Monday, July 6, 2009

NKOTB & Vegan Brunch 4-Ever!

On Thursday night, my best friend Sheridan and I (as well as friends Misti and Holley) fulfilled our fifth grade dream by FINALLY seeing the New Kids on the Block perform live. The Fab Five stopped in Memphis on their reunion tour, and Sheridan drove the two hours from her home in Little Rock for the occasion.

The New Kids circa 1986

I do have food to share with you, but first I must tell ya'll about the show. The New Kids sound as awesome as they did back in the Hangin' Tough days of 1988-1989! They performed the perfect mix of old songs (think "Cover Girl," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Please Don't Go Girl," and " Hangin' Tough") and new ones (like "Summertime" and the oh-so-naughty "Full Service"). They wore precious little grey suits for most of the show, but changed into Boston sports jerseys for the "Hangin' Tough" encore. And though they're in their late 30s (Joe) and early 40s (the rest of them), they're still smokin' hot. I think it was the best night of my life so far!

NKOTB Today!

The next day, Sheridan and I wore our NKOTB tee-shirts while we made yummy vegan brunch:

We made the Tofu Benny from Vegan Brunch:

It's marinated, fried tofu stacked atop a juicy heirloom tomato slice and a whole wheat English muffin and covered in the best vegan Hollandaise sauce we've ever tasted. I've made a few variations of Hollandaise from different recipes, but as to be expected, Isa's is the best.

On the side, we made the Diner Home Fries from Vegan Brunch:

The perfect mix of tender and crispy with crunchy blackened onions and green bell pepper. Beats the Waffle House by a million! Speaking of the Waffle House, it's rumored that the New Kids hit up a Waffle House after every show. And we thought about trying to stalk them, but there are so many WF's in Memphis, we didn't know which one they'd choose ... so we went to Beale Street intsead. Oh well!

27 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

NKOTB YAYAYAY!!! How awesome you got to go see them! When I was 8 we went on vacation to the US and my dad took me and my sister to a New Kids concert in Houston, Texas. I remember being totally sure Joey would see me and we would get married.

Love the brunch photos! Seriously tasty!

Sal said...

aww you look so cute in your pink tees!! I'm gonna be singing the right stuff all day now!

I've been eyeing that benny recipe, it sounds so good! I just got my copy of VB.

oh oh oh oh oh! (the right stuff!)

shelby said...

You both look so cute in your hot pink t-shirts! Love it!

Whoa, is it just me or do those brunch pictures make your mouth water?! Amazing.

HayMarket8 said...

NKOTB? That is tooo funny!

Gina said...

Hehe, I'm glad the concert was everything you hoped it would be!

Your tofu benny looks so yummy!

pixiepine said...

The food looks great! I'm glad you got to make good on your childhood dream! I saw NKOTB when I was a kid and loved every minute of it.

Lebkuchen said...

NKOTB, woot!!! I saw them twice when I was a kid and loved them. You're right, they are still really hot!! :-D I love your blog, Bianca - I wrote you in as my fave blog on the VegNews awards ballot. Good luck, I hope you win!!

T said...

Oh my God, I used to love them. I had a sleeping bag, a hat, a t-shirt, and a coordinated dance routine with 3 of my best friends... You guys must have had such a blast!

And meanwhile, that tofu benny looks restaurant-perfect, especially with that excellent tomato... *sigh* I miss the south!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Nice one getting to see NKOTB, as a kid I always wanted to see Take That but I still haven't - maybe one day!

The tofu benny looks delicious too, I'll have to try it soon. So far I've only made the quiche, which was awesome and tonight it's omelet time!

Chrissy said...

Love the NKOTB shirts!
Is that the same benny recipe from Vegomicon? If so, it is so good. I make it all the time.

Sheridanna said...

NKOTB for life!!! And yes, the brunch was Delicious!!!

A said...

You guys look absolutely ADORABLE in your shirts! My best friend in Jr High had Donny's poster over her bed. I thought she was SO BAD!!! Ha! As usual, gorgeous brunch eats too!
-A

Veganissexy said...

How fun you saw the boys! I'd see them in a heartbeat. LOVED Joey :)

nora said...

Gorgeous benny, Bianca! That's hilarious that you thought of stalking them to waffle house. you're gonna make everyone think that all vegans are creepy..haha jk!

Sarena Shasteen said...

That sounds so great! I saw them when I was in 9th grade and it was the best! What a great thing to be able to do when you get older and still have the group sound good!

Your eats look really good! Those are two recipes from the book that I want to try soon!

Cyn said...

I've been excited about trying that tofu benny, and now I totally can't wait. Yum! And you guys look adorable in your shirts.

Carrie said...

Oooh I've been wanting to try the tofu benny! I will have to try it soon!
Love your NKOTB shirts!:)

Mary said...

Your brunch pictures are gorgeous! Almost as gorgeous as NKOTB...

aTxVegn said...

How funny you love the New Kids, and I had no idea they had reunited. I love the tshirts!

Brunch looks fantastic.

My nephews used to say Awful House.

Mihl said...

Yum, more great Vegan Brunch recipes! 1989? That was when the wall came down here in Germany. So long ago. Glad to hear you had fun.

jessy said...

that rocks on the NKOTB being just as awesome as they used to be! hoooooooray for an awesome time! you ladies look too cute in your pink shirts - i love 'em!

the tofu benny & hasbrowns look picture perfect, Bianca! dayyuuum, they look amazing! dan & i are having breakfast for dinner tomorrow night & i can't wait! superw00t!

Jen said...

this post made me deleriously happy.you're such a cheezball, bianca! absolutely gnawdorable.

i finally got VB on checkout at the liberry and will deeply consider making a benny this weekend. and those tarts? gorgeous.

btw, is there any way you can e-mail me that cheezy potato soup recipe?

dreaminitvegan said...

Your shirts are cute. Looks like you had alot of fun! Great looking food.

Tess said...

Where did you find a recipe for vegan hollandaise sauce?! Sounds amazing.

Adriana said...

I will admit my undying love of Joey McIntyre =)

Erin said...

YES! The NKOTB show was so good. Although all I could think about at first what with the gray suits and white shoes was Peewee Herman, and that threw me off a bit. I didn't know they're in their 40's! Guess I oughta stop lusting after them...Nah...

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh man, I want an NKOTB shirt!