Foodie Friday: Taco Ocho Review

Happy Foodie Friday! I’ve been gone for a week with my Denver trip, but I’m finally back. So many great reviews to come! I will even have a post about my trip to Denver.

This week, I wanted to feature this cool, hidden gem in Richardson, TX. If you are near the area or don’t mind making the trip for some good tacos, Taco Ocho is the place for you.

The thing that sold me the most about this restaurant was that half of the menu was catered to Vegans and Vegetarians! Yes, we finally have a place where people get us at a regular establishment lol. On top of that the food was freshly made to order.

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The Yucatan and Caribbean Taco Plate that comes with rice and beans. The plate was only $10!

  • Yucatan Taco: comes with roasted potatoes, poblanos, corn, red onions, black bean spread, sour cream, cotija cheese. The potatoes helps to offset the heat.
  • Caribbean Taco: comes with Plantains, black bean spread, rice, salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream

Queso & Chips

  • This queso is not a boring queso. It has little surprises as you keep digging in. You may get some onions, you may get some tomato, and it’s a white queso and not the golden hue we’re used to. I love a blanco queso. Every version I’ve had, it’s been good.

Hand-hacked Hass Avocado Guacamole and Chips

  • You may not know, but guacamole is the best in my eyes! I can eat it and just plain avocados every single day on everything lol. Their guacamole in particular I can picture on everything. It’s fresh and seasoned. That’s key!

All I can say is, you can enjoy a meal for two for around $25 and it will include appetizers galore. Take a look at their menu and give them a try.

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Foodie Friday: Chick’n & Dumplings

Happy Foodie Friday Foxies!!! This week, I wanted to switch it up and give you a recipe.

Tis the season, it is feeling like Fall in Dallas this week. It made me want comfort food and to be snuggled in a blanket the entire week lol. I started thinking about how good Chicken and Dumplings used to be growing up. My Grandy and my aunts would make it on cold days back home in Milwaukee. Then I began to think about it, I haven’t had it in years. The question then became, how can I make this veggie friendly? I got the creative juices going and here we are with my Chick’n & Dumplings recipe. Check it out below! Let me know what you think. Like, Share, and Show some love in the comments.

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Chick’n & Dumplings

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Gardein Chick’n Strips
  • 2 1/2 (32 fl. oz.) Vegetable Broth
  • 5 Carrots (diced)
  • 3 Celery Stalks (diced)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Salt

Dumpling Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp of Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread
  • 3 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Salt

Directions

  1. Add all of your dry ingredients for your dumpling mix and put them in a bowl. Mix them together, then whisk in your melted butter and almond milk.
  2. As soon as your thick mixture for your dumplings are mixed well together. Sit it in the fridge.
  3. Prep your carrots, celery, garlic, and sweet onion.
  4. Take a large pot, turn stove to medium high heat, and add in your vegetable oil.
  5. Once the oil is heated, add in your veggies and garlic. Saute your mirepoix (veggie soup blend), give your vegetables about 2 minutes to sweat in the pot, then add in your chick’n strips. and seasonings.
  6. Once those ingredients are mixed well in the pot, cover the pot, and allow the veggies and chick’n to cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Once the veggies are softened, add in your vegetable broth and bay leaves.
  8. Take your dumpling mix out of the fridge and when the broth begins to simmer, take a tbsp of gently drop in spoonfuls of the dumplings to the broth.
  9. Once all of your dumplings are in, stir then in and cover the pot again. Allow the dumplings to cook for 10 more minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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Foodie Friday: Roti Modern Mediterranean

Hi Foxy People!

I always get excited for these posts. It lets me know that Friday is here and the weekend can begin! This week, I’m highlighting a newer restaurant called, Roti Modern Mediterranean.

A little piece of Chicago landed her in Dallas! I first heard of Roti when I was working in downtown Chicago. It was this cute, fresh, and new restaurant tucked away in the heart of the city. The food was always good and did not disappoint. It also left me feeling light and satisfied. In my work at the time, I was always on my feet running around in commissioned sales. You needed food for fuel, not to make you drag. The food here left me feeling refueled and energized.

Fast forward to now, I’m walking with a coworker for our 15 minute break and we get approached by a young man handing out free entree vouchers. I took a look and it was to Roti! What are the odds? I believe everyone driving and walking in that area could hear my excitement lol. We decided to give it a try that day. It was just as good as I remembered!

The menu is simple. You choose your base, which is either the Rice Plate, Laffa Wrap, Pita Sandwich, or Roti Salad. Then customize it with a protein such as Chicken Roti, Salmon Kabob, or Falaffel just to name a few. Then chose your sides to top it with like Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Hummus, Couscous, or Red Cabbage Slaw. Then you finish with your sauce. They have a variety. My favorite two that I like to add on my order are the Dill, Yogurt, & Cucumber sauce and the Garlic Sauce.

Check this place out when you’re venturing downtown in Dallas off of McKinney!

