Thursday, February 28, 2019

Delicious Florida Vegetarian Pizza Locations

Vegetarian pizza no longer means cheese pizza with vegetables. Chefs, especially ones at vegetarian and vegan restaurants, are pushing the boundaries on recipes by including such things as broccolini, kimchi, spinach, edible flowers, bee pollen, and macadamia ricotta (not all on the same pizza, yet).

Flower Garden Pizza, Ground Floor Farm, Stuart, Fla.,
Copyright 2019 by Helen A Lockey

The new gourmet styles of vegetarian pizza are delicious and good for you. Here are just a few of the scrumptious gourmet pizzas available in South Florida.

PBK pizza with peanut butter, Ground Floor Farm, Stuart, Fla.
Copyright 2019 by Helen A Lockey

Ground Floor Farm, an urban farm in downtown Stuart, might be a bit of an unexpected for a place to buy gourmet, hand-crafted pizza. But their cafe has a pizza oven, and they have been honing their skills for the past two years in specialty pizzas that feature ingredients from their farm.

Some of their ingredients include a sourdough cultured crust, edible flowers, farm eggs, cultured cream, herbs, red wine vinegar, vegetables, and kimchi.

Their Flower Garden ($16) pizza includes herb pesto, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, greens, honey, red wine vinegar, bee pollen, pistachios, and edible flowers. Their surprisingly delicious PBK ($15) pizza includes peanut butter, kimchi, honey, scallions, and black sesame seeds.

California Veggie pizza with cauliflower crust, Gluten-free,
California Pizza Kitchen
Copyright 2019 by Helen A Lockey

A delicious surprise, vegetarian pizza can also be found at California Pizza Kitchen. It's called the California Veggie ($17.89) and it can be made with a cauliflower crust. It comes with broccolini, smoky eggplant slices, Cremini mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted corn, red onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Artichoke, spinach, basil, garlic, vegan cheese pizza,
Nombucket Vegan Foods, Lake Park, Fla.,
Copyright 2019 by Helen A Lockey

Nombucket Vegan Foods located in vegan food cooperative kitchen in Lake Park puts out a mouth-watering pizza using vegan cheese. It contains onions, minced garlic, basil, spinach, artichokes, tomato paste, broccoli, olive oil and vegan cheese. A slice costs $6.

Biancoverde pizza with macadamia ricotta, Christopher's Kitchen,
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Copyright 2019 by Helen A Lockey

Christopher's Kitchen, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens has some  delectable hand crafted pizzas. The Biancoverde ($18.95), pictured above, contains macadamia ricotta, red onions, garlic, roasted cherry tomatoes, dates, thyme, oregano, fresh arugula and chili flakes.

I hope these gourmet pizzas have opened your mind (and wetted your appetite) to the possibilities in the vegetarian pizza scene of South Florida.

Ground Floor Farm, 100 SE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Stuart, FL (772) 600-4230
Nombucket Vegan Foods, 1408 N Killian Drive, Lake Park, FL
Christopher's Kitchen, 4783 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL (561) 318-6191
California Pizza Kitchen, multiple locations.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

SHROOMS--Crispy Mushroom Snacks & More

Looking for a healthy crispy snack this year? Then look no further than SHROOMS™ Crispy Mushroom Snacks made with North American-grown mushrooms. These snacks are the brainchild of two mushroom growing farms-- South Mill Mushrooms , and Champ's Mushrooms™  (they combined companies, January 2018). "We are getting into a new line of snacks, which is our SHROOMS™ line," said Jeff Schrett, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for South Mill Mushrooms, during an interview at Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) Fresh Summit, last year in Orlando, Florida.

SHROOMS™ Crispy Mushroom snacks at the Produce Marketing Association's
Fresh Summit, Orlando, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey

"Mushrooms are definitely on trend right now and we found the millennial audience is really looking for a healthy snack. They like to graze through the day and were looking for people to fill their needs. So the folks that are camping, biking, sailing, and canoeing...this is a snack that they can bring with them and it is very fulfilling. It's a family friendly, wholesome snack, and it's good for you," said Schrett.

