I have written about Native Foods before. I love them. Like, love love. I want to open one here in Vancouver. Not so that I can promote the brand and make some cash, but so I could eat there every single day. And honestly, I think I would. I have never not loved anything I have ordered at Native Foods and they make all their own products right down to their vegan “cheese” sauce. I am always amazed at the selection of items available and have come to have a few favorites that I am always looking forward to trying. So naturally about 15 minutes after me and The Kid touched down at LAX we were in my sister’s car heading to the closest Native Foods location for a quick lunch. I promised myself that I would try something new (even though the jackfruit sandwich and oatmeal cookie cream pie are pretty much my last meal items) and as luck would have it (and to my horror) my favorite items were not available. So I decided I would give the Classic Deli Reuben a try.
It was awesome. I got all the sauces on the side and didn’t really have much on the sandwich. I really quite liked it the way it came without all the extras. I did add a little bit of the Russian dressing and it was awesome. Of course I got fries on the side as well. My Kid ordered the “chicken” nuggets (as always) with a side of veggies and brown rice which I love. Kids meals don’t always need to come with fries right?
I was devastated when I found out that my favorite dessert wasn’t ready yet. I begrudgingly decided to try the peanut butter parfait. It was pretty ridiculous as well. It had layers of a peanut butter mousse with banana bread type crumbles and chocolate chips. It was also gluten free which was a nice added bonus. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. But oh, I did.
If you want affordable, fast, amazing vegan food you must try Native Foods. They are constantly expanding and there is a location in a number of major U.S cities now. I’m hoping and praying Seattle is next. Native Foods are you listening!? Please!! Please!!!!!!!
Have you ever had a meal and thought, okay, I could literally eat this every single day of my life. FOREVER.
I have been wanting to try Native Foods Cafe for a few years now. Every time I’m in L.A, traffic is so horrendous that I just don’t get there. This trip I put my foot down and insisted that we eat dinner there. I dragged my family and our friends there and made them try something different so that I could try as many dishes as possible. As it turns out, what I picked for myself was literally the tastiest thing I have ever ordered at a restaurant. EVER. Plus, Native Foods is 100% vegan AND they make everything themselves! Everything! Not only was my dinner fan-freaking-tastic, but the dessert I chose was easily the yummiest vegan dessert I have ever had.
For dinner I got the Wild Jackelope BBQ Sandwich. Holy mother of god. It was so good. It’s quite rare to find jackfruit on a menu in these parts. This was by far the best preparation that I’ve ever had. It was perfectly cooked and had a hint of heat with a bit of a kick and worked perfectly with the slaw. I could have eaten two of them. This might be my last meal should I ever be in a position to require a last meal… (here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that….).
Our friends ordered the chili that came with cornbread that literally tasted like cake. Sweet, yummy cake. I would have eaten that for dessert. And they got a healthy tofu bowl that had asian flavours. They said everything they had was awesome. I concur.
I hmmm’ed and haaaa’ed about dessert. The peanut butter parfait looked awesome but so did the oatmeal sandwich cookie. I asked the lovely young lady at the till and she said both are awesome and I decided since I was on vacation I could throw caution to the wind and get the cookie. I made the right decision. It was out of this world. The Hubs looked at me the next day (I ate it the next day while he was out doing something) and was horrified that I hadn’t shared with him. He got the tacos and LOVED them. So much so that he said he would have ordered another order if he were a bit hungrier. Win. YOU MUST GO. NOW. There are locations on both coasts now. I am hoping and praying every day that Seattle will host their next location. I will drive two hours. Every weekend. Seriously.
Our last stop in Seattle was a place we happened to find in a magazine in Redmond, WA called the Pomegranate Bistro. The executive chef is a caterer and she opened up an awesome restaurant/food prep kitchen which makes for a very neat dining experience as you can see her catering facilities in behind the dining area. There seemed to be a nice bar area and take out area as well but we managed to call ahead and put our names down and really didn’t wait long at all for our table. The Kid had fallen asleep in the car away (urgh) so we weren’t really in a rush at that point.
What drew me to this place (since it was a good 15 minutes north of where we were staying) was that there was a vegan entree on the menu in addition to the regular meatatarian fare that the Hubs would gravitate towards. It was a vegan sausage with a veggie and bean ragu that was simply awesome.
I also fell madly in love with the plates the kids meals were served on. There is a lot of research out there that suggests that if allowed to serve themselves, children will take far less food than when their parents serve them. Not a huge wonder why obesity is such a plague on North Americans really. Check out these plates and take note that it was a white pizza which was served with fruit, veggies and a very small cookie.
Now I wouldn’t normally be too keen on the Kid eating what amounted to bread for dinner, but since we were on vacation I wasn’t too concerned. And honestly, I was just mesmerized by the plates. Most dinnerware for children is made of crappy plastic or melamine which is questionable IMO and these were ceramic. Naturally the first thing I did when I got home was find and order a set of two from a very cool website called uncommon goods. I am obsessed and sold a whole bunch of the Kid’s plates. How many plates does one child need anyways?
The desserts were also pretty awesome. I am 100% sure they had dairy. I made an exception on that one. They were pretty ridiculous and I hadn’t cheated at all so I let myself have that one.
