Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Quote About Vegans

"Talking to a Vegan about Food, is like, talking to a Prisoner about Freedom"

The Food Monster

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Banner: Happy Halloween

The Food Monster got a Halloween face lift. I was over at Von Scrumptious' apt the other day enjoying some killer Vegan Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta, whole wheat bread, Italian Salad, Champagne and Vegan Horchata Cupcakes (compliments of Yo Soy), and I decided to break out the old Microsoft Paint. As you can tell from the past two banners, I'm no banner expert. If you think you can make a better The Food Monster banner than I can, I will happily put it up and give credit where credit is due. Email submissions to

Until then, get out those pumpkins, carve them up, put out the candy, and feliz dia de los muertos.

-The Food Monster

Friday, October 24, 2008

On The Beat: Smoothie

Momma Fran got me two cookbooks for my birthday. One is Smoothies and Juices: Delicious and luxurious recipes for indulgent drinks. It turns out, the smoothie that I couldn't recognize in my last post about Chili, was in fact an On the Beat Smoothie, straight from the book.

Serves 2
1 cup cooked beet, chopped
1/2 cup Orange Juice, Chilled (I refrigerated oranges and fresh squeezed the juice/pulp)
5 TBSP Plain Yogurt, Chilled
2/3 Cup Still Mineral Water, Chilled

Slices of Orange

Basically blend and serve. I usually have to double or triple any recipe that serves two. The smoothies on a whole tasted healthy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Foodbuzz 24: 24 meals, 24 Hours, 24 Blogs

Foodbuzz recently launched as we all know. And to get the festivities going, they held the first annual Foodbuzz 24, where 24 blogs, made a meal, supported by Foodbuzz.

Watch the video for inspiration or head on over to

Monday, October 20, 2008

Chili, Red Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Dill, Salad, and Smoothies!

I was talking to my girlfriend one evening. She mentioned that for dinner, she was planning on making Turkey Chili. That sounded good to me, so I got her recipe, went to the store, got some ingredients, then whipped up some Red Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Dill (per Joe's request), made some fruit smoothies, and toasted some lavash bread.

Turkey Chili, Lauren style:
Ground Turkey,
Tomato Paste
Tomato Sauce (I used one can, and one can of Indian Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe's)
GarlicRed Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Dill. Turned out to be one of the best parts of the meal. It truly complemented the overly cayenned chili.
I believe that I used a bunch of Strawberries. I don't remember the other ingredients.
Our friend, Derrick, threw together some Lettuce, Tomato and a light drizzle of some type of dressing for the salad.
The meal was fantastic, lots of food, balanced, soothing and comforting. Make up some Chili and enjoy in the fall or winter!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Foodbuzz Publisher Community Launches:

The Food Monster's Publisher, Foodbuzz has made its official launch today. They have been super supportive over the past three months, and even sent me an apron and spatula. Which I recently used to create Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream. I will have that post up as soon as I get my food photographer's photos uploaded. Until then, wanderer over to and enjoy all of the wonderful blogs, photos, and the foodie community! Press release below:



San Francisco – October 13, 2008: Foodbuzz, Inc., officially inaugurates its food blogger community with more than 1,000 blog partners, a global food blogging event and an online platform that captures the real-people, real-time power of food publishing in every corner of the world. At launch, the Foodbuzz community ranks as one of the top-10 Internet destinations for food and dining (Quantcast), with bloggers based in 45 countries and 863 cities serving up daily food content.

“Food bloggers are at the forefront of reality publishing and the dramatic growth of new media has redefined how food enthusiasts access tasty content,” said Doug Collister, Executive Vice President of Foodbuzz, Inc. “Food bloggers are the new breed of local food experts and at any minute of the day, Foodbuzz is there to help capture the immediacy of their hands-on experiences, be it a memorable restaurant meal, a trip to the farmers market, or a special home-cooked meal.”

Foodbuzz is the only online community with content created exclusively by food bloggers and rated by foodies. The site offers more than 20,000 pieces of new food and dining content weekly, including recipes, photos, blog posts, videos and restaurant reviews. Members decide the “tastiness” of each piece of content by voting and “buzz” the most popular posts to the top of the daily menu of submissions. Foodbuzz currently logs over 13 million monthly page views and over three million monthly unique visitors.

“Our goal is to be the number-one online source of quality food and dining content by promoting the talent, enthusiasm and knowledge of food bloggers around the globe,” said Ben Dehan, founder and CEO of Foodbuzz, Inc.

The Foodbuzz blogger community is growing at a rate of 40 percent per month driven by strong growth in existing partner blogs and the addition of over 100 new blogs per month. “The Web site is like the stock of a great soup. The Web site provides the base or backbone for bloggers to interact as a community, contribute content, and have that content buzzed by their peers,” said Mr. Dehan.

Global Blogging Event

Demonstrating the talent and scope of the Foodbuzz community, 24 Meals, 24 Hours, 24 Blogs offered online food enthusiasts an international, virtual street festival of food and diversity. The new feature showcased blog posts from 24 Foodbuzz partner bloggers chronicling events occurring around the globe during a 24 hour period and included:

· Mid-Autumn Festival Banquest (New York, NY)

· The "Found on Foodbuzz" 24-Item Tasting Menu (San Francisco, CA)

· Aussie BBQ Bonanza – Celebrating Diversity (Sydney, Australia)

· The Four Corners of Carolina BBQ Road Trip (Charleston, SC)

· Criminal Tastes – An Illegal Supper (Crested Butte, CO)

· From Matambre to Empanadas: An Argentine Dinner (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

· A Sweet Trompe l’oeil (Seattle, WA)

24 Meals, 24 Hours, 24 Blogs” captures the quality and unique local perspective of our food bloggers and shared it with the world,” said Ryan Stern, Director of the Foodbuzz Publisher Community. “It illustrates exactly what the future of food publishing is all about – real food, experienced by real people, shared real-time.”

About Foodbuzz, Inc.

Based in San Francisco, Foodbuzz, Inc., launched its beta Web site,, in 2007. In less than a year, and its community of over 1,000 exclusive partner food blogs have grown into an extended online property that reaches more than three million users.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Photo Essay: Sweet Fr î tes! Part 2

You can find Sweet Fr î tes! Part 1 here.
This will be a photo essay of photos John David took on a beautiful afternoon when flowers were in bloom outside, making the famous Sweet Potato Fries. Enjoy his food photography skills.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

5,000 Hits at The Food Monster

Hi Everybody,

During my brief Food Blogging hiatus, The Food Monster Blog reached another benchmark, 5,000 hits! (hits from the former address, don't count). In order to celebrate, I will leave you with some photos of our best looking posts.

-The Food Monster


Dark Chocolate Almonds
Asian Themed Night Part 3: Sushi, Crab and Crunchy Shrimp Roll
Good Morning Beach Breakfast Biscuits
Mango Smoothies

Sweet Fr î tes! (Sweet Potato Fries Part 2, Still to come)
What were your favorite posts/photos?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Food Break

Don't worry, The Food Monster hasn't been taking a food break He is still eating, cooking, and reviewing places. He has just been a little busy. He spent about a week on the East Coast helping to celebrate and attend the wedding of his new sister-in-law Lauren, and his brother Adam. Congratulations to them!
There will be lots to come as soon as The Food Monster gets back into his work schedule and finds some free time.

-The staff at The Food Monster
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