Friday, October 30, 2009

VeganMoFo 30: Breakfast, Sweet or Savory?

Back in my pre-vegan days, I used to love going out for breakfast. French toast, pancakes, waffles, potatoes ... all that good stuff. Well, breakfast out just isn't so fun anymore. Usually I end up thinking "I could make this better myself," which is a bit of a downer when you're paying $7 for a tofu scramble, or whatever. Plus, I'm a firm believer in Sweet AND Savory for breakfast.... and there just aren't many (any?) places around here where you can get a stack of vegan pancakes or a vegan waffle. A person shouldn't have to choose between sweet morning tasties and healthy savory options... that's what breakfast out is all about - indulgence!

Fortunately, there is one place in town that I love for breakfast dates with Mr. VE&Ts: Cafe Brazil! I pretty much always get the same thing: A side of scrambled tofu and an Acai Bowl. I love the tofu scramble because it's full of actual real-life fresh veggies, it's nicely spiced with fresh herbs, and it's got lots of flavor. Unlike many places, you can tell that someone in the kitchen actually eats tofu and has tried this dish. Just look at all those perfectly browned chunks of tofu, with delicious squash and fresh tomatoes. Mmm! (sorry cube haters!) Alongside my tofu, I order the Acai Bowl, a cold acai smoothie topped with granola and banana and fresh strawberries. Together these two are a perfect balance of sweet and savory, warm and cold, crunchy (granola) and soft... And this breakfast keeps me going for hours. Best of all, that side of tofu only costs about $3.50 (for the record, that tofu is on a little side salad plate, not a normal big plate). It's a crazy good deal!

So, breakfast lovers, what's it gonna be: Sweet? Savory? or Sweet & Savory?
As far as I'm concerned, there's only one answer!


10 comments:

  1. I'm all about the sweet & savory combo! I used to be a straight-up sweet brekkie kind of girl, but last year I discovered breakfast burritos and now I just love to mix it up. :)

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  2. where do you live!? are you in the dallas area or are there cafe brazils everywhere? i wish you lived near me!

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  3. Oh my gosh, that acai bowl looks AMAZING! At the breakfast diner here all they have to offer me is fruit salad...CANNED fruit salad. ick.

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  4. I dunno, I think I like both. But in this case I'd totally go for the acai bowl!

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  5. I like to start with savory and give my sweet tooth some time to catch up, and then I finish everything off with some sweetness. Now this looks like something I would LOVE! What a great meal.

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  6. I agree, one shouldn't have to choose. The obvious answer here is: BOTH!

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  7. Anonymous7:15 PM

    i love cafe brazil's acai bowls more than almost anything in the world. the best way to start the day!

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  8. That's exactly what I like to get at Cafe Brazil! I used to live like 3 blocks away.....sigh.

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  9. That looks like the best breakfast EVER.

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  10. Mmmm. I'll take sweet AND savory!

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