Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ziggi's Coffee


Found a $5 for $10 deal on yelp. 

Tried Vanilla Latte Decaf with Coconut milk. 
(Starbucks is trying out coconut milk now but ziggi's coffee started way earlier. Want to know how it tastes like? Come here!)
Omg! Fantastic flavor I like it so much!
It satisfy my sweet tooth and all details of taste that I am looking for!
With this drink i got one chocolate bean for free for tasting. Nice thoughtful gesture :)

For goodies, I tried Bobo's Oat Bars- coconut flavor. It is local bakery- Boulder. 
Checked this items several times in Whole Foods before, first try out. It is ok. 
(If they add dates here it would be more greatful in my opinion). 

More details about this bar:
I personally don't like the brand- earth balance because it's all made out of oil. 
Because of this reason i did not enjoy the taste of this even little of texture wise, either. Sort of dence and also sticky that gave me little bit of unpleasant feeling while chewing. After finishing the whole bar, i kept tasting saltiness on my tongue ewww! It costs $2.75 here and i bet little less in grocery market. Total waste of money arrrr!
The total overall taste of it also really bland, cannot taste any unique at all but oil. 

The place is so good- plenty of space of parking, inside as well. 
They do have stamp card that you can get free drink after 10 purchasing. 

Free syrups and local honey are stocked for sugar replacement. 
Also they do have TV and some books that you can enjoy inside. 

Nice staff. This is plus too!

Such a great tasting of coffee!
Plus it is local! :)

Westminster, CO

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Season! From Trader Joe's



Pumpkin season arrives, yay!!!

Here and there all grocery markets stock with pumpkin items but this year i ended up being at Trader Joe's. 

Today's grocery shopping will be my first and last for this season- this will feed me i bet for full three (3) months since i eat small. I had to buy this amount otherwise i cannot find them any more soon and i bet i will definately miss them ALOT. For one of Trader Joe's i went today, they sold out all pumpkin joe joe's already. 

Trader joe's has many many tremendous seasonal items!
Since Im vegan just purchased what i can eat. Fearless flyer talks about all theirs so for the future i decide to keep one. 

Ok, now im having joe joe's cookie!
I dont eat junk foods that much in my whole life but should try this. 
Sooo creamy filling and pumpkin spice just dancing on my mouth. So happy.
Dump into ricemilk, that i always want to try just like commercial shows, and it is surely weired but i put salad mix between cookies, on top of the filling. It looks cute than i thought and taste good, too!
I know why people waited for this cookie soso hlad i bought enough boxes :)

Well, i will save some for my treat for this week. Tomorrow i will try pumpkin bagel. Yay!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lyfe Kitchen in Boulder, CO




So glad Boulder has this terrific restaurant! 

My first experience with this restaurant was in Palo Alto, CA and it was so great. Missed it so much! 

I heard so many vegan meals ordered here and there. Yay! Way to go!!! 

Water and utencils are self- service. There are two stations. 
For water, there are three selections!!! Wow!
Chilled, ambient, chilled sparking. 
Definately go with sparking!

Ok review. Order: (mine is all vegan btw)
Vanilla banana date shake
Kid's Pasta with tomato sauce- comes with eithet fries or fresh fruits. I take fruits. 
(I eat small so this portion is just perfect). 


Shake: 
They did not any other ingredients as shown on the menu. It is real fruits only shake!
Because of banana's and dates' density it is quite bit hard to drink with straw.
Definately can taste bananas and i do see that color of dates. 
This menu is what i was diggig to try. 
Just let you know this is seasonal menu so do not miss it. 
But i have a feeling that i can make this my own easily at home. 

Pasta. 
Tomato sauce is too small- im crying out here (i heard that not too much of sauce on pasta originally in Italy- i just was there. So how can i complain?) 
Pasta itself cooked good. Can taste it is wheat based. I did not look to Gluteen free menu but they might have it. 

Dorable portion of healhy fresh fruits. 
Blueberry. Blueberry. Strawberry. Grape. 
Sooo good!

This place has plenty of enough spaces to seat. Interior is so neat and unique way- the set interior for every place i guess. 

Staffs friendly, eager to help to order since they offer foods in different type of health matter- eat all, gluteen free, vegan. 

