I absolutely love Hal and Al’s. Amazing vegan food, true community spirit, and an all-around awesome hang-out. The only downside for me is that it’s roughly three hours away. But when I was approached to come to a vegan meet-up being held there, I jumped with enthusiasm.
I’m not the only one who loves Hal and Al’s. It’s so popular that this event had a waiting list. We got there a half hour early to meet Debra, the coordinator. Walking through the door, we were surprised to see a nearly full room! A half hour early! Obviously, people couldn’t wait to get in the door. The group was wonderful! I’ve never seen so many vegans in one room. There were very warm and welcoming and it is always fun to talk about vegan cooking. Thank you, Debra, and all the attendees.
For the event, Kerry and the kitchen busted out some variations on American Vegan Kitchen recipes. Talk about an ultimate compliment! Thanks to their great work, I can happily tell you that the Summer Waffle batter makes the most incredible fried oreos. And I don’t even like oreos much! After trying these, I’m convinced it would make perfect apple fritter batter, too. They were also serving a take on the AVK artichoke dip, with added daiya. Such good stuff! We also indulged in sauerkraut balls (of course!), but my photo of those didn’t turn out. Trust me, they were terrific. My favorite would probably be the fried pickles.
What else is going on, you might ask. Go Dairy Free features my Great Gazpacho recipe. When it’s too hot to cook, this is the one for you. Over at One Green Planet you can read up on some of my wine-pairing techniques. You can probably guess what is coming soon. Two giveaways: the first is for Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food! This zine, from Kittee Berns, is crammed full of all things Ethiopian. A full review will be coming with the contest, so stay tuned. Don’t forget Food Network Friday which will wrap-up August 5th!