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No One Likes A Teese

 

Greetings and salutations to all of you and an extra special hip-hop-hooray and hello to my 5 -Day Vegan Challengers. How are we feeling on day 1 of this goodness eating challenge? Excited? Inspired? Energized? Gloom and doom and off to the nearest greasy spoon for bacon and eggs?  Have no fear- your Vegan Cheerleader is here!

Since you all know what needs to be done, what you need to be eating or more important, what needs to not be eaten, I will spare you any more preaching on the bennys (short for benefits) of giving veg eating a go and instead turn my attention and nose up to soy. Consider this part 1.

This past weekend I rocked it out veg style at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair. The largest of it's kind, apparently. I did an hour long Cooking Demo/Circus Performance where I cooked and chatted and laughed and totally spazzed out and had a grand old time. After the spectacle, I was famished. My beautiful assistant Ashley and I went on the hunt for some lunchy-lunch and realized very quickly that there was nothing to eat. We were at the Veg Food Fair and couldn't find anything to eat. It was all soy. And not soy in usual soy forms. There was no tempeh to eat, not even tofu, which would have been fine. No.

We were a couple whole foods, healthy girls that were being swallowed up by the land of Plastecine soy foods that had been configured into all manner of quote surrounded "meat" foods. You could get tofurky, tofham, tofacon, and teese (see pic above). This was a faux-cheese food-like product made from soy, soy by-products and other sorts of nitrates and preservatives and carried an expiry of Jan 2010. Good thing too because if anyone were to eat this any faster than that, I am pretty sure they might grow an extra breast or more likely drop a testicle. The scariest bit of all (aside from the faux-cheese in the plastic tube) was that this was the last one! Apparently there had been a run on Teese!

Ashley and I left the Veg Food Fair starving after inhaling a cookie (we at least knew what was in it), sucking back a coconut each and munching on some left over Quinoa from Marni Wasserman's cooking demo. The best snack we had was when we were driving away from the veg fair and a bunch of Jehovah's Witnesses surrounded my car and gave us bags of peanuts and raisins (and you know how I feel about peanuts).

The challenge I have with the Veg Fair is that it is designed as an event to help expose people to the veggie way of life. My intention with 5 Days Vegan was in part to expose peeps to a meat-free way of eating, but also to do so in a healthy way. Healthy veggie eating does not include 'tofham' and 'teese' sandwiches.

Check back tomorrow where I get down and dirty on why I say No-fu To Tofu! And if you are participating in the Vegan Challenge- be sure to follow me on twitter to get coaching through the day!

Here are some more pics from the fair!

V for Veggie!
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Look at that crowd!SANY2152They just kept pouring in!

SANY2153And I was doing my absolute best to wow 'em all with my lemon juicing prowress.

DSCF9056They say it's good to make an audience laugh. I don't know about them but I was making myself laugh a whole lot.  I kinda felt like I was on an infomercial. And I totally dug the microphone. I want to get one to wear around my kitchen at home so I can chat and once in a while give the old "Is this thing on?"

DSCF9044Check out my sexy-hot-stuff assistant over there on the right. Hi Ashley! You rocked!!!

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Team Making Love In The Kitchen (decked out in matching T's and all!)SANY2162

Re- hydration Time from my all time fave bevvieSANY2163

Aaaand I'm done. Passed out on the faux-grass. That's right. Vegetarian Food Fair. Outdoors. Fake grass. Went with all the fake food being served. Weird. IMG_6679

31 Responses to “No One Likes A Teese”

  1. Ricki said…
    Wow, I feel really lucky that I found that sushi! But I did miss the coconuts (and your demo--which looks fabulous!). :)
  2. Moreen Murray said…
    I didn't think about it at the time...maybe because I was hungry - but you are right about all the soy. Now, I confess I do like it on occasion, just for texture, however, there seemed to be a lack of vegetables - also lots of carbs. The one place there were vegetables was also very pricey. Perhaps someone can think about setting up a raw food or juice booth down there next year? I volunteered at the cooking demo for Terry Lynn Romero - which was great and missed you Meghan. I'm enjoying your blog as I'm trying to eating more whole, raw, food and now notice when I eat more cooked food I don't feel as good. Teese is quite simply nasty - it tastes like plastic - no one has yet come up with a convincing cheese substitute. I do much better in making nut cheeses - in fact a recipe I have from Kristen's Raw for a Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce is amazing. Keep up the good work.
  3. [...] fall into the beneficial category, but soy on a daily basis in the form of cheese (or should I say Teese), milk, meat mix, flour mix, protein powder etc- well, that is just way too much of any one food [...]
  4. [...] fall into the beneficial category, but soy on a daily basis in the form of cheese (or should I say Teese), milk, meat mix, flour mix, protein powder etc- well, that is just way too much of any one food [...]
  5. [...] who were there were left with little choice but to bring our own lunch and dinner with us. Remember last year’s write about the fair? Despite my best efforts that included meeting with a Veg Association staff member earlier in the [...]
  6. [...] who were there were left with little choice but to bring our own lunch and dinner with us. Remember last year’s write about the fair? Despite my best efforts that included meeting with a Veg Association staff member earlier in the [...]
  7. [...] vegetarian and live off pizza, pasta and bread. It is even easy to go vegan and live off all these make-believe foods that have been formulated out of [...]
  8. [...] vegetarian and live off pizza, pasta and bread. It is even easy to go vegan and live off all these make-believe foods that have been formulated out of soy. Being a healthy vegan or vegetarian, or even a healthy [...]

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