Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sukho Thai, Lancaster PA

Location: 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

Last time I visited Lancaster we stopped by Sukho Thai, and it was good so I decided to try it again on this visit. This time I started with the fresh rolls filled with pickled carrot, lettuce, and rice noodles with this peanut sauce. The sauce was...not very good. It almost made me gag for some reason. I did not really like it. The fresh rolls were just alright by themselves.

I decided to try something different for my main and ordered the Drunken Noodle - smoked chili sauce, rice noodles, veggies and tofu. When I ordered I asked about egg in the dish and was told there was no egg. The server then asked if chicken broth was okay and I said no, so she said okay you want it vegan right? It is always nice when I don't have to go through and ask about a million things to try and make sure what I am eating is in fact vegan. It is nice when the servers are on it and know what is going on. The veggies were cooked nicely, still crisp, and the tofu was really good, however the sauce was not my favorite. I don't usually order this dish so I have nothing to compare it to, but I was not the biggest fan.

Overall - I would go back here again. It is a little pricey, but the server I had was knowledgeable about veganism and made sure my food was vegan for me which is always nice. I didn't like the one dish, but others I have had here have been good.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Marion Court Room, Lancaster PA

Location: 7 East Marion Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA

Marion Court Room holds a trivia night every week, and while I was visiting family my mom and I decided to check it out. We decided to get some dinner beforehand since we didn't know how busy it would be. We started with some spring rolls. They were alright. Nothing special.

I ordered the Grilled Veggie Wrap - roasted peppers, caramelized onions, zucchini, broccoli, and a balsamic glaze served with a pickle and chips. This wasn't very good. Somehow they made all those veggies taste just alright. I could have made a better wrap at home.

Overall - I would not go back to Marion Court Room for the food. I did really enjoy their trivia night though.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Seed, Lancaster PA

Location: 52 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

I was very excited to try The Seed as it seemed like it would be an awesome place. I love co-ops and vegan food and it is a community space and their Facebook page makes them just seem so nice. Well we walked in one was very pleasant that we had to deal with to get our food. We were the only people there, three people working and it was...they just were not friendly at all. Though I did love how bright and colorful the space was. On to the food. I ordered the Cuban sandwich (seitan ham, cheese, pickles and mustard) with Mexican Quinoa (quinoa, black and kidney beans, onion and spices). The sandwich was alright, not my favorite I have ever had but alright. I have never had a Cuban sandwich before (really I had never heard of it before this day) and it was fine. The quinoa though I was very disappointed in. They said it had all of these spices and such in it but really it was very bland with a hint of hot spice afterwards somehow. If not for the beans there wouldn't have been much flavor at all which is unfortunate.

My sister ordered the BBQ Sweet Potato Wrap (BBQ Sweet potatoes, micro greens, carrots, cole slaw) with chips. I was disappointed in this one. It was alright, but the cole slaw was not the best and overpowered everything. The sweet potatoes were just okay by themselves which was unfortunate since they are supposed to be BBQ flavor and should have more flavor than they did.

Overall - Not the best, but I would give it another try to see if they just had an off day.

Friday, May 24, 2013

California Tortilla, Lancaster PA

Location: 2350 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA

One day while out shopping we needed a quick lunch so we stopped into California Tortilla for a burrito. I ordered the No Meato Burrito - veggies, rice, beans, guacamole, spinach and salsa. This was...nothing special. I could have made it at home, and it would have had more flavor. I mean it wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything I would go out of my way for either. There was a ton of rice in it and the rice was just...if I needed something to eat and there were no other options sure I would get it again. But if I could go somewhere else I probably would.

Overall - Just a pretty average burrito. Nothing special and not worth a trip just to get the burrito. I have had much better elsewhere, but if you are in dire need of food and this is your only option it is okay.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Manna, Lancaster PA

Location: 2359 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

My mom suggested we try Manna while I was in town. We stopped by for a late lunch/early dinner as we had a late breakfast and were the only ones in the place. We ordered and then they brought out some miso soup (which I forgot to photograph and was alright. I am not the biggest miso soup fan so) and some cucumber salad and spiced nuts. Apparently they come with everything. The cucumber salad was light and tasty (I love cucumbers so it was good) and the nuts were warm and spiced well.

Then in my quest to keep trying sushi I ordered an asparagus roll. I used to only be able to eat sushi if the rice were on the outside, but I have now found that I like it with the seaweed on the outside as well. This was sweet and delicious and I loved it. I am going to have to start making more sushi as I never did since I didn't really care for it. It is so simple, but so tasty.

