Teamo in Venice

Eating vegan in Venice, Italy was the easiest of all three cities visited. Our hotel was not in the main tourist area, which was wonderful. We were able to wander the islands (I didn’t even know the Venice we see today is a series of multiple small islands that have been connected with landfill) and see things others often miss.

Of course we were starving as soon as we arrived. Many restaurants are closed during the mid afternoon so I was thrilled to see Teamo was open and had vegan options. Best part? Sitting outside in the lovely weather.

Of course I had to try the vegan lasagna and gazpacho. Both were incredible! Hubby got asperagus risotto (vegetarian) and the Teamo salad without seafood. The vegan menu is small, but there are miltiple vegetarian options.

Yummers! Not the best lasagna I have ever had, but a yummy option for a hungry dinner. The soup and salad were both excellent.

We enjoyed Teamo so much that we went back a few days later. They must only carry so many servings at a time because the only vegan option available was the burger. Which is not actually a burger and I enjoyed it more than the lasagna. It is two seasoned and mixed with vegetables tofu patties served with your choice of raw or cooked vegetables. I got the cooked vegetables because I also got a salad. Yummers!

Teamo gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Very worth enjoying when in Venice, especially if the weather allows for sitting outside on the calm street/sidewalk.


Berbere Craft Pizza & Beer in Florence

Berbere is a small chain across Italy and yummers!

Looking for a fun evening meal, I found Berbere through Google. One of the reviews had mentioned a vegan pizza. Hubby adores pizza and when in Italy…

This place has an honest to goodness wood burning oven that cooks pizza super fast. I sat right at the bar where pizza is prepared and really enjoyed watching how simple they made it look.

Although not labeled, I asked for the vegan option. It is seasonal and during my visit they had a beet cream pizza with sautéed green onion and olive.

The dough with beet cream was placed in the oven with onion and olive added at the end. A tasty combination, but would have benefited from more beet cream.

Hubby adored his pizza of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. Not vegan, but he thinks it is the best pizza he has ever had. We also started with a bowl of olives that were very tasty.

Best part of Berbere? It’s half a block from Sweethings. Us and another couple both stopped at Sweethings to pick up dessert and then headed to Berbere for dinner with our little boxes. The other couple, Florentines, said we had gotten the best dessert and pizza in town. They also got the beet cream pizza.

After dinner we walked back across the Arno River and stopped to watch the sunset. A glorious evening!

Berbere gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. It was wonderful, but only one option and a bit dry. Worth enjoying when in Florence. Yummers!

#Raw in Florence

After so many days of heavy pasta and bread, I was thrilled to try #Raw in Florence. Hubby doesn’t normally go for raw restaurants, but he had already eaten a big brunch. It meant I was able to enjoy on my own.

A very cute place just south of the Arno that offers pre-assembled grab-and-go options, made to order smoothies and bowls, and options from the kitchen.

I picked a smoothie bowl of greens, banana, and peanut. All bowls come with granola and fruit.

I was in heaven. My bowl was delicious and just what I wanted.

#Raw gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. My dish was wonderful, but the grab-and-go options looked old. They were browning around the edges and didn’t inspire me to try. The staff was nice enough, but when my meal was ready they asked me to come inside to pick it up; I sat at a table outside. The table next to me got everything delivered. They were American too, so I am unsure why we were treated differently.

Le Fate in Florence

Hubby wanted more Italian food and I want to have an easier time eating, so I found Le Fate. Honestly, eating in Florence has overall been much easier than Rome and I have serveral places to share about.

Le Fate is adorable. We arrived too early as Google indicated it opened at 6:00, but really opens at 7:00 for dinner. The cute bench outside helped us enjoy the evening till 6:10 when we were invited inside to wait until the kitchen staff was ready for us. A glass of wine for hubby and a glass of water for me kept us company during an exciting discussion of current events and the time passed quickly. At 6:45, we were invited deeper into the restaurant to start early. So kind. The waiter had asked the kitchen staff to be ready early for us.

A clean and adorable dining room welcomed us to a fully vegan menu in Italian. Our waiter, already knowing we don’t know much Italian began to explain all the options for us. The choices sounded incredible and we just went with our gut.

As a seasonal menu, I highly recommend just enjoying yourself here.

Although we didn’t order it, we were each provided with hummus and veggies to start. A very mild hummus that just made us want more food.

Next came a house made rice cheese plate.

The cheeses were very mild and paired nicely with the jams. Hubby super enjoyed it. I was happy the rice cheese had a nice creamy texture.

Next came house made spaghetti and I got a black rice dish.

Hubby felt it was the best spaghetti he has ever had, even told the server this (he’s normally fairly reserved). I thought the sauce was very mild. The rice dish was incredible.

Next was a cold veggie dish for hubby and eggplant parmigiana for me. The cold dish was very good. My eggplant was, can you guess? Mild.

Of course we had to try dessert. They had two different ones, so we got one of each. A chocolate thing with chocolate cake crumbles in it and a fruit tart with cream.

My favorite was the chocolate. I wasn’t a big fan of the tart, but it was good.

Hubby feels El Fate deserves five of five vegan cupcakes. I think it gets four of five vegan cupcakes and since this is my blog, it gets four. I highly recommend enjoying this restaurant when in Florence, but the flavors could be more vibrant. Our server was wonderful and to open a bit early for us was a gift. As usual, they didn’t know I would be writing a review. Yummers!

