Friday Snack Break: HungryRoot

I recommend HungryRoot with some reluctance.  Their food is “healthy” in several ways that are trendy rather than evidence-based (lots of gluten-free stuff when the real problem is probably FODMAPS, ‘veggie-centric’ but no leafy greens whatsoever, though I can understand the latter for storage reasons).  However, if you’re just wanting vegetarian food that’s incredibly delicious– like, five-star restaurant good for the best stuff– I can recommend some of their stuff to you.  I really like their:

  • Smashed Roots (they’re like mashed potatoes with an incredible depth of flavor without getting rid of the comfort factor)
  • Brownie Batter (it can be cooked, but it’s so good that I’ve just eaten it out of the container so far)
  • Spiced Boniato Vanilla Custard (creamy, rich, and probably really high on the satiety index),

all of which are ready-to-eat.  Also: their portions are all bigger than they appear to be in website pictures.

I didn’t personally like any of their main meals I had: they were all decent, but not great, and they were what I like to call ‘worldsy’– food for people who want to feel worldly but who don’t really want to know what their food is actually supposed to taste like.  I particularly noticed it with the ‘sriracha peanut’ entree, which did not taste like sriracha, and the ‘korean scallion gochujang’ entree, which tasted nothing like gochujang.  Their tofu was okay, but for $3 for 8 tiny cubes, I wanted it to be spectacular.  (They also offer chicken for non-vegetarians.)
If you want to give them a try, here’s a referral link.  I think it’s supposed to give you 20% off!  If it doesn’t, the code NATIONWIDE should do it.
I’d definitely discourage you from getting their tofu add-ons, though.  It tastes fine, but you get the tiniest portion in the world for $3. I could get an entire block of tofu for less than they’re charging.
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Friday Tea Break: Floating Leaves

I have several favorite tea suppliers, each of which does something different well.  Northern Lights Tea Company sells high-quality sustainability-focused teas (especially their Japanese greens); Tea Source sells at least one tea for everyone, whether you like prize-winning Ceylons or candysweet herbals; Breakaway Matcha sells what I think is the most delicious matcha on the market, albeit at really high prices.

I eventually decided that, if I had to start by recommending just one vendor, I’d recommend Floating Leaves Tea.   This blog is meant to help people find high-quality, reasonably-priced products. Floating Leaves Tea’s Taiwanese oolongs are the best I’ve ever had and incredibly reasonably priced for their quality.  They’re so good, in fact, that they converted a friend who thought she hated oolongs.

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Friday Snack Break: Herbivorous Butcher

I became vegetarian as a gradual thing about 12 years ago.  After a brief period of missing the weirdest things (gefilte fish, pastrami, Sichuan pickled cabbage fish), I stopped missing meat entirely.  Honestly, that’s made it easier to be vegetarian.  Most vegetarian or vegan meat substitutes are mediocre to terrible.

The Herbivorous Butcher, a relative newcomer, is neither mediocre nor terrible.  They’ve gotten a lot of national and international press in the last few months, and they’ve developed an overwhelming local cult following.  (Justin and I went to Twin Cities Veg Fest last year, and the line just to buy their products was about 100 people deep the entire time we were at the festival.)  However, I can’t blame the other patrons for waiting in line.  The wait is totally worth it.

No, this is not an April Fools’ post.

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