Compassion Over Killing’s Vegetarian Guide To Austin

Mother’s Cafe Benefit for Thundering Paws on 5-17-11

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National Vegan Pizza Day in Austin – Sat. Jan 29th

An increasing number of pizzerias are starting to serve vegan pizza options.

And to celebrate this growing trend, the makers of Teese Vegan Cheese and popular food blogger Quarrygirl have declared a national Vegan Pizza Day on Sat., Jan. 29!

Austinites have quite a few options for finding a slice. Here is a listing of some places to find vegan pizza in Austin on Vegan Pizza Day.

One of my favorite places to get a vegan pizza isn’t mentioned though. My article about East Side Pies is here.

My article about East Side Pies can be found here.

Kiss My Face Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Ross of Vegans Rock Austin who won the Kiss my Face Holiday Peace Collection.

Ross posted the following Vegetarian travel tip:

“Get a vegan passport, which has a few essential phrases for traveling vegans in 93 different languages! I also stock up on Clif Builder bars before a big trip just in case we ever have to skip a meal, as they have 20g of protein and a good bit of essential vitamins.”


Parma! Vegan Parmesan Cheese

I just posted a review of Parma! here.


Tasty Bite

Update: I’m anxious to try some of Tasty Bite’s new flavors – like Aloo Palak, Mushroom Takatak, Channa Masala, and several more. I’ll continue adding to this post as I try them.

I don’t eat packaged food all that often. But those days that I’m camping, staying at a place with a limited kitchen, don’t want to be too intrusive in my couchsurfing host’s house, or just tired and/or lazy….it’s really great to have some instant meals that can be prepared within minutes and with basic utensils.

The problem is that packaged food often leaves a lot to be desired (with regards to nutrition and taste). I was recently introduced to Tasty Bite, however, a company that has been doing a big marketing campaign in Austin these past few months. And I was pleasantly surprised!



Tasty Bite meals are pre cooked dishes (primarily Indian and Asian inspired) that come in airtight, foil pouches. These packages are lightweight, easy to pack into a backpack or throw into the back of a car, and perfect for travel. They are also quite reasonably priced (at $2.99 per pouch). You can easily bring along several different Tasty Bite meals and make a large, flavorful feast within minutes. And if you’re planning a long, multi-day excursion with several people, you can even purchase the Go Camping Survival Kit.

Tasty Bite offers a large variety of entrees such as Bengal Lentils, Spinach Dal, Kerala Vegetables, and many others. They even have simmer sauces for marinating/grilling, as well as precooked rice dishes such as basmati rice, garlic brown rice, ginger lentil rice, thai lime rice, and tandoori pilaf.

All Tasty Bite products come in the same lightweight pouches rather than heavy cans or jars, allowing you to create flavorful meals while saving space and weight in your pack. Here you can see a list of all the Tasty Bite meals and the special diets they are appropriate for (including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher).

The Tasty Bite entrees, I had the pleasure of sampling so far were the following:

  • Barley Medley
  • Zesty Lentils & Peas
  • Bengal Lentils
  • Bombay Potatoes
  • Punjab Eggplant
  • Malaysian Lodeh

I forgot to take pictures of all my meals, but I did document a few.

The Zesty Lentils and Peas were a great way to add additional protein to the leftovers we had at home. I just opened up the package and mixed them up with rice, steamed kale, carrots, and other vegetables. Yum.



The Indian meals were my favorite though!

Miguel and I recently returned from a 2-month trip to India and we bought steel thali plates with multiple compartments. Excited to give Tasty Bite’s Indian meals a proper taste test, we brought a few food pouches along with the thali plates on a camping trip to Enchanted Rock.

To prepare this meal, we simply stuck the silver food pouches into boiling water to heat them up. How much easier can it get?

*And I suppose if you really don’t have a means of warming the pouches, you could even just eat them cold…as they come already cooked.



Then…voila – delicious, instant gourmet Indian thalis while camping!



The verdict?

Packaged food really doesn’t get much better than this. To make something comparable while camping, we’d have to carry around a bunch of veggies, curry leaves, loads of spices, a few different pots and pans, and spend at least an hour hovering over the campfire to cook it all. Instead, we were able to whip up this fancy plate of food in less than 10 minutes.

I’m also so glad Tasty Bite specializes in Indian food. Indian food is something I absolutely love, always crave, but have a hard time replicating – especially while on the go. Not to say that packaged Indian food will ever compare to fresh, home cooked food in India, but Tasty Bite’s Indian dishes are full of flavor! And the ability to throw a few packages together and prepare a gourmet Indian meal in minutes? Wowee. This Tasty Bite stuff is quite the innovation.