Oh, don’t accidentally land at Il Vegetariano just down the street. We didn’t try it, but it’s not the same place.

HipCityVeg in Philly

Hubby wanted to return to Philadelphia for his birthday. Why not? We had a great visit last summer and I was happy to make reservations at all the places we fell in love with last time.

As we were walking from the train station to our hotel we stumbled upon HipCityVeg. A place we didn’t even know existed. Apparently, it’s owned by the same group that opened Charlie Was A Sinner.

Holy yummers, vegans! I got a Spinach BLT Salad and hubby picked out the Crispy HipCity Ranch sandwich. I also got us a side of sweet potato fries.

The place was packed, so we got lunch to go and ate at our hotel. Hubby was so excited that he was half way through his sandwich before I got a photo!

Great fast vegan food. Four out of five vegan cupcakes. Totally worth enjoying.

Handy Diner in Denver

Handy Diner in Denver is a true hole-in-the-wall. A tiny place with a tiny sign in the window. Everyone enters on the side of the building into a room with mismatched tables and chairs.

The the food is wonderfully New Mexican comfort! Green chili, one of my favorite things, is the prominent vegetable on the menu.

We ordered Green Chili Cheese Fries to start.

Absolutely need a fork to eat and get into the chew hole faster. The dish happily primed us for what was next, Chili Rellenos and BBQ Jackfruit and Potato Chimichanga.

Large portions filled our bellies quickly and I couldn’t even finish my rellenos. Which, btw, I had not had this dish in so long I can’t remember. What a treat!

We really enjoyed Handy Diner. Don’t be dismayed by the set up because the food is wonderful, especially if you enjoy southwestern food. Handy Diner gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Yummers! The space could use a good scrub and fresh paint and everyone always benefits from more vegetables. But the place is so worth going. We took the train from downtown to get there and then B Cycle bikeshare to get back downtown. Absolutely accessible.

Watercourse Foods in Denver

I ended up at Watercourse Foods in Denver, Colorado by accident. I had originally landed at a place a vegetarian friend recommended, but there was a 45 minute wait. Yikes. So I got on my trusted Happy Cow app, found Watercourse Foods, called to find out their only 15 minute wait and headed over.

We were not at all disappointed! Adorable place with no wait by the time we arrived. The staff was super kind. Only obstacle was it was loud. Like scream at those across the table from you to be heard, loud.

The food was wonderful. Wanting to try multiple things, I ordered way more than I could eat, but others at my table helped eat the yummies. I got the Chorizo Hash, Kale, and Mac N Cheese because I can’t pass an opportunity to try Mac N Cheese.

The hash was too spicy for me. Right? How is this possible? Not sure, but I did love the green chile. The kale was garlicky and delicious. The Mac N Cheese was not as creamy as hoped, but tasty nonetheless. My dinner buddies got a taco salad and “fish” tacos. Both also yummy.

Although we couldn’t finish what we ordered, we got a couple desserts to try. The special was a Boston Cream Cake – ordered! And we got a peanut butter chocolate shake. Mmm…

To drink, my buddies got a bottle of wine to share and I had a kombucha mimosa, lemon-ginger.

Watercourse Foods gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. The food was good and the place nice. It could have been less loud. Worth a taste when in Denver. Yummers!

Brooklyn Wiskers in NYC

One of the things I adore about the Vegan Shop Ups here in NYC is getting to know the folks making veganism easier when they are just starting out. This is the case with Brooklyn Wiskers. I was lucky enough to meet the founder/baker and enjoy the yummyness a year before this cafe opened.

I have been drooling over her croissants and desserts for months and look forward to seeing the yum at the Shop Ups. When the cafe was being planned, the owner said it was coming and promised to keep coming to the events. Score!

Brooklyn Wiskers is adorable and has an expanded menu with the permanent location. I finally made it out to Bushwick earlier this month.

In addition to those delicious pastries, I ordered “bis-cats” and gravy with kale and potatoes. So yummy!

I highly recommend catching Brooklyn Wiskers when in Bushwick. Brooklyn Wiskers gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. It’s a cafe and small, but wonderful and worth the train ride.

Sweet Freedom Bakery in Philly

Our last day in Philly we decided to walk down to Sweet Freedom Bakery. Especially since the weather was holding calm for us. This spot boasts of being vegan and gluten free, among other things, while being full of yummy.

We were overwhelmed with all the delicious looking options!

Since we couldn’t decide, we picked out a box of different treats to take back to the hotel and home with us. There are a couple tables, but the shop is fairly sparse.

Everything was so delicious that nothing made it back to NYC. We tried a donut, cupcakes, and a cake ball. If you make it to Philly, this place is very worth a visit. Sweet Freedom gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Yummers!

P. S. & Co in Philly

P. S. & Co was my favorite brunch spot in Philly. All vegan and gluten free, this gem has good food and an outdoor garden to sit in. The staff was super nice and the food case endlessly tempting!

For my first trip I ordered pancakes. Mmm… Then I still had some room and got a piece of cake. Because, cake. My second visit I got breakfast tacos and learned why they are a local favorite. I would absolutely order those tacos again.

The space is rustic and clean.

I absolutely recommend trying out P. S. & Co when in Philly. It gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Four is because although the food and experience are good, it’s not quite as playful as other places. But, again, totally worth checking out and enjoying.