Fast Food – Vegan Style

I know, I know, there’s nothing more annoying than a blog post apologizing for how inactive the blogger has been in the past weeks so you know what? No apologies from me. Between sorority rush, harder classes and getting to know the 2013 Phi Mu pledge class (!!!), I’ve barely had time to do anything, let alone bake. But here I am so let’s just all be happy!

Instead of doing a recipe today I’m reviewing one of my most frequented “fast food” places around campus. I use quotations because Freshii may be fast, it is certainly no McDonald’s or Subway. For those of you who have  been to one of these already, you understand that all the ingredients are incredibly fresh, all material they use is biodegradable or recyclable, and their food is just really really good. For those of you who haven’t been, let me explain the process.

Freshii Tofu Soup

Freshii is very similar to the new fad restaurant that is basically “choose your own toppings” for salads. However, this place also offers noodle/rