Monthly Archives: October 2012

Napa- Vegan Mofo


This past week Brendon and I have been eating out a lot, unfortunately that means that we spend more money and I don’t get to experiment as much. Don’t get me wrong, I love being cooked for and love a taste of Oakland/ the Bay Area…but usually I am unimpressed with the vegan options at many nice restaurants.  We went to Napa today, it was such a beautiful day to be up in the valley as it was crisp and cool due to the rain here this week.

We went to Peju, Clos Pegase, Sterling, and BV wineries. It was magical. Here are some of the pictures of the wineries and the drive up.

Leave it to Napa to provide the best grocery store in the entire country, Dean and Delucas! I spent a fortune on olive oil and paprika…but this place was worth it!

After we went to Napa we stopped at Pizzaiolo in Oakland, a place where on most nights people are lining up out the door. Brendon and I were both excited to try the famous pizza from the ex Chez Pannise chef’s menu. Unfortunately the waiter had no idea if they could make a vegan pizza. We ended up having one made special by the Chef that was excellent.  I decided today that I would make a vegan pizza like I wanted from Pizzaiolo. Brendon always creates challenges for me, this challenge was to create a pizza that used barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce. Here is what happened:


1 pizza dough

1 onion sliced and caramelized

1 bell pepper sautéed with the onion after onion is translucent

1 head garlic roasted at 425 for 15 min or until tender

pickles for laying across the pizza

barbecue sauce

Trader Joes Vegan Meatballs

Daiya Mozzarella cheese

Oregano, Basil, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt &  Pepper to taste


Roll Out pizza dough, I used my own homemade with italian herbs, but there’s always store bought if you are lazy or rushed. Bake on 425 till browned on the top of the dough. Take out the dough flip it over, and add a layer of BBQ sauce, then caramelized onions and bell peppers. Next add more BBQ Sauce, and top with pickles, Daiya cheese, Herbs, and spices.

Cook for 15-20 min or until cooked through. It varies from climate to climate, and oven to oven!

10 min before the pizza is done add the meatballs cut in half on the top of the pizza.

Take out and Enjoy!