Category: Food

Feef = Faux Beef

Let me preface this post with this thought: I will be so glad when I get my Canon back, and so will this blog, because these cellphone pictures are just on this side of not cutting it. I will try to re-take better images with my camera once it comes back home to me, if the opportunity presents itself. Without further ado, my review of feef: This is my second meal of the day and this one features Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips. Yes, I am still eating through products from my Charlotte trip over a month ago. I read a few reviews online regarding these beef flavored strips, and I went in expecting them to be terrible. I wanted to put as little effort as possible into these in case they tasted terrible. I decided a stir fry would be the best choice, as there would be vegetables to complement the feef, and soy sauce to add additional flavor. My verdict… is that these are good! Buy them again good! I am sad that I used the entire package in the stir fry, because I bet these would be amazing in fajitas. !Recipe Alert! The steps I took to make this feef stir fry are as follows*: 1. Heat olive and sesame oil in a large pan or wok over medium high heat. Meanwhile, mince 2-3 garlic cloves and...

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Good Life Cafe Review

Good Life Cafe in West Columbia specializes in organic, raw*, vegan fare that opened in February 2011. It’s brand new and seems to have quite the following already! Their menu includes more new things to try each time I have been there. Today my Friend With Great Taste (FWGT) suggested we go there for lunch and being that she has great taste, I said sure, why not? I checked their Facebook page to see what was available for the day, and Spaghetti with Meatless Balls caught my eye (mostly because of the word balls, don’t give me too much credit here). When we got there, I saw the daily menu and price list on the wall and the $13.95 for the Spaghetti and Meatless Balls, I will admit, I wanted to flee to cheap Mexican food around the corner. But FWGT talked me out of it and we ordered our balls meals. This huge plate of much more than “spaghetti and meatless balls” is what arrived and was placed in front of me: Close up of cauliflower, broccoli salad with a lemony flavor: Corn and jicama (which I now know is pronounced “hee-cama”) salad, which was my favorite item on my plate and the first thing gone: The spaghetti and meatless balls, the star of the meal is made out of spiraled zucchini shreds. I want to see the...

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Work Eat Rinse Repeat

My weekend started out with a Carolina baseball game with coworkers and spouses/significant others. One particular coworker/friend and I decided that since we were JUST SO CLOSE to our favorite bar, we’d make an appearance. So we did. I saw this guy there that stood out from the crowd and he looked very familiar. I kept looking at him, and we made inadvertent eye contact a lot. I had a hunch on who it was, so once I got home I Googled and by God, I was right. It was the bassist from Crossfade! Awesome. Next time I will know and will have to go converse with him instead of just eyeballing him. Despite the alcohol, I got up Saturday and went to tend a store where I used to work during college. Thank God I could get this right across the street: Mmm. It came from Pizza Man on Rosewood. I love their current sign. I have never had Pizza Man, and it was great. Tons of cheese, good sauce, crust wasn’t too thick or too thin. Much better than the Papa John’s I used to order in. I took my computer there because it was predicted to be a slow sales day, which it kind of was. I did lots of Internetting in between my intermittent customers. I love working alone, and yesterday just cemented it. It...

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Fruit & Vegetable Fail

This is the aftermath of my afternoon snack. I have been really terrible about eating my fruits and vegetables this week, so I made myself, once and for all eat these strawberries I brought to the office and left in the fridge since Monday. Yes, since Monday, it’s gross I know. They were a bit on the almost overripe side, which is why a few of them aren’t eaten all the way to the top. Not eating my fruits and vegetables feels especially bad so me since I am a vegetarian. What in the hell else have I been eating? Carbs and cheese, as evidenced by last night’s creation. Tuesday night was a semi okay night, as we went to Cellar on Greene, which is attached to Claussen’s Inn (to the left) with our couple friends of whom the husband is about to go for a year to Afghan-iraq-an. I am not sure which place, but that covers most of the possibilities. Back to the food though. I had the $19 for three courses deal, my choices being the watercress salad, the pasta primavera, and peanut butter pie for dessert. The salad was amazing, with candied pecans, fresh tangy goat cheese, adorable little watercress leaves that felt like I was eating shamrocks, these fantastically mild onion slices on top, and more accouterments. The pasta primavera was chock full of...

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Trying To Find Happiness In A Pan

Tonight’s recipe is brought to you by the following sponsors: leftover cheese from the party Alton Brown as my muse A terrible day at work I have this cheese in the fridge left over from the party and I had already grated all of this off of it before snapping the picture of the drawer above So what else could I do but make an overly cheesy macaroni dish? This recipe is based on Alton Brown’s macaroni and cheese gift from the gods, with my additions below. I have made it in its original form before and it was magic in your mouth. Making things like this on a semi regular basis are what led me to gaining weight and needing to hit the gym hard core. Speaking of which, I am making fattening food and not at the gym right now because the sky is on and off opening up. That does not make for a potentially relaxing yoga experience. The bad day at work will just be chalked up to a terrible experience that we’ll forget about with each bite of cheesy goodness. Let’s get on with this macaroni show, shall we? (Isn’t my recipe holding method great? When I re-do the kitchen I am going to integrate some sort of recipe holding device). Lots Of Cheese & Some Elbow Noodles Ingredients 1/2 pound elbow macaroni 3...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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