Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: News and Libations for the Weekend of 11-13-09

Semi-weekly posts of the news that's already been posted somewhere else on the internet.

One of the greatest talk show moments to help kick off Friday the 13th.
  • Have you been waiting to hear Kathy Lee Gifford utter the words, "Can we take a look please at the corn hole?" on The Today Show. Me neither, but it happened anyway. (Make sure to fast forward to 4:26 if you don't feel like watching the whole thing.)
  • Interesting facts about coffee. (via The Daily What)
  • If you haven't already, The Pixies have a free live EP for you to download. Go now, I'll wait.
  • James Franco is joining the cast of General Hospital for a "two-month-long story arc" starting November 20th. Watch the promo.
  • Blog 'scuse me? now has a facebook page!!!

Libation of the Week: Bloody Mary

Check out Vegan Brunch for a great Bloody Moskowitz recipe.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's Always A Good Time For Tofu Scramble

Back in September, I read a post on Midtown Lunch about a new vegetarian food cart in the city. It's Healthy Vegetarian Food and it's located on the northwest corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. For VeganMoFo, I decided to make the 15 minute trek from work in the pouring rain to check it out. The guys there were super nice and informed me that everything on the menu was vegan except for the oatmeal which comes with milk. However, the menu says soy milk or cow's milk.

You can choose any four items from the menu for $6.00. I got the tofu scramble, veggie burger, mashed sweet potatoes, and grilled veggies topped with a delicious lemon carrot ginger sauce and hot sauce. So totally worth the walk and a great deal for lunch.

More pictures.

Once I heard someone describe a tofu scramble as having an overwhelming amount of turmeric and it has forced me to start judging tofu scrambles based on a turmeric scale. This one was really good with a definite presence of turmeric, but nowhere near overwhelming.

Even more pictures.

One of the greatest veggie burgers I've ever eaten.

Pizzarama Teabonanza

Monica and I reserved a weekend this Veganmofo to whip up a bunch of delicious splurge food. To squash the suspense, I will say this now: Yes, boxed wine was involved.

Crispy pizza bagels with a liberal sprinkling of vegan Parmesan cheese. We were short on ingredients and made the cheese with only nutritional yeast, salt, and ground almonds. It was, to quote Steven Hawking, "totally yum". It will be interesting to see how the recipe works when followed to the letter.

Saucy magic....

The perfect beverage for a pizza night is a frosty root beer float with vanilla Tofutti ice cream. The use of Shop Rite brand root beer adds a gentle touch of class to the proceedings.

Saturday brunch was granny smith apple pancakes and Lightlife sausage patties. Kudos to Monica for upping this plate's sexiness quotient with a strawberry garnish.

No tea party is complete without finger sandwiches. We tried two kinds - BLT and cucumber. If you've ever wondered what Tofutti cream cheese and hummus taste like when used as a spread in the same cucumber sandwich, rest assured that they stay delicious. Next peanut butter and chocolate?? (The double question mark means that I'm screaming at you.)

Oh, the scones. I miss them so much. Monica came up with the idea to combine two recipes and create a frosted cinnamon bun variety of scone. To die for.
We've reached the point where food porn stops being entertainment and becomes a felony.

As this gluttonous, fabulous Veganmofo 2009 draws to a close, does anyone have any cool self-created recipes they'd like to share in our comments section? Perhaps you combined two recipes from your favorite cookbooks, veganized a recipe from a popular "domestic goddess magazine", or threw a bunch of stuff into a pot before it spoiled and ended up with Frankenstein's Deliciousness. Let's all share in the wealth of your creativity.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dinner and a Bunny

(Random thought: Am I the only one who is offended that Timmy's love interest on The Fairly Oddparents is named Trixie Tang? I shouldn't watch the Nicktoons channel while I type.)

This week's spotlight of love is on the bunny, aka the family Laporidae's closest thing to a puppy.

Why not be a decent human being and invite a bunny or five into your home for a vegan meal? Here's a lepus-approved plate of tofu, green squash, and brown rice in a thin sweet chili sauce.

