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Soul Food Vegan, for the Culture

I had been waiting for this day for over a year y’all! The first vegan soul food place in Houston, Texas, and what better place to put it than in 3rd ward on Emancipation Ave.? The grand opening was at 12, but was pushed to 12:30. I was the fourth person in line. As I was about to place my order, I saw the line go around the building and down the street. When I say the community showed up, we showed up.

I ordered the Soul Food Vegan Platter (cauliflower steak, greens, mac n cheese, and dirty rice), strawberry watermelon sea moss lemonade and a brownie. When I say it did not disappoint. The flavors were rich. Honestly, all that was missing was some cornbread.

The restaurant itself is quaint and not really a place to gather with a large group, however, Emancipation Park is directly across the street, so you can get your food to go and eat in the park. Service was friendly and fast. The place was clean and there was ample parking. For me, besides the food and service, parking is always my biggest thing. If there isn’t convenient parking, I’m less likely to return. I got there early so I was able to park in front of the door.

This restaurant is something that is needed, especially in the community that it’s located. I love that so many of us showed up and wanted to eat vegan food. Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good. I’m hoping that people left there and wanted to change their lifestyles. If I wasn’t already vegan, I believe they would’ve converted me because that food tastes like the food I grew up on.

If you live in Houston and the surrounding areas, or you’re visiting, stop by 2901 Emancipation Ave and get you some vegan soul food.

recipes

Chilaquiles con Frijoles de Negro y Zucchini

Being that I live so close to the border of Mexico, it’s inevitable that I love me some Mexican food. If I could eat it all day everyday, I would. Now, Mexican food can sometimes be vegan friendly and sometimes not so much, but like any other food, it can be veganized. So let me stop chatting and share this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 large zucchini, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced

1 can black beans

1 can mild rec enchilada sauce

1 bag of tortilla chips (I used quinoa and seed tortilla chips)

1 bag shredded vegan cheese (your choice)

Directions:

Saute onions and zucchini for about 5-10 minutes. Add in beans, enchilada sauce and tortilla chips. Let simmer.

Top with vegan cheese, cover and let simmer until cheese is melted.

Once done, plate and garnish with avocado.

Voila! That’s all I have for you. I hope your try this recipe and if you do, let me know.

Health + Wellness, recipes

#FOTD: Chickpea Lime and Coconut Soup

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Hands down the best soup I’ve ever tasted. My mom sent me a link on FB and I had all of the ingredients except for the sweet potatoes and coconut milk (I always choose the coconut milk with the fat). This is not my own recipe but I did alter it by leaving out the red chilies (didn’t want any heat). Click here for the recipe.

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Healthy Diet #FOTD: Vegan Juevos Rancheros

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As a breastfeeding mother, I am adamant about breakfast. Actually, as a person period. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it’s also when I’m the most creative. I start my day with a large protein smoothie. Then I have oatmeal by itself, with toast, or like in the photo, a breakfast platter.

I loved omelettes before I was vegan and I was happy to learn I can still have them, minus the cholesterol, abuse, and consumption of another animal. For the omelette, I used 1/4 c garbanzo bean flour, 1/3 c water, mushrooms, Field Roast tomato cayenne chao cheese, pink salt, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil. I mix all of those together in a bowl and then poured it into a skillet with hot grape seed oil (oil is important or it will stick). I then topped it with avocado, salsa, and vegan ranch (I use the Hampton Creek Just brand). For a full meal, I added power greens, Sweet Earth hickory and sage bacon, and oatmeal (great for breastfeeding so I have it every morning).

So, there you have it. What’s your breakfast go to?

