How to Make Fattoush Salad

Hello everyone,

I love Middle Eastern cuisine. Baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouli, you name it— it’s some of my favorite food. I was craving a feel good meal this weekend, so I decided to try my hand at a classic, fattoush salad.

Fattoush (فتوش) is a levantine bread salad which originated in Lebanon, but is also common in Syria and other Middle Eastern counties. Fattoush includes toasted or fried pieces of pita bread mixed with greens and fresh vegetables. It generally also includes cucumber, tomato, and other ingredients depending on season, location, taste, etc.

The dressing is slightly sour and acidic, using a healthy serving of lemon juice and sumac. Since I didn’t have sumac, I used zatar seasoning to give the salad a full flavor. I also used store bought pita chips to save time, but I’m sure this recipe would be even better if you used homemade pita bread for the crunch. This is a deceptively easy salad to make considering the robust flavor combinations. Why not give it a try?

What’s your favorite Middle Eastern recipe?

Cheers,

Jocelyn Continue reading “How to Make Fattoush Salad”

A Vegan Visits Cancun, Mexico (& eats lots of good food!)

Hi all,

As I indicated with my last post, I’ve been a little MIA lately. Work has been extremely busy, I am looking for a house, and I just  took a vacation to Cancun, Mexico! And the latter, is exactly what this post is about!

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Restaurant Review: Townhall, Vegan Brunch!

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Hello everyone,

Imagine, it’s a Sunday morning. You’re hungry. You don’t want to get ready and stumble around your kitchen to prepare a meal. So what do you do? You put some pants on and goto brunch! If you’re in Cleveland, there is no shortage of amazing places to eat brunch — even if you’re vegan!

I recently went to brunch at Townhall on W. 25th St.for the first time. Townhall is a popular bar and restaurant in a ‘hip and up and coming’ area of town, on the same block as the historic West Side Market. Their menu is full of designated vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and includes a variety of local ingredients. As an added bonus, the restaurant is in an old renovated warehouse space and is warm and welcoming with open brick walls and a cozy patio! Continue reading “Restaurant Review: Townhall, Vegan Brunch!”

New Daiya & Hampton Creek Products Hitting Shelves!

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Let’s talk about the vegan food market. For years, there were very few vegan cheeses. Then there were tasteless, rubbery vegan cheeses. Then we had some “okay” cheese alternatives. And now we have an amazing array of vegan cheese from Kitehill to Daiya.

One gap in the vegan market that I think many of us have been painfully aware of is a lack of vegan salad dressings! I mean, yes, we can goto almost any store and find a vegan Italian dressing, but blue cheese, ranch, french? Not a chance! Continue reading “New Daiya & Hampton Creek Products Hitting Shelves!”

Review: Marc Maron, WTF Roast, Just Coffee Co-Op

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Cory and I love coffee. I mean we LOVE coffee. The smell of it, the taste of it…and the caffeine boost doesn’t hurt! We’ve gone through many coffee phases in the nearly six years we’ve been together—using pre-ground coffee and a regular coffee maker; then stepping it up and getting whole beans, a burr grinder, and using a french press; to finally using whole beans, a burr grinder, and an AeroPress.

You may not think that how you make your coffee matters much, but I beg to differ! AeroPress coffee is so much smoother and less acidic. The only downside is that it won’t make you six cups of coffee at a time. So if you’re pulling an all nighter or having a lot of guests, it’s probably a good idea to keep that ‘ol french press around! Continue reading “Review: Marc Maron, WTF Roast, Just Coffee Co-Op”