Champs is a vegan diner and bakery located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My first visit to this amazing restaurant was on my 26th birthday! The waitress was a doll, the food was to die for and I ended up getting 16 dollars off of the bill, along with a free dessert! Their menu is so extensive, and they even have a few gluten-free options!
I work at a natural food store, so I am constantly being exposed to new and unique foods! Lately, I have been on a fancy fruit kick, purchasing and trying out fruits that are foreign to me. I recently tried a starfruit, a persimmon and a horned melon. The horned melon wasn’t as sweet as I’d anticipated, and I wasn’t too fond of it. The starfruit was delicious, and tasted like a mix between an apple and a pear. My favorite of the three was the persimmon! It was so amazing that I ended up buying five more. While it does leave a dry, bitter film in my mouth, the fruit itself is very sweet, and I love the texture!
My Big Fat-Ass Greek Salad is by far the best salad I have ever had. It was so flavorful, and the almond feta was INSANELY delicious. I could have eaten an entire brick of it. I love that the dressing was on the side, as I used less than half of the container. I purchased this salad, made by The Squeeze, at my work, Perelandra. We carry a variety of items by The Squeeze, all of which I have heard excellent reviews, by our customers and my fellow employees. The only drawback is the price! This salad set me back eight dollars, which is more than I’ve ever spent on a salad. However, I think it was worth it, as a treat. It would definitely not be a practical every-day purchase! The Squeeze is a local company, based in Brooklyn, New York, and they make all sorts of delicious vegan goodies!
For these pancakes, I used Cherrybrook Original Pancake Mix, and I love how they turned out! While I am more of an almond butter fan, the peanut butter really complimented the cinnamon flavor. Divine! I absolutely love Cherrybrook’s products, and have used many of them. I definitely recommend checking them out.
Soy and Sake Cafe, located in the heart of the west village, in Manhattan, serves a variety of Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Thai cuisine. They are 100% vegetarian, with multiple vegan options. While I can imagine their whole menu is divine, I have only ever eaten their sushi and rangoons. The crab rangoons are something I always come crawling back to, regardless of the fact that I wish they had more cream cheese in them. My favorite of their rolls is the peanut avocado roll. I am ninety percent certain I could live off of it, exclusively. Vegan sushi can sometimes be a bit, for a lack of a better word, disgusting. I am particularly picky about how my soy-fish tastes. I prefer it to taste nothing like fish. At all. You can see my dilemma. While I do not enjoy the salmon in Soy and Sake’s rolls, their other soy-meats are very delicious and definitely compliment the other ingredients. I am a sucker for avocado, and I was recently introduced to peanuts in sushi rolls. My world will never be the same! If you get a chance to visit this restaurant, you will not regret it. There is a huge selection to choose from and the staff is always INCREDIBLY friendly, helpful and quick. Enjoy!
I recently won my 13th giveaway of 2013. I don’t know where my lucky streak came from, but I am definitely not complaining! This giveaway was sponsored by Michy’ Foods, owned by Michelle Della Penna, who specializes in vegan cookies and gluten free brownies. The giveaway was hosted by Eat Drink Shrink. I was so excited to try these cookies! I picked out the Pumpkin Eater cookies and The Americano cookies. My first bite of the pumpkin cookie was disappointing. Rather than the pumpkin taste I was expecting, the flavor was more like a gingerbread cookie. In addition to that, the cookie was very dry. The Americano cookie was alright, but dry as well. After I finished the pumpkin cookie, I began to enjoy it more, but had just accepted the fact that what I expected to be a moist pumpkin-flavored cookie was more of a dry gingerbread cookie. The chocolate cookies were good, but would most likely not be enjoyed by someone who typically eats very sweet cookies. I will definitely be finishing these two boxes, but I do not plan on buying any cookies from Michy’s, as I enjoy very moist cookies and was disappointed at the lack of pumpkin flavor in the Pumpkin Eater cookies.
I never knew love before. Then came the falafel platter, from Oasis of Williamsburg, a gem located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Oasis has the absolute best falafel I have ever had in my entire life. In addition to the perfect balance of the crunchy exterior and moist interior of the falafel balls, the baba ganouj is incredibly rich and flavorful. Their falafel platter has the perfect balance of bitter, sweet and salty. Fast-food restaurants tend to have dry, flavorless falafel, bland hummus, etc. It is unreal to me how I ever enjoyed Middle Eastern food before experiencing Oasis. If you are ever in New York, or if you live here, I highly recommend checking out this amazing restaurant!