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Diving into the Food Scene in Arizona!

Diving into the Food Scene in Arizona!

I just moved to Arizona from New York, so obviously my major concern was will the food here be any good or more accurately as good as New York? I've visited Arizona once before and the food didn't impress me much, TBH. I should preface by saying, I'm a vegetarian and a picky one at that! I did however end up being pleasantly surprised as some of the food here so far, has blown me away! Here are a few of the restaurants I highly recommend.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

If you love pizza as much as I do, that'll be something you will definitely miss if you are a New York or Chicago native and you decide to you move out of state. That being said, I FELL IN LOVE WITH MELLOW MUSHROOM. There are five locations in Arizona. I ordered the Holy Shiitake Pie (pictured above). This pizza is heaven on Earth! The white drizzle and mushrooms are such an amazing combo. I'm not a huge crust girl. I will eat it if I'm very hungry but the crust in Mellow Mushroom is so good, I make a point to save room for it. Gisel ordered the Kosmic Karma and said it made her, "want to change zip codes" (Gisel insisted on being quoted).

Next up on the this article is making my mouth water is..

POTBELLY SANDWICH SHOP

This is hands down the best sandwich I've ever had. The vegetarian (pictured above) is what I order.  It has cheddar, provolone, swiss and mushrooms toasted and then topped with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato on multigrain bread. The mistake people make when there's a vegetarian option, is just adding every healthy thing they can dream up. It's more about keeping it simple that adding chickpeas and kale to every option. I love that this is a hot sandwich because most vegetarian options are cold. I can't say enough good things about Potbelly Sandwich Shop. I've eaten here three days in a row back to back. My husband loves their other sandwiches, so this isn't just for vegetarians. There are ten locations in Arizona. 

DANNY'S DONUT

I'm not a donut person. I love sweets so I consider it pretty lucky that I'm not into donuts because I don't need another unhealthy dessert in the mix. I went to Danny's Donut on a whim because I saw they had boba and I wanted to try it. I ordered a Coconut smoothie without boba because at the last minute of course, I changed my mind. I also got a strawberry sprinkle donut and a glazed donut. The coconut smoothie was amazing. It was light and not too sweet. The donut was incredible!! The best donut I've ever had and I've ordered from that super bougie Doughnut Plant place in New York. That place deeply underwhelmed me and solidified maybe I'm just not a donut person. However, one bite into Danny's Donut and now I'm not sure who I am. What I do know, is that Danny's Donuts are unmatched. The coffee is also phenomenal. I've visited Danny's several times since. The owners are also angels on Earth.

 I'm sure more restaurants will be added to the list once I live here longer and explore more places. But for now, these are the places I'm deeply obsessed with and are so happy to have found in my new home. 

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The Bestfriend's Guide To Vegetarian Eating and Thrifting in New York

The Bestfriend's Guide To Vegetarian Eating and Thrifting in New York

As Jamie mentioned in the previous blog, my bestie road-tripped across the country (something I hope to do in this lifetime) to her permanent destination: Arizona. There was no way in hell I was going to let her leave New York without giving it a proper goodbye. We decided to revisit all our favorite places to shop and eat in Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan. 


Manhattan

Pomme Frites
J introduced me to Pomme Frites back in our college years, she raved how these fries were one of the best she ever had. She wasn’t wrong. In fact, they are so good, that’s the only thing they serve and its filling all on its own. You pair these fries with their specialty dips (there’s a lot!), the only and best dip we’ve ever ordered together was the Sweet Mango Chutney sauce.

Pomme Frites NYC

Red Bamboo
I was also introduced to Vegetarian/Vegan cuisine through her. Although I do eat meat, I’m not some kind of meat elitist- any type of food can taste great if prepared correctly. Red Bamboo is one of those restaurants that delivers in both food and atmosphere. Do try the Barbeque Buffalo wings!

Metropolis Vintage
Nothing kills our mood more than commuting to the city from Queens, but I’m glad we did one last time. It’s almost impossible to find good vintage band tees in any thrift store but this shop is the MECCA of vintage band tees. The most impressive thing is that they categorize the tees based on year and genre. They even have sections dedicated to movies, shows and video games. We walked out with a Mega Man tee, an Incubus tee and The Cure tee.

Brooklyn

Champs Diner
This amazing Vegan diner has become a staple every time we venture out to Brooklyn. We were so bummed we couldn’t eat there one last time since the pandemic. Her love for their Cuban Sandwich is something she says she will dearly miss when leaving NY. I’m obsessed with their breakfast platter of tofu eggs, soy-sage and hash browns.

Champs Diner Brooklyn NY Breakfast

The Bedford Strip
Not sure if that’s an official title like the Vegas strip but it’s what J and I call Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. It’s the most “happening” street filled with shops, bakeries and restaurants that stretches for 12 blocks. I urge you to check the many shops located on its side streets, like N6 Street, where you can find this adorable gift shop called Adore Brooklyn or Crossroads Trading Co, our go-to thrift store.

Crossroads Trading Co Thrift Store Brooklyn

Long Island

The Witches Brew Coffee House
Themed cafes can either be hit or miss. However, this place is not so much a theme as a lifestyle - a witchy lifestyle. It’s rich with vintage decor and the darkest atmosphere-literally. It’s purposely not well lit which adds to the spookiness. They have a really cool selection of teas/coffee and healthy vegetarians dishes. We usually go there for their raspberry tea and vegan brownie sundae!

The Witches Brew Brownie Sundae

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
Here in Queens and Long Island, we have so many locations of this ice cream shop that it never dawned on me that its only unique here in New York. Their selection of cream ices is unreal; Start with Vanilla Reese’s, Coconut Raspberry Tart and Crazy Coconut!

Queens

The White Noise Coffee Co.
This trendy coffee shop does not play when it comes to their coffees. J is really picky about her matcha lattes. So rest assured that you’re going to get the best matcha latte -hot or cold! I recommend you try their dark mocha latte too.

White Noise Coffee Shop Matcha Latte

Bodai Vegetarian
This Chinese vegetarian restaurant is special to my heart, mostly because J has celebrated almost all her adult life birthdays here. I beg you to try their crispy, breaded roast pig appetizer and their Teriyaki Steak.

Bodai Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant


We had plans to turn this into a video for our Youtube Channel, serving as a guide to New York through the eyes of real locals. However due to the current state of the world, my bestie being pregnant and packing all her life in boxes, we were only able to film for 2 days. In the video, we barely scratched the surface of what we wanted to revisit but we did end up seeing new things together and at least trying those God sent fries one last time!




Pomme frites
128 Macdougal Street NY

Red Bamboo
140 West 4 Street NY

Metropolis Vintage
803 Broadway NY

Champs Diner
197 Meserole St, Brooklyn

The Witches Brew Coffee House
311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
531 Franklin Ave, Franklin Square
or Find a location anywhere in NY

The White Noise Coffee Co.
41-02 162nd St, Flushing

Bodai Vegetarian
136-20 Booth Memorial ave, Flushing



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