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Angelica Kitchen and Babycakes NYC

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I’m not good at scheduling flights.

I had 9 hours to kill in Miami on the way to my very exciting adventure (post to come, I swear), and 9 hours in New York City on the way home.

Fortunately, two of my favorite people in the whole wide world, Jessica and Tanya, live in NYC. Unbelievably, they had never met before, which is odd, because they are both very important parts of my life.

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Tanya introduced me to Angelica Kitchen 5 or 6 years ago, and though there are tons of other Big Apple vegan establishments I’ve want to try, it was the best option given our location and the time we had. I was a little relieved at this; my inner food blogger encourages me to explore new restaurants, but it was so nice to just eat delicious, healthy comfort food with my besties at a place I already know and love.

Angelica Kitchen serves whole food organic vegan meals — nothing refined, nothing processed, all excellent.

We started with juices and the curried cashew spread, ”an intriguing live blend of raw cashews, sprouted chickpeas, freshly ground curry powder & unpasteurized miso,” served with crudites. This is on the must-replicate list, if only for its simplicity.

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Since there’s this force inside that drives me to order a reuben sandwich whenever I see it on the menu, that’s what I got: the tempeh reuben. It was heavy on substance and flavor, not oil (though nicely sauced), and  I didn’t feel I needed to shower the grease out of my pores afterwards. With lettuce and untoasted whole-grain bread, it wasn’t really the indulgence I had in mind, but tasty, nonetheless.

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Jessica ordered some sort of salad and sourdough bread.

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Tanya let me take home the leftovers of her Old Man Seitan, a tortilla wrapped concealing a savory filling of Seitan, carrots, turnips, and cauliflower served wet burrito-style with sauce. Thanks, T!

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The weather was glorious, so we strolled to our next spot: Babycakes NYC.

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Babycakes was much smaller than I’ve been picturing, but a charming establishment, with many gluten-free vegan goodies to chose from: cookies, cupcakes, donuts, brownies, shortcake, and more.

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The counter staff and pastry chefs were adorable in their retro frocks and hairdos.

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I got a red velvet cupcake, while Jessica opted for a carrot cake donut. Tanya was too full from her burrito for a baked good of her own, but graciously photographed me eating:

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I’ve never had red velvet cake before (which was why I ordered it) and doubt I will again — I felt like I could taste the food coloring. However, the texture of the cake and frosting was perfect — light cake, thick frosting — and if I had trusted my instinct and gone for another flavor, I think I would have been 100% happy.

At least it’s pretty.

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Jessica only ate half of her donut, and let me pig out on the remainder. It was light and crisp, drowning in a sticky-sweet glaze. I would order it again in heartbeat.

My stay was regrettably brief, and soon I headed back to the airport. I decided to save my Angelica Kitchen leftovers for lunch the next day (because what makes returning to work after a vacation better than reheated food from a restaurant on the other coast?) after I witnessed the JFK Cibo Express‘ vegan selection.

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Good thing Cibo Express was right next to my gate — I nearly missed my flight.

Until next time, New York!

Mac’n Food Truck in Miami

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So, the Mac’n Food Truck gave me one of the greatest experiences of my vegan life. I visited a few weeks ago during a 9-hour layover in Miami on the way to a very exciting adventure — post on that to come.

Maybe it’s because I mostly wrote this post after a couple of stiff-yet-sweet drinks in classy South Beach joints, a place where both cocktails (which go for $8 in Seattle) and bikinis (which retail for $40+ in Seattle) cost around $20 (and ladies seldom wear much more), but my Mac’n Food Truck experience was at the best unforgettable, and at the worst on par with anything you’d find in Seattle or Portland.

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I ordered Frannie’s Southern Fried Sammie and done fried green tomatoes with tangy remoulade. The hostess served me a sample of their truck-made sweet iced tea, which was delicious but much too sweet for my Yankee blood; I opted for water to, you know, save a few calories — health was definitely on my mind as I ordered a massive plate of fried comfort food.

