Posts tagged ‘vegan restaurants’

April 25, 2016

greenbar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

by jem614

 

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I’ve driven this strip of Fort Lauderdale going towards A1A hundreds of times and didn’t realize that back inside one of the little strip malls, was a great Plant-based restaurant! I’ve never even heard of them till this past week!

They have this adorable little patio area that is draped in plants and greenery and kind of takes you out of feeling like you’re in the city.  Inside the restaurant it’s very hip and modern and fresh-feeling.  If you’re looking for a great place for just grabbing some lunch or actually want to take someone out for a casual date-night, it’s the place to go (hint hint-go take someone out this weekend).

I ordered the avocado toast because someone had recommended it somewhere and I didn’t want anything too heavy that night.  Four half-slices of toast with tons of avocado and yumminess piled on top.  My son ordered the nuggets of which he ate three and said he didn’t want anymore- no worries! Mommy saved room for that.  He’s a picky eater and has a hard time trying new things.   Literally, we eat three main items at home.  The nuggets weren’t my favorite but they were the typical vegetarian nugget- I expected the flavor, though it did have an interesting spice thrown in there.

He did however, devour that chocolate cupcake you see below and mommy had to slyly take a bite while he wasn’t looking.  Thank goodness they were offering tons of cupcake samples that night.
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On top of the wonderful food options, we were able to listen to a little info session on locally grown foods.  Check them out if you want to learn more about growing your own farm here locally or if you’d like to purchase some of their veggies and plants (just note that growing season in Florida for their veggies is coming to an end for them so now is the time to go before it’s over).  They also sell their own coconut milk.

A great evening all around, so glad I could use this opportunity to check out a new place.  Please let us know if you’ve ever visited and what you had when you were there- inquiring minds want to know what else is good!

For info on greenbar, go to : gb&k
For info on Harpke Family Farm, go to: Harpke Family Farm

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June 2, 2015

Nemo’s Cafe – Pikes Peak, Colorado

by jem614
Nemo’s Cafe on Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a great rustic “coffee shop” find!
They offer organic coffee and a small selection of gluten free vegan foods and a vegetarian burrito, among other regular items.  I chose a Yerba mate latte with almond milk and a gluten free vegan lemon, poppy seed and ginger “power bar”. The latte was one of the best I have ever had and the “power bar” was moist with a delightful crunch to it. The lemon, poppy seed and ginger was a perfect blend of flavors designed to delight the taste buds. A stunning view of Pikes Peak rounds out this culinary experience. I think you will not be disappointed should you decide to drop by.
For more info, go to the http://www.nemoscoffee.com/

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May 7, 2015

The Glo Restaurant, Reykjavik (Iceland)

by jem614
Mama Veg: The Glo` Restaurant really does “glow”. On a side street, one ascends an unassuming staircase to enter the delightful Glo` Restaurant, a real, live, vegetarian restaurant in downtown Reykjavik. The dishes are well presented and the aromas tease the senses. I tried the vegetable soup with spelt bread. The soup was blended with a slight curry flavor and the hummus was coarsely ground and appeared to include cucumber and red peppers and was the best I have ever tasted. I am going back tomorrow to try the pecan pie and cappuccinos. I am sure I won’t be disappointed.

Some of the dishes are vegan & the staff was pleasant and helpful. They said people often take photos of their food displays and that people say their friends “back home” told them to stop by the restaurant during their visit in Reykjavik. Apparently the restaurant is truly world famous. My aunt lived in Reykjavik for several years many years ago while working for the U.S. Navy as a civilian employee. I think she would probably not recognize downtown Reykjavik now. Today it is full of many intriguing little shops and restaurants.Next time you pass through Reykjavik, stop by and enjoy the delectable dishes in the Glo’ Restaurant!

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April 11, 2013

The Best Portobello Burger I have EVER Eaten!

by jem614

Ok, so that’s a bit of a “fantastic” claim but it’s the honest truth.  I am in love with this burger and I have driven twenty miles out of my way, twice, to eat it.

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The guys on the “Bite” food truck have a great assortment of burgers, including this vegetarian one called The Tree Hugger (I love that vegetarians are seen as tree huggers, why not animal huggers… but I digress).  This burger has a full port0bello  mushroom, a delicious sauce and some great veggies on a toasted bun.  This is a seriously delicious burger.

So, if you want the best burger in town….follow the Bite food truck and try it out! http://www.facebook.com/bitegastrotruck

September 8, 2011

Hangawi Vegetarian Restaurant: New York

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Day 2: New York – Hangawi

Sadly, I only had two full days in New York.  It is a good thing though or I would have had to buy a second seat on the airplane just so I could get home.

