September 3, 2013
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since we did one of these, but Ally loves her new T-Rex’s Kawaii Adventure tee so much that she wanted to send in her pic! Get to know Ally a bit better below:
What are some of your favorite websites to visit? Twitter and Memebase
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Marine Biologist
OK, after reality set in, what ended up being your first job? Corn-detasseling over the summer
Beer, wine, or liquor? Umm… I like root beer, that counts right? (ed. note: Absolutely!)
Favorite place to visit? Mountains
Five current favorite songs, albums, or musical artists: You, Me, and the Boatman-Quiet Company, Alone-Sanctus Real, Your English is Good-Tokyo Police Club, Save Rock and Roll-Fall Out Boy, The Phoenix- Fall Out Boy
Do you have any pets? One German Shepard and a cat
How would you spend your lottery winnings? Not sure, probably donate quite a bit to charities.
Most regrettable fashion decision? Khaki knee-length shorts….
If you could have any super power what would it be? Time Travel (ed. note: Might I suggest packing a spare flux capacitor?)
What new designs would you like to see next from Ex-Boyfriend? More fun weird designs! ^_^
I have some great news for you, Ally — check out how I spent my Labor Day Weekend!
You guys can check out ALL my new designs here…and if you haven’t yet, be sure to “like” my Facebook page to receive a free 10% off coupon code for your next order!
And if you’re like Ally and would like to be featured here on the blog and on our social media, just snap a pic of yourself modeling your Ex-Boyfriend gear and email it to us!
November 29, 2011
10. A really crappy gin & tonic from the saddest tiki bar (imaginatively-named “Tiki Bar”) I’ve ever been to. I really wanted a Dark & Stormy, but apparently a rum-based drink with only one mixer (ginger beer) like that is much too exotic for a bar whose entire existence is predicated upon knowing how to make rum-based drinks with 3+ mixers, a shitload of fruit garnish, and a tiny paper umbrella.
9. Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup: A variation of my grandma’s recipe, nothing helps temper the inevitable “airplane” cold like chicken noodle soup.
8. Salad: Real talk: after three straight days of carb-coma, my body was absolutely CRAVING a big, dirty salad.
7. Whipped potatoes: “Mashed” has become the “Kleenex/Band-Aid” of the potato world, but I actually prefer the silky smoothness of whipped potatoes. And since rolling out of bed looking like a twee Adonis don’t come easy post-30, I don’t get to indulge as much anymore.
6. Vegan “turkey”: I love fake turkey, and Darbster’s Bistro did a fine job of approximating what we would have made ourselves.
5. Pecan Pie: I love pecan pie. It’s probably in my top five desserts list, but I rarely come across a really good one. This one was really good.
4. Leffe Blond Beer: Yeah, I was drinking pretty much non-stop; it is my style. Especially when the holidays roll around and I’m seeing a lot of family (just kidding [sort-of]; I love you guys!)
3. Wells’ Banana Bread Beer: A trend is developing.
2. Lindeman’s Cabernet Sauvignon: See below. Seriously though, Lindeman’s is a fantastic low-to-mid-priced wine from Australia. And if you want to read a hilarious mash-up of pop cultural signifiers, check out their About page—rampant sex, arson in the cut-throat wine biz, and a real-life imitation of the Three Little Pigs story.
1. Lindeman’s Shiraz: I first discovered Lindeman’s on one of our quarterly wine-buying treks to Trader Joe’s in Virginia (Maryland really needs to allow grocery stores to sell alcohol). Our first stop on the way from the airport to spend three days with the in-laws’? Total Wine, naturally.
How about you guys? What were some of YOUR favorite foods over the holiday? Let me know in the comments section below!
March 22, 2011
As bands who sound indie but record for major labels are fond of saying, “Indie is more about a state of mind and sound than it is about corporate affiliations.” (Ed. note: I just made that up, but it feels true. Truthiness!)
Wind-Up Records is an independent record label, but they have Creed on their roster, while Interpol’s third album came out on huge major label Capitol Records (home of, among others, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Radiohead, etc).
But “indie” isn’t just about bands and small businesses and crafters. There are lots of things that share a similar ethos and vibe that have nothing to do with spazz-core and knitting things with owls on them. Here’s a list!
10. Baseball teams: Despite their history of losing, no one is ever going to think of the Chicago Cubs as “indie”—they bring in way too much money and have way too many fans. Think Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, and Tampa Bay Rays. If you skew indie and have to root for a team in New York, it needs to be the Mets. Though you’re better off forgetting about baseball entirely and becoming an Islanders, Bills or Sabres fan.