I waited a few minutes in the South Florida sun, soaking in the atmosphere. Mac’n Food Truck was one of maybe 10 trucks gathered at Pinecrest Gardens, a small man-made jungle with a modest $3 entry fee.

I started with the fried green tomatoes. I couldn’t really taste the remoulade’s flavor, though it’s creaminess contrasted nicely with the tart tomatoes and crispy, greasy cornmeal batter.

Then, I tackled the sandwich. The tofu, frozen and then battered’n'fried, was salty, soft yet chewy, and infused with buffalo sauce, topped with a peppery coleslaw on a cornmeal bun (which tasted like a potato bun to me).

I’ve eaten enough delicious food in my time that I was not surprised to finish the whole thing, though a little disappointed (as always) in my gluttony.

Mac’n food truck moves around (obviously); check ‘em out on Twitter more details.

Vietnamese crispy donuts (xôi chiên phồng): Seattle, meet your next obsession

Street food is super hot right now. The Guardian shared a list of the world’s best street foods, and xôi chiên phồng (xoi chien phong) — Vietnamese crispy donuts —  were conspicuously absent.

They’re my new obsession.

Erika was invited to the grand opening of La Lot, a new Vietnamese restaurant, and Mary, Janet and I got to join. We were treated to a buffet including the best fresh tofu spring rolls ever (they had a little bits of crunchy fried spring roll wrapper on the inside), skewers of shiitake mushrooms, taro-filled sweet dumplings, and a bunch of stuff other stuff that wasn’t vegan (Erika confirmed that these dishes were).

Mary and I went to the bar for a cocktail, and when we turned around, there was a golden orb larger than a bowling ball on the buffet: xôi chiên phồng. A server cut it into pieces with a pair of kitchen scissors, and we dug in, and our worlds changed a little bit.

Xôi chiên phồng is made from “coconut-infused sweet jasmine rice, fried into a crispy ball” (“xôi chiên phồng,” from what I can tell on the web, translates to “bloated, fried sticky rice“) and is almost like toffee: crunchy at first, then softens to a delightful chewiness.

The manager stopped by our table to ask how we liked the food, and I gushed about the donut. “How do you make them?” I asked. He clarified that he did not make them, and that they’re deep fried — here’s a good explanation of the science behind it.

He explained that they are popular street food in Vietnam, but are virtually unseen here.

Xôi chiên phồng are supposed to be good with spicy foods, and “it’ll stay [puffed] like that for 5 hours.”

La Lot is open to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and I think xôi chiên phồng will soon be a popular post-bar snack.

Great Pioneer Square vegan options

A couple of my coworkers work remotely. On their most recent visit to the office, I overheard one of them tell my boss that he couldn’t wait to get back to Ohio because when he visits our Pioneer Square office, he only eats out.

“I miss vegetables when I’m here,” he said.

Now, I can think of a number of superlatives for Pioneer Square — “most likely place to hook up with jailbait in the bathroom of a skeezy club on a Friday night,” “greatest odds of seeing a homeless man’s dog give birth,” and a close runner up (behind only Pike Place Market) for “Greatest urge to punch a tourist in the face while walking down the street” — but ”least likely place to eat a vegetable” is not one of them. I eat vegetables all the time in Pioneer Square.

Here’s my list of great vegan lunch and snacking options. Many (but not all) of them do include a full serving of vegetables.

Pho Fuschia — I really like their veggie pho because, unlike some places (*cough* Than Bros *cough*), Pho Fuschia’s pho includes a ton of veggies. Be sure to ask for vegetarian broth — they’ll beef stock you if you don’t. 12/27/12 update: haven’t eaten here in a while — they’ve MSG’d me a few too many times.

The Berliner Doner Kebab — I order the tofu in a spinach wrap with some hot sauce, and it never feels like anything is missing, though you will need to ask them to hold the curry sauce and the cheese.

Coco Banana — This is the only salad bar in Pioneer Square. They also offer smoothies, tthough I’m not sure which of the smoothies are vegan — I mainly just win friends with their salad. They have large signs with customers sipping said smoothies hanging in their windows, and one of these is an acquaintance of mine, and his massive face always freaks me out a little. (Update 12/13/11: I haven’t confirmed, but one of my coworkers thinks there’s fish sauce in the sesame noodles.)

