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Vegan Potluck #1: Success

Wow, what a night!!

Tonight could not have gone off any better. For some time now I have seen a lack of “vegan community” here on Cape. There are pockets and groups, but I always seem to hear about them to late or it doesn’t work out for my schedule. That said, I thought I’d try my hand at setting something up.

I contacted Keith Stigura, the owner of Green Lotus in Hyannis, MA. A while back Nate, the previous owner, had let someone else host an event or maybe even put it together himself. Anyway, I felt like it was time to put one together so I got a date from Keith and started working some social media magic. I reached out to friends, friends of friends and a few other Facebook groups, as well as flyering at some of my favorite places. It worked because tonight we had between 40-45 attendants and it went off without a hitch.

Well, a tiny hitch as I’m not very verbose nor am I a talker. I’m a bit socially awkward if you meet me in person. So I could have made some announcements, I could have raised my voice and thanked everyone for attending. Alas, I did not.

A couple of tips to make the next one better were pointed out and I will grow with each new event. Speaking of which, I am starting to work on that! As I said, to those I spoke with, I hope to hold one each season. I think anything more than that and it becomes over-saturated and people will stop showing up. Maybe I’m wrong but I know when I was in a band if we played every month people just didn’t care anymore.

Again, thank you to Keith from the Green Lotus for graciously hosting us, I cannot thank you enough! Thank you to Rory from the Organic Market for the fabulous kale caesar salad. And thank YOU fr attending and making this a success. I met so many great people and I can’t wait for the next one!

If you want to find out about the next one, join the Cape Cod Vegan Potluck Events page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/capecodveganpotlucks/

Below are some pics I took as candidly as possible.

CCVD Highlight: Black Bean Burger Wrap

12479074_705891809513604_936938919_nIf you follow me on Instagram you know how I often I pull a route in the Provincetown area. It’s one of my favorite place on Cape Cod. It’s outer beauty, its inner beauty. It’s people and the openness in which they live their lives whether they are straight, gay, trans, black, brown, white, blue, man, woman or whatever. It’s the one town that anyone can be anyone; all that matters is happiness.

And just like you can be and or meet any person, you can find just about any type of food. The options for vegans is pretty wide. Whether its finding a niche item in an omni restaurant, to finding a smoothie joint; vegans can eat and drink from one end of Commercial Street to the other.

That said, my favorite place of all on the Outer Cape is 141 Bradford, which is located, you guessed it, at 141 Bradford St. The have amazing food that is prepared each day, including a hot bar. They have fresh pressed juiced and smoothies galore. Today though, I am just highlighting one item, I’m sure there will be more in the future.

The Black Bean Burger Wrap is one of my favorite things to eat on this planet!! Yeah, the WHOLE planet. OK, ok I haven’t been everywhere on said planet but if I had, I know this will continue to stay toward the top. It’s got a homemade black bean burger in it with lettuce,  tomatoes a pickle and more. I love that they add the pickle as it adds a surprise flavor every time you bite into it.

It’s got a nice kick and a great smoky flavor. The wrap is very filling and is perfect after climbing up and down ladders all morning, it gives me plenty of energy to power through the second part of my shift. The bonus is I can take it to go and park on the bayside and enjoy the view.

CCVD Highlight: Jamaican Jerk Wrap

I’ve driven past it a bunch of times. I’ve gazed at it as I drove by wondering if what they were saying in a couple of my Facebook groups was true. It couldn’t be, it was in what a not so awesome location in a not so fantastic part of town. Even though it’s a chain, the Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been calling me and finally I answered.

Last week my wife and I were trying to think of a new place to try some food out. Here on Cape Cod it’s rare to find something new, it’s mostly the same old usual seafood style restaurants, etc. A light-bulb brightened above my head and off to Hyannis we went. My wife was filled with trepidation, honestly so was I. But, we relinquished our judgement and figured we’d try TSC out.

tropicalsmoWe pulled up and I parked the stinger in the front (it’s my truck, it’s yellow so ya, it’s stinger ok?) and we walked in. Wow, we were both shocked at the decor and how clean the place was. Unfortunately, our judgement had got the best of us and I know I was feeling a little shameful for it. We looked at their extensive wrap and sandwich menu and again, were impressed. Besides a couple veggie designed meals, you could also sub Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips in any of the wraps or sandwiches that had chicken.

My wife and I both ordered dishes that required the substitution, I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. On the menu it lists the wrap as:

Grilled chicken, southwestern rice with corn, black beans & asparagus, red onions, low-fat mozzarella & Jamaican jerk sauce in a flour tortilla.

I also had them hold the cheese and the wrap became completely vegan. They offered a couple of sides with it. You could have chips, fruit cup, piece of fresh fruit (probably an apple, it was never explained what you get) and a kale w/ apple slaw. I asked, yet was bummed, that they used a honey dijon in the kale w/ apple slaw so I had the fruit cup. With any meal, you could add a 24oz smoothie for $3!! Ya, 3 flippin dollars! I had the Avocolada (w/ avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut & lime).

