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08232016-05


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Last night was the second of three nights in a row I'm going to the movies this week, but the only one that was an advance screening I received an invite to thanks to my SIFF membership -- of which there has been more than usual lately. (Shobhit and I went to another advance screening just a couple of weeks ago.)

So, the movie this time was one fucked up drama/horror movie from France and Belgium called Raw, about a vegetarian who develops a sudden insatiable taste for meat (of all kinds . . . extrapolate from there) after being forced to eat raw rabbit liver in a hazing ritual at the veterinary school she attends. Honestly, the more I think about the movie, the more impressed I am with the script in particular, in spite of the several truly disgusting scenes in it.

I was relieved that it wasn't too scary. It's plenty horrifying, and I spent a fair amount of time having to avert or cover my eyes (as did Shobhit), but the movie didn't contain any typical jump-scares like most horror movies. Nothing in it really made me jump, although several times I was a little nervous that that might happen.

Like the last advance screening we attended, this one was at the Uptown theatre on Lower Queen Anne. The difference this time was that, instead of getting in line super early without coming home first and having Shobhit meet me there, this time I walked home first, and Shobhit had veggie hot dogs made for dinner. We ate quickly and then drove down, finding a parking spot only half a block away, which was kind of amazing. This really cut down on the time it took for us to get down there and also to get back -- it also got me home early enough to write the review before going to bed.

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08232016-04


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We had a brand presentation this morning, for Hilary's Eat Well. We currently just carry three of their veggie burgers (flavors: "The World's Best" -- I beg to differ -- Adzkuki Bean and Hemp & Greens). This is the sort of presentation I am almost never part of, but as the resident vegetarian, Scott invited me to join them.

A rep for the brand was here with the broker who represents them, a woman who usually sends me things like promotional contracts for the brands they cover. They used our kitchen to cook up one of their millets, and their two new veggie sausages. I was slightly singled out as the one vegetarian there, and the best I could come up with them was, "It was all right."

I explained to Scott later that, although he literally called me "the target audience," I'm sure other vegetarians will like these products more than I did. Maybe even Shobhit would, now that I think about it. For me, the veggie sausages in particular were not enough like actual sausage -- something a lot of vegetarians actually would consider a plus. But not me, because I was raised a meat eater and did not become a vegetarian until I was 21 years old, and the key thing that made the transition possible for me was the existence of veggie meat substitutes that were close enough to the real thing. In 1998, the options were far more limited than they are now, but the Morningstar Farms brand of veggie sausages were an immediate favorite -- to me, they had a consistency and taste very much like actual breakfast sausage. And not long after that, Boca Burgers came along, and they were not super close to actual burgers, but far closer than, say, Gardenburgers, which always felt like actual garden clippings formed into patties, which always fell apart. Bleh.

Now? Field Roast for the win! Best veggie burger patty, by a long shot -- their made with a lentil base, rather than the more typical soy. Same goes for their veggie hot dogs and veggie sausages. Their breakfast sausage links are all right; I probably still prefer Lightlife for veggie breakfast sausage, and those are soy based.

Another huge plus for many of our "discriminating taste" customers with the Hilary's is that they are made with no allergens. For those of us with no allergies, of course, that also means they're made with virtually no flavor. I suppose I might still have liked their veggie sausages if the woman had cooked them longer, but I still won't ever be buying them. Field Roast, Lightlife, even Tofurky and Yves -- these remain the brands I'll be loyal to.

Now, for whatever reason, the broker had also made a couple batches of cookies from bag mixes by the brand Miss Jones Baking Co. Now, although they were not part of the presentation, these were spectacular, especially for something coming from a mix -- bursting with flavor, perfectly soft (the only way for cookies to be) but without falling apart. This same broker sent me a bag full of samples of these mixes, along with even icing to put on top of them, several weeks ago. I've had them in my desk drawer all this time because I know they'd just get eaten too quickly at home. But now I know to expect them to be very good, once I actually make them.

I did just get confirmation, via a Facebook invite, that Dad and Sherri will indeed be hosting Easter in Olympia this year. That might be the perfect time for me to bake these cookies, so I can take them somewhere they can be shared among a bunch of people.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 22nd, 2017 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Veggie food taster

Maybe you should have them use me as veggie food taster since I have an excellent pallete

Shobhit
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