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Vegan MoFo 2013:11 The Julie Ruin, Derby & The 5 Point Cafe, Seattle

Published September 17, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
"I skate like a girl."

“I skate like a girl.”

Hello all,
Sorry to have been nearly absent last week. We’ve had a lot of AWESOME things going on lately, so I haven’t been mofo-ing as much as I planned to. (But I’m still confident I can beat my last year’s record of 14!) One of those things has been passing my skills test last weekend for the the PFM rolly derby practice squad. I had been skating twice a week for the last month to prepare, and skated a whopping 3 times last week, despite my desperately overworked legs! This past Sunday, I went to my first real practice, and it was with one of their hardest coaches. (So I’m told!) So walking and sitting and such have been especially rough since, but that didn’t stop me from heading out to The Julie Ruin show on Sunday night at Neumos! (Or from skating on my new wheels last night, which unfortunately, only helped my legs a little bit, if at all!)

The Julie Ruin

The Julie Ruin

Kathleen Hanna & Kathi Wilcox! 1/2 of my all time fave riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, from the 90s.

Kathleen Hanna & Kathi Wilcox! 1/2 of my all time fave riot grrrl band, Bikini Kill, from the 90s.

Kathleen Hanna is absolutely my hero, and I’ve worshipped her awesome feminist, riot grrrl butt since the Bikini Kill days, when I was in high school. I was so jealous of people on the west coast in those days who actually got to see them play live, but 20 years later, it finally happened to me!! The Julie Ruin is a thing she came up with a while back, but she just got a band together, including former Bikini Killer Kathi Wilcox (pictured above), and this time when she did a small tour, I was actually on it! ūüėÄ

And now to the food, since you didn’t come here to learn abour roller derby or Kathleen Hanna. ūüôā Last night we got out of the rink famished, and after hitting up a few places that weren’t still serving food, we decided to head to The 5 Point Cafe, which thankfully, is ALWAYS open. (This is the same place we took the pic for the cameraphonevegan.com 3rd anniversary post.)

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That plate of delicious is one of their 2 unmarked vegan dishes on the menu, the ‚ÄúNo Huevos‚ÄĚ Rancheros: tofu, black beans, corn, Soyrizo, ranchero sauce & guacamole on tortilla strips, $9.50. Especially good doused with some of Portland’s own Secret Ardvark sauce that they keep behind the bar. (Ask for it!)

The other is the¬†5 Point Curry Tofu Scramble: homemade rich curry blend, a recipe taken from the legendary Green Cat Caf√©. With vegetables and potatoes. It‚Äôs the best tofu scramble in the world. With toast, $11.50. What I usually get has been their¬†Nachos Grande: guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans¬†with NO cheese or sour cream, ¬†$ 8.00, and sometimes I’ll even get a side of tater tots (which is enormous!). But after eating the above last night, (Thomas’ go-to favorite) I will likely be ordering this without hesitation, from now on.

The 5 point Cafe¬†is a well loved favorite in Seattle, and has been open 84 years. Their motto is “Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929”.¬†Located at¬†415 CEDAR STREET SEATTLE, WA 98119.¬†Wide Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.¬†Full menu served all the time.¬†206-448-9991.

Vegan MoFo 2013:9 Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle & A Twin Peaks Day trip

Published September 10, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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So I’ve been WAY behind in telling you about my favorite¬†places to eat¬†thus far in Seattle! I’ve just been letting the pictures pile up in my phone. So thank you MoFo, for giving me the kick in the pants I needed. But before we get to that, I’m going to tell you more about our Sunday afternoon… Well, we drove out to Snoqualmie Falls.

What?! You never heard of Snoqualmie¬†Falls? That’s probably because you know the town of Snoqualmie a whole lot better as the fictional town of Twin Peaks.

That’s Snoquamie Falls right there at the 1:42 mark of the intro!

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Twin Peaks love has never died amongst the spooky, David Lynch loving set, but especially in Seattle.¬†We’ve seen more than one¬†framed portrait of Laura Palmer right over¬†a bar, and there’s the 2nd Twin Peaks party in 2 months coming up around the corner.

