Reviews written by TheSweetestVegan
Registered on Aug 4 10
This place is a little expensive to be self service. I thought I may have to wash my own dishes. There is a cat that wonders around the restaurant. I am a sanitation observer, and that did not sit well with me. The dessert was OK, definitely not worth what I paid for it. AND they took FOREVER to cash my check.
Home of my first wheat grass shot*. Let me tell you. The natural section at the grocery store has nothing on this little cafe. Raw ingredients, raw agave sweetened gelato, raw candy bars, and oh yeah wheat grass just to highlight a few items. I had a great conversation with a man who was serving, but I do not know if he was the owner or not. He was finely intune with every customer, which you all know, I just die for good customer service.
The other staff and patrons were personable as well, making for a great natural foodie hang out. They are loaded with information and events for everyone. They are really creating a community to help you Catch a Healthy Habit, not just a kick every now and then.
* Do not let anyone fool you when they say wheat grass is sweet. It is sweet, but it defiantly taste like grass. I would do it again, but I would already know what to expect. The guy who made it for me told me that it was therapeutic and used as an alternative medicine. I totally believe him. I took it on an empty stomach and got completely nauseous and sick. So, lesson one: Never take a wheat grass shot on an empty stomach. After eating and taking a nap, I was okay.
This was more of a fudge than a brownie. It was flat, fudgey, no flaky crust, and crispy flavorful edge. It was cold too. I have a thing for hot food, so temperature is very important. It did have a a few nuts, but I like nuts, so I wanted them to be bigger and more. It also has a dark chocolate taste. I do not like dark chocolate. I love a good milk chocolate, though I do not believe I have had a milk chocolate since being vegan. I pray for vegan milk chocolate often. If you like fudgey, dark chocolate, chilled brownies then these are for you. Catch a Healthy Habit has a great atmosphere, so check it out for yourself.
Health in a Hurry is one healthy shop that does not have location in it's favor. It is not on the main strip, not even on a side street. It is behind a travel agency and tucked around in a corner. When you finally get to it, you feel like you found a treasure. But do not get me wrong as a foreigner, it was hard for me to find, but the entire time I was there, Health in a Hurry had a nice flow of customers. The place is a little tight, but the customer is awesome. They have a wide variety of entries and about 90% vegan menu. They also have a few desserts, which is my speciality.
Apple- Ginger muffin
It should have been Ginger-Apple Muffin. The ginger was so strong and powerful. Gross. It made the muffin so spicy and there was very little apple to balance it out. I do not know how you all like your muffins, but I like mine pretty sweet and moist. It was very hard on the outside, and sometimes that means that the muffin is moist on the inside. NOT. It was so crumbly and yuck. I really do not have much to say about this muffin, because it was nothing to talk about.
Located about 20 minutes outside Hartford, CT, It's Only Natural, or ION, is well worth leaving the city. ION really is located on Main Street USA, a condensed strip of stores, restaurants, entertainment, and slanted parking on the street. The restaurant itself is located inside a small mall of cultured stores and eateries. The entire menu is vegan, except for the cheddar cheese, which the kind and welcoming Hostess made sure I was aware.
I ordered my food to go, so I can not speak on the waiter service, but the seated area looked very comfortable. Broadly appropriate for a first date or family outing. And it appeared to be clean and sanitary, I even went to the bathroom. Always check the bathroom. If the bathroom is not clean, you don't even want to see the kitchen. Not only did I get dessert here, but I also tried the Vegetable Pizza Rustica. Talk about delicious. I would return here any day, rather I was vegan or not, good food is good food.
Ion's wheat-free, nut-free, dairy-free version of cheesecake. Before I start, I must say that the crust makes this pie. It was so good. On first bite, the Teasecake had a caramel undertone, but as I went on, I got a tofu taste and texture. It also came with a sauce. It looked like a thin caramel, and with the caramel undertone in the Teasecake, that is what I expected. But it was some orange-ness that I only had to taste once to know that I did not want to taste it again.
I got through about half of it before I was tired of it. I also allowed my non-vegan boyfriend to try it. He hated it and that totally ruined my motivation to imagine that is was "cheesecake". Even though this dessert did not turn out to be a ten in my book, I would have no reservation about returning to try any of the other desserts at Ion. Great restaurant.
Big City Small World Bakery is a small bakery off the beaten path of downtown Ann Arbor. It has very nice art work outside of the building and could have great potential. The inside of the shop is small, but efficient. It was dimly lit and when I entered there was no attendant. It is the type of place that when you go in and the door sets off some bells, and then someone appears from the back. The customer service was minimal and I can not say that the attendant did or said anything that was not out of necessity for us to do business together. After being roughly pointed in the direction of the vegan cupcakes, which looked undesirable to eye, I was going to try one for taste. Then I spotted a fly. I told the shopkeep, "You have a fly in your case." He did not move, respond, or flinch. I said, "Did you hear me? You have a fly in your case." He responded, " oh yeah, Ill get it in a minute." Eeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Needless to say, I put on my sunglasses, turned for the door, and will never look back.