Honestly, i want to taste all their menus. 
Start with healthy ingredients and healthy way of cooking. I can taste it!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

City O City in Denver


Finally here!
This place is great first of all. 
Was bit hard to find a parking space though even in Sunday lunch hour. It means this place is that good. 
Try street parking- free on sat and sun. 
More can be found across the restaurant. 

The place was full packed. Had to choose sitting in a couch area with full service or wait for 30 min for a table. Straightly choose couch area. 

I was recognized soon and ordered- i pretty knew what i want before coming in here. 
Kris- server of my day is super great! Thank you :)
Ask for pw for free wi-fi. 
For lots people gathering here, little bit louder than expected but i like it with nice movable music on. 

Drip coffee to stay: free refills! Who would do this on these days? Free refills, yay! Coffee is strong enough that i was looking for exactly! :) have mile bitter taste as the way i was expecting. Satisfied. 

Waffle: portion is huge- i mean it. Huge :)
Has brown flaxseed in batter. I really like and enjoy chewing flaxseeds. Fresh apple and pineapple on top with coconut vegan yogurt. Served with agave. As i chew i could taste ginger as well if i am right.  
I was craving for waffles these days and it is perfect for to have it with a cup of drip cofffee in rainy day :)
Taste is generally ok. I was looking for sort of more crisp/ crunchness than it is but ok. Maybe it has been a such a long time since having a waffle (The second waffle since i turned to be a vegan 3yrs ago, the first one was in Timeless coffee cafe in Berkely, CA). 
I thank enough to have a vegan waffle at this location. No complians. 
I like having agave with waffle instead maple syrup. It tastes better and more healthy in every way. 
Another fact that i like about this waffle, i like yogurt on top instead of vegan chicken or cream. It is not heavy so feels better in a mouth and on tougue. With fresh fruits it freshs the mouth. I am a more like a traditional way liker i guess.

Onion ring- finally!
Omg! Sooo good!
So crispy outside just like I dreamed and expected. It covered my crunchness bite from waffle haha- Must try item!
Tasted like their keychup is homemade i guess? It's not like one of ketchups I've tasted before. No chunk of course but the blendness of tomato i can see in a good way, overall, Unique. 
I am sitting here almost a hour still having my meal slowly but thr crunchness of orion ring still remains. Awesome isnt it?

Leftover bites of waffle two days later. Still yumm haha- 

Thanks City O City!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Whole Foods Market Pastry

Crust is really good!

Overall taste feeling is dry at first bite. However as keep chew thr pastry dough is good actually! 
 
Cane sugar taste definately,
The layers of the crust can be seen and also can be tasted- layer by layer. 

The reason i taste dryness is because of cherry jam inside. Two are not combined together that well. 
Price $2.50. Comparing vegan muffin (size) it's sort of expensive. :/
But I am enjoying here yep yep because of dough crust! Haha :)
Next time turn around? Doubt. 


Finally!!!
I am having a vegan pizza- my 2nd time!!!
OMG! 
Holding a slice of pizza, the flowness of melting cheese inside of mouth.. God! This is it!

Pizza dough baked well- there's crustness. I am a person who like thr edge of the crust dough, yep! There is!

Comparing pazxi pizza in San Jose I've experienced, whole foods gourmet pizza won! 
No greasy, no oily, not salty
More tomato flavor
More veggie  than pazxi. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vegan Blueberry Muffin @ Whole Foods Market- Pearl St. Boulder

You can find variety of pastries in Pearl St. Whole Foods Market than any others! 
No other places even in Bay Area in CA cannot beat. 
I keep saying this place is Heaven for vegans!!! :)

Vegan Blueberry Muffin Top- so crispy and crunch with texture of cane sugar chewiness. First bite- thought that it had walnut or nuts because of chewiness but it's just that crunch! :)

More chewy i get taste of enriched flour. But what can I say? Whole grain flour will definately bring the taste better, i can surely say. 

Forgot to take a picture.. Again haha sigh.. 
Muffins in Whole foods Market looks uniquely funny! So dorable, like it like it!
Looks just like a big head of mushroom. So cute-!
More flat lile on the top with huge hat wearing haha. 

Checked ingredient for no nuts inside. 
Thankfully no nuts. 
Interesting part was they use egg replacer for this muffin. I've never seen any place use this until now. Maybe for better texture? Applesauce is there but no bananas no flexseeds, my guess is what's why. It just replaced one of these ingredients. 

