Episode 2: Hummus & Double Pea Soup with Roasted Red Peppers | The Vegan Test Kitchen

The second episode is out and if you watched the first one, rest assured…yes, I got a new knife! I have to say, the hummus was particularly delicious. It should definitely be chilled for a bit if possible–I forgot to mention that in the video.

Being Vegan couldn’t be easier at Ramsi’s Brunch Buffet

Contrary to popular belief, virtually every restaurant can make you something vegan.  All they have to do is listen to a few simple requests and use their brains.  And while some restaurants aren’t willing to give you much more than a plate of steamed vegetables and a side salad and call that a meal, other restaurants are willing to step out of the box and give you something worth your money.  Ramsi’s is a shining example of what other restaurants could and should be.

With more and more people concerned about our fellow animals’ wellbeing, their own health, and environmental concerns, mainstream restaurants are seeing an increase in the need of vegan cuisine.  Ramsi’s is a place that has been doing this for years.  They have had vegan meals for quite a while that consist of more than a salad with week old lettuce.  And then came along Ramsi’s Brunch Buffet.  And what a buffet it is.

From the moment we sat down and the server told us (without me asking) that their buffet included many options for vegans, I thought I was in another world.  A perfect world.  A vegan utopia!  And then I saw the bacon.  Okay, so it wasn’t a perfect world, but a better one indeed.  While I reached for the vegan biscuits and soy sausage gravy (oh my god, were they good!), my omni boyfriend went for the recently deceased, but also helped himself to some tofu scramble and a few black bean cakes.  Which he loved by the way.  They were definitely the surprise hit of the meal.  These black bean patties were lightly breaded, then baked or fried which gave it this perfect texture that just crumbled in your mouth.  He went back for seconds.

While $12.99 might seem a lot for a buffet, it’s not a lot for a never-ending meal.  Especially when you can get unlimited amounts of vegan yumminess.  And it’s a great deal when you consider the restaurant.

Ramsi’s serves their Brunch Buffet every Sunday from 10am–3pm.  When we went (around 1:30), we had absolutely no wait.  The staff is excellent and very friendly.  All of the vegan options are labeled at the spread and include:

biscuits and soy sausage gravy

soy sausage patties

fresh fruit

breakfast burritos

tofu scramble

black bean cakes

queso (it actually wasn’t bad, Luke even liked it)

chocolate chip pancakes

french toast

For more information on what their normal menu looks like or where they are located, visit http://www.ramsiscafe.com/

2010 Louisville Farmers Market Directory

It couldn’t be easier to get local fresh, cheap, and usually organic produce in Louisville on any day of the week.  Check out the following markets:

MONDAY

Crescent Hill Farmers Market

Crescent Hill United Methodist, 201 S. Peterson Ave, 40206

7AM – 10 AM

Now – October

TUESDAY

Jeffersontown Farmers Market

10434 Watterson Trail, 40299

3PM – 6:30PM

Now – October

Okolona Farmers Market

Southern High School, 8620 Preston Hwy

4PM – 7 PM

Now – October

Pheonix Hill Farmers Market

Felice Winery Complex, 829 E. Market St, 40206

3PM – 6:30PM

Now – October

Rowan Street Farmers Market

Habitat for Humanity, 17th and Rowen St, 40203

8AM – 12PM

Now – October

St. Francis of the Fields Farmers Market

St. Francis of the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Rd, 40027

4PM – 6:30PM

Now – October

WEDNESDAY

Old Louisville Farm Works Market

1143 S. 3rd St, 40203

3PM – 6PM

Now – October

Rowan Street Farmers Market

Habitat for Humanity, 17th and Rowen St, 40203

8AM – 12PM

Now – October

Whole Foods Farmers Market

Whole Foods Market, 4944 Shelbyville Rd, 40207

3PM – 7PM

Now – October

THURSDAY

Bardstown Road Farmers Market

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Rd, 40205

4:30PM – 6PM

Now – December

Gray Street Farmers Market

400 E. Gray St, 40202

10:30AM – 2PM

Now – October

Mid City Mid-Week Farmers Market

Mid City Mall, Baxter Ave. side, 40204

4PM – 7PM

Now – October 28

Rowan Street Farmers Market

Habitat for Humanity, 17th and Rowen St, 40203

8AM – 12PM

Now – October

Suburban Christian Church Farmers Market

Suburban Christian Church, 7515 Westport Rd, 40222

3PM – 6PM

Now – October

FRIDAY

Crescent Hill Farmers Market

Crescent Hill United Methodist, 201 S. Peterson Ave, 40206

7AM – 10 AM

Now – October

SATURDAY

Bardstown Road Farmers Market

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Rd, 40205

8AM – 12PM

Now – December

Beechmont Open Air Market

Beechmont Baptist Church, 4574 S. 3rd St, 40214

8AM – 12PM

Now – September

Broadway Baptist Church Farmers Market

4000 Brownsboro Rd, 40207

8AM – 12PM

Now – September

California Neighborhood Farmers Market

Victory Park, 22nd & Kentucky St, 40210

10AM – 2PM

Now – October

Jeffersontown Farmers Market

10434 Watterson Trail, 40299

7AM – 12PM

Now – October

Middletown Farmers Market

Village Square Shopping Center, 11800 Shelbyville Rd, 40243

8:30AM – 12PM

Now – September 4

Norton Commons Farmers Market

Norton Commons, 9420 Norton Commons Blvd, 40059

9AM – 1PM

Now – November

Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers Market

Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson St, 40203

9AM – 12PM

Now – October

Southwest Farmers Market

Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy, 40272

9AM – 1PM

Now – October

St. Francis of the Fields Farmers Market

St. Francis of the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Rd, 40027

10AM – 1PM

Now – October

St. Matthews Farmers Market

Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Rd, 40207

8AM – 12PM

Now – September

Westport Village Farmers Market

Herr Lane at Westport Rd, 40242

2PM – 5PM

Now – October

SUNDAY

Jewish Family & Career Services Farmers Market

Corner of Dutchmans Ln & Cannons Ln

12:30PM – 4:30PM

Now – October 31

Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market

Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, 3738 Lexington Rd, 40207

12PM – 4PM

Now – October