Sunday, March 31, 2013

Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle WA

Location: 5501 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

I love Georgetown Liquor Company. We would stop by fairly often for some sandwiches and soups. I almost always get the same sandwich because I love it so much - the Baron - vegan ‘ham’ marinated in a tangy BBQ sauce, sliced tomatoes and baby field greens served toasted on ciabatta. It is so tasty and delicious. I also usually get the soup if there is a good option. They always have split pea, but I don't think it is very good (one of the few things I have tried there that I did not enjoy). This night they had baked potato soup which was amazing. Smokey, thick and delicious and I loved it! Definitely try it if they have it.

Overall - I love Georgetown Liquor Company. Their sandwiches are so tasty and I love them. Definitely stop by and check it out.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Veggie Grill, Seattle WA

Location: 2681 Northeast University Village Street, University Village, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

It wasn't until just after we left Seattle that the first Veggie Grill opened. I was sad to miss it, but excited to get the chance on our recent trip. We started with the chill out wings served with BBQ sauce and chipotle ranch. These were very tasty with a really meaty texture. Raymond really liked them.

My favorite thing about Veggie Grill is that you can get the sandwiches and burgers on a bed of steamed kale instead of bread. We tried the All American Stack Kale style - Grilled Veggie-Steak, pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings, thousand island dressing with a side of mac and cheese. This was so good and was like a burger salad. It seemed a lot healthier than a normal burger. The mac and cheese was alright. Not my favorite, but not terrible either. Raymond didn't really like it so I ate most of it. It just didn't have that much flavor.

We also tried the Chocolate Pudding Parfait. This was amazing. I love chocolate pudding, but don't often get some that is like real pudding. This was super tasty with lots of delicious chocolate cookie pieces.

We also took a chocolate chip cookie to go. This was also incredibly good. It was soft which I love and had a great flavor.

Overall - If I still lived in Seattle we would eat here often. I loved everything and even though it is like fast food it is like healthier fast food (or at least you can get some veggies). Delicious!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wayward Cafe, Seattle WA

Location: 5253 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

On our second visit to Wayward Cafe we decided to try one of the new sandwiches. One of the few meat dishes I liked before becoming veggie was a meatball sandwich so I usually try it when it is offered somewhere. This one has house made meatballs, marinara, and fried mozzarella wedges with mayo on a hoagy roll served with french fries. I wasn't expecting much as I am usually disappointed with meatball sandwiches but this was amazing! Probably my favorite thing I have ever had here. The meatballs are really delicious and the fried cheese wedges make it so so tasty. The french fries are also really good. Some of my favorite fries ever. Overall super tasty, though a ton of food.

We also ordered a breakfast biscuit - cheesy tofu, sausage patty, on an herb biscuit served with hash browns - with a side of mushroom gravy. This was one of my standard orders when we lived there and it was just as tasty now. I love the cheesy tofu and we usually eat it open faced and put the gravy on one half of the biscuit so we get biscuits and gravy and breakfast sandwich. So good.

Overall - Definitely stop by Wayward if you are in Seattle. Almost everything we have tried there has been incredibly good.

Monday, March 25, 2013

El Chupacabra, Seattle WA

Location: 2620 Alki Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98116, USA

El Chupacabra is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Seattle. You can get mock meats and vegan cheese on almost any of the items so you can have all of the same foods as your friends (instead of the usual fajitas that we can get when going other places). We started with the enchiladas with mock chicken and vegan cheese. I love enchiladas so it is always nice when I can get them while eating out. This is served with a side of refried black beans and rice. They use Gardien mock meats and they are really very delicious. The sauce is a little spicy, but not too bad. Overall very very good.

We also ordered a burrito with steak and even though we had ordered it dry they gave it to us wet (with sauce and cheese) which was fine as well. This was also really tasty with avocado, rice, veggies, steak, cheese. Delicious!

Overall - I love El Chupacabra. Definitely stop by if you want some tasty vegan Mexican food.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle WA

Location: 5253 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

The place Raymond was most excited about eating at again was Wayward Vegan Cafe. He misses the American style breakfast more than I do as I prefer the German style breakfast - not as greasy and unhealthy or big. We used to eat at Wayward every week and we did eat there as often as we could on our visit. The first trip we started with a cinnamon roll which was so delicious. They were not too sweet and still warm from the oven. Perfect!

