Buddy's Tuscan Vegan Pizza

Buddy's Pizza Detroit
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Buddy's Tuscan Vegan Pizza Vegetarian Detroit
Buddy's Tuscan Vegan Pizza
Buddy's is one of the most celebrated pizza places in the Metro Detroit area. "One of the top 25 pizza spots in the U.S." according to Food & Wine and recognized as "one of the nation's best 5 pizza places . . ." by the Food Network, Buddy's pizza has won it's share of awards and accolades. Buddy's has had a vegan cheese option for a little while now, but has recently stepped up their game by offering a signature 'Tuscan Vegan Pizza.'

Buddy's Tuscan Vegan Pizza has daiya cheese, cannellini beans, parsley, oregano and garlic on Buddy's multi-grain crust with tomato basil sauce. It's drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with a lemon wedge. I thought that squeezing fresh lemon juice on this pizza would not make a big difference, but boy was I wrong. Once I had a bite with fresh lemon, I could not go back. The toppings work very well together and I absolutely love that the pizza has the whole-food, plant-powered protein (and vitamins) of beans. Beans are an excellent protein source on their own, but combined with the plant-based protein power of the multi-grain crust, you get an even better proportion of the various essential amino acids that make up proteins in the human body. If you're not a fan of daiya cheese (though most vegans are), I believe that this pizza would taste great with no cheese at all.

The Tuscan Vegan Pizza may not show up on the menu, but there was a poster advertising it right on the counter at my local Buddy's Pizza, and when I inquired at other Buddy's locations, they knew what I was talking about when I mentioned the Tuscan Vegan Pizza.

One of the great things about this new offering at Buddy's is that it opens up the vegan food options for Metro Detroiters who may sometimes feel they are in a 'Vegan Food Desert' as they travel through certain neighborhoods or parts of the city. Buddy's has locations throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area and you are likely to find one within driving distance of wherever you happen to find yourself.

Buddy's Pizza Box Detroit Awards Vegan Vegetarian
Buddy's Pizza is probably the most celebrated pizza in Detroit

Buddy's Pizza Tuscan Vegan Pizza Vegetarian Detroit
Buddy's Pizza Tuscan Vegan Pizza with light cheese


Earth Balance Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Flavor Kettle Chips

Friday, May 23, 2014 , 6 Comments

Plant-based Vegan Gluten-Free Sour Cream and Onion and Cheddar Kettle Chips
Earth Balance Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Chips and Vegan Cheddar Chips

When I first saw these on the shelf at my local Plum Market, I almost screamed from excitement. It took everything I had not to rip into the bag of Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Chips right there in the store. Sour Cream & Onion chips were a favorite of mine when I was a child. So, as soon as I found these new Earth Balance Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips, I stopped my grocery shopping trip short, went home and immediately started chowing down. Oh man. The crunch. The delicate onion flavor. The sour creaminess. These chips were full of flavor. The entire bag was gone before I knew it.

They were even better than I remembered. I started wondering if this was just because I hadn't had this flavor in so long so I decided to test this hypothesis out. (Please don't mind me, I recently finished up the online Harvard / edX Science & Cooking class.) I gave these chips to a couple of friends who have had more recent experience eating non-vegan Sour Cream & Onion chips. They also liked these chips better.

I am not the best judge of cheese products so I can not give a very accurate review of the Vegan Cheddar Chips. I wanted to include a picture of both because, chances are, there is some person who will love the Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar flavor Chips just as much as I loved the Sour Cream & Onion ones. I am a person who never cared for cheese that much (gasp), but I did like sour cream & cheddar chips so I like to take bites of these two new Earth Balance chips together and try to recreate my lost love.

I have been searching around the Metro Detroit area for these chips, but have only found them at Plum Market. Please comment if you know a place to buy these chips, wherever you are!

Note: I did not receive any compensation or even free products from Earth Balance for this post.