Then I ordered the Pad Kee Mao - rice noodles with onions, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus and snow peas. This was so good. I love Thai food and I love rice noodle dishes and this is one of the best I have ever had. It was a little oily, but so so incredible I didn't really care. The flavors were amazing and I wish we would have been able to get back there again to try more of the dishes. I know the photo doesn't look like a lot of food, but they have these odd bowl plates - the center is a small bowl so it was actually a lot of food.

Overall - Mann had one of the best rice noodle dishes I have ever had. Everything they brought out was really good and I would definitely go back again. Definitely a highlight of my trip to Lancaster, and I wish we would have been able to eat there more than once. If I lived in the area I would go often.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cafe One Eight, Lancaster PA

Location: 18 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

Last time I was in Lancaster we stopped into Cafe One Eight for some lunch. This trip we stopped in again and I got the same thing - the vegan delight - Hummus, cucumbers, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, grapes, apples, baby carrots, mixed greens, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing on a wheat wrap served with chips. This was just as tasty as the first visit. I really need to remake this at home as it is so simple, but I never think to get all of the ingredients.

Overall - Cafe One Eight is a nice little cafe downtown Lancaster. They have a really good vegan wrap and you can also get some soy coffee and tea drinks as well. It is a good option if you are downtown.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster PA USA

Location: 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

On a recent trip back to visit my family we ate out one night at Iron Hill Brewery since it was recommended by one of my mom's coworkers. They recommended the Southwest Black Bean burger and upon confirming it could be served vegan that is what I ordered. I had ordered it with fries, but before it came out someone from the kitchen came over to ask if I really wanted the since they are fried in the same fryer as everything else (chicken and such). That was nice, and our waiter didn't really seem to know what was in things or whatever he did write vegan burger on the slip so they wanted to confirm if that was okay. Very nice of them to do so so I give them props for that since most places wouldn't, and I changed it to a side salad instead. The burger did come out with no bun or anything which was odd...apparently their bread isn't vegan and I was fine with that as I prefer my burger with lettuce instead of bread, but it still would have been nice to be informed of that. The burger was alright - not the best but not the worst either. I wouldn't go there just for that again, and I would probably try their wrap next time, but it was okay. It was full of veggies (mushrooms, sweet potatoes, corn, peppers), but it just wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. I also got the balsamic vinaigrette with my salad and that was...well it was just like oil and didn't really have a flavor which was disappointing.

Overall - Even though our waiter didn't seem to know much about the food, the kitchen staff was very aware of what is and isn't vegan. They checked to make sure I still wanted fried things that had been fried in the same oil as meat which was really nice and unexpected. However the food was just alright so unfortunately I cannot highly recommend it, but it is an okay place to eat if you are in the area and hungry. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse to go either. It is just an okay place.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sfizy Veg, Berlin Germany

I love Sfizy Veg. Yes it can take forever to get your food depending on when you arrive, and yes the place is tiny so if it is really busy you might not get a seat forever, but I still love it. It is probably my favorite place to eat in Berlin and one of my favorite pizza places ever. On this trip we tried the currywurst pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, wurst, curryketchup. This one was alright, I didn't really like the curry ketchup so I just scraped those blobs off of my piece and it was all good. That plus our other pizza was incredible so it kind of overshadowed this one.

The other pizza we ordered was the Genova - tomato sauce, cheese, pesto, potatoes and basil. This one was unbelievably good. So tasty. The pesto was great and everything really just came together in an amazing pizza. One of my favorites for sure. We are still working our way through the menu to try them all before repeating, but this is on the to get again list!

Overall - I really love Sfizy Veg. It is some of the best pizza we have had and if we lived closer we would order delivery all the time! Definitely check it out if you are in Berlin, but be prepared you might have a bit of a wait (or call in an order before you go - there is a park across the street if it is nice out you could enjoy your pizza there).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle WA

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

Our last meal in Seattle was at non other than Wayward. We had to get one last visit in before flying home. On this I ordered the meatball sub again as I couldn't stop thinking about how tasty it was. So good. One of my favorite sandwiches, and probably so terrible for you. I mean it is huge! I ate the sandwich and took the fries to go as it was way too much food for me to eat at one time.

Raymond ordered his old favorite, a Mexi biscuit with a side of mushroom gravy. The mexican spiced tofu was never my favorite. It is not bad, but I prefer the breakfast biscuit with just cheesy tofu. All in all though a pretty tasty breakfast, and Raymond loves it.

Overall - I am already missing Wayward for breakfast. We both love it and you should definitely check it out if you are in Seattle. Everything is so tasty!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Healeo, Seattle WA

Location: 1520 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

After our corndogs at Unicorn we walked the couple blocks up to Healeo for some hemp soft serve. I know they have other food options that are vegan, but we have only ever eaten the soft serve there. It was vanilla cucumber and we got blueberries as our topping of choice. This was really light tasting and I enjoyed it. Raymond was sad it wasn't chocolate. All in all quite tasty.

