Cafe Blossom: Brunch

"Country Breakfast" ($12) Tempeh Bacon ($3)

So I went back to one of my favorite cafes here on the UWS for brunch: Cafe Blossom offers delicious lunch sandwiches, and salads, upscale dinner entrees, smoothies, desserts, and what I went for today brunch🙂 They have a great brunch menu that offers Chocolate Chip or Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast, Crepes, Quinoa and Peach Porridge and what I got “The Country Breakfast”($12 + Tempeh Bacon $3) Tofu Scramble, Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Mixed Greens, and Sauteed Mushrooms ( I replaced those with Onions) and Tempeh Bacon additionally with Multi Grain Toast and Apple Chutney. This was one of the greatest brunch meals I’ve had in the city! The Sweet Potato Hash Browns were so flavorful and crisp! Great Apple Chutney as well sweet with a little bit of tanginess to it! Along with the soft tofu scramble and peppers with bacon. YUM! What a delicious brunch! I always love going to Cafe Blossom.. It’s a place you should stop by if your in nyc.. They are sister restaurants to Blossom Chelsea, Cocoa V ( vegan Chocolate Bistro) and the newly opened V-Note is connected as well in the UES. Eat healthy and enjoy!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Cafe Blossom:

466 Columbus Ave.

New York NY.

212.875.2600

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Govinda’s:

Govinda's

A great place to grab a quick Vegan lunch in Philadelphia is Govinda’s just two doors down from Sweet Freedom Bakery ( vegan desserts) it offers delicious items like vegan cheese steaks, Hoagies and Subs, Salads, Soups, Burritos and Wraps, and Desserts ( although Sweet Freedom is better for desserts!) Anywho I decided to have a quick bite to eat while in the city so here goes! Being in Philly and all I had to somehow incorporate the whole ” Cheese Steak” into my experience.. I didn’t feel like a sandwich so I got a ” Chicken Cheese Steak Salad” ($11.50) Spring Greens with Tomatoes, Black Olives, and Carrots in a Special House Dressing ( made from: raw sunflower seeds, evoo, tamari, fresh basil, and secret spices) topped with Soy Chicken and Soy Cheese. This Salad was

"Cheese Steak Salad" ($11.5)

huge and delicious!! Full of fresh flavors and the creaminess of the cheese.. amazing! I really felt like I got that “Cheese Steak Experience” if you will! ha. I then decided to get a ” Oatmeal Raisin Cookie” ($3.00) Moist Wheat Batter filled with fresh Oats and Raisins. This cookie was gooey and moist and just perfect! A great little treat after a great salad! Im really glad I stopped in here! They

"Oatmeal Raisin Cookie" ($3.00)

get your food for you quick and hot leaving you plenty of time to head down the street to sweet freedom for dessert! Eat Clean and Healthy!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Govinda’s:

1408 South Street

Philadelphia PA.

215.985.9303

 

 

Sweet Freedom Bakery:

Sweet Freedom Bakery

So alas I got to visit a bakery I’ve been wanting to for a while now! Sweet Freedom Bakery is located in the artsy city of Philadelphia and it is the cities first bakery to  bring a vegan healthy take on our favorite goodies! They offer items 100% Vegan as well as Gluten Free, Corn Free, Wheat, Peanut, and Soy free as well. Never using any Unrefined Sugars. Naturally I had to check it out                                                                                                               while in Philly ( it was my

YUM

first stop from the train station!) Now let’s get to the goodies shall we? Walking in I was overwhelmed with what to order.. They offer so many delicious treats like cookie sandwiches, magic bars, fruit crisp bars, brownies, cupcakes, sweet breads, cupcakes, and donuts! Since theres been a chill in the air lately and it’s beginning to feel all fall like I decided to order a slice of “Pumpkin Spice Breadseasonal

"Pumpkin Spice" ($3.25)

($3.25) Fresh Bread made with Pumpkin Puree, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ground Nutmeg, and Ground Ginger ( and of course the flour and more difficult ingredients). Absolutely mouth- watering delicious.. Light and fluffy with a delicious flavor of pumpkin. OH SO GOOD! I was told by the counter staff that the cookie sandwiches are the most popular so i decided to get the “Chocolate Chip

"Cookie Sandwich" ($3.50)

Cookie Sandwich” ($3.50) 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies filled with Vanilla Frosting. This thing was killer, I mean never have I tasted such decadent flavors! The cookies were perfectly thin and crisp and then they put the frosting in the middle?!! Complete and total Bliss… you have to try one! I absolutely adored this cute little bakery on South Street! Friendly staff and delicious desserts! They also serve up nice hot organic teas

mouth watering.

to go along with it! If you ever head to Philly, be sure and stop in for some healthy baked goods- you wont be sorry!! Eat clean, sweet and healthy!!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

 

 

 

Sweet Freedom Bakery:

1424 South Street

Philadelphia PA.

