In which Brass Tacks Sandwiches Steals My Heart


Brass Tacks just opened a few weeks ago. They came out of the blue, having apparently raised enough money on Kickstarter to open a sandwich shop without my vegan ears ever hearing of them.

I love them.

I found the time to stop by a few days ago and finally get in my mouth what I can’t stop thinking about: Vegan Agave-Smoked Ham.


What the Dickens?! Yes, it exists.



And it’s delicious.


I built my own sandwich on ciabatta with vegan agave-smoked ham, house-made vegan cashew cheese sauce, horseradish, dijon mustard, lettuce, red onion, caramelized onion, tomato, olives, mushrooms and about 96 other vegetables. With a cup of coffee.

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The nitty gritty:

  • Coffee is delivered by bike by Courier Coffee.
  • Hours: open 11am-8pm every day except Tuesday (closed).
  • Every vegan item is house-made.
  • They serve vegan and meat sandwiches.
  • The ladies who work there are the nicest ladies in the universe and I would go back even if they served only over-cooked eggplant.
  • Cash Only!


And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Amber of Monk and Mao who won a ticket to the sold out Vida Vegan Con with her dessert-rito entry into the Burrito Bonanza contest.

The Burrito Bonanza Six


Hi guys! There are six fabulous entries so far in the Vida Vegan Con-test: BURRITO BONANZA. There are 2 1/2 hours still to enter, so I’m not calling it yet, but I would like to share with you the stunning mouth-watering submissions so far.

I want to give props to the talented people who entered. I am in awe of the crazy amount of ingenuity (and mimosas–cough, Monk and Mao, cough) that went into creating these monstrous tortilla-wrapped beauties.

I’m not including pictures because they’re not mine to share, but I encourage you to click the links to see these nutty, rad and unique creations.

The Veggie Queen

A brilliant combination of red beans, brown rice, potatoes (+1000 points, seriously), cilantro and avocado, Jill made the kind of burrito I could eat every day. And probably will attempt to, sometime soon. Her recipe for red beans already made me add kombu seaweed to my shopping list.

The Sexy Carrot

This burrito—the HUMMUSRITO (<3)—is made of quinoa, hummus, avocado, hot sauce, and cashew parmesan. The creator, Kori, has an obvious undying love for hummus that I can readily understand. Plus, she’s funny. “The Hummusrito dates back to the late 90′s.  It is groundbreaking, blurring the lines between burrito and wrap.   Is it a hummus burrito?  Is it a wrap simply folded like a burrito?  Nobody knows for sure.” Chickpeas 4Life.

Monk and Mao

This one is a dessert burrito. Dessert. Burrito. Two of my favorite things. [If only someone had made a popcorn and champagne burrito, I would have no choice but to crown them the automatic winner. Sorry, but it’s true.] This blog post has beautiful photos and is hi-larious. I want to be friends with Amber. She made: The Vegan Dessert Burrito with cinnamon chili apples, So Delicious ice cream, and homemade vegan dulce de leche. Rowr.

Nake-id Knits

A blog about ‘knitting and cooking in the raw’—how adorable is that? And guess what she put together—–? Give up? A HOTDOGRITO! That’s right, folks, a hot dog burrito. AWESOME! It’s American (so thematic!), unusual, and actually sounds downright tasty. The HotdogRito: Vegan tofu pups, sweet potato fries, organic coleslaw and course-grain mustard vinaigrette. I sort of need to try this one, ASAP.

Flourishing Vegan

A San Diegan made this burrito, you can tell. This burrito is bean-less, which in this instance is just fine, because she uses SEITAN instead. Mmmmmmmmmmm Seitan. This Burrito has Smoked Paprika Seitan with caramelized onions & pepper, garlicky kale and corn, red rice and tofu sour cream. Yum. I want to repeat that: Smoked Paprika Seitan with caramelized onions & pepper, garlicky kale and corn, red rice and tofu sour cream. How amazing does that sound? That sounds like something I would pay $15 for (I know no shame when it comes to paying for burritos. My pockets will put out for anything in a tortilla.) at a fancy vegan Mexican restaurant. Seitan, kale, corn, spiciness and homemade tofu sour cream?  Holl-er.

Blue Butterfly

Nadia is the author of an inspiring website dedicated to how she kicked cancer by switching to a plant-based diet. Her energy and tenacity just vibrate off the page, and I’ve enjoyed starting to read her blog posts. She went all out for the competition. You’ll have to click over to her blog for the whole story (it’s worth a read), but the long and short of it is this: She created seven different burritos (+ a bonus comic, <3) each from different parts of the world and each with cancer-preventing vegetables and plants. She has a burrito for every day of the week: the Motherland Burrito with yams, black-eyed peas and peanut butter piqued my curiosity and comes with a recipe.

burrito clip art

You will have to go check each of these out. They each sound so good, I’ve been thinking about them all day and alternating in my head which one I’d rather eat at any given moment. In my head, I’ve eaten about 29 burritos today. My head-stomach is very full.

