Saturday, November 12, 2011

Restaurant Review: Freesoulcaffe in Tustin, CA

Freesoulcaffe

I recently learned of Freesoulcaffe from the awesome Vegan Vagrant, a fellow OC vegan, and couldn't wait to try this all-vegan, organic Old Town Tustin eatery! This past rainy Saturday, Mister Spooky and I made the quick drive over to the quaint Old Town restaurant. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the place was. There is a cute patio with a bubbling fountain outside and inside was very modern and chic-looking. It was also larger than I imagined with ample seating (though it filled up fast!).

 My breakfast - strong coffee and sweet muffin

We arrived in time for breakfast, but were told lunch wouldn't be served until 11 AM. No worries, though, since we decided to try some light breakfast items then come back an hour later for lunch. I had originally intended to order the pumpkin waffles, but the friendly staff had to apologetically tell me those were temporarily discontinued. Oh well, perhaps next time!

 Just look at all those berries ready to burst in my mouth!

Since I needed something light for breakfast anyway, I ordered a Sweet Berry Muffin and a Rude Awakening coffee (I needed something besides the brisk morning air to wake me up). Mister Spooky got a Caffé Mocha Granita. My muffin tasted really fresh and the luscious berries just popped in my mouth! And my coffee was robust and strong...just the way I like it! I tried the granita (when I finally wrangled it away from the boyfriend) and it was quite tasty as well! So far, so good!

 Our big BLT and plentiful salad!

After killing time by walking around Old Town Tustin (cute, but not much to see besides antique stores), we returned to Freesoulcaffe just in time for lunch! I had heard good things about their BLT sandwich, so Mister Spooky and I ordered a "whole" size of it to share. The all-vegan BLT was served on yummy sourdough bread with organic greens and tomatoes. The sandwich came with a large salad on the side too, seasoned expertly with vinaigrette. Both sandwich and salad were satisfying and delicious. The sandwich could have used a bit more "wow" factor, but overall Mister Spooky and I were pleased with lunch. 

 I'm ready for my close-up!

Since they had a bakery case filled with all sorts of delicious-sounding vegan desserts, I couldn't resist ordering a Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Sour Cream Ganache for dessert. I could barely contain my drool! The cake was richly decadent. The chocolate ganache on the outside was divine and the pecans on top added a nice crunch. The pumpkin cake on the inside was soft, dense and "mmmmmmmm"-inducing upon the first bite! 

 OMG...look at all that vegan goodness!
I was sooooo tempted to order one of each...

Freesoulcaffe was a nice treat and I definitely want to go back to try more desserts (pumpkin cheesecake, you are so next on my list!)  and to try their waffles! Their Atlantic sandwich (a vegan "tuna" sandwich) sounds intriguing as well. 

NOM! Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

I commend the restaurant for using fresh, organic ingredients that make the dishes there all the more unique and delectable. I also applaud them for making everything plant-based and vegan, but also making it so everyone, not just veggies, can enjoy their food! 

Whether you are looking for artisan tea or coffee, some sweet treats or a full-sit down breakfast or lunch, look no further than Freesoulcaffe for good-for-you and good-for-the-planet food!

1 comment:

  1. That looks amazingly good! It's hard not to drool!

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