It’s finally 2019 and it’s time to get serious about finding good vegan options in the area that will make being vegan incredibly easy. This past week, I had an amazing time finding new vegan options. I went to Wegman’s, one of the top grocery stores in the DMV in my personal opinion, Whole Foods, the world’s top organic grocery store, and a random liquor store to pick up a new gem. When I was at Whole Foods, I was able to snag Sushi made with Vegan Tuna Sashimi. Yes, you read that correctly. Vegan. Tuna. Sashimi. While I was shopping at Wegman’s, I picked up Breyer’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, (my all time favorite), Beyond Burgers and Hot Italian Sausages, the new Daiya American Cheese, the new Daiya Santa Fe Burrito, Daiya Vegan Pepperoni Pizza, Daiya Strawberry Cream Cheese, and Hilary’s Maple Breakfast Sausage. While I casually rolled over to a nearby liquor store, I was able to get my hands on Bailey’s Almande (their new Almond Milk Liqueur), and I can easily say that I have spent my hard earned money very well on these products. Below is a full description of everything I had and what I did with it.
I was meeting a few friends over at the Whole Foods located on H Street NW, and since I was hungry, the natural instinct was to look for something to eat. I was particularly excited to come to this location because I knew that they carried Ahimi Vegan Tuna Sashimi. When I first came across it, I knew I had to try it because something that I struggled with before going full vegan was giving up fish sushi and sashimi. So as soon as I saw the words, “Ahimi Tomato Tuna”, my face lit up, and as I picked it up, it was as if I was holding gold in my hands. I rush to their bar/ lounging area (after purchasing of course), and cracked it open before I was able to sit down fully, because I was just that excited. My first thought was that it tasted identical to actual tuna sashimi. Though I could tell that I was eating tomato, the texture was as similar as it could be to actual tuna sashimi. I Highly Recommend.
Back a few years ago, I tried Daiya Cream Cheese for the first time when I was working on going vegan. I purchased both plain and strawberry cream cheese spread. Unfortunately, I was not a fan and would actively not purchase it because it had a taste that I was not pleased with in addition to it being a little too thick. A few weeks ago, I was in the grocery store, and something told me to look over at the strawberry cream cheese, to which I did and saw the words, “new and improved” and so I knew that I had to see if it was true. When I got back home, I couldn’t wait to break it open to see if it was really improved. To my surprise, it was perfect and it tasted like traditional cream cheese made from dairy with the same taste and texture. I was ecstatic to have it because one of my favorite past times includes strawberry cream cheese and bagels. I Highly Recommend.
Next I tried Hilary’s Apple Maple Vegan Sausage (Not Pictured). I loved the flavor but was not a huge of the texture as it was similar to a mushy falafel or soft veggie burger. I do recommend for those that would not mind the soft texture.
I had the Daisy Santa Fe Microwavable Burrito and I was incredibly pleased. I was particularly interested because I have not had a beef and cheese microwavable burrito in what feels like decades. It was the perfect replication of a beef burrito. It is also soy-free as well as gluten-free which makes it perfect. I Definitely Recommend.
Next I made the Beyond Burger with Daiya American Cheese slices. Although I have had the Beyond Burger before and know that it lives up to and way past the hype, I never had it with the Daiya Soy-Free American Slices which are actually new. Of course I threw it on vegan sandwich bread (because a vegan hamburger bun was no where to be found in the store, so I won’t even bother posting a picture of it), topped it with some ketchup, and enjoyed the Perfect Vegan Cheese Burger. (I’ll be looking for vegan , soy-free bacon to take this up a notch) I Highly Recommend.
Along with my burger I had Beyond Hot Italian Sausages for the first time, which really didn’t need anything with it. As a kid, I always loved Bratwurst and Italian Sausages and didn’t know if I would be able to find a good enough replacement but as you can see from the grease and bubble on the picture, you can hardly tell the difference in taste and texture. I topped it off on a vegan, low-carb hot dog bun, and enjoyed it to the end. I Highly Recommend.
I tried Daiya’s vegan, soy-free, gluten-free Pepperoni Pizza for the first time. It was perfect. Enough Said. I Highly Recommend.
And Lastly for Dessert, I made vegan boozy milkshakes. Initially, I just grabbed my favorite ice cream, Breyer’s Almond Milk Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with no intention of doing anything else with it. Since I was in Prince George’s County, I had a random idea to look for Bailey’s Almande since I had such a successful day with finding new vegan foods that were UH-MAZING. I pulled up to the first liquor store that I came across and found it almost immediately. I was ecstatic. I went home and combined my ice cream and almond milk liqueur, and added a little bit of extra Jameson to give it the kick that it needed. I let my dad try it since I was staying with him, and he said he didn’t want to drink the whole thing because it was too rich (and he’s trying to stay in shape for his upcoming wedding), but he soon gave in and asked for his own cup. I didn’t have anything fancy to garnish it with, but if I did, I’ll definitely be using Reddi Wip’s Coconut Milk Whipped Cream as well as crushed oreo cookies. Needless to say, it was perfect. I Highly Recommend Both Products.