9. Major fast-food chains: Any jerk can toss a greasy cheeseburger into a bag and pass it through a window, but I think that Panera Bread Co. is where it’s at, especially if you are a vegan or vegetarian in the suburbs.
8. Cars: MINI, even though it’s owned by BMW now, is about as indie as it gets. Small, great fuel economy, appealing to anglo and europhiles, and easily convertible to bio-diesel. When they finally roll out an all-electric one, it’s gonna be huge.
7. Pets: Adopted, non-pedigreed animals. Dogs will suffice, but this is all about indie, so the cats win it. Duh. Adorable, fluffy, and act like they don’t care if you like them or not, and much more prone to flip out at you for no reason.
6. Scientists: Nikola Tesla. Dude developed a way to draw power from the Earth itself and transfer it wirelessly to power electronic devices for free the low, low cost of an antenna. J. Pierpont Morgan fired him b/c there was no money in it! Capitalist!
5. Politicians: Ohio’s 10th District Congressional representative Dennis Kucinich. Vegan, very green and left-leaning, pasty, and with a slight, scrawny stature, and the uncanny ability to land wife after wife further up the attractiveness scale than he is. Sounds like a hipster to me! We’ll overlook his frivolous lawsuit against the cafeteria for mistakenly allowing an olive pit to slip it’s way into his veggie wrap. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin gets a nod, but is disqualified due to no longer being in office.
4. Comic Book Characters: Oliver Queen, The Green Arrow. Ollie is a trust-fund hipster, dedicated to environmental protection and inner city revitalization when he’s not busy shooting arrows at bad guys. He also sports questionable facial hair and patrolled the streets of Seattle in the late 80s and early 90s…BEFORE grunge broke.
3. Fruits: Pomegranate! Strange-looking, willfully difficult to get through, delicious with a hint of sharp tartness, and only available every once in a while. Often overshadowed by its seasonal contemporaries the apple and the pumpkin. Kind of like Wrens albums.
2. Soft drink: Flavored, unsweetened seltzer or club soda. Supporting Big Corn is so mainstream.
1. Monsters: Werewolves. Solitary, shaggy & unkempt, prone to moodiness, especially around objects of affection. If you have a LiveJournal, you’d probably make an excellent werewolf! (Ed. note: I did, once upon a time. Have a LiveJournal. I was never a werewolf.)
August 16, 2010
When I’m not drawing pictures or drinking beer, I also like to cook. This past weekend I threw a dinner party; here are some pics of the grub:
Cucumber Salad Canapes with a Spicy Lime Vinaigrette. Served with Serrano Cocktail from Imbibe Magazine
Chilled Tomato and Watermelon Soup with Key Lime Granita and Cilantro Garnish
Mango Jerk Seitan with Truffled Golden Beet Slaw
Barbados Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa
Key Lime Tart with White Chocolate Mousse and Mango Sauce
In case you want to make any of these tantalizing treats on your own:
The canapes were a variation on Andrea Meyers Cucumber Salad. My only change was that I put everything in the salad but cucumber. Then I cut my cucumbers into 1 inch rounds and scooped out some of the seeds to create little cups for my salad.
The black bean cake and salsa recipes came from the Vegetarian Times cookbook. The seitan and slaw recipes came from the two cookbooks put out by Horizons. The soup and dessert were from the Millennium cookbook.
I actually did not have much luck with Millennium’s mousse recipe. I made it once before and it came out okay, but this last batch was a disaster. Luckily my girl saved the day and made some fantastic mousse using some white chocolate chips and whipping cream. She sort of followed this recipe.
June 28, 2010
Last week we celebrated my wife’s birthday and our first anniversary. Thus we went to two different posh restaurants: CityZen and Equinox, both in Washington DC. The challenge with restaurants for us is always finding great chefs who will cook a vegan/vegetarian meal for us. Both restaurants made an effort but we weren’t blown away by either place. This got us talking about the best restaurants we’ve ever been to. Here’s what we picked:
1. Millennium, San Francisco CA
Known as the pinnacle of fine vegan dining, Millennium doesn’t disappoint. Everything from the decor to the cocktails to the food presentation impresses and the food is epic. It’s impossible to say what you should get there because you really can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.
