Monday, August 21, 2017

Oakhaus

My friend Deborah and I had lunch at Oakhaus in Oak Park last week. This restaurant opened about three months ago on Broadway near 34th Street, but this was my first visit.

I didn't see anything specifically vegan on the menu, but there were some items that were easily veganizable. For starters, they have a Tofurkey Beer Brat option for their sausage plate or sausage sandwich, although they were out of Tofurkey on the day I visited. Instead, I ordered the veggie sandwich, with no cheese or aioli. What remained was an open-faced sandwich consisting of a house roll, asparagus, squash, and olive tapenade. I thought the tapenade really made this sandwich.


Deborah chose to veganize the Greek sandwich by leaving off the feta cheese. This sandwich included tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, olives, and oregano vinaigrette, served on a  torpedo roll.


Oakhaus is located at 3413 Broadway, and their phone number is 916-376-7694. Their website address is http://www.oakhaussac.com/home.html, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Oakhaus-904377243035413/?ref=br_rs. Their hours aren't listed on their website or their Facebook page, but they open at 11:30 a.m. and, according to Yelp, they close at 9:00 p.m. Yelp also says they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I won't be blogging for the next couple of weeks, and here's why.

I'll be hanging out with this little guy (who is being fed organic sweet potatoes in this picture)!


I'll still post pictures of what I'm eating on Instagram or my Sacramento Vegan Facebook page. Blogging will resume in mid-August.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Philz Coffee




Bay Area coffee chain Philz Coffee opened a location in Sacramento a few days ago, and if the early crowds are any indication, it's going to be very popular here.

The line for coffee was out the door when I went to check it out, but since I'm not a coffee drinker anyhow, I headed to the food section to see if they had anything vegan. They'll be offering Sugar Plum Vegan's baked goods, but they were all sold out by the time I got there. However, they offer a number of other snack items, a few of which can be made vegan. The Mediterranean avocado toast and the hummus and fresh tomato toast sounded good, but I wanted something sweet, so I ordered the almond butter and banana toast. The only thing required to make it vegan was to leave off the honey. Yum!


Even though I didn't order any coffee, I did ask about the availability of non-dairy milk substitutes. They offer soy milk, vanilla soy milk, and almond milk, and they don't charge extra for them.

Philz Coffee is located at 1725 R Street, and their phone number is 916-970-2894. The website address for Philz Coffee is http://www.philzcoffee.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/philzcoffee/. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Little Belgium Deli and Beer Bar



My husband Phil and I took a drive up to Auburn over the weekend, where we spent a very pleasant afternoon. There must be lots of vegans up that way, judging from how easy it's been to find restaurants offering vegan options whenever I'm in the area. In the past, I've blogged about Joe Caribé Bistro & Café and Nectar Café. This time, we decided to check out Little Belgium Deli and Beer Bar.

I liked the fact that Little Belgium had a vegan/vegetarian section on their menu, and they listed some specifically vegan items. On the front window of their restaurant, they advertise their "famous stuffed avocados," so I ordered the Vegan Harvest Avocado as an appetizer. It was such a simple dish, but so delicious! It consisted of a perfectly ripe avocado half stuffed with hummus, then topped with diced cucumbers and mushrooms in a sriracha/vegan mayonnaise sauce. Usually, red onions are also involved, but I don't like onions, so I asked that they be omitted. Really, I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this dish!


Next, I ordered the Vegan Veggie sandwich, two slices of brown bread with lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, pickles, avocado, vegan cheese, and vegan mayo. Sprouts and red onion are usually on this sandwich, but I asked that they be left off. This hearty sandwich was served with tortilla chips and a dill pickle wedge. All in all, this was a very satisfying meal!


Little Belgium Deli and Beer Bar is located at 780 Lincoln Way in Auburn, and their phone number is 530-820-3056. Their website address is http://www.littlebelgiumdeli.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/littlebelgiumdeli/. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.




