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Tofurky Italian Sausage vs. Field Roast Italian Sausage

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Tofurky and Field Roast are big names in meat alternatives, both offering a variety of flavors of vegan sausages.  I have always been a fan of Tofurky’s Italian sausages, but on a recent trip to the Follow Your Heart market, I wondered if that was only because Tofurky was available at most grocery stores.  I decided to test the theory and pick up a package of Field Roast Italian Sausages.

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One weekend morning, I cooked up a bowl of both, along with some red bell pepper.

Italian Sausages comparison

All of the Field Roast Italian Sausages were individually wrapped and I could immediately see why.  They were pretty delicate and came apart a bit as you can see in the photo above.

Italian Sausages

Here’s a photo of the sausages cooked and looking quite tasty.  My opinion was that the Field Roast sausages were heartier and more meaty and would probably be great crumbled up and used in a dish.  I still favor the Tofurky sausages, though.  They were easier to keep together when cooking and had more of an Italian flavoring.  Don’t go by my opinion, though… give them a try because everyone’s tastes are different.

Vegan at Tony’s Darts Away, Burbank – Post 3

I have already talked about Tony’s Darts Away, but I thought that I could do multiple reviews of restaurants as I make subsequent visits.  Click here to see previous posts about Tony’s Darts Away.

My sister and I went on an impromptu shopping trip to Unique Vintage in Burbank.  If you like vintage and vintage reproduction clothes, you can’t get any cuter than Unique Vintage.  I have purchased a few dresses at Bettie Page before and the pale in comparison when it comes to quality.

After a successful shopping trip, we went over to Tony’s Darts Away, which is mere blocks away.  This time I ordered the Vegan Border Dog: a vegan Mexican chipotle sausage topped with garlic paste, Mexican salsa, avocado lime puree, and raw onions.  The flavors went really well together and it was less dry than the Italian Stallion Sausage.

Vegan Border Dog | A Vegan in Progress

Vegan at Tony’s Darts Away, Burbank – Post 2

I have already talked about Tony’s Darts Away, but I thought that I could do multiple reviews of restaurants as I make subsequent visits.  Click here to see previous posts about Tony’s Darts Away.

When looking for a low key, but fun night out with our friend Jessica before her impending move out of state, we chose to go back to Tony’s Darts Away.  Like I said before, I really like the ambiance, the food options, and the staff.

We ordered Disco Fries (like Poutine fries if you have ever heard of those), Buffalo Wedges (not on the online menu), and I tried a Vegan Italian Stallion Sausage.

The Disco Fries are described as fries covered in gravy and Daiya Cheddar Cheese.  I believe the Daiya that we got was Mozzarella rather than Cheddar, but I don’t think it made much of a difference.  The gravy was cold and the whole thing was inedible.  I won’t be ordering this side again.

Tony's Darts Away - Disco Fries | A Vegan in Progress

The Buffalo Wedges are always winners, but then again, I love buffalo sauce.  These went fast because everyone liked them.

Tony's Darts Away - Buffalo fries | A Vegan in Progress

Next was the Vegan Italian Stallion Sausage, which was a vegan Italian sausage topped with brown mustard, griddled onions, and griddled peppers.  It was a little dry (I didn’t detect much mustard), but really tasty.  The peppers were cooked very well.  I don’t think I’m likely to want a full meal here often, but it’s good to know that there’s a solid option.

Tony's Darts Away - Vegan Italian Stallion | A Vegan in Progress

We sipped our drinks, shared some food, chatted, and played Cards Against Humanity.  If you haven’t played it before and you have a bit of a sick sense of humor, it is loads of fun.  It seems like something you could only play with close friends, but we have played with our parents and even Eric’s grandma, so it really just depends on the company.

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It was a great way to say goodbye to our good friend Jessica.  She’s on to new and exciting things!

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Vegan Recipe – PPK Fronch Toast

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Breakfast can be difficult for new vegans.  So much of what we are used to eating for breakfast involves some type of animal product or another.  It’s a very tough meal to eat out at a restaurant without resorting to fruit or potatoes only.  However, at home, it’s a different story.  There’s a variety of meal options that aren’t difficult to make yourself.  One of my favorite easy recipes is Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Fronch Toast from the Post Punk Kitchen website.  Click here for the recipe.

PPK Fronch Toast | A Vegan in Progress

You can use many types of vegan bread, by my favorites are sourdough and French bread.  They take the batter well without getting soggy.  When I was a kid, my mom always made French toast using an egg and milk wash as opposed to a flour based batter, but this is a great version as well.  In fact, Eric prefers it!

Also pictured are some slices of Tofurkey Italian Sausage.  They are really tasty and go well as a side to Fronch Toast.  I have since found that slicing the sausage in larger chunks works better.  Slicing too thin causes the sausages to overcook.

Try this out with some orange juice.  It makes a terrific weekend meal!