I’ll be bringing some Tasty Bite packages with me on my next camping trip.

Vegetarian Travel Class at REI – January 11th, 2010

I will be teaching a vegetarian travel class at REI (as part of my volunteer work with Hosteling International). The class will be at 7pm on January 11th, 2010.

Click on the link below to register:

A Pirate-themed Vegan Seafood Car in Austin? Let’s Help Make it Happen!

Lisa Ward is trying to open a pirate-themed vegan seafood cart in Austin and she started a kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Exciting!!

The idea of this cart makes me really happy and I definitely plan to pledge some money towards this project. I hope this post inspires some of you guys to become a backer too! Every small amount counts and there are some really cool rewards offered for larger pledges…like a wooden pirate sword with your name on it, a custom painting of your pet as a pirate, and a fully-catered Pirate Party for you and 29 other shipmates.

Seriously. This is cool. We want this in Austin!

Check out her Kickstarter campaign here:

Contest: Submit your Best Vegetarian Travel Tip & Win a Free Kiss My Face Gift Package!

I know this is advance notice, but I will be teaching a Vegetarian Travel class at REI here in Austin, TX (as part of Hosteling International-Austin’s travel workshops). The class will be on January 11th and I’ll be posting more details closer to the date.

In preparation for my class, I’m compiling a list of vegetarian travel information and am having a contest to see who can come up with the best veggie travel advice.

Have a vegetarian travel tip to share? Just post it in the comments below (before January 11).

The winner will be contacted by email and will receive a gift package from the Kiss My Face Holiday Peace Collection. The package includes:

  • 100% natural foaming hand soap (pomegranate acai)
  • 100% natural all-purpose liquid soap (lavender mandarin)
  • soy wax Peace candle (lemongrass clary sage)

Product details below:

To celebrate the holidays at Kiss My Face, we have created our new Holiday Peace Collection. The Holiday Collection features our new 100% natural all-purpose castile soap in a liquid form and also a foaming hand soap. As consumers are searching for ways to remove toxins from their lives, this versatile soap is the perfect solution. The liquid soap has over 101 uses from the shower to the kitchen to the lake and even washing man’s best friend. All bottles come with a to/from holiday card for easy gift giving and are available in 4 “peaceful” scents: grassy mint, lemongrass clary sage, pomegranate acai & lavender mandarin scents.

10% of the profits will support Seeds of Peace, an organization that brings together teens from countries of conflict, like Palestine and Israel, to a camp in Maine where they learn about “the enemy” and leave more educated and compassionate about their neighbors.

Tasty Bite is giving out samples in Austin!

Tasty Bite makes all natural, preservative-free, ready-made ethnic meals. All meals are vegetarian and they also have a large variety of gluten free, vegan, and kosher options. *I think it’s a little odd that an all-veg company would have a photo of shrimp on their main page, but oh well….

Anyway, I’ll be posting a review of some of these products once I get my hands on them. The company has been running an Austin marketing tour since the beginning of October and will continue this tour through November.

During November, Tasty Bite will be giving out samples at Austin and Houston H-E-Bs from 10 AM – 5 PM at the following locations:

Thursday, 11/11:
Research Blvd & Braker Ln
Spicewood Springs & 183

Fm 620 & Anderson Mill Rd
651 N. Us Hwy 183
Gattis School Rd & Redbud Ln
Fm 2338 & Cedar Breaks Rd
S. Congress & Oltorf St.
E. 41st St. & Red River

Friday, 10/12:
Spicewood Springs & 183
Well Branch Pkwy & Fm 1825

Ih-35 & Canyon Ridge Dr
Fm 1460 & Hwy 79

Brodie Ln & William Cannon
S. Congress & Oltorf St.
New Slaughter Ln & Manchaca Rd
Slaughter Lane & Escarpmen


Thursday, 11/18:
Research Blvd & Braker Ln
Burnet Rd & Allendale Rd

Ih-35 & Canyon Ridge Dr
Fm 1460 & Hwy 79

Village Ctr Dr. & Far West Blvd.
Mopac Expwy & Parmer Lane

E. 41st St. & Red River
5401 & I-h 35

Friday, 11/19:

Fm 620 & Anderson Mill Rd
651 N. Us Hwy 183
Hwy 1325 & Greenlawn
Gattis School Rd & Redbud Ln
Brodie Ln & William Cannon

S. Congress & Oltorf St.
S. Ih-35 & N. Loop