Thursday, October 1, 2009

Party Snacks for VeganMofo 2009

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October has arrived, and with it the 3rd annual Vegan Month of Food, a grassroots effort to show the world how fun, easy, and delicious vegan food can be. Participating bloggers have pledged to post every weekday during October, on topics ranging from restaurants and travel to recipes and favorite fall foods. With over 320 blogs from around the world participating, Vegan MoFo III promises to be a tremendous showcase for the wide and varied world of vegan food.

You can find the alphabetized list of all participating blogs at Cake Maker to the Stars. Also check out the public RSS feed, where you can browse the latest posts from all the participating blogs in one place.

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!

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I love Little Lad's. It's unfortunate that it comes in those huge bags, because once I start eating I CAN'T STOP. My college sold it in its convenience store, and I got lots of tiny spices in my keyboard from eating this glorious snack while writing papers.

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  2. Mmmmm, popcorn! I might try a homemade version of this, it sounds really great.

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  3. Yumy Popcorn - not had any for ages!
    Happy Mofo'ing!
    :)

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  4. I don't eat a lot of popcorn, but I think I would totally devour it too if it was covered in herbs and nooch. Yum!

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  5. Dill on popcorn sounds like such a good idea!

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  6. Herbal popcorn sounds so yummy, such a great idea for snack. Have a great time Mofoing!:)

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  7. Lads corn is also available at Franks Bakery on State St. in Bangor, as well as the little store on Pushaw Rd. in Glenburn. That stuff is the GOODNESS, plain and simple !

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