Sure, its appearance is a bit startling (i.e. pukelike) but that's due to the red food coloring I added to the sauce in a pitiful attempt to make the dish more aesthetically pleasing (i-ro-neee), as well as the fact that I pressed the tofu too aggressively and made it crumble.

For dessert, try this extremely simple agave cornbread muffin recipe. Of course, every supermarket within a 400-mile radius was fresh out of agave nectar, so I took the internet's advice and used maple syrup as a substitute. Syrup, applesauce, soymilk, and a bit of canola oil make these muffins super moist but not dense.

During this glorious Veganmofo, feel free to dig around like a badger in a trash can and assemble your own animal-free recipes to use for an infectious, repetitive, roughly-translated-from-German bunny party.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Snack Attack!

Ritz crackers with peanut butter and jelly and quite possibly my favorite snack food. I have fond memories of watching Duck Tales while I snacked on a similar plate of these after school. So, in an attempt to start a little conversation on this blog, what are your favorite snack foods?

Please leave us your responses in the comment section of our blog and/or send us pictures at:

If we get any pictures, I'll make sure to post them before the end of VeganMoFo III 2009.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: VeganMoFo Edition for the Weekend of 10-9-09

Semi-weekly posts of the news you may have missed and some food-related VeganMoFo fun.
Libation of the Week: Dark and Stormy

A delicious combination of dark rum, ginger beer, and lime served on ice. My personal preference is to make it using Stewart's Ginger Beer because it's super gingery. It's like getting punched in the face with ginger. It sounds unpleasant, but it's quite refreshing. Remember those old Hawaiian Punch commercials, kind of like that.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Amusement Avec Les Pommes! (French Makes Me Smart!!)

My parents bought roughly 23 pounds of apples at the Paterson Farmer's Market this weekend and, since I was coming over to mooch, thought they could use some of them in vegan recipe experiments. The result was two lovely dishes, one sweet and one savory-sweet; I stole leftovers to use in a three-course meal back at home:

One can never go wrong with a starter salad. This is your standard mix of greens, radicchio, orange bell pepper, and tomato with a toss of nutritional yeast, a splash of Italian dressing, and a few Wasabi & Soy Sauce Blue Diamond Almonds.

My parents' first experiment was this crunchy, tangy dish made of red cabbage, apples, onion, garlic, margarine, and red wine. The potency of the garlic blended fabulously with the fruity notes of the wine and the sweet-tart flavor of the apples.

When one thinks "fruit", one automatically thinks "pungent cloves of garlic", so this dish made perfect sense from the start.

The second dish, a dessert, was a slight variation on the apple crisp my mother was accustomed to baking. She was out of flour, so she combined the margarine with Bisquick. Same yummy outcome.

As you can see, I threw a scoop of vanilla ice cream in there to liven things up; I finally managed to track down the Tofutti pints at Shop Rite.

Thank you, parents, for providing awesome comfort food, especially because I needed tremendous comfort after reading this very anti-Veganmofo development in the fast food screwnivurse. You have to love that this country continues to piss millions into marketing schemes for entities representing animal torture, racism, and obesity while cancer research societies scramble for donations.

Ok, enough Michael Moore-ing for one night - the Tofutti is waiting....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: VeganMoFo Edition for the Weekend of 10-2-09

Semi-weekly posts of random things I find on the internet and all the food-related news you can handle for the month of October.
  • Charlie on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is introduced to pears.

  • Has the excitement of somen noodle night fallen flat lately? Maybe what you need is a Home Somen Shop from Bandai. (via

  • Alton Brown from the show Good Eats in a segment I'd like to call Food Network Secrets.

  • Archeologists find what they believe to be the fabled rotating dining room of the Roman Emperor Nero.

  • Barbara Walters takes Paula Deen to task on her new cookbook for kids and its potential to contribute to childhood obesity... and then she's distracted by a table full of baked goods and sandwiches.

  • Pizza Hummus? Could it be true? The VegNews blog, This Just In, had a post last week about Tribe's new pizza hummus. However, the website for Tribe doesn't have it listed yet. I have tried a couple stores and haven't found it. Blog 'scuse me? will get to the bottom of this pizza hummus scandal. Stay tuned for updates.

