Monday, July 30, 2012

Thai Fusion Bistro, Seattle WA

Location: 323 NE Thornton Pl, Seattle, WA 98125, USA

I went to the movie with a friend at Northgate and a coworker had said that the Thai place across the street was the best Thai ever so we had to check it out. Thai Fusion Bistro was not very busy when we went as it was mid-afternoon. They had a few odd specials that I couldn't eat (ham and cheese spring rolls? odd). I went with my favorite dish Pad See Ew with tofu no egg. This was alright. Nothing special. There was not a lot of flavor which is unfortunate as it should be easy to make a flavorful pad see ew.

Overall - Thai Fusion Bistro was alright. If I were in Northgate and needed something to eat I might stop by. Maybe some of the other dishes are amazing, but the Pad See Ew was just so so.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Full Tilt Ice Cream, Seattle WA

Location: 5453 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA

On a nice warm day nothing is better than some nice cold ice cream. We were in Ballard so we stopped by Full Tilt Ice Cream. We tried a scoop of Mayan Chocolate and a scoop of Maple. Just a note - the scoops are HUGE. We shared the two scoops and it was so much ice cream and not that expensive. The ice cream itself was alright - my issue is it is coconut based and I hate coconut flavor. Luckily this didn't have a super strong coconut flavor unlike some. Raymond really enjoyed both of them, but the Maple was a little too coconuty for me. I could eat it mixed with the chocolate to offset some of it.

Overall - Full Tilt always has a few different flavors of vegan ice cream. They are coconut based so I am not always a fan, but they are refreshing on a hot day.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wayward Vegan Cafe, Dinner, Seattle WA

Wayward Vegan Cafe is always a favorite of ours. Even more so now that they serve dinner foods. On this visit we decided to try the nachos. These came with diced tomatoes and onions, jalapenos, taco meat and cheese sauce with a side of pico de gallo. I really enjoyed these - the cheese sauce was very light and creamy and the taco meat was delicious. They were not Raymond's favorite.

We also tried their BBQ bacon burger - burger patty with fried onions, tempeh bacon, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce. I really like their house made burger patty. I'm not sure what they use as the base but it is delicious. That with the tempeh bacon and fried onions and BBQ sauce is so good! I really enjoyed the burger.

Overall - We had another great meal at Wayward.I am so glad they are now open for dinner as it is another nice option.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

St Dames, Seattle WA

Location: 4525 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

St Dames is...well it is hit or miss. It is not super expensive, but it is not cheap either. We have gone a few times for special occasions where we didn't want to spend a fortune (like at Cafe Flora or Sutra), and I really want to like it but it is not my favorite restaurant in Seattle. Sometimes we get something that is absolutely amazing and somethings we get are just alright at best. It is unfortunate as if they could make everything amazing I would frequent it more often. While my mom was in town visiting we went out for brunch at St Dames to try it out. The soup of the day was vegan cream of broccoli and potato so I had to try it as it sounded amazing. It was alright. Not bad, but not incredibly good either. I think I could have made one with better and more flavor.

We also got the tofu scramble of the day which was Mexican themed with tofu, vegan chorizo, black beans, and corn topped with vegan sour cream and served with 2 corn tortillas and potatoes. This I liked even though it was a little spicy. The scramble was seasoned well and it went well with the tortillas. The potatoes were cooked nicely and had a good seasoning to them as well.

And finally we tried the vegan biscuits and gravy - mushroom and vegan chorizo gravy served with tamari braised kale. This was...not very good. I think part of the problem was I had the bottom half of the biscuit and it was burned. Not browned a little, burned completely black. So it tasted like charcoal and was just not good. The gravy itself was alright, but not my favorite. I thought it would have a lot of flavor especially with the chorizo in there, but it was just blah. The kale was good but a little salty. Overall this dish was just not good and I would not order it again (even though I love biscuits and gravy for breakfast).

Overall - St Dames is an iffy one. If you are in the area and feel like a drink maybe stop by. Their dishes are hit or miss - some are amazing and some are just not good. If they could work it out so everything had a great flavor I would go more often, but as it stands I can't really recommend them.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cupcake Royale, Seattle WA

Location: 2052 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA

Before becoming vegan I was very much into cupcakes. I remember trying one from Cupcake Royale and thinking I have no idea how people eat these. They are dry and crumbly and the icing is WAY too sweet for me. I could hardly eat it even though there was only a thin smear of frosting on the cupcake. I was very disappointed. I recently found out though that they have a vegan cupcake option so I had to try that out and see if it was any better. The only vegan flavor they have is chocolate, but boy is it tasty! The cake was moist and flavorful and the frosting was light and pretty sweet, but not too sweet for me. I was amazed. I stopped in here with my mom while she was visiting and she got one of their other cupcakes, but tried mine and totally though the vegan one was WAY better. Score for better vegan treats! They are still pricey, but that is what you get when you buy fancy cupcakes.

