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Holiday brunch, take 2!

Just a heads up that Cafe Indigo is doing the holiday brunch thing a second time!  Awesome!  So if you missed it in November (or, come on, even if you didn’t), check it out this Sunday the 12th from 10-2.  And check their Facebook page for updates!

Cafe Indigo is located at 128 H Hall Street in Concord, NH.  http://www.cafeindigo.com/

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Holiday brunch alert!

THIS SUNDAY, November 14th, from 10a-2p, Cafe Indigo will be hosting its annual holiday brunch!  I’ll be out of town so I can’t go, but you all should!  Resplendent with seitan “turkey” and other holiday goodies, it promises to be even better than their usual brunch, which is indeed a force to be reckoned with.  If previous holiday brunches are any indication, get there on the early side to ensure you’ll get both seating and food.

Check their Facebook page for updates as it seems their official site is down.

Cafe Indigo is located at 128 H Hall Street in Concord, NH.  http://www.cafeindigo.com/

Cafe Indigo: Still golden

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Cafe Indigo is hands-down your best bet for Sunday brunch in the state of New Hampshire.  If you are within driving distance of Concord, and it happens to be the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month, you have no excuse not to check it out!  I stopped by with my mom a few weeks ago and it was better than ever.

Brunch hours are from 10-2.  Of course, ever the procrastinators, Mom and I showed up at CI’s door slightly after 1:30.   Nonetheless, we were greeted with a smile and seated promptly.  I was also happy to see that new trays of food were still being brought out to the buffet table despite the late hour.

The way brunch works at Cafe Indigo is pretty awesome.  There is a buffet table of sides, salads, and desserts, from which you can take as much as you want, starting as soon as you’re seated.  Also included is your choice of one entree from their brunch menu, which they cook and bring to your table later.  (You can also order additional beverages and a la carte items if you wish.)  Finally, they have a coffee counter with a pretty decent selection of organic teas and coffees — all self-serve with unlimited refills.

This basically all adds up to A WHOLE LOT OF FOOD.  Fortunately, if you ask nicely they will give you a take-out box for your menu-item leftovers — which is great for me, since I always seem to fill up on the buffet before my order even arrives!

 

Buffet table offerings!

Buffet table offerings!

 

I sampled a little of everything from the buffet spread: cole slaw, black bean and corn salad, hummus with blue corn chips, pea salad with “bacon bits,” and a slice of corn bread.  All of these were as awesome as they look, but my favorites (as always) were the cole slaw and the pea salad.  Not pictured: the pasta salad I tried on round 2.  It was herbed but vinegar-free — a pleasant surprise, since I’m not crazy about vinegar-y pasta.

The only thing that I didn’t get a chance to sample was the gluten-free sesame noodles.  I remembered them from last time and wanted to try them again, but sadly, they were all gobbled up by the time I got there and were the only dish that went un-replenished.  That’s what I get for showing up at 1:30!

I must have been to brunch at CI four or five times by now and every time I get the huevos rancheros, which are just stellar.  This time, however, I decided to break out of my rut and order the sampler plate.

 

Cafe Indigo brunch sampler plate

 

The sampler plate is exactly what it sounds like: miniature versions of three of their other five brunch menu choices (the only two you don’t get to try are the huevos rancheros and their version of the Ruben).  They also throw in two sides: rosemary potatoes and a sausage patty.  Here’s my take:

  • French toast: This one surprised me! The toast had a really convincing “eggy” texture which many vegan French toast interpretations lack. Bonus points for using cinnamon swirl bread.  We all know my cinnamon obsession ;)
  • Cornmeal pancake: A solid “good.”  I kept finding myself wondering why they made it out of cornmeal.  Still tasty, don’t get me wrong, but I wish it had been less, uh, cornmealy.
  • Tofu scramble: There are a thousand versions of scrambled tofu, and while this may not be the best one out there, it’s a contender for sure.  There was no boxed-scramble taste whatsoever, the texture was spot-on and the vegetable selection was just right.  Basically, it was delicious without having to try too hard.  I nearly forgot I was eating tofu ;)
  • Rosemary potatoes: It’s hard to go wrong with rosemary potatoes! These were a great complement to the rest of the meal.  My only adjustment would be to make them slightly less greasy.
  • Sausage patty: Surprisingly, this was my favorite thing on the plate!  Tender, mildly chewy texture + savory flavor with just the right amount of sweetness = best breakfast sausage you could ask for.  It was very clearly homemade, and that is in no way an insult!  No frozen boxed patties here.