  • On Robin Robertson's blog, Vegan Planet, a new recipe was posted last week for Mac and Chard.
Libation of the Week: Margarita

On the rocks or frozen, margaritas are a great way to cool down on a hot summer day or in my case, imagine it's a hot summer day as I shiver from the crisp early autumn weather.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: News and Libations for the Weekend of 9-25-09

Semi-weekly posts of the news that's only a week old.
Libation of the Week: Appletini

Special thanks to Tara for contributing a cocktail for this week. The Appletini, also known as an apple martini, the manliest cocktail you can drink. Add some maraschino cherries and an episode of Degrassi for that classic Tara flair.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

Avast! International Talk Like A Pirate Day is this Saturday, September 19th, 2009!

Some holiday suggestions:
  • Stock up on rum and rum cocktail making accouterments
  • Play The Curse of Monkey Island
  • Listen to Coeur de pirate (not really pirate-related, just good French Canadian music)
  • Watch Johnny Depp movies
  • Learn what bung hole means (I feel like Beavis and Butt-head have lied to me all these years.)
I wonder what Kanye West thinks about the Talk Like A Pirate Day website?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: News and Libations for the Weekend of 8-28-09

Semi-weekly posts of the news that makes me giggle during my lunch hour and other random stuff I find throughout the week.

Libation of the Week: Bourbon and Ginger Ale

Jack Kerouac drank a double bourbon and ginger ale in Big Sur. I like to get mine with a cherry to girl it up.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Full Moon Failure

Has there been an as-yet-undetected orbital shift that is causing Earth to behave like a total psychotic douche? Has something (else) crept into our water supply? The past few days have been nothing but death, dementia, and dog abuse. Even more disturbing is the fact that VH1 is only partly responsible for the mess.

While we're on the subject of VH1:

As we all know, it is definitely a probable likelihood that the second guy from the right didn't not murder his ex-wife. As a screaming VH1 Reality whore, I often flipped to the blinged-out, vaguely creepy Megan Wants a Millionaire, and I was starting to assume that suave Canadian Ryan Jenkins would at least make it to the finale. A couple of weeks after the premiere, Ryan fled the country with homicide detectives hot on his trail and made it to the finale...of his life. (I used to write for Behind the Music. No I didn't.) In response to these grim events, VH1 has erased all traces of MWAM from existence. I really hope they give smug little Megan a second chance and toss her into My Antonio as a replacement for twitchy harridan Sarah, who is the hero of our next bit of news:

It became abundantly clear in episode one of My Antonio that contestant Sarah (who is inexplicably listed as a student) was a little "troubled". One can't help but wonder if her troubles were of the white, powdery variety. From dissolving into tears each time Antonio approached her to crying assault when a housemate offered her a bite of waffle with cream cheese (though I can't help but understand her horror), Sarah delighted audiences until her abrupt exit in the first half of episode two, during which she coined the immortal catchphrase, "LEH-GOAH-MEE-NOW!"

Beyond the glittery cable tv realm, current events are no more inspiring:

- Either Mayfly's guardian is a compulsive liar, or Gerard Butler is Satan.

- Animal activist-cum-jackass creates irony that even the most staunch hipster can't enjoy.

- Further evidence that animal cruelty and America's hatred of Brett Favre are like peanut butter and chocolate.

After all this shedding of blood, tears, and purple paint, I consider it my obligation to calm your frazzled nerves with this nugget of vintage misogyny:

Love the husband's appalled reaction to the high-five at 1:53.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cocktails and Dinosaurs: News and Libations for the Weekend of 8-21-09

Welcome to the first of many (hopefully) semi-weekly posts of the news you may have missed and random news that I find entertaining. Plus a special cocktail to help you celebrate the weekend.
Libation of the Week: Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Learn more about scotch whisky at the greatest online reference... Wikipedia!
Stay tuned. Next week I may have an actual cocktail. Fingers crossed.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Martha Stewart (Encouraging Animals to Remain) Living

I love cupcakes. In June, the Martha Stewart Show celebrated these tiny confections with the reverence they deserve. During what I'll refer to as "Cupcake Week", she invited the mastermind behind Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle (not vegan). After watching her make these Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow (follow the link for the recipe and video), I had to veganize them.

