Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vegan Food Fair - Day Two

Went back again today and there were a few new vendors in addition to the ones from yesterday...
Stopping at Love Livin for a Smoothie first thing is definitely the best way to approach the festival so as not to get too hungry/thirsty and make poor food choices...
no Kale in todays Smoothie but still awesome...
also got a bag of the Beet Popcorn which had just the right amount of sweetness...
Ras Nashamba owns a farm next to where the festival is held and he is renowned for his Ital Soup. There was news of an exceptionally long line yesterday for the Soup and, based on our experience waiting in very short lines at the festival, it must have been a really slow moving line to say the least...
so we headed to Ras' place around 12:30 in hopes of beating the rush, but people were heading in the opposite direction saying there was a problem with the Soup. We were like, "What could possibly have gone wrong with the Soup???" Turned out, his pot had just cracked apart while he was cooking the Soup this morning. All was lost.
he had food being prepped but we didnt feel like waiting around, the line had already begun forming...
on Ras' farm...
above are some Plaintain Trees being sold bare root which I thought was interesting. Also interesting (to me) was seeing a guy put Ketchup on his Plaintains...
we wandered around some more enjoying the artists...
and food...
Mango Cheesecake. Resisted buying...
Roasted and Stuffed Peppers...
Loofas...
we were told this guy's name is Imani...
I got three huge pieces of his Fried Cauliflower...
and the Mr. got a bowl of Imani's Ital Soup with a piece of Fried Cauliflower on top. Really outstanding. It is too bad these folks only cook for the public once or twice a year (we were told Imani cooks at Carnival as well).
arriving home we found that the Pups had gotten into the paper towels. Bye for now.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

20 Pics From The Vegan Food Fair

Today was the first day of the annual Vegan Food Fair...
thankfully, it wasnt too hot out. We are experiencing some windy weather the past few days...
our first stop was the Love Livin stand for some Spirilina Popcorn (they also had Cayenne and Beet flavors)....
and a fresh Smoothie...
they added Kale and Agave as well...
very delicious and satisfying so we could just leisurely wander around...
lots of Sorrel like last year...
there were classes in various types of crafting...
many beautiful crafts for sale...
tons of hot sauces...
great entertainment...
tons of produce....
Moringa was every where. I felt bad cuz I told the woman selling the cookies I would be back to buy some but never actually did. Hopefully tomorrow...
Moringa Hot Sauce...
we wanted some Moringa Soup but they were sold out...
loved watching the traditional dancing...
then we got in line for food...it took 35 minutes to get served. Fortunately, there was an enjoyable speaker on stage that made waiting not so bad...
this is the last piece of Lasagna, sold to the woman in front of me in line...
my plate of Soy Chunks, Stewed Tofu, Rice and Lentils, Mac & Cheese with Sweet Potatoes and Plaintains on top. All outstanding and worth the wait...
on my way out I got two Coconut Rolls...
and a slice of Chocolate Coconut Cake for tonight. Am planning to return tomorrow and to post about it. Bye for now.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Meals Worth Mentioning

The generic appearance of my Hummus Appetizer at Caribbean Fusion belied its quality. The Hummus was 'bright', as Gail Simmons always says on Top Chef, the Celery was crunchy and it was more than enough for an entree. I would definitely recommend it....
plus the view from the restaurant is awesome...
beautiful flowers all around the resort where the restaurant is located...
The Cashew Tofu at Saki House is always 'top notch'. 'Top notch' appears to be used quite frequently these days, especially in Tripadvisor reviews and on tshirts. 'Dumpster Fire' was the word of 2016 and I believe 'Top Notch' will be the word of 2017....
got some Black Bean Soup to go from  Virgilio's on Thursday. It wasnt thick, so the diced Onion was sinking rapidly as I tried to take a picture, but it was so deeply flavorful. Virgilio's is top notch...
below is a not-so-inviting food truck in the Bovoni area of St. Thomas...
our trepidations about approaching were unfounded. The young guys working there were friendly and patient as we tried to figure out how and what to order. Below is a small order with BBQ Tofu, Veggies, Pasta, Rice and Beans and Lentil Balls...
another day we got Stewed Tofu with Mashed Potatoes. They always put Lentil Balls on top whether you ask for them or not. Those food truck guys are good cooks, hopefully a brick and mortar restaurant is in their future...
this Tofutti Almond Bark Frozen Dessert just started popping up in various stores, so I bought one where I found it for the least expensive, $5.95...
it is good, but it is definitely 'frozen dessert', not Coconut Milk....
last weekend it was still decorated for Christmas...
I liked the baskets of complimentary fans. Assume it can get quite warm sitting in there...
thanks for looking...
Lots more to come. Bye for now.