All Black Everything, Product Reviews, Vegan Mommy Things

SmootiePie Baby and Belly Moisturizer

As a mommy-to-be, stretch marks are inevitable. For me, it’s been the dryness. As my belly expands, the dryer it gets and this moisturizer is life. Not only is it vegan, black owned and cruelty free (y’all know how important that combo is to me), it smells absolutely amazing.
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I am the type who is prone to dry skin and I’m also conscious about products I use so close to my baby. Anything you put on your skin, your skin absorbs. That’s why I go for natural products by the likes of @lovesmootiepie.
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I have to say this is moisturizer did take me by surprise. I immediately thought it was hard, kind of like coconut oil. To my astonishment, I dipped my finger in and it went straight through. It’s almost like a creamy butter that melts into this enriching oil. *
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Needless to say, this mommy approves and I will definitely be using this on my baby love, Khai, once he is born.

 

All Black Everything, Vegan Mommy Things

The Honey Pot Co. Mommy-to-be Wash

Now this stuff right here my ninjas (because I don’t use that derogatory word) is the truth. I am absolutely picky when it comes to products for my vagina. She doesn’t like fragrances (she gets straight ignant with the yeast infections from fragranted products). This feminine wash is for mommies-to-be (but I’m sure any woman can use it). It’s fragrance free, vegan, cruelty free and black owned. Not only that, but it works like a charm. All my pregnant mommas and those who have had children, know this discharge is something else. This wash keeps me fresh and leaves me feeling clean.

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Another mommy approved product for you mamas to try!

recipes

Protein Smoothie Bowl

Now I’ve never had nor have I ever made a smoothie bowl. I see them on IG all the time, but I’ve never considered trying one, at least not until now. What made me make a smoothie bowl? I have no earthly idea. I just know I wanted a smoothie and I had a bunch of toppings that I could throw on top.

Now for this recipe there are no measurements. I never measure, I just eye it. Let me know if you try it. Enjoy!

Blend:

Frozen berries

Frozen dark cherries

Açaí powder

Goji berry powder

Vegan plain yogurt

Flaxseed oil

Silk protein nut milk

Toppings:

Pecans

Shredded coconut

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Raisins

Granola

Pumpkin seeds

All Black Everything, Health + Wellness, Vegan Mommy Things

Eating Healthy is for POC Too

Podcast: Black Girl in Om

Grocery Haul:

Avocados

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Potatoes

Tomatoes

Pumpkin seeds

Pecans

Raisins

Kale

Nutritional Yeast

Bolthouse Farms Non-Dairy Milk

My Life, Uncategorized

4 Years Vegan!!

I can’t believe it has already been four years that I have adopted a plant based lifestyle. I remember like it was just yesterday (it was actually last Friday that made 4 years, November 17). It was right before the thanks-for-killing-millions-of-Indians break, and I was so sick. I had spent the weekend in Huntsville, Texas, on a field trip with some of the kids from the YMCA that I was working with. I was vegetarian at the time and that weekend was full of just cheese pizza. When I came back, the constipation was so real.

On November 17, 2013, I made the decision to give up all dairy and eggs. No transitioning or anything. I didn’t like the constipation and stomach pains, and I really had no reason to continue eating dairy and eggs. My family thought I was crazy and didn’t think it would last, but here I am, 4 years later, thriving and about to have a little vegan human soon.

I won’t say that being vegan has been easy; there were times that I slipped and ate something that was made with dairy or eggs. Funny thing is, I couldn’t finish eating it because it tasted so different and weird. Once your taste buds become accustomed to not having something and you finally have it, you don’t want it anymore. Meat is the only thing I have not slipped up and eaten simply because the thought of it makes me want to vomit. Although, I still love the smell of bacon cooking.

If you are having doubts or wondering about this journey, check my shop page for my guide to veganism and meal plans.

 

My Life, Vegan Mommy Things

A Vegan Baby, Arriving Soon!

You read that right. There’s a vegan bun in the oven and I couldn’t be more excited. As I finish up my first trimester, here’s how things went.


When I found out I was pregnant, I was numb. I did not want kids and finding out you’re pregnant and not married or in a relationship, pretty damn scary. I took two pregnancy tests (yes two because I thought the first one was lying), and then immediately went to my mom’s house. I cried as I told her and she jumped for joy (not because I was crying but because this is her first grandchild). As the days and weeks went on, I came to terms with it. 

