We saw 2014 off with a bang! We had two house parties to go to, and we started at my friends Vaughan and Nicole's house for a Japanese-themed NYE party. Here's Vaughan! He's a crazy, fun dresser.
And here I am with his girlfriend Nicole (on the left) and Cassi (on the right).
Vaughan and Nicole are vegan, so the food spread was fabulous. There was Veggie Sushi (mostly gone by the time I took this pic).
And a roll-your-own sushi bar!
And Vegetable Dumplings. They stuck together a bit, so the plate looks a little messy. But they were delicious.
Cassi brought over some MAGICAL Champagne Cupcakes! The batter and frosting was rainbow swirl, and they were coated in edible glitter!!! The pic I took at the party didn't turn out so well, but here's a picture of one of the same cupcakes when she took a batch to Imagine Vegan Cafe to sell.
After a couple hours at Vaughan and Nicole's party, we headed to my friend Andy's house for his annual New Year's Eve shindig. Andy isn't vegan, but he always has a couple of vegan items on the snack table. He made a yummy Vegan Chili and Cream Cheese Dip that I failed to photograph, and he made Vegan Pigs in Blankets. Sorry for the crappy photo.
I drank these yummy beers most of the night.
Today, I stuck to tradition. Every year for New Year's Day lunch, Greg, Cassi, and I go to Pho Saigon for Banh Xeo.
These crispy Vietnamese omelets (made with rice flour) are stuffed with fried tofu and bean sprouts, and they're so freakin' good. I've made these at home before, and mine are never as good. But at Pho Saigon, they fry these in lots of oil, so it's perfect for soaking up New Year's Day hangovers. I coat mine in lots of soy sauce and sriracha.
Well, that's my last non-cleanse meal for a few weeks. I'll be back tomorrow with details about what cleanse I'm doing and a full days worth of pics!