Cherry Street Coffee House — I stop in sometimes on my way to work for a gluten-free vegan muffin. They also proudly feature vegan lunch options, but I haven’t tried these yet.

Uwajimaya — If you’re feeling scrapped for produce, Uwajimaya is both a grocery store and food court. The gomaki inari from the sushi section is my default lunch, and I’m often tempted by mochi, duk, various banchan and exotic fruit when buying them. I also found Stonewall’s Jerquee on my last visit, which pretty much made my day. And, if you need cute non-food stuff from Japan, they have that too. And beer!

Grand Central Bakery — Grand Central typically has some sort of tofu-based vegetarian sandwich on the menu [like the tofuben or the tofCuban (not their official names)], and if you order it without dairy products, you’re basically left with grilled tofu and minimal other stuff, like sauerkraut or grilled peppers, on toasted bread every time. But it’s really, really well flavored grilled tofu, so you actually forgive yourself for ordering tofu on toast. Some of their soups are also sometimes vegan. However, they have the absolute slowest service on the face of the planet, so don’t go if you actually have work to do that day.

Elliott Bay Cafe — this underground cafe and coffee spot always has vegan entrees and breakfast options on the menu, and every time I’ve been in, one of the daily soups is vegan too. The menu is seasonal, but some of my favorites have been the Almost Raw salad, Beans and Greens, and their sweet potato sandwich. However, they’re recently changed their menu, and some of this goodness is no longer available. I’m also a huge fan of the ginger molasses cookie, which isn’t always labelled as vegan (but is.) If you’re lucky, they’ll have vegan pie. Finally, two words: rice milk.

Update (12/9/11): EBC is “closed for maintenance,” per a sign on the door, and has been for a few weeks. No word on the sign as to when maintenance will be completed – huge bummer. Update (4/27/12): Yep, they’re gone. *sob.*

Cafe Paloma — this is really more of a sit-down meet-a-date-after-work kind of place than somewhere you pick up lunch to eat mindlessly at your desk while looking at pictures of kittens (and now you know how I spend my lunch breaks), but the falafel is excellent.

Specialty’s — located at the very edge of the ID, Specialty’s offers the Dawn’s Vegan salad, a delightful and complete mix of veggies, black beans, artichoke hearts and avocado, and delicious cookie smells that we vegans can only partake olfactoraly.

Mediterranean Mix — Get a falafel sandwich from Mediterranean Mix when you want to go into a post-lunch food coma or don’t want to eat for the rest of the day: it’s massive. The falafel is slightly lemony, and I really like how they also include whole fava beans among the sandwich fixin’s– never seen that before.

Blazing Bagels — is in Safeco (like, embedded in the outer wall), so it’s a bit of a hike, but they offer tofu cream cheese. My go-to is cucumber, tomato and caper with tofu cream cheese on an everything bagel. So. good.

Cafe Vita — the closest resource for Mighty-O donuts. The staff always seems a little friendlier than their Capitol Hill location, but that might be just because I’ve never been into the Pioneer Square location in my sweats.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory — vegan chocolate-covered Oreos, chocolate-covered pretzels, and chocolate-covered marzipan. Need I say more?

Taco del Mar – sure, TDM’s burrito-wrapping skills are notoriously poor, but sometimes you just need a mondito vegan burrito (and yes, vegan burrito is actually an option on the menu). Beans, rice, guac, lettuce (always lettuce), tomato, pico de gallo, and hot sauce makes for one satisfying lunch, one that falls apart the moment you remove the aluminum foil. Seriously, send your burrito artists to tortilla school, Taco del Mar!

