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Vegan in Newburyport

Last week was unseasonably warm in New England. It was in the 80’s for most of the week, and then Mother Nature hits us with rainy weather in the 30’s for this week. She just doesn’t quit.

Since it was so beautiful and I have two days off during the week, I had to do something. Having never been to Newburyport, I decided to visit. A cute seaside town with adorable local shops and even an organic, gluten-free, vegan cafe!

After strolling about, stopping in whatever store caught my fancy (including one called Best of British. The entire country might as well been in there because everything British is the best!), I found Revitalive Cafe. It was small, with no seating in the downstairs. There was an upstairs, but I didn’t venture up to find seating, since there was seating outside and I wanted to enjoy the sun.

Having looked at the menu the night before, I decided to order the Un-Tuna Wrap, which came with a side of their homemade kale chips. I have been wanting to try some “tuna” since the beginning of this vegan journey and I figured having it at a restaurant was a safe bet. It’s described on the menu as seed-based and mixed with romaine lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and onions. I found that the pickles overpowered the rest of the flavors in the tuna, but I like pickles, so I didn’t mind. The gluten-free  coconut flax wrap had an interesting texture and flavor. It was my first taste of gluten-free bread and I’m not sure that I liked it. It was slightly sweet (from the coconut flavoring, I assume) and it kind of just fell apart in my mouth immediately. It’s something I would have to get used to, but I’m willing to give it another try. I was very excited to try the kale chips, since I’ve seen tons of different recipes. I found these to be too salty and cheesy. If I ever make them, I’ll definitely use more garlic flavors over cheesy flavors.

Revitalive had a great menu with a ton of choices. They had a whole section of quinoa bowls, which I really wanted to try, but opted out since I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa lately. They also had a ton of very appetizing treats. There were even shelves with bags of their homemade kale chips and raw granola, raw crackers, and more. Overall, the food was not bad – it was just flavors that are still new to me. I would definitely love to go back to try something else, maybe a fresh-made smoothie, fresh-pressed juice, or quinoa bowl.


March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm 3 comments

A Vegan in Texas – Spiral Diner Review

What? Texas? Yes! I’m now living in Texas. I believe their unofficial slogan is The Land of Beef.

Confession: I’m not currently vegetarian or vegan right now. Excuse: I’m living with family and currently unemployed. I’m conserving money as much as I can, so I’m eating what gets put in front of me. Am I hating every minute of it? No, but I do think about my goal to become vegan multiple times a day.

In fact, the more flack I get from people, the more drive I have. The other night, I made my beloved vegan chili for my meat-loveing family. It went over very well. Honestly, there’s no reason why a meat-lover wouldn’t LOVE this chili. Over dinner, I learned that chili in Texas contains pretty much nothing except meat. WHERE AM I?!?! Later, my aunt and uncle came over to visit their grandchildren and I got it all from my uncle. I didn’t expect him to understand  my reasons (health, ethics, etc.) and he noted that I’ll hear it from him until the day he dies. I’m okay with that.

Last week, I went to Spiral Diner, which I had researched even before I moved and could not wait to try. It’s in Dallas, specifically Oak Cliff. It’s got the old-fashioned diner vibe, but definitely not a typical diner menu. They use 100% organic whenever they can and are 100% vegan. Their menu ranges from coffee, teas, juices, organic sodas, smoothies, and shakes to salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and dinner plates.

I ordered the El Paso nutty burger. The nutty burger is made out of sunflower seeds, carrots, brown rice and spices. Although a veggie burger isn’t very adventurous, I had to try this burger made out of non-typical ingredients. Usually when you go to a restaurant and order a veggie burger, you get the standard frozen burger, but this one sounded unique. The burger came with guacamole, chipotle mayo, pickled jalapenos, and red onions. I ordered it with a side of potato salad. It. Was. Good. And it was gone fast. The burger was kind of crunchy at times, which I assumed were the sunflower seeds, but the texture was great and overall so tasty.

A couple at a neighboring table ordered the meatball sub. It smelled and looked SO GOOD. I made note that I’d try it out next time.

And whilst dining alone (also an experience), I discovered the Texas State VEGGIE Fair. Every year in the month of October, Dallas hosts the Texas State Fair, which is full of vendors selling fried butter, corn dogs, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried pickles, fried whatever-the-heck-you-can-dream. And of course, all of the farmers with the animals. This weekend though, is the veggie fair with veg groups, veg vendors, veg fried deliciousness! I guess there is hope for Texas, after all.

P.S I had pictures of my food; HOWEVER, I updated my iPhone and it deleted all of my pictures and sent them to iCloud (I think and hope), but I can’t figure out how to access them. Sad. If you can offer assistance, please do!

October 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

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