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If you’re going to Portland Oregon and have time to grab lunch, AND you crave old American classics, you have to try Hungry Tiger Too. Thursday I had lunch with three groovy gals: Fran Costigan @goodcakesfran, JL Fields @jlgoesvegan, and Kristen Davenport @inmypies.

We totally pigged out on all the good stuff. Although it would be hard to imagine anything on the menu that sucked :-)

Yours truly ordered a Bloody Marry (menu spelling), sweet potato fries, and biscuits and gravy. All three are items I’ve not yet been wowed by at any restaurant.

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I hadn’t found a robust vegan gravy until Hungry Tiger. Seriously, their gravy has a lot of herbs, making it nice and rich.

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These sweet potato fries set the standard for all sweet potato fries. Thin, crisp and yummy. They are soooo not soggy, you won’t need to use a spoon.

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I highly recommend making time to visit Hungry Tiger Too on your next trip to Portland. We were content kittens when they got done with us.

DH and I were having a discussion about our preferred type of cornbread—sweet or not.

Suffice it to say, this discussion escalated into the relevance of personality types in making such a choice. WHICH of course, made me wonder if we’re that much different than everyone else.

So, which type of cornbread are you? Don’t worry, your answer is only between you and your keyboard (although everyone else likely has you pegged).

butterfly_award1fortheloveofguava has bestowed upon my blog, a Butterfly Award!! Finally, all this danged fussing and worrying about typos and waking up in the middle of the night wondering if that t. should have been a T. has paid off! Somebody likes my blog!

You may ask, why the hell should a snarky vegan care about awards? Well, we’re all human and we’re all trying to contribute to this bigass vegan universe that’s growing daily. And it means that maybe my recipes, tips and ephemera have helped someone. Or at least they’ve been entertained.

So what is a Butterfly Award? While there’s no monetary value or free chocolate associated with the award, it’s another way that bloggers can recognize each other for jobs well done. And you, as reader, get the added benefit of having pointed out to you, 10 additional blogs you may not know about.

Here are the official Butterfly Award rules:

  1. post about the award
  2. link back to the person that nominated you
  3. place the award on your sidebar and then choose 10 blogs that you think are really cool, link to them, contact each person and talk about why you think their blogs are cool

It is insanely difficult to choose only 10 blogs. There must be at least 50 that I check regularly.

Now in the interest of spreading the love, here are my picks for the Butterfly Award (in no particular order):

  1. Vegan Yum Yum: When you’re looking for the best photography, incredibly unique recipes and consistently well-done blog, this one’s tops.
  2. Vegan Dad: Because not all guys are meat-eating sweathogs! Yep, this dad has one of the most faithful/regularly posted vegan blogs out there. And he has awesome recipes!
  3. The Urban Vegan: Ok, I’ll admit it, I love looking at the photos that include her loft and kitchen. Tres Chic Vegan!
  4. Fatfree Vegan: This blog is one of those that got me through the initial “becoming a vegan” conversion. If it weren’t for Susan and her wonderful recipes and how-tos, there’s no way I could have made it this far.
  5. Have Cake, Will Travel: Celine is a master baker and her blog shows her amazing skill.
  6. The Conscious Kitchen: Her plating and garnishes are beautiful and creative. Not to mention the many unique ideas such as, the Turkish chili pepper cupcake she created for the Iron Cupcake Challenge. Oh, and her Faux Clotted Cream is yummy.
  7. A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise: I dream of a day when I have a kitchen large enough to house all the small appliances I want, including an ice cream maker. And this website is where I’d get all my recipes. Yep.
  8. Melomeals: Melody is a professional chef and blogs about her vegan food creations, all of which are very creative and present well.
  9. To Live and Eat in LA: If you live in LA, this is one of the best vegan restaurant review blogs and includes photos of the various vegan options at local eateries.
  10. Swell Vegan: For healthy examples of all types of meals — breakfast, dinner, desserts, etc. — check out Swell Vegan’s blog. Great photos too!

Please read for how to get one:

I have 5 of these, left over from a client photoshoot. They’ve not been opened, still have their seals under the lids. They are LARGE! And heavy! Each container weighs 34 ounces. This is Overdog® Chicago Style Celery Salt and you can read about it on their website. I’ve tried it on vegan hot dogs and it tastes great. This is enough celery salt to last a lifetime.

To get one:

  1. First 5 people to leave a comment to this blog post.
  2. THEN, email me at julia at snarkyvegan dot com with your mailing address.

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Just in case you haven’t checked Wikipedia for the answers to yesterday’s political quiz, here you go.

  1. There are two Senators per state. (I got this one right when DH quizzed me.)
  2. This isn’t as neat a number and is supposed to be based on districts which are based on population. The total number of voting Representatives is fixed at 435 but there are a total number of Representatives to equal no more than one for every 30,000 constituents. This means that there are some non-voting members and if you want more details on that, I’d recommend reading the Wikipedia entry which is pretty thorough. (I knew the premise of this one during my hubby’s quiz but I didn’t know the actual count or that there are non-voting members.)
  3. Senators represent their state and Representatives represent the people in their district. Senators can consent to judicial appointments and treaties while Representatives have the power to impeach and elect the President during electoral college deadlocks. (Neither hubby nor I had any idea what the difference between the two houses was. Guess I should have listened better in government class.)
  4. I got this one right away, the Speaker of the House is 3rd to the throne.
  5. Honestly, I should have know the number of judges but for some reason, maybe it’s because it’s October, I thought it was a coven, like witches. Maybe it’s the black flowing robes. HA! No really, the correct number is nine. I MUST HAVE been thinking of the 13 courts of appeals. Yeah, that’s it. Interestingly, Congress has a history of changing the number of Supreme Court justices with the last change to nine taking place in 1869.

Oh, and to those dolts on Jay Leno, George Washington is on the dollar bill and he was the first president. Honestly, I thought everyone knew that.

So there you have it. I guess you could say I got 2.5 correct since I didn’t know the whole answer to number 2. Pretty lame eh?

DH and I were discussing whether we thought that folks who don’t know basic facts about our federal government should be allowed to vote. This discussion came about because of all the ignorance displayed during the current race for the White House and some of the hilarious street interviews Jay Leno has had with ostensibly average Americans (several of whom did not know which president is on the one dollar bill nor could identify Judge Ginsburg’s photo).

Of course, we then had to quiz ourselves to see what we thought we actually knew. Below are the questions we posed and the answers will be in tomorrow’s post.

Keep in mind, this is stuff you should have learned in high school government class and the goal is to be able to answer these without looking them up (no cheating). Be honest and tomorrow, I’ll share with you our own results.

SnarkyVegan’s 5-Point Political Quiz

  1. How many members are there in the Senate?
  2. How many in the House of Representatives?
  3. Why are there two houses in congress (afore mentioned Senate and House of Representatives) and name at least one difference between them.
  4. If the president and the vice president are incapacitated, who is next in line?
  5. How many judges are on the Supreme Court?

Tune in tomorrow for the answers.

Has anyone else used Twitterfeed to reach more like-minded folks via their blogs? Apparently I’m late to the game and this has been around for a while. So please forgive me while I try this out and hopefully, learn how to use it properly.

My initial thought is that there may actually be Twitter Vegans who’d be interested in vegan recipes, restaurant and product reviews and such.

Anyway, here’s goes nothing….

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