Little Italy: If you need a classy place to take business guests out for lunch, I would heartily recommend this joint. It is definitely, most certainly, absolutely not a vegan restaurant by any means, but the wonderfully Italian proprietor will whip up something for you. I had a mushroom risotto, heavy on the rosemary and garlic. Yum. The tastefully decorated exposed-brick walls will impress clients, while the $7.95 lunchtime price tag will not break your company’s bank. (added 12/9/11)

Zeitgeist: I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but Zeitgeist is a pretty good option. They supposedly (unconfirmed) have rice milk in addition to soy, and have raw sugar cubes at the milk station. My omni coworkers love their breakfast sandwiches, but there hasn’t been much for vegans to eat until now: they recently started selling Flying Apron baked goods, including Flying Apron brownies. Do yourself a favor and go get a brownie. Now. (added 12/15/11)

Pho Cyclo: Okay, with its 2nd and Marion location, Pho Cyclo isn’t really in Pioneer Square, but it’s not too far of a walk, and their tofu bahn mi (no mayo — a rep has confirmed that the bread and tofu are vegan) makes a tasty, filling, and cheap ($3.45) lunch. (added 12/22/11)

Thai Curry Simple: another offering from the ID. This cash-only lunch spot is located on the same block of 5th Ave S as Joe’s bar (aka, the sketchiest place in Seattle, possibly America), and while it’s not a fancy joint, is a welcoming and bustling one (and not shady at all). They have a rotating daily tofu curry, advertised as being without fish sauce or MSG, that runs only $6 and sauce mixes you can buy for home use. (added 4/27/12)

Gaba Sushi: Gaba uses sprouted brown rice and makes a really nice roll with tofu and edamame hummus that falls apart when you dip it into one of their speciality sauces (the non-creamy ones are vegan) but is tasty. It’s a little overpriced compared to what you can get at Uwajimaya, but makes you feel a little healthier. Unfortunately, the miso soup is not vegan. Also, don’t mistake the big glob of wasabi on the tray for edamame hummus that’s fallen out of the roll like I did. (added 12/27/12)

Where’s your favorite vegan place to eat in Pioneer Square and beyond?

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Brunch at The Redwood

The Redwood has been good to me for as long as I’ve lived in Seattle.

There are 5 things that set it above other Capitol Hill bars:

  1. Happy hour until 8
  2. Pac Man table
  3. Free peanuts
  4. Dogs allowed
  5. Vegan-friendly Sunday brunch

Yes, vegan brunch — the greatest of meals made even greater. The Redwood has probably 7 or 8 items on their brunch menu, plus a couple of additional specials each Sunday, but all of them — I repeat: all of them — can be made vegan.

And this isn’t just “hold the cheese” vegan — they substitute Follow your Heart for cheddar and Tofutti cream cheese for regular. Ask for soymilk for your coffee and you’ll get a shotglass full.

tofus rancheros with homefries and veggie sausage

My favorite dishes are the tofus rancheros (see above) and the chicken-fried veggie steak served with (optional) biscuits and gravy (not pictured) — you’ll be full for a week if you get the biscuit, but c’mon —  soooo good. Most options come with crispy homefries and your choice of protein. One of these days, I’m finally going to order the stuffed French toast — I tend to be more of a savory bruncher, but it sounds fantastic.

Despite the vegan-friendliness of the menu, taxidermy hangs on the walls and one of the bathrooms is wallpapered in diagrams of where to shoot small fuzzy creatures for maximum kill potential. So, kind of a dichotomy. Having spent formative periods of my life in Maine and Michigan, the presence of taxidermy doesn’t bother me that much, though I certainly do not support the practice and understand how it might offend other vegans. So, take this into account.

Some sort of tofu scramble

The Redwood is your typical Capitol Hill young person (okay, I’ll say it: hipster) hangout, meaning that service is spotty. For example, on my first trip, we got there right when they opened at 11 a.m. and had to wait 15 minutes for the chef to arrive — the waitress was very sweet, though not really all that apologetic.

It’s a great place to just sit and drinking beer at any hour, though I can’t safely recommend the Redwood for non-brunch meals — I only ordered their sort of squishy and tasteless veggie meatloaf sliders once, and the spicy fries are just regular fries with spicy, dairy-containing sauce (and when I asked for the sauce without dairy, they were very huffy about it) — but brunch is awesome. I’ve never had an unfriendly server at brunch. Or a bad meal.