The moment I walked through the doors of The Cupcake Station, I was hit by a cakey, battery, frosty aroma that almost knocked me off of my feet. I was immediately greeted, but there was a line, so I was not serviced right away. The wait did not bother me, because I was too busy looking at the beautiful cupcakes in the display case, the catchy t-shirts for sell, and the fun yet elegant cupcake artwork that hung on the wall. And when it was my turn to order, it was my lucky day. They were having a sell: buy two, get one free. So, I bought two, and got one free of course. Overall, the atmosphere was great, the aroma even better, and the service was excellent. The only downfall was that they did not have enough vegan variety in the store. They have more variety for order, but not in the store. They only had Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes with vanilla or mocha frosting. I would have loved to try their Red Velvet Cupcake. Yum!
Talk about rich. Talk about flavor. Talk about Vabulous. When I entered The Cupcake Station, I was greeted with two options. The chocolate cupcake with vegan buttercream frosting or the chocolate cupcake with vegan mocha frosting. Who was I to choose? I tried both. Now, I am usually not a fan of chocolate, because it can go really wrong, really fast. Chocolate done right deserves the utmost position in the flavor hierarchy. But chocolate done fast, cheap, and wrong does not even deserve a place on the table. The Cupcake Station's Chocolate Vegan Cupcake, my friends, is chocolate done right. Moist, rich, savory. For those of you who do not enjoy a powerful flavor punch, keep a glass of milk nearby.
The Buttercream frosting tasted very vanilla, and I thought I saw vanilla bean seeds throughout. It complimented the chocolate at all the right moments, like the perfect gentlemen on a perfect first date. Love at first . . . taste. I will be back for more.
The Mocha frosting was not my favorite. I will not be purchasing it again. It packed a powerful coffee taste and aroma with a pinch of caramel, which would be great if I liked that type of thing. I am the type of girl who likes a little coffee with my cream. It over powered me. Not only was it too strong for my taste, but it also had a scorched overtone. It was like burnt toast when you scrap off the black, but you can still taste it.
Addendum: I attempted the mocha frosting again and it was actually tasty the second time around. Before I said that it had a scorched overtone. I believe firmly that something was scorched in the batch. This tasting everything was fresh, flavorful, but not overwhelming. I would actually buy it again! Rating for the mocha frosting up from a 1 to a 3. The only reason I tried it again with a 1 rating is because the vegan selection in the store for individual retail is limited.
Overall, I love The Cupcake Station. There is no doubt that I will be returning and I can not wait to try more of their vegan flavors.
I have to say, I could live at The Cupcake Station. Boosting great customer service, It is like a friend's house that is always filled with the aroma of baked goods. Where there are always cookies in the jar, a cake on the stand, and a pie in the oven. That is why it saddens me to say that I did not like the Red Velvet cupcake. I was expecting so much, and it left much to be desired.
The first bite, I tasted nothing but the vanilla buttercream frosting. Which taste great, but as cute as frosting is, I am not a fan of it. I started to get scared, because if the flavor of the cupcake could not shine through a little frosting, that said something. On the second bite, without frosting, I could taste a little bit of cocoa. Then, I was distracted by the texture of the cupcake. Moist, but a little too moist, mushy if you will. It had no structure, no "chew". On the third bite, I tasted nothing at all. : (
Even though the lighting was bad and the door knob almost fell off when I tried to turn it, I love this bakery. It was small and cramped with a constant flow of customers, so New York. If anything, I picked up that this bakery was not afraid to be itself. It has a personality and a story, and it is not trying to be something it is not. Good news about the location, I was able to park on the street, for free, less than a mile away. The name of the store implies that this is just another cupcake shop, but this bakery sells everything. Cakes, pies, cookies, breads, muffins, and you name it. The best part is that it is completely vegan, so there are no weird conversations to be had about eggs, milk, and butter. The bakery also has refined sugar free, gluten free, soy free, and kosher options. Once you visit, you will be in love too. And do not worry about cravings, because BabyCakes delivers local and all over the States.
SO GOOD. Fresh out of the shop, the frosting was a little chilled and it taste like the best cream cheese ever. I saved half of the cupcake for later, trying to use portion control, and when I had the frosting at room temp, it was like butter. And if you follow my post, you know how much I cherish a good buttery . . . anything. The whole bite dissolved down my throat before I could even chew, or that is how my mind remembers it happening. You can even see the carrots in the cake, but it is so well made that you can fool you pickiest child. It is just that good. The cake is soft, moist, great chew, great taste, and great color. It has a nice balance of crumble and hold. And the presentation is all in the frosting. There swirl is perfectly brand, but not pretencious. Uniformly hand-made not commercial. I loved everything about BabyCakes and the Carrot Cupcake. I have to say again, SO GOOD.