Monday, July 10, 2017

Burly Beverages Gift Shoppe & Tasting Room







I've been hearing about the house-made sodas and other drinks offered by Burly Beverages for quite awhile, but had never actually tried them. Then a couple of items popped up in my Facebook news feed. First, I saw that Burly Beverages had partnered with Conscious Creamery to offer soda floats prepared with vegan gelato. Does anything sound better in the summer than a root beer float? I don't think so. I made a mental note to find out if Burly Beverages would be at any upcoming events.


Before I even had a chance to do that, however, I saw a Facebook post saying that Burly Beverages had opened a retail location on Del Paso Boulevard. So my husband Phil and I headed over there this past weekend.


When we arrived at Burly Beverages Gift Shoppe & Tasting Room, we were disappointed to find the doors locked. I checked the sign on the window to see what hours it was open, and that's when I saw the note saying to ring the bell. We did, and were let in by the genius behind Burly Beverages, Gabriel Aiello. Since he spends most of his time working in the back of the building, he keeps the front door locked.


We sat down at the soda bar and looked over the list of available goodies. Phil ordered a root beer float with Conscious Creamery vanilla gelato, and I ordered a cream soda float with the same gelato. Both sodas were made in-house. Gabriel said the cream soda was made from a recipe he'd discovered from the 1800s, using cream of tartar rather than actual cream. Both floats were delicious, and I expect to head over to Del Paso Boulevard many more times this summer.





Many of you probably already know Gabriel as the chef who prepares the popular vegan meals for Meatless Mondays at Old Ironsides on the second Monday of every month. Hey, that's tonight! In addition to the vegan food item, which will be burrito bowls this month, Gabriel will also be serving a couple of his Burly Beverages -- strawberry-chipotle shrub soda and super smooth ginger beer.


Burly Beverages Gift Shoppe & Tasting Room is located at 2014 Del Paso Boulevard, and their phone number is 916-333-3879. Their website address is http://burlybeverages.com/retailshoppe, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/bbgiftshoppeandtastingroom/. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Be sure to ring the bell!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Roxie Deli

I had such a good sandwich this past week at a place that I'd never visited before. Roxie Deli in East Sac is known mostly for their meat sandwiches and barbecue, but they also offer a delicious veggie sandwich.


The sandwich, which I ordered on a sourdough roll, was stuffed full of all kinds of good things: hummus, avocado, artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and peppers. Nothing needed to be changed to veganize it except to omit the cheese. 




A few of the side dishes at Roxie appear to be vegan as well -- fruit salad, marinated mushrooms, and hummus, for example. They sell grape leaves stuffed with a rice mixture too, but the staff was unsure whether the grape leaves contained any non-vegan ingredients.


Roxie Deli is located at 3340 C Street, and their phone number is 916-443-5402. Their website address is http://roxiedeli.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RoxieDeliBBQSacramento/. The deli is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed recently and saw a post that said "If you don't know yet, we also cater to all vegans...", from a restaurant I'd never visited before. Which is how I came to have lunch the very next day at Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar in midtown.


When I walked in the door, I told the hostess I'd read that they had vegan options. So she handed me a separate menu listing the vegan and vegetarian menu items. There were only three listings for vegans, but they all looked like things I'd be happy to try. I ended up ordering the Noodles Delight, which was a bowl of rice noodles, bean sprouts, green beans, and fried tofu, topped with slivered almonds and toasted sesame seeds. It was simple, but very, very good. I expect to go back there for it often.




Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar is located at 1118 16th Street, and their phone number is 916-228-4042. Their website address is http://www.sacstation16.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sacstation16/. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and for dinner every day beginning at 3:00 p.m.




Monday, June 5, 2017

Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen

I click on vegan Facebook posts all the time and have a Sacramento Vegan Facebook page, so I'm guessing that's the reason ads for Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen suddenly began showing up in my news feed. So I made the drive up to Folsom a few days ago to try it out.


The restaurant has a very extensive menu, and all of the vegan items are clearly marked. Whenever I go to an Indian restaurant, I always have to order samosas, fried pastries filled with a mixture of seasoned peas, potatoes, and onions. The samosas at Tirupathi were excellent, and I could happily have just eaten another plate or two of them and called it lunch.




