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An Ode to Summer Comfort Food

Today, I have something a little different to share with you. No, not a delectable recipe, but something just as drool-worthy. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a special Pop-up dinner this past weekend, hosted by Lane Gold, author of Vegan Junk Food. Thankfully, I stayed off of Instagram long enough to be surprised by the food that was served to us; otherwise, I would have seen all of the spoilers that Lane was posting!

I brought the always fun Eva, of Dirty Rotten Vegan, as my date; plus, I knew a few other of the dinner-goers, such as Brian Patton and his wife, Jennifer Chen, and Laura Hooper Beck. As a whole we enjoyed meaningful talks, lots of cheers-ing and even more laughs; more importantly, the food was amazing.

Lane’s mission with this pop-up, this first one being named “An Ode to Summer Comfort Food”, is to hold intimate vegan meals throughout the LA area. Now, the series is named the Vegan Dining Club, or #vegandiningclub on any and all social media. She has shared with us that the next installment will be brunch-based (!!!) and at a cool venue in Echo Park (if I’m remembering that correctly). I can’t wait to go to the next one!

This dinner was held in a very eclectic building, functioning as a community art gallery when not being used to serve food. It’s a small building with spray paint all over it, a kitchen as one half of it, the dining room/gallery as the other half. The location was pretty random, but I absolutely loved it.

I’m glad that I brought my “nice” camera out to shoot some photos, although the lighting was a tad unforgiving, which my excuse for not having the best pictures. ;) Without getting too wordy about the food, I’ll briefly describe the dishes. Just know that all of it was tremendous and you could tell that there was a lot of love and effort put in to each dish.

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Refreshing Watermelon Tomato Salad

The weather earlier this week was insane! You want to talk about a scorcher?  I thought that I was back working Coachella! Thank goodness I could jump in a pool to cool off. ;) I wish that I had this salad to cool me down from the inside out, though.

I was inspired by a salad that I had years ago, with watermelon, tomato, mint, and feta, plus some vegetarian roe for a salty kick. This one is slightly different, with creamy pine nuts changing up the texture, and a combination of mint and basil to make it interesting (and pretty!).

The best part about this salad is that it comes together in mere minutes. If you chill the tomato and watermelon before assembly it works out even better. This is the perfect side for a summer party, BBQ or as a light snack. Throw a little white balsamic vinegar on there and call it a day!

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Mint Melon Peach Smoothie

 

Can you believe that it’s almost September? Just thinking about it gets me super excited! After all, September does play host to my birthday (;)), the beginning of fall, and a new set of produce to work with. Fall is my favorite season; the weather cools, the aroma of damp leaves and smoke from fireplaces mixed with the lowering sun create this warm rusty aura around the thought of it. Alas, it is still Summer, and this smoothie uses some of its quintessential ingredients to end August on a good note.

 

Bright peaches with soft skin locking in their sweet juice grace counter tops all over the states, while humongous watermelons are being sliced and enjoyed at the last of the Summer BBQs this Labor Day weekend. What happens when you combine these two great fruits with a berry back-up singer and refreshing mint? A icy-cool treat that is great for Summer mornings. The addition of hulled hemp seeds ups the creaminess and protein content, a win-win!

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Sweet Watermelon, Apple & Carrot Juice

Sweet Watermelon, Apple &amp; Carrot Juice<br />
One of my favorite pairings when making juices is any fruit in combination with carrots. With their subtle sweetness they mellow out sweeter fruits without making it bitter, while not adding additional sugar. This juice ended up being super delicious and if you have any watermelon left over from the summer, you should really try this!<br />
My mixing ratio was 1:1:1 for the apple, watermelon, and carrot juice. Happy Raw Wednesday, everyone!

One of my favorite pairings when making juices is any fruit in combination with carrots. With their subtle sweetness they mellow out sweeter fruits without making it bitter, while not adding additional sugar. This juice ended up being super delicious and if you have any watermelon left over from the summer, you should really try this!

My mixing ratio was 1:1:1 for the apple, watermelon, and carrot juice. Happy Raw Wednesday, everyone!

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