Doesn’t look vegan, right? Well check again, because somehow at the most meat focused sausage restaurant, I found the best veggie sausage I have ever had. This was my lunch from The Wurst in Healdsburg, CA. It is their vegetarian sausage in a bun with caramelized onions, ketchup, and mustard. On the side, some fresh onion rings. The sausage is made from eggplant and lots of spices, and it was so impressive! I know there’s lots of you out there who miss the summer vibe of a hot dog. I know you think you lost this experience by going vegan, but I promise this is the perfect way to satisfy that summer craving without hurting a single one of our animal friends. It is much better tasting than any hot dog or sausage I have had before, all vegan and meat competitors included. The onion rings were also a great addition and they too exceeded my expectations. While this is a meat centered restaurant, I would still recommend it because they do not neglect their vegetarian/vegan option. Plus, the more demand we give for the vegan option, the more we can make a change in the supply of vegan options in ratio to omnivorous options. Take a chance on this place, it will surprise you.
Talk about photogenic food! Walking the streets of a small town in Northern California, Healdsburg, CA, I noticed a hip-looking little shop. The name on the door read “Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar,” and with a name like that, how could I not go in? Needless to say, I did not hesitate to check it out. There was only one vegan option for ice cream, this raspberry sorbet, but I decided to go for it. There were so many unique toppings; I could not resist. I topped my sorbet with edible flowers and freeze dried raspberries. It was a wonderful combination! The sorbet was sweet and the freeze dried raspberries added tartness. The flowers not only made me feel like I was in a fairy tale, but they tasted great! They were fresh and fragrant, but not overpowering. What a lucky find this place was!
This right here is the yellow curry vegetables and a white rice cone from Buddha Thai Bistro in Vacaville, CA. Let me just say, I am a huge yellow curry fanatic and this one topped the charts for restaurant curry! Of course nobody beats my close friend’s mom at making curry, but this has to be the next best thing from homemade. They also have a seasonal vegan dish called the Vegan Clay Pot which is delicious as well! If you are in the area, go check it out.
Wandering the streets of Little Italy in San Diego, CA, my parents and I found a coffee shop called Influx. The shop has an heir of sophistication, while still keeping it simple with food options. When I say simple, I do not mean boring. I chose an everything bagel toasted with spicy hummous, cucumber, tomato, and onion; on the menu, it’s called the spicy vegan. Alongside I treated myself to a perfectly sweet vanilla latte made with coconut milk. Both parts of my meal were great, and i’d like to give a shout out to the excellent espresso! Another great thing about this coffee shop, there was more than just this option for breakfast. My mom enjoyed oatmeal topped with a generous amount of walnuts, almonds, and apple slices. Their menu includes several more vegan breakfast choices to pair with your morning coffee. Check out Influx when you visit southern California!
I am usually thoroughly disappointed at the vegan options at breakfast restaurants, since they tend to be limited to toast and a side of fruit, but here we have a success story! This breakfast is from Lockwood Table Cafe in Solana Beach near San Diego, CA. It is an adorable little cafe with this more than satisfying breakfast to offer. This is housemade walnut butter (olive oil, walnuts, salt), toasted mulitgrain bread, sliced strawberries, and maple syrup (substituted for honey). As you can see in the picture, it is plated well, and it tastes even better! Enjoy breakfast!
I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold outside I get cravings for a warm meatball sub. If you’re in that boat with me, DEFINITELY check out this vegan version from Native Foods Cafe. Actually, check out everything at Native Foods. It is all vegan and all wonderfully flavorful and satisfying! This sub has caramelized onions and peppers, house-made meatballs, marinara sauce, cheese, and some other garnishings. It is better than any meatball sub I have ever had! Also worth mentioning, every other dish I have tasted from this cafe has been equally delicious. I can personally vouch for their tacos, and the soul bowl, aka the best vegan barbecue comfort-food ever. 10/10, you must try this place! They have locations in Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Diego, Colorado, Oregon, Chicago, Washington DC, and Palm Springs.
TCBY is making amazing strides toward dairy-free options. Apart from most frozen yogurt shops that only offer sorbet as a vegan option, TCBY has created a creamy chocolate frozen yogurt made with Silk Almond Milk. It was delicious and tasted just like the froyo we all indulged in before our vegan days! There is no flavor difference between this and regular chocolate frozen yogurt, so go and get your Friday night froyo on!
I am so happy it’s finally getting to the colder months because autumn and winter have the best themed baking opportunities. This is a caramel apple cupcake I made topped with butter cream frosting and of course little sprinkle leaves. I cannot get over how cute the leaf sprinkles are, but I think that’s okay. They are worth a bit of obsessing over.
NOTHING IN THE WORLD COMPARES TO THIS ICE CREAM SANDWICH! Okay this is an ice cream sandwich from Cream made with two warm vegan tuxedo cookies (chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips) and a scoop of vegan mint chip ice cream in the middle. I’ve never had anything so good in my life. The warmth of the cookie slightly melts the ice cream and it is heavenly. This place offers multiple vegan options as far as cookies (snickerdoodle, banana walnut, etc.) and ice cream (vanilla, mint chip, etc.) so it’s customizable. Cream has locations in Berkeley, Davis, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Jose, Livermore, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek. Go there ASAP!
Alternative Baking Company, oh my god they never stop. And the Lemon Poppyseed just steals me soul. It tastes just like Costco Lemon Poppyseed muffins, but better since it’s a cookie! Yum! Buy it, eat it, don’t share it.