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Winnipeg Vegetarian Restaurant

February 2017

I love Verde Juice Bar in Winnipeg Manitoba! This juice bar offers vegetarian and vegan soups, salads, toasts, juices, smoothies, and more. While I was enjoying my kale salad the owner of the wool/knitting shop next door stopped by for her early afternoon coffee. Other locals also stopped in to eat, drink, and spend some time with the two charming owners.

Verde Juice Bar Vegetarian & Vegan Food, Winnipeg

The food was superb, the decor was simple and beautiful, and the atmosphere was welcoming.

When you go to Verde Juice Bar enjoy the vegetarian food and marvel at all of the pottery that house the wide variety of plants.

Verde Juice Bar Vegan Restaurant

This is their vegan kale salad that tasted as wonderful as it looks. What a huge portion, but I ate it all!

Verde Juice Bar Vegan Restaurant

Verde Juice Bar changes their menu often, but this shows what was available in February 2017.

Winnipeg Vegetarian Vegan

Winnipeg Vegan Vegetarian

Verde Juice Bar
887 Westminster Ave
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3G 1B4

Street parking is quite easy to find.


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Vegetarian Restaurant, East Boston MA

March 2016

When I landed at the Boston Logan airport I immediately opened my Happy Cow app to see where I would have lunch. La Sanghita popped up as a five star vegetarian restaurant in the East Boston area. The restaurant is right next to the airport, but because of all of the one way streets, I had to take a long circuitous route to get there. It was worth it!

La Sanghita – Vegetarian Restaurant

I entered La Sanghita and was greeted by a friendly face and an invitation to try a gluten-free vegan kale cookie. This cafe looks like a small house from the outside and contains space for 18 to 20 people to sit. Food is prepared from scratch with mainly organic ingredients and a lot (if not all) gluten-free ingredients. It took a few minutes to get my food and I appreciated the love and attention put into my meal. La Sanghita does not use microwaves so my food was heated on the stove. Delicious!

East Boston Vegetarian Restaurant

Here are the two men preparing my meal:

East Boston Vegetarian Restaurant

I had vegan quesadillas and vegetable soup puree with avocado:

Vegan Quesadillas

Vegan Quesadillas

Vegetable soup puree with avocado

Vegetable soup puree with avocado

East Boston Harborwalk

La Sanghita is merely a block from the East Boston Harborwalk where you can stretch your legs after your delicious meal and smell the salt air.

east boston harborwalk

view of boston from the east boston harborwalk

La Sanghita
389 Maverick Street
Boston MA 02128
(857) 256-2917

Raw Food Vegan Restaurant, Schaumburg IL

Sweet Tomatoes in Schaumburg Illinois prepares and serves raw food. It is a delightful raw food vegan restaurant. It’s not far from Chicago. If it is your first time there they will give you a platter with their different “meats” to taste. Then you can order your favorite. What was my favorite? The taco “meat”.

first time - get a free sample platter

first time – get a free sample platter

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

almond butter pie with strawberry topping

almond butter pie with strawberry topping

el burrito loco - raw vegan - and iced sumac tea

el burrito loco – raw vegan – and iced sumac tea

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

I use the Happy Cow app when I travel. It is so easy to find great vegan and vegetarian restaurants that way.

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

Sweet Tomatoes
1951 E. McConnor Pkwy
Schaumburg, IL 60173


Cafe Restaurant, Corvallis OR

June 2015: Laughing Planet Cafe for casual and delicious dining. Order your gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or paleo food at the counter. You will be given a number to take to your table of choice where they will bring you your food. The ingredients are fresh and from local sources whenever possible.

Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

I ordered Bubbie’s Spring Bowl, a delicious combination of braised lab shoulder, red quinoa, steamed spinach, roasted asparagus, pickled red and watermelon radishes, and a yogurt-dill-pickled mustard seed sauce. I asked for the sauce on the side because I don’t usually like dill, but today I loved it! Even though this dish was not vegetarian, it was gluten-free.

Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

It was nice to be at a restaurant where I had company at my table. Visit the Laughing Planet Cafe, I guarantee that you will not have to dine alone.

Homemade food with a gluten-free menu. Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

Laughing Planet Cafe
127 NW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97330

Ice Cream & Dairy-Free Popsicles, Tualatin OR

June 2015: Ome Calli is family owned and makes their own ice cream, popsicles and dairy-free popsicles (paletas) from scratch. They have a wide selection of dairy-free popsicles, including strawberry, watermelon, mango, guava, guanabana, pineapple, key, lime, and cucumber.

Ome Calli is family owned and makes their own ice cream, popsicles and dairy-free popsicles (paletas) from scratch.

