Monday, May 4, 2009
A Very Vegan Birthday Party
My 33rd birthday is tomorrow, May 5. To commemorate this momentous occasion and their birthdays, my two wonderful friends, Your Vegan Mom and Foodeater, whose birthdays are May 2 and May 10, respectively, decided to throw the best vegan birthday party ever this past Sunday afternoon. Oh, no, your eyes are not deceiving you; that is, in fact, the one and only Frankenstand in the photo above.
The Frankenstand's creative proprietor set up his infamous vegan hot dog stand bright and early in Griffith Park's Old Zoo bear enclosure especially for we three vegan birthday girls. He decorated the stand and the condiment table with tiny zoo animal figurines for the occasion and then got to work cooking up his wonderfully savory treats for the small group of our closest friends.
I chose the Franken, a spicy Italian-style sausage, and topped it with yellow mustard and sauerkraut. It was even more incredible than I'd imagined it would be!
Your Vegan Mom made a really delicious vegan queso for ballpark-style nachos. In the photo below, you'll notice that I was testing my ability to take the heat from the jalapenos. I was definitely able and subsequently piled many more of the spicy disks on top of my nachos.
I baked a batch of my now-perfected Chocolate Chip Cookies and a batch of my most requested Snickerdoodles. (You'll likely see future posts dedicated to my veganization of these recipes.)
Foodeater had the brilliant idea to commission cupcakes from Vegan Bake Sale, which just so happens to be owned and operated by one of our good friends. She chose the scrumptious Cookies 'n Cream and Strawberry Shortcake varieties.
JennShaggy surprised us with the gift of homemade Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze that were fabulous.
We received another baked surprise in the form of a rich and decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry Coulis by Brittany.
We have the most talented group of friends and I'm grateful for each and every one. Thank you all for spending a beautiful Sunday celebrating with us!
Head over to Foodeater's blog to read her post about this spectacular party (you might even catch a glimpse of my right hand and forearm and my party dress), as she captured it perfectly.
Stay tuned for more birthday-centric posts since I believe in celebrating not only my birthday (remember, it's tomorrow, May 5!), but my birthday week!