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Restaruant Review: Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant.

27 Mar
Guess where we ate.

Sunflower Is Literally Right Next Door To McDonalds. Ironic Or What?

Sunflower Vegetarian has 2 locations in Northern Virginia, one in Vienna and one in Falls Church. Vienna was the one we went to and we loved it. Apparently everyone does, they have won the ‘Best Of D.C.’ awards 3 years in a row so far. Situated in a ‘home like’ setting, Sunflower was quite, cozy and easy to find. When we arrived there was only 2 other people in there but by the time we left the place was jumpin.

As usual the fried ‘chicken’ appetizer was on the agenda, it was pretty good a mixture of soy and mushrooms in a batter and fried. Not the best I have had, not the worst. What was amazing was the hot sauce you get to dip them in, amazing, just like hot wing  sauce. We also decided to try the coconut ‘shrimp’ appetizer, this was my first time trying a mock fish. I never really minded the texture of shrimp so I figured why not. I was pretty surprised at how close the texture was, the shrimp taste was not as strong as real shrimp which was awesome. The coconut breading was killer, so good. Apparently this is a popular appetizer since I heard 3 other tables order it while we were there. A must try if you are every in the Northern Virginia/D.C./Maryland area.

I decided to try the vegan veggie burger, there was a vegetarian option but I opted for the vegan one. We also tried the salad with veggie burger on it, that was huge and thoroughly enjoyed but my vegan veggie burger was better. The vegan veggie  burger at Sunflower is HANDS DOWN the best veggie burger I have ever had. EVER. I don’t know what it was, the actual burger which was delicious and grilled or this ridiculous sauce they slathered it in. Either way, it was the bomb and I have never had one like that before. I actually usually never get veggie burgers because I am really picky about them (surprise, surprise) and don’t like going out to eat only to be let down. I am glad I went with the vegan veggie burger here and if you are ever in the area do your taste buds a favor and get one. Sloppy but worth every shirt stain. I was looking at McDonalds next door and thinking, ‘Those people do not know what they are missing right now’ ;)

Overall Sunflower rocks, great food, great service. Can’t wait to go back.

http://www.crystalsunflower.com/ Sunflower Vegetarian  Restaurant Homepage.

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Vegan

This Is The Vegan Fried Chicken Appetizer With The Bangin Hot Sauce.

Tasty Treats Review: Lula’s Sweet Apothecary.

13 Mar

Lula's Sweet Apothecary Is Located In The East Village Of Manhattan.

Vegan ice cream is completely hit or miss for me. I love coconut milk based ice creams but I am not too big on soy based ones. There are just very few soy based ice creams that do it for me. This made me anxious and excited to see what Lula’s had in store for me. This vegan ice cream shop located in New York City boosts 100′s of positive reviews on the internet, most from non vegans :) Luckily I happen to agree with those 100′s of people, Lula’s blew me away.

This small, even by NYC standards small, little ice cream joint is located in Manhattan’s East Village on 6th St. It is a complete ‘blink and you will miss it’ type place. It looks very old inside, with lots of little bottles and trinkets around, it is very cute. There is really only one table to sit at, which was occupied when we were there, this is more of a grab and go type place. I opted for the chocolate and cake batter soft serve in a sugar cone. My boyfriend went with the cookies and cream hard ice cream. The cake batter ice cream is cashew based, the chocolate is soy based and the cookies and cream is coconut milk based so we tried a bit of everything. I can personally say my cone was the best ice cream I ever had. Vegan or not, it does not matter. This ice cream was simply better. The taste was natural and robust. The texture was creamy and delicious. The best part was there was no weird coating in my mouth or funky aftertaste and I did not get a stomach ache like I do from regular ice cream sometimes. I really loved the texture of the soft serve, I cannot believe how much the cake batter ice cream tasted like cake batter. It was almost magical lol. My boyfriends was delicious too, the coconut milk base was creamy and thick. The ice cream was full of Oreo pieces and my boyfriend loved it.

Lula’s is defiantly one of those places you just have to go to if you are visiting NYC, vegan or not. I can safely say there is no other place like this around here. Lula’s is in a class of it’s own. Prices are steepish, but remember it’s Manhattan and you get what you pay for ;)

http://www.lulassweetapothecary.com/ Lula’s Sweet Apothecary.

516 East 6th St. New York, New York. 10009

646 481 5852 Info@LulaSweet.Com

Hours: Sunday: 3pm-10pm. Monday: CLOSED. Tuesday and Wednesday: 3pm-10pm.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 3pm-11.30pm
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Restaurant Review: Loving Hut.

25 Feb

Loving Hut Vegan Restaurants.

So we finally made it to Loving Hut in Ledgewood, N.J. It had been on our ‘Go To’ list for a while and we finally made the drive and it was well worth it. We decided to go on a Sunday and their website said they opened at 12 noon, we get there at 1pm and see that it does not open until 3pm. Ugh. Luckily there was a Vitamin Shoppe close by and a Petco also,two places we always seem to need stuff from so we managed to kill the time with ease.

We came back right after 3pm and they were open, we were the only ones there and the waitress was super, super nice. The restaurant is very plain and white, sterile looking. I did not mind because at least I could see that everything was clean. They have a huge, awesome fish tank full of super cool looking fish and a whole bunch of books you can borrow to read while you eat. They also have free Wi-Fi and have set the place up so it is comfortable to spend time there. We started with appetizers, the Summer Rolls and the Golden Nuggets. The Summer Rolls were super good and fresh, the peanut dipping sauce really brought it all together since the roll itself does not have any spices just rice paper, rice noodles, carrots, basil and tofu. The Golden Nuggets were their version of Chicken Nuggets. They were good, not the best I have had but far from the worst. They had a nice texture and were not oily or heavy. The sweet and spicy dipping sauce that came with them was really good.

For my main dish I choose the Golden Charm which is a flash fried soy protein that is seasoned with Lemongrass, red, jalapeno and green peppers and is served with a sweet and tangy sauce. It came in a big bowl with the most delicious rice ever, it was the same delicious rice they served at Yuan in Montreal. The portion was huge and even though I loved it I did not finish it. I thought the protein was the prefect texture and had a great flavor. Everything was fresh and healthy tasting. I loved it. My boyfriend went with the Crispy Chipotle Burger, the waitress said this was their most popular item. Now I know why. Maybe one of the best things we ever tasted. It was a flash fried battered soy protein cutlet topped with lettuce, tomato,  guac and spicy chipotle mayo. Served with a side of sweet potato fries. It was amazing, the fries were perfect too. I can see why it is so popular, it is a very easy thing for a carnie to eat and not miss the meat. Even though I was full we had to have dessert so we split a piece of their chocolate cheese cake. It was great just like the meal was. There was no tofu/soy taste to the cheese cake part of the pie, it was creamy and sweet but not overpowering. It was topped with a thick, delicious layer of chocolate. I could have not asked for anything more :)

Loving Hut was awesome. It is a chain and there are 120 of them world-wide from the USA to Singapore to Vietnam. Every restaurant has a different menu, some things are the same but some are not. Every Loving Hut is 100% vegan. They are expanding at a pretty rapid pace which is good news, so look for one opening near you!!!

http://lovinghut.us/ Loving Hut U.S. Site.

Loving Hut on Urbanspoon

The Delicious Summer Rolls Appetizer.

Tasty Treats Review: Cocoa V.

5 Feb

Cocoa V Chocolate Boutique. Located In Manhattan, New York.

I have be so anxious to go to Cocoa V and I am glad to say we finally made it there this past weekend. Cocoa V is a vegan chocolate shop located in Manhattans beautiful Chelsea neighborhood. On top of chocolates, bon bons and fondu, they also offer vegan baked treats such as cookies, brownies and cakes. There is also a really great selection of vegan wines and even a vegan rose sparkling wine to go along with your chocolates. On top of being vegan, everything is also organic and fair trade.

Our trip to Cocoa V could not have come at a better time, it is absolutely freezing here. I had been wanting a real deal, vegan hot chocolate for weeks and I knew they had them at Cocoa V. The store is tiny, with about 5 tables you can sit at. There are menus on each table and a nice set up of chocolates and wines by the counter. I really wanted to try their signature vegan ‘Butterfinger’ but they were out, the woman told us the demand for their vegan chocolates is starting to out grow what their kitchen can produce. So we decided to go with a soy latte, a vegan hot chocolate and a sample plate of 5 vegan bon bons. We choose the salted caramel, the vanilla coconut, creamy peanut butter, palet de menthe and a solid dark chocolate. The presentation of the bon bons was really nice and the bon bons themselves are complete works of art. So pretty, I did not want to eat them, I just wanted to frame them and give them as gifts lol.

As expected the bon bons were amazing, my boyfriend and I split all 5 and could have eaten waayyy more than that. To my dismay I did not pick up a bag of their hot chocolate mix which I saw that they had for sale. I loved the hot chocolate and have to pick it up next time. I really think the concept of Cocoa V is awesome. It is part chocolate, part wine and all vegan. It is a pretty cool place to spend a couple of hours drinking a bottle of wine and eating delicious vegan fondue, which comes in either chocolate or caramel. Those are our precise plans for next time ;)

If you cannot make it to Manhattan, they can send whatever it is you fancy, right to your door.

http://www.cocoav.com/ Cocoa V Website.
Cocoa V Chocolate & Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

Cocoa V's Beautiful Bon Bons.

Cocoa V

Chocolate, Bakery & Wine Bar

Organic~Vegan~Fair Trade

174 Ninth Ave. New York, NY 10011

Telephone: 212-242-3339

Hours:

Mon: 4:00–9:30

Tues/Wed/Thurs: 4 – 10:30

Fri: 4–11:00pm

Sat: Noon–11:00pm

Sun: Noon–8:00pm

Restaurant Review: Red Bamboo.

27 Jan

This Is What My Boyfriends Entree Looked Like. The 'Chicken' Is Bangin.

I do not think I love anything more than vegan/vegetarian comfort food. I mean, now that I do not eat fried foods anywhere except vegan/vegetarian restaurants, I love comfort food that much more. I am starting to get the feeling that my boyfriend thinks I am nuts, but I look at it like this…I know how to prepare all the healthy foods I like. I can make veggies at home anyway I choose. When I go out to eat, I want some comfort food, fried and delicious. At the end of the day, how bad can it really be for me? Considering that most of the places we eat at are all natural on top of being vegetarian. When I start to gain weight from these weekly binges I’ll let you know. Until then, all is fair in love and vegan comfort food :)

My latest destination was Red Bamboo on the wonderful and always exciting island of Manhattan. Red Bamboo sits comfortably 3 doors down from one of the other favorite vegetarian restaurants ever, Vegetarians Paradise 2. (If you dare to read this blog for long enough, you will see that every vegetarian restaurant is my favorite vegetarian restaurant ever.) Just like it’s neighbor, this vegan joint is small, cozy and comfortable. It was quite busy when we were there but the service was great. The waitresses were quick, attentive and friendly. I obviously got comfort food, this included some Cajun Crispy Chicken and some fries. Since I told my boyfriend I did not know if I was really willing to part with any of my C.C.C., he decided to get some too. He got the big boy entree that came with some steamed veggies and mashed corn potatoes. The last thing sounds pretty nasty but it actually tasted quite good. Vegan restaurants are cool like that, you always find a new use for some type of veggie when you go to one.

The Cajun Crispy Chicken was amazing, I mean perfect. The appetizer portion was 6 nugget-things and I ate them all. And most of the fries which were super good. I do not recall my boyfriend leaving anything behind, so I think it is safe to say he enjoyed his too. We did not get any dessert because we already had plans to head to Cocoa V. Red Bamboo seems to be pretty popular with the NYC vegan set and I can tell why.

Fast. Friendly. Vegan Food.

http://redbamboo-nyc.com/site/ Their Website.

Red Bamboo. Manhattan, NY.

Red Bamboo

(212) 260-7049

(212) 260-1212

140 West 4th Street
(Between 6th Ave & Macdougal)

Monday-Friday
12:30 to Midnight

Saturday-Sunday
Noon to Midnight

Last Seating:
Sun – Thurs: 11:15
Fri: 11:40
Sat: 11:40

Delivery Until 11PM Daily
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Restaurant Review: Yuan Vegetarian.

4 Jan

Best General Taos EVER. For Real.

