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Vegan Restaurant Review: Clementine Bakery Brooklyn

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Living in Brooklyn, I have several vegan restaurants that I frequent. I love the fact that I can go to dinner and get a giant kale salad or vegan ice cream. I want to share with you my favorite vegan bakery that is actually located in Bed Stuy.

Clementine Bakery is a vegan eatery frequented by vegan foodies, hipsters, and lots of vegan toddlers. Clementine’s specialties are baked goods: cakes, pies, cupcakes, scones, and muffins.

Each time I arrive here, the people behind the counter are warm and friendly. They always have a smile and don’t get annoyed when people ask a million questions about each of the various vegan goodies.

This small restaurant has an atmosphere that is relaxed and casual. It is very Brooklyn, with random pictures, a horse, and dolls on the brick walls. The wallpaper looks like it is from the 1970’s. They best way to describe the inside is – a combination of grandma’s attic (the wallpaper and random knickknacks) and grandma’s kitchen (the amazing smells and baked goods).

Each baked goodie I have tried here (and trust me I have tried a lot) has been delicious. It can sometimes be challenging to get the right consistency with vegan baked goods, but Clementine’s baked goods resemble non-vegan baked goods in consistency and flavor.

There are always a variety of sweet and unique cupcakes to choose from.

There are always a variety of sweet and unique cupcakes to choose from.

My personal favorite baked goods are their scones! As someone who has tried and failed repeatedly with vegan scones, I am very impressed with both the taste and consistency. They have both sweet and savory scones. Recently, I tried a mushroom artichoke scone that was filled with fresh herbs. The herb flavors were strong and it was a little salty. It was also dry and a little crumbly, as any good scone should be. At $3 to $5 for a vegan baked good, this place is a competitive vegan bargain!

Although baked goods are their specialty, Clementine recently added sandwiches to their menu on their homemade bread. These are also incredibly tasty and, at $8, a great addition to their menu. I have tried the Tempeh Ruben several times and am never disappointed. They add apple to this sandwich, which is a nice sweet contrast to the vinegar in the sauerkraut. It is on whole-wheat sourdough and complete with vegan thousand island dressing. My one concern is that they add a very thick slice of vegan cheese, which makes the sandwich a little too heavy. I am sure if you asked for less they would be willing to take your request.

Great curry flavor and hearty!

Great curry flavor and hearty!

Clementine also added vegan ice cream and milkshakes to their menu! The key lime pie flavor is the best. It is sweet and sour with some crumbly topping…..yum!

The best!

The best!

I highly recommend this place to vegans and non-vegans alike. The food and service are consistently good and it is a great place to unwind!

Vegan on the Road

 
Vegan on the Road: What’s a Vegan Girl to Do?
 
Clearly I have been slacking lately. I am getting married in less than 3 weeks and on the nights I used to blog, I am doing wedding planning. 🙂 I have been on the road a lot lately and had trouble finding things I could eat on the road. I thought that probably many vegans have the same problems.
 
Eating greens, veggies, beans, and whole grains takes extra thought and planning when one is eating at home. When a vegan is on the road, maintaining a healthy vegan diet can prove to be even more challenging. So what is a vegan to do? I will outline a few of my go-to-on-the-road staples that will hopefully help you to avoid going hungry.
 
Here is the scenario, you have been driving for about 3 hours (we vegans get hungry quickly) and you are STARVING, but all you see on the highway are fast food chains. Cheese and meat are ubiquitous at these places and, unfortunately, fresh greens and tofu are not. You start thinking about your dream vegan meal. Maybe it is a fresh kale salad, a warm and “cheesy” vegan pizza, or a tempeh reuben. At least so far, I can’t help you find any of these prime choices on the road, but I can steer you in the direction of some decent vegan dishes that are available at some of the bigger chains. Below are some places that serve vegan food on the go.
 
 
When I am on the road for a while, this is one of my top choices. First of all, the atmosphere in Chipotle is clean and it doesn’t feel like fast food. Vegans can get a burrito bowl filled with brown rice, black beans (the pinto beans have bacon in them so be careful), corn, grilled veggies, guacamole, lettuce, and salsa. I actually recommend skipping the veggies entirely because they are too oily. This burrito bowl is actually really filling, costs $7.49, and only has 575 calories – if you leave out the oily veggies. Oh, and the best thing about Chipotle – free seltzer! I also love their indie music selection.
 
The biggest drawback to Chipotle is the high sodium. The burrito bowl above has about 1900mg’s of sodium! That is a lot for someone used to eating veggies. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it all the time, just in a vegan emergency!
 
 
Moe’s also has a vegan burrito bowl. They offer tofu, which is actually quite tasty. Again, the veggies are rather oily so I stick with the tofu and beans. I also really like Moe’s pickled jalapeño’s! They make a great spicy addition to the meal. Their burrito bowl without  veggies has about 457 calories and costs $7.39.
 
The negative aspects to Moe’s also include high sodium. There are about 1700mg’s of sodium in the burrito bowl I suggested. The atmosphere in Moe’s is also very fast-foody. It smells like
grease, the staff has to wear annoying loud uniforms, and the menu looks more like a McDonalds menu than anything else. Additionally, all of their food comes with deep fried chips, which of course you can just ask not to have but it enhances the fast-food feel.
 
 
Of course, if you are in a big city you can find vegan solace at Whole Foods. I lovetheir vegan pizza (if that was your craving, I came through for you!), salads, vegan Indian food, and smoothies! It is great because you can mix and match different foods on your plate. There are usually nice places to sit indoors and outdoors. The atmosphere is usually clean and it is a great
place to unwind!
 
The best part of going to Whole Foods…Kombucha!
The drawbacks to Whole Foods are the sodium and the costs. While I doubt the sodium is anywhere near the levels at Chipotle and Moes, I can’t be sure because they don’t have the same nutrition labeling for their hot food. Whole Foods is also about twice as expensive. There are no free drinks here (unless you want to drink out of the faucet…..in the bathroom…..) and I am always surprised at how much a salad costs. It is also a little annoying because everything is sold by weight, which means I am paying the same per pound for chickpeas that someone is paying for beef or fish. It seems a little unfair to the vegans and vegetarians, clearly we are supplementing the more expensive meat, fish, and cheese.
 
 
 
Those are my best vegan to-go suggestions. If all else fails, it is always a good idea to stop at a grocery store and get some fresh fruit, hummus, and crackers. As you can see, these options are vegan but not as healthy as some homemade vegan cooking or fresh greens. As a result, it is important to pack as much as you can from home. For example, I like to load up on apples,  bananas, homemade granola, and maybe some vegan cookies so I don’t have to get too much out. However, especially in the heat, this isn’t always possible. When it’s not, now you know where to go!
 
If you are in another town or city, you can also check out a great vegan/vegetarian website finder.
 
Where do you go for vegan solace on the road?