383 Sensual Vegan Dining And Exotica From James Spencer

Step into the Zen Tiki Lounge for some Exotic vegan delights on this episode of the podcast.  Sunshine, Kalani and Starshine relax to the sounds of the new album by James Spencer, Exotica the piano cocktail hour and sample tasty vegan bites from James' cookbook Vegandisiac.   Its too bad our resident vegan Pumpkin could not join us this time.  She would surely LOVE cocktails and appetizers all made without animal products and all very very delicious.  Also on this episode we discuss the return of ZIMA, a tiki bar editorial and some don't miss late Summer events that a conscious imbiber should not skip.  

 Above from left to right: Jicama Melon Salad, Lola's Copacabana Piña Colada (we added Zaya and J. Wray rums)

Above from left to right: Jicama Melon Salad, Lola's Copacabana Piña Colada (we added Zaya and J. Wray rums)


 Get the book and start enjoying sexy vegan food now!

Get the book and start enjoying sexy vegan food now!

Often times we are asked for a good resource full of snacks and appetizers perfect for serving alongside cocktails and small get togethers.  Would you believe that James Spencer has done all the work for you, minus the cooking?  His book Vegandisiac: The sensual indulgent of vegan dining makes it easy to have a recipe for just about any need.  Appetizers, entrees, soups, smoothies, cakes, salads and more.  Plus, this book removes the animal products but also has recipes easy enough to follow you can put the butter or mayo back if you want to.  On this episode of the podcast we tried several recipes including one smoothie turned boozie.  

Jicama Melon Salad: Not Sweet!  Looking at the ingredients you may assume this tantalizing fruit salad would be or should be sweet.  Much to our delight this salad pairs the zestyness of lime juice with fresh melon, jicama and spice for a little kick.  All of us enjoyed many bites while drinking and recording the show.  Sunshine has a new favorite Summer salad.

Artichoke Tea Sandwiches: with so few ingredients this one is easy and delicious.  Starshine whipped these up after work and had time to spare.  Just stop by the store on the way home to grab easy to find vegan ingredients (just about every grocery now carries vegan mayo) that please everyone.  The savory seasoning is what makes these little bites marvelous.

English Cucumber Tea Sandwiches: A true classic with a vegan twist.  Just five ingredients and you can have an easy spread of soft or toasted mini sandwiches that will keep your inebriated company from getting unruly.  As in many recipes James provides several alternate serving ideas and alternate ingredients so you can really suit your taste.  


We love when we come across new cocktail music that sets the right mood for friends and relaxation.  The album Exotica: The Piano Cocktail Hour is just one in a serious by James Spencer.  James, a concert pianist among other things, brings us some familiar tracks with a classical piano sound and feel.  Our favorite is the opening track "The Mysterious Temple of Dhaka."  Next on the album tracks 2-6 are a five movement piece from the 1912 Jungle book.  Right?!  Needless to say, you will want to purchase the album and enjoy with your next mai tai,  or perhaps one of the many drinks from our ZTL cocktail library.  

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