Glad that they dont use graulated sugar for any pastries. Otherwise i wont get it at all also disappointed for whole foods products. 

Price $2.30
With bag refund $.10 it is $2.28!
So glad i didnt get any other pastries like cupcakes, or pie that is more sugary for replacing a meal. 

With coffee- starbucks decaf americano extra hot, so good----
Weather is cloudy and so ready to be rain in Boulder today on Saturday afternoon. 
Oh, just god refilled my coffee to regular decaf brew coffee since americano is not eligible for free refill. Still good but americano is BETTER! Brew coffee is too bitter for me still. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LYFE Kitchen

Casual Nice Cool place to hang out with friends/family in Downtown Palo Alto, CA.

You know Palo Alto is super nice place, nice people... everything about Palo Alto is nice.
Well, I have good memories and experience so, ya! :)

Food is really healthy and price is so reasonable!

They do have several different types of menu- 
for me: "vegan/vegetarian menu", 
others like "i eat everything" "Gluten Free" "Wine& Beer" "Seasonal Items"
So simply you grab the menu what suits on you.
Unique idea to put that.

For parking, for weekend I think you can park in the brown parking building accross the street.

This restaurant chef, Smith is a private chef for Oprah Winfrey.
Really well-known. I was so excited about this, too before I came here.

I had vegan braised vegi and tofu wrap from side menu.
Total for two: slightly less than $6.

Portion was huge than I expected not to greasy.
Satisfied.

Staffs are all nice,
super busy place, but plenty of space to seat including outside patio.

Can't wait to go there again!



estaurant.lyfekitchen.com

167 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Café Gratitude


*Vegan Milkshake Review Only*

Let me say this first.
I might expect too much for this restaurant since people were waiting and waiting- so many waiting list I could see and reviews are super good here.

I just slightly jumped into and order the milkshake.
It was the same day I visited Saturn Cafe for the milkshake.

Vanilla Bean Milkshake.
Price was slightly over $9.75 (almost $10).

Tasted ok. Could feel the vanilla bean which I liked, BUT 
I hardly recognize the difference than one that I got from Saturn Cafe.

Quantity: same small cup as any other drinking cup. Thought that since their price is almost double as Saturn Cafe, more quanitity coming up. But Noooooo~


But for this $10?
This is TOO expensive.

Waited for it from inside.
It's good environment to hang out for the weekends with family/friends with nice music playing.


Will come back?
I do not think so for now.

1730 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94701



Saturn Cafe in Berkeley


It was my planned routine to get a 'vegan milkshake' on April 5  Berkeley Tour.
Cinnaholic and Saturn Cafe.
They are same block. Just few walks away each other.

I was looking for sweet and creamy milkshake but did not know what to order from the menu. 
They helped me to order and got me 'Vanilla with berry on top' since I'm a huge fan of vanilla flavor.

It was magnificant!
Hardly can't tell it's vegan milkshake.

Ever since I become a vegan it was my first vegan milkshake, it was just perfect!
Did drink it all on the spot.

Price is around $5.25 or something that range. So reasonable.
Great great great!

They also offer 20% off lock-out from yelp, just forgot to mention when I paid.
Anyway, I will visit again so my discount offer is still on!



2175 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Vegan Bread Stick- Lovesticks by Judy's Breadstick

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 Cinnamon Raisin Breadstick

You can buy at Whole Foods Market in Bay Area. 

So crunch crunch!
Hard crunch!
Well enough sweetness out of most likely can sugar and bit of raisin. 

It kicked out my work stress by bitting the stick! 

Any one is looking for vegan breadstick? Here they are-
Order from the online if you don't live nearby. 
You won't regret :)

Price: $3.99

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Veggie Grill

Today here I am again @ Veggie Grill!
Yahoo! :)

Craving for chocolate pudding parfait so several days. Yum~~~
Creamy rich chocolate with oreo cookie on the bottom. Oh if course on top, cream! So yum!


Since I'm allergic to nuts, no nuts on mine. 

Oreo cookie gives crunch cookie bite feeling and creamy pudding combine together. So good!

Hope that the portion is slightly larger than it is now. 

So another touch and hard day at work marked period with this! Thank God!
Delicious meal and great service always at Veggie Grill! I always wonder how employees could be so friendly and nice here? Give me the secret---! Seriously! You guys always made my day easy, thank you!

