WARNING: This column might try to turn you into a vegetarian or vegan. Hello everyone, Let me introduce myself… I am the “City Vegetarian.” I can pretty much tell you upfront that I love to eat and eat well. Born and raised in India, I have been a vegetarian my whole life. Like most of the people from India, it was for religious reasons. As I got older I started to see how the world works and, more importantly, how food works within our world. I realized that the mechanisms that drive our food culture are quit cruel and oppressive to many animals we share our planet with. It is a depressing statement but it is true. Even as a child, I was fascinated with food. I knew I liked eating different types of cuisine, and I have decided that I want to eat for a living. Did I just say eat for living? Yes! I host a vegetarian food and travel show, and that is where I got the name of this column: “The City Vegetarian”. Over the last few months I have been traveling around, trying to explore what the world has to offer to us vegetarians. This column is dedicated to my fellow foodies; and where they can enjoy great vegetarian and vegan meals found in Chattanooga. This is where this story begins… When I moved to the south, I realized that it is hard being a vegetarian. Not because all the carnivorous dishes sound delicious, but because the south lacks good vegetarian eateries. Over the years, Chattanooga has slowly seen the spike of little vegetarian and vegan restaurants popping up here and there. One of the newest additions to our tiny vegetarian food scene is Cashew. A tiny family-friendly joint located on the north shore of Chattanooga; it offers plant based vegan menu. Cashew offers a wide variety of vegan food. When I went there, I ordered a Adzuki Bean Burger and a Vegan Chili. This spicy delicious chili is served with Niedlov’s sourdough and sure to spark your taste buds. The Adzuki Bean Burger was house-made patty of buckwheat and adzuki beans. Topped with juicy red tomato, leafy greens lettuce, vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise), yellow mustard sauce, red ketchup, and some mouth-watering vegan cashew cheese. Served on Niedlov’s Breadworks wheat bun. Aside from burgers they offer salads, sandwiches, and baked potatoes- regular and sweet. Plus, they have daily dishes that offer more variety.
On the sweet side of Cashew, they have some of the best deserts. When I was there, I ordered a rice donut topped with some chocolaty goodness and grated coconut. Aside, from donuts they also have chocolate cookies, muffins and brownies. These deserts are vegan and vegetarian friendly. I give this place 4 point out of 5. For more information and their daily specials check out their Facebook.
Words of the Day:
Vegetarian (veg·e·tar·i·an): a person who does not eat meat, but does consume dairy products.
Vegan (veg·an): a person who does not eat or use animal/ insects products such as dairy and honey.