Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Seitan Gyros Spit Broiled by King Louie's Missing Monuments and Why Don't We Love Lucy

Roaming the streets of Chicago there was never a shortage of hole-in-the-wall food joints suggesting that you come to the window and order one of their "world renowned" Gyros. I had no idea what they were referring to so I never bothered to stop and order one. It wasn't until I took a trip to the sponge capital of the world, well after I became a vegetarian, that I figured out that a Gyro was a bunch of meat served in a pita and rolled with some vegetables and sauces. Obviously this means that I've never had the opportunity to experience what a real Gyro tastes like. That was where Weekly Vegan Menu came in. Having grown up working in Chicago Greek Restaurants I trusted her to provide me with the basics for a gyro. After that, I went with what I liked.

Seitan Gyro (adapted slightly from Weekly Vegan Menu)

-1 order of seitan
-olive oil
-3 Tbs. lime juice
-4 huge cloves of garlic, minced
-2 Tbs. oregano
-1 Tbs. rosemary
-salt and pepper to taste
-4 whole wheat pitas, sliced in half
-2 tomatoes, diced
-1 red onion, diced
-feta cheese

1. Make the seitan according to directions. Slice thin.

2. Mix the lime juice, garlic, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper to create a marinade. Place the seitan into the marinade and allow to soak for half an hour.

3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet. Add the seitan slices and fry until slightly browned on both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Warm pitas in the oven. On one half of the pita layer the seitan, tomatoes, onions and feta. Cover the other half with hummus. Place hummus covered pita on top. Eat like a king.

Speaking of kings, how about King Louie? This guy gets around. First he founded the Royal Pendletons. Then he was a Persuader. After that he hooked up with Jay Reatard for a one practice, one album, one live performance fling under the name the Bad Times. Then he joined the Exploding Hearts (who met an awful demise) and...well you get the picture. King Louie is a garage rock icon. His latest adventure is King Louie's Missing Monuments (a great band name if I must say so). Their first single "The Girl of the Nite" is a lot happier than most of King Louie's other vocal forays. According to King Louie he wrote the song for a girl named Tess. Mighty fine work.

Why Don't We Love Lucy is a Danish band that crafts 80's inspired club pop with an attitude. Think Mel Gibson refusing to kiss the king's emblem in Braveheart while holding a jukebox above his head that's blaring Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." It is exactly like that. "With You" comes from the band's first EP that was released in March. They have a new one in the works which should be out sometime this fall.