Overall - Definitely stop in and pick up a vegan cupcake. They are one of the better cupcakes I have had and are pretty tasty.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pho Fuscia, Seattle WA

Location: 213 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Pho Fushcia is a Vietnamese restaurant in Pioneer Square. I would go there often for lunch when I used to eat out every day. They are by far my favorite pho place in Seattle. I love that they use fresh tofu instead of fried and have an amazing assortment of vegetables that come in it (I know it doesn't look like it in the photo but there are carrots, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, etc in there). The broth always take a min to get used to and then I love it - just make sure you ask for it with vegetable broth.

They also have a tofu vermicelli bowl that is really tasty. The tofu is cooked in some seasoning served over vermicelli served with sauce and a side salad. It took until recently to try this as I love the pho so much I couldn't ever not get it. Raymond met me for lunch one day and he disliked most soups so this was his choice and I might have to get it myself some time when I don't feel like pho....if that ever happens. Or just make him meet me more often and steal some of his so I get a little bit of everything. They also have a few other options that are or can be made vegan such as the tofu bahn mi (which I haven't tried so I have no idea if it is as good as both of these dishes).

Overall - If you are a pho fan I would definitely try Pho Fuchsia. It is my favorite pho in Seattle and everything I have tried here has been delicious.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Silence-Heart-Nest, Sesttle WA

Location: 3508 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
From Vegan Gastrobot
We went to Silence Heart Nest a few times over the years and were never very impressed with the food we got for breakfast. It was a little more expensive than we usually pay, less food and the food was not as good. My mom was in town however and we were in Fremont looking for some food so we stopped in as she wanted some oatmeal. The oatmeal came out in a huge bowl and my mom enjoyed it, but she didn't like that it didn't have much fruit on it for how much oatmeal they gave you.

I tried the western roundup - sweet potato biscuits, soy sausage covered in cashew gravy served with grilled potatoes. This was better than I had remembered, but still not the best biscuits an gravy I have had. The potatoes were just alright - they could have used some seasoning. The gravy was creamy and pretty tasty, the sausage had a good flavor and the biscuits were fluffy and light. Overall if I were in the area I might stop in again, but at almost $10 for this plate I wouldn't go out of my way for it (if it were amazing I wouldn't mind spending a little more on breakfast).

Overall - Silence-Heart-Nest was better than my previous visits, but still not amazing. A little more expensive than other breakfast options so I don't know how often I would go back there.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thai Curry Simple, Seattle WA

Location: 1122 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
From Vegan Gastrobot

Thai Curry Simple is a small stand on Madison that I think used to be a coffee stand. They only offering a few curries for $6 and I believe some Thai iced tea. One curry is vegan  - the Tofu Curry. This came in a large round plastic takeout container and is served over rice. We were out and about and wanted something quick and remembered this place and got one curry to share. I was glad we did as it was really a lot of food and it was plenty for both of us. The curry was tasty, not too spicy though I wish there would be more variety of vegetable. For $6 for dinner for both of us though I cannot really complain.

Overall - If I were out and about after happy hour or something I would definitely stop in here for a quick cheap bite to eat before heading home.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Wallflower trip 2, Vancouver BC

Location: 2420 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
Our first visit to The Wallflower was so good we had to go back once more before we left Vancouver. I saw that they had a vegan meatless loaf that I wanted to try. We shared the meatless loaf which comes with mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetable. They were so nice and brought it out on 2 plates for us and it was a ton of food! Each of our plates could easily have been a dinner for 1 person…so it is a lot of food. We both couldn’t quite finish it all which is crazy. The loaf itself was bean and veggie – you could see all of the whole beans that make up the loaf. By itself it didn’t have a ton of flavor, but pair with the gravy it was very good. The mashed potatoes were very creamy and good, the steamed veggies rounded out the plate nicely. I wish we would have had more room for dessert to try the ice cream sandwich, or another day so we could have tried the shepherd’s pie as well. Maybe next time. We will have to go back to Vancouver just to try out more food!

Overall – I would still highly recommend The Wallflower. It is definitely in my top 5 places to eat in Vancouver.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eat, Drink & Perch, Vancouver BC

Location: 1701 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 0A2, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
After the letdown of The Foundation not having vegan nachos I was pretty excited to try out the ones at Perch. We ordered a half order of the vegan nachos as we were not that hungry. This was still a HUGE plate of food. These nachos were also amazing – fancier than normal nachos. They consisted of lemon hummus on the bottom of the plate, layers of tortilla chips, daiya cheese, jalapenos, sun dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, onions and tomatoes, served with some Pico de Gallo. Sun dried tomatoes on nachos? Yes please! They were amazing! The flavor just melted together into a huge pile of deliciousness. I would highly recommend these nachos.

From Vegan Gastrobot
We also tried the BBQ tofu nuggets. These were really tasty as well. They were a little bit spicy and it was a dry BBQ and I think the tofu might have been frozen first. I am not really sure as I don’t particularly like pre-frozen tofu as it makes it like a sponge….but this was meatier than normal tofu, but not like a sponge so I am not sure how they prepared it. Whatever they did it worked and was amazing.

