A hidden gem in Las Vegas – Eatt Gourmet Bistro

Sooo the title pretty much says it all. Eatt is an unassuming little location on Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, and I hadn’t heard a thing about it until my boyfriend brought me there for a surprise dinner (I usually select where we eat but hey, sometimes it’s nice to be surprised!).

We had to wait a little bit for a party who had grown roots into their booth, but when we finally sat and asked for the vegan tasting course we had seen on their menu, we were not prepared for such flavors.

My boyfriend remarked that Eatt had a Michelin star, so I assumed it would be good. IT WAS PHENOMENAL.

The head chef was away that night, but sous chef Aymeric Delouis hit this one out of the park.

Behold, our Michelin star vegan feast. Go eat everything there at your earliest convenience; I couldn’t get enough of the flavors.

 

Chica impresses!! 

Butter lettuce salad

So the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas aren’t really known for their vegan options or attention to dietary restrictions (though they can be found!), but I was pleasantly surprised by the service and the vegan options at Chica, a Latin-fusion restaurant that recently replaced DB Brasserie in the Venetian.

Platanos, guacamole, tortilla chips, and arepas!

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and knew exactly what to omit or substitute. What they didn’t know for sure (due to changing menu items), they double checked.

Rainbow cauliflower

Go check out this beautiful restaurant! The food, music, and decor are all a total hit. 

Sautéed mushrooms

Five stars from this Plantbased Jetsetter!

Guest post – Hannah Rollings talks Ethiopia and vegan cuisine!

Welcome to The Plantbased Jetsetter’s first guest post, courtesy of Hannah Rollings (www.drifterhannah.com).

The subject matter is a country whose cuisine is very dear to my heart – Ethiopia!

Las Vegas, my home for now, has some amazing Ethiopian restaurants that I patronize; their ‘vegetarian platters’ just so happen to be vegan, so I consume a good amount of Ethiopian food on the regular.

Thanks so much to Hannah for her insight on Ethiopia and their amazing food!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – beyenetu: a fasting mixed plate

Ethiopia is a dream for vegans. Not something commonly known. But why?

A large proportion of the population is Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, an ancient form of Christianity, and quite a strict one at that. An enormous 250 days/year are spent fasting. This mostly comprises of the days leading up to big religious celebrations, like Easter. But these devout people also fast every Wednesday and Friday.

OK, so this isn’t fasting in the absolute sense of the word. When Orthodox Christians say they’re fasting, what they really mean is that they’re not eating or drinking any animal products – meat and dairy. So they’re essentially vegans for over two thirds of the year.

When you have to forego these products for so long, of course you’re going to come up with some super tasty alternatives. In the place of meat and dairy, Ethiopians eat rich chickpea and lentil stews, mopped up by their staple and somewhat sour (gluten-free) ‘pancake’, made of the endemic grain called teff.

I’m sure many of you have tried Ethiopian food. In fact, it’s become quite hipster recently. Beware if you’re gluten-intolerant and trying this outside of Ethiopia because most establishments mix teff with wheat.

The Ethiopian government limits the export of teff in order to regulate the price. The locals eat this three times a day. It’s their staple and lifeblood. It would be a tragedy if the increased popularity of Ethiopian food increased the demand and export of teff, in turn increasing the price on the market and effectively pricing out the locals. Farmers would then prefer to sell for export, rather than the lower price on the local market. This has happened with quinoa and so the Ethiopian government is adamant that this will not happen with teff, and rightly so!

So if you’re vegan and/or lactose/gluten intolerant, and you find yourself in an Ethiopian restaurant, make sure that you order yourself a fasting shiro (chickpea based stew without butter) and a meser wot (lentil based stew), maybe also a tomato salad to accompany. It’ll come atop of injera and it will be delicious. Enjoy!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – fasting shiro (one of my personal favorites!)

Hannah’s cheesy nooch lasagna – recipe

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Wednesdays are usually style days, so here’s a shot of me cooking this recipe in my Miakoda New York slouch pants! Their company is vegan, cruelty free, and eco friendly, and they have some amazing designs to pick from.

Soooo I was experimenting with leftovers and stuff I had lying around in my kitchen today, and came up with this yummy, savory lasagna recipe!

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My humble kitchen – from left to right – lasagna strips, tempeh filling, and lentil filling! 🙂

This is not like a regular lasagna, but at least it isn’t raw lasagna, which can confuse and annoy. (Raw lasagna is delicious but you have to know what you’re getting into.)

Anyway, without further ado, here is my yummy nooch-tastic lasagna recipe!

Hannah’s cheesy nooch lasagna

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(Feeds 4-5 if you each eat a giant piece. Figure it out.)

Ingredients:

Lentil nooch filling

2 cups red lentils
3 cups water
1 tsp Vega Omega Oil Blend
1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup Trader Joe’s veggie stock

Tempeh FIlling

1 block tempeh (any plain kind/brand will do)
1/2 diced yellow onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tsp garlic salt

Lasagna/pasta strips

9 pasta strips (I used whole wheat strips from Trader Joes)
4 cups water
1 pinch pink himalayan salt
1 tsp olive oil

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot, add a little Vega omega oil blend and a pinch of salt, and cook up 2 cups red lentils (takes about 20 minutes or less on high; make sure they are good and soft!) Drain in a colander and let set for one minute, then transfer to a mixing bowl and mash them up.

Step 2 – Add 1 cup nutritional yeast (nootch) to the mashed lentils, mix well.

Step 3 – Add 1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 cup quinoa flour, and 1 cup Trader Joes veggie stock to lentil mixture. Mix well.

Step 4 – Set mixture aside.

Step 5 – crumble up a package of tempeh into pieces (I use the one from trader joes) in your hands and set aside

Step 6 – dice 1/2 a yellow onion, mince 2 cloves of garlic, and set aside

Step 7 – heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, add 1 tsp pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, the onion, and garlic, and cook on medium heat just enough so that the onion starts to brown

Step 8 – add the tempeh to the skillet and cook on medium until the tempeh starts to brown; careful not to burn it!

Step 9 – turn on tempeh to low heat to keep warm and boil a large pot of water (about 4 cups)

Step 10 – once the water is boiling, add 1 tsp olive oil, a pinch of salt, and your pasta strips (I used 9 whole grain strips) and cook on medium boil for 10 minutes

Step 11 – drain pasta in colander and let sit for 1 minute (or until you can handle it safely without burning your hands)

Step 12 – assemble your lasagna in a pan! I used a little metal pan and layered it with a bottom layer of 3 pasta strips, then the lentil mixture, and the tempeh mixture on top of that. I put in two layers and then covered the top with more pasta strips.

Step 13 – Cover the pan with tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes.

Step 14 – Let lasagna sit for about 6 minutes.

Steph 15 – consume.

A plantbased birthday!

It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!

Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.

Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.

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Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!

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My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!

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Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.

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They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.

As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.

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Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!

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Mmmm.

I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.

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And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)

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On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.

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Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.

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Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.

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All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.

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The limited edition Glitter Bunny clutch from Gunas (from my bff bizarro-sai) – I’m obsessed. This is such a lovely little clutch and I am going to be extra careful with it. No drunken nights out for you, little clutch!

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My brother and sister in law sent me these vegan cookbooks! Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs of all time, and Miyoko Schinner‘s cuisine is everything.

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Last but not least – my friend Charity got me a vegan set of bath bombs, lotion bars, and soaps from Lush!
BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.

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