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Today and tomorrow, I'm going to highlight some spectacular local products. Little Lad's Herbal Popcorn is familiar to most Mainers. It's been sold at health food stores across the state for years, and now that it's been picked up by Whole Foods, this nutritious, beguiling, and completely addictive snack is set to take over the western world. (It even has its own facebook!)
When I was a vegan teenager in the late 90s, Little Lad's was the only spot in southern Maine offering healthy, inexpensive, animal-free food. Portland's vegan scene has expanded rapidly in the last decade, but Little Lad's remains a constant, serving $5 buffet lunches at their Congress Street location. They also have a restaurant in lower Manhattan.
Every meal comes with a helping of popcorn tossed with dill, garlic salt, and vitamin-rich nutritional yeast. This salty, buttery, cheesy snack is so much more than the sum of its simple ingredients. When I have a bag at home, I cannot tear myself away. I shamelessly stuff my mouth and reach for more, until I'm staring at an empty bag the size of my pillowcase. I ate at least ten cups at lunch today, and then I licked the herbs from the bottom of my bowl.
In Bangor, the Natural Living Center and Giacomo's carry Little Lad's Herbal Popcorn. It is also available at many Whole Foods locations across the country. If you can't find it near you, Avery Yale Kamila posted an improvised recipe a while back.
Herbal Popcorn is the perfect snack to kick off this party, a month of enthusiastic vegan food blogging. Enjoy Vegan MoFo, and happy snacking!