Peanut butter and chocolate pot as well as bread pudding. YUM. If you are in this area, check this place out. If you are going to just be in the area, add it to your list of must eats!
Let me first say that after this weekend, the Hubs and I have decided it’s time for a little South Beach Diet action. I do the version where I just stop eating processed carbs and sugar. Which is really the way I should just eat. Alas, since that is CLEARLY not the case, let me explain how amazing the food was in Seattle. There are no words. It’s really foodie heaven. And even vegan foodie heaven! My last posts from Seattle highlighted my favorite go to restaurant Cafe Flora. Naturally we ate there and this time went for brunch and since the Hubs was ALL over it, I thought I would share again! Let me begin with the vegan cinnamon bun. Oh yes. I said vegan cinnamon bun. The Kid kept opening his mouth and saying “ahhh” hoping I would feed him some of mine.
The frosting tasted like that stuff you get out of a tub at the grocery store. I would have eaten that stuff with a spoon back in the day. I am not going to lie, I would have eaten this stuff with a spoon too. I think my whole family would have. It was sooooo good. Notice how there is already a bite taken out. I couldn’t get the shot in fast enough!
I had the southern style tofu hash and the Kid had the kid’s version. The Hubs proceeded in eating half of it! He doesn’t even like tofu. So he claimed! Luckily I have the Cafe Flora cook book and will be making it for breakfast this weekend.
The Hubs got the biscuits and gravy with a sunny side up egg. He was happy. I stole some of the biscuit and gravy just to taste and it was pretty good!
Overall, another fantastic meal at Cafe Flora. I think if I lived in Seattle I would just buy into this place and eat here every day. No…really….
The Hubs LOVES to golf. Maui apparently has some of the most beautiful courses in the world. His favorite is The Plantation. They have a nice restaurant, The Plantation House, that has a ridiculous view. So we decided to come along and drop him off and have some lunch. That day I wasn’t starving so I decided to order the fruit platter and some of their banana bread. Firstly. Look at this fruit salad!!!
It was epic. It also had some sort of cinnamon dipping sauce with it. I had literally no idea what it was but I suspect it was a sweetened cream cheese or sour cream type of thing. I did taste it. Secondly, the banana bread was just that. Bananas. It was probably 75 percent butter and sugar but wow. It was pretty tasty. It was SO moist and it was served warm. Yum.
The Kid had my worst nightmare meal. White penne pasta with butter. EW. Why do places even put crap like that on the menu?? Just serve little versions of the adult meals for goodness sake. Sigh. It was the only veg option on the kids menu and I wasn’t especially keen on buying him a $14 adult entrée that he wasn’t going to eat. I would still go back for the view and honestly, that freaking banana bread. mmmmm banana bread……
Have you been to Hawaii? Add it to your list. Now. Quick. You MUST go. Full disclosure, I have only ever been to Maui. Three times now. Mostly because it is a beautiful, lush, and has Ah-Maz-Ing food. Further disclosure, I drop my veganism when we travel. I try. I really do. But I love me some shaved ice with a tiny scoop of coconut ice cream and pineapple mac nut pancakes with coconut syrup. I like coconut okay?
We love food. We love trying new restaurants. And Maui is the motherload.
Over the next week I will have posts about some of our favorites and some new spots that are now must eats.
Let me start with Leodas. We saw a review and then heard that the executive chef was none other than Sheldon Simeon, who is on this season of Top Chef Seattle on the Food Network. They had me at pie shop. But I’m going back for the really cool and totally different veggie burger or avocado and cucumber sandwich on house made rye. Then I will have some pie.
Take a look!
House made veggie burger on a potato bun. Full of yummy veggie goodness. Most unique veggie burger I’ve had ever!
The kid got the grilled cheese. I admit it, it looked pretty good…
And last but not least, dessert. Apple handpie and chocolate macadamia nut pie. NOT vegan. Still good.
The Hubs had a few of the savory handpies and wasn’t too thrilled. The next visit (yes we went more than once in a one week period….) he had the ahi tuna sandwich and LOVED it. They had amazing sandwich options. Vegan and veggie friendly. Desserts were clearly not vegan, but hey, it’s a vacation right???
Black Friday is an annual event for me and my best friends. This year we decided to go a day early to skip some traffic and to get in some of Seattle’s amazing vegan food. Amazing doesn’t even begin.
We managed to get a last minute reservation at Cafe Flora, a Seattle veggie institution. A special four course thanksgiving meal was served with vegan and/or gluten free options were available. I went vegan along with one of the gals and the best friend did the full vegan/gluten free option.
The meal was ridiculous. The soup was savory and nicely spiced and the entree was just amazing. It literally tasted like a traditional thanksgiving feast. We got a lovely ginger and lime sorbet as a palate cleanser and there was a nice salad as well. The desserts were also fabulous. We tired both, okay I tried both since the best friend is a good sharer.
If you are in and around Seattle, you must try this wonderful accomodating restaurant. Their brunch is awesome too. And FYI, Black Friday is insane, but we got some smoking deals, so all and all, best weekend ever.