At my first ultrasound, the doctor said that my baby was measuring rather small, that the heartbeat was on the low side of normal, and that there were several reasons it could be happening.

  1. My last period dates were wrong.
  2. My ovulation was late.
  3. It could be a slow pregnancy, which meant the baby could possibly not make it. 

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I was on edge thinking the worst. I didn’t want it to be the third reason and was so scared. Apparently my mom and grandmother were too, they just didn’t want to stress me even more. Fast forward to my second prenatal appointment, the baby’s heart rate was in the normal range, it had grown tremendously, it was kicking its little foot and waving its hand. I felt so much joy and excitement. I had felt flutters since the last appointment but paid them no mind. Little did I know, that was the baby moving. 

My doctor said everything was normal, the baby looked fine and was growing as it should. Turns out, my ovulation was a week late and I do remember not feeling myself ovulate (I have severely painful ovulations but the month of July, I didn’t feel it at all). I am so glad that my baby is doing well.

Symptoms

I really didn’t have anything to notify me I was pregnant other than the fact that I missed my period. I keep track of my period like a professional watchdog and when it didn’t come (like a few days past) I took the tests. Now at about 4 weeks I experienced cramping, really sore breasts and outrageous avocado and kale cravings. It was on a whole other level. The sore breasts is what bothered me the most.

I did start taking prenatal vitamins, but my doctor didn’t like the ones I had, so she prescribed me another vegan prenatal . They are horse pills (meaning that they are huge), but for the sake of my baby, I’ll do whatever I have to do. 

Diet

My eating has been all over the place. I have not cooked much if at all. All I want to eat are samosas, fries, donuts, ice cream, and everything not healthy (but still vegan). Sometimes I have no appetite and sometimes I can’t stop eating. It’s really weird and fluctuates often. I have gained weight since my first prenatal appointment, which is a good thing. 

I was told come the second trimester, my eating will go back to normal, and I cannot wait for that to happen. I can’t stand leafy greens right now and I miss them, yet I have no appetite for them. 

Mood Swings

I will say that my attitude is not the best right now and absolutely everything and everyone annoys me (sorry y’all, but it’s true). I feel more sensitive to things that people say and I hate that. Everything just gets on my last nerves and I feel so annoyed at that. Usually I can let things slide, but not so much now. 

Baby’s Gender

So I do not yet know the baby’s gender. I will find out on October 16, a week after my birthday. I don’t have a preference of the sex, just as long as the baby is healthy and has 5 toes, 5 or 6 fingers (6 fingers on each hand runs in my family), and has all the right body parts in the right place. My mom wants a gender reveal party, however, I am not keen on the idea because a gender reveal party just sounds stupid. Like no one can bring gifts if they don’t know, so then I have to have a baby shower on top of that. I am that odd child in the family where “normal societal behaviors” don’t interest nor impress me.

Final Thoughts

I am excited to be a mom. Though I will be a single mom, that is how I envisioned if I ever had kids. Do I want a husband and family? Of course, but I just never saw that when I saw myself having my first child. I know that’s really odd because most women envision being married and having a home and career when they have kids. For me, as long as I had my own place, my own car, and 2 careers, I’m set (yes, I have two careers: I’m a blogger and educator). As long as I could take care of myself and my baby financially (which is why I have been working my ass off to pay debts), then whether or not I was married or in a relationship, just didn’t matter. Did I plan to get pregnant? Not at all, but the universe doesn’t adhere to plans. The universe knows what you can and can’t handle and I guess this whole time I have been preparing myself to be a mother and I could not be more happier.

xoxo The Black Vegan Author

 

Product Reviews

Ruffles Green

Before I tell you about my experience here, let me just say that the best part of eating out as a vegan at a non vegan restaurant, is that your food comes out fast and is prepared fresh.

Now this restaurant is located in The Woodlands and if anyone knows the area, you know its bourgeoisie (that’s the correct way to spell the word, it’s not boujee or any other spelling), like for real for real. Walking up you see the outside area, and with the weather like it is in Texas, ain’t nobody sitting outside unless it’s night time, and even then, mosquitoes won’t let you be great and eat. 