215.545.1899

JivamukTea Cafe

Yogi's Choice ($9.00)

Today for lunch I decided to head back to Union Square to my new obsession JikamukTea Cafe. I went for one of the amazing salads ( which I posted about here) but they were waiting for the lettuce delivery so no salad for me

Ginger Cookie ($3.00)

today:( I suppose that’s ok because it forced me to try something new. Other wise I don’t think I would have been pulled away from those salads of deliciousness;) So here goes they offer a Yogis Special that is a combination of 3 different dishes with a dressing.. ( some choices include: Seaweed, Rosemary Seitan, Kasha,Quinoa, Coleslaw, Sprouts, Seitan, Bean of the day, Grilled Tempeh, Kale, Millet, and Steamed Veggies) .. It looked good so I ordered the “Yogis Choice ($9.00) Grilled Seitan/Spicy Tempeh, Quinoa, and Coleslaw Served with a Mustard Vinaigrette. I loved this! Huge portion sizes fresh and healthy food! The proteins ( seitan/tempeh) were perfectly seasoned and delicious! The coleslaw was flavorful but not to saucy which is great, and fluffy quinoa to accompany them! The mustard vinaigrette is also one of the best dressings on the planet! Deliciousness in a bowl! In the spirit of trying new things I decided to order a “Ginger Molasses Cookie” ($3.00) Fresh Ginger baked together with a Molasses filled cookie. This was a yummy cookie! Very moist with just a hint of Ginger, mostly a sweet molasses flavor.. Very good with there coconut green tea! I really can’t say enough good things about this cafe.. It really has become one of my favorite places.. You leave feeling healthy and refreshed! 5 stars from me! Keep it up JivamukTea:) Eat healthy!!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

JivamukTea Cafe:

841 Broadway (2nd FL.)

New York NY.

212.353.0214

 

Whole Foods: Union Square

Tempeh Stir Fry

So I can’t believe Im just now getting around to posting a blog about Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods has locations all around the world. Offering Organic and Natural Produce, Dairy, Bakery Goods, Coffee and Tea, Prepared Foods,

Stir Fry ($8.99/lb)

Frozen Foods, Snacks, Floral, and Whole Body Products as well as little goodies for the pets! I love Whole Foods and frequent it normally a couple of times a week. I love grabbing me some lunch at there bar or grabbing a prepared dish they

Banana Pecan Scone ($1.89)

have that day! In NYC Whole Foods has a few locations this review is from the Union Square location, but you can find the same products at all stores ( normally)… Today I got ” Tempeh Cashew Stir- Fry” ($8.99/ lb) Fresh chunks of Tempeh, mixed with Broccoli, Bok Choy, Peppers, and other Mixed Veggies with Cashews. I really enjoy this dish! I’ve eaten it before and it has a great flavor!! For just about $3 I got a good little munch:)  I also got one of my favorite scones the ” Banana Pecan Scone” ($1.89) Wheat Flour with Fresh Bananas and Crunchy Pecans with a hint of Maple. I love these scones, very simple but delicious.. Only about 5 ingredients in this scone of love but it is delicious! I really recommend Whole Foods for all of your healthy and organic shopping! They have it all:) Eat Clean and Healthy!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Whole Foods Market:

4 Union Square South

New York NY.

212.673.5388

OZU:

Carrot Ginger Soup

OZU

So today after church I decided to go asian and try a little place a few blocks away. Ozu offers vegan food ( as well as some fish) made naturally and prepared without dairy products or refined sugars. They have a wide variety of wholesome dishes, sushis, and desserts. Each day until 4 p.m. they offer a lunch box special for $13.50 which includes an entree, two appetizers, brown rice, and soup! I decided to order that and to start for my soup I got “Carrot Ginger” Pureed Carrots mixed

Almost Perfect ( with Appetizers)

with fresh Ginger and put together as a soup. For my appetizers I got “Edamame” Your basic Soybean in a pod, which Im a big fan of as well as “ Summer Rolls”Basil, Tofu, Thin Rice Noodles, and Cucumbers, wrapped in Rice paper. Served with a Peanut Sauce. This was probably the best thing I ate at Ozu, very thick rolls oozing with fresh veggies and tofu! “Almost Perfect” Hijiki, Kale, Collards, and Tofu Stir Fried in Carrot Garlic Sauce served with Brown

Seitan ($6)

Rice. This was a pretty good dish. Not a giant burst of flavors going on but all in all very healthy and good. I also got an order of the “Broiled Seitan with Burdock Sauce” ($6.00) Broiled Strips of Seitan in a Burdock Sauce filled with Bean Sprouts and Carrots. I really liked this Seitan, it had a crunchy outside which I really enjoyed.. The Burdock Sauce comes out like a bowl of soup but it was delicious! They give fantastic portions here! Ozu is a restaurant for the seasoned healthy eater.. I don’t think new vegans or people who don’t appreciate different tastes will enjoy Ozu… But thats just my 2 cents take it or leave it:) Eat Clean and Healthy:)

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

 

 

OZU:

566 Amsterdam Ave.

New York NY.