So my boyfriend and I had this killer trip planned to Arizona. We planned on seeing the Grand Canyon (first time for both of us) and spending a couple of nights in Sedona, once again a place neither of us has ever been. But apparently, Mother Nature had other plans and decided to dump close to 2 feet of snow on us in Jersey. In return our flights were canceled not one time but two times. After the second cancellation (and being up since 4am for a 6.45 flight) we said ‘Forget This, We Are OUT!!!’ So we hopped in the car and drove 6 hours on Route 87 North, and there we were in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sure it was cold but they had less snow then we did in Jersey and I had never been there, so it was all new to me. Montreal is a BEAUTIFUL city and SO SO SO clean. Coming from New York City, I am constantly AMAZED by the cleanliness of other cities. There is 1.5 million people there and no debris on any street or even in the alley ways. My kind of place ;)

Before we left, I obviously searched Happy Cow for places to eat. I chose the top 5 places based on reviews and once we got there, we hit the ground running. We ate dinner at a vegetarian buffet our first night, then the next day we hit up Yuan for lunch. Yuan. Yuan. Yuan. I really do not even know how to explain Yuan, except to say they have the BEST mock meats I have ever had in my vegetarian life. We happened to make it there for the $7.99 lunch special which was served Japanese Bento Box Style, with grapes and oranges, a small green salad, broccoli and  snap peas mixture and my amazing General Tao’s Chicken with red and yellow peppers. My General Tao’s was a any ‘real’ General Tao’s that I have ever had. The breading and the sauce were dead on and the mock meats they use are just amazing. There was absolutely NOTHING vegetarian tasting about this meal, yet every single aspect of it was a fruit or a vegetable. This is the most beautiful thing about being vegetarian, and eating mock meats that are not made with over processed soy, you are eating so many vegetables, so packed with fiber and other necessary nutrients. My boyfriend chose this huge, amazing salad with some crispy chicken cutlet in it. The salad was so big and full of greens and sprouts, he loved it. Our lunch specials came with hot and sour soup or miso soup. Both were really good, we also selected the ravioli in peanut sauce as an appetizer. We thought this was really good since we both adore peanut sauce. We also had spring rolls which were not your typical deep-fried kind. They were full of greens, cucumber, carrots, and tofu all wrapped in a clean and fresh rice paper wrapping. They were also very good but I did not finish mine since I was full of General Tao’s.

The portion sizes were very large for the price. The restaurant itself is very nice. It is located in the lower level of a building on a really nice street in Montreal and appears to be recently renovated. It is very comfortable to relax in. As well as having their restaurant, they also have a small ‘grocery’ store attached where you can shop for all of your mock-meat needs. EVERYTHING is there, from mock chicken drum sticks to dehydrated mock meat you can use to make chili. We had never seen anything like it so we copied down all the names of the products so we can locate them near us. Most of the products are frozen, which is awesome for the people who live close by, who want to whip up a quick vegetarian meal at home. Yuan was everything everyone said it was on Happy Cow and then some.

We loved Yuan so much, we ended up going back to eat lunch there again on Friday. I had what he had the first time and vice versa :)  This time we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, her son, her daughter and her soon to be son-in-law. Hailing from Taiwan, they are 6th and 7th generation vegetarians. We had a chance to talk about what it is like for them being a vegetarian since conception, what being a vegetarian truly means and how they hope to help branch out into other cities and states. They will be opening a second location in Montreal first. We spent 3 hours there eating, drinking a constant stream of tea and chatting about life. It was so refreshing for us to be able to see that we are not crazy and that there are other people who think as we do. Sitting with that family and enjoying our time together was a blessing and it was so much fun. There was quite a few laughs going on and not to mention we got to try some delicious vegan jello in soy milk, compliments of the chef. It was delicious.  We purchased some of the mock meats they had for sale and used them to make vegan chili the other night. It was perfect. The conversation we got to have with this family was so enlightening and wonderful, I cannot thank them enough. We cannot wait to go to Yuan the next time we are in Montreal.

So needless to say if you are ever in Montreal, vegetarian or not…go to Yuan.

http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=4918 Here Is A Link To Their Page On Happy Cow.
Yuan on Urbanspoon

The Family Behind Yuan.