Walking inside, they have a very sleek look. Lots of neural colors and white. It was pretty empty, guessing I beat the lunch hour rush, so there was no line. The lady who took my order was really nice and very patient.

I ordered as my appetizer the hummus with pita bread, which both are made in house, and as my meal I had the Veggie Nut Burger, 86 the cheese.

Both dishes were phenomenal. I would highly suggest them. The burger literally will melt in your mouth. The pita bread and hummus were the best I’ve had thus far.

What I also liked was it’s a self serve restaurant. You order and pay at the same time and then you get your own drink, silverware and napkins. You also can get your own to-go containers which is a plus because I feel waiters take entirely too long to bring the check and to-go containers. 

The only negative I have is that my appetizer and meal came at the same time. I would’ve preferred to get my appetizer before my meal. Not sure if that is something I should’ve requested, however, that’s the only negative I have. So, if you are ever in the Houston area, give them a try.

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Baba Yega

My friend Jazzie told me about this place months ago and I’m not sure why I am just now getting around to it and I could kick myself for it. It’s located off Montrose and it’s a nice little restaurant. It kind of has seating for everyone. They have the inside area that looks more upscale that I assume may be for if you want a classy date or something. They have another inside area that looks like it was added on to the building and seems for something more casual. Then they have the outside area. I sat in the casual area.

What made this experience so amazing was my waiter, Gareth. He was so nice, personable, attentive and knowledgeable of their vegan items. He asked if I wanted the artichoke dip as an appetizer, and upon asking him if it was vegan, he recommended the spinach dip, which was vegan. I was blown away at the taste. It was unreal that it was vegan. It came with some fresh tortilla chips.


As my meal, I ordered the Veggie Black Bean burger. When Gareth brought it out, he said that the chipotle mayo that came on the burger was not vegan, so he had them just put their regular vegan mayo on it. Talk about going to bat for a customer. I would’ve never known that the mayo wasn’t vegan. It came with a side of fries and a pickle spear. The fries were really good, and I could tell they weren’t the fake ones that come frozen that you get from most fast food places and restaurants.


It was a great experience and I have Gareth to thank for that, and the chef for making such amazing vegan food.

Health + Wellness, My Life, Product Reviews

Nourish Juice Bar


Located off W Gray, this juice bar is so amazing and I love the atmosphere. I had been there once before. I ordered the Pink Starbust juice and a Buddha bowl. Both were absolutely amazing. The juice really tasted like candy and the kick from the ginger was perfect. 


The Buddha bowl was a curry style bowl with kale, quinoa, carrots, chickpeas and so much more earthy goodness. The curry dressing added so much flavor. I definitely want to try to recreate something like this.

My Life, Product Reviews

Vegan Tamales and Cupcakes @ Dan Electro’s

I don’t typically go into Houston that often because I hate the traffic and it’s a helluva commute but when I saw this event was in The Heights, and that’s fairly close to me, I was down. 


It’s located off 24th street and it’s a fairly small venue with a backyard patio. I actually only came for the tamales but Sara the Cupcake Girl was there and I bought a dozen and a half cupcakes. 


I was rather disappointed that the tamales were not already heated and the guy brought a crockpot to heat them in and he showed up later than expected. The line was long, I got ate up by mosquitos, badly and ended up with room temperature tamales.


The tamales were good, however, they would’ve been better hot. I felt like he was ill prepared. At the end of the event, those who placed orders, he no longer could fill them, not sure the reasoning but Sara and her family are making them and I’m sure they’ll be awesome as her cupcakes are. 


I got to meet the president of the Houston Black Vegan Social, Snoddy, and I have been added to the team. I also met another one of the members, Kirby.


The venue was great, it’s just the mosquitos were relentless and it could be because my blood is sweet from all the fruit I’ve been, but I will be using my all natural big spray by my girl Jazzzie by Nature. 


There is another event this coming weekend at the same place and Sara and her family are making cupcakes and enchiladas, all vegan of course. I can’t wait.

Health + Wellness

Top Staple Foods For Vegan Newbies

When I became vegan, I did not know what I was doing and I wish I had this list for when I went vegan. So I am making this to help my fellow vegan newbies. These are foods that I have in my house at all times. 
Grains:

Rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, oats

Proteins:

Beans (preferably dry, canned goods aren’t good for you), lentils

Seeds:

Chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas), sunflower seeds, hemp seeds

Nuts:

Walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts 

Spices:

Oregano, basil, thyme, sage, cinnamon, allspice, pink Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika

Sweeteners:

Pure maple syrup, raw agave nectar, turbinado sugar, dates

Miscellaneous:

Nutritional yeast, vegetable broth, braggs liquid amino acids, 

These are things that I keep in my pantry and on my spice rack and they go great with any recipe. This list will be updated often as I come into more things that I always keep in my pantry. Having these things on hand will make sure that you always have something to eat and make. 

Product Reviews, Travel

Unity Vegan Kitchen Review


If I could give more than 5 stars dammit I would. This food truck was my initial first stop on this tour but because of my schedule and their hours, I ended up having to save the best for last. 
First let me say, the woman who took my order, I believe it was Leslie (sorry if I’m wrong), she was so nice and friendly and made my day when she said they had chikn n waffles. I had seen these all over IG and made it my mission to get them whenever I was in Austin. 

When I say they were everything, they were absolutely everything. The gravy was tasty as hell and I loved it on the waffle, despite me never thinking to put gravy on my waffles.

The waffle was cooked to perfection and the faux chicken had an abundance of flavor and tasted like chicken if I do say so myself. Talk about southern vegan comfort food. I have half a mind to go back before I leave and get it again.

Please, if you are ever in Austin, make this a priority.

Product Reviews, Travel

24 Diner Review 

My first time coming here was in 2010 when my brother graduated with his undergrad degree. This is one of his favorite restaurants and it’s open 24 hours, like in the name.

It wasn’t crowded the first time we came and it wasn’t crowded this time. Another major thing I like was it wasn’t cold. Most restaurants I go to have me sleepy before I even order my food. 


The first time I went I had the Betsy Veggie. It’s a handcrafted burger made with beets, lentils, flaxseeds and other delicious goodness. I swear I tried to recreate it but no such luck. 


Since then I had been feigning for that burger so when we went last night, I was too hype. It tastes just as good as I remember. My waitress was pretty amazing. The waiter the first time I came was very knowledgeable about the burger so I was comfortable ordering it this time. 

Product Reviews, Travel

The Vegan Nom Review


If I tell y’all that the taco I had should be damn illegal and questionable about being vegan. I’ve never had a vegan taco that taste so damn good and was super flavorful.

I am a huge fan of food trucks and I loved the location. There was no long line and they prepare your food fairly quickly. I ordered there Gracie Madre which came highly recommended by the woman who took my order. 


I took the first bite and fell in love. I will definitely be going back before I head back to Houston. 

Product Reviews, Travel

Capital City Bakery Review

This was my first stop when coming into Austin. I have been a loyal follower for quite sometime now on Instagram. This is a cute little bakery located on Ceasar Chavez. I got two cupcakes, the butterscotch chocolate and the pumpkin carrot cake. The lady who took my order was super friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back.

Product Reviews

Review: Sambuca 

This was a really nice restaurant with a warming, intimate atmosphere. They have live music, friendly staff and a beautiful outside seating area. 


The main thing I didn’t like was their lack of vegan options. I could only eat the sides because most everything is premade, though I don’t want to eat anything premade that’s been sitting out all day, then just warmed up when ordered. 


Even the sides I had to veganize by asking them to not cook the veggies in butter (I don’t know why people think veggies have to be cooked in butter), the brussel sprouts came with bacon though I’m not sure why but I asked for them sans bacon, and the maple bourbon sweet potatoes, I asked to be cooked without butter. 

