How was your Thanksgiving and/or Thanksliving? We attended a casual Thanksgiving dinner with Doni’s family and I didn’t take picture of my Thanksgiving meal. I wish I did because the food tasted so good to photograph, except for the pumpkin pie slice on Instagram. For the meal, we had farro “stuffing” with wild mushrooms and roasted brussel sprouts. Our friend Gail from Hungry Vegan gave us her beautiful vegan pumpkin pie made with agar and kudzu (japanese arrowroot) and the pie sets pretty well!
Continued from a previous post on Philadelphia: Vedge Restaurant + HipCityVeg, we tried some interesting vegan foods from 7-Eleven, Le Pain Quotidien, Strangelove’s + Whole Foods. I’ve also included a list of eateries with vegan options that I would love to try next time, and if you have been there, please let me know!
from PDX to Philly
We flew from PDX (Portland, Oregon) to EWR (Newark Liberty Int’l Airport) and took a train via Amtrak to Philadelphia. If you are at PDX airport (Portland, Oregon) before security check-in lines, grab some vegan deli foods and desserts for the flight from Flying Elephant’s Deli, a Portland-based chain known as the Elephant’s Delicatessen. It is located inside the Oregon Market on the Concourse Connector before security.
Elephant Delicatessen (Oregon Market, before Security), Portland Int’l Airport: They have a symbol key for their sandwiches, salads and hot food, so look for “VG” (vegan). A good example is the Quinoa & Black Bean Salad with Smoky Lime Dressing – it’s wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan (WF, DF, VG).
Elephant Delicatessen (Oregon Market, before Security), Portland Int’l Airport: They also sell gluten/free & vegan desserts from a local Portland bakery Petunia’s Pies & Pastries (view website).
Rich’s News, Concourse C, Portland Int’l Airport: Passed security already? Don’t worry, they also have a tasty vegan wrap from Elephants Delicatessen at a travel shop Rich’s News in Concourse C.
Rich’s News, Concourse C, Portland Int’l Airport: Elephants Delicatessen’s $6.95 Shelly wrap contains kale, cabbage, sugar peas, hazelnuts, broccoli, apple, carrots, grapes, cabbage & Stackhouse Dressing (mustard, tamari, sugar, tahini, cider vinegar & canola oil) on a spinach wrap. It was a pretty tasty and refreshing wrap after a long flight, imagine tasting a massaged kale salad in a spinach wrap with nuts and fruits.
Flight from PDX (Portland Int’l Airport) to EWR (Newark Liberty Int’l Airport): Such a stunning view of Newark.
Flight from PDX (Portland Int’l Airport) to EWR (Newark Liberty Int’l Airport): Had a screwdriver cocktail and guess what?! They served complimentary vegan-friendly pita chips and hummus in First Class. I would like to see that more often.
30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA: We arrived in EWR (Newark Int’l Airport), took a train to Philadelphia and arrived at the main railroad station in Philadelphia. Such a beautiful art-deco structure and plenty of seatings and “food buffet.” I’ve never seen a U.S. train station with so many food stalls/buffets.
On a chilly evening, we wandered in downtown Philly and went into 7-Eleven for a quick beverage. We saw a selection of prepared vegan sandwiches, burritos, soups and salads by a local plant-based company called, Moshe’s Foods®. We went to several 7-Eleven locations and they carry Moshe’s Foods® products, too. I’m not so sure about the other 7-Eleven locations outside of Downtown area. All products are plant-based using whole, natural foods.
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: Vegetarian Mu-Shu Wrap & Vegan Sesame Noodles from Moshe’s Foods®
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: Vegetarian Chicken Pita, Vegan BBQ Pita and No-Turkey Sandwich from Moshe’s Foods®
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: Vegan Hummus Sandwich & Falafel Sandwich from Moshe’s Foods®
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: Vegan Lentils & Quinoa Burger & Vegetarian Dumplings from Moshe’s Foods®
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: We tried two vegan sandwiches, Un Turkey Sandwich and Eggless Tofu Sandwich, about $4 each. Pretty yummy sandwiches, our favorite was the Eggless Tofu. The sandwiches weren’t soggy and they used organic sprouted whole grain bread. The Un Turkey Sandwich had a hickory flavor and contains soy protein.
7-Eleven, Philadelphia, PA: Vegan Eggless Tofu Sandwich (Yum!) and Vegan Un Turkey Sandwich (has texture, a bit smoky). We like the Eggless Tofu more.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery
Most of you are familiar with Le Pain Quotidien Bakery, it is the Brussels-based international chain of bakery-cafes. Le Pain Quotidien offers a selection of artisan organic breads and pastries, plus a full menu of soups, salads, desserts, and daily specials. After reading about their vegan menu options in the U.S., we wanted to try a few of their vegan items. There are two locations, Rittenhouse Row and 8th & Walnut. We went to 8th & Walnut location (photographed below).
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: 801 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: The interior and dining area, very modern.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: Snacks to go and you will see ingredients, price and calories.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: The $4.75 Vegan Brown Rice Pudding (230 cal) contains brown rice, soy milk, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, cranberries, orange, maple syrup, apple sauce, pecan and walnuts.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: Plenty of beverages from raw coconut water to fresh drinks.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: $2.95 Vegan pastries include Organic Carrot Cake (350 cal), Hemp Seed Blondie (260 cal) and Apple Cannelé (220 cal). We chose the Vegan Apple Cannelé, of course.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: The $2.95 + “tax” Vegan Apple Cannelé (220 cal) was pretty good, not too heavy or too sweet. It was a pretty light pastry. I don’t know if I’ll get it again, I would try other new vegan pastries at a time.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: The $4.75 + “tax” Vegan Brown Rice Pudding (230 cal) had nearly the same calories as the Vegan Apple Cannelé, plus bigger in portion. The rice pudding was not that sweet and not too heavy, we loved the cranberries & the sauce on the rice pudding. I would get the vegan rice pudding first for a filling snack.
Le Pain Quotidien Bakery: This is the other location, Rittenhouse Row. 1425 Walnut Street, (between 15th & South Broad) Philadelphia, PA 19102
Doni was looking for a local bar somewhere near the hotel we stayed at (read the post here) and Strangelove’s was one of them and their menu has vegan options, too! Strangelove’s located on the 11th Street, between Walnut and Locust. The restaurant front was pretty cute, you’ll see what I mean by the photos. We tried their lunch special (American Joe Express Lunch Menu) for $14 with your choice of a non-alcoholic beverage and two courses (plus tax & gratuity, not available for takeout): a vegan arugula salad with beets/fennel/lemon-truffle dressing and vegan chorizo tostadas. The lunch special is only available from Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 3:00pm. Check out their menus here, you will see vegan labels from their symbol box at the bottom of the menu.
Strangelove’s, Philadelphia, PA: The lunch special’s first course was a very tasty arugula salad with lemon-truffle dressing, loved the red beets, fennel and pickled red onions. The salad was on their American Joe Express Lunch Menu ($14) special, which includes a drink. I ordered a hot organic Rooibos tea.
Strangelove’s, Philadelphia, PA: We also tried their lunch special’s 2nd course, the vegan tostadas with refritos, guacamole, pickled onions, and arugula salad. The tostadas needed more avocado, greens and chips, plus there was more than “loads” of soy riso we needed.
Whole Foods – South Street
Among other Whole Food locations we’ve been to, Philadelphia was one of our favorite, including Las Vegas. To make it brief, Whole Foods Philly has more vegan options/products than Whole Foods Portland (Oregon). We went to the South Street location, about a mile away from our hotel (roughly 30-minute walk). Whole Foods is perfect to get snacks to go and for the flight, etc.
Whole Foods – South Street: A vegan chicken wrap and a pink lemonade for brunch. We were a bit hungry.
Whole Foods – South Street: We tried the vegan and gluten-free Late July’s Red Hot Mojo chips. They were moderately spicy, but had no spices at all on the chips (a bit dry for us). We prefer the Beanfields chips, they were better.
Whole Foods – South Street: Delish vegan cranberry & berry muffin, it was fluffy and just perfect. And of course, a vegan grand chocolate chip & raisin cookie for our flight back.
Whole Foods – South Street: Found some vegan-friendly local handmade pretzels at Whole Foods from Uncle Jerry’s, boy they were too salty and hard to bite on for the flight.
other vegan-friendly eats
We discovered one vegan-friendly eat after wandering around downtown especially more vegan-friendly eats in Philly that weren’t mentioned on Happy Cow. We would love to check them out next time. If you have been there before, let me know! Please note, the vegan dishes may change (posted on Dec 2013).
According to their menu outside of their restaurant, they have a vegan Kale & Farro ($9) dish without parmesan, grilled veggie burger ($11) with roasted eggplant, mushrooms, lentils, brown rice, cumin, cilantro & scallions, topped with curried vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato & beet chips, served on a whole grain bun, and vegan pasta special.
For their dinner menu, they offer a vegan Whole Grain Salad ($10) and vegan main plate, Warm Root Vegetables ($13). Sounds pretty tasty, right?
They have a vegan bean burger ($8), come with lettuce and tomato and with your choice of sauce. All burgers and fries come with your choice of the following sauces: Green Goddess (vegan), BBQ (vegan), Tahini (vegan). And they also have the $7 vegan milkshakes with Non-Dairy Vegan Ice cream (yum!)