Two glorious things happened this weekend: 1. I went on an AMAZINGGGGGGG (there isn’t enough space for all the G’s I want to type right now) hike in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and 2. I made the most bomb vegan “BLT” or TLT (Tempeh Lettuce Tomato) sandwich EVER and I can’t get over how delicious it was. That’s a whole lot of Booyah for one weekend right there.
On Saturday (aka the perfect New England hiking day, it was 75°F / 24°C and sunny), I went for an 8.8 mile hike along the Franconia Ridge, which summits Mount Lafayette (5260′), Mount Lincoln (5089′) and Little Haystack Mountain (4760′) and offers staggering, dramatic views of the White Mountains. It was a challenging hike, with a 3860 foot gain in elevation. However totally worth it: the views were stunning, and the 1.6 mile segment of the hike from Mount Lafayette to Little Haystack is atop an open ridge. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.
We took the Falling Waters trail on our descent and were treated to a barrage of gorgeous waterfalls. The trail traversed back and forth over the stream several times, and it was there that I left a little bit of my dignity as I rode a natural water slide down a portion of the stream on my Lululemon WUC, while emitting the same yelp a 10 year old girl would make. Not on purpose though – I totally ate it. Whoops! And, at some point my Buffalo Bills hat was lost – I like to think it lived its best life and a black bear is now rocking it in order to scare away all the Patriots fans. RIP Bills Hat – we’ve been through some great times/races/long runs/wins and loses together. Ah well. Such is life. Check out these waterfalls though:
On Sunday, I saw The Light and made literally one of the best things I’ve ever tasted: a vegan BLT. As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Faves, I bought Lightlife Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon at Whole Foods last week. Um, YUM. You open that sucker and you’re like, “There is no flipping way this stuff is going to taste remotely like bacon.” And then, you heat some olive oil in a pan and fry those mofos and the smell is UNREAL DELICIOUS (it’s got to be the liquid smoke/spice combo, I studied that ingredient label and tried to use my Chemistry brain to figure out what made it so good afterwards but the magical ingredient remains elusive – I won’t get into how long I sat at my spice rack smelling different combinations of spices to try and figure it out). That being said, it’s been more than 15 years (holy balls I’m old) since I’ve had a “real” BLT. Also, this reminds me that with my upcoming birthday, I will have been a vegetarian for over half my life (again, holy balls I’m old!). Anyway, I’m not sure that you guys really need directions of how to make an uber bomb TLT but what the hell let’s do this anyway.
TLT: Tempeh, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich
- Lightlife Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon
- Romaine lettuce
- Low-Fat Veganaise (or your fave vegan mayo)
- Wheat bread
- Someone to listen to you immediately express how delicious your TLT is
- Olive oil for frying
Step One: Get your toast ready to rumble and heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Gently unwrap your tempeh bacon (the slices are fragile, so in order to not destroy your “bacon” use caution when separating each slice).
Step Two: Fry your facon (fakin’ + bacon?) until edges are crispy and browned and the smells are filling your kitchen with YES. Once done, slide your facon onto a dinner plate covered in a paper towel to allow the facon to “drain” (Idk if this is really necessary, but it’s what my mom always did with real bacon, so yeah). Get your toppings ready.
Step Three: Assemble your TLT. Spread vegan mayo on toast, top with 4 – 5 slices of facon, lettuce and tomato and you are in business, Batman.
Step Four: ENJOY 😀 😀 😀
Dude, this was SO GOOD. I can’t get over how good it is. I’m actually counting down the hours until I get to go home and eat the other half of my package of facon. Boooooooooooooyah!
So overall – what a great weekend!! I hope you guys had a spectacular weekend as well – what did you guys get up to?? Tell me all about it in the comments!!