I have to say, those sweet potatoes were orgasmic. I will definitely have to try to recreate them because I can’t even describe how amazing they tasted. 

Overall, it’s a great restaurant but vegans like upscale too. Would get more service with more vegan options.

Product Reviews

5* for Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market Eastside

This farmer’s market has to be my favorite mainly because all of my fave vegan places are there and it’s proximity to my fave Whole Food’s Market and vegan restaurants. Another great thing is the major diversity with the vendors and the consumers. I feel more comfortable at this location.


This farmer’s market has a few of my fave vegan food vendors such as Guudbelly, Ripe Cuisine and my obsession, Sinfull Bakery. Since becoming vegan, Sinfull Bakery has met all of my baked goods needs. All of their food is vegan and the flavors are just…there’s no words honestly. Their pot pie has me feigning for more and their cinnamon rolls, larger than life, literally.


From them, I bought two pop tarts and a cherry pie, which I was told only six were made and they were trying something new with it. Either way, I know it’s going to be awesome. There is nothing that they’ve made that I haven’t liked. What I like about them besides their food, is their friendly service. Every time I go, I am always greeted with a warm welcome and goodbye. Friendly service is how they will keep me a customer, and of course their bomb as food. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.


I also went to Nisha’s, again. The same vendor I went to when I went to Rice Farmer’s Market. I got some more vegetable samosas (they were friggin’ orgasmic as hell) and I got some eggplant dip. Most of their dips are vegan and they do have a lot of vegan food as well. That’s what I love about Indian food; the variety for everyone.

All in all this will be my favorite farmer’s market because of the inviting atmosphere and everyone is so nice. Also, majority of the vendors take credit cards, some only take credit cards which makes it easy for those of us who refuse to cash.

I highly recommend Urban Harvest Eastside. I haven’t been to the one they have on Wednesdays at City Hall mainly because I am at work during those times, but once I am able to go, I will do a review of that one as well.

Product Reviews

3* for Rice Farmer’s Market

Normally I only go to Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market Eastside but they are closed until February, so I decided to try a new farmer’s market. I wouldn’t say I regret going, but it was an experience. Let’s start with the positive.

I initially went because it was Ripe Cuisine’s last stop before the holiday. Ripe Cuisine is a vegan food truck and my absolute fave non Black owned vegan business. I always make sure to stop by them first when I go to Urban Harvest. They are actually the main reason I go, aside from Sinfull Bakery.


Anyway, they have awesome, friendly service and the food is prepared and ready in a timely manner. One thing about vegan food is it does not take long to cook. Once I got my food, I almost forgot to take a picture. I ordered the Bistro Burger with Sweet Potato Fries. Aside from 24 Diner in Austin, Tx, this is the best veggie burger I have ever had. Full of flavor, just amazing. I am never disappointed when I stop by Ripe Cuisine. If you are ever in Houston, please check them out.

My next stop was Angela’s Oven. This was an Indian food booth and I love Indian food. The guy let me sample all of their vegan foods and I ended up getting the Nisha’s Vegetable Samosas (ever since I tried samosas at this vegan Indian restaurant in Austin, I’ve been hooked) and their Vegetable Lintel Paratha. They have lots of good vegan foods that the sell and I wanted the all, but I didn’t want to be greedy.


I got some multigrain day old bread from a booth (I forget the name) that sells baked goods. I don’t normally buy bread but once every few months, not really a bread eater, but their bread looked so good I had to buy a loaf.


I would definitely say to check out Rice Farmer’s Market if you are ever in Houston. Now I did experience what I felt was racism. I could be over reacting but I felt slighted anyway. I was sitting down enjoying my burger and these two girls, I’m assuming college girls because they looked young, came at sat at the table. both of them were white. One guy who was also white, from a both who was selling coffee, came over with only two cups and asked the girls if they wanted to sample some of the coffee.