My wrap was fantastic. It’d been a long time since I had anything jerk flavored and I forgot how much spicy goodness it had. Like I’ve probably mentioned, you could spice up a flip-flop and I’d eat it if it had enough heat! I love hot stuff! Anyway, the wrap was fantastic. I wasn’t sure how asparagus would work out in the wrap with all that other flavor, but it added a good amount of freshness and snap that I appreciated.

The staff was all super nice and were very accommodating to all of our needs and did it with a smile on their face. They even came over to check on us, which they didn’t have to do as it is a counter service cafe. My wife and I concurred with one another, we will be back!

Check them out at:

489 Bearses Way
Hyannis, MA 02601
https://www.tropicalsmoothie.com

CCVD Highlight: Falafel Wrap

Made from a combo of ground up chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and a variety of spices and herbs, falafel might very well be a food sent to us by the Gods. Hands down one of my favorite things of all time is falafel. If there was one last food to eat on earth, this would be my choice; if I were so lucky to make that choice.

So, that said, until now we didn’t have too many options for falafel here on Cape. There’s Ardeo which is a Mediterranean restaurant that is local, but I don’t want to sit down, or have to order a whole platter just to get some tasty falafel. Ardeo’s is good and all, but… I’m sure there’s a place or two that I’m missing that also serves it, but no one has bowled me over enough to remember; until now.

kapekababfalafelEnter Kape Kabab. Touted as an “eclectic blend of Middle Eastern and American cuisine”, Kape Kabab is somewhat new in the Dennisport area. They are in a spot that has seen tons of businesses come and go over the years. Here’s hoping they can stick around for a bit because I absolutely love their falafel.

During Christmas we held a family get together and the owner gave me a good deal on a falafel platter. There’s a good amount of my family that hasn’t tried falafel, and knowing how good it was from Kape Kabab, this was the opportunity to have them taste the best! One of my nephews is the pickiest of eaters. His palate is as basic as they come and is typical of a kid his age. He loves nuggets and fries. Vegetables and anything good for you makes him gag; literally! So I was blown away that he was the one that was absolutely crushing the falafel platter. There was a point I had to ask him to slow down. Needless to say, it was a hit.

Kape Kabab is not a veggie or vegan joint, it’s extremely meat heavy as you can imagine. But the falafel is cook all on its own and doesn’t share the same fryers. The point of this “column” here on CVG is to point out options at local places for veggie/ vegan visitors. I know I’m still finding them, so to have something like this is hopefully going to be helpful. Not only do they have an amazing falafel wrap (made with Lettuce, Tomato, Parsley, Turnip Pickles, Tahini Sauce) but they have a falafel platter that comes with you choice of hummus, tabooli or grilled potato. They also have some slamming tabooli salad.

Make sure to drop in on your next visit and tell him the cable guy sent you, I always lunch there when I have a route in Dennisport. Oh, the prices are extremely fair. The falafel wrap is just $5 and change!

They are located at:
613 Main St
Dennis Port, Massachusetts

and on the web at:
http://www.kapekabab.com/

CCVD Highlight: Buffalo Tempeh

I’m going to try to launch something new here. Each week I’m going to pick a favorite meal from a place locally and try to give it some exposure. That place may or may not be a strictly vegan/plant based restaurant. I know as I’ve made the transition to a vegan lifestyle, dining out has been a challenge. It’s getting easier as I find places that are opening up to vegans.

This past summer, a local Cape Codder named Joanne Irwin put together the Plant Based Chef Challenge here on Cape and a bunch of restaurants joined in. It was an amazing thing and showed that there is a market for plant based/ vegan items on a restaurants menu.

IMG_8825Here on Cape Cod we are limited on vegan/ plant based options. There are a couple places that are friendly, but really only one that is solely vegan/ veggie. This week, for the first post in this series, it made sense to pick a meal from the only vegan/ veggie strict place; The Green Lotus. I wrote a little thing up RIGHT HERE about the Green Lotus a while back, so I’m not going to retell the tale.

My boys and I had lunch at the Green Lotus yesterday and I ordered one of my go to’s, the Buffalo Tempeh. Priced at a measly $8.88, this sandwich is made of organic soy tempeh smothered in Buffalo sauce, lettuce,tomato, bleu cheese dressing on house-baked 7 grain. I did say this is a vegan/ veggie restaurant so if you are vegan, you have to ask for it to be veganized which they can do for any menu item. It’s a pretty simple sandwich, but I am a lunatic for spicy food and anything buffalo flavored. The bread is made in house and is fantastic. There is nothing really to say about this except I highlighted it first because it’s my favorite.

The Green Lotus also has fantastic smoothies and juices. Pictured is the Blueberry-Beet-Kale smoothie which is beets, blueberries, ginger, almond milk, kale, banana. Yum!

Check out their website:
http://greenlotuscafe.com/

Or stop by at:
349 Main St.
Hyannis, MA. 02601