And not only are the SHROOMS™ crispy mushrooms good for you but they are also good for the environment because everything is grown indoors with compost made by the mushroom farmers, according to Schrett. "We actually make our own compost...and we also give back at the end process. A lot of our used compost gets recycled and sent back out for folks to use in gardens and things like that," said Schrett.

SHROOMS™ Portobella Mushroom Jerky,
Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit,
Orlando, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A. Lockey

South Mill Mushrooms started growing oyster mushrooms over 80-years ago, and now they grow other types of mushrooms along with the oysters, including Cremini, Button, Portabella, Maitake, Enoke and Shiitake. Champ's Mushrooms™ started growing conventional and organic mushrooms over 15-years ago.

Both farms now grow over 100 million pounds of fresh mushrooms a year. "We grow all the mushrooms, everything that is going to be used in our snack line, clusters, bars etcetera everything is made from our own fresh mushrooms," Schrett said.

The SHROOMS™ snack line includes crisps, bars and jerky. All are non-GMO. Of the snacks available for sale, online at the moment, some are vegan, some are plant-based, and some are vegetarian. You can purchase them through their website (for large orders) or through Amazon (for smaller orders).

There are future mushroom jerky lines called SHROOM™ SPLITS on their website that include other ingredients.

One last detail, everything on the SHROOMS™ line is shelf stable for a year. "We don't anticipate that anyone is going to keep it on the shelf, in the cabinet for a year. It's going to be a snack package, one of those you can't put down," said Schrett.

Monday, December 31, 2018

My Top 6 Plant Based Vegan Restaurants, Fla., Updated

I have been dabbling in the vegan food scene for almost two years now. This year I sought out vegan restaurants in four South Florida counties from Miami to Stuart. I want to share my, "Top 7 Vegan Restaurant list," with you, ranked by location rather than likeability, because I liked all of the ones on this list. You can find more pictures on my Instagram page @helen.a.lockey.

Summer menu special, Coast 'N Reef Burger, Holi Vegan Kitchen
North Miami Beach, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey
Holi Vegan Kitchen
Established: 2012
Address: 3099 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone: (786) 520-3120
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What I ate: Summer menu item--Coast 'N Reef Burger ($12.95)

Coconut Burger, Green Bar & Kitchen,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey
Established: 2013
Address: 1075 SE 17thSt, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 533-7507
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What I ate: Coconut burger, plant protein battered in coconut shreds ($12)

Vegan Pumpkin Donut, Veg Eats Food,
Delray Beach, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A. Lockey
Established: Nov 2018
Address: 335 E Linton Blvd, Suite B12, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Phone: (561) 562-6673
Hours: Closed Tues; Wed-Fri 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun-Mon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What I ate: Pumpkin Donuts ($2.25 each) and Bonh Mi, not pictured ($12)

Vegan Mac & Cheese with Falafel,
The New Vegan Art Cafe, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey

Established: Dec 2018
Address: 538 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 404-5301
Hours: Closed Tues.; Wed-Sun 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
What I ate: Mac & Cheese dinner with falafel ($14)

Raw vegan NYC roll, Christopher's Kitchen,
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey
Established: 2010
Address: On The Plaza at Midtown, 4783 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Phone: (561) 318-6191
Hours: Restaurant Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Juice Market: Mon-Sun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What I ate: Raw Vegan NYC roll ($17.25)

Vegan Black Bean Cheeseburger with vegan bacon,
Fruits & Roots Juice Bar & Vegan Cafe, Stuart, Fla.
Copyright 2018 by Helen A Lockey
Established: 2015
Address: 710 S Colorado Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 678-6627
Hours: Closed Sun; Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
What I ate: Black Bean Cheeseburger with bacon ($10.50 for burger, $1 vegan cheese, $1.75 vegan bacon, made with tempeh)

Anytime is the perfect time to try healthy plant based vegan food. These restaurants will help you on your path to delicious good health. ENJOY.

Updated: Jan 2019