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Thomas also made a point to take us to the actual diner used for the Double R. (You can read about the history of the diner here.) Unfortunately, a fire in 2000 was cause for a gutting and a remodel, but that doesn’t keep them from keeping the tourism alive and wrapped in plastic.

Everything in Twedes was indeed wrapped in plastic, but I'm not sure that was intentional. ;)

Everything in Twedes was indeed wrapped in plastic, but I’m not sure that was intentional. ūüėČ

Thomas' photo of the modern day Double R!

Thomas’ photo of the modern day Double R!

So needless to say, the cherry pie wasn’t vegan. But Thomas is vegetarian (even though he’s about 95% vegan,¬†in diet,¬†clothing, etc.) so he went right ahead and ordered the requisite pie and black coffee. The coffee WAS good, though¬†I just had a small sip,¬†since I haven’t drank coffee in years! But all this diner ambiance was making me want some vegan diner food of my own. So we agreed to drive straight to Wayward right after.

Since our favorite vegan bar, Highline¬†closed their all vegan kitchen recently, we’ve been driving up to¬†the University District a lot more to get our greasy vegan fix. And although Wayward isn’t a bar, they did start doing beer, wine, and on tap mimosas¬†(no cider yet)¬†right before Highline closed, but we still have Vegetarian/Vegan bar¬†Georgetown Liquor Company down in Georgetown.

And now for the food…

Country Fried Steak $9

Country Fried Steak $9

The Griddle Combo $9

The Griddle Combo $9

Fried Mozzarella Wedges $8

Fried Mozzarella Wedges $8

Meatball Sub $10 and The Warlock $9

Meatball Sub $10 and The Warlock $9

House made meatballs with fried cheese wedges and a mayo slathered, toasted hoagie roll. This thing was a beast!

House made meatballs with fried cheese wedges and a mayo slathered, toasted hoagie roll. This thing was a beast! A delicious, yummy beast.

Mac Daddy is a $12 double decker burger that took me two days to eat. But it really hit the spot. Twice.

Mac Daddy is a $12 double decker burger that took me two days to eat. But it really hit the spot. Twice.

Bikini Bowl $8 off the gluten-free menu was incredible and has kale, quinoa, tempeh, & tahini dressing

Bikini Bowl $8 off the gluten-free menu was incredible and has kale, quinoa, tempeh, & tahini dressing

Chiggen Parm $9 chicken fried tofu, and cheese on buttery grilled cheese style bread.

Chiggen Parm $9 chicken fried tofu, and cheese on buttery grilled cheese style bread.

The Wizard $9 has definitely become Thomas' go to sandwich. He doesn't even look at the menu anymore. He gets his with fries. That broccoli slaw was mine :)

The Wizard $9 has definitely become Thomas’ go to sandwich. He doesn’t even look at the menu anymore. He gets his with fries. That broccoli slaw was mine ūüôā

The best part about Wayward Vegan Cafe? We’ve never had anything bad there! The food is always delicious, and as you can see by the Bikini Bowl pictured above, they do even have some healthier options. They have a good range of¬†gluten-free¬†items that cover Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and the only thing they don’t serve all day is the Dinner items, which are just from 4-9pm.

Not only that but it’s on the same block as Vegan Haven (all vegan grocery store), Araya’s Place (Vegan Thai restaurant) and just on the next block¬† and directly across the street from Vegan Haven is Pizza Pi (Vegan Pizzeria).

Wayward is located at 5253 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Open daily 9 AM – 9PM. 206 – 524 – 0204.

Wave 2700, Boca Raton, Fl

Published August 24, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

We were fortunate to find out about Wave 2700‘s vegan menu through a livingsocial special, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we did. When I asked for the vegan menu I was alerted to the trifold tent on the table, which had a vegan menu and drink specials. They have a small but impressive list of draft beers including some craft selections like Magic hat #9 and Florida beer, Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale.¬†Wave 2700 is a predominantly seafood restaurant, but I quickly found out that the one of the owners, John (Captain Snapper)’s wife, Sally Stiller is vegan, hence the vegan menu.

We tried to start with a tabouli stuffed tomato, but they were all out. So we nibbled on the vegan dinner rolls and sipped on our tasty libations.


