Vanilla Ice Loves Pond Yum! Popsicles From The Vegan Cafe in West Palm Beach
A small, aging strip mall in West Palm Beach may be the last place you'd expect to find Vanilla Ice taking a lunch break, but if you swing by the Vegan Cafe you might be lucky enough to catch him trying a new flavor of Pond Yum! spirulina popsicle.
Nicole Danna The Vegan Cafe owner Moe Senechal also makes a variety of fermented foods like this oshinko.
Located just a few miles west of I-95, off Okeechobee Boulevard, Vegan Cafe owner Moe Senechal has filled his small shop with a wide array of health-focused fare, from fresh juice to fermented foods.
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Since opening in July, already a few local vegan-loving "celebrities" have stopped in to check out the small cafe, including Hippocrates Health Institute co-directors Anna Marie and Brian Clement. Located a few doors down from Rinaldi's and beyond a new La Brasa location, the clean space -- and clean food -- is a stark contrast to the meat and cheese laden sandwiches and slow-roasted chickens nearby.
Inside, the cafe offers an open area made bright and cheery with light blue washed walls. Several large tables allow for the lunch crowd to eat-in and enjoy a chalkboard menu of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and a serve-yourself soup bar that changes daily. There's also a short menu of raw, vegan eats. And, for the fully-committed vegan, the entire right wall is dedicated to shelves showcasing colorful jars of Senechal's own homemade, probiotic-infused fermented foods.
The menu offers a variety of vegan entrees ($5.99-$11.99) including several "stuffed" dishes, from a flash-baked tomato with raw spinach, sprouted quinoa, sprouts and seasonal vegetables, to the stuffed avocado or portabella mushroom caps. The nori roll features nothing but raw vegetables and sprouts given a hint of flavor with a special vegan sauce, then rolled in nori. A hearty vegetable meatball sandwich includes plenty of whole-grains and raw seeds, and can be served on a bed of greens and sprouts in place of a baked whole-grain bun. There's also pizza, pad thai made with raw zucchini or mung bean noodles -- even a curry dish offering a creamy blend of sweet potatoes, peas and garbanzo beans served over rice, sprouts and greens.
Nicole Danna The Vegan Cafe juice bar offers boosters like spirulina, Sun Warrior protein powder, maca, chia seeds and red reishi mushrooms.
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