We also ordered a cool breeze omelet - fried chicken, diced ham, cheddar cheese with a Dijon mayo sauce. This was my favorite omelet before and it was still pretty tasty. Raymond said it was more mustardy than he remembered, but I found it delicious. It was a ton of food though - I don't know how we ate so much every weekend.

We also tried the new breakfast burger - sausage, avocado, tomato, american cheese and an omelet round on a toasted bun served with hash browns (we also ordered a side of mushroom gravy for the hash browns as yum!). I was expecting this to be super good and have a lot of flavor, but it was just lacking. I couldn't really taste any of the components and it all just blended together into a nondescript sandwich. One of the few things I would not order again.

Overall - I still love Wayward, even though it is always a ton of food. One of the few places to get an amazing breakfast.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Moonlight Cafe, Seattle WA

Location: 1919 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144, USA

We just got back from an amazing trip to Seattle. Our first stop after we got off the plane was Moonlight Cafe. Raymond ordered the Kung Pao Chicken which has a really nice flavor, though I dislike pieces of nut in things like this. I really like the mock meat they use as it is really really tasty.

My friend picked us up from the airport and went to lunch with us. She ordered the General Tso Chicken which had a good flavor, but the mock meat was...odd. Kind of spongy and I didn't really like it that much. The texture was too much for me.

I ordered the Sweet and Sour Spareribs. I had been thinking about this dish on the plane and how tasty it would be. Really I ordered it because of the mock meat used in it is my favorite. I was a little disappointed in this as it was way too sweet, though it was still tasty. I think it might be that I don't eat as many sweets now so I am not used to super sweet and it was almost overpowering.

Overall - I really like Moonlight Cafe even though it is a little grungy.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cinnamon Works, Seattle WA

Location: 1536 Pike Place, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

We were walking by the market one day and walked by Cinnamon Works and noticed they had some vegan treats. We decided to try a few since we needed a snack anyways. First up was an almond poppy seed muffin. I really like poppy seed muffins, but they are usually lemon poppy seed which I really do not like. This was so delicious! Moist and had a really nice flavor. If I lived in the area I would stop by often for some muffins.

We also tried a snickerdoodle as I find them pretty tasty. This one was good, but not my favorite. It was a little too buttery for me, but Raymond really enjoyed it. It was also moist and had a great texture, but the flavor was just too much for me. I think one of the other cookies would have been a better option. They had quite a few and if we would have been in Seattle longer we would have stopped back to try more. They are also huge!

Overall - The muffin was amazing, but the cookie was just not my thing. I think one of the other flavors I would have liked more. I would definitely stop by here again and pick up a treat next time we are at the market.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Yumcha Heroes, Berlin Germany

Location: Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin, Germany

We have walked by Yumcha Heroes numerous times, but I never took a look at the menu as the sign outside makes me think of Wing Dome and well...that is not very vegan friendly. This however is a Chinese dumpling place and they have the vegan options clearly marked on the menu. We started with the Steamed Silken Tofu - fresh silken tofu, chili, coriander, and soy sesame sauce. I wasn't expecting to like this as I usually do not like soft tofu. The flavors though were very light but really quite good. A little spicy, but not overpowering. Very good.

We also tried the Pak Choi - steamed pak choi with baked ginger and soy sauce. This was very simple but so so tasty. The ginger paired nicely with the pak choi and it was just so good. Very light flavors again, but delicious.

Next up we tried the vegetarian roll - rice paper with glass noodles, ginger, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and bamboo. This was the only thing that I did not like. Way too many large pieces of mushroom for me and the texture was just not good. Now if you are like most people and like mushrooms it is probably fine for you as Raymond liked it just fine.

We also tried the Green Vegi Dumplings - glass noodles, zucchini, carrots, bamboo, mushrooms. These were pretty good, light flavor and lots of mushrooms but not big enough pieces for the texture to bother me. They came with three sauces, soy sauce and two other sweeter sauces. I also like that they label the bamboo steamers so they don't mix up the different types of dumplings (so you know you will always get your veggie dumplings).

Finally we tried the Green Vegi Soup - dumplings, pak choi and sesame oil. I really liked this soup. There were 3 dumplings in it and the flavors were really great. The broth was good, the dumplings good, the pak choi good, everything came together in one tasty soup.