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Foodie Friday: 3 Favs in Lower Greenville

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We made it to Week 3 of Foodie Friday and in honor of that, I figured we could highlight 3 of my favorite places to eat in Lower Greenville. The Lower Greenville area is a hipster’s dream lol. It’s a little pocket of eclectic bars, clothing stores, grocery stores, and restaurants. I like that area because despite the attention it gets, it still has more lowkey and chill vibes. My top 3 choices will cover all your bases! Crisp Salad Company gives you a great make your own salad option. Laurel Tavern caters to a variety of meat and meatless based burgers. Truck Yard is a staple that not only has it’s own kitchen, but has multiple food trucks that come so you can enjoy any cuisine you may be craving. For some of my favorite foods at each of these locations, check out the reviews below!

Crisp Salad Company

http://www.crispsaladco.com/

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Open Monday – Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm, Crisp Salad Company gives you all the various options to make a filling salad. It was nice during the summer and of course our fall times feel like summer so it will still hit the spot lol. They offer the Greenville Cobb Salad if you want an updated version of a Cobb Salad. It comes with herb grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, the traditional hard boiled egg, grape tomatoes, onion, avocado, maytag blue cheese, bacon, and it’s tossed with a cider dijon vinaigrette. For us Veggie based eaters, they have The Chickpea Salad  which is made of crispy falafel, chickpeas (obviously), sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, and tossed with a refreshing lemon tahini dressing. If these salads don’t work for you, there is always the build-your-own salad option. Win-Win either way!

Laurel Tavern

https://www.laureltavern.com/

20180909_171528A nice hot spot where you can enjoy the front patio during this nice fall weather. Laurel Tavern does cater to this seeking good bar fare such as shared plates and sandwiches, but the best thing they have are the burgers! My favorite is the Tavern Burger. You can get the normal beef patty or swap it out with the infamous, Impossible Burger patty. The patty is topped with honey mustard, avocado, pickled red onion, and shredded lettuce. Check them out!

 

 

 

Truck Yard

https://truckyarddallas.com/

20180909_171125The Truck Yard is a staple in Lower Greenville! It is the best if your just trying to have a good time with a few people and some drinks. It’s very lowkey and I love that they carry the “truck yard” theme throughout the restaurant. There is a kitchen area where you can order cheesesteaks and even veggie cheesesteakes! Then you have the choice to hang out in the bar area or venture further out to the yard where they have all the food trucks. My favorite truck is Azucar. I LOVE their Veggie Street Tacos made with refried black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, salsa, crema!

 

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Foodie Friday: Knife Burger

Hi Foxy People!

It is week 2 of Foodie Friday and if you enjoyed last week’s review, you will definitely love this one. I had the luxury of finally eating at Knife Burger inside Legacy Hall. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was I figured it would be tasty. This is one of Executive Chef, John Tesar’s restaurants. You may know him because he is the Executive Chef and owner of Knife. I love that he decided to have a sister restaurant that is more fun and casual with burgers since Knife is an upscale steakhouse.

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When you walk up to the counter, you see a simple and straight forward board that features their menu. I like that they get straight to the point with their offerings. There are 5 kinds of burgers that they specialize in.

  • “The Ozersky” – gives you your classic cheeseburger vibes. It’s your beef patty, american cheese, red onion, and white bun.
  • “The Double” – gives you twice the fun of “The Ozersky.”
  • “The Magic” – provides a different spin on the burger by swapping out the typical bun with an English muffin. What makes that burger so special is that it comes with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and bacon.
  • “The Pimento” – gives you all the Texas pimento cheese dip or sandwich vibes on a burger.
  • “The Veggie” – the best burger on the menu in my opinion lol. It’s a veggie patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and sprouts between a white bun.

The veggie burger was deceiving because I didn’t expect it to be as great as it tasted based on it’s appearance. It appeared it may have been slightly dry, but when I tasted it, I had a bite of a juicy, meat-like patty. I must admit, it was one of the best veggie burgers I’ve had in the DFW.

Other foods that they offer…

  • “Knife” Fries – fresh and hot to order fries.
  • Handmade Shakes – Chocolate Hazelnut, Cookie Butter, Pistachio, Strawberry, and Vanilla. The cookie butter one sounds amazing!

Overall, I truly enjoyed coming here! You can sit at the bar top area or out in the open at Legacy Hall. The staff was great and I loved the chill vibes. I will be back soon!

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Foodie Friday: Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar – Oak Lawn Location

Hi Foxy People!

It’s been a long time, but I am back!!! I started doing these “Foodie Friday” posts back in the day and thought it would be brilliant to revamp it and bring it back. “Foodie Friday” is a way for me to share my experiences at local restaurants as a vegetarian and I’ll throw in some of my recipes from time to time.

In honor of the first “Foodie Friday” post, I wanted to share my experience at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar!

I was in the mood for pizza one day and I kept hearing from friends about this place not too far from my place. I always drove past it, but never found the time to step in. That day was the day. From the moment I walked up to the location, I instantly knew I was going to love this place. The patio area was nice and had umbrellas to give you relief from this Texas sun. The inside gave me industrial meets modern vibes with the decor. There was a mixture of seating where you can sit communal style or cozy in tables for 2 or 4. I could get used to the laid back vibes here.

