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NCVA Pub Night at The Lieutenant’s Pump

Mark your calendars and ensure your presence at the next NCVA pub night!

The Lieutenant’s Pump venue has various veg*n options on their menu for those who come with an appetite.

PLEASE RSVP if you are coming to the event since we must reserve a spot for you in advance! Email us at ncva.avcn (at) gmail.com (don’t forget to replace the @ symbol where needed) to confirm or join the Facebook event.

(You can’t go wrong with veg*ns and beer.)

Thursday, March 24 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at 361 Elgin St.

A Mexican pub night… con muchos amigos.

Ahora restaurant
NCVA Pub Night at Ahora

Although we had to change venues last minute and we arrived to half the number of tables we had reserved at Ahora restaurant for the pub night, it was, as expected, a huge success. Clearly, little will deter veg*ns from social drinking and Mexican food. The atmosphere was cozy. The restaurant was packed. And we dominated the booth section, to the extent that we had to ask some omnis to move to another table to accommodate our significant numbers.

Some expressed disappointment that Burrito Borracho hadn’t finished its renovations in time to host us, but hopefully the knowledge that they will be ready soon and that I plan to have an upcoming pub night there once they are should alleviate any long term symptoms of related sadness.

In any event, we made up for it easily at Ahora restaurant with plenty of conversation and good times, even if you may have had to sit on the lap of another veg*n stranger in the beginning. The initial forced intimacy of the event only helped develop the ongoing relaxed atmosphere later. Well, that and the beer.

If you sadly missed out on this pub night, stay tuned for the next one. I can’t imagine coping with missing two in a row.

Getting Borracho with Burritos! (Pub night)

Burrito BorrachoRiding on the success of the inaugural pub night, we have planned to have another one in less than two weeks. A.k.a. you now have plans for Thurs. Feb. 24, 2011 after work/school. So come and be a part of this new movement of vegetarian pub-goers who are not only trend-setters, but pretty fabulous at any rate.

In support of the NCVA Restaurant Outreach program, we are duly holding the upcoming pub social at Burrito Borracho in Byward Market. This new Mexican restaurant has just been newly renovated and is bound to impress with a brand new liquor license and everything on their menu prepared to be veganised. Who wants delicious Mexican grub and beer? Todos nosotros!

So, mis amigos, below are the details to note in your social agenda:

  • Event: NCVA Pub night
  • Location: Burrito Borracho (105A Clarence St.)
  • Date & Time: Thurs. Feb 24, 2011, 6:30 pm onwards

To RSVP, please check out the NCVA Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

Enviro awareness at Algonquin College

Algonquin CollegeThe NCVA represented at the Algonquin College Environmental Awareness event, hosted by their Environmental Studies program on Feb. 1, 2011. It was heartwarming to see so much interest in vegetarian diets and what that means for our planet and the protection and sustainability of the environment. Equally as comforting was the fact that we were among friends; there were 3 other vegetarian-related booths at the event, one of which was a vegan cupcake bake sale (see photos below). Clearly, we’re in a time of change…

Reaching out to the student body and promoting a healthy and environmentally-conscious diet were the key messages on the table that afternoon. Also on the table were no less than two different kinds of vegan brownie samples (provided by baking enthusiast extraordinaire, Erin), which attracted even the most resistant skeptic in the crowd. It was also an opportunity to promote the NCVA to others, increase our membership base, and meet new friends of the NCVA. We sold some of our popular “Eat Like You Give a Damn” T-shirts and compiled a considerable list of passers-by highly interested in our association. It was amazing to see how many people hadn’t even heard of us. Hopefully we can encourage more volunteers to table at similar events in the future, so that we may connect with an even wider demographic.

Pub night was truly revived!

 

NCVA folks sharing a drink at the Clock Tower Brew Pub
A social event, par excellence

The numbers said it all. If anyone was skeptical before about a bunch of vegetarians invading a local pub and bonding over beer, they no longer are now! We had a good crowd at the Clock Tower Brew Pub in the Glebe last Thursday evening. For those who came with an appetite, the menu options were modest, but delicious. A veggie burger (hold the cheese, please!) and a tofu green bean stir-fry were the options on the menu for our clan, and they received wide acclaim. Many a veghead enjoyed a locally brewed beer and even a seat around the table, as the space was quite cozy. It was a laid back and chatty sort of evening with lots of laughs and interesting conversations. It would be daft to not have another similar get-together in February. So don’t fret if you missed it and stay posted for info for the next event!

(What I loved most about the night was that everyone seemed to just gel immediately. Maybe it’s a veg thing.)

Pub night/Café corner revival!

We simply need more meet-ups which involve either caffeine or alcohol, both of which gets people talking. I’m sure we can rally up a good number of veg heads to come to a pub night, now can’t we? For starters, the next (and first in a long while!) pub night will be held at the Clocktower Brew Pub, at 575 Bank St. on Thurs. Jan. 27, 2011. Come out and let’s make the veg presence known at a local Ottawa favourite.

Here are the details:

  • Location: Clocktower Brew Pub, 575 Bank St. (map)
  • Date and Time: Thurs. Jan. 27, 2011, 6:30 PM onwards

I will be making this an official Facebook and/or Meet-up event. Please RSVP to help us get an idea of numbers.

Hope to see you there!

Pizza Pizza Pizza!

Vegan Pizza
photo courtesy of veganyumyum.com

Some days, even vegans don’t want to cook. Some days even vegans have terrible cravings for pizza. It’s not a crime to want to order in some “fast food” every so often, and I find that you can make your hungry omnivorous dinner companions happy if you suggest ordering pizza. But what does that mean for a vegan? Do vegans have to sacrifice taste to continue eating ethically at pizza places? Sometimes they do. But  I have discovered a way to make “Pizza Pizza” pizza vegan and equally if not more delicious than its dairy-laden counterparts.  And here’s how to do it.

Order your pizza at pizzapizza.ca. (I’d recommend ordering online, as you can make all your nitpicking selections without feeling awkward with the phone representative.)

Pizza Pizza

Here are the necessary selections:

  1. Large or extra-large pizza (you may want to take advantage of one of their specials if you’re buying multiple pies)
  2. Multigrain dough (Disclaimer: Pizza Pizza claims that all of their pizza dough is vegan, though they also list honey in their multigrain dough ingredients. If you are opposed to eating honey, you may want to choose the classic white dough instead, which is for sure vegan, however I am a strong believer that the multigrain-ness of this pizza dough is necessary!)
  3. Special Instructions Crust: None
  4. Base sauce: Home Style Italian Tomato Sauce
  5. Special Instructions Sauce: Extra Sauce on the Bottom
  6. Base cheese: No cheese
  7. Toppings (3): Fresh mushrooms, Sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple (I cannot guarantee awesomeness of this pizza if you add/delete/modify topping choices)
  8. Free Toppings: Chili Peppers, Italiano Blend, Olive Oil
  9. Special Instructions: None

So next time you are ordering pizza, when it comes to taste, don’t just settle for “good enough”, go for “absolutely delicious to the extent that even your omnivore friends would agree”.

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