Overall - I am glad we went to Yumcha Heroes. We will definitely be stopping by again when we are in the area. Everything had light flavors and everything is really tasty.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chay Village, Berlin Germany

Location: Eisenacher Straße 40, 10781 Berlin, Germany

Since the food on our first visit was so good we had to go back to Chay Village again. We started with the fresh rolls again because they were just so good the first time. I am not sure why they are so much tastier than others, but they are delicious.

I also couldn't bring myself to not order the pho. I mean it is incredible and it has been so long since I have had pho (I used to eat it at least once a week when we lived in Seattle, and it has been at least 7 months since I have had good pho so I have lots of time to make up for!)

Raymond ordered the Bun La Loc - grilled veggie fillet bundles with spices, rice noodles, salad, and sauce. We had a similar dish at Chay Viet which I did not like at all, but these were actually quite good. Raymond loved it. The dishes are all spiced well and are delicious.

Overall - Chay Village is very good. Everything we have had here has been amazing. Next time we agreed we have to try all new things as it is too easy to just get the same amazing dishes every time. Definitely skip Chay Viet and go to Chay Village.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cupcake, Berlin Germany

Location: Krossener Straße 12, 10245 Berlin, Germany

One day while wandering we wanted some treats before we headed home. We stopped by Cupcake for some brownies and maybe a cupcake. They apparently do make vegan cupcakes, but we have never been able to get one when we stop by. They usually have brownies though, and this time they had both the peanut butter and the walnut. First up was peanut butter. This was alright, good, but not much peanut butter flavor.

The walnut one however was really tasty. Nice and soft and delicious.

Overall - The brownies at Cupcake are good, the walnut one being the better of the two. Apparently they also have cupcakes, but they have never had any when we stop by.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sfizy Veg, Berlin Germany

Location: Treptower Straße 95, 12059 Berlin, Germany

Sfizy Veg was so good on our first visit that we had to go back and try some other pizzas. We decided to start with some Foccacia classica - olive oil, rosemary and salt foccocia bread. This was incredibly good. Seriously I could eat this all the time and even though coupled with the pizzas this was way too much food I will get one again next time we eat here. Super tasty.

We also decided to try a calzone spinaci e ricotta - spinach, ricotta, soy cheese and tomato sauce. This was really good, though I think I like their pizzas better. I really like their dough and the dough is thicker on the pizzas.

We also tried the bacon cheesyburger pizza as we wanted to try one that sounded crazy. This was a pizza with tomato sauce, cheese and bacon with a veggie burger in the center with all the fixings (mayo, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, onions and more cheese). This was odd and not what I was expecting, but probably my favorite pizza we have ever had. It was amazing! Something I never would have thought to put on a pizza, but like the Indian food on the first trip it was really amazing. It was really really delicious.

Overall - I might have enjoyed our second visit here even more than our first if that is possible. Really I think Sfizy Veg is one of the best restaurants in Berlin and a must stop if you visit.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Santa Maria, Berlin Germany

Location: Oranienstraße 170, 10999 Berlin, Germany

One night after work we decided to check out Santa Maria for some margaritas and burritos. It was really busy but we found a place at the bar and started out with some guacamole. This was tasty and I wish we would have gotten more of it.

We tried both of the vegan burritos they offer. First was the Nopal - black beans, cactus cooked with white onions and green salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla. This was marked as mild on the menu, but was really quite spicy. It was almost over my spice tolerance level. Really it was so spicy I couldn't really taste anything except black beans, though Raymond claimed the cactus was tasty. It was good, but too hot for my tastes.

The second vegan option they have is the Verduras - black beans and a combination of grilled aubergine and bell peppers basted in a tart tamarind dressing and habanero salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla. This one was listed as medium hot, but it was not nearly as spicy as the other burrito. Really the people working there were telling others how incredibly hot the habanero salsa was so I was expecting to not be able to eat this one at all, and since I started with the Nopal and that was supposed to be mild I didn't think I would be able to eat more than one bite. It really wasn't spicy at all though which was odd. It was tasty and I liked it better than the first one.

Overall - They weren't my favorite burritos, but they were tasty. I would definitely come back though as I liked the atmosphere and the drinks were great.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chay Village, Berlin Germany

Location: Eisenacher Straße 40, 10781 Berlin, Germany

For my birthday this year I decided to try the other Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant in Berlin, Chay Village>. I couldn't find a menu online, but I was hoping that they would have pho since it is my favorite meal. When I looked at the menu I was a little worried it would be the same disappointment that Chay Viet was since the menu's are very similar. We started with the fresh rolls which I love, but at Chay Viet they lacked any flavor. These were so good! They had a very nice flavor with mint, basil, noodles, tofu and veggies inside served with a great peanut sauce. Really these were some of the better fresh rolls we have had and we will have to get them when we go back again.