Go at 11 or 11:30 a.m. — it won’t be crowded. Get a mimosa (or a pitcher of mimosa!), order some food, enjoy the music (I’ll say this about Capitol Hill young people bars: they do tend to play good music), and watch whatever game is playing on the big projected screen.

The Redwood
514 E Howell St
Seattle, WA 98102

(206) 329-1952

Hours:
Mon-Sat 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.


Wedgewood II Vegetarian Thai

Fish sauce sneaks into Thai food like a cat crawls into an open underwear drawer and hides, so that you shut it, then think he’s escaped, and you break into tears of bitter despair because he’s your little furry baby and he wouldn’t make it for a second on the mean streets of Capitol Hill, with the cars and the drunks and the crazy hipster kids. He’s too cute and sheltered for a life outdoors!!

Then you hear that fish sauce scratching and you know that it’s actually been there all along, laying low.

Wouldn’t it be nice to dine lavishly on a coconutty curry without worry of anything fishy swimming next to your tofu?

This is why I love Wedgewood II Vegetarian Thai on Broadway (between Harrison & Republican): no fish sauce. One of the many reasons I love Wedgewood II, actually.

The ambiance is cozy and modern, with wood paneling and orange plexiglass adding warmth and color — it’s one of those interiors that really makes one regret having not become an architect.

[Then one remembers all of the crappy CAD drawings that one looked at in a previous life, and is content to just eat in this splendor rather than making a career of it.]

Service is prompt and efficient. The staff doesn’t try to push anything on you (no “who’s ready for dessert?”) but you may need to ask for drinks, chopsticks (vs. forks) or anything else other than just food when you order. Everyone who works there is polite and cordial, if not overly friendly.

It’s not strictly vegan — there are some dishes with egg — but the assortment of purely plant-based stir-fries, noodle dishes and curries with fresh or fried tofu or faux meat gives plenty of options.

I particularly like the size of Wedgewood II’s fried tofu cubes: they’re small, about 3/4″ to 1″ cubed (maybe? Lack of spacial reasoning: another reason I am not an architect). This allows for a greater fried surface area to soft interior ratio than most restaurants offer, and everyone knows that the greater the proportion of fried to non-fried, the tastier the result.

David and I usually get a curry and a stir-fry. On our most recent visit, we ordered the Yellow Curry (because it had potatoes and cabbage — mmmm….) and the garlic stir-fry: fried tofu, carrots and broccoli bathed in a light and very salty sauce. This saltiness was congruent with other visits, while the silky, flavorful yellow curry sauce complimented the fried tofu, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes and onions within.

Only complaint: neither dish was spicy enough.

As with most places that serve non Euro-American fare, the waiter or waitress will ask you how spicy you want your food, on a scale of 1-5. If you want a spicy curry, ask for a 6.

A 4-level spice at other Southeast Asian establishments usually leaves my mouth burning and nose dripping, but my forehead barely perspired at Wedgewood II. Again, consistent with other visits.

Wedgewood II always has open tables whenever we’ve been in, and is definitely a reasonably-priced dinner option (≈$9/dish, though rice is extra). Since Jup Jup Jup closed (R.I.P.), it’s become my favorite Thai spot on Broadway.

Maybe give them a try next time?

Vegan food at Safeco field

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks may both be vegan, but one cannot survive a ballgame on snacks alone.

Sure, you could bring food in (according to Safeco’s MLB site, “Food brought into the ballpark must be wrapped, bagged or inside a container. Items such as apples and oranges must be quartered.”) but you would be missing out on a quintessential piece of the American Dream: paying too much money for a one-way ticket to Diabetesville while watching a game that, frankly, runs about 5 innings too long.

Here are my suggestions of what to eat while watching the Mariners lose win (on occasion), based on all both of my visits this summer.

The Natural

The Natural is located at section 132 in the back of a small food court. The line was incredibly short (I waited longer to get condiments than I did for my dog) and reasonably priced: a smallish veggie frankfurter only put me back $4.50. They also offer vegan soup and a vegan veggie burger (both $7-ish, I think), and have a couple of vegan and non-vegan gluten-free options (including gluten-free beer).

