Jersey shore pizza redefined

Talula’s has a collection of wooden benches, vintage inspired canisters filled with straws, a bar with blueberry beer and queen B cocktails, and not to mention handcrafted sandwiches on sourdough bread and focaccia bread (house baked). Of course, my favorite item was the margie pie with vegan cashew cheese and you would have never guessed it was dairy-free cheese. The thick consistency and creaminess pairs perfectly with the fresh basil.

You can decide whether to sit inside or outside this retro charm, but I sat on a cozy bench where I could see my pie baking to perfection. The laid back vibe and quick service makes it

 

 

the top pick for foodie lovers.

  • Margie pie with vegan cashew cheese
  • Pesto and pickle on sourdough bread hold the cheese & mayo; made with basil pumpkin seed pesto, bread and butter pickles, lettuce

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I cannot stop dreaming about how soft the bread was, the flavor combinations, and the incredible drinks which had just enough sweetness. I totally got to feel like Beyonce for a second with my Queen B cocktail with rooibos lemon rose vodka, honey syrup, and a spot of lemon juice.

I give Talula’s 4/4 stars!

Get me more edamame pasta, plz!

Who knew that edamame can be made into pasta and actually taste good? Seapoint Farms makes Variety Bundle: Seapoint Farms Edamame, Spaghetti and Fettuccine, 15 oz total, which is loaded with 24 grams of plant based protein per serving. It’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians that want to still feel sufficed by their carb intake. All you have to do is boil 6-8 cups of water, add some salt, and mix until tender.

I’m such a foodie as you can tell. The spaghetti kept me full for hours, pleasantly surprising for me, and it had the same texture as a whole wheat pasta. You can tell you’re eating healthier immediately with a grainy thicker texture. I kept it simple and added marina sauce for flavor. High in protein and low in carbs, plus you can jazz it up by adding diced tomatoes, broccoli rabe, spinach, seasonings, or any other veggies. Go green, stay lean, and eat edamame. Yes PLZ!

A whole grain pasta that leaves you wanting more…what?

Tinkyada  makes gluten-free, wheat free, and non-mushy rice pasta that adds a little health to your meal. Boil water and add your pasta, let cook for 10-12 minutes, and enjoy while hot. Pairs perfectly with tomato sauce, sauteed veggies, or as a lasagna dish.

I tried the ‘Brown Rice Pasta Fettucini’ style and added my own homemade Italian sauce using fresh seasonings like basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. I was reluctant to try a rice pasta since many of them usually come out “mushy” or taste “grainy.” The label clearly stated “Not Mushy” with two bunnies holding the pasta but I wasn’t convinced by it. I have to say the pasta was just right and I would have never guessed it was a whole grain choice.¬†Let’s just say I could eat more than one serving and the taste was impeccable.

There’s millions of pastas and millions of ways to make your pasta different each time. You can view recipes at Tinkyada’s website here.

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Front St Trattoria is a veg friendly hit!

Located in the heart of Red Bank, at the corner of West Front street, Front Street Trattoria brings Italy to you with fresh ingredients, spaghetti squash, meatless (eggplant filled) meatballs seasoned with marina sauce, and cauliflower pizza. It’s great for people cutting back on their carbs and serves a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Owners Michael and Valerie were inspired by their trip to Italy and learned what a “trattoria” was a small cafe that served pizza and pasta dishes. Luckily, they did since foodies can now dine at Front Street Trattoria and eat a taste of Italy. With an outside area with dangling lights, a quaint and cozy dining area with trendy modern aspects, or a front street lookout, there is something to please every customer.

I ordered the Meatless Meatballs made with eggplant and portabello mushrooms and substituted the pasta for spaghetti squash served over tomato sauce. The portions are a bit tiny but it was surprisingly filling. Each meal starts with brick oven bread and a side of seasoned olive oil with a touch of spice.

You’ll be certainly coming back for more.

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Hunters is incredibly good!

MEoutsideA quaint cozy spot in the heart of Carroll Gardens, Hunters is a great place for flavorful cocktails, small sharing plates, homemade pasta dishes and a plethora of side dishes including Truffle Fries, Creamed Kale, Summer Squash & Romesco, and Esquites (Mexican Corn).

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Choose from the most two popular cocktails, Bobba Fett (named after the Star Wars character) and Chupacabras made with fresh ingredients and a lot of flavor. Bobba Fett is a pear infused vodka with a fresh citrus bite made with Grand Marnier. Chupacabras blue agave tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh ciliantro and jalapeno peppers for an extra kick. Great for pairing with an order of truffle fries.

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I tried the Boba Fett cocktail, truffle fries, creamed kale, and their homemade taglatelle with fresh lemon and parmigano reggiano. Make it a complete vegan dish by eliminating the cream from the kale and leave the cheese out of the pasta, and try the quinoa dish hold the cheese. Vegetarians don’t worry; you can totally find many choices¬†here.

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Do you love that whole industrial eclectic feel? Come inside and enjoy the homey brick row building with tin ceilings, wooden floors and tables, and the rustic charm of old Brooklyn. Looking for a place to hang out with your friends, look no more- Hunters has a big granite table with books and vintage artwork. It’s totally chill.

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Now, go check it out. Cheers!

Good food, good vibes, good karma!

Good Karma Vegan Cafe is a small quaint cozy spot located in the heart of Red Bank with an entire menu full of delectable vegan dishes and desserts. You can taste the passion. 90% of all the ingredients are organic and made with vegetables, grains, beans, tofu, and tempeh. Great for gluten-free, dairy-free, pesticide free lovers. Open daily from Monday-Saturday 9AM – 9PM, and get brunchin’ every Sunday from 9AM-12PM.

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I ordered the Spicy Buffalo Salad with spicy tempeh buffalo wings over crisp romaine lettuce and spring mix. Topped with cabbage, carrot sticks and crunchy celery. Served with a creamy cashew based ranch dressing.

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Always save room for dessert, duh. I had the Banana Hempseed Cake topped with banana buttercream frosting and hemp seeds. It was moist, flavorful, guilt free for 9 bucks, and honestly worth living for.

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For a full menu go to: www.goodkarmacafenj.com