That wouldn't have made for much of a blog post, though, so I thought I'd better order a main course too. Among the specialties at Tirupathi  are dosas, which are described on the menu as a South Indian savory crepe. I'd never had dosas before, so I decided I'd give them a try. The problem was that there were so many different types of dosas listed on the menu, and not all of them included a description to explain what they were filled with. I ended up ordering the masala dosa, which was filled with a potato and onion mixture. It came with a variety of chutneys, as well as a lentil dipping sauce.


 

The menu at Tirupathi included many different items I've never had before, so I hope to go back and check out some of their other vegan options in the future. For example, they have a dish called uthappam, which they describe as a thicker version of the dosa, cooked on both sides, and resembling a pizza.


Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen is located at 1870 Prairie City Road, Suite 500, in Folsom, and their phone number is 916-351-9990. They don't appear to have a website, but their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Tirupathifolsom/. I was unable to find a copy of their menu online, so I took photos of each page, which are posted at the end of this article. The restaurant is open daily and serving meals during these times: breakfast -- 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; lunch -- 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; snacks -- 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and dinner -- 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.




Monday, May 29, 2017

Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

I love social media. Without Facebook, I would never have known that Garcia's Mexican Restaurant on Madison Avenue has a vegan menu. But armed with that information, which had been posted on the Sacramento Area Vegans page and shared by Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, I drove up to Carmichael for lunch last week to check it out.


I requested the vegan menu from the hostess and was happy to see a nice variety of items listed. The first thing I ordered was the vegan happy roll appetizer, which was refried beans, hot sauce, and red peppers rolled in a flour tortilla and then grilled. The rolls were spicy, but good.




Next, I ordered the tasty taco salad, which came in a crispy flour tortilla bowl. It was filled with lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, and black olives, then topped with guacamole.




By the time I finished the salad, I'd had plenty to eat, but when I saw that Garcia's offered a vegan dessert, I had to try it. The apple flautas consisted of apple pie filling rolled in a flour tortilla, then deep-fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar. What a delicious way to end a very satisfying meal!




Garcia's Mexican Restaurant is located at 6049 Madison Avenue, and their phone number is 916-344-3177. Their website address is https://www.garciasmexicanrestaurants.net/ and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Garcias-Mexican-Restaurant-113955535292744/. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Selland's Market-Café

Selland's Market-Café opened a new location on Broadway recently. I waited several weeks to check it out, hoping that the newness would wear off and the lines of people waiting to order would start to die down. I should have known better -- Selland's in East Sacramento has been a local favorite for a long time, and it appears that Selland's on Broadway will follow the same pattern.


I visited Selland's on Broadway twice last week. I checked the menu online ahead of time to make sure there were vegan options, and I found a separate vegetarian menu. While there aren't any hot dishes or desserts that are vegan, there is a very nice selection of vegan salads.


During both visits, I ordered a salad trio. For the first one, I chose the roasted beet, roasted cauliflower and chickpea, and Asian noodle salads. The beet salad consisted of beets, chard, red cabbage, green onion, sunflower seeds, and a maple-sherry vinaigrette. The cauliflower and chickpea salad included arugula, and was tossed with a lemon-tahini dressing. In addition to the noodles, red bell pepper, carrots, green onion, cilantro, and a peanut dressing made up the Asian noodle salad. All three salads were excellent, which made it hard for me to order something different the next time I visited.




However, I wanted to be able to show you a more complete picture of Selland's vegan options, so I did order a couple of different salads for my next visit. I stuck with the Asian noodle salad, but I added the seasonal fruit salad and the roasted broccoli and red pepper salad, which was tossed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon.



I notice that, in addition to these vegan side salads, there is also a vegan super greens signature salad, consisting of spinach, kale, chard, roasted beets, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and maple-sherry vinaigrette.


