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October 29, 2014

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Filed under: food,vegan/veggie/ar — Tags: , , , , , — laura @ 5:46 pm

When I saw that Califia Farms had a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte almond milk coffee blend I got pretty excited. Sure, there are plenty of recipes online for making one at home. But a jug of it already made is, well, already made. Then you don’t have to think about partial cans of pumpkin, etc.

Soon enough, it was spotted in Atlanta and Kevin picked me up a jug because he’s cool like that. So I broke into it pretty quickly. It’s pumpkiny, spicy and not too sweet unlike most of the other holiday drinks out there. But where’s the coffee? I can’t taste it at all. I had a glass before dinner a few times and never felt the caffeine either.

califia farms pumpkin spice latte

Not enough coffee, hmm? The next thing I tried to do was pour it into my coffee like a creamer. That wasn’t good. I’ve used their regular almond milks as creamer just fine, but this wasn’t fatty or creamy enough.

coffee in mug

 

So I finished off the rest just as a drink, usually before bed as an after dinner snack. Sadly, I didn’t like it enough to get any more. Oh well, next new vegan product, please!

P.S. Why yes, that is a Jeannette Zeis vegan mug that I’ve had forever. I think it was a second but around here it’s my first.

September 28, 2014

Final roundup of vegan food in Playa Del Carmen

Filed under: food,travel,vegan/veggie/ar,veganmofo — Tags: , , , , — laura @ 11:00 am

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is super vegan friendly. As I covered in my two previous posts, resorts are not your friend but Kaxapa Factory definitely is. This post will cover all the rest of the vegan food in Playa Del Carmen, at least the food that went in my mouth.

First, you need coffee. Well, I need coffee. Yeah, there’s a Starbucks. Yay. But there’s also a local chain called Ah Cacao Chocolate Café. They’ve got soy milk and a couple of things marked vegan right on the menu.

ah cacao menu playa del carmen

We were there in June, so it was HOT and the Espresso Frappé was the perfect foil for the heat. It’s three shots of espresso, sugar and ice blended on up. It’s not overly sweetened like a Starbucks drink and it’s so good you’ll want to just drink them all day. But don’t unless you want to start vibrating on your own.

vegan espresso frappe

The other vegan drink on the menu was sipping chocolate. It’s a little shot of melted chocolate. It’s perfect after a meal when you want a little something sweet. We definitely had a few of these during the trip.

vegan sipping chocolate

When we moved place into our little hotel in town, we gained a little kitchenette, or at least a mini fridge, a sink, a hot plate and a blender. We weren’t really going to cook, but saved a little money by having breakfast in the room most days. So we headed out to the health food store DAQ to pick up cereal, milk and bananas.

There’s a little cafe in the corner of the store called La Ceiba de la 30 that had veggie options so we had lunch there. I had a couple of burritos. It wasn’t a memorable meal, but it also wasn’t memorable for being bad. There are many tastier options, but will do if it’s convenient.

la ceiba de la 30 menu

vegan burritos

We ate at Bio-Natural a couple of times. They have plenty of vegan options on the menu. And there’s a tiny health food store next to it about the size of a single car garage. The first thing I tried was the falafel pita for lunch one day:

falafel pita

And then another time I had this quinoa salad with their house cashew cheese. By the way, most of these places make fresh juices so we usually got in on some of that.

fresh juice

quinoa salad

Another place we went a couple of times was La Senda Restaurante. This one is 100% vegan so you can eat all the things. The first time we went, I had some enchiladas and Kevin had the tofu tacos. I think the white stuff is their cashew cheese.

vegan enchiladas

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Our next visit, I tried the mango jicama ceviche which was outstanding. It’s also pretty easy to recreate at home. I need to do that again soon. And then I got a burger of some kind, chickpea maybe. I remember it being falafel like. It was okay, but it was crazy filling. The side salads that came with the dishes were always outstanding.

mango jicama ceviche

vegan burger

The last morning we decided to have breakfast here because we heard about this thing. Yes, that’s strawberries and bananas wrapped up in an oat pancake and drizzled with chocolate.

oat pancake

So good! While we were there this pulled up with a delivery. Cargo bike is how a lot of deliveries are made in Playa Del Carmen and I think that’s pretty awesome.

cargo bike delivery

And the last restaurant I have to tell you about in Playa Del Carmen is Babe’s Noodles & Bar. They have a number of noodle, rice and salad dishes that can be made vegan. I had the Vietnamese salad. I liked it and might’ve gone back, but it’s not my first choice of food when in Mexico.

vietnamese salad

Whew! That’s about it. Hopefully this will help fellow travelers find vegan food in Playa Del Carmen.

October 9, 2011

Saturday Brunch

We needed a lazy Saturday this week. Enjoying brunch at an outdoor table while leisurely chatting with friends seemed like a good idea. Saba is not even vegetarian but they do have some vegan options for brunch, lunch and dinner. So we headed to their Emory Village location. I’m a fan of their tofu scramble. Crispy fried tofu covered in nutritional yeast with lots of vegetables. All that broccoli means it’s healthy, right?  They also have a vegan french toast option that’s a rarity around here.

Afterwards, we wandered around the corner to Steady Hand Pour House for coffee. And more patio settin’. That there was a perfect soy cappuccino. Kevin had a mocha made with artisan chocolate made for them by Sugar-coated Radical. This batch had ginger and peppercorns. The mocha was good, but I prefer a little more coffee in my coffee so I usually go with a cappuccino.

Dang it, I feel so bad I haven’t been able to get around and visit more VeganMofo blogs. Today I’m definitely going to try to do a little poking around to see what’s up.

 

July 19, 2008

Atlanta Metro Starbucks That Will Be Closing

Filed under: atlanta — Tags: , , , — laura @ 7:05 pm

At least the Ansley Mall one is safe. That’s the only local one I ever use. And, whew, the one by my mom in Virginia is safe. I would hate to have to travel there with my own coffee and coffee maker. Here’s the full list.

983 VININGS 2941 PACES FERRY RD ATLANTA GA 

8452 ROSWELL RD @ I-285 5841 ROSWELL RD NE ATLANTA GA 

8479 PEACHTREE @ 17TH 1375 PEACHTREE ST NE ATLANTA GA 

11843 GA AQUARIUM 250 PARK AVE W ATLANTA GA 

11870 EAST-WEST CONNECTOR & POWDER SPRINGS
2860 E-W CONNECTOR AUSTELL GA

13518 MALL OF GEORGIA II 3333 BUFORD DR BUFORD GA 

8385 PLEASANT HILL PLAZA 1630 PLEASANT HILL RD NW DULUTH GA

11675 GWINNETT MALL 2100 PLEASANT HILL RD DULUTH GA 

13341 VETERANS MEMORIAL PKWY & BUCKNER BLVD 836 VETERANS MEMORIAL PKWY MABLETON GA 

11177 EAST-WEST CONNECTOR & S COBB DR 4624 CAMP HIGHLAND RD SE SMYRNA GA 

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