Vegan Mob Anarchy, The Best Album of The Year, & Pups Eating Loaves of Bread.

Posted: 14/07/2014 in Uncategorized
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A few posts ago, I wrote about a Vegan meetup group event going on throughout Jacksonville.

I’m not going to be sad if you don’t remember that because you are going to hear all about it now.

It was a blast & we used the hashtag #VeganMob on our social media sites so people could follow along & enjoy pictures of the awesome food or other cool stuff everywhere the mob ran around to.

It wasn't too tough to find us, we were the ones with the good food.

It wasn’t too tough to find us, we were the ones with the good food.

The mob started at Sweet Theory, an awesome vegan bakery that does a lot of other allergy-conscious pastries & cakes nestled in the Riverside neighborhood.  They’re fast approaching their second year open & the business doesn’t seem to stop.  That’s probably because they make the best cinnamon rolls this side of California.

DROOOOOOOOOOOOL.

DROOOOOOOOOOOOL.

Yes, there’s that.  So good & if you want coffee, they’ve got that too.  Also, vegan ice cream–try the sundae, it’s huge & delicious no matter what pastry you top it with.

After that we ran a few blocks to Grassroots Natural Market, a cool grocery store/juice bar near the five points area of Riverside.  One of the workers took us around & showed a lot of the veg-friendly stuff that they had stocking the shelves(which was a lot).  We even saw Katie Perry around the store!

Well, it was more of a big name sighting than anything.

Well, it was more of a big name sighting than anything.

After Grassroots, we ran around the corner to Tapa That, a cool little restaurant that set up a ten dollar vegan buffet just for us!  They made up a mixed green salad, some “cheesy” potatoes and a faux eggs & sausage dish that I pretty much had to get seconds & thirds on.  At that point, the mob had grown in size to about twenty five people, give or take & I’m pretty sure we did some damage to the buffet.

Just a casual conversation...

Just a casual conversation…

...where some of us wear napkins.

…where some of us wear napkins.

I'm the guy that just takes pictures randomly & never tells anyone.

I’m the guy that just takes pictures randomly & never tells anyone.

I probably could have just grabbed a few plates at a time, but who needed to fill up so soon?

I probably could have just grabbed a few plates at a time, but who needed to fill up so soon?

As soon as the buffet was decimated, we ran over to Moon River Pizza in Murray Hill, some of the best pizza in Jacksonville & a cool joint to hang out at.  There have been some times that I just eat an entire pizza by myself & then feel bad about it for hours(well, not morally bad, just have a stomach ache & a need for a food coma nap).  Julie got a pizza & just had everyone pitch in instead of getting a pizza per person.  I had been instructed to bring some back home, so I got a large pizza as well.  The best part of it all?  It was free veggie toppings for our group!  Have to love that.  Or else.

Seriously, we aren't serious.

Seriously, we aren’t serious.

...and here we have a plate that needs to be occupied by a piece of pizza....

…and here we have a plate that needs to be occupied by a piece of pizza….

The stop after Moon River was Chamblin’s Uptown, a deli/coffee shop/book store that is in the center of downtown Jacksonville.  They made up a cool menu for us with some seitan or veggie wrap choices, a whole bunch of side dishes & then a sampler with the choice of three wraps at a special price.  As always, the staff was really accommodating as well & took great care of us.

It's just a day full of stars.

It’s just a day full of stars.

I really have to stop eating wrappers.

I really have to stop eating wrappers.

Well, Hail Seitan it is.

Well, Hail Seitan it is.

It had started raining back at Moon River, but what’s a little rain when there’s a farmer’s market at the beaches that is open rain or shine?  The Beaches Green Market has been operating for a while now at Jarboe park & has vendors that sell produce, hand-made pasta, pickles, trees & bushes, and Dig Foods.  Dig is a cool concept in the fact that they like to make food as close to living as possible, making it immensely more healthy & beautifully complex, even though the ingredients are so simple.  I’m in love with the fact that they work this market because it brings them out to the beach & that’s what we need here, is some awesomely delicious, righteous vegan chow right around the corner!  Murphy’s always up for a picture too!!

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Got rain? Not a problem, veggies make you tough!

How can you not love this stuff??!!

How can you not love this stuff??!!

We had planned to show people around a community garden that was right behind the market, but with the rain keeping steady, we opted to head right on over to Lillie’s Coffee Bar in Neptune Beach.

Lillie’s is a local favorite when I’m on my bike & need to stop to relax & draw or read.  It’s just a comfy spot & the crew is really nice.  Plus, they have tempeh & avocados.  I could eat those every day!

The coffee is tasty too.  Well, you know, coffee bar & all.

The coffee is tasty too. Well, you know, coffee bar & all.

The last stop was the Green Room Brewing, but they were absolutely packed(because they are so great), so we went to another place & relaxed on a covered patio.  The rain was still spitting at us & the group had dwindled in numbers, but it was a fun food filled day & we should definitely do that again!

Plus, I had leftovers for almost a day!!

Chamblin's wrap + Dig Food's hummus = so much awesome you can't believe it.

Chamblin’s wrap + Dig Food’s hummus = so much awesome you can’t believe it.

On to the best album of the year!

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Rise Against has been streaming their new album, The Black Market, on iTunes for a week now & I don’t think I’ve stopped playing it when I’m around my computer.  The whole album is just so awesome and the songs are so different & innovative from what Rise Against has done in the past.  Everything is still a fast-paced freight train starting with “The Great Die-Off,” going through the first couple of singles “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” & “The Eco-Terrorist In Me,” rocking through several catchy songs to an acoustic ballad called “People Live Here,” & ending with “Bridges,” a song to end on that makes you want to hear what’s next already.  Overall, the album is very well balanced & I think it’s going to be on repeat in the car on the road trip to Ohio later this month.  Get online, check it out & it comes out July 15th.

Dogs will eat anything & EVERYTHING.  Even a whole loaf of garlic rosemary sourdough bread that is far back on the kitchen counter.  At least they know what’s tasty.  Unfortunately, there were several trips outside immediately after we came home & discovered the bread was eaten.  Little Baby Alec Baldwin looked like he swallowed a bowling ball & Cinder looked as though we were so disappointed in her we might have to let her go(that won’t happen, don’t worry).  Those trips outside were some of the smelliest trips I’ve ever had with the pups & they even eat beans on a daily basis.  Here are some pictures.

Me photobombing them was probably the catalyst.

Me photobombing them was probably the catalyst.

She's so sad that she's so full that she's so happy.

She’s so sad that she’s so full that she’s so happy.

This won't end well.

This won’t end well.

Weeble wobbles wobble but they won't fall down.  No, I'm not fat-shaming him, shut up.

Weeble wobbles wobble but they won’t fall down. No, I’m not fat-shaming him, shut the Hell up.

So leave bread on the top of the fridge if you’re smarter than me.  Which you are.  I can tell that because you are reading this.  Also, you’re very handsome/pretty.  Again, because you’re reading this.  Now go outside & have a fun day!

Seeya!

 

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Comments
  1. Megan Blake says:

    Love what you all do! Julie it was a true inspiration to meet you!!!! I want to be your Maibu groupie!

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