Day 2’s restaurant was on 32nd between Madison and Fifth Avenue, around the corner from the Empire State Building.  This is one of those restaurants that is a “can’t miss” experience.  First of all, when you walk in, they make you take your shoes off (no holey socks or bad manicures will be missed).  Then they seat you on a wooden platform with pillows for comfort, very “traditional” Korean style, it was so much fun!

It had to be the best food experience I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever.  From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’re transported to another place.  The tea is a bit pricey ($5-10) but it’s a experience on its own.  My friend and former roommate Melissa, who recommended the place, met me for lunch and tried the pomegranate iced. The tea was lightly sweetened and tasted so divine, I could have drunk buckets of it.  My own drink, the Ginger Tea, tasted freshly made and was a welcome mixture of sweet and spicy.

There are three prix fixe menus for lunch and I believe for dinner as well.  I tried the Ginseng Lunch, Mel had the mini Emperors lunch and they were both only $20.  But there was nothing mini about these lunches:

First course was a very thick “porridge” of pumpkin soup.  It was creamy and filling, not as tasty as the rest of the food but it actually was perfect because it didn’t overpower your actual meal.

Second course was the Vegetarian Dumplings that were fantastic and came out so pretty that I had a hard time eating it.

Steamed Veggie Dumplings

And that’s not all…  there was a third course which consisted of (this is from the menu), “tofu clay pot in ginger sauce served with multi-grain rice and kimchi”.  Yum-mo.

Tofu Clay Pot

Finally, desert was served and it was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.  The desert tasted like a thick apple cider with bits of apple and pine nuts floating in it.

Desert

Seriously, one of the best meals available in New York.  This is a DON’T MISS.

If I could give them a six carrot rating, I would but I’ll stick with 5.

For more information on Hangawi go to www.hangawirestaurant.com.

September 8, 2011

Pure Food and Wine

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I have been dreaming of going to Pure Food and Wine since I became a vegetarian.  Sarma Melngailis, the owner of PF&W, wrote, “Living Raw Food”.  I thought to myself that if being vegan and raw looked like Sarma, I wanted to be on board.

So, we follow her on Twitter and watch her posts on Facebook and I dreamt of the day I would get to sit down and eat at PF&W.  I finally got the chance this week to go in and sit down in the candlelit glow, here is what happened:

Around the Corner from PF&W

It was a rainy night in New York City, cabs were hard to find and puddles were plenty.   I finally flagged down an open cab and sped down the dark streets of Manhattan heading for Irving Street where Pure Food and Wine was located.  I paid the cab an exhorbitant amount (did you know that my cabbie from the airport actually complained that I only gave him a $5 tip?  I can remember days of giving $1 tip and them being happy about it) and ran inside.

The place itself is full of dark wood and lit by candles and low lighting, a great setting for a romantic dinner but this time I was alone.  At 7pm it was slightly empty, only a blond in the corner talking loudly to an elderly gentleman who I could tell wasn’t her father (not judging, it’s just for effect of the story).

I ordered the raw avocado and creamed corn soup though I was afraid I would be unhappy with the outcome.  I was pleasantly surprised and ate every spoonful.  The soup was creamy with lumps of corn and tasted so delicious I plan on asking for the recipe.  Three little slices of pickled carrot on top finished off this new taste.

Raw Avocado and Corn Soup

For dinner I had the Polenta with Greens which was light and tasty and filled me up enough to be almost overfull before desert came.

Polenta

But not quite:

Ice Cream and Blueberry Tart

I had to try the blueberry tart and it did not disappoint.  I was licking my spoon after this.  By the time I was finished with dinner, the place had become crowded and I could see it was time to take my leave.  Those that say you can’t eat well on a vegan diet are sadly mistaken. My life’s mission is complete, I can now move on to other things like writing my own cookbook and opening my own restaurant. 😉

For more information on One Lucky Duck, Pure Food and Wine and Sarma Melngailis, please go to http://www.purefoodandwine.com.

Five carrots!

May 17, 2011

Heaven and Earth Part 1

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Heaven and Earth Soup (really, that’s what it’s called)

Ashley and I love this place in Miami Lakes called “The Green Papaya”.  It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place that is basically the size of a small living room, most of the time it takes about 30 minutes to get your food, but it’s soooo worth it.

The broth is light and the soup itself is like a healthy bucket list of mint, cilantro, green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, white noodles, palm stalks, and tofu.  They even give you extra bean sprouts, jalapeños, mint and lime on the side to add different flavors to your soup.  I can’t imagine a healthier soup and it’s twice the benefit because I can never finish a soup so they always give me containers to take it home.  The service can be slow but they are so nice that it makes up for it.  Unfortunately they aren’t open on Mondays but they are open Tuesday through Sunday.  For more information go to http://www.greenpapayasouthflorida.webs.com/.

I give this soup 5 Carrots because it’s my absolute favorite!  There you go- my first 5 Carrot Review ever!


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