On winter days, after a grueling day at work or school, waiting out in the cold for the bus, and shovelling the never ending heaps of snow off your driveway, you crave warmth and comfort. Something you can curl up with on the couch with a blanket in front of the television. Maybe a bowl of soup, or a warm bowl of rice or noodles in broth…or maybe chili. I’ll be honest, I was never the biggest fan of chili. Between soup and chili, I would choose soup any day. But I’m very pleased to say The Grad Lounge gave me a newfound appreciation for it, and I think I know why. I hate meat chili. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word, but it makes me go “blech”. And The Grad Lounge’s chili is vegan with enough vegetables to cover a corn field and it SO hearty and juicy and yummy and GOOD. It’s the kind of food where each spoonful is just as enjoyable as the last and you can’t seem to get yourself to eating it. THAT GOOD.
Now, I may cancel out the vegan and make mine simply vegetarian by adding a dollop of sour cream (because I love sour cream the same way I love cream cheese! Wow, what a dairy whore I am), but the chili on its own is accompanied by a roll or corn muffin, and comprised of chopped green and red bell peppers, onions, celery, and jalapeño peppers, as well as plenty of red kidney beans, green lentils, black beans, crushed plum tomatoes, and corn. The vegan chili is seasoned with Mexcian chili pepper oregano, ground cumin and coriander, and sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper. This is a Grad Lounge staple; it’s available every day, hot and fresh and by far the best chili ever! 😀 This owns meat chili any day and I’m so glad this bowl of awesomeness brought me over to the other side of the pond! This item has quite the faithful following and fanbase. It should have an appreciation club. I’d totally be a member.
The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus. And just a reminder that The Grad Lounge and GSA are hosting a Dinner & Dialogue event tomorrow in the Grad Café from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free movie screening (Spike Lee’s ”4 Little Girls”) and free food with some thoughtful discussion about the movie afterward. All grad students are welcome! And thank you again to Mike and Paul for helping me out with the ingredients, I really appreciate it!