New Jersey was NO JOKE with their vegan eats. I was pleasantly surprised at all the vegan options/ restaurants. I haven’t been to NJ in about 6 years, which is when I first went vegan. Let’s just say that back then it was a bit of a food desert for vegans. I am happy to report all the good, bad and amazing (vegan food wise) from NJ this year.
On day one we arrived around dinner time and ended up at Good Karma in Redbank, NJ. A fully vegan cafe, the casual atmosphere reminded me of a lot of the cafes in CA. For dinner I had the “Indian Plate,” which included: mango chutney, vegetables, rice, tofu, their version of chana masala and a papadum. This place for sure goes on the amazing list for vegan food in NJ for me. For dessert we had some house made “rainforest cake,” which was essentially a basic vanilla cake, but with vegan Nutella and topped with nuts!
Day two breakfast was.. is there any surprise here? Oatmeal. Side note: If you’ve read my Massachusetts blog post you would know just how often I eat oatmeal LOL. You can read that post here.
For a snack my mom, sister and I headed over to Seed To Sprout Bakery for a vegan gluten-free cupcake!
For lunch we ate in and I made a bowl with food we bought from Whole Foods. So, as for what was in my bowl: rice, beans, veggies, lettuce, chips and guacamole. Beans and rice, the easiest vegan meal.. and my fav vegan meal no lie. Does this count to go on the amazing list for NJ food?
Dinner was at Kaya’s kitchen, and I ordered the “Happy Buddha” with tofu. The “Happy Buddha” was more of a curry, and wasn’t my absolute favorite. For me, this meal wasn’t all that amazing. We did however have gluten-free vegan mac and cheese to start (kind of a weird starter I know) and it was so good! Kaya’s kitchen is the place to go for some bomb mac and cheese!
After dinner we headed over to Cookman’s Creamery for some ice cream, which offered a large variety of vegan and gluten-free flavors. As a joke my sister and I wanted to try the weirdest flavor in the store. The specialty flavor for that night was “Seaweed and Soy Sauce…” we ended up actually really liking it and each got a scoop. Who would have thought seaweed ice cream would have been good?
There is no surprise. Oatmeal.
For lunch I went to Playa Bowls (which is literally everywhere in NJ) and picked up a yummy açaí bowl! I still think San Diego has the best açaí though, but Playa Bowls was also pretty good!
For dinner we went back to the restaurant from the first night (Good Karma). I got the Indian Plate again because it was too good the first time to pass up on.
We ended our dinner with baked goods from Good Karma! Brownies and cookies kept us full!
I am getting tired of oatmeal, but for breakfast I did have some.
For lunch I went back to Playa Bowls and decided to try some of their other bowls. Their menu features not only açaí, but bowls made with: chia, bananas, greens and coconut! I got half açaí and half coconut! It was so good! Even though I am bias and think California has better açaí, we don’t often have bowls where you can do half coconut, or coconut bowls at all really. This was something completely unique!
For dinner we had gluten-free vegan pizza from a local pizza place! Growing up, a beach day and pizza for almost every meal was a staple, so to have a vegan option after a long beach day was amazing to have! On my pizza I got: vegan ricotta, pineapple, roasted garlic and broccoli!
For dessert we went back to Cookman’s Creamery. I got a caramel pistachio flavor, which was so creamy and delicious!
I am really tired of oatmeal, but I had it again.
For lunch I went back to Playa Bowls, again.. I know, my food choices are redundant. Anyway, this time I got a coconut bowl. The coconut base was so good and even topped with coconut flakes! This bowl is a must for any coconut or smoothie bowl lover.
For dinner we went back to the same pizza place (any shock here? I guess I enjoy repeating myself). I ordered a personal gluten-free pie with the same toppings as the day before.
Finally some variety. I had a bowl of fruit.
For lunch and dinner we at in. This day we were hosting a bridal shoer for my sister, so we had a bunch of food! I wasn’t able to take pictures, but we had two amazing salads from a local vegan cafe called Seed To Sprout! They also were able to make a vegan gluten-free cake for the shower!
On the last day before our flight home I had, yet again, a fruit bowl.
Thank you so much for powering through reading about my redundant food choices. Can you guess what I’ll have for breakfast tomorrow?