Overall – I loved Perch. It was a tiny place in an odd location (not much around it but warehouses), but the food was amazing. I wish we would have had time to go back and try some of the vegan pizzas and sandwiches. Or just hang out with a drink and some nachos…Maybe next time.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Gorilla Foods, Vanocuver BC

Location: 436 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z3, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
I really enjoy good raw food. If it is prepared well the flavors are amazing and it is a very pleasant dining experience. When it is not good however….it is not good. We had heard many good things about Gorilla Foods so we put it on the list. We tried the lasagna which I was very excited about – we have had raw lasagna at a few other places and it has been delicious. This was…not good. It was so dry and had a very thick top crust of just crushed nuts. Below that were some shredded carrots and greens that had almost no flavor. I don’t know how they could mess this up…I mean I like veggies raw. How did they make it taste like nothing?

From Vegan Gastrobot
We also tried a slice of the Ital Veggie Pizza to compare with the raw pizza from Organic Lives. This was also…not good. It was just a ton of greens on a dry hard crust. It was like eating a really dry flavorless salad. Not good at all. I couldn’t eat it.

Overall – Do not stop by Gorilla Foods, unless maybe you just want a smoothie (I didn’t have the smoothies so I don’t know how they are, but really how bad could you mess them up?). The food was pre-made and took 2 seconds to come out to us, had no flavor, was really dry and just like eating a bland salad. If this were my first introduction to raw food I probably would not have gone to another raw restaurant again unless forced to. I could see why people wouldn’t like raw food if this is what they had instead of the amazing raw food finds from other restaurants. Definitely don’t go here – go to Organic Lives or another raw restaurant. It will be sooooo much better and worth the money.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Edible Flours, Vancouver BC

Location: 2280 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E4, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
I was very excited for Edible Flours – they have cupcakes with filling and different flavors and more than your average vegan cupcake which is exciting for me. When we walked in the cupcakes looked amazing! We tried the Cookie Crumble cupcake – this was so good! The vanilla cake was very moist, the frosting however was almost too sweet, though very light and whipped. The cookie pieces were delicious!

From Vegan Gastrobot
We also tried a stuffed chocolate caramel cupcake. I think I liked this one slightly more than the last. It was filled with caramel and had caramels on top as well. The chocolate cake itself was also very moist and amazing! The frosting was the same as the other one – almost too sweet, but light and fluffy.

From Vegan Gastrobot
Finally we had a brownie cookie sandwich – this was amazing!! Like really amazing. The frosting inside I did not like – way too sweet for me (I don’t really like frosting in general – it has to be REALLY good like Red Velvet in Washington, DC for me to love it). The brownie however – unbelievable! Probably my favorite vegan brownie…well it is close to the brownie from Rise Above in St Catherin’s Canada.

Overall – If you want sweet then stop by Edible Flours in Vancouver BC. The cupcakes are fun flavors, the brownies are incredible…everything is delicious!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Planet Veg, Vancouver BC, Canada

Location: 1941 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C8, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
I had put Planet Veg on my list of places to eat at in Vancouver because they had roti rolls. I was hoping they were going to be like the One Love Vegetarian in Toronto. We walked in and I thought oh I don’t know about this place…it just seemed like it wouldn’t be amazing food. When the food came out I again though oh…maybe we should have skipped this. It looks like just a burrito and an eh one at that. This is not going to be amazing like I had hoped. Boy was I wrong! It didn’t look like much but our roti roll was unbelievable! We ordered the Kathmandu roll which was a 12” spinach roti filled with cabbage, mixed vegetables cooked in spices, tomatoes, cucumber and crispy noodles with a jalapeno cilantro chutney.

From Vegan Gastrobot
I was iffy on the noodles – like it didn’t make sense in my head how that would be really good. The mixed veggies were just like the back of frozen carrots, corn, green beans, etc but they were spiced wonderfully! The combination of everything was just incredible – The noodles added a nice crunch, the sauce was delicious and not spicy, it all felt very light and healthy and perfect on a warm summery day. I was wishing we would have gotten more for the road. If I worked in the area I would stop by here for lunch all the time! We also tried the baked curry samosa. This was just alright – it did not have much flavor which surprised me since the roti roll was so flavorful.

Overall – Definitely stop in at Planet Veg. It is fast, cheap and incredibly good. Definitely try a roti roll!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Vegan Pizza House, Vancouver BC

Location: 2119 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 4S9, Canada
From Vegan Gastrobot
We had to stop by while we were in Vancouver as…it is an all vegan pizza place! Vegan Pizza House was a little odd inside, but the lady who was working was nice enough. After a quick look at the menu we decided on the vegan meat lovers – vegan ham, chicken, capicollo, sausage and ground beef. This was actually really tasty pizza. The dough was delicious, the ham was like ham log which I love, the other meats were good as well and everything came together nicely. I would definitely like to go back and try more pizzas and maybe their make your own meal thing…not exactly sure how that worked but you could choose from a few different options.

Overall – I would recommend stopping by here for a quick pizza. The toppings were tasty and the dough really good.