Ome Calli has expanded recently to two locations: Tualatin and Beaverton Oregon. I stopped in and spoke with the wife of the husband-wife-daughter team. She is lovely! When I asked if I could take her picture she chose to have her dragon in the background.

Owner of Ome Calli in Tualatin OR

I ate the guanabana paletta, a dairy-free popsicle. Yum!

I ate the guanabana paletta, a dairy-free popsicle.

Ome Calli Mexican Frozen Treats
Paleteria Y Neveria
19403 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062

Cafe Restaurant, Oregon City OR

June 2015: This is the third time that I have visited and eaten at The Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City OR. I absolutely love it there! The food is simple and clean, the vertical gardens are stupendous, and the energy is inviting and soothing.

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

I had this Seasonal Veggie Sandwich (which contained hummus) even though it was not gluten-free. Yum! If you want a gluten-free option they will use a gluten-free wrap instead of bread.

Vegan Sandwich

Gluten-Free Options and Vegan Options

This Oregon City restaurant cafe has a simple, healthy menu that caters to people with all sorts of diets. They offer gluten-free options, vegetarian options, and vegan options.

Gluten-Free Restaurant Oregon City OR

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

Vertical Gardens

I had not seen a vertical garden until I walked into the Singer Hill Cafe. I love them! I sit and enjoy the beauty while I eat my delicious meal. They even have free classes on how to make a vertical garden!

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Singer Hill Cafe
623 7th St.
Oregon City, OR 97045

FoMu: Vegan Restaurant, Boston MA

In March 2015 I was in Boston MA and found a fantastic vegan restaurant cafe where they make their own vegan ice cream. Their ice cream is unusual because it is not your traditional rice ice cream or soy ice cream, it is nut ice cream and coconut ice cream.

Menu - Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston

So if you are in the Boston MA area and are in the mood for some soy-free vegan ice cream, stop in at FoMu – Alternative Ice Cream & Cafe for some home made deliciousness!

I found the vegan ice cream to be very filling and ate just one scoop. I was full!

Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston

FoMu – Alternative Ice Cream & Cafe
481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3276

Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston



Gluten-Free Quiche Recipe

Gluten-Free Quiche RecipeI had some leftover cooked spinach in the fridge the other day so I decided to make a gluten-free quiche. Boy oh boy, was it ever delicious! I must have been hungry because I almost ate half of it!

I started with my favorite gluten-free pie crust. I pressed it into a 10 inch springform pan and baked it for ten minutes at 350oF before I added the filling.

Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch or potato starch)
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 3 tbsp water

Place rice flour, arrowroot starch, guar gum, sea salt, and butter in a food processor and blend well.

Beat together the egg and 1 tbsp water.  Add into the food processor’s ingredients and blend until the dough leaves the side and forms a ball (add water, one teaspoon at a time if extra moisture is necessary or rice flour, 1 tbsp at a time, if the dough is too moist).

Press dough into the 10 inch springform pan with your hands.  If making tarts, press dough into muffin tins or mini-muffin tins.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350oF and remove from oven.

Gluten-Free Quiche Recipe

Sauté the following in a tbsp or two of butter until tender:

  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • handful of chives, minced

In a bowl combine:

  • 1 to 2 cups of chopped, cooked spinach
  • Sautéed vegetables (above)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs, beaten

Pour mixture into the partially cooked gluten-free pie crust.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350oF. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before slicing.

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust with Peppers and OlivesAre you in the mood for pizza but are gluten intolerant or allergic to wheat? You can make your own delicious gluten-free pizza crust, top it with pizza sauce, shredded almond cheese, and veggies and/or sausage.

This gluten-free pizza crust recipe (wheat-free pizza crust recipe) is from Monica Levin’s Better Health Cookbook: Wheat-Free & Lactose Free.

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 2 ½ cups rice flour
  • ½ cup potato starch
  • 1 ½ tsp guar gum
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp whole psyllium husks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    Gluten-Free Pizza Crust with Peppers and Sausage

Preheat oven to 400oF.

Place water and raw sugar in a saucepan and heat until lukewarm.  Remove from heat and sprinkle yeast over the surface.  Let stand 2 to 5 minutes.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour in yeast mixture and olive oil.  Mix well.  Let stand a few minutes to allow the moisture to be absorbed.

Sprinkle the counter top with rice flour and turn the dough onto the floured counter.  Knead, adding additional rice flour if necessary, for a few minutes.

Press onto a pizza pan (one 15″ or two smaller), top with pizza toppings, using almond, rice, or soy cheese rather than mozzarella.

Bake on the bottom rack for approximately 20 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and stiff enough to lift off the pan with a spatula.