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My husband Kevin and I eloped in November 2009. We decided instead of having a big crazy wedding, we’d just swing by the courthouse and throw a low-key party later. Before we even got married, we knew we were going to have all vegan food at our party, and we knew that awesome food would come from Spiral Diner, our most favorite restaurant in the world.

Behold the deliciosity! All vegan, all awesome, put together by Lindsay—pigs in blankets, veggie wraps, chips, hummus, salsa, chickenless salad, and fresh fruits and veggies. The only other vegetarian in our family besides Kevin and I is my mom, but we heard nothing but good things about the food from our omnivorous friends and relatives. My favorite item was definitely the pigs in blankets, followed closely by the chickenless salad.

And of course there was cake! Glorious Neapolitan cake—layers of chocolate and white cake with strawberry icing, drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate-covered strawberries—all put together by the very talented founder of Spiral Diner, Amy McNutt. OMG! And yes, it was vegan, and everyone raved about it! It was soooo moist and sooooo delicious (and pretty to boot)!

Here’s another view of the yumminess:

The party went down at The Usual, our friendly, local prohibition-era cocktail-serving bar. Seriously, if you’re a cocktail connoisseur or or just looking for a good Friday night cocktail, you have to check this place out. I’m a fan of the Scorpio and the Mai Tai. Click the link to check out their happy hour specials.

So that’s our vegan wedding party. I was so stuffed by the end of the evening, but it was all sooo, sooo good. And no one except my carnivore brother seemed even reluctant about the food. So there you go . . . vegan wedding shindigs can totally be done and they can be thoroughly awesome!

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Spiral Diner is hands-down my most favorite restaurant ever. Spiral is a vegan restaurant that opened in Fort Worth in 2002. I’ve been going ever since opening week and I’ve rarely had a thing I didn’t like.

Spiral has a regular rotation of Blue Plate Specials. Past ones have included the Festivus Sandwich (cranberry pecan dressing, Tofurkey, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, and mayo all sandwiched between two slices of whole grain bread), the Paul Reuben (vegan reuben), chili mac, crazy baked potatoes, and countless other awesome things.

Their newest Blue Plate is an assortment of vegan quesadillas (made with Daiya cheese and all kinds of awesome fillings) and vegan nachos (made with their own cashew cheeze sauce). Of course, as soon as we found out they were offering these tasty gems, Kevin and I had to go down there and try them out. We ordered the Blackened Tofu Quesadillas:

And the Black Bean and Cheese Nachos:

We shared both, and WOW! The quesadillas consist of whole wheat tortillas stuffed with melty Daiya cheese (this stuff is magical!), crisp blackened tofu, corn, tomatoes, green onions and creamy chipotle. On the rare occasion I’ve had regular quesadillas, I always feel gross after eating all that greasy cheese. The Daiya cheese is melty and creamy without all the grease, and the tofu and corn add the perfect combo of textures and flavors.

The nachos were also a winner. The piping hot cashew cheeze sauce is smooth and has a great nutritional yeast/”cheezy” flavor, and the black beans, tomatoes, and onions all added great substance and flavor. They reminded me a little of the vegan nachos we had at Hungry Tiger Too in Portland, Oregon.

If you live remotely close to a Spiral Diner (there’s one in Fort Worth and Oak Cliff), get there fast before these babies are gone. I really, really hope these get added to the regular menu. In fact, now I’m inspired to make my own vegan nachos . . .

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