Veganizing this was pretty easy, I basically used the most straight forward replacements.
  • For the eggs, EnerG Egg Replacer (if you try something different, tell me how it turns out)
  • For the whole milk, soy milk with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (to help it curdle a little)
  • For the butter, non dairy margarine (I usually use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
  • For the marshmallow topping, vegan marshmallow mix (see below)
If I'm missing something or you have any questions, let me know. These cupcakes were too good not to share.

Cupcake prep: graham cracker crust plus bittersweet chocolate.

Here they are ready to go in the oven with a fresh sprinkling of graham crackers and chocolate.

Here's a gorgeous picture of the little babies fresh out of the oven.

My version of marshmallow topping... actual marshmallow. My topping came out super delicious, but the cake was moist and chocolatey and could pretty much stand on its own, if you're feeling lazy. You may notice that I did not toast the topping. I'm afraid of torches. It's mainly that devilish blue flame.

Check out that awesome graham crackery cupcake crust.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wait...The Temperature is OVER Twenty Degrees?

Ah, spring. That magical time of year when flowers bloom, the tax refund rolls in, and I am overwhelmed by the urge to do this is front of a mortified crowd.

Yes, spring is the thing for dance-offs, groove-outs, and all-around popnlockbauchery. It only makes sense that I spend the season on a constant hunt for unstoppable new dance anthems (I call them dancethems because I'm hip and brilliant).

We're off to a great start! First off, we have a crossover star who will drop jaws worldwide with THE song for this era of rage and impatience:

Blog 'Scuse Me has received word that an O'Reilly-Justice collabo is in the works!

The jams can't stop when I leave the club. Fresh beats have to permeate all areas of my life. Which is why I've queued up some Hammerman, which existed in the good old days when cartoons had 17 minute intros and living large equalled bogarting your cousin's Gameboy and scoring a sip of Pepsi at a classmate's birthday party:

Let's not forget one of this decade's most grating staples of the dance music pantheon - sampling video game soundtracks. I say djs should just lift entire original pieces from video games and blast them. Why mess with greatness? I would go insane if I was grapevining in the club and suddenly heard the theme from any level of Little Nemo: The Dream Master .

Is it sad or encouraging that with all the Wiis and whose-a-wuts-ems and robotic virtual ticka-bobs emptying wallets right now, I still prefer the magical simplicity of a Bush Sr.-era 2D side-scroller? All I know is I friggin love *Orioto and am jonesing for prints...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Let the Wild Rumpus Start

Last week, the long-awaited trailer for Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" was released and it's already more popular than that hamster eating carrots on youtube. Being that this was one of my favorite books as a child and since every other blog, internet news site, and frickin' twitter has said something about this movie, I figured we needed to get in on this.

Actually, what has interested me most about this movie in the past few days has been the soundtrack. I was lured in by the sounds of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" and even more intrigued by the mention of Karen O and Carter Burwell. After endless searches to find out more information than what I could figure out for myself in the last few frames of the trailer, I ended up at... And actually there is a carbon copy of the same article on, if you're too good to go to mtv for your news. (Note: by "endless searches" I mean about 30 minutes of casual googling while I ate lunch.)

MTV on Karen O and Carter Burwell:
...O's name is listed in the just-released "Wild Things" trailer, alongside musician Carter Burwell, who has scored all of Jonze's previous feature films as well as a little film you might have heard of called "Twilight."

On Arcade Fire:
A spokesperson for the Fire told MTV News that he was reaching out to them for comment on "Wild Things" and their involvement with the film but had received no answer by press time. He did, however, confirm to MTV News that the version of "Wake Up" featured in the trailer was "a new version, re-recorded specifically for the film," so perhaps the band didn't just stop there.

Now I have one problem with this article. Carter Burwell is known for his work with the Coen Brothers, right? He's like the Angelo Badalamenti to their David Lynch? Okay, maybe I'm stretching it. But you're telling me that the kids today would know Twilight over The Big Lebowski? Baffling!