We also ordered one of the steam buns as well, I love steam buns and they are hard to find here. It had lots of veggies, sprouts and mushrooms in it and was really tasty. I love steam buns!

They did have pho so I ordered that and hoped that it was better than Chat Viet. Really the last pho I had there was barely edible so I was hoping that since the other two dishes far exceeded them, this would as well. I was not disappointed, the pho was amazing. The broth was delicious, the noodles soft, the tofu tasty and some other mock meats, one of which was like a sheet of something that I have never had before and was skeptical of but it was really delicious. Overall I loved it and if Chay Village was closer to my house I would eat there like every day for lunch.

We also ordered the Bun Xa - rice noodles, salad, spicy tofu with roasted leeks with a vinegar sauce. This was also very good. Originally we were going to share since I was worried the pho wouldn't be very good, but since it was amazing Raymond had this to himself, though I tried it. It was a little spicy, but not too much and the sauce was better than other we have had.

Overall - Chay Village was amazing. Very delicious Vietnamese food and we will definitely be heading back again soon. Definitely check it out if you are in Berlin.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Max Pett, Munich Germany

Location: Pettenkoferstraße 8, 80336 Munich, Germany

While we were at Max Pett for breakfast we spied on their normal menu. We saw a few things we really wanted to try so we made a reservation to come back for dinner. We started off with the Potato Gnocchi. This was really tasty, really creamy with zucchini, broccoli, and carrots and a great texture. Delicious.

We also tried the red beet coconut soup. This was incredible! A little sweet, but still rich and delicious. I could have eaten many many bowls of this. I am going to have to try and recreate it at home.

While we were waiting for our mains they brought around samples of sausage with mustard and pickles for everyone to try. Very tasty.

For our mains we first tried the Palak Tofu - spinach, cherry tomatoes and tofu in a peanut curry sauce served with rice, mango chutney and papadam. This was also very good. The peanutey sauce was delicious, it had a hint of heat, and was spiced nicely. The only down side was the papdam was really greasy.

The other main we tried was the cheese spaetzle with a side salad, which was really what I came back to try. I have been trying to find a vegan version for a while, but it seems like most places do not offer it. This was amazing as well! So tasty. Raymond did complain that he wanted more fried onion on top, but he agreed that the cheesy flavor was really good and the spaetzle had a great texture. So tasty. The salad was also very good with a great vinaigrette.

We were not going to get dessert as we were pretty full after all of that food, but as we were waiting for our server to come back we saw a sundae come out for another customer and it looked amazing. We were short on time so we had to eat quickly, but we got a hot raspberry sundae with wafer cookies and it was very good.

Overall - I really enjoyed our dinner here. We almost didn't go to Max Pett at all based on some not so good reviews, and since it is more expensive than most places the food should be amazing. Some of the reviews stated how slow the service is, which is true but they only have one lady serving the entire restaurant. She was really working hard to try and get to everyone, but she can only go so fast. Really I think they would benefit from hiring another server, but the food is amazing and if you are not in a hurry and know it might take a while it is worth the wait. Definitely check it out if you are in Munich.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Chay Viet, Berlin Germany

Location: Brunnenstraße 164, 10119 Berlin, Germany

I really want to like Chay Viet. I mean it is a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. Last time we ate here we had one good dish and two not so good dishes (the pho was barely edible which was extremely disappointing). Since the restaurant is near my husbands work we decided to give it another try for dinner one night. We started with Bun La Loc - soy veggie fillet bundles with rice noodles, salad and sauce. This was....just not good. I mean the rice noodles were still a little hard like last time so they were hard to eat, the flavors were just off and it was just really bad.

We also tried one of the curries as really how do you make a bad curry? Well I am not sure how they did it, but they succeeded. It was water and had no flavor which is strange as well curry should be flavorful at the very least. It was really very disappointing.

Overall - Skip Chay Viet. No matter how much I want to like it, the food is just not good. It has been pretty empty in there both times we have stopped by and it is no wonder since we will not be going back there again.