The entrees sounded really good, and I was torn between the Potato Gnocchi ala Marinara $16.95 and the Vegan Nut Loaf with Sage Gravy $15.95, but settled on the latter.

At first I thought the small portion of the nut loaf was not really enough, but it was partnered with a heaping portion of mashed potatoes and the best vegan gravy I’ve tasted to date. I actually didn’t end up finishing it, because I was so full! The gravy was loaded with mushrooms, which I mostly pushed aside, but certainly helped flavor it to perfection. It wasn’t too sweet, which is something I’ve found with a lot of vegan gravies. The nut loaf was a very dense combination of brown rice, seeds, nuts, and legumes that proved to be both nourishing and deceptively filling.

The lack of a vegan dessert option was my only complaint, since they are really trying to cater to the plant based crowd. However, once a week they do a “Veg-a-cation”, a vegan 3 course meal (appetizer, main, dessert) based on Sally’s direction, including wine and vegan education for $25. (Must RSVP!) The theme changes every week. Last week’s was a completely raw menu and this week the focus is on Italian food. You can get on their email list for further information about those events here: Veg-a-cation@yahoo.com.

Come check out this little gem inconspicuously adjacent to the front of the Best Western hotel at 2700 N. Federal Hwy,  Boca Raton, Fl. 561-361-2700. Reservations accepted.

La Vie en Raw, Coral Gables, Fl

Published July 29, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So I found myself in Coral Gables for a couple of nights last week. Thomas was working on the Univision awards show, Premios Juventud, and I got to do some vegan exploring around the city.

I had been planing to go somewhere else, but the headache/carsickness I encountered on my way down in rush hour traffic prevented me from doing so. This actualy worked out just fine because after searching for vegan places in the area, and found myself on La Vie en Raw’s website. Though their closing time said 7 pm, there was also a disclaimer to call for closing time, because sometimes they stay open until 10. It was 8 o’clock. The voice on the other end let me know she expected to stay open another hour, so I headed right over. It was about a 10 minute ride from where I was staying, near University of Miami. The parking was easy, and it was right on Calle Ocho (8th st) across from La Carreta!

What a wonderful little gem!

LVeR is a quaint little raw vegan restaurant with seating for 14. There were a few tables still dining, so I decided to have a seat. Local art adorns the walls, and the kitchen is all open, right in the center. There are two chefs, and I met Sabina Torrieri, who hails from Roma, which boded well for the gnocchi I ordered!

I was offered soup or salad as a starter, and chose the salad. It was very fresh and came very lightly dressed with a barely discernable carrot ginger dressing.

Then came the Gnocchi Della Nonna! Cashew gnocchi served on a bed of spinach and garnished with basil pesto, $14. This was more delicious than I could have imagined! It was really exquisite. I was so pleased with my choice.

I ordered dessert to go, a slice of raw chocolate pie $6. It seemed to be drizzled in agave, and topped with shredded coconut. It was good if you’re used to raw desserts, not overly sweet, and mostly nut based.

I also took a spinach “hummus” wrap to go for Thomas. I snuck a bite, and it was pretty good.

They also had some cacao kale chips, which she let me sample, and I took a bag a bag with me to work. Hah, they definitely got mixed reviews, but I liked them! ūüôā

They haven’t put the new menu up on the website, so I’m including a pic here:

I had a really great experience here and they seem to have a nice rapport with the locals too. If I lived closer it would definitely be a regular spot to frequent. La Vie en Raw is open Monday through Saturday (call for hours), and located at 3808 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134. 305.444.3826.

Sublime, Ft Lauderdale, Fl – Restaurant Review

Published July 12, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Sublime.

The famous south florida vegan joint that’s had it’s ups and downs. I’ve been putting off a review of this place for a long time, mostly because of my many criticisms, and I hate to criticize one of the very few dedicated vegan restaurants in the area. I eat here once or twice a year, and generally avoid it because I find the food over priced, and a bit bland. From what I hear, this wasn’t always the case, and after realizing who the chef was that left them, I definitely believe it!