He did not even acknowledge my presence and he knew he wasn’t going to ask me to try being that he only brought over two cups for the two girls. I really felt some type of way about that, like do you not also see me sitting here? Granted this farmer’s market is held in the stadium parking lot of Rice University, a predominantly white university in a predominantly white area, so I should not have been as surprised, but that really bothered me.

I give the market 3* because of the food. There wasn’t a variety of vendors there like most farmer’s markets I’ve been to and am used to. I also give it 3* because of what I felt was racism. I probably won’t go back again and just catch Ripe Cuisine in their other usual places that make me feel more comfortable.

My Life

Lunch at Sunshine’s Vegetarian Deli

Since this is the week of Thanksgiving, and I’m a teacher, I have the week off to enjoy with friends and family that I don’t normally get to see and spend time with. Yesterday, I went to Sunshine’s Vegetarian Deli with Jazzie. I hadn’t seen her in almost forever, so it was due time. We talked about things we want to accomplish within the next year or so, and how we need to get back on track with our eating and exercising. 

It is always great conversations with her. Talking to likeminded people always makes me want to do better, especially a Black business woman. That’s for another post. 

Sunshine’s Deli is one of my favorite restaurants. Every time I go I always get the vegan nachos. I have yet to try anything different. The cheese is made from cashews and has a sweet taste to it. The “meat” I believe is Beyond Meat, but I’m not 100% sure. It’s garnished with olives, jalapeños, cilantro and pico. I have to say that they are better than any nonvegan nachos I have ever tasted.

I’m actually going back on Saturday with another vegan friend and I will be trying something different. Send positive vibes y’all.

Product Reviews, Uncategorized

5* for Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli

3102 Old Spanish Trl., Houston, Tx 77054

I have been seeing this restaurant posted on social media by different people for the past few years and still had not gone until June 17. I think it was because before they moved to this location, it was somewhere weird and far. The location they are at now used to be Beaucoup, a Cajun seafood restaurant and I went there a lot with my ex, before I was vegan and holistic (basically before I knew better).

What I like about this restaurant other than the fact that it is Black owned, is that it’s a health food store and you can buy supplements and all kinds of other things. When I walked in, it just felt right, just natural and the atmosphere was clean. The staff was super friendly and accommodating.

I ordered the nachos, which were bomb might I add. Even though the cashew cheese was sweet, the flavors blended together so I didn’t mind. I also had this Lemon Essence juice which was also really good (I like anything with ginger in it). I will definitely be going back. I am a huge fan of black owned health food stores and eateries. It gives me hope when I see my people trying to help each other out.

It is located in what we call 3rd Ward, which resides a lot of Black people, so having a healthy place to eat, is a huge step. I do hope to see in the future more stores and eateries in Black neighborhoods, hopefully owning one myself.

I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Houston area or even just visiting.

Afro Hippie Vegan

Product Reviews

5* for Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Today I went to Green Vegetarian Cuisine and what I love about them is that all menu items, you can make vegan. I had the chik’n fried chik’n with herb mashed potatoes and kale. It was amazing and so flavorful. I don’t typically eat meat substitutes but when I do, it is only when I go out. The gravy was so flavorful and savory.

I typically only go to vegan/vegetarian restaurants when I am in the area or I am meeting a friend. I had only been to this restaurant once before and since I had business in that area (a mile away), I figured I would stop by. I am glad I did.

The staff is uber friendly (thanks Victoria) and always willing to help, at least for the time that I was there. When I came in, there were only a few people but after a few minutes, the place was becoming packed.

Another thing I love about them is that they are fast. In this instance it is actually okay to be fast. When cooking vegan food, it doesn’t take as long as it does when cooking animals. Vegan foods can even be eaten without being cooked all the way because there is no chance of getting any kind of illness by eating half cooked vegan food.

I think I had been sitting there for 5-10 minutes after ordering until they brought my food and I was glad because I was starving. The presentation was also key because I am a very visual person. If it is presented pretty, I am more likely to inhale it.

I highly recommend this restaurant if you are ever in Houston or San Antonio.

Afro Hippie Vegan