Actually, according to Wikipedia (which is where I get all my information), he scored the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and has just now made it to the top ten of my awesome list.

So before I go off on a further tangent, here's the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cookies are Awesome!

It's no secret. I love cookies. I just polished off a couple c chip cooks as I started this post. Well, this morning over coffee and reading another article about the looming subway fare hikes, I noticed a new post on the Post Punk Kitchen blog. Basically a blitzkrieg of amazing cookie photos in anticipation of the new Isa Chandra Moskowitz/Terry Hope Romero cookbook. I am beyond excited. Blog 'scuse me? is definitely having a cookie party after this book comes out. The idea of putting pretzels in a cookie just blows my mind and those peanut butter pillows look dreamy.

The Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (with blue food coloring instead of red) Sooooooo delicious.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Miley, Like... Come On, Seriously

After the events of the past year, Blog 'Scuse Me has decided that pop stars need a little familial advice - after all, pop stars are the cotton-candy-scented, coke-snorting siblings we wish we had. With recent news of miscreant musicians Radiohead snubbing the cherubic Disney-owned pop idol Miley Cyrus, we decided it was time to step in and help out these poor, innocent, drug-addled starlets.

Here are some ideas that our sweet little Miley can use to ruin Thom Yorke and his ragamuffin group of scoundrels:

  • Rig Radiohead's Tivos to record nothing but Hannah Montana.
  • Creep into Jonny Greenwood's house while he sleeps and style his hair into an exact replica of Billy Ray's circa-1993 permed mullet.
  • Buy all the tickets for their next show. Fill it with your Disney Channel drones. Coach them to chant "Miley!" until Radiohead agrees to meet with you. (Costly, but effective. We've used this method a couple of times, and it's always worked.)
  • Purchase rights to the music video for Paranoid Android. Tweak animation so the guy in the hat is playing table tennis with Taylor Swift instead of an angel. Debut remastered video at next Amsterjam festival. Drink lots of Heineken while you're there and tell people Thom Yorke bought it for you.
Note from Monica (Senior Jem Analyst): I recognize that Hannah Montana is an homage to Jem and the Holograms, i.e. a weak carbon copy minus the science. Here are some schemes I learned from watching the show:

  • Try to discover Thom Yorke's true identity.
  • Use an orphan to lure Jonny Greenwood away right before a show and while Radiohead is busy looking for Jonny frame them for stealing the money from the concert.
  • Convince Billy Ray to buy the movie studio making the film Radiohead is starring in (first get them to star in a film, preferably directed by McG, who with a firm but loving hand guided Crispin Glover to stardom in a role with no dialogue that required a dignity-free death scene). Then seize control of the film and add yourself to the cast.
  • Anonymously report that Radiohead is mistreating their orphans.
  • Compete in a battle of the music stars.

Miley, you are the real victim here. If you don't speak up, what other pop star is a Grammy award-winning band going to snub next time? Because we don't think Lady GaGa could take it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

And 1987 Begat Gibbler...

Blog 'scuse me is headed to an 80s-themed birthday party this weekend. My thought upon receipt of the invitation was, "I want nachos," and then, once I had eaten some nachos, "What will I wear to this party?"

To get some outfit ideas, I recalled the two most impactful groups that emerged in the Reagan era: yuppies and the cast of Full House. Three-piece suits are confining, so I soon decided I would dress as a random fifth-grade chum of Kimberly Gibbler, aka the greatest sitcom sidekick to come along since Joey Gladstone.

I slapped a WWKGD sticker on my fridge and got to work. What would Kimmy's friend have needed to stay warm as she and Kimmy were tossed out of the Tanner house on a frosty January morning?

These canary yellow mothereffers:

And what hairstyle would Kimmy's buddy have needed to rock as she bounced around DJ's room screaming Go-Gos lyrics into a hairbrush?

Heeeere we go. "HUSH MY....DARRRLING...."
Toss in a neon pink shirt-dress and you have the look so far. Jewelry, barrettes, and shoes are next in Operation TGIF Buffoonery. I'll keep you posted, against your will; just the way Kimmy would want it.