2. Horizons, Philadelphia PA
It was tough to decide whether Horizons or Millennium deserved the number one slot. Both are worth going far out of your way to visit. The menu is seasonal so it changes often, but no matter the time of year, you’re sure to get something delectable and creative. We’re thankful to live only a 90 minute drive from this restaurant.
3. Saf, London, UK
This chef deserves extra credit for his creative use and presentation of raw ingredients. Despite being vegetarian, even we typically think of “raw” food as a little too hippy dippy for our taste. Saf will quickly rid you of that perception though, with such elegant presentation and unique flavor profiles you won’t even notice you’re eating an entirely raw meal. The cocktail menu is also just as innovative as the food. If there’s any doubt in your mind that this restaurant could be enjoyed by anyone, take the word of Harper’s Bazaar, they included Saf in their top 20 Going Out Guide in 2009.
4. Ubuntu, Napa, CA
This restaurant’s chef was selected as one of Food and Wine magazine’s best news chefs in America 2008, so he can hang with the best of them, despite cooking only vegetarian fare in his Michelin starred restaurant. Hands down some of the freshest and most beautiful ingredients you’ll ever get on a plate. If you’re anywhere in the northern California area, it’s worth it to trek out to this restaurant.
5. Inn At Weathersfield, Perkinsville, VT
I got married in Vermont and sadly, it’s less vegetarian-friendly than you might think. You can probably get a veggie burger or pasta in most places, but don’t expect anything remarkable. With one exception: Inn At Weathersfield stands out as a destination eatery and is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Chef Jason Tostrup can cook just about anything. We stumbled upon this romantic inn while in Vermont and asked if they could cook something vegan. We were blown away by Tostrup’s respect for the ingredients and delighted in dishes like his sorrel soup, raw beet “ravioli” and pineapple “carpaccio”. This is the only omnivore chef we’ve run across that can truly hang with experienced vegetarian chefs in terms of his creative use of vegetables.
6. Gobo, New York, NY
Fusion vegetarian eatery with an Asian flare, served in a clean modern setting. We discovered this restaurant during a weekend birthday celebration for an omnivore friend, who declared it the best meal she had all weekend in NYC.
7. Tempo Doeloe, Amsterdam
Decadently rich and exotic flavor profiles accompanied by an amazing wine list and impeccable service made for some of the most memorable eats on our last trip abroad. I can’t say enough good things about the rice table, other than you’ll spend months in the gym making up for it when you’re done. It’ll be well worth it though. Be sure to make a reservation, this is one of the most popular restaurants in town.
8. Fatty’s and Co., Los Angeles, CA
This gourmet vegetarian restaurant and wine bar will make you happy to eat your veggies. The sauteed black Tuscan kale with red onion confit is not to be missed, but make sure you save room for dessert, like the two layer chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache, toasted coconut and pecan frosting with creamy center. They even spin cotton candy on the premises. Fun!
9. Madeleine Bistro, Los Angeles, CA
Creative upscale vegan fare that will sate even the most ravenous omnivores. The portions are fairly generous and the selection is a vast and refreshing departure from the standard hummus wraps and vegetarian chili most places serve. Even brunch and deserts are made decadent with chocolate souffle and banana’s foster waffles.
10. Cafe Green, Washington, DC
This is a relatively new all vegetarian restaurant in the capital city, and owned by a popular veg lunch cafe called Java Green. Unlike its parent restaurant, Cafe Green serves dinner and has table service. The menu is 100% organic and vegan and includes a sizable selection of raw offerings.
Honorable mention should also go to our favorite local haunt, Liquid Earth, where you can get the world’s best vegan rueben and an assortment of freshly made soups, smoothies and juices.
Alrighty, where’s the best place you’ve ever eaten? It need not be vegetarian of course
January 28, 2010
DIY booze is all the rage, from home brewing to home infusing. While cucumbers marinate in a vodka bath over my fridge, my attentions turn to sweeter stuff. Specifically Baileys. In our vegan household, we’re always interested in ways to veganize foods we’ve abandoned, so below is a recipe for homemade Baileys (along with substitutions to create vegan Baileys if you so desire). Recipe via Cupcake Project.
- 1 cup light or heavy cream (VEGANIZE: Soyatoo Whipping Cream or Silk Non Dairy Creamer)
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (VEGANIZE: Use melted vegan vanilla ice cream)
- 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 2 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
- Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using.
- Will keep for up to 2 months.
Next decision, what to do with our new boozy sugary creation. Go a favorite recipe with Baileys? Let me know.