I have to say though, this last trip was a pretty pleasant experience. They’ve revamped the menu somewhat, and have finally reduced the ridiculous $40 price tag of their “caviar” pizza down to $17. (Though they also took the hummus pizza off, and that was pretty yummy.) I know all the profits get donated to the animals, but even so, I’ve always found their pricing not only off-putting, but prohibitive. (It’s no wonder people think only the rich can afford to follow a vegan diet!) We did manage to keep the bill pretty reasonable this time by ordering a bunch of smaller plates in lieu of entrees. Since our meal, I found out about the summer special they’re running currently, details at end. Now on to the food!

Two pieces (minus one bite!) of the complimentary polenta they give you at the beginning of your meal. It’s always good, and something nice to nibble on as you peruse the menu.

Edamame $6. roasted sea vegetable, sesame seeds, cracked black pepper

Okay, this was SO covered in salt we had to send it back, and get the salt on the side. I mean, insane amount of salt, other than that, nice flavors together.

Dynamite Roll $12,¬†vegenaise, ‚Äúcream cheese,‚ÄĚ zucchini, capers, red onion, cucumber

Delicious! I also highly recommend the Florasian roll $11, which I’ve had before. The wasabi is really weak, though, just FYI.

Caesar Salad $8, romaine hearts, house-made croutons, Sublime’s lemon-dijon dressing

This is fantastic, but you’ll probably want to share it. The dressing is very heavy and it makes for a filling course. The flavors are right on, though, and the croutons make it special.

“Steak” Sandwich $16,¬†gardein, ‚Äúcheddar,‚ÄĚ onion, romaine, pickle, special sauce,¬†sweet potato fries

Ok, so we got mashed sweet potatoes instead of the fries, but I’ve had them before, and they’re terrific. This sandwich is pretty good, but not good enough to justify the price tag. The sauce isn’t very flavorful, and in my opinion if you’re charging $16 for Gardein on a bun, it better be really good bread and really good sauce. But $16, really?

Here’s another picture of the sandwich with the fries from when I went last year, for my birthday. (Darbster was closed!)

And here’s a picture of the amazing chocolate cake that we had then. One of the cooks in the back knew me, and personalized it, which was cool. : )

Pros:

Swanky restaurant in happening Fort Lauderdale. Great service. Some of the dishes are really good. I recommend the Frito Misto appetizer $12, which is a lot like the vegetable tempura at Darbster, and the Coconut Cake $11, which is divine. The “Wash your hands” song in the bathroom is really catchy.

Cons:

Your paying for the ambiance, so the food is really over priced. Some of the dishes are tiny or just bland. Stay away from the mac n cheese and skip the enchiladas. I think they could really up the food quality immensely by switching to Daiya or finding another better tasting vegan cheese. The crispy eggplant rollatini appetizer $11, is pretty good, but it is two itty bitty little pieces. The “Wash your hands” song in the bathroom is really catchy, and will be in your head for at least a week. Also, if you’re anti-social, heads up, the owner will always come over and engage you in conversation, at least once, but maybe even twice during your meal.

One more thing…

Maybe this review is really a plea. I would love to have a world class restaurant to go to. I’ve been to some of the best vegan restaurants in NYC, and let me tell you, if Candle 79 or Angelica Kitchen opened up locations down here, I’d probably be completely and utterly broke. (and fat!) For me,¬†at a certain price point you really need to bring the food. Make some seitan, marinate some tofu, do amazing things with tempeh and millet and make me dream of your food. I love going to eat and thinking, how could I try to duplicate this at home? Instead of thinking, I could’ve made this [better] at home. I love food and I’m very happy being vegan. It would be great to have Sublime be a place that I could proudly take non-vegans to. ¬†I really appreciate what they try to do. I just wish they’d take it to the next level.

Summer Special:

Tuesday through Thursday, $40 gets you soup & salad, 2 entrees and a shared dessert.

Also, another good way to check them out and save some cash…

Happy Hour at the Bar: Tuesday – Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Half-price drinks and appetizers, buy one, get one half-off.

Sublime is located at 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Open Tuesday РSunday, 5:30 p.m. Р10:00 p.m.  Reservations can be made either at 954-615-1431, or through their website, but are not necessary.

