How to Survive A Vegan Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is upon us. I don't know why I keep blogging about it, Jane and I really don't buy into all these Hallmark Holidays. We typically exchange cards and share a nicer dinner than usual. Occasionally there are chocolates involved.

If you still haven't figured out what your doing tomorrow here are a few menu ideas from VegCooking.  Fat Free Vegan has posted the winning recipes from this year's Vegetable Love competition, which include Curry Chickpea Crepes and a truly decadent looking Vegan Molten Chocolate Cake.

And if you're thinking of vegan chocolates, the Baltimore City Paper Online had a humorous article in their "Eats" section today. Mr. Blake-Plock discusses the potential pitfalls of chocolates (hidden ingredients). Oh, can I relate. Isinglass, gelatin, bone char. You think you're doing the right thing! But he does give a few recommendations for truly vegan chocolates which make the grade:

Just when I was about to call it a day on vegan chocolate, I happened upon a Tropical Source Rich Dark chocolate bar. It's not a particularly romantic-looking bar, but sweet Jesus, what a taste. I kept checking and rechecking the ingredients; I couldn't believe I wasn't eating milk chocolate. This was silky and decadent--as well as dairy and gluten free.

... But even this could not prepare me for the gloriously seductive Nirvana Belgian organic dark chocolate with pomegranate bar. This was a true European artisan candy composed of organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cane sugar, and orgiastic organic cocoa butter, pomegranate, and vanilla. Amazing.

And finally, if you're still trying to come up with a gift idea for your sweetheart, here is a list of a top ten list of vegetarian instruments of seduction as compiled by PR Log.

Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

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