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VeganMoFo: What I Ate Wednesday

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post I’m changing up. The last two weeks I posted what I actually ate that specific Wednesday which accumulated to 3 posts in a single day.  I’m a little under the weather today so I’m going to do a Jersey Shore edition of WIAW. 

Tents at Ocean Grove NJ

We spend a week every summer in Ocean Grove, NJ. Its only an hour away from our home and it’s perfect. While we don’t stay in the tents pictured above, there is a 20 year waiting list for one, they are easily recognizable to anyone who’s been to OG. 

I’ve been going down to OG for over 10 years now and so much has changed in the way a vegan/vegetarian can eat. Its been very exciting to see the changes that are happening to the area. Every year there is something new! I find myself bringing down less and less food since there is so much more for me to order at the local restaurants in the area. 

Vacation Brunch: vegan chickpea salad wrap

In the town of OG is a little breakfast/lunch place called The Starving Artist at Day’s. In the past few years they have added a few vegan items to their menu. I alway’s get the Chickpea Wrap. Its your classic mashed chickpea and veganaise salad. Its a real treat to be able to order something here besides a bowl of oatmeal! 

Soy Mint Chocolate Chip at Days in Ocean Grove. #vegan

The Day’s part of the Starving Artist is open at day and night and serves ice cream. They have a great selection of dairy free Sorbets with flavors like Blood Orange, Mango and a Cabernet “something” can’t remember. :) They also have 3-4 vegan ice creams! I alway’s get the Mint Chip. Its perfect. I tried the Cookie Dough one day and while it was good. The Mint Chip is superior. 

Yesterday's dinner. Korean Tofu Tacos from Mogo on the Asbury Park Boardwalk #vegan

Next to OG is Asbury Park. Thing have really exploded there on the vegan scene! An all vegan grocery is in the process of opening and they have an ice cream shop that serves vegan ice cream as well. There also a Day’s Ice Cream on the boardwalk! My favorite boardwalk place in AP is MOGO. Its a Korean Taco place that I’ve talked about before on here. I stopped there again this particular vacation for more tacos, of course. 

Love this place!

Off the boardwalk is Porta. They have 2 vegan pizza’s and a vegan pasta dish. I alway’s go for the pizza! My husband had the pasta this summer and it was delicious. 

Soul Seitan from Kayas Kitchen. Our annual meal there during vacation. So good! #vegan

We alway’s eat at Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar, which is about 3 towns away. Its alway’s delicious and they have a wide variety of things to choose from even though they downsized their menu. There is definitely something for everyone here. I love the Soul Seitan dinner: Breaded gluten, mashed potatoes, gravy and seasoned veggies. I ate it all!

My husband ordered the dish named Lion of Judah. Cool name and delicious dish. I might even consider ordering it. The dish is made with chucks of lentil loaf, veggies, two type of beans and spicy jamaican mango sauce! 

For appetizers we had the Tempeh Buffalo Wings. It might be the most perfectly prepared tempeh ever! We alway’s get their Seitan Ribs. The BBQ sauce on the ribs is so tasty. 

There were so many other places that I wanted to try out but didn’t get to. Since it’s only an hour away we will hopefully get down there this fall/winter to eat at some of the newer places which I will of course write all about here! 

Beach House Eats

Beach house lunch: toasted Italian bread w. tomato, rosemary and cashew spread w. a sliced nectarine. #vegan

Lunch

We vacation in Ocean Grove, NJ every year. Every year it gets easier and easier to be vegan down there. From Porta and Mogo in Asbury Park which is just a short boardwalk walk North or Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar just a short car ride 2-3 towns South. It used to be that I would have to bring a ton of food with me. I’d have to pack a cooler. With 2 kids now I don’t have room for a cooler anymore besides a small frozen lunch bag thing that I bought awhile ago. I ended bringing down: Earth Balance and a cashew spread that I made. So I appreciate the vegan options that are popping up all over the Jersey Shore. Here are a few of the eats from down there. I’ll have a separate post about Kaya’s and the Cinnamon Snail coming later in the week or two.

My mother in law would toast some bread with tomatoes, herbs and cheese for everyone. I asked that the cheese not be added to mine and I topped mine with a cashew spread I made the day before we left and brought down with us. That spread came in handy while I was down there! I was glad I brought it! It’s cashews, garlic, lemon, water, salt and pepper blended in the Vitamix.

Beach House Snack: #vegan #glutenfree peanut butter cookies from The Barbaric Bean in Ocean Grove.

Snack

Local Ocean Grove coffee house The Barbaric Bean offers soy or almond milk for their coffee drinks and had a gluten free vegan peanut butter cookie. I’ll admit that I wasn’t to excited for these cookies when I saw them. I wanted to try them anyway and I was glad I did. They were really good!  I hope they have them next time we are there. Pre-vegan I LOVED the scones at The Barbaric Bean. They were the best I ever had. I wish they would consider making vegan versions of them.

Beach House Breakfast: seitan tart from the Cinnamon Snail! #vegan @veganlunchtruck

Breakfast

On Sunday’s the Cinnamon Snail is in Red Bank, NJ at the Farmers Market. I brought back a large box of treats and two of these savory seitan mustard cashew tarts. Peter and I each had one for breakfast later in the week. They are one of my favorite things that the Cinnamon Snail has to offer.

Beach House Breakfast: bagel, EB and nooch. Homemade cold brew coffee w. almond milk. #vegan

Bagel Breakfast

We all know my obsession with bagels. Especially bagels with Earth Balance and nooch. This part of NJ isn’t known for there bagels like the part of NJ that I live in. I found some decent looking ones at a bakery in town and they didn’t disappoint! Me and kids were happy that I remembered to bring some Nooch down with us.

The Iced Coffee in some of the pictures was beach house homemade. I brought down my large french press and made some cold brew coffee with some almond milk that my mother in law picked up at a grocery store down there. I bring that french press on all our vacations.