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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vegan barbecue and other meatless news

Posted by on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

At Fud restaurant, the best-selling sandwich is barbecue. Vegan barbecue.
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  • At Fud restaurant, the best-selling sandwich is barbecue. Vegan barbecue.

You would think that I would have finally learned my lesson. I'm one of those people who procrastinates over every decision, including visiting restaurants — sometimes waiting until it's too late. I mean, after years of watching those late-night TV commercials for the semi-legendary Rockwood Country Club (where Lou Jane Temple says she was once served Grand Marnier or some other fancy liqueur in a Styrofoam cup and watched the booze melt through the bottom of the cup), I decided one night I wanted to go there. It was closed. Permanently.

Same story for the iconic Gold Buffet ("Where the superstars dine!"), that combination smorgasbord and "show room." I was finally convinced I should go there ... two days after it closed. And although Zoe LeGrece — the owner of one of Kansas City's first truly vegan restaurants, Zo's Cafe (it operated from 1984 to 1994) — is a friend of mine, I regret to say I never actually dined in her namesake restaurant.

And that brings me to the local vegan meal-delivery service, Conveniently Natural, run by Brian and Kim Gordon. Last summer, the Gordons began serving a vegan buffet lunch on Thursdays at their location on Southwest Trafficway but recently discontinued it. Before I could eat there, of course.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

We have to stop making our food choices hard

Posted by on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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At some point, it may take a degree in accounting just to sit down to your family dinner. Rather than look closer at the food we're eating, we are a nation of bean counters. That's how we end up with a device that attaches to a vending machine in order to display the nutritional information of what's inside. Allow me to save you the effort of pushing the touch screen — if it's chip- or cookie-based, it's not that great for you.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

What kind of vegetarian are you, anyway?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Is it ethical to eat a veggie burger that looks like a real hamburger?
  • Is it ethical to eat a veggie burger that looks like a real hamburger?


Yes, yes, I know the difference between a traditional vegetarian and a vegan. But until recently, I didn't know that there were vegetarians who liked meat-free dishes designed to look and taste like, you know, meat. Or, conversely, vegetarians who considered this practice anathema to the very concept of vegetarianism.

I should have known better. Years ago, I was extolling the virtues of an amazing meatless Reuben sandwich sold at the old Manna House Cafe on 95th Street and Nall. It didn't matter if it was delicious and tasted like the real thing, a vegetarian friend snapped at me. "If it looked like meat and tasted like meat -- it was meat!"

Huh?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Why some vegetarians believe in 'don't ask, don't tell'

Posted by on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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Refried beans can be the ultimate mystery dish.
Chef and culinary consultant Bonnie Winston can take the tiniest taste of long-simmered beans in a Mexican restaurant and tell you if they've been cooked in lard. "If the beans are really flavorful," she says, "there's probably lard in there."

I have several vegetarian friends in Kansas City who take a "don't ask, don't tell" approach to some seemingly meat-free dishes. It's easier to pretend the beans in a Mexican restaurant are lard-free, particularly when dining with a group of meat-eating friends. 


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kansas State professor loses 27 pounds on snack cake diet

Posted by on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Little Debbie...tastier than Ayds?
  • Little Debbie...tastier than Ayds?

Little Debbie is more than just an illustration of a cute little girl featured on boxes for a nationally-distributed brand of snack cakes. She's a diet plan!

Who knew?

Yesterday's health report on cnn.com featured a story about Kansas State University's Mark Haub, professor of human nutrition, losing 27 pounds by going on a ten-week diet of Little Debbie Nutty Bars, Swiss Rolls, muffins, powdered donuts, Hostess Twinkies, corn chips and Oreo cookies.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cheesecake Factory tops 'worst foods' list

Posted by on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM

There's a good chance you'll gain weight just looking at this.
  • There's a good chance you'll gain weight just looking at this.

Eat This, Not That, the Men's Health diet blog, released its list of the 20 worst foods of 2011 last week. It might as well have been called "Don't Go to the Cheesecake Factory."

The restaurant chain has three spots on the list, including the honor of worst food in America: its bistro shrimp pasta, which comes in at 2,727 calories.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Carry cash and cut calories? Maybe

Posted by on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Charge groceries and your waistline may pay the price.
  • Charge groceries and your waistline may pay the price.
Charge groceries and your waistline may pay the price.
People who use cash at the grocery store are less likely to spend money

on junk food than people who use credit cards, according to a recent

study. The theory is that people who use cash are more aware of how much

money they're spending and won't splurge on impulse items such as candy,

cookies, pies and cakes.

For consumers, the lesson is that if you need to trick

yourself into eating more healthfully, carry cash. But how can grocery

stores profit from these findings?

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