212.787.8316

Le Pain Quotidien:

Muffin ($2.75)

Walking the streets of NYC you’ll see Le Pain Quotidien Cafe located in numerous different locations.. It is not 100% vegan but does offer some vegan dishes/baked goods as well as being organic. Today I stopped in for a little snack and found that they had a vegan muffin that day. I ordered the ” Blueberry Muffin($2.75) Vegan pastry mix filled with fresh blueberries baked to deliciousness. This was a really great muffin. Crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Le Pain Quotidien is a great place to stop in for a meal or for a tea and a muffin in my case! Stop in and enjoy:)

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Le Pain Quotidien:

494 W. 84th St.

New York NY.

212.877.1200

Who needs sugar?

Stevia in the Raw

So I consider myself to be a VERY strict vegan… I suppose on a vegan diet your allowed to eat sugar ( as long as it is vegan)..candies, sugary drinks, vegan treats with sugar, etc. but I made the decision to keep a diet of wholesome, sugar free, healthy organic vegan food.. no sugar, no white flour.nothing unhealthy…Sometimes that can be difficult but a product that is becoming popular fast, has made this lifestyle a bit easier. “Stevia” .. Stevia has many different brands, and varieties ( granulated form, powder).. So I thought I would tell you about 2 of my favorite types.. First of let me start by saying that a big selling point of Stevia is that it is calorie free.. you heard me calorie free. Great for people on diets or who like that sweet taste without the guilt of calories or carbs.. The first brand I’ll tell you about it “Stevia in the Raw” you can normally purchase this at Wholefoods or even

NuStevia

your local grocery store. . Stevia in the Raw I would recommend using for Iced or cold drinks.. I find that it absorbs best in those items… The next type is NuStevia this product I don’t think you will find at a local grocery store.. You’ll most likely have to hit a Health food store to find it! I really like this one in Hot drinks or if you buy the powder form for baking. .. Well that’s all my two cents. I recommend you at least try Stevia once… You may never go back to sugar again:)

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Stevia in the Raw:

NuStevia:

Organic Planet: Brooklyn

Organic Planet

Organic Planet is a small shop right on Bedford Avenue that offers Fresh Organic Juices, Fresh Smoothies, Organic Baked Goods, as well as Vegan To-Go Snacks. They are a full service organic grocery store selling dairy, snacks, fruit, and dried fruits and nuts. I stumbled in on a visit to Brooklyn and decided to get a snack. I got the “Raisin Oat Bran Muffin” ($1.89) Whole Wheat Flour, Soy Milk, Apple Sauce, Potato Flour, Tapioca Flour, Citric Acid, Baking Powder and Raisins (

Muffin ($1.89)

from Healthy Delites). I was pleasantly surprised this packaged muffin was so flavorful and yummy. If you live in Brooklyn or visit this is a great little shop to get some of your organic goodies to go!.Healthy Eating kiddos:)

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

 

 

 

Organic Planet:

169 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn NY.

718.388.8320

Bliss Cafe: Brooklyn

Bliss

So I made the short trek down to Brooklyn this a.m. for a little brunch at Bliss Cafe on Bedford Ave. steps away form the train ( which is perfect) . They normally open at 10 a.m. for brunch but when I arrived at 10:15 there was a sign that stated they wouldn’t open until 10:45.. bummer. I decided to wait it out and the server who was there apologized which was nice.. Still though on a chilly day like today I would have like to be able to get in when they were suppose to be open.. let’s get

Burrito ($7.5)

to the food.. Bliss offers breakfast items like Tofu Scrambles, French Toast, and Bagels… As well as Lunch dishes like sandwiches, burritos, different entree bowls.. They also have a variety of salads, fresh juices, and vegan wheat free and sugar free desserts! Today I ordered the ” Vegan Breakfast Burrito” ($7.50) Tofu Scramble with Soy Cheese, Spinach, and Potatoes wrapped in Whole Wheat Tortilla. Served with Vegan Sour Cream, Pico De Gallo, and Chili Beans. WOW so much

Bacon ($3)

inside I didn’t realize. ha This was a pretty good burrito, soft and cheesy with fresh spinach served fresh from the kitchen! Flavorful but not overpowering. I ordered a side of “Tempeh Bacon” ($3.00) Thick strips of Tempeh grilled up for breakfast! This was great Tempeh, not like the normal thin pieces I get , very thick and flavorful! . I also ordered a muffin of the day which was the ” Strawberry Pecan Muffin” ($2.00) Fresh Strawberries mixed with crunchy Pecans baked

Muffin ($2.5)

to bring to the table. The muffins were just coming out of the oven when I ordered so they were steaming hot and delicious. Not extremely flavorful but a nice healthy muffin for the morning:) I also got a little dessert to go “The Blondie” ($2.25) Chocolate Chips, Slivered Almonds baked in a perfect square. I really enjoyed this! I have yet to find a vegan sugar free blondie so I was excited that they had them! Chewy and gooey just the way a blondie should be:) Overall the food was

Blondie ($2.25)

pretty good.. I was most excited about the blondie and the muffin was pretty good.. I wasn’t all that impressed that they opened so late…but the service is fast and fresh. Eat Clean and healthy!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Bliss Cafe:

191 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn NY.

718.599.2547

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