Now let’s talk about the food! All you smell is the fresh dough baking in the air. You see different varieties of pizza pies on the table tops as you pan over the space. I couldn’t wait to try their “Margherita” Pie. It has organic tomato sauce, house mozzarella, basil, and sea salt. Simple ingredients that make a BOMB pizza. I literally had the whole pie to myself and ate the entire thing. That’s how good it was lol. I was happy to see that this wasn’t the only veggie friendly thing on the menu. They do offer a “Veggie” pie as well that is topped with eggplant, broccolini, fontina, calabrian peppers, garlic, and lemon zest. There are salad options, garlic knots, and hummus as well. They offer these dipping sauces for your pizza too. Their “Organic Marinara” was good, but the “House Ricotta Ranch” changed the game! It was the best ranch I ever had. I had the pleasure of trying the “House-made Doughnuts” and they were warm and fluffy. It’s like eating a sweet treat from home. I washed everything down with their “Crackberry Cider.” I am not a beer drinker. Let me repeat, I am not a beer drinker. This “Crackberry Cider”, changed my outlook on beer. It was so good! I loved the sweet berry notes and it was refreshing.

Overall, I loved “Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar” and I will be frequently visiting. It’s veggie friendly while offering traditional meat fare for the rest of the family.

Check out their menu for yourself below.

Pie-Tap Menu – Design District

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Happy National Eggs Benedict Day!

Hey Foxy People!

It’s National Eggs Benedict Day!

Want to be fancy and max this yourself at home? Check out my recipe for Hollandaise Sauce below so you can be a STAR when you host a brunch again.

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Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4-6 oz. of Clarified Butter
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 tbsp of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Cayenne Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. If you would like to clarify your own butter, all you have to do is take 1 pound of Unsalted Butter and allow it to melt on low heat. As the butter melts, the pure butter fat will separate from the milk fat. The milk fat is a white film that will rise to the too. Skim it off frequently. Allow this to melt for about an hour giving the butter time to separate the water, butter fat, and milk fat. Once the milk fat is all skimmed off, drain off the butter fat making sure the water at the bottom doesn’t mix in.
  2. If you don’t want to take these steps to make your own clarified butter don’t fret, you can buy some online via this link https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Clarified-Butter-Ghee/dp/B00G12Z36W
  3. If you freshly made your own clarified butter, sit it aside and allow it to cool off a little until it’s warm. If you purchased clarified butter, heat up your 4-6 oz I’m the microwave for about 20 seconds
  4. Take a small pot and fill it with water. Put it on medium heat.
  5. In a little bowl, separate your egg yolks from their egg whites. If you want, you can save your egg whites for an egg whites scramble or omelette the next day. We need to bring them to room temperature.
  6. Once the water simmers, place your egg yolks in a bowl and place it over the pot. Start to whisk your egg yolks until they start to turn to a lighter yellow color almost a pale yellow.
  7. Take the bowl off of the heat, place a towel underneath it, and add the lemon juice to the mix.
  8. Whisk the lemon juice until it’s fully mixed in then begin to slowly drizzle in your clarified butter. You have to whisk with one hand while you drizzle the butter in with the other.
  9. You’ll know it’s ready when all the butter is mixed in and you’re left with a a creamy sauce.
  10. Finish the sauce with salt and cayenne pepper.
  11. Enjoy!

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Sunday Post: Saturday Vegetarian BBQ Class

Hi Foxy People!

I’m starting this Sunday off with all the positive feels.

I’m so happy to have met and cooked for everyone who attended my Saturday class. I even had some ladies come back from my previous classes. I see you Queens! Shout out to you for sticking with me.

As promised, I have those featured recipes shown below. I really appreciate you coming out.

Vegetarian BBQ Cooking Class Recipes

I plan to have more classes throughout the year. I plan to keep you posted via my email. I like to send out email blasts as events become available.

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As always, follow this blog for recipes and more. For daily posts, follow me on Instagram @foxyveggies and Twitter @foxy_veggies. For any direct inquiries, email me at foxyveggies@gmail.com

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Sunday Post: Sage Brown “Butter” Sauce

Hi Foxy People!

I was in the mood for some ravioli, so I decided to share my Sage Brown “Butter” recipe!

This recipe is super simple and you can pretty much put this on any pasta. Oh…and it’s Vegan! I don’t make Vegan recipes often, but this is pretty good.  I easily swap out the butter and use the whipped Vegan spread instead.

Let me know what you think! Also, make sure to follow me throughout the week on my Facebook Page, Foxy Veggies, on Instagram @foxyveggies, and Twitter @foxy_veggies.

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Sage Brown “Butter” Sauce

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice or Ravioli of your choice
  • 5 tbsp of Organic Vegan Whipped Spread
  • 7 fresh Sage leaves

Directions

  1. Follow the directions for cooking your pasta.
  2. As the pasta is cooking, take a small pot and turn it to medium heat. Add in your Vegan spread and turn the heat down to low.
  3. Allow your spread to melt. There may be foam that rises to the top. Skim this off with a spoon and discard of it. This process will take about 5 minutes.
  4. Once the majority of the foam is removed, add in the sage leaves and stir it around. Allow the sage to steep in the vegan spread for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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