Chicago Vegan Mania

To say I was excited about Chicago VeganMania would be an understatement. I had been looking forward to it for at least month. The BF came down for the day and we started the trek out to the Pulaski Park for the days event!

imageI was super excited to hear Isa Chandra Moskowitz speak – she did not disappoint and it was also fun to find out we both have the same cookbook (read: Tofu Cookery! There is also a 25th anniversary addition – I might get it). She shared stories of a few recipes form the book and now I’m going to go and make those, as I have yet to make anything from this book.
imageAfter Isa’s talk The BF and I scored lunch. We opted for Soul Veg and were severely disappointed that the BBQ ran out and we had to have the gyro “meat”. Still awesome, but mega bummer. And the greens and mac’n cheese freaking rocked! We’ve made a note to go and actually eat there, even though it is out of the way…it was so good. Who wants to come with us??
imageThe we stopped by Upton’s Naturals and got some pizza…yum!
imageAfter the pizza I was in need of a treat (it was my 31 + 1day b-day!) So we got a pumpkin chip muffin from Life on Mars. It rocked.
imageAnd also since it was my 31 + 1day b-day I talked one table into giving me this mini pear & spice cupcake. It was so yummy, I wish it wasn’t mini!
imageAnother awesome treat was that Arya Bhavan was there and I scored a Samosa, my fav!

I also got a nice autograph from Isa to round out the day. Finally got off my lazy bum and bough Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar!

The rest of the event went well. I missed Isa’s cooking demo, it was super hot in the room and the sound system went out, so it was also delayed by 30minutes. That was actually the bad part about VeganMania. The building just doesn’t work for the number of people that came. It was crowded and the layout was inconvenient to get from one side to the other. I really hope that next year they opt for a convention type center instead. It was mega crowded and difficult to get to the different shops that set up market area. Otherwise, the event rocked.


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  1. […] dish looked and smelled great. We’ve both had the Mac’n Cheese before at Vegan Mania. So sure, I cheated, I knew he’d like it. The rest of the dish was fairly basic. He said I […]

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