Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge 2014 -- Shine

Yesterday was the first day of the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Since I wasn't going to be available to go to dinner at one of the Challenge restaurants, I decided to go to Shine, where Challenge items are offered at lunchtime too. Amanda Lawrence, one of the owners of Shine, is vegan herself, so the restaurant is already vegan-friendly, but they're going all out this month.

A menu board near the cashier lists the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge options. I ordered the Sweet & Spicy Tempeh Torta, a sandwich of tempeh, avocado, spicy chili sauce, and greens served on a ciabatta roll. A green salad with a spicy Thai dressing was served on the side. Delicious!

Everything on the top shelf of the deli case at Shine this month is vegan, so I checked out all the tempting desserts there. I chose a wonderful cardamom and rosewater tapioca, which was the perfect way to follow the spicy torta.

Other vegan options will be offered during the month, including things like Indian chaat salad, Latin quinoa salad, and, for dessert, pumpkin mousse parfait, so you may want to stop in often!

Shine is located at 1400 E Street, and their phone number is 916-551-1400. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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