Blazing Bagels

I walk over to Safeco sometimes during the work week for a toasted everything bagel with tofu spread, tomatoes, lettuce and capers from Blazing Bagels, and their bagel sandwiches are absolutely worth the walk. It’s technically not in the stadium, being on 1st ave S at street level, but is directly adjacent to the entrance and open on game days, so it’s an easy pre-, post- or during game stop.

Ricenroll

Safeco is probably the only ballpark in America where you can get sushi, mainly because Ichiroll sounds much better than Matsuzakaroll or the Takahashiroll. Actually, I don’t anything about the sushi presence in other stadiums, but thank your vegan stars that you can get overpriced fake Japanese food in Seattle’s. Ricenroll is in the same food court area (section 132) as The Natural, and has a few options. I wanted the tofu noodles, but they were out at that particular game, so I settled on 8 pieces of cucumber avocado sushi (at a rate of $1.13/piece). $4 edamame is another possibility.

Note: the box is not completely sealed, so don’t pour your soy sauce into it unless you want a lapful of the stuff.

I also saw someone walking around with chips and guac, and there are always the garlic fries, which are super-tasty/addictive and quite handy if you happen to be at the game on a bad date or seated next to a vampire. Mmm… garlic fries.

And don’t forget the beer.

Annapurna Cafe: Capitol Hill’s best-kept secret

Annapurna Cafe, a Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese restaurant located in the basement below Peet’s coffee at the corner of Broadway and E. Denny Way, is perhaps my favorite restaurant in Seattle.

The atmosphere is cozy and a little dim, though tastefully decorated and inviting. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, promptly refilling water glasses, clearing dishes and bringing the check– it’s a level of courtesy you don’t see often see in Capitol Hill dining establishments.

Though by no means a strictly vegan restaurant (making it a fantastic place to dine with stubborn omnivores), the variety of vegan entrees, appetizers and breads never fails to tempt my taste buds. Best yet, everything vegan is denoted on the menu as such, taking out the guesswork.

My go-to dishes, after many samplings, are the palak tofu (spinach and fried tofu) and the Himalayan curry, a spicy, savory sauce with peas, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, carrots and tofu. Both are oh-so flavorful, without the heavy, oily sauces of many Indian restaurants– ideal for soaking up with roti and basmati or brown rice.

David remarked on our most recent visit that he likes how big the chunks of fried tofu in the veggie dishes are– they make him feel like he is “ripping into meat.” I don’t really think of it this way, but I do like the contrast between the chewy exterior and the soft middle.

Annapurna’s cocktail menu is also quite solid. Whoever mans the bar whips up specialty drinks with generous amounts of house-infused saffron vodka– quite strong. They also have a nice assortment of fruity martinis (as in, made with fruit).

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Zpizza: best vegan pizza on Capitol Hill

A sizable percentage of people I work with live in my neighborhood, one of them in the apartments above Zpizza. He told me Zpizza is terrible. (He’s not vegan.)

Well, I’d have to disagree– Zpizza serves some of the best vegan pizza on the Hill.

Granted, Capitol Hill’s vegan pizza selection isn’t extensive; Juliano’s is now closed, Madison Market serves decent yet bready vegan slices, Highline sometimes has pizza-themed sammies, and I had some lovely crust+ sauce at Via Tribunali a couple of years ago, but that’s about all that I know of.

So, imagine my surprise when I went in this past Friday night to find not one but three vegan varieties.

“I’ll have a piece of the Berkeley Vegan [the standard offering],” I said.

“Woohoo!” Said the guy manning the oven. Solidarity– nice.

The girl behind the register went over to put my slice in a box.

“We also have caramelized onion and garlic and veggie sausage vegan pizza tonight,” she mentioned.

Excited [and thinking that she was referring to one additional pizza rather than two], I asked for a slice of each.

She put three slices in the oven, then rang me up.

“On nights that I’m working, we usually have a good vegan pizza selection,” she confided, “I’m lactose intolerant.”

