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München Haus in Leavenworth, Washington

In the Bavarian-style Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can, surprisingly, find vegan options that are so good to merit a trip to this quaint village, even despite the icy, snowy conditions of the mountain roads leading to the village, and its own 14º temperature that I faced this past week. Populated by small hotels,Map of Seattle to Leavenworth, WArestaurants, bars and beer gardens and a plethora of touristy shops, primarily dedicated to the Bavarian culture, one can also find shops dedicated to selling olive oil and vinegar, soaps, taffy, fudge, tea or cheese, as well as those offering locally crafted beers and wine tasting rooms. And they even have restaurants featuring other ethnic cuisines, but more on that note in my next post.

I first traveled to Leavenworth about four or five years ago, and my fondest memory from that trip was lunch at an establishment named the München Haus, billed as a “Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden. Continue reading

Tofurky Beer Brats – The BEST Vegan Hot Dog

In the past, I’ve sampled a few different attempts to create a meatless hot dog-like substance. Most failed miserably.

Tofurky, however, makes vegan sausages that come pretty close to the real thing. I’ve tried a couple of their varieties, and by far the best are their Beer Brats, but be careful how you cook them.

When I used to eat real hot dogs, my favorite way to cook them was to boil them. So, when I first tried a Tofurky Beer Brat, I looked at the cooking instructions, and low and behold, one of the described methods was to boil them. Big Mistake.

Tofurky Beer Brat and Beans

Tofurky Beer Brat and Beans

One thing that I have quickly discovered in cooking various meatless vegan commercial products is that they need to be cooked and cooked and cooked. And then cooked some more. Rare does not do it. Boiled Tofurky Beer Brats are terrible.

I did not give up, though, and needing a hot dog fix, I tried again, and this time I looked further on the instructions, and saw the part about heating in an oiled pan. Ah Ha!! So, I got out my pan, heated it with my vegan-foods-oil-of-choice, safflower oil, and placed in a couple of Beer Brats. I cooked them as evenly as possible on all sides, and being aware of the packages’ stern warnings about NOT OVERCOOKING, I took them out when they reached a golden brown.

The improvement was startling: So much better, but not yet perfect.

As I’ve mentioned, what I have found is that such vegan meat-like products need to be cooked within an inch of their vegetable-life. So, the next time I had the hot dog urge, I did it the same way, but cooked them on all sides not to golden brown, but to practically charcoal black. Success – cooked that much, they were great, and MrsHound and I have had them several times since, and we have several packages in the wings for future endeavors.

The photo shows my Beer Brat on a bun with lots of mustard and relish, and my favorite prepared canned beans, which thankfully are vegan – Bush’s Grillin’ Beans, Steakhouse Recipe. Careful, though, some of their other flavors besides the Steakhouse Recipe are NOT vegan!

This meal rates an 8 of 10 on the Hound scale.