This has been an interesting few weeks that have taught me we can literally eat anything vegan these days! Between all the crazy eats at Eat Drink Vegan, vegan burgers so real it’s freaky, and so many dining out options here – just wow. Leela is only mildly impressed, actually she’s been lazy this week and crashed so hard after a walk she was partially falling off her bed.
There was also a great eggplant tofu lunch from Pho Vegan Asian Cuisine and simple oil free stir fries to combat all my rich vegan burger eating lately.
But, back to the burgers! We had two more crazy burgers this weekend as part of The Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle. We stepped out to Broderick Roadhouse Friday night where the unique decor recycles old furniture and the menu is very vegan friendly even pledging to make anything vegan!
For the vegan burger battle, they created a “vegan big mac” with two Impossible Burger patties, vegan cheese, and vegan special sauce. Oh my, I have no clue how long it’s been since I’ve had anything like it!
It was a little too filling, but delicious and I’m pretty sure better than the real thing. It sure looked better and fresher.
Next we went to Buck & Sadie’s last night for their vegan creations. I liked the location, front patio, and clean and modern atmosphere.
I got The Shroomy vegan burger with a side salad and hubby The Inferno and they were served with messy amounts of melted vegan cheese.
Insane, right? And a delicious splurge! You could get eat either an Impossible Burger or black bean burger for the vegan option which is pretty cool and they can veganize any burger with vegan cheese and sauces as well.
This morning I met members from the Sacramento Vegan Society hosted by Linda Middlesworth for brunch at Nectar Cafe. While Nectar were participating in the burger challenge as well, I decided to change things up with the oil free tacos after those decadent burgers which did not disappoint with fresh veggies and kicky black beans.
This was an interesting group with older attendees, both long-term vegans and those new to veganism, and I had great conversations about reversing health problems and different diets – some strict low-fat and no-oil while others are more laid back. One gentleman was in his 80s and switched to veganism after a bypass surgery and really improved his health. He talked openly about how painful his surgeries were and how frustrating being debilitated and gaining more freedom back made sticking to the strict diet easy. And it was great hearing Linda speak because she has such a passion for helping people get to better health and enjoy retirement. Okay, to the list!
This episode of the Rich Roll podcast feature Frank Lipman MD is worth a listen.