Yuan Is Located In Montreal.

Tasty Treats Review: Koa Koa Frozen Yogurt.

10 Dec

 

Koa Koa Offers Delicious, Fat Free, Healthy Frozen Yogurt.

I love frozen yogurt, the late 80′s and early 90′s were the time of my life. Frozen yogurt was EVERYWHERE. TCBY ruled the scene and frozen yogurt was just the ‘in’ thing. Then all of a sudden it was gone. Poof. Trend over. Frozen yogurt dead. TCBY’s boarded up and turned in 7-11′s. That was a sad time for me :(

For many years I could not find a place to get frozen yogurt but now I am seeing a changing trend that I like. TCBY is making a comeback, places like Pinkberry have popped up and a new little place called Koa Koa is making its presence known here in Jersey. With two locations in N.J. (Hoboken and Ft. Lee) Koa Koa stays in line with the ‘serve yourself’ trend of the times. I personally LOVE this trend and am happy to go to place where I can create my own nonsense then pay by weight. The Koa Koa we go to is in Ft. Lee, it is clean, quiet and delicious. They usually have about 12 different flavors you can choose from. Most only have 100 calories per serving and all of the flavors are fat free, which is killer. The only downfall will be the sugar but at only 100 calories per serving the sugar content cannot be that high and bear in mind sugar naturally occurs in milk. There is usually at least 7 grams of sugar in one serving on milk f.y.i.

Koa Koa tends to have great flavors like cookies and cream, tart, peanut butter, mango, pistachio, pumpkin, Irish mint and my personal favorite red velvet cake. All of their yogurt is made fresh daily and it all contains the beneficial bacteria that ‘real’ yogurt contains. My boyfriend and I have had most all of the flavors and have never come across one we did not like. They also offer a ‘do it yourself’ toppings bar where you can top you fro yo with anything from Swedish Fish and Captin Crunch to Fresh Strawberries and Pineapple. There are several places in sit in the store and they also offer lids so you can take it to go. Koa Koa absolutly has a quality product.

http://http://www.koakoayogurt.com/index.html Koa Koa Website.

Koa Koa In Ft. Lee New Jersey.

Tasty Treats Review: Cafe Indigo.

27 Nov

This Is The DELICIOUS Chocolate Cake I Had. You Will Never Believe It Is Vegan.

So I did not technically GO to Cafe Indigo, unfortunately, since it is located in Concord, New Hampsire and I am here right outside of NYC. I have been to Concord since I have an aunt, uncle and 2 cousins that live there and I must say I love New Hampsire. I was there long before my vegetarian days, in fact my cousin who is a senior in high school was OBSESSED with Barney the last time I was there. That is how long it has been, sadly. From what I remember though, Concord New Hampsire is not only the perfect place for a vegan cafe to exist but to flourish. And flourish is what Cafe Indigo has done, this is why I was able to buy a slice of their cake at Whole Foods in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Cafe Indigo is an organic, vegan cafe that was started when the search for the perfect vegan wedding cake proved to be harder then expected. They began converting old family recipes into a ‘new’ vegan version and the rest is vegan history. They offer vegan versions of everything from cakes to pies to turkeys and bacon. Since there signature vegan cake is so amazing, Whole Foods has decided to start selling it in their stores located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. This cake…is simply amazing. Perfect.

I did not know what I was choosing when I picked up this cake, all I saw was a VEGAN sticker and chocolate. That is enough for me. I am happy I did not even look at the price ($5.00 for one slice and no it was not that big) because the rational part of my brain would have put it back BUT these days the ‘vegan treat’ side of my brain always wins, I do not look at prices, I just buy and enjoy. Guilt free. This was a 2 layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing and it was perfect. The cake was insanely moist, the most moist cake I have ever had in my life. Nothing crumbled it simply just ‘smushed’ and ‘sprung’ back. The cake was so chocolaty but not sugary, it was not overly sweet or overly chocolate the balance was on point. Now the icing is where the whole vegan usually kicks in on my taste buds. I can just tell vegan icing from a mile away, I do not know why it is so hard to nail the recipe and only a few manage to really get it. The icing was awesome, not hard like some vegan icing is, not too sugary which most icings are. It was thin and complementary to the cake, it did not over whelm it simply ‘iced the cake’ as it was supposed to. My boyfriend who is not a chocolate guy also loved it. There is no way anyone would not like this cake, unless they really, really do not like chocolate or are allergic to it.

