by chloe – the classic burger


Name: The Classic Burger
Location: by CHLOE, 60 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010 (multiple locations in NYC & across the country)
Protein: Tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty
Bun: Orwasher’s potato bun
Toppings: Pickles, red onion, lettuce, beet ketchup, and special sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Good, width wise. There was more bun to burger thickness-wise.
Accompaniments: Nothing (Air baked fries are $4.25 extra)
Price: $9.95


Notes, etc.:
The burger texture is almost like a black bean patty, as it was slightly soft. This texture made it slightly messy, since it would slide to one side every time I took a bite. The potato bun was light and airy, which was great since the thickness ratio of bun to burger was high. The overall flavor was good, once I had a taste of the secret sauce which brought it all together. The burger I had that day unfortunately only had it concentrated on one side of it. The beet ketchup also added a nice sweetness to it.

The air baked fries were so-so. They were crispier than normal fries, but not burnt. Some fries were great and some were soft/soggy.

I’d definitely get the burger again, but will pass on the fries.

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three day catalyst cleanse


For those of you who have been following my blog, you’re probably wondering why. Similar to when I go vegetarian for Lent, I confuse my readers by making some drastic change to my diet. “Why would you do this to yourself? Why would you go three days where all you’re allowed to consume is water, decaffeinated tea, and the juices? You’re crazy.”

Here are my reasons. I’ve had some friends who have done it and they said they’ve felt great afterwards. They have also mentioned how they’re a little more cautious of what they eat after the cleanse.

The primary reason though, is preparation for my trip. I shall be embarking on a 10 day trip to Seattle/Portland starting tomorrow with someone who, like me, will get excited and attempt to eat everything. On the itinerary is several burger joints, restaurants, bars, breweries, etc. There’s just too much to name. So yeah, we thought it’d be a good idea to “cleanse” ourselves before the 10-day feast, I mean trip. In hindsight, you’d think preparation for this trip would be eating obnoxiously, right?

The Catalyst Cleanse is a daily juice cleanse consisting of six juices which are consumed in a specific order each day. The duration of your cleanse can be as short as a single day or as long as a month! There are only five juices and the green juice is consumed as #1 and #5. The five juices are as follows (in order of consumption):

-Signature Green Juice (cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, spinach, lemon, lime, ginger)
-Spicy Lemonade (lemon, agave, cayenne)
-Carrot Ginger Juice (carrot, apple, celery, lemon, lime)
-Watermelon Lime Juice (watermelon, lime)
-Creamy Cashew Milk (cashew, agave, cinnamon, milk)


Day one was on a Thursday and was definitely the worst. As with everything new, I like to taste things when I eat/drink them. Taking small sips of the green juice was probably not for the best. At 6 in the morning, I took a long time to take down all 16 oz. of green juice.


Luckily, every other juice was much more pleasant than the green. Don’t get me wrong, the green was refreshing, though the taste was not quite my cup of tea.

My favorite was easily the cashew milk. After drinking the second green juice of the day, it was very enjoyable to drink the milk which tasted close to horchata!

Would I do this again? Doubtful. My life revolves too much around food that three days on a juice cleanse was torture. I surprisingly wasn’t hungry during the cleanse. It was more a want to taste something other than juice. Also, to spare you the details, you will go to the bathroom a lot. That’s not exactly pleasant…especially when you’re hanging off a bridge…

toasting to the end of the cleanse


There were some good points though. It made me realize how little fruit and vegetables I consume daily, something I’ve been wanting to change/plan on changing moving forward. I also was sleeping much earlier than I usually do. Like, more than an hour or two earlier and waking up without much of a problem.

Post cleanse, I realized that I’m getting full much easier from smaller meals. Not exactly a bad thing, though this stomach is going to have to increase it’s capacity for this trip!

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local 44 – buffalo tofu hoagie


Lent is over and I’m back to not having any dietary restrictions, so it may be shocking that my first post after Lent is about another meatless dish I consumed. The buffalo tofu hoagie at Local 44 in West Philly was one of the tastiest things I had during my fast.

The buffalo tofu hoagie is a vegan take on a buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s made up of chicken fried tofu, brown sugar chipotle glaze, celery remoulade, and green onions. The fried tofu had a crisp, glazed outside, with a soft interior while the remoulade imitated blue cheese quite well, as the texture was similar. It was served on a fresh roll and accompanied with a generous amount of delicious fries.

Local 44 has a great tap list as well as other carnivorous food if vegan/vegetarian fare isn’t a draw for you. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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sketch (vegetarian visit)


My housemate has never been to Sketch. We made sure to change that fact this past weekend. Part of me was upset I couldn’t have a burger made from meat, but the other part was looking forward to trying their vegetarian/vegan options that they had to offer.


On the burger side of the menu, the only options (for me) are vegan burger and seitan. The vegan burger is a housemate patty made from several different types of beans and spices. I asked about the seitan and was told that it was like “pulled pork” and could be served as a barbecue sandwich or even a cheesesteak. As soon as she mentioned cheesesteak, I jumped at the opportunity! I’ve been wanting a vegetarian cheesesteak for the past couple days.


The orders were in, mine was a seitan cheesesteak with grilled onions and cheddar and the housemate’s was a vegan burger with cheddar and chipotle sauce. We both went halfsies so I was able to try some of the burger, too. The burger came on the same LeBus bun that their other burgers are served on. It was topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle sauce. The bean burger was tasty and very hearty. The outside had a slight, pleasant crisp to the outside. The inside had a lot of flavor and wasn’t dry. The seitan cheesesteak outshined the burger though, in my opinion. Firstly, the cheesesteak was served on a fresh roll, a definite plus. I originally had second thoughts about ordering it with the cheddar since I didn’t think it would end up as gooey as American. Sketch, however, served that cheesesteak with hot, gooey cheddar! The onions were delicious. They were grilled long enough that they had some caramelization to it. The seitan was some of the best seitan I’ve had. It was juicy and tasted like it was marinated. I’ve only had one seitan cheesesteak before which was good, but this was definitely superior.


Oh, we also got their belgian fries and an additional order of the green chili cheese fries. Yes, I’m aware it’s a lot of food, but I should mention that one of our friends joined us later to eat 70% of the fries! I won’t judge her.

Check out my last visit to Sketch.

If you’re vegetarian or just feel like abstaining from meat for a meal, Sketch has two excellent options for you!

Sketch
413 East Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215.634.3466

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blackbird pizzeria


Located on 6th Street just a block north of South Street is Blackbird Pizzeria. Blackbird serves up vegan pizza, sandwiches, and salads. I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, but I’m just never in the area. Since I was off last Friday and still vegetarian for Lent, I made it a point to go.


I got to try a lot of food. Slices of seitan pepperoni and bbq “chicken” pizza were ordered in addition to a seitan cheesesteak and a roasted eggplant grinder.


I’ve never had daiya cheese before so I wasn’t sure what kind of flavor to expect. Although not the same as regular cheese, I found nothing wrong with these slices of pizza at all. The pizza was made well and tasted great. The crust was also thin and crisp. Since I ordered slices, they were from the pizzas on the counter. I bet they’re even better when you get em fresh from the oven.

Several people have told me that the yukon pizza is the best. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much choice up front for those ordering slices. I’m definitely going to come back to try the yukon pizza. Anyone down to split it?


seitan cheesesteak

The sandwiches were both served on vegan Baker Street rolls. The eggplant grinder tasted good but the seitan cheesesteak was even better. The seitan was sliced thinly and did a great job resembling a cheesesteak. Daiya cheese, mushrooms, peppers, and onions accompanied the seitan on the roll.

Also, a lot of their desserts are suppled by Bethlehem’s Vegan Treats!


roasted eggplant grinder

I wish I was around this place more often. The food was great and even though Lent is over, I’m definitely looking forward to my next time back.

Blackbird Pizzeria
507 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.625.6660

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