4th Generation Organic Market, Boca Raton

Published June 11, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I decided that I was going to pick up some dinner for myself on my way home from work yesterday, and had a wonderful light bulb moment when I remembered that 4th Generation Organic Market existed, and right there in east Boca no less. It’s easy to forget about this place, because it’s just tucked away off of federal, but they have a lovely little cafe nestled in the back of this small market with LOTS of vegan offerings. I’d been here twice with my mom, but not for quite a while. We just tend to get into grooves as far as places to lunch.

I picked up a raw falafel wrap (I was craving falafel) and few other things to try.

I bought a couple of raw vegan “mozzarella sticks” $1.99 each. (Made with macadamias, probiotics, salt, onion, nutritional yeast, flax seeds, basil and oregano.)

These were about the size of my ring finger, so pretty pricey for the portion, but also pretty tasty. They definitely got the mozzarella stick taste they were after.

Here’s my raw hummus n falafel wrap, $9.99. (Made with zucchini, flax, salt, cayenne, sunflower seeds, sesame, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin seed, parsley, cilantro, garlic, sea salt, celery, extra virgin olive oil, and hemp seeds.)

I’d had this before, and it was really good. It also had lettuce, tomatoes, and sprouts. I only wish it came with a side of tahini sauce!

I also picked up two different dessert items. I’ve been craving cookies a lot lately and always enjoy a good coconut cake, so they were easy decisions to make.

The oatmeal raisin sandwich cookie was super good, $2.49. (Made with teff, sorgum, millet, quinoa, agave, coconut oil, potato flour, baking powder & soda, vanilla, oats, raisins, soy butter, powdered sugar and lemon.)

The little bit of lemon in the frosting was a nice surprise and complemented the flavors nicely with some brightness. It was only after I tasted it that I read all the wonderful ingredients. This was A+.

Organic Coconut cake, $5.99 for a HUGE piece. (Made with spelt flour, vegan butter, agave, coconut milk, coconut oil, confectioner sugar, coconut extract, coconut flakes, baking powder & soda.)

I didn’t realize until after I took a few bites how great the ingredients were. (and that’s when I went back and read the cookie ingredients too.) I was expecting one of those ridiculously sweet first bites that sort of turns me off when I choose to indulge in cakes and such. This was such a nice surprise, delicious, moist, so much coconut flavor, and subtly sweetened. This is the way I’m intending to bake from now on, when I do. No more straight up sugar in my treats. Absolutely NOT necessary!

If you’re local, I highly recommend adding 4th Generation to your lists of spots to grab snacks, sweets and/or a casual lunch or dinner. If you want to dine in, they have a little bit of seating next to the counter. They’re located at 75 SE 3rd Street in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto on the east side of US-1/Federal. Open Monday – Saturday, 8-7, and Sunday 9-6.

Darbster for Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary

Published May 19, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Last week my lazy, don’t feel like cooking, night coincided with Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary at Darbster. I had seen artichoke fondue on the menu that day too, and the weather just happened to be perfect for some al fresco dining. It was dimly lit outside, and my phone was dying, so I apologize in advance for the less than stunning photographs! ; )

The artichoke dip was made with cheddar & mozzarella Daiya and served with what I think were gluten free chips?¬†Delicious! I literally scraped every little last bit of this up. I used to LOVE fondue, as well as artichoke dips, so this was a little bit of both. I’ll definitely be trying my hand at one of these at home!

For dinner, I had the “steak” tacos. I had been wanting to try these since my last visit, and also had a craving for beans & rice earlier in the day, so this was the perfect meal, served with salsa, vegan sour cream, guacamole and a side of black beans & brown rice. (Even though I’m cuban and my family loves white rice, I always avoided it. It wasn’t until I discovered brown rice that I got to love the combination.) SO GOOD! The steak bits were really flavorful, and Chef Seth explained that all that extra goodness comes from the marinating that they do with all their Gardein.

I also got to try one of the dinner specials, the Cantonese Chick’n dish. It was pretty amazing. The sauce was wonderful, and again, the chick’n was well seasoned and not reminiscent of it’s straight out of the freezer counterparts.

