Posts Tagged ‘Vegan’

Ground Control

This place is a great combination of some of my favorite things, sci-fi themed, vegan food and arcade games. Though it’s been at its location for about 6 years, I just heard about it within the last month.

I hadn’t seen my friend Laurie in a while so we decided to meet up here to give it a try. For starters, we ordered the Curry Fritters. I liked these, they were an odd mixture of a potato samosa filling and beer battered fried food with a really good cilantro-mint chutney. I would order these again. That chutney was very good, I’m not a huge cilantro fan so that’s saying a lot.

For the main entrees, I ordered the Southern Fried Tofu because I love tofu. Laurie ordered the Smothered Sweet Potato Tacos.
Of the two, the Sweet Potato Tacos was the most flavorful. We were both a little worried about the cheese, but it was really good. Not sure if it’s made there or from another source but it didn’t disappoint as a cheese substitute. I was really loving the tomato ancho sauce, it was very tasty and went amazingly well with the sweet potatoes. My only complaint here was that some of the sweet potatoes were undercooked.

My Southern Fried Tofu was good, not great, but good. I think part of my issue with it was that I was expecting the tofu to be thin slices, but instead, it was thicker little chunks, probably because it’s more likely to stay together than if it was thin slices. The mashed potatoes were really good, but I wasn’t crazy about the beer marinated kale or the corn salsa. I think Laurie liked the salsa more than me. I’ve come to the conclusion that I only like kale with apple cider vinegar.

We also had a couple of mixed drinks to go with our dinner. I chose the British Mule made with Pimm’s, vodka, ginger beer, and a splash of lime. I was a bit disappointed with my choice. I’m not that familiar with Pimm’s but thought I’d give it a try and I probably won’t do that again. Laurie ordered the Old Maiden which was Gin, St. Germain, cucumber pulp, fresh mint, and lime. It was delicious. I wish I had ordered it. Next time!

Overall I liked Ground Control. I’d give it a 7.5 out of 10 if I had that sort of rating system. I also have to say that I really liked our waiter, he was really nice and when we left he ran after me because I had forgotten my sweater in the booth.

3315 W. Armitage

Check out their website for more info.

Posted on: September 22nd, 2018 by Gette


On Mother’s Day we tried to go to Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen’s event at Emporium, but by the time we got there most stuff was sold out so we decided to go to Handlebar instead. Handlebar is a bar/restaurant that’s been around for about 15 years in Wicker Park and I’ve gone once or twice over the years but at those times I wasn’t a vegan so I didn’t give it much thought. It seemed like a nice place with a nice patio where you could hang out with friends, have a beer and get some decent food. They have a very unassuming vegan vibe and by that, I mean that if you aren’t concerned about your food options you might not notice the mostly vegan/vegetarian options they have available.

Now that I’m a vegan I’d been waiting for an opportunity to go back so I was pretty excited about it.  I couldn’t wait to sample their offerings as a full-fledged vegan. My daughter wanted the Chili cheese fries and I wanted to share them with her so we ordered those, and for her main dish she opted for the macaroni and cheese (not vegan) and I ordered a sloppy joe sandwich for myself. Hubby got a bowl of Ground Nut Stew. The cheese fries were so good, I would’ve been fine just eating those but the sloppy joe really hit the spot for me and I gobbled it down so fast I almost forgot to take a photo of it. I think it’s safe to say we were all very satisfied with our meals and there weren’t any leftovers. Unfortunately, we were too full to order dessert which is my one regret because they are one of the few places that offer cakes from Pie, Pie My Darling. I haven’t tried her cakes yet, but I follow her on Instagram and drool.

The staff was really nice and the atmosphere was laid back. They offer fair trade coffee, a full bar and they source their produce from local farms. They also deliver!

Check out their website for more info.

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by Gette

Super simple sunshine smoothie

It’s taking forever for spring to bloom in Chicago so I decided to take it upon myself to add a little more sunshine in my life. Since I’m not able to vacation anytime soon I figured I could bring the sun to my kitchen with this delicious vegan citrus based smoothie. I picked up a pineapple at Whole Foods last weekend and I really needed to cut into it so I knew this would be the base for my smoothie. I try to keep my freezer stocked with frozen mangos so those were definitely going into it. I also had a bag of Halo mandarins around, which I was a bit skeptical about (isn’t it past their season?), but they turned out to be perfect. I used those in another recipe that I’ll be sharing soon (hint: there’s a photo on my instagram account).

I’m trying to start creating youtube videos! I love watching food, vegan and zero-waste videos on youtube, they’re always inspiring and really help to reinforce my commitment to veganism. There are so many skeptics in real life, that I feel like they can make it extremely difficult for someone who’s new to veganism (like me) to stay focused and committed if there isn’t someone close to support them. All the info that’s available online has been so helpful. All the different cooking styles that people have keep it real and attainable for me. I really think there’s never been a better time to become a vegan. I’m just in awe of many of the people I follow who have been doing it for so long. As always, my intent is to help inspire others who might be considering this new lifestyle, to show them how easy it is! I tend to think “everyone knows how to do this” or “who hasn’t heard of that?!”, but then I talk with a co-worker or someone at the grocery store and they don’t know! How many of you know about Aquafaba? I just learned about it last week! Long story short, I want to create videos to show how easy it is to be vegan!

I hope you enjoy my first little recipe video. While editing, I realized that I didn’t have footage of adding the mango–I forgot to turn the camera on for that part! You can see the chunks at the top of the blender, right before I turn it on. I have some learning to do with recipe video making, I guess!

Super simple vegan sunshine smoothie

Yield: 2 16oz servings


  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango (frozen)
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon


  1. Chop your pineapple and apple
  2. peel orange and break into sections
  3. grate ginger
  4. Add everything to your blender, depending on what type of blender you have you might need to add the fruit in portions so it blends easier. Add a cup of fruit and some liquid, blend until smooth, add another cup of fruit, blend until smooth.
  5. You might need to add more liquid than I have listed depending on how thick you want your smoothie.
  6. Add your optional ingredients once the main ingredients are well blended.


Posted on: April 22nd, 2018 by Gette