I am always snatching up vegan treats when I see them. I have a sweet tooth by nature that I give into 90% of the time but since I am very cautious about what I put in my body, most cakes and cookies do not make the cut these days. I know now that a lot of commonly seen cupcakes and cakes are made with animal fat and many other things have gelatin in them which makes them non vegetarian. Then the rest of the stuff is just full of sugar and hydrogenated oils, gross. Not going into my body. This is why vegan treats are important to me, they are usually made with top notch ingredients that I can pronounce and that do not come from animals. The vegan cakes, cupcakes and cookies I have inhaled over the past 6 months have been better then their dairy laden counterparts 90% of the time. Leaving me nothing to miss.

Look for Cafe Indigo’s award winning cake at your Whole Foods or you can order from them on their website. Apparently their carrot cake is to die for and if I find it you will hear about it ;)

http://www.cafeindigo.com/

Cafe Indigo 128 H Hall St Concord, NH 03301

This Is Their Vegan Cheesecake.

Cafeindigo@comcast.net

Restaurant Review: Vegetarian’s Paradise 2.

2 Nov
VP2 - Vegetarian's Paradise 2

Vegetarian's Paradise 2 in NYC.

So I finally made it to Vegetarian’s Paradise 2 in NYC last weekend. My boyfriend had been raving about the food he had and also some ‘ Crispy Soul Chicken’ that apparently everyone ordered there when he was eating. Convinced that this fried chicken would be awesome we decided to take my niece along who’s favorite food happens to be…fried chicken.

The set up is super, super cute and cozy. It is the PERFECT place for some delicious, vegetarian comfort food. There were lots of people eating there and lots of people stopping by for take out. Since we had a long night the evening before I was more then ready to grub on something ‘comforting’. I noticed right away that the huge table across from us had ordered these ‘magical’ crispy soul fried chicken dishes. They looked amazing and I honestly did not even care to look at the menu after I saw those being served.

We started with some cold noodles with peanut sauce which is something I tend to try at almost every place that has it as an option. These ones were very good, the peanut sauce was very thick and peanut buttery a little too thick for my taste but this did not stop me from eating them. Which means they were really good. We also got some tater tots, I tried to play it off like my niece was wanting them but honestly, it was just the kid in me. I love tater tots and I never eat them. I do not have kids so I do not make them, nor do I go to many restaurants that have them so when I saw them here I had to do it. And I am so glad I did. They were great tater tots. You maybe thinking ‘there is such thing as bad tater tots?’ and the answer is yes. Some will fall apart, some will taste like other fried foods but not these. They tasted clean and crispy and tater totty. I bet anything in other reviews people shouted out the tater tots, they were just that good ;)

My boyfriend and I ordered the entree size order of the famous ‘Crispy Soul Chicken’ and we got our niece the appetizer portion. We also got fries because we knew that if she did not like the fried chicken at least she would eat the fries lol. Both portions were HUGE and all 3 of us could have eaten the appetizer size together and been fine. All good though we had company so the left overs seemed to disappear. The fried chicken was amazing, they use Planko Japanese bread crumbs and some rosemary in the batter. It is so crunchy and so moist, it is better then ‘real’ chicken. They serve these generous portions with some sweet and sour dipping sauce which goes perfectly. This is the closest thing I have had to fried chicken since I have become vegetarian. My niece ate 2 pieces and she ‘kind of’ liked it. She is like myself as a kid, super picky and not easily impressed with any food. She did however love the tater tots and the fries ;)

There are so many other things to eat at Vegetarian’s Paradise 2, the menu has a wide variety of entrees and appetizers. They also have smoothies and fresh squeezed juice. I opted for the fresh squeezed apple juice which was so good. It tasted like apple cider only more clear not as murky. My boyfriend had a mixed fruits drink which was also so good. It was very obvious that the fruits had just been juiced right before they were brought to our table. My apple juice was even separated it was so freshly pressed. Definitely worth the few extra bucks if you are a juice person.