Mom opted for my faithful standby, the huevos rancheros.

 

Cafe Indigo's Huevos Rancheros

 

The rosemary potatoes are the same as the ones on my plate, the eggs are not!  The ranchero-style eggs taste totally different – they’re made with some seitan thrown in, I believe, as well as a different veggie/spice combo.  Served with black beans, avocado, sour cream, and pico de gallo.  If you miss huevos rancheros from your pre-vegan days, this will hit the spot.

Mom and I had both polished off two plates of buffet items and about 1/2 of our orders when we decided to box up the rest and try dessert!

 

Cafe Indigo desserts!

 

I tried a ginger crinkle, a small piece of chocolate cake and a cupcake version of their delicious lemon poppyseed cake.  Not pictured: Mom snagged the last piece of their award-winning carrot cake.  I’d had it before and already knew how good it was, but I was more impressed that Mom (who is a serious carrot-cake aficionado and not a vegan) was impressed!  She especially couldn’t believe how cream-cheesy the frosting tasted.

After dessert and the check (did I mention we got $3 off for being facebook fans?!) and one more trip to the coffee station for a refill on my tea, I checked out the bakery take-home items for sale.

 

Cookies/scones/bread for sale!!

 

There is also a fridge full of other goodies, including cheesecake, homemade seitan, Cheezly (all the way from across the pond!), whoopie pies, and cake by the slice (including a gluten-free version of the famous carrot cake).

NH has precious few all-veg restaurants, and Cafe Indigo is at the top of the heap for quality, value and mindfulness.  I think it’s really important to support them and show them that the demand for vegan food is still high!  If you haven’t been to their brunch yet, DO it!   You can go this weekend ;)

Cafe Indigo is located at 128 H Hall Street in Concord, NH.  http://www.cafeindigo.com/

Peace O’ Pie brunch REPORT!

I was lucky enough to be in Allston this past Sunday when Peace O’ Pie served up their inaugural brunch.  Naturally, I couldn’t wait to check it out!  And since brunch is always better with friends, I dragged my vegetarian buddy along to check it out with me ;)

Let me start by saying that the pricing system Po’P has conjured up is just brilliant.  Pay-by-weight brunch is a GREAT idea.  No more stuffing your stomach to the point of explosion to “get your money’s worth,” and no more dirty looks if you return for just one more helping of tofu scramble to stuff in your takeout box.  The price per pound was $8, which I at first thought would be a little pricey but turned out to be completely reasonable.  I paid less than $6 for my meal (my friend’s was under $5!) and was totally full and satisfied.

The brunch spread was pretty tiny, but then again, so is Po’P, so this was to be expected.  The nearly-all organic brunch offerings were as follows (no particular order):

  • Tofu scramble
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Rosemary sausage
  • Cinnamon-coconut French toast
  • Tempeh bacon
  • Mac and cheese
  • Breakfast pizza

Desserts were also available for an additional charge, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $3.50 for a cinnamon roll when these babies are only $5 for a whole package.  Granted, I’m sure the Po’P ones were homemade and therefore tastier, but… I’ve been trying to keep some semblance of responsibility with my food budget. :P

I tried a little of everything but the French toast (because my friend got some and I didn’t want a whole slice) and the veggies, which I decided weren’t really worth $8/lb.  Every healthy bone in my body said to load up on the veggies, but dude, you can get roasted veggies any day of the week.  How many days of the week can you get vegan pizza, sausage, and mac by the pound?  (Answer: one!)