Selland's Market-Café is located at 915 Broadway, and their phone number is 916-732-3390. Their website address is http://www.sellands.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sellandsmarketcafe/. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Palladio LUXE Cinema

I've been wanting to try out one of the new movie theaters that offers reclining seats. I also needed to find a restaurant to write about for this week's blog post. So it occurred to me, why not combine the two?

Which is how my husband Phil and I came to find ourselves sitting in comfy recliners at the Palladio LUXE Cinema in Folsom this weekend, watching the techno thriller The Circle while eating food brought to our seats for us by the helpful servers.

I had checked the menu ahead of time, and while there wasn't anything vegan, there were a couple of things that appeared veganizable. I confirmed with the staff that the food was made on the premises, as opposed to being pre-packaged and then microwaved. That made it easy to simply request that the non-vegan ingredients be omitted.

I ordered the portobello and eggplant sandwich, a very hearty sandwich served on focaccia. I asked that the Havarti cheese be left off, and told the server that if the garlic sauce included any non-vegan ingredients, it should be omitted too. I never heard whether the garlic sauce was left off or not, but the sandwich was very good.


None of the desserts on the menu were vegan. Fortunately, the movie candy options included Red Vines!


The Palladio LUXE Cinema is located at 400 Palladio Parkway in Folsom, and their phone number is 916-693-6433. Their menu, show times, and other information is available on their website at http://www.cinemawest.com/location?house_id=43199.





Monday, April 24, 2017

Cafe Connection Caribbean Cuisine

My husband Phil and I joined millions of people around the world on Saturday for the March for Science. The Sacramento march took us from Southside Park to the State Capitol, at which time I discovered that I had worked up quite an appetite. So we went and checked out Café Connection Caribbean Cuisine on L Street, across the street from the Capitol.


I was happy to see several items on the menu that appeared to be vegan or easily capable of being made vegan. Both the chickpea salad and the curry veggie salad looked as though they were probably vegan without having to make any alterations, and the only thing that would likely need to be changed in the chickpea wrap was to omit the ranch dressing. Since the restaurant was packed with other marchers, I didn't want to take the time to ask a lot of questions, so I ordered the one thing on the menu that was actually listed as vegan -- the vegetable curry plate. It turned out to be a very tasty dish, consisting of carrots, green beans, chickpeas, and peas in a spicy curry sauce, served over a bed of brown rice and beans. A side of mixed greens was served as well.




Café Connection Caribbean Cuisine is located at 1007 L Street, and their phone number is 916-447-8855. Their website address is http://www.cafeconnectionsacramento.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cafeconnectioncaribbeancuisine/. According to their website, they're open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The website also says the restaurant is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but they were definitely open this past Saturday. I'll try to check with them within the next day or two to find out what their Saturday hours are, and I'll post the update here.

UPDATE: I called the restaurant, and they said their hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.






Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Which Wich

I was driving down 16th Street the other day and noticed that a new restaurant, Which Wich, had opened between K and J streets. I looked it up online and discovered that it's an international sandwich chain. More to the point, the word "vegan" appeared right on their home page, so it was clear that a visit was in order.


Walking in the door, I saw a row of racks on the wall with bags for the various types of sandwiches available. I grabbed the one that said "Vegetarian" across the top, took a marking pen out of the container on the counter, and began to fill out my order form.




The two sandwiches actually listed on the menu as vegan are the avocado and the black bean patty. I decided to keep it simple and ordered the avocado. I checked off the applicable boxes on the order form to indicate what type of sandwich, bread, vegetables, etc., I wanted, and then I took it to the cashier. I always worry that something will be included that I don't want, so I made sure to tell the cashier I was vegan. His response was to write "Vegan!!" at the top of my order form so the kitchen staff wouldn't miss it.



My sandwich, served on a warm wheat roll, was ready in just a few minutes. I'm already planning what I'll order the next time I go!



Which Wich is located at 1020 16th Street, and their phone number is 916-680-9424. The Which Wich website address is http://www.whichwich.com/, and the Sacramento location's Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Which-Wich-860648264037390/. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Road trip! Lemonade in Walnut Creek

A few days after returning from my trip to Colombia, I drove to the Bay Area for lunch with my parents. A new restaurant had recently opened in Walnut Creek, so we decided to check it out.