Even after all this food, and stuffing myself thoroughly on it, I was still going to order dessert, only in a box to go! But before I got to figure out which, they brought out sliced pieces of Chef Seth’s [surprise] anniversary cake, complete with chocolate ganache strawberries on top. Thanks for including me in your celebration, guys! : )

Darbster is located at 8020 South Dixie Highway РWest Palm Beach, Florida 33405. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Telephone Р561-586-2622

Sunday Dinner @ Darbster – WPB/LW

Published April 18, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

You’ve heard me sing Darbster‘s praises before, and this time is no exception. I got to taste some new things this time including a raw entr√©e and raw dessert. And when I say taste, I really mean FEAST! ¬†I had quite a lot of food. So much, in fact, that I had to forgo my after dinner plans, and get dessert boxed to go! : )

I started with the quesadillas. I hadn’t had quesadillas since before I went vegan and these were delish! They were a combination of Daiya cheddar & mozzarella and roasted red peppers, in a green (spinach?) tortilla. They also came with lots of vegan sour cream, guacamole, and fresh salsa. Mmm! I loved these! I am a sucker for mexican every time, so it was good that I ordered this so I didn’t have to order the enchiladas [again!] to get my fix. (Though the “steak” tacos¬†were calling to me.)

Quesadillas $8.95

Instead I ordered one of the specials – Raw Tuna Club on Flax Seed Crackers with an organic salad & tahini dressing. This was really fantastic, and way more than I thought it would be. An almond based “tuna” made with raw vegan mayo, onions and seasonings, with “bacon” (dehydrated something!) fresh tomato, avocado, and sprouts on flax seed bread. Really awesome. (It totally beats my fake tempeh tuna!) The salad had greens and lots of sprouts and the dressing was great on the shredded carrots.

Raw Tuna Club on Flax with organic salad $14

The Grilled Steak Ciabatta sandwich, which came with perfectly cooked, seasoned fries. It was extremely delicious in a completely different way. I know Darbster uses Gardein, but I don’t know where they get these nice big patties of it. Excellent!

Grilled Steak Ciabatta with wasabi mayo, arugula, and tomato $14

Onion rings $2 ordered with an entree or $4

Maybe it was that we ordered too much food, or that the french fries were just so awesome, but I didn’t dig the onion rings as much this time. They have a light, airy tempura type coating. They just came out a little too greasy today. (little puddle of oil in the bottom.)

And now for the dessert that I almost didn’t get to eat. I was full, but determined, so I had it boxed to go. I had a hard time deciding between the chocolate mousse ganache cake and the [gluten-free] raw organic blackberry torte, but in the end, the adorable swirled blackberry torte was packed into a little box to enjoy later. Much later. Hours later I was finally able to enjoy this delicious creamy treat. You’d never guess that this was a raw dessert. Really. It was sort of like a creamy cheesecake. (Lightbulb! was that strawberry cheesecake I had there before really a raw torte, by accident? The texture ¬†was very similar!) Regardless, wonderful and flavorful with a yummy nutty crust that will leave you wanting more!

Gluten-Free Raw Organic Blackberry Torte $9

This was a really great way to spend a nice Sunday evening. The weather was perfect, and the patio doors were open. Darbster does “Doggie Sundays” at dinnertime. This means you can bring your pup in and get a 20% discount on your meal! Pretty neat. Too bad we can’t dress Boris as a dog and take him. He’d give himself away in a minute; he’s too darn vocal.

Oh! And I solved the mystery of – Wow, Darbster must be on the very edge of West Palm. IT IS! I noticed driving up yesterday that the sign for the city limit is literally right next to Darbster’s patio area! Hah ; )

PS- they changed their menu presentation to a little bit fancier one…

Nice!

If you live nearby you should definitely do yourself a favor and check out Darbster. Tell them Ty from cameraphonevegan.com sent you! I still haven’t met Chef Seth, but one day! Apparently Sunday is his day off ; ¬†) Check out their website for all the info & specials.