Brunch at Peace o' Pie! SOOOO good!

The short version: THIS WAS AWESOME.  You MUST try this brunch at some point!

Longer version:

  • The tempeh bacon was really good — pretty sure it was just Lightlife, but they made it much crispier than I’ve ever managed to get it at home.  This is probably why they have a restaurant, and I don’t.
  • The scramble was a little weird.  I was pretty pleased with my first few bites, and then I tasted the green peppers in it…  I like green peppers usually,  don’t get me wrong, but these tasted like perhaps they were spoiled or just cooked funny or…?  Not my favorite thing on the plate but I’m willing to assume the funky peppers were just a fluke.  I’d still try it again next time.
  • Potatoes were… potatoes!  This is a good thing.  Breakfast potatoes were the perfect complement to this brunch.
  • The mac and cheese was super-tasty too (even though my portion consisted of the last dregs I managed to scrape up from the tray before they replaced it with a new one!).
  • The sausage was REALLY “convincing,” if you’re into that.  I’m not, so I had a hard time eating it!  I had to split it with my friend and both of us were amazed at how meaty it tasted.  If I hadn’t been dining in a 100% veggie establishment I would have assumed there was a mix-up in the kitchen.
  • The pizza was the crown jewel!  Not listed on their regular menu, the “breakfast pizza” basically consisted of most of the other brunch offerings (scramble, roasted veggies, bacon, potatoes) atop a generously Daiya-ed crust.  My friend and I, who have consumed plenty of pizza in our lifetimes, were both seriously impressed by how tasty this was, for whatever that’s worth.

I’m so excited Po’P has decided to make this a weekly tradition that I could probably ramble about it for a few more paragraphs, but the moral of this story is GO TO PEACE O’ PIE FOR BRUNCH!  Throw it into your monthly vegan brunch rotation!  It’s about time; the first-week-of-the-month slot has been open forever.  (Cafe Indigo offers brunch the 2nd and 4th Sundays and Grasshopper, of course, does the 3rd.)  Unless you are a total brunch hater (and if so, shame on you!) you will not be disappointed.

Peace o’ Pie is located at 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA.  http://peaceopie.com/

Peace o’ BRUNCH!

Exciting news!!  ALL-VEGAN Allston pizzeria Peace o’ Pie has announced that they will now be open for Sunday brunch from 11-3 (priced by the pound, to be fair to people of all appetite sizes :)).  This Sunday, October 17th, is the first!  Mark those calendars!

Peace o’ Pie is a pretty special place for lotsa reasons.  First, the obvious: they offer all manner of (VEGAN) pizza pies, pizza slices, calzones, and awesome desserts.  But were you aware they also offer Daiya priced by the pound so you can make your own pizzas at home?  And that they offer gluten-free pizzas on Thursdays so errybody can eat and be happy?  Or that they deliver?!   If that weren’t enough… they are mostly organic, and one of the greenest establishments I can think of.  Their Web site says it best:

  • [Peace o’ Pie] used eco-friendly building materials during its remodel, including sustainably produced bamboo counterfront, a PaperStone countertop (100% recycled office paper), ceiling tiles with 65% recycled content.
  • recycles
  • composts
  • uses compostable, biodegradable packaging and supplies
  • uses CF bulbs wherever possible

When you dine at Peace o’ Pie, don’t throw anything away. Give whatever is left back to us, and we will make sure that as much as possible is either recycled or composted before we resort to the trash bin for biodegradables and other non-recyclables.

Dang!  That’s serious recycling commitment.

There are precious few vegan pizzerias on the entire planet (and probably none greener than Po’P), so we should celebrate the one we’ve got in our own backyard!  If you can make it out this Sunday, show Peace o’ Pie some love!
Peace o’ Pie is located at 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA.  Their FIRST-EVER weekly Sunday brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 17th.  http://peaceopie.com/