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August 16, 2011

Visit the Cinebistro at Dolphin Mall for a Royal Vegetarian Experience

by ashley

A special thanks again to Chef Justin of the Cinebistro at Dolphin Mall (Miami, FL) for the amazing vegetarian spread. We recently reviewed Cinebistro for their amazing cuisine and exceptional customer service (see our reviews here and here), and Chef Justin invited us back for an amazing custom vegetarian meal. We were excited to meet the man behind the great cuisine, as well. He is just as down to earth and friendly in person as he was over e-mail, giving his time to speak with us and experiment with some of his vegetarian ideas. Ashley loved the meaty portabello mushroom over Asian noodles, while Jessica thought the caramel-banana cream puffs were divine. We both think all dishes were more than worthy of spots on Cinebistro’s menu. Who knew such creativity would hide behind the kitchen walls of a movie theatre?!

Here are some photos of the amazing meal that Chef Justin prepared for us, we have only praise to give him and his colleagues for the wonderful restaurant experience they have created inside Cinebistro.

Tomato-Jalapeño Ceviche

Vegetable Sushi

Portabello Asian Noodles

Caramel Banana Cream Puffs

Jessica, Chef Justin and Ashley

August 16, 2011

Primal Strips (grrrrrr)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I suppose something that refers to our “primal” instincts of eating meat in their Brand name should instill a moment of caution in my brain but I still reached for the Primal Strips at the grocery store to try it.

Primal Strips are Meatless Vegan Jerky made out of Soy strips or Seitan.  I chose the Mesquite Lime as I felt it would be the mildest flavored.  The look, as you can see below, is very jerky-like and in my former carnivore days, I did like jerky.

I even bought myself a “Zevia” Root Beer (fantastic, all natural and sweetened with stevia) to complete my summertime snack.  It may be that I’m too focused on the strips tasting like real beef jerky and that is where I went wrong.  I couldn’t even eat the piece in my mouth, I had to politely spit it back into a napkin and throw the rest away.  I’m not going to caution you against trying these as I think some may actually enjoy them, but I couldn’t eat it.

Becoming vegetarian/part time vegan, has allowed me to try some of the most interesting and creative foods.  Those who say vegetarians can’t eat anything are sorely mistaken.

These strips get one carrot for taste and four for creativity.

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