Angelica Kitchen, NYC

Published April 4, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Anytime I’m in NYC, you can bet I will be making at least one stop at Angelica Kitchen. (Read my previous review here.) It’s a fantastic macrobiotic, vegan place near Union Square, and it’s always awesome. In fact, the biggest problem I have every time I go there is NOT ordering the Sam or I sandwich, which is absolutely amazing. This time though, I was able to curb the urge and try something new, and I’m so glad that I did.

The Saturday norimaki…

Rolled vegetable sushi, served with wasabi, pickled ginger& lemon-shoyu dipping sauce (ingredients vary daily) 6 Pieces $8 / 9 Pieces $11.50

Kass wasn’t feeling so hot, so she didn’t partake in the sushi, but here is a pic of ¬†her lovely sprout salad!

Mixed Sprout Salad… A refreshing toss of snow pea shoots, sunflower sprouts & seeds, and mint; mixed with cabbage, daikon & carrots in a cool mint vinaigrette. Adorned with toasted peanuts, onion sprouts & watercress. $8.75

Here’s the marinated tofu sandwich. I’ve had it before and it is delicious, but I still prefer the Sam or I sandwich. The picture doesn’t really do the tastiness justice.

Marinated Tofu Sandwich… Lemon herbed baked tofu layered with roasted vegetables, a smear ofparsley-almond pesto & lettuce. Served on choice of mixed grain orspelt bread. $8.75

And now onto my AWESOME selection! : D

Ol√© Man Seitan… Homemade seitan & roasted vegetable mix folded into a warmwhole wheat tortilla; dressed with spicy traditional mole sauce (peanuts & chocolate), & lime-jalape√Īo tofu sour cream;garnished with pimento. $14.50

This was incredibly good, and HUGE. The seitan had a great texture and the filling was really flavorful. It was just fantastic.

For dessert, Kass and I split one of their spelt fig newtons. It was subtly sweet and about double the size of a regular fig newton. With desserts it’s best to leave your cravings for sugar and fat laden sweets for another place. Their desserts are generally “healthy” tasting, so just expect that.

I should also mention that they don’t serve coffee or alcohol either, but it IS a BYOB place with no corking fee. So you’re more than welcome to bring whatever intoxicating libation you prefer. We didn’t, but I saw one table with what looked like a nice 6 pack of specialty beer.

Definitely check out Angelica Kitchen if you’re in the area. And try their awesome cornbread too! They have three different kinds!

Angelica Kitchen only accepts cash and is located at 300 East 12th Street, open daily from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Dinner at Darbster

Published February 27, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I’ve been meaning to put this post up for a few weeks, but sometimes things get hectic!

This was my fist time eating dinner at Darbster. I previously went there for lunch and could hardly keep myself from ordering the whole menu! (lunch review here!) Next on the list is brunch!

Vegetables Tempura with sweet chili sauce … $6.95¬†¬† SO so so delicious! I was scraping up the last little bits of green with the sauce : )

Enchiladas… $11.95¬†¬† These were AWESOME! I meant to get a raw entree, but once I saw enchiladas on the menu, I had to have them. The filling is just so good. I didn’t want them to ever end, even though I was definitely full, and still had to try dessert. ; )

Chik’n Francaise… $14.95¬† Now I’m not the type that loved chicken ever, so for me, I’m not the biggest fan of Gardein Chik’n because it reminds me of actual chicken. That being said, this was really tasty and the sauce was pretty wonderful!

Oreo Cheezcake…$9 (?)

Now the last cheezcake that we ate here was the strawberry cheezcake, and it was nothing short of amazing, so I expected to really love this. The waitress who served it apologized for the whipped cream being runny, but it was only a little bit, and tasted great. This cheezcake didn’t have the same creamy texture I liked so much in the previous one, and for me had more of a tofu taste. It still had that amazing nutty crust that I liked so much in the first one.

Next time I’m definitely going to try one of the raw desserts or the carrot cake that I’ve read is really good. I love Darbster and can’t wait to go back! They have a really cool promotion too for sundays! You get 20% off your bill when you bring your pup for Doggie Sunday! Darbster is located at 8020 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405¬† (561-586-2622) and open Wednesday through Sunday. Check out Darbster.com for their hours!

 

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