Lemonade is a California restaurant chain serving a "vegetable-centric menu" cafeteria-style. According to their website, their menu "draws from a variety of global influences and changes with the seasons several times per year."

Five vegan salads were listed on the menu: red quinoa & Fuji apple, avocado & cherry tomatoes, snap peas & edamame, Tuscan kale & kumquats, and curried cauliflower. They are served in small portions for $2.95 each, so I ordered three different ones. The red quinoa & Fuji apple salad was mixed with arugula, sunflower seeds, and miso vinaigrette, and was surprisingly filling. The curried cauliflower, with golden raisins and almonds, was listed as a chef's favorite. My favorite, though, was the simple avocado & cherry tomatoes, served with pine nuts and a lime cilantro vinaigrette.



Lemonade in Walnut Creek is located at 1348 Broadway Plaza, and their phone number is 925-231-0066. The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Information about all the Lemonade locations is available on their website at http://www.lemonadela.com/, or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LemonadeLA.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sacramento Vegan is on the road

Blogging will resume in early April, but there may be occasional updates before then on the Sacramento Vegan Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/Sacramento-Vegan-156965251048946/.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kasbah Revisited

When I blogged about Kasbah Lounge in midtown a few years ago, it was owned by the same family that owned the restaurant next door, Tapa the World. A vegan menu had been compiled from the menus of both restaurants, and you could order items from Kasbah even if you were eating at Tapa the World, and vice versa.


Since then, Kasbah Lounge has been bought by two former Kasbah employees and is now run separately from Tapa the World. So my husband Phil and I stopped in for dinner at Kasbah over the weekend to see if I could still find something vegan to eat.


I'm happy to report that putting together a vegan meal was easy. The only thing actually listed on the menu as vegan is the harira soup, but there are some vegetarian items that can easily be made vegan. But since the harira was vegan, I started with that. It's a flavorful lentil soup delicately seasoned with cinnamon and other spices. It was topped with fried onions and served with pita triangles. Delicious!




I followed the soup with the mezza platter, an assortment of Middle Eastern appetizers that I ate as my entrée. The platter included hummus, olives, falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, tomatoes, pickled vegetables, and tahini sauce. Normally, it includes yogurt and feta cheese, but I asked that those items be omitted from my platter.




I didn't order it, but another option you may want to consider is the vegetable kabob. I asked recently on Kasbah's Facebook page if the kabob was vegan, and here's the response I received: "Sub the yogurt for baba ganoush and the rice (cooked in veg broth but has butter) for coriander roasted sweet potatoes and voila it's vegan!" I'll give that a try next time I visit.


Kasbah Lounge is located at 2115 J Street, and their phone number is 916-442-4388. Their website address is http://www.kasbahlounge.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kasbah916/. The restaurant is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. till midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.





Monday, March 6, 2017

Mesa Mercado

I finally got around to driving to Carmichael the other day to check out the new Milagro Centre, which opened last summer. Several different restaurants are housed there, but the one I was there to try was Mesa Mercado.




Unlike most Mexican restaurants, Mesa Mercado doesn't provide complimentary chips and salsa when you're seated. Instead, they bring out a refreshing dish of mango bites, sprinkled with chili powder. I thought that was a nice change from chips, which often fill me up before I even receive my entrée. Of course, if you'd like chips, you can order the chips and salsa trio or the chips and guacamole appetizer.




There were a couple of entrées that appeared to be either vegan or veganizable, such as one of the salads and the veggie tacos, but the dish I chose was the caldo de cosecha, a big bowl of hearty vegetable soup. Filled with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, squash, carrots, peppers, and I don't know what all, and served with crispy mini tortillas, it was a tasty and satisfying meal.



Mesa Mercado is located inside the Milagro Centre at 6241 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael, and the phone number is 916-283-4081. Their website address is http://mesamercado.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Mesa-Mercado-1495372880732521/. The restaurant is open Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m.

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/.