We recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios (aka The Artist Formerly Known as MGM) and perused the vegan dining options. Here’s what we found:
The Brown Derby
Though pricey, TheBrown Derby had an excellent vegan option in a noodle bowl that was topped with a piece of coconut incrusted tofu. I could have used a bigger piece of tofu (the tofu was really excellent, and I wouldn’t call myself a guy who loves tofu), but the noodles and the sauce that accompanied them were great, so I had no trouble eating that. Our waiter was knowledgeable and understood what we meant by ‘vegan’ to the point that he even brought us oil and balsamic vinegar rather than butter when the bread showed up. Again, two entrees and two beers cost us a small fortune, but the food was great.
Miscellaneous Veggie Burger
Although we did not try it, several locations apparently offer a veggie burger (although it looked like the ABC Commissary did not, but the outdoor spots by The Tower of Terror do as does one of the other sit down restaurants… the one with the cars, I think… Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant?), and the veggie burger comes with cheese, so you’ll have to ask them to leave that off. Again, we’ve never tried this, so we don’t know all the ins and outs – for example, if you get a veggie burger at the magic kingdom, you have to ask for a vegan bun or forgo the bun all together.
Outside of Popcorn and Pretzels…
That’s about it. You can get also get a pickle as well as fresh fruit in several spots, and there are some all fruit frozen options (or so the sign says), but that’s about it. Ultimately, you don’t go to MGM to eat, but instead, for the few attractions they offer that are worth checking out: Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours (new version) and maybe The Muppets 3D, but they’ve been running that same movie since the park opened, and I’ve seen it a zillion times, so we skipped it on our last trip. The rest of the park is a dud – just get there in the morning, get a Fast Pass for Toy Story, hit the other aforementioned attractions, maybe have lunch in between if you have to (or just want to spend the crazy fortune that the Brown Derby costs), but don’t waste your time on anything else. And if you’re really hungry for vegan food, have a meal at one of the other parks!
My mom contributed to our Easter feast via the above vegan coconut-lemon bunny shaped cake, and it was das bomb… And rather reminds me of… Jesus… I guess.
I’ve tried a few different Vegan Buffalo Chicken brands, and if you ask me, they’re all about the same. This one is ok, but none of them come with sauce, and they report should. They’re not dry, and they are spicy, but they’re missing something, and I’m pretty sure it’s sauce.
A while back, you may recall that I was sad after Taco Bell discontinued their Fire Roasted sauce. It was my favorite of their condiments and a real loss for the people of earth in general. I still have their Hot sauce, so that’ something, but life will never be the same. Now, in an effort to make each day even more unbearable than the one before it, the folks who encourage us to run for the border have discontinued their Spanish Rice and have left us this pathetic Caucasian substitute.
It’s like buying “When a Man Loves a Woman” when you meant to get “Beat it.”
This new cilantro white rice is some boring ass shit. I know I sound like a ranting old man who rejects change, but fuck that stupid cilantro rice! I don’t want it! They can take this new product and shove it up their Border Bowl!
And, just to rub Cinnamon Twists in the wound, they are still printing dumb shit on the sauce packets. CreativeJamie.com contributor Nurse Becky asked me, “Do yours down there say stupid shit too??” and I must let you know that, yes, double fuckness yes, they most certainly do. The photo she provided is a fine example.
Bike tires scare you? I… sorry, I don’t know how to respond to that. If we’re doing non sequiturs, then let me ask you: are you afraid of Captain America but loved The Avengers movie? Because I think my question makes as much sense as your statement.
Still, I can’t be too mad at Taco Bell. They always let me substitute whatever it is they mean by “meat” for beans and they have locations all over the place, so they’ve saved my ass on multiple occasions. We’re just having a spat right now, the Bell and me. It’s not like I’m going to stop going there – I’m just going to curse under my breath a lot as I drive back home.
As someone who pursues a vegan lifestyle and diet, I don’t tend to think of myself as as the sort of person that does what I’m about to do – tell someone that what they’re doing is wrong based on my beliefs. I’m sure I do this every once in a while, but I’ve never tried to convert someone, I don’t give the guy at NYY Steak dirty looks when I walk by, and I’ve never been to a protest in my life… but I’m thinking about starting. Writing today about Ann Hamilton’s installation at the Park Avenue Armory might be the first step.
When I first started reading about Hamilton’s art project and the idea of audience as art, I was intrigued. Then, I saw the photos of the giant swing along with the giant curtain and I was getting ready to check this out first hand. I was getting excited about art (which is tough for me), excited about leaving the house when not going to the movies or a bar (tougher still) and then I saw the photo of the pigeon below.
I’m sorry, but if you can’t make art without putting animals in tiny cages, then fuck you. I don’t care what you’re trying to express or what you’re trying to say – putting a pigeon in a cage is not art, it’s bullshit. That’s why the only person in the photo is part of the exhibit – nobody else wants to go over there. Maybe because animals in tiny cages is depressing, maybe because they don’t like that lady’s singing… I don’t know for sure, but art (any kind of art) is supposed to be about making people feel something, and if the only way you can accomplish that is by putting birds in tiny cages, then I say fuck your exhibit – I’m not coming.
I found a simple Shepard’s Pie recipe on the good ol internet, but it wasn’t suitable for my purposes. Obviously, the non vegan ingredients weren’t going to work, but you also have to remember two things about me:
1. I’m a picky eater
2. I’m lazy as fuck
Once I start cutting up the vegan sausage, you know it’s on!
We’re cooking now!
Done! Other words of excitement!
I’ve got a “How To Make Vegan Baked Ziti” video coming soon!
Sometimes your family just dunks all over you – you take them out to try your favorite beer and then they take you out to a place that serves what becomes your favorite beer. This is what happened when our esteemed Denver area hosts took Dr. Girlfriend and I out to the fanciest dinner ever at Watercourse Foods.
I can see that these two boxes are different, but they’re not different enough. When you sell both vegan and non vegan products, can a brother get a different color box up in this bitch? Very weak, Amy.
I’m a big taco bell fan, but more than that, it’s essentially the only place to get vegan fast food. While I do like the new bigger size guacamole, I’m very sad that they have retired the fire-roasted sauce. I thought this was their best, most interesting sauce EVER, completely dominating the verde sauce – which is still available, by the way, in all of its boring glory.
Fine, Taco Bell – have it your way! Since you’ve got me by the short ones, I can’t protest, boycott or anything liked that… but I sure wish you’d bring back the fire-roasted sauce.
Err… Am I using ‘ fail’ correctly?
This pasta salad is totally weak. A few pieces of broccoli, some sad canned olives and peppers so small I can barely get them on the fork. I knows you can’t expect the whole world for three bucks, but this is horse shit! I take food seriously, damn it!
Every once and a while, I have an idea, execute the concept and the results are great – this is one of the times. Here follows the combining of many things to make one thing that is ULTIMATE! Prepare thy self! Continue reading
I found these at my local Whole Foods and thought I’d give em a try. When I got to the register, they couldn’t get the system to give a price, so they just gave them to me. That was lucky on two counts: the first being that I didn’t have to pay, and the second being that I didn’t feel bad about wasting money on the worst chips I can ever recall sampling.
FYI: yesterday was the busiest day the site has ever had!
UPDATE: Nurse Becky likes Popchips, so what do I know?
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Panang Curry is just that – some jasmine rice (microwavable jasmine rice might be Trader Joe’s most impressive microwavable product) and some vegetable curry. Continue reading