(The Good and The Bad) Vegan Pizza in Johnson City, Tennessee!

Hello, Veganeers! It’s been awhile since I posted any restaurant reviews… but here I am, back at it to share the good and the (very) bad vegan pizza in Johnson City, Tennessee!

First up, is Scratch Brick Oven Foodworks. This place had great reviews and was even rated the #2 pizza place in Johnson City on TripAdvisor… so, I was really excited to try it out!

The atmosphere of Scratch takes the term “dive” to brand new heights (well, lows in this case). Now, if you’ve never been to the South, the whole “shabby chic”, old, historic looking aesthetic is pretty much the overarching theme. It is unassuming, not pretentious in any way, laid back… it is something I have come to love. Yet, this place looked like an abandoned garage a college band would practice in… maybe that’s why the staff and clientele were all college-aged.

The menus were probably the most confusing part of this place. There were 4, 5, maybe even 6 different color-coded menus at the pizza counter… I believe each menu was for a different size and/or pizza crust, but I’m still not sure. After trying to get the attention of one of the multiple guys behind the counter with no success, I grabbed one of the menus, circled the toppings I wanted, and wrote “NO CHEESE” in big letters (unfortunately, there were no vegan cheese options). I handed my menu to the guy behind the counter, and reiterated the fact that I did not want cheese.

Now, let’s go over the actual food I received. Evidently, the pizza I ordered via the mysterious menu was a small, paper-thin crust that was burnt to resemble a lump of coal. Thankfully, they didn’t put cheese on the freakin’ pizza (I only had to write it AND confirm it with the pizza maker), the veggies were decent, and the tomato sauce had a nice, zesty flavor. Unfortunately, the bitter, burnt taste was overpowering and I was still hungry after I ate it because it was literally a few veggies on a burnt-to-a-crisp cracker.

Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed in any way and won’t return to good ol’ Scratch anytime soon. Especially, with an OUTSTANDING pizza place a few miles away.

Like I said, I was still hungry and I still wanted some good vegan pizza!!! So, I made my way to Main Street Pizza Company (rated #1 on TripAdvisor). Honestly, just put your phone away or close your laptop right now and just go there.

I loved everything about the place. Its a classy, clean, casual restaurant/bar with excellent service and great atmosphere. It was all decked out in holidays lights, and kept pretty dark inside since the entire restaurant has large windows that let in the light and views from cute little Johnson City.

So… let’s get to the food! I created my own pizza and selected various veggies and dairy-free Daiya cheese. The waiter was friendly, professional, and HE reiterated that I wanted dairy free cheese (yay!).

This pizza was SO good! The cheese was melted perfectly on top of a chewy, medium-thick crust. The tomato sauce had nice, neutral taste and the veggies were fresh and flavorful. This pizza was exactly what my happy, vegan tastebuds were hoping for. Main Street Pizza Company, you get 10 stars from me!

So, if you find yourself in Johnson City, Tennessee, now you know where to go for the best vegan pizza! Let me know if you go!

Demand for Vegan Cheese At U.S. Domino’s Locations Has Skyrocketed!

As if we needed even more proof that plant-based foods are taking over, the demand for vegan cheese at Domino’s Pizza locations within the U.S. has skyrocketed!

Domino’s locations in Australia were the first of the franchise to offer 3 specialty pizzas with plant-based cheese. These absolutely mouth-watering options include The Vegan Margherita, The Vegan Avocado Veg, and The Vegan Spicy Veg Trio. The overwhelming success of these pizzas has lead Domino’s to make these them, along with vegan cheesy garlic bread (YESSS!), permanent menu items. Vegans, animal rights activists, and dairy-free individuals now demand locations throughout the United States to start offering these incredible pizzas with vegan cheese!

By offering plant-based cheese pizzas, Domino’s will make vegan options more accessible and accepted, and has the ability to inspire other chains within the food industry to follow suit! This is a HUGE opportunity for Domino’s pizza to become the largest franchise to offer vegan pizzas! C’mon, Domino’s! Let’s make this happen!

Head on over to your social media accounts and let Domino’s know that we want vegan pizza NOW!!!

Source:

https://www.livekindly.co/dominos-requests-vegan-cheese/

Del Vecchio’s Chicago Stuffed Pizza – The Answer To My Vegan Pizza Prayers

Helloooo Again! It has definitely been awhile since I’ve done a Treasure Hunt Location review, mainly because I haven’t been anywhere new! Well, my little vegan prayers have been answered and I found the BEST vegan pizza in my area of Asheville, NC.

Let’s jump right in!

LOCATION:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant

333 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

828-258-7222 delvecchiositalian.com

ATMOSPHERE:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant is located on Merrimon Avenue, one of the main streets in Asheville, NC. The vibe is laid back, friendly and inviting. It seems to be the go-to pizza spot for college kids. This small pizzeria has a long bar that takes up the majority of the restaurant and they have a few tables to sit down and eat inside and outside. The friendly staff greets you right away and the food is served quickly.

FOOD:

I’m originally from New Jersey, so I have some pretty high standards for great Italian food. I thought all was lost for authentic tasting pizza when I moved to Asheville. I had tried many spots, and the pizza was good, but I missed that zesty NJ/NY flavor.

Ooooh baby, I’ve found what I’ve been searching for at Del Vecchio’s! I ordered the 14″ Chicago Stuffed Pizza with vegan cheese, spinach and garlic for $24.99. It was an additional $3.00 for the vegan cheese. I know, I know, that’s a freakin’ expensive pizza, but I promise you from my head to the bottom of my cruelty-free shoes, it is worth it!

So what exactly is a Chicago Stuffed Pizza? Well, I had no idea but I live on the edge and ordered it anyway. It is a deep dish pizza that has cheese and toppings inside. It is topped with another thin layer of pizza dough and then tomato sauce. It’s baked until it the cheese is a beautiful melty mess and then served to you piping hot!

I’m not one of those people that eats pizza with a fork, but I made an exception for this one. Holy $hit this was amazing! Finally, my yankee tastebuds were reunited with zesty and tangy tomato sauce that I have so dearly missed. The cheese was creamy and melted to perfection. I actually asked what brand they used and it was Daiya! I was shocked because there was absolutely no aftertaste whatsoever.

The extra garlic and spinach inside really added another layer of mouthwatering flavor that I am daydreaming about as I type this. The dough itself was chewy and the crust had the perfect crisp to it. The showstopper tomato sauce on top was a train ticket to Flavortown and I never wanted to come back.

DIG IT OR DITCH IT?

DIG IT! I love everything about this pizza and plan to go back and try every vegan thing on their menu. The staff is great about preparing vegan and/or gluten-free options, which is refreshing. I’m not joking when I say that I daydream about this pizza. If you are in Asheville, you MUST try Del Vecchio’s and their fabulous Chicago Stuffed Pizza. It brought my sad, never-gonna-find-great-pizza-again thinkin’ heart back to life!

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

137 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC

Atmosphere: This funky little pizza shop in Charlotte, NC is a perfect casual lunch spot if you’re looking for some quick and delicious food! This shop is located in a little alley way with other hidden away, hipster-ish coffee shops and bars. It’s a cafeteria style set-up, so after you walk in, you place your order and they make it right in front of you. There are many menu options, and you can customize your pizza as you like. There are plenty of vegan options, including vegan cheese, veggies, and flavored oils. What makes this pizza unique, is that it is oblong shaped (get it, ZaBLONG?!).

Food: OK, so it’s funny shaped pizza, but how did it taste?! The only description that kind of comes close is that it was a flavor explosion!! I ordered “The Woodstock” which came with Olive Tomato Pesto, Daiya Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, Fresh Jalapeños, Cherry Tomatoes & Crushed Red Pepper Oil. Of course, I added more toppings like sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, arugula, and rosemary oil! With all of these ingredients, I’m telling you, this was spectacular!

The perfectly cooked crust was crispy and chewy. The creamy cheese, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, bitter arugula, spicy jalapeños, with the fresh veggies and rosemary oil blended together to make what is probably one of my favorite (and messiest) pizzas ever.

Dig it or Ditch it? 

I DIG IT! The fun atmosphere and the fresh and flavorful ingredients make Zablong Peculiar Pizza a must try! I can’t wait to go back!

Organic Living Superfoods Sprouted Snacks Review

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

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Products:

Life's Nuts Flavored Sprouted Nuts:

Pizzalmonds

Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews

Salt and Vinegar Almonds

TCG Cashews

Cinnamon Pecans

Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts

Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch

Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch

Reviews:

I'm going to start with my favorite, the Pizzalmonds! It seriously tastes like pizza! Sundried tomatoes, basil, dates and bell pepper combine to make a delicious and healthy alternative to actual pizza. Honestly, these taste amazing and I'm super impressed!

The Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews are another healthy replacement to the otherwise extremely unhealthy buffalo wings with ranch sauce. I must admit before I turned vegan many years ago, I did enjoy some wings and ranch. Of course, now, I enjoy the plant-based variety, so I was psyched to try these! The Buffalo almonds have a mild spicy kick while the ranch almonds add oniony and zesty flavor. Another winner!

The Salt and Vinegar Almonds have the signature taste of their distant junk food cousins, the Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Salt amplifies the pleasant sourness of the vinegar and nuttiness of the crunchy, sprouted almonds. While you're eating these, it's hard to remember they're raw, vegan, gluten-free and actually good for you!

The TCG Cashews (Turmeric, Cayenne, & Ginger) were the spiciest in my opinion and had a very unique flavor profile. The cayenne and ginger definitely gave it a kick that lingered and burned for while! These ingredients are anti-inflammatory and take these sprouted cashews to the next level!

If you're looking for something sweet but know you probably shouldn't down a whole box of Snickerdoodles, try the Cinnamon Pecans! The nuts are full of protein and minerals, and with the subtle sweetness from dates and cinnamon, these are the perfect snack to quiet your evil little sweet tooth!

The Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts are truly a tropical treat! Shredded coconut and dates add sweetness to crunchy macadamias. They're absolute Perfection!

The Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch is yet another one of my favs! Sprouted cashews and macadamias add crunch and protein while Baobab adds vitamin C and antioxidants. What the heck is baobab? Baobab is a superfruit that grows in Africa and helps with energy production and immune support. To make it even healthier, blueberries are added to the mix for a fruity and satisfying snack!

Last but not least, the Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch is a fabulous combination of raw cacao, vanilla, dates, cashews, and Brazil nuts that is guaranteed to kill your cravings! Got a chocolate addiction but want a healthier option? Try this!

The Bottom Line

Sprouted, raw, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, Paleo… these aren't words that you may automatically associate with delicious snacks, but Organic Living Foods has done an INCREDIBLE job creating snacks that not only taste fantastic but are truly healthy and nutrient dense!

The nuts are soaked in "triple-filtered water to activate live enzymes" and then dehydrated "at very low temperatures to protect the integrity of their vital nutrients." With that level of care and detail, these snacks are a must-try! They are suitable for just about every diet and there is bound to be something for everyone!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for healthy snacks with great flavor (who isn't?!). Don't just take my word for it! They have sampler packs for sale so you can try all of these out for yourself!

Thank you, Organic Living Superfoods, for sending me these products to review!