  One of their slogans is, “One bite. Everything changes.”  I see LYFE Kitchen as filling a real niche here in Las Vegas and is another of the hybrid restaurants here that truly has something for everyone, and I believe will be a great bridge for many of the v-curious to walk towards truly conscious eating and living and make a change in their own lives and the world as a result.

LYFE Kitchen (Love Your Food Everyday)

140 Green Valley Parkway #142

Henderson, NV. 89012

(702)558-0131

www.lyfekitchen.com

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V-Dogs in Container Park…BOOM!

Well…not real dogs in Container Park Downtown.  The dogs have their own Hydrant Park up the block.  We are talking about vegan hot dogs now available at Cheffini’s in Container Park next to The Black Cup Coffee Co.  I had the pleasure of venturing down there to try the vegan version with some special fixings.  I must say that I was glad that I did.

It is easy to say that I will never eat a regular hot dog again.  That will never happen.  But I could eat another one of these vegan hot dogs again very, very soon.  Cheffini’s are already ahead of other establishments by not only offering a vegan offering, but also making sure that the bun was vegan as well.  Why you would want to serve a vegan dog or burger on a non-vegan bun is beyond my comprehension…yet some do and we are helping to change that reality.  It is not necessary at Cheffini’s.

The vegan hot dog can be fixed up just how you want it from the toppings and sauces that are available.  Not all but a good number of them are vegan so you can make up some great combinations.  I had them put caramelized onions, cherry pepper relish, jalapeños, and pineapple sauce on mine.  Just name it the Paul Dog…I will let you.  It was really, really good.  We had a moment together…but it was much too brief…and then it was all over.  Darn.

There are many reasons to head Downtown these days for those looking for vegan-friendly options.  Cheffini’s is another one that you need to add to your list.  Go on down and make your own creation and know that a healthier, cruelty-free option does exist.  BOOM…indeed.

Cheffini’s Hot Dogs

707 Fremont St. #1050

Las Vegas, NV. 89101

(702)629-0396

www.cheffinis.com

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Chickens, Pigs, Fish and Cows all feel pain, just like you and I do.
Dick Gregory