Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vegan Eats and Options in Salem, Massachusetts (including THE BEST VEGAN PIZZA EVER!)

Back in August, the Kitchen Grrrls went to Salem, Massachusetts and had a super awesome amazing fun spooky time. We also ate some AMAZING food while in Salem so this post should assure you that there are plenty of vegan options to be had (some mediocre and some AWESOME) in The Witch City. We also recommend taking the Hocus Pocus Tour with Susan and Rich which is definitely the best tour of Salem, MA.

Are you ready for some Salem, MA vegan food pics?! Let's dig in...

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Flying Saucer Pizza Vegan

First up, this glorious monstrosity is the all vegan BEAST BOY pizza from Flying Saucer Pizza Company at 118 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970, USA. Caitlin (me) hasn't stopped dreaming about this pizza since devouring half of that bad boy in August. Seriously, she dreams of it every night and day and just cried because it looks like it's no longer on the menu though there still are some other vegan options. It's the best pizza she's ever had in her vegan life and maybe life in general. Please, please, please check it out while in Salem. You won't regret it because the cheeze is Teeze and it's really gooey and yummy. And artichokes. Who doesn't love artichokes on pizza!?

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Flying Saucer Pizza Vegan

Look how big!!!!!!!!! And look at the cool galaxy table!

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Onto something less exciting and delicious....

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Howling Wolf Taqueria

And now for the mediocre. This was the Veganized Tofu Burrito from Howling Wolf Taqueria at 76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970, USA. You just have to ask that the Tofu Burrito be made vegan but it's not that great. Their salsas are yummy but this burrito was completely bland. Too much rice and really nothing else in there except some under ripe avocado chopped up and maybe like 2 pieces of pepper. Definitely not good but hey, it's better than nothing right?! I demand better for my vegan options especially at a Mexican joint but I struck out with this one. We didn't even take a picture of the other vegan option which was the Vegetable Enchiladas (made vegan, you have to ask) because it was kind of bad. It wasn't a true enchilada and the sauce tasted kind of bad. Very disappointing. 

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Howling Wolf Taqueria

But, we can't end on a bad note so let's look at this delicious homemade Strawberry Ice Cream from Life Alive at 281 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA. THIS WAS THE BEST ICE CREAM I HAVE EVER HAD. HANDS DOWN. VEGAN OR NOT. So good and then the walnut oat crumble on top just about brought me to tears. This was a seasonal special so I don't know if it's available now but dear god, if you see the ice cream on the menu order it. Hubba hubba. Life Alive is a vegetarian and vegan spot and I think it's the only fully vegetarian place in Salem. The vibe was so 1990s vegan I was digging it. Very earthy, very granola, very cool. It was totally tubular and a new experience for us.

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Life Alive Ice Cream

Riley had a smoothie called Lust Alive which was deeelish. Get it because it has strawberries and ginger and coconut ice cream. So good! It tasted like apple pie but with strawberries, says Riley.

Best Vegan Restaurants Salem Massachusetts Life Alive Ice Cream Smoothie

And now you can live vicariously through our trip through these pictures. Caitlin really loved it in Salem and wants to go back but she's bummed that Beast Boy might not be on the Flying Saucer Pizza Company menu anymore. SALEM 4EVER.

Salem The House of Seven Gables

The House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA

Salem Mass Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA

Essex Street Salem Shops

A hilarious store sign on Essex St. in Salem, MA

Old Burying Point Cemetery Tombstone

Literally the oldest thing I have ever laid eyes on in Old Burying Point Cemetery in Salem, MA

Salem Massachusetts Ropes Mansion Sundial Garden Quote

The quote on the Ropes Mansion Garden Sundial in Salem, MA on Essex St.

Hammond Castle Oceanview Arches

The freaky and weird Hammond Castle in Glouster, MA with a gorgeous view of the ocean from the arches.

Max Dennison's House Salem Ocean Ave

MAX DENNISON'S HOUSE FROM HOCUS POCUS on Ocean Ave. in Salem, MA

Old Burial Hill Marblehead Salem Massachusets

Another super old and cool headstone at Old Burial Hill in Marblehead, MA

Salem Massachusets Street Art Graffiti

Ain't No Place for Hate in My Town or State street art in Salem, MA on Essex St.

Check out Salem, MA if you can... it's so much more than "The Witch City." Be sure to take that Salem Hocus Pocus Tour with Susan and Rich, it was AWESOME!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts

We're starting this month off right (it's close enough to the start ;) ) with some fudgy, chocolaty brownies. We're prepping those sweet teeth for the Halloween treats to come. These would also be great to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, too.

The weather here has been so unseasonably warm I still can't wrap my head around it that it's already October 7th, and Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I've been in a strange headspace at school and I don't know if the weather has to do with it or what. I've already been in school for five weeks but I still feel like I'm just getting into the swing of things as if it's only the first week in.

A little back story is that I've already been in school and have gone back to pursue something I think I'm really passionate about but I'm not 100% sure, so it's scary and I hope I'm not wasting my time. I've never liked school and to be doing a second undergrad is something I cannot believe I'm doing. I'm so fortunate that I have the ability to do so but I sometimes feel extremely panicked like I've made the wrong choice. But I guess education is never wrong, right? 

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts

I don't know the answer and when I'm feeling shaken, I like to eat good food. And good desserts, more specifically. This is a good dessert.

I feel like these are the most classic brownies. I feel like anytime brownies have walnut pieces in them, they're classic. I don't know why exactly, but that's how I feel and maybe you feel the same?

Whether they're classic to you or not, you should definitely make these brownies - you won't regret it!

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts

Fudgy Brownies with Walnuts

Ingredients
3 tbsp water 
2 tbsp ground flax
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
7 tbsp cocoa powder
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 tsp instant coffee powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 tbsp vegan butter, like Earth Balance
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

Combine water and flax in a small bowl. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper or grease the pan really well.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour and baking soda.

In another bowl add cocoa powder, chocolate, instant coffee and salt. Pour in the boiling water and mix into a paste - make sure all the chocolate is melted. Combine the sugar, butter, vanilla and flax mixture; mix well with an electric mixer and then toss in the walnut.

Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, but don't use the electric mixer, mix by hand. Be careful not to over mix, the dough will be quite thick.

Transfer to the baking dish and press it in with your hands or a spatula to smooth out the top.

Bake for 25 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to sit for an hour. 

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