Sugar Plum Vegan Café

February 12, 2011

I’ve known for a long time that there is a vegan café in Sacramento that is supposed to be really good. But to be honest, before I switched to a vegan diet, I didn’t care. Why would I? As far as I was concerned, it didn’t pertain to me. Well I did switch to a vegan diet this past October, so I figured it was high time I check it out.

Sugar Plum Vegan Café is 100% vegan. They use organic and local ingredients, as much as possible. They have a bakery that has a large selection of gluten and soy-free goods, and they also cater. Their motto is “If it came from a plant eat it, if it was made in a plant don’t”. Clever! So I went there for brunch with my daughter today, and it was SO. GOOD. She was a bit skeptical, because she’s not vegan, so wasn’t convinced there would be anything on the menu she’d like. This made me a bit nervous, because sometimes when a kid already has their mind set that they won’t like something, they won’t. Or at least, they won’t admit that they do. 😉

Luckily, we were both in for a surprise. My daughter had the Tofu Frittata. It looked just like real egg, only was made from tofu. It was topped with pico de gallo and avocado. It came with potatoes, “bacon” tempeh, and whole wheat toast.

I had the Yam & Avocado Panini – two things I never would have thought to put together in a sandwich, but the combo was amazing! It was (obviously) yam, avocado, cheese, roasted onions, and poppy seed aioli on ciabatta bread. And let me just say, they did not skimp on any of the ingredients. It comes with a side salad.

And did I mention the cheese? Wow. The “cheese” in this panini was SO GOOD. I felt like I was cheating! It looked, acted, and tasted JUST LIKE real cheese! I cannot even express to you how excited I was to have it. Cheese is the one aspect of the vegan diet, that I have not found a suitable substitute for. I am perfectly satisfied with alternative milks, meats, desserts, etc., but had yet to find a good “cheese”. Until today. I had to know what it was. The staff told me it is made by Daiya, and is made from tapioca. I will definitely be buying this!

If you live in the Sacramento area and eat a vegan diet, or are vegan-curious, or even just like good food!, you must check out Sugar Plum Vegan Café. They do a bottomless brunch on Sundays which is supposed to be phenomenal. They are located at 2315 K Street in Midtown Sacramento. Oh, and my daughter had no problem admitting she liked the food here. 🙂

(www.sugarplumvegan.com)

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