So, I left the place with different three varieties rather than the one I stepped in for, but all were quite tasty (I managed to control myself and save one for the morning– mmm… cold pizza).

The crust was crisp and perfectly balanced between pan and thin. The cheese was Daiya.

The caramelized onion and mushroom bursted with a sweet savoriness, while the Berkeley Vegan (since Berkeley=hippie=vegan — duh), topped with onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and veggie sausage, was a solid interpretation of the classic supreme. The plain sausage, while cold, was also quite tasty; the sausage has a distinct anise note.

My understanding is that you can only get vegan slices on certain days (Friday apparently is one of them, and I’ve heard rumors of Tuesday), but you can always order a Berkeley Vegan for pick up or delivery. Or I guess you can eat in, though the atmosphere is a bit corporate (it’s a chain).

Fellow Seattle vegans, educate me: are there other Capitol Hill vegan pizza options I’m missing?

top image by prideandvegudice via Creative Commons.

The Seattle Thirty-Five: 35 Great Foodz in Seattle, WA

A couple of days ago, Get Sconed updated her PDX Vegan Hundred: 100 Great Foodz in Portland, OR.

This made me really, really want to visit Portland sometime soon, and got me thinking what my 100 favorites in Seattle are.

I started counting and got to 35.

This list isn’t too extensive because a) I like to cook at home, b) I’m a little OCD and will eat my favorites over and over, and c) my boyfriend eats meat, so I don’t eat at 100% vegan places as much as I would like– I have still yet to visit In the Bowl, Thrive, Cafe Flora, Carmelita, and Wayward Vegan cafe. But it’s a start.

So, may I present the Seattle Thirty-Five: 35 Great Foodz in Seattle, WA.

  1. Madison Market’s chocolate cake
  2. Flying Apron’s cinnamon roll
  3. Highline’s beer cheese soup
  4. Teapot’s bounty of the sea
  5. Chaco Canyon’s Kombucha
  6. Plum’s mac ‘n’ yease
  7. Hillside Quickie’s BBQ seitan sandwich
  8. Mighty-O’s apple fritter (and every other deep-fried delight they produce)
  9. Patty Pan’s black bean tamales
  10. Healeo’s hemp soft-serve
  11. Moveable Feast’s Mama’s mushroom wrap
  12. Global Gourmet’s Thai wrap
  13. Spicy tofu roll from… I forget the name. You buy them at Whole Foods, Madison Market or the UW HUB. They got me through grad school.
  14. Annapurna’s palak tofu
  15. Elysian’s French Fries (Brouwar’s fries are pretty freakin’ fantastic too)
  16. Theo dark chocolate
  17. Pizza Pi’s Hawaiian pizza
  18. Blue C’s tofu, avocado and cucumber roll
  19. Cinnamon Works’ scones
  20. 22 doors’ tofu scramble
  21. Pan Africa’s veggie sampler
  22. Steelhead Diner’s veggie chili (minus the toppings)
  23. Bethany of Sidecar for Pigs’ Peace’s Nanaimo bars from one of their bake sales. NOM.
  24. The vegan, gluten- and soy-free cookies the spunky girl at the Broadway farmers market sells
  25. Uwajimaya’s Gomoku Inari
  26. Rocky Mtn Chocolate Factory’s vegan chocolate-covered Oreos (so what if it’s a chain)
  27. Than Bros. tofu and mushroom pho
  28. Jai Thai’s fresh spring rolls
  29. Anita’s vegan, gluten-free crepes
  30. Espresso Vivace’s amazing selection of vegan baked goods
  31. Julia’s raspberry oat bars
  32. Dry Soda
  33. Tacos Guaymas ‘Guaymas’ Veggie Burrito w/ guac
  34. Flower’s vegan lunch buffet
  35. Portage Bay Cafe’s Sweet Rice Porridge

By this time next year, I’d like to have eaten 100 (or at least 50) Seattle vegan foods. So, I’m going to need your recommendations! What are your favorite tasty vegan eats in Seattle?

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