Once Julie from 'Julie & Julie' said almost same thing in the begging of the movie after bad day at work,

"Chocolate Cream Pie"
.......... 
"It's such a comfort"

Well, more likely she's talking about 'cooking' but you get my point here, don't you?

Well... On the way home should I get a chocolate again?

I know I will have acheness from cocoa later tonight but for now arrrrr---
(This parfait is so worthy by the way)

Oh! I also got kid's meal as usual- my all time menu here for free today, yay! 
How do I get so many free meals here?
(Always, most of the portion of thr meal is good for 3 times of deal for me. I eat small haha)

The answer:
Download the APP! :)

p.s. Kid's Meal: $4.95
Chocolate pudding parfait: $3.75(?) around this range.

Ciao for today!



3055 Olin Ave, Ste 1030, San Jose, CA 95128

Friday, April 25, 2014

Born to be a Vegan?

I guess I was born to be a vegan.

I don't like the meet texture at all. 
Had left over from Tofoo Tom Chay- bum hue noodle. It had vege fake meat that is exactly same texture of meat. I did not like it so I sorted out all and it all ended up being in trash. 

I just don't like meat texture! Even if it is not real meat! I can't stand it.

Do I ever miss meat?
No--- 
I wasn't eating meat that much even before I became a vegan anyway. 

Conclusion?
Born to be a vegan. 


Btw, this is the one I had for dinner. 
Add korean hot pepper paste in boiling water with Left over noodle. Flavorwise? Tasted good! 
Pic does not catch the flavor this though haha-

Smile Life


Try to smile all the time
positive thinking. 

Frost Cupcake Factory

Front Door- they hang this poster
my name on the box

















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Vegan Chocolate Chip Chocolate Garnache 
4-16-2014, Wed.

Right after work, heading to Frost Cupcake Factory in Downtown Campbell, yahoo!

It was very first time me to go there- always wanted to visit when the farmer's market held but finally!

Downtown is really cozy and nice than what I expected. Luckily, found a parking spot without any waiting near store. Thank God!


As you can see Vegan Cupcake I got is Chocolate chip with chocolate garnache.

Tip:
1. They do have vegan cupcakes on Wed. and Sunday only. One flavor for one month unless you pre-order as you want it on any day. 
2. If you want to have it but it's going to be after work, make sure you call them and save them for you. Otherwise when you get there you come out without anything. That's how I got my name on the box! :)

Ok, here goes tasting part! Ready?


Frosting/Icing(?), whichever your term is, it IS unbelievable! It is HEAVEN. yum!

One bite? No resistance. You got to keep digging!
Its part is huge~ than any other cupcakes out there which makes me sooooo happy and satisfy!
Layer is deep, so you can dig into your forks, really! Isn't it so pleasurable? :D
This is what all cupcakes should be, don't you think?
Oh-- its thickness is just perfect-!
Chocolate flavor: Dark Cocoa flavor (I can definately tell). So rich! Wonder what brand they use :)


Muffin part: I believe it was vanilla flavor with chocolate chip inside. So when I chew the chocolate chips make me delightful experience, if you know what I mean ;)

Not too greasy, not too dry, nor too creamy even after you finished your cupcakes you still can tell, there's no unpleasant tasting left over your tongue at the end like oil tastes or some others- mainly greasy taste what I mean.


Do I want to come back? Oh- yes!

Price range is also reasonable comparing to other stores. $3.25
I'm thinking since I'll go to farmer's market on Sunday, might stop by again and get one :)
Wonder the flavor for next month, can't wait! 
Plus, 'Support the Local!' 
So proud of cupcake winner is in our neighborhood. Such a privilege :)

A cute little to go box for my cupcake!
I had a little bit hard time to get it out, funny...


Interior is not too impressive but who cares as long as they do have awesome tasteful cupcake.





4-23-2014 @ 12:30 p.m
oh--------
can't stop thinking about their frosting!
wonder they sell only the frosting, too!

you know what???
I just called and they do NOT sell the frosting only. Muffin and frosting, TOGETHER!
She emphasized, TOGETHER. Sad.......

oh, well... then, what can I do? Have them together or go to "Cinnaholic" since they do sell separately.
Thank God I do have two options haha :)
Positive thinking :D