If you are in the NYC area ever you have to check this place out. It is definitely a great vegetarian restaurant, it is definitely comfortable (it reminded me of a coffee shop in Amsterdam) and I definitely highly recommend it. We will be going there again so I will review whatever I chose to eat next time too.

Here Is To Vegetarian Comfort Food!!!

Vegetarian Paradise 2 on Urbanspoon

crispy soul chicken™

This Is Their Famous CRISPY SOUL CHICKEN. DELICIOUS!!!

Vegetarian’s Paradise 2.

‘Food That Comforts The Soul’

144 West 4th Street New York New York 10012

212 260 7130/ 212 260 7141

Tasty Treats Review: Sweet Avenue Bake Shop

20 Oct

Sweet Avenue Bake Shop Located In Rutherford NJ. If You Are Not Close Have No Fear They Ship Throughout The Country.

Sweet Avenue Bake Shop had been on my radar for the past year, but it kept slipping  my mind. It is only like 9 miles from my house in the cute little town of Rutherford, NJ. You would never know this is a vegan bakery since it does not say it anywhere (which is super cool because the word ‘vegan’ tends to scare people away, lol). I was very excited for what was in store for me as I had never had a vegan cupcake before and I knew this was their specialty. I am a Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing kind of gal and did not expect what Sweet Ave had in store for me. WOW.

The bakery is tiny. Its literally a ‘little bakery’ which I adore since I am an Italian gal from Jersey. This means I have spent A LOT of time in bakeries by default ;) Honestly, the real bakery is a dying breed, so to see this place looking like a page from my past made me feel happy and comfortable. No need for frills when you can bake like they can anyways. There were many different flavors of cupcakes like Oreo, Apple Spice, Chocolate Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry. I mean any kind of cupcake you could want was right there in vegan form. It was so beautiful I just stood there and stared for a few minutes taking it all in. Every cup cake was like a work of art, perfect and delicious looking. They were priced from $3.00-$3.50 each which is very fair for vegan cupcakes.

After some deliberation I went with the Red Velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing. And my boyfriend went with the Oreo cupcake which was a special. He got coffee and I got hot chocolate and we took a seat not ready for what we were about to discover. As I unwrapped the cupcake I noticed right away how fluffy and moist the cake was. It may have been the most moist cupcake I have ever had. It was amazing. The icing to cake ratio was perfect. It was not drowning in icing, just complementing the cake perfectly. The taste was very natural, which shocked me. I honestly expected something more artificial tasting, but this was not the case at all. At times I could taste hints of soy which I do not mind at all, but over all it was dead on for a Red Velvet cupcake. Absolutely amazing. My boyfriends Oreo cupcake was UNREAL. It was a chocolate cupcake topped with cookies and cream icing and a half of an Oreo cookie. Little did we know it was also full of the same delicious cookies and cream icing. That cupcake was one of the most amazing things I have ever had in my life. He was also completely blown away by it. I am salivating just thinking about that place ;)

The hot chocolate I got was great… so chocolaty with the prefect amount of cinnamon. I loved this since I LOVE my hot chocolate with cinnamon. Its such a great contrast of flavor. They  serve very good coffee too, and also have tea, water and ORIGINAL FORMULA COCA COLA. This is my house is known as Mexican Coke since we realized on one of our many trips to Mexico that they never changed their formula to high fructose corn syrup like they did here. Mexican Coca Cola is the best, and even comes in the old style glass bottle. We did not get to try any of their cookies this time, but we will next time. They also carry a line of  vegan candy bars by Go Max Go, so we picked up a Twilight bar (aka a vegan Milky Way) for good measure.

All I can say is that I will be back at Sweet Avenue Bake Shop within the next couple of weeks, and will be making it a regular weekend stop of mine. It is too good to pass by, and when I want baked goods what better way to have them then vegan?

Sweet Avenue Bake Shop. Rutherford, NJ. Pure Perfection.

http://www.sweetavenuebakeshop.com/index.html

Sweet Avenue Bake Shop on Urbanspoon

This Is What He Chose. OMG TO DIE FOR.

This Is What I Had. DELICIOUS.

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