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.

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Happy holidays to you all!

Monday, December 12, 2016

El Rey on K

My husband Phil and I went downtown this past week to check out the new Mexican restaurant near the Golden 1 Center. El Rey on K opened in August, boasting former Sacramento Kings player Kenny Thomas as one of its owners.


There were a couple of menu items that appeared to be vegan if ordered without the cotija cheese, so I tried them both. First up was the black bean hummus appetizer, a generous portion consisting of black beans, tahini, garlic, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño, served with chips. It was a little garlicky for my taste, but good nonetheless.




I also ordered the meatless marvel taco, also without the cotija cheese.  The filling was a creative mixture of black beans, guacamole, sweet potato, roasted peppers, pickled onion, and fried peppers. It was definitely tasty!



El Rey on K is located at  723 K Street, and their phone number is 916-400-4170. Their website address is http://www.elreyonk.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/elreyonk/. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Identity Coffees

Identity Coffees opened earlier this year, and they're becoming a favorite with local vegans. In addition to offering almond milk for their coffee drinks, they've begun partnering with Conscious Creamery to provide vegan baked goods.


When I stopped by the other day, they had two different types of vegan muffins and a few vegan cookies. I ordered a chai spice muffin and a cranberry-orange muffin, and loved them both!




In addition, one Saturday every month, Identity Coffees hosts the Midtown Bizarre, where Andrea and Kevin from Conscious Creamery serve up their fabulous vegan gelato. If you want to give it a try, you're in luck -- the next Midtown Bizarre is this coming Saturday, December 10th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.




If you want something a little more protein-dense, Identity Coffees also carries an assortment of Protein Pucks, described on the Protein Puck website as a "gluten free, vegan, non GMO, protein packed, fiber rich, energy bar from nature."




Identity Coffees is located at 1430 28th Street, and their phone number is 916-225-0738. Their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/identitycoffees/. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Sacramento Vegan is on Vacation

Blogging will resume after November 28th. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2016

PizzaRev

There's a new pizza place in East Sacramento, and they have vegan options! PizzaRev is a national chain that opened its Sacramento location on Folsom Boulevard last month. Not only do they offer vegan cheese, they have vegan sausage as well.


I stopped in for lunch recently and ordered a "craft your own" pizza. They have three different crust options, all of which are vegan -- signature thin, double dough, and gluten-free. I requested the signature thin, and then moved on to the sauce selection. Four of their five sauces are vegan -- organic tomato, spicy organic tomato, sweet & bold BBQ, and olive oil. I decided to play it safe and go with the organic tomato.


Next, I had them add Daiya vegan cheese, for an extra charge, and vegan sausage. Finally, I chose my vegetable toppings -- mushrooms, black olives, and pepperoncinis. There were lots of other vegan topping choices including red onions, cherry tomatoes, spinach, pineapple, and green bell pepper, to name a few.




It was a good pizza, and I thought the vegan sausage had a really good flavor. The next time I go, I want to try their double dough crust.


PizzaRev is located at 5801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 110, and their phone number is 916-455-1198. Their website address is http://pizzarev.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pizzarevco. The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Road Trip! True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek

This past week, I had lunch with my parents at the new True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek. This restaurant chain prides itself on its "anti-inflammatory diet" and it offers numerous vegan options, clearly marked on the menu.


I started out with this gorgeous glass of pomegranate chia limeade, which tasted as good as it looked.




For my entrée, I went back and forth, trying to decide between the ancient grains bowl with tofu and vegetables, and the TLT sandwich. I finally opted for the sandwich, consisting of smoked tempeh, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and vegan mayonnaise on whole grain bread. It was great! The sweet potato hash that came with it was very good too.




My mom ordered the butternut squash pizza. In addition to the squash, it was topped with smoked onion, kale, vegan almond ricotta, and dried cranberries. She really enjoyed it.




True Food Kitchen had several vegan desserts too. I loved my apple goji crisp, served with vegan vanilla ice cream, and Mom was happy with her squash pie topped with coconut whipped cream. I had a bite of it and it was delicious!





True Food Kitchen is a national restaurant chain, but unfortunately, the closest location to Sacramento is the restaurant in Walnut Creek. For more information about their locations, hours, and menus, visit the True Food Kitchen website at http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TrueFoodKitchen/.