Taste test: vegan vanilla ice cream
November is the vegan month of the world and the weekly was on a non-dairy tasting. Our master tester is former writer Las Vegas Sun Brian Nordli, who has a milk allergy that is serious enough to endanger life. For him it is important to find the tastiest food alternative, and I was just curious. With the cheese already in the books, we went to one of the most ubiquitous sweets in America: vanilla ice cream.
How creamy can it be? Would vanilla get lost in strong basic milk? Which product would win our hearts?
Thanks to Whole Foods we had a good selection of participants who changed everything from soya beans to coconuts in a pretty convincing dessert.
ER: I like the nutty nuance, but the vanilla flavor is very sweet. Too cute for me.
BN: It is very sweet, but the nut gives a little salty, so it does not get sweeter. Almond Dream is my choice, but I cannot eat too much at the same time.
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The verdict: wins through the authenticity of vanilla flavor; Brian's first choice; Erin's number 2 choice. 4.29 per pint; 140 calories per serving, 7 grams of fat, 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
BN: I'm always close to coconuts because I'm not a big coconut nut, and that's very coconut. It is actually ice cream with a coconut flavor. I am pretty surprised how creamy it is.
ER: I like it! It's a bit funky. Ken Tapioka, if you do it yourself, in a good way. This pint comes home.
The verdict: Brian's election number 3; Erin's number 1 choice. 6.79 per pint; 210 calories per serving, 14 grams of fat, 12 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
BN: In my opinion, that's a bit tasteless, sweet and you get a hint of vanilla. I do not think I dive too often in this tube dive. It is not my favorite.
The verdict: profit for creaminess; Brian's number 2 choice; The number 3 choice of Erin. 4.49 per pint; 180 calories per serving, 8 grams of fat, 21 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
BN: It's not bad, but it's not creamy. It almost looks like shredded ice. I would say that it is my least favorite. But it ends the hunger of the world, so the package. So there it is.
ER: It is dusty like sawdust. And it tastes just like Carnation Instant Breakfast. The more I eat it, the more I do not want to eat it.
Cafe No Fur, a new vegan restaurant in Las Vegas, has just opened its doors. It is one of four vegan restaurants that have been opened (or about to open) in Las Vegas within five months. Cafe No Fur offers tourists and locals a fresh breath with their herbal offers.
The menu includes liquor and vegan ice cream, as well as a selection of tempting candies such as colorful macaroons, flaky croissants and greasy brownies. Those with greater appetite can also enjoy a full menu throughout the day with Beyond Burgers, Smart Dogs, Monster Nachos, Breakfast Burritos and much more.
The theme of the cafeteria "without skin" is reflected not only in the menu items, but also in the waiters. The services are "scantily dressed", says Vegans, Baby, a vegan tool and guide to the city of Las Vegas.
Cafeteria owner Kevin Chan told the company: "Our servers are designed to show their appearance and support the movement" without skin. "We are beautiful in our skin and we hope that vegans and non-vegans can make this connection" The restaurant says it is "PG-13" and may not be suitable for families with small children.
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Las Vegas experienced a large influx of vegan dishes in the first half of 2018. In May, Amber's Smoked Vegan opened its doors as the first vegetarian restaurant for the soul in the city. Also in May, the famous local chef Kenny Chye opened the Asian vegan restaurant of chef Kenny.
Finally, Blinders Burgers & Brunch will be released in the coming weeks. Las Vegas is becoming a cooking vegan and both locals and outsiders can now experience the vibrant and delicious vegan scene with a three-hour walking tour organized by Vegans, Baby.
Until then, most vegan companies in Sin City are locally owned. This is a triumph for vegan entrepreneurs, but with Veganism (or at least an interest in vegan food) emerging in Las Vegas, spice chains can look forward to future expansion in the city.
Vegan fast food chains such as Veggie Grill and By Chloe are actively working to expand their locations across the country. These chains have the potential to attract the attention of millions of tourists who visit Las Vegas every year to their brands.
The Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace house a specialized Chocolaterie. No trip to Caesar is complete without a visit to this gourmet chocolate shop. You will be happy to discover that many of the items are vegan!
The staff behind the counter is very useful to show the elements that are suitable for all types of tastes and desires. I do not have to remind you that all truffles contain ganache, a mixture of chocolate and cream, so vegans have to skip those delicacies.
Vegans can participate in the many chocolate bars. Read the ingredient labels carefully, because some of the dark chocolate products may contain dairy products. Sit in the drinks bar and enjoy one (or all) chocolates: La Parisienne, Blanca & Aztec.
Just like your barista, what are the non-dairy products?
And you will discover that they offer soya, almond and rice milk! I personally love the Blanca with almond milk and the other two with rice milk. Each drink is served hot or with ice. Although I recommend the hot Aztec to fully enjoy the herbs!
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If you are in Las Vegas, visit the Vosges, located on the first floor of Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace. From Las Vegas Blvd., Use the main entrance of the shops, it is just behind the stairs and the curve fountain.