Overall - I like the soft serve from Healeo. It tastes light and is perfect on a warm sunny day.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Unicorn, Seattle WA

Location: 1118 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

I always forget how much I love Unicorn until I step inside again. We had it on the list of place to eat/drink at but we almost decided to skip it. I am so glad we didn't as I really do love it there. It is just so bright and colorful and their drinks are all super sweet delicious amazing flavored things. They also have some vegan food options and the people working there are always super friendly. We were there mid-afternoon on a Sunday so it was dead when we arrived, but the bartender was friendly. We ordered two veggie corndogs an I expected them to be small, but they were huge! They were also very good - the batter was delicious and the veggie dogs were field roast and super good. I was definitely glad we did not skip Unicorn as it was a nice afternoon treat.

Overall - I love Unicorn. I am going to have to remember to go more often next time we are in Seattle for a visit.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Moonlight Cafe, Seattle WA

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

Our first stop in Seattle was Moonlight Cafe, and our last day we once again ventured to Moonlight Cafe for lunch with Raymond's family. Raymond ordered the special vermicelli bowl which came with a pork skewer, spring roll, fried onions, veggies and vermicelli. Really the pork skewers are amazing - I am not sure how they are made but they are one of my favorite things. Raymond gave this bowl high praise and it was really tasty.

On our first visit I didn't order the pho and I was kicking myself for it as I remember it being very good. However after revisiting some places and finding them not up to the high standards I remember I was a little worried this would let me down as well. It definitely did not. The chicken pho was amazing and my favorite pho I have ever had. So good. fake chicken, veggies and a super delicious broth. I wish I had some right now. I could eat this for every meal forever and be happy.

Overall - Definitely go to Moonlight Cafe, especially if you like Pho. It is the best I have had and so so good.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cortona Cafe, Seattle WA

Location: 2425 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

Cortona Cafe is a small coffee shop in the central district. It is kind of in an odd location in a neighborhood and we only went once while we lived in Seattle since we kept forgetting about it. We made a point to stop by for breakfast out second to last day to get some waffles. You can make any of the waffle options vegan so we went with a pecan banana to start with. The waffle is really good and the pecans and banana were delicious. This was Raymond's favorite of the two we ordered.

We also ordered one with fresh fruit - this day banana, strawberries and blueberries. This was my favorite. I never was one to add fruit to waffles or pancakes or anything and I am not sure why. Maybe it is because it is usually in a syrup and I just don't really like that. Fresh fruit on the other hand I found to be a delicious addition to the waffle. This was my favorite of the two even though they were both very good. I also ordered a soy chai tea latte which was pretty tasty, but I didn't get a photo of it.

Overall - I was quite impressed with the Cortona Cafe. Their waffles are very good and the people were very friendly. Check it out sometime.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Jamjuree, Seattle WA

Location: 509 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

Jamjuree was my favorite Thai place in Seattle. Everything we have had there has been really good. On this trip I had to get my favorite - Pad Si Ew - since I can't get it here. This was good, though the tofu was spongy and became really salty which wasn't the best. I was a little disappointed as I thought it had been better.

We also ordered the Yellow Curry - Potatoes, onions, peas, carrots, and tofu in mild turmeric curry, garnished with crispy red onions and a side of brown rice. This was very good, but it was almost all tofu. I don't think there were any carrots in it and maybe one or two peas and potatoes. We ordered the yellow curry to get more veggies, but apparently that didn't work out. The curry itself was really good.

Overall - Our meal was tasty, but it wasn't as amazing as I had remembered. Still very good.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle WA

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

Back to Wayward for another breakfast! We really did eat here a lot on our trip. We started this morning with a fresh cinnamon roll. Man these are tasty. They are nice and fluffy, not too sweet and just pretty perfect.

We then tried the BBQ burger - house made beef patty, fried onions, tempeh bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce served with fries. I think Wayward's fries are some of my favorite fries ever. They are so tasty. The burger was really good, but a mess. Everything came together in a delicious medley of flavors. So tasty.

We also tried the Three Cheese Melt - cheddar and american cheese, fried mozzarella wedges, turkey, tomato, and mayo on sourdough. So first off I love vegan cheeses for the most part. I usually say the more cheese the better! This however tested my limit. It was a lot of vegan cheese and was almost too much. It was tasty, and greasy and perfect for the day after drinking, but I don't know if I would order it again. It was just too much cheese for me.

Overall - Definitely go to Wayward if you are in Seattle. Everything is amazing.