super excited! this thursday evening (9/27!), our pals at the roxy are taking over the sunset strip market with a mini craft beer fest that will include live music and a grilled cheese stand…and YES, there will be vegan options!
i sampled the vegan sandwich from the roxy grilled cheese club back at the LA vegan beer fest in may and it was mighty gooey and delicious—-i’m so glad they’re bringing it back on thursday! the weekly sunset strip farmers market was launched just a few months ago, and i’m thinking this is the perfect opportunity to check it out if you haven’t already. come on down to weho on thursday between 5-9pm to enjoy live music, quality beer, vegan grilled cheese, and organic goods from local farmers. bring your shopping bag, because you’ll need it! entrance is free.
this is pom pom, an english bulldog who lives in west hollywood. you can usually catch her cruising santa monica blvd on weekday mornings at around 8:30am. you’ll probably never get a candid shot this awesome though…
i haven’t been to luca on sunset yet, but supposedly they cook up a mean cheeseless pizza (which i have been getting more and more into lately in general). here’s their deal for saturday june 30th: Breakfast, lunch or dinner, all vegan vegetable pizzas will be served with complimentary large serving from fresh juice bar. (pizza is approx $9.75, complimentary fresh juice value approx. $6.00. If the guest would like to return for the juice on another visit, we will issue a gift card to return to enjoy at a later date.)
vegan “bbq sloppy faux” sandwich on special right now at mendocino farms: shaved seitan and pinto beans slow braised in chipotle citrus barbeque sauce with avocado puree, vegenaise, pickled red onions, candied jalapenos, tomatoes, shredded romaine on toasted ciabatte. $9.50
jon wiener ate it, loved it, and sent us these pix. here’s his review:
Unlike The Shitty Beatles, the Sloppy Faux isn’t just a clever name. It’s a fantastic combination of thinly-sliced seitan, big fat pinto beans, lettce, vegenaise, etc on amazing soft (with just the right amount of chew) ciabatta bread. Each bite is a struggle because you are so happy to be eating the amazing sandwich, but so sad that each bite contributes to it being finished sooner.
What I wanted to say, however, has nothing to do with the experience of the sandwich, but with the name.
The Sloppy Faux is clearly a take on the Sloppy Joe. When most people think of the Sloppy Joe, they probably are thinking about the meaty, saucy concoction that gets served in a bun so porous that it is incapable of holding the aforementioned death-slop, resulting in an in-tact top bun and a piece of bread-slime on the bottom.
You probably remember them from the classic scene in Billy Madison (warning: the following clip contains ground up animal carcass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJf8Je5H7-k ).
I grew up in New Jersey, not too far from New York City. Where I’m from, a Sloppy Joe is something totally different. It’s a t stacked sandwich consisting of several different meats (pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, turkey, etc), cole slaw, swiss cheese & russian dressing on rye bread. It’s basically the TurDuckEn of deli sandwiches. This is what they sometimes look like (warning…more rotting flesh):
Here’s an accurately labeled diagram from a very vegan unfriendly site called The Porkchop Express: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_V2vvFqyFKZ8/R-lT—OTDMI/AAAAAAAABYg/Er1kcjQEu8w/s1600/AnatomyOfASandwich.jpg
In my “pregan” days, these were a fixture at Super Bowl parties and downtown “hangs” with my friends. Jeez…I was so young and stupid!
Anyway, as much as I loved the SLOPPY FAUX, it should consider a name change, should Mendocino Farms decide to add it to the regular menu, and create a true SLOPPY FAUX that matches the name more accurately. Has anyone ground up seitan for a classic Sloppy Joe vibe? Maybe create a New Jersey Sloppy Faux using different “meats” along with the seitan. In fact, I’d like to challenge several Los Angeles vegan delis to step up and give it a try. Locali? Figuroa Produce? Let’s start giving the Ruben a run for its money in the sandwich wars.