I have no idea how I’m going to decide. I need your help! Leave a comment here on this post or on my Facebook page with your favorite. I will be the ultimate decider, but could really use help from ya’ll to decide—every single entry blows my mind.

The contest submissions end at MIDNIGHT Portland-time.I will pick a winner TOMORROW, June 25th. I will announce the winner by midnight Portland-time on Twitter and Facebook, and contact the winner by Sunday morning.

Enjoy reading about the ‘ritos and have a good weekend!


Vida Vegan Con-test: Burrito Bonanza!


Hi there!

This is the post in which I announce my contest for a ticket to the Sold-Out-First Ever-International-Vegan-Blogging-Conference, Vida Vegan Con.

If you missed the chance to win Get Sconed and Vegtastic Voyage’s contests, don’t fret, I have one Golden Ticket left. This ticket will gain you admittance to the entire weekend’s conference + off-site events (<– more info on THAT coming soon!) Airfare and accommodation are not included.

 Vida Vegan Con, happening THIS August in Portland, is going to be pretty damn sweet, pardon my French. With two full days of jam-packed workshops, panels and talks featuring your favorite bloggers, authors and friends, this conference is the most exciting thing to happen all year, according to me. And I should know, because I consider myself an expert in exciting things.

I can’t compete with an awesome song-off or a delightful self-portrait-in-food, so I had to really delve deep for my contest. I wanted it to be representative of vegan food + blogging, plus incorporate something that’s representative of Epicurious Vegan. And I wanted it be FUN!

What is fun and awesome and bloggable and yelpable and my favorite thing ever?

That’s easy.



Whether it’s a burrito, a taco, or another burrito, it’s clear that I am fully addicted to anything wrapped in a tortilla.

So without further ado, I announce:

The Epicurious Vegan Bodacious Burrito Bonanza Contest! (Wahoo!)

Make a burrito.

Blog about it.

Link your post in my comments section.

Sounds simple, right?

It is.

Make a burrito— the best burrito ever. It can be whatever you want (a dessert burrito or a burrito the size of your head, for example). Be creative!

Fine Print, writ large:

  • You must make it yourself. No gussying up a Gordita. (That would be sweet though. I would totally give you street cred points for that.)
  • It has to be vegan (Duh.)
  • Your burrito doesn’t have to contain any traditional ingredients—want to use something other than a tortilla or beans? Go for it. And seriously, get creative.

Link to you post in the comments. I will pick a winner on June 25th. Submissions must be received by midnight Portland-time on June 24th.

I don’t have specific criteria for winning. A combination of YOUR votes and my over-zealous burrito-loving opinion will be the deciding factor. I’ll post links on my Facebook page and look for your input. (Like Epicurious Vegan here to keep up to date.)

If you have questions or if I’ve forgotten to mention something important due to a drool-inducing burrito overload excitement, shoot me an email or leave a comment. I will try to answer you as soon as possible.


Hahahahahahhahahaha! I found this while googling ‘Burrito’. It’s a Kitten Burrito in a Spinach Tortilla. I can’t stop laughing!  source.

This is a silly contest, meant to be fun for everyone involved, so get burrito-making and get blogging! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!





I found my camera battery!*


*Also known as: I finally cleaned my house!


And lookit the photos I took before my camera died on Easter:


(Hint: It’s an Easter DANCE-OFF)

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Haha That was so much fun! Not included are pictures of the mimosa vegan jello shots I made, the fabulous breakfast spread, the bowling shenanigans that followed brunch, and the karaoke train wreck (<– only if you heard me singing) that ended the night.


In other, real-er and awesome-er news, check out the contests my super-human Vida Vegan Con co-organizers are running to win a ticket to the already-sold-out fabulous convention this August:

–> Get Sconed’s Song Contest: Submissions are over, but check out the talent-fest of entries. With original songs and brilliant covers of your favorites, I don’t know how Jess is going to pick a winner.

–> Vegtastic Voyage’s current contest: Submit a photo of you, done in food. She includes a fantastic replica of herself in rice krispies treats. You have to see it to believe it.

(Pssst…My contest is coming next! Stay tuned!)


And in update news, Modified Style, the fashion show fundraiser event of the year (self-titled) was a delightful success. Check out the pictures of the winning designs on the beautiful models (And the baby! Adorable! Ahhh!):

1st place professional Coral1st place amateur nora lopez2nd place professional amy sim2nd place amateur rae snyder3rd place professional julia garay3rd place amateur megan mesloh   People's Choice Winner Jen Lee


For pictures of every design, check out Modified Style’s Facebook page. We raised over $5000 for Out to Pasture Sanctuary, Sisters Of The Road, and Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).