Man, is there any better way to start the day than with coffee and cold pizza? Seriously. Cold pizza for breakfast says two things: One, you’re kicking things off with deliciousness and comfort. Two, last night wasn’t so bad, ’cause at the least you had more than your fill of pizza.
And I’ve said it before, the true mark of adulthood is drinking coffee with a savory, especially onion, garlic, or peppers. I can’t explain it, it’s just one of those things, like the mark of a “local” New Yorker is carrying home a broom on the subway or the mark of a well-traveled vegan is a stuff sack within your luggage just for Clif bars and Tofurky Jurky and a bag of nooch. We’ve lived life, drank our coffee aside toast and waffles and myriad desserts, then moved on to brunch and its herby potatoes and kaley quiche…then eventually you find yourself pouring a cup with a super spicy pasta dish and you don’t know why it works, it just does. The tingly from the pepper meets the tingly from the acidity in the coffee and it’s all warm and gorgeous and you hear the choir of angels and for a moment everything is all right.
So maybe coffee with a savory is less a sign of adulthood and more one of addiction. And I guess I’m cool with that.
My apparent personal demons aside, can we talk about how lucky I am to live in a city with Sizzle Pie? The pictured pizza is a Spiral Tap, a swirl of house red sauce and onion spread with a sprinkle of nooch. When I order it, I just say “Spiral Tap,” not “Spiral Tap, hold the cheese,” or “Spiral Tap, veganized.” It’s already vegan—and it’s but one of the 10-ish vegan pizzas on the menu, with ingredients like vegan ricotta and Buffalo jackfruit. It’s not all Daiya and vegan sausage crumbles, and I love that. They’ve moved beyond the basics, realizing what pizza can be and how vegans want to have as much fun with their pizzas as meat-eaters. Our day is here, kiddos. Can you dig it?
Oh, my gift to you, on this first day of VeganMoFo 2014? Should you find yourself in Portland, and then to Sizzle Pie itself, you can order this special treat off-menu (it used to be on the menu and I rather cannot believe it fell off): The Spiral Tap, but sub out the red sauce with that gift from the gods, the cilantro pepitas pesto. You’re welcome.
VeganWhatFo? It’s VeganMoFo, the Vegan Month of Food. All month, vegan bloggers and the like will be posting about vegan food at least every weekday. Some folks plan way ahead and have elaborate themes. I do not do this. I have, like, four jobs and just got through nursing my lad through spinal surgery, so you get spontaneous “what exhausted vegans eat” posts and both successful and failed experiments. Sometimes magic happens. Enjoy.
Ooh, one last thing: With my move to a self-hosted site, the comments were down when I published my last post, a giveaway for Joni Marie Newman’s new book, Going Vegan, but they work now. (Michele, meet Learning Curve; Learning Curve, Michele.) Check it out and enter to win—just leave a comment about going vegan, either your biggest worry or your best advice. Enter by September 8!