Monday, February 27, 2017

Chocolate Fish

As I've mentioned before, I don't spend much time in the local coffeehouses because I don't drink coffee. Once I find out that a coffeehouse has started offering vegan baked goods, though, it suddenly appears on my radar.


That's what happened over the weekend when I saw on social media that Conscious Creamery's vegan donuts are now being offered at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. I've been a big fan of Conscious Creamery's vegan gelato for a long time, and I was thrilled when they started making vegan baked goods as well. So I took a drive over to Chocolate Fish in East Sacramento yesterday morning to  get my Conscious Creamery fix.


Sure enough, there was a glass cake plate on display with two kinds of Conscious Creamery donuts. I bought one of each for a deliciously sweet breakfast.



For those of you who go to coffeehouses for the coffee, Chocolate Fish offers two different non-dairy milk substitutes -- soy and almond.




Chocolate Fish has two different locations, both serving Conscious Creamery donuts. The location I visited is at 4749 Folsom Boulevard. It's open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The other location is at 3rd and Q Street, and it's open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Their phone number is 916-451-5181, and their website address is http://www.chocolatefishcoffee.com/.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Bangkok Garden Thai Cuisine

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Greta and I tried to go to lunch at Tuk Tuk in Natomas, but we were surprised to discover that the restaurant had closed. Fortunately, Greta knew of another Thai restaurant just a short drive away, Bangkok Garden.


The first thing I noticed on Bangkok Garden's menu was the notation at the bottom of each page that read, "Vegan options available. Ask your server." The dish I wanted was the eggplant plate, so I made sure to order it with no fish sauce and with tofu added. It was a delicious combination of eggplant, tofu, bell pepper, and basil sautéed in coconut milk and chili paste.




I was in the area again a few days ago, so I stopped in for lunch. This time, I decided to try one of their curries. I asked the server if the curries contained fish sauce, and she said they did, but could be made without it. So I ordered the green curry with tofu added, a tasty mixture of bell pepper, bamboo shoots, green beans, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, tofu, and basil in a green curry coconut milk sauce.




Bangkok Garden is located at 3230 Arena Boulevard and their phone number is 916-263-9600. Their website address is http://www.bangkok-gardenthaicuisine.com/Blank.html and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/bangkokgardenthaicuisine/. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.



Monday, February 6, 2017

Barnes & Noble Kitchen

Two of my very favorite things to do are to look for new vegan food and to shop for books. So you can imagine my delight when I found out that a new Barnes & Noble bookstore had opened in Folsom late last year, and it had a restaurant right there in the store.

My friend Michele and I drove up to Folsom last week to check it out. The café was hidden behind a coffee bar that we saw as soon as we walked in the door.

The menu wasn't extensive, but it had a few items that were either vegan or easily veganizable. Michele and I ordered the guacamole and chips appetizer to share. The guacamole was full of nice, big chunks of avocado, and it had enough spice to give it a little kick.



Next, I ordered the chopped vegetable salad, which needed a couple of modifications. I asked the server to omit the feta cheese, and substitute apple cider vinaigrette for the green goddess dressing listed on the menu. What the menu didn't say is that half of a hard-boiled egg also comes with the salad, so if you order this dish, you'll want to ask them to leave off the egg. The salad itself was delicious and very colorful. I loved the vegetables the chef chose -- purple cauliflower, beets, green beans, broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, avocado, and greens, with pepitas tossed in for garnish.




Barnes & Noble Kitchen is located at 280 Palladio Parkway, Building 913, and their phone number is 916-984-4407. Their website address is http://barnesandnoblekitchen.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/The-Kitchen-at-Barnes-Noble-1247165598670382/. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Pushkin's Restaurant


I actually feel kind of silly blogging about Pushkin’s Restaurant since, judging from all the photos showing up in my Facebook newsfeed, it seems as though every vegan in town has already been there. But in case there are still a few people out there who haven’t heard, Pushkin’s Bakery opened a restaurant in midtown last month and it’s been a big hit with local vegans.




The menu at Pushkin’s Restaurant is 100 percent gluten-free, but they also offer a separate menu that’s all vegan. I had lunch there last week with my friend Cathy, and I had a terrible time trying to choose from among all the vegan options. I finally decided on the refreshing Green Gem Salad, with butter lettuce, grapefruit, avocado, radish, and a lemony vinaigrette. I had Portobello mushrooms added for an extra charge.




I really wanted to try the Coconut Parfait for dessert, but they were out of them. Instead, I checked out the baked goods in the display case and found three vegan options –double chocolate walnut cookies, chocolate chip muffins, and barracuda cupcakes. As you can see in the picture below, I opted for the fabulous barracuda cupcake.




Pushkin’s Restaurant is located at 1813 Capitol Avenue, and their phone number is 916-823-5520. Their website address is http://pushkinskitchen.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pushkinsrestaurant/. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Press Bistro

An email came through the other day announcing that the Press Bistro is now serving lunch. I didn't think I cared, because my occasional review of the Press Bistro menu hasn't given me any indication that it's a particularly vegan-friendly restaurant. But I checked to see what they were offering on their new lunch menu.


I found a pasta dish that sounded promising, so I emailed the restaurant to see if the spaghetti was vegan if ordered without the ricotta. I received a very prompt response informing me that it was. With that in mind, I headed to the Press Bistro for lunch one rainy day this past week.


The pasta dish I ordered was spaghetti with tomato sauce, chile, Kalamata olives, and cauliflower. I loved this meal! For starters, cauliflower and Kalamata olives are two of my very favorite things, so to have them in the sauce was almost a guarantee that I would enjoy the dish. But the other thing the chef did perfectly was to use a light touch in ladling out the sauce. It seems like most restaurants these days bring me a sad little mound of noodles, swimming in an ocean of sauce. This dish had a perfect sauce-to-noodle ratio.


I know I sound like I'm gushing, but I haven't enjoyed a plate of pasta this much in years. I only wish it was on the restaurant's dinner menu too. And to all the friends I lunch with, this is probably the restaurant I'm going to suggest the next time we go out.




But what about dinner at the Press Bistro? Well, I'm glad you asked! When I received my response from the restaurant about the spaghetti, the email also said this: "We also always have our seasonal vegetable plate that is vegan."


Seasonal vegetable plate? I didn't recall seeing that on the menu, so I went back to the restaurant's website and checked again. Nope, no mention of this item at all, and I can't imagine why not. I guess it's just one of those secret menu items you have to know about. And now you know!


Now that I knew about it, however, my husband and I went to the Press Bistro over the weekend so I could check it out. It was a lovely dish, with roasted cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, greens, white beans, carrots, radishes, and I don't know what all. The ingredients will change frequently, depending on what vegetables are in season.




The Press Bistro is located at 1809 Capitol Avenue, and their phone number is 916-444-2566. Their website address is http://www.thepressbistro.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/The-Press-Bistro-122363554473910/. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and for dinner Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sacramento Vegan is on vacation

Between holiday celebrations and traveling, I'm going to have to take a break from blogging. Check back again after January 12th. There may be occasional updates on Sacramento Vegan's Facebook and Instagram pages as well.

https://www.facebook.com/Sacramento-Vegan-156965251048946/

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Happy holidays to you all!