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Vegan Pizza Makes Baby Happy



My favorite place to eat pizza is in Fairfax, CA at Good Earth Natural Foods Grocery. With the exception of the Daiya cheese, all their pizza ingredients are organic. I can even get a custom made vegan and gluten-free pizza! The other week, we ordered a mushroom and roasted garlic pizza with Daiya cheese. Yummy! But, I think my 2 year old daughter’s expression really shows how enjoyable it was.






Eva Luna is full and happy, her face freshly cleaned… Thanks Good Earth!

If you’re in the Fairfax, CA area, I highly recommend you check them out, as well as the Fairfax Scoop, my favorite ice cream shoppe offering vegan ice cream and sorbet.

In other Sistah Vegan news, please check out the Sistah Vegan Web Conference happening September 14, 2013, from 10am-6pm PST.

Vegan Doughnut Burger: Antidote to ‘The Luther’ and ‘The Itis’ from Hella Vegan Eats, Oakland.

Ever watch The Boondocks? Well, here is the healthier vegan version of “The Luther”. LOL. I got it at Hella Vegan Eats. They’re in the East Bay CA area. Kamut beet patty with two toasted donuts. The Donuts were not that sweet at all! Was good! Yummy! And no, I didn’t get “the itis” after eating it.

Vegan Doughnut Burger.

Vegan Doughnut Burger.

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My kids, Sun (4 yrs) and Eva Luna (2 yrs) chomping away on the vegan ice cream pop called paleta.

My kids, Sun (4 yrs) and Eva Luna (2 yrs) chomping away on the vegan ice cream pop called paleta.

Also, check out the Sistah Vegan Web Conference “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies”, which takes place September 14, 2013.

Vegan falafel, Dancing Sun: Chick O Peas Cafe (Berkeley, CA)

Today, my 10 month old son Sun and I went to the new vegetarian place in Berkeley, CA called Chick O Peas It’s an organic falafel place with french fries, soups, and fresh salads. I had the falafel in a lavash wrap today and it was  fantastic. Sun enjoyed himself immensely, eating and dancing to the music in his high chair. See movie below:

They also have wifi internet connection and outdoor seating. Best of all, the make vegan baklava! Check them out!

If You Can’t Stand Raw, Get out of the Restaurant.

I enjoy eating a variety of foods and have a number of cuisines that top my list, but I’m not real big on 100% raw food diets.  To each their own, but much can be said about how regional changes in climate and seasonal availability of locally sourced ingredients play a role in our health and wellbeing.

Last year a friend and I stopped by a raw food restaurant in Brooklyn. We’d just finished a sinfully good dessert brunch at a great but now closed raw food restaurant a couple of neighborhoods away, but had heard about a family day event they were hosting and decided to check it out.

After balking at the $35/adult entry fee (for a family event? WTF) we decided to go check out the restaurant instead.  I decided on a “flatbread” and dip-like appetizer. The “flatbread” wasn’t sure if  it wanted to be crackers, bread, or biscuits, but succeeded at tasting awful and being incompatible with the flavor of the dip (which was good).

While we were sitting there, taking in the atmosphere, the host (and maybe the owner), a beautiful and glowing brown beauty, noticed that I hadn’t touched the crackers (which outnumbered the dip, btw) and asked us about our meal. When I replied that I didn’t like taste of the ‘crackers”, she exclaimed, “You don’t like them? You must not be into raw food…This is my FAVORITE dish!” We exchanged a few more words about plant-based diets, and my companion and I spent the rest of our (his) meal snarking about what the she could do with her FAVORITE meal (remove it from my sight and eat it herself).

Yesterday, I had lunch with a few members of Black Vegetarian Society of NY at a raw food restaurant in Harlem. I have enjoyed a number of the dishes I’ve had there previously, although I’ve grown tired of veg*n and raw interpretations of SAD cuisine. I also don’t quite understand the value in spending hours dehydrating a food you just spent hours soaking because it’s supposed to be better for you that way. Really?

Three of us ordered a bowl of marinated greens. I had ordered mine first, which, after sampling, the other two decided they wanted their own order.

Their greens were swimming in the marinade, to which I wondered aloud if it was simply because they’d gotten the last of the greens and it wasn’t drained out.

One of my lunch companions decided to bring it up to the chef.

When the chef/owner came out, the member complimented him on an overall great meal, but had a problem finishing the greens because of how much marinade was in the bowl – overwhelming the greens.

And his following response is partly the reason why people don’t complain directly to owners, instead choosing their friends or the interwebs and costing the business unknown financial losses.

The chef/owner politely informed us that the marinated greens were SUPPOSED to have all the juice with it, that it was part of the healthiness of the juice (like pot likker?).  He then went on to say that a lot of people come in not knowing what to expect from raw food and the next day look at their poop and exclaim, “Is that what just came out of me?!” and promptly share the news with their friends.  Then we got an education about how healthy and better it is to eat this way (uncooked and dehydrated foods).

We laughed about the defensiveness of raw food chefs and finished our meal. Not too long after that, we were asked to leave as the restaurant was approaching their peak hours and needed the tables. It was just after 3 o’clock. The only other customer in the restaurant ordered to go. A big snowstorm was about to hit NYC.

What’s the moral of this story? 1. I observed that I was more thirsty during this raw meal than when I make my own uncooked meals (whole food juices, smoothies, salads, and other non-dehydrated dishes) 2. You need to be qualified as a raw foodist before you can criticize a dish.

Food Spotlight: Curry Leaf is Exceptional for Vegans!

Curry Leaf Stand

The East Bay area of California is well known for it’s Farmer’s Markets. If you are looking for exceptional vegan Indian food at one of these Farmer’s Markets, I highly recommend Curry Leaf. Except for the Lassi drink, everything on the menu is vegan and organic. The chef’s tikis and dosas are literally the best I have ever tasted. Unfortunately, she does not have a restaurant, but if you can catch her stand, I highly suggest you check out her food. I love how she uses the wholesome grain millet, in place of white basmati rice. She also uses fresh ginger and it’s far better than using dried powder ginger.

You can find her at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Berkeley on Center St. I think they are open from 10am to 3pm (but don’t quote me). She is also at the Sunday Oakland Farmer’s Market in Temescal Sq, from 9am-1pm (but don’t quote me!)


The Xocolatebar: Vegan Fair Trade Organic Delights! Berkeley, CA

Okay, I need to give a shout out to the best chocolate shoppe I have ever experienced.  Located in Berkeley, CA at 1709 Solano Ave, this place is amazing to me. Why?

The vegan pieces of chocolate offered are ethically produced. The piece I purchased is chocolate that was cast in a Buddha shape. It is Organic, fair trade, vegan, and sweetened with agave nectar. I have found that chocolate that is sweetened with cane sugar makes me go into immediate “sugar shock.” This was not the case with with this yummy chocolate goodness, as agave nectar has a low gylcemic index. In addition, I purchased one scoop of chocolate sorbetto from them and I did not go into sugar shock either or get a headache. It was absolute heaven and the best chocolate sorbetto I have ever eaten.

The shoppe sells organic fair trade chocolate with plenty of vegan options.

Their information:


1709 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707

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