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America, according to our bellies

September 28, 2012

I finally got around to putting together a blog on the food that we ate in America! Are you sitting comfortably? You probably shouldn’t read this on an empty stomach, it will make you ravenous. I haven’t noted everything that we ate (21 days, 3 meals a day x 2 people + snacks and treats = a lot of food…!) but here are some of my favourites, and handy places to keep in mind.


Cinnamon Snail

Absolutely the best thing that I ate on the entire holiday. This awesome food truck parks up in a different location across NYC everyday (pretty much) and serves up delicious vegan food. I had nectarine pancakes with a blood orange maple syrup and Trout had a breakfast burrito, with a chocolate chilli doughnut to share later. I’m sure you could order anything from the menu and it would blow your mind!


Incredible fast-food – 100% vegan, and oh-so delicious. I had the Vegan Heart Attack burger, Trout had the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and two different flavours of buffalo wings, and we shared some Chilli Cheese Fries.

Cafe Blossom

We went to the location on Carmine Street, and it was such a lovely cafe with great service. We shared the mini cordon bleu to start, I had a banh mi sandwich and Trout had southern fried seitan for our main courses.

Peacefood Cafe is a really sweet healthy, vegan cafe/restaurant. Order the peanut butter cheesecake for dessert. DO IT. We had our first taste of Daiya at Palà, sitting outside on the night that we arrived in NYC. It was the perfect welcome to the city, especially when genuine Hells Angels passed us by! Burrito Box served us up two great burritos with chips and guacamole – their vegan menu includes tofu, seitan and a whole host of different veggies and flavours.



The menu is a little hit and miss, but the pulled ‘pork’ sandwich that I had was incredible! Mainly offering fast-food in the form of burgers, hot-dogs, and sandwiches, as well as a chilled cabinet of croissants and cakes.

Native Foods Cafe was one of our favourite spots – simple, tasty food and friendly service. Get the peanut butter parfait to take home with you and eat in bed whilst watching Storage Wars (just an idea). Trout had a meatball sub, I had a sesame kale macro bowl and we shared a plate of amazing chilli cheese fries.

Cruzer Pizza is probably the best pizza I’ve ever eaten – 100% vegan, and oh-so delicious. Order the cheese bread sticks, they are unreal! Mohawk Bend is a brilliant restaurant which specialises in brewing their own beer and offers more than 70 varieties. The beer menu was longer than the food menu! With healthier tasting food than we expected (we were thinking gastro-pub cuisine) the menu is all vegan unless stated other wise (NV).



So good that we visited both locations in San Francisco – one for lunch, where we shared a plate of nachos, I had a grilled beef and vegetable salad and Trout had a Phillly cheese steak sandwich, and again for breakfast where Trout had savoury crepes, and I had jam on toast.

Ike’s Place

Such a cute sandwich shop! A huge menu (not 100% vegan, but plenty of options) and both of the sandwiches that we chose were delicious! Man vs. Food has even visited Ike’s Place – so you know it must be good!




Pokez dished up the biggest burrito’s I’ve ever seen – in an awesome, relaxed setting. Order some Mexican beers (Victoria was super nice) and don’t accidentally order a starter of chimichanga thinking it will be a small dish. It won’t be, and you will be stuck with 3 burritos, one which has been deep-friend, and a host of staff trying not to laugh whilst forcing takeaway boxes onto you. Afterwards pop down the road to Tavern Bowl for some more beer and a couple of games! For a quick lunch pop into Hot Dogs @ 428 – their veggie option is made by Tofurky, and we ordered a Diego Dog and a Charger Dog, which were both super yum! While we were at San Diego Zoo we nipped out at lunchtime (you can get a hand stamp which allows you to come and go as you please) and headed to Evolution – the menu offers a few burger combinations, chilli cheese fries as well as wraps, salads and sandwiches. The cafe is 100% vegan, and a really lovely seating area outside.


Sacramento gave us the brilliant Capital Dawg, which has only deepened my new-found love of the humble hot dog. Palm Springs gave us Nature’s Health Food Cafe and Shop which was a great stop-off to pick up essentials and re-fuel with some lunch. I had a BLT and Trout had a Philly cheese steak sandwich, with a blueberry shake (so good!).

It also gave us Palm Greens Cafe, who gave us the best start to the day, with a  breakfast burrito and incredible blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and mixed berries.

So there we have it – the highlights of what we put into our bellies while we were away! I hope it helps if you’re planning on travelling to any of these cities – please let me know if you’ve been to any of these places or could recommend anywhere that we missed!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2012 3:54 pm

    Oh my!! I want to try everything in this post! It looks like you had such an amazing vegan adventure! I LOVE that Trout is a vegan with you :-)

  2. September 28, 2012 4:56 pm

    Oh my god!!! You have just 1. made me incredibly jealous and 2. made me incredibly hungry!! Everything looks SO FRICKIN GOOD!! And I’m not surprised that you went to different places in NYC to the ones me and Emma did…there is just SO many places to go there, it’s incredible! Definitely need to get myself to some other cities very soon though…

    • October 1, 2012 7:56 am

      I know! A lot of the time we looked up what was close to us, or what we fancied (i.e. pizza or salad or burgers etc) – other times there just happened to be a restaurant/cafe with vegan options – bonkers! I want to go back now, especially San Francisco!

  3. Aja permalink
    September 28, 2012 6:40 pm

    I guess I don’t try hard enough or live in the wrong places because I can never find any vegan restaurants where I am. Everything looks amazing!

    • October 1, 2012 7:54 am

      Where abouts do you live? I think we used a combination of Happy Cow, google (along with google maps) and looking through other people’s blogs x

      • Aja permalink
        October 1, 2012 8:17 pm

        Right now I live in Eastern Washington. The town is really small so I doubt I’d find anything vegan here. I’d have a better chance in Seattle or Bellevue.

  4. September 29, 2012 7:52 am

    Have to go to the USA right know! Damn that’s what I call tempting food!!!

  5. September 30, 2012 5:23 pm

    It all looks so good! I’m glad someone else uses their holidays as a way of exploring and eating lots of good food! did you research a lot of these paces before going, or did you just happen upon them?

    • October 1, 2012 7:49 am

      Sometimes I think it’s bonkers how obsessed we are with tracking down new vegan places – but you get to try so many things that you can’t get in the UK, like pulled ‘pork’! We did some research before going (mostly for NYC) but Trout did the majority of it while we were there x

  6. September 30, 2012 9:13 pm

    I am SALIVATING here! It all looks amazing. We’re going to NYC for our honeymoon so I’ll be bookmarking these.

    • October 1, 2012 7:50 am

      Aww that’s such a good honeymoon choice! Please, please visit the Cinnamon Snail – it will blow your mind. I love Foodswings too, but not super romantic haha!


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