Bake Sale Results and Vegan Voyage in Ocean Beach

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San Diego Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale, outside of Great News! Cookware and Cooking School, was a huge success this past weekend. The total amount raised at the sale for Share Our Strength: $3034! Rumor has it that we did very well nationally.  I can’t wait to hear where we ranked!!  I’m hoping the Food Blogging community will do more of these for charity. What a great way to raise money!! Thanks to everyone who bought some goodies either at the sale or online. I was so bummed that I couldn’t be there.  I was there in spirit and in the form of a Mango and Coconut Bread with and without Macadamia Nuts.  Later that evening, Marie, super-organizer of the sale and author of the blog Meandering Eats (http://www.meanderingeats.com/), had a get together for the bloggers.   I was able to try a delicious cookie from one of the participants, Seaside Sweets (http://www.sdseasidesweets.com/sweetspot/), called a Chocolate Chip “Pillow” Cookie. Basically, there is a brownie inside of the cookie. Oh, and there was caramel in there, too. That’s right. Kelly is the baker, but her brother/ business partner, Casey, told me to warm the cookie in the microwave for a few seconds before eating it. Wow. Seriously, check out their website! I’m a fan!  Another delicious treat I had: a French Macaroon made by Deepti of It’s Life… A Miracle!! (http://deeptibhogle.blogspot.com/)  I’m not usually a huge fan of macaroons.  Deepti’s were soooo good!  I had a raspberry and chocolate one – it was full of flavor and it had the perfect texture.  I would love to order these from her so my sister-in-law (who LOVES macaroons) can try some!!!  Brava!!

Over the weekend, I finally had the chance to eat at Stephanie’s Bakery (4879 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach). Be forewarned: it’s Organic and Vegan. Check out this video to get you in the Organic mood: Organic!  O.K., settle down, you bacon eaters! I’m one of you, too! Having said that, this place is really good. My husband and I opted for the Veggy Edgy (a sandwich with a good amount of roasted veggies and a spicy mayo) and a BLTI (a marinated tempeh sandwich with mayo). All sandwiches are served on focaccia that is made in-house. Sometimes focaccia can be a little oily, but Stephanie’s didn’t leave my hands an oily mess, it and was really good. I loved the roasted red cabbage in my sandwich and the spicy mayo was perfect. I wished the BLTI had the same mayo. I think next time I’ll request the spicy mayo on any sandwich I order. Pizzas are on the menu, but I didn’t get a chance to try one nor did I see one served. We opted to completely indulge and ordered 2 slices of cake. We shared slices of the German Chocolate Cake and the Vanilla Passion Cake. Both desserts were very good, but the Vanilla Passion stole the show! It was super juicy and had delicious bananas and strawberries in it. And I’m usually a chocolate person! Again, don’t let the Vegan part scare you off if you aren’t usually a veggie/vegan kind of person. The flavors are solid! You won’t be disappointed. I’d be so happy to get a Vanilla Passion Cake for my birthday!! (It’s in August. Just FYI.) The only drawback is that Stephanie’s Bakery is only open Friday through Sunday. Keep in mind that only cash is accepted. For 2 sandwiches, 2 tasty Vegan Root Beers, and 2 slices of cake, we spent about $32. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Take Care and Happy Eating!

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4 thoughts on “Bake Sale Results and Vegan Voyage in Ocean Beach

  1. Thank you so much for the mention, Megan! I’m glad you liked the Pillow cookie! Have a great week :)

  2. I purchased your bread at the bake sale and I must admit, I did NOT share it with my husband. Now that I think of it, I don’t think it even made it home…I think I ate it in the car! lol I’ve also been to Stephanies when I was in search of sugar free options. They didnt have anything the day I went but I did try their carrot cake that was sweetened with apple sauce. So yummy!

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