Monday, April 16, 2018

Camellia Coffee Roasters

Camellia Coffee Roasters opened recently in the space at the WAL Public Market on R Street formerly occupied by Metro Kitchen + Drinkery. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I had heard they might have vegan options, so I drove over on the weekend to check it out.

There were three vegan muffins in the glass case at the counter, as well as a few non-vegan pastries. I wasn't really in the mood for a muffin, so I asked if they had any other vegan menu items. I was told they could make me a coconut yogurt parfait, which sounded perfect. In addition to the coconut yogurt, it had granola, agave, and mixed berries. It was an excellent mid-morning treat.

I also ordered a latte with coconut milk. Their other non-dairy milk option is almond milk. There is an extra cost for the non-dairy milks.

Camellia Coffee Roasters is located at 1104 R Street. I was unable to find a phone number for them, but their website address is and their Facebook page can be found at They are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, April 9, 2018


My husband Phil and I celebrated our anniversary this past week by having dinner at one of the hottest new restaurants in town, Canon. This East Sacramento eatery has been popular since the day it opened, so I made sure to get a reservation a couple of weeks ahead of time.

The dinner menu, which changes seasonally, currently has four vegan small plates. I chose three of them to try. The first was the pickled vegetable plate, consisting of house-pickled cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, and onions. They were served on a bed of crushed ice, which I thought was a nice touch. This dish looked much prettier when it arrived at the table, but I started to serve myself before I took the picture, and then had to try to put everything back where it was.

Next, I had the citrus salad, which was my favorite dish of the three. It had orange and grapefruit slices, thin strips of sweet potato, and generous portions of avocado, which were coated in red quinoa and then fried. The salad was dressed with a green curry emulsion.

My last dish was the roasted carrots, which were served in a West African peanut sauce with crispy kale, onions, cilantro, and peanuts. I liked the creamy peanut sauce, which really enhanced the flavor of the carrots.

The one vegan dish I didn't try was the charred broccoli di ciccio, with kimchi vinaigrette. Next time...

Canon is located at 1719 34th Street, and their phone number is 916-469-2433. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at Canon is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. They are also open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but their brunch menu doesn't list any vegan options.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mas Taco Bar

I just returned from a short vacation in Panama, which is why it's been awhile since my last post. One of the first things I wanted to do when I got back to town was to try Mas Taco Bar on R Street, which opened a couple of weeks ago. So I headed over there for lunch today.

Mas Taco Bar offers both tacos and bowls, and there are two types of each that are vegan. I decided to try a little bit of both. I ordered the butternut squash taco, topped with braised Swiss chard and pepito salsa verde, and the roasted cauliflower bowl, consisting of roasted cauliflower, romesco sauce, cilantro, and bell pepper over brown rice. Both were very good, especially with a little Cholula jalapeño and poblano hot sauce sprinkled over the top, but I liked the taco best.

Mas Taco Bar also has some interesting mocktails on their drink menu. I was torn between the Berry Tasty (fresh strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, and ginger ale) and the Virgin Mas'garita (fresh lime, agave, and soda). I opted for the Virgin Mas'garita and loved it. I thought it had exactly the right amount of lip-puckering sourness.

Mas Taco Bar is located at 1800 15th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Dos Coyotes, and their phone number is 916-706-1330. The restaurant's website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at Mas Taco Bar is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.