My life as a flight attendant is constantly changing and being on reserve makes it that much more unconventional. One thing though that I have been wanting to do is try all the amazing healthy food from all the places I visit. So one day while being on reserve in Oakland, I drove my car around Berkeley to search for some healthy VEGAN food. Berkeley is nestled in the most quaint town just north of Alameda in the bay area. There is so much to explore but what attracts me the most is the sense of culture that envelopes this town. When someone says Berkeley, I immediately think of the prestigious public University empowered by liberalism and revolution. And of course, I couldn't help but think the food here must be good as well. My first stop was this low-key restaurant called Cha-ya. There's plenty to say about a cash-only restaurant without a website but one thing is that you have to be open-minded... and obviously Yelp helped. While it had many great reviews, my experience at Cha-ya was incredible indeed and I am beyond inspired to make these healthy concoctions.
Below is the picture of a vegan soup bowl called Cha-ya Nabe. It's a vegan sukiyaki with napa cabbage, red onions, carrots, mushrooms, kabocha, lotus roots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, snap peas, snow peas, silver noodles and tofu in sukiyaki broth. Ummm, can you say divine?
After Cha-ya, of course... I had a craving for something decadent yet healthy. I ended up in Cinnaholic, a place where wild dreams come true! To get further, their ingredients are dairy, soy, egg and cholesterol free. Talk about inventing something that all vegan culinary chefs worships! Gourmet "vegan" cinnamon rolls.
Just enjoy this photo for a second without actually drooling. This amazing salted caramel almonds cinnamon roll is just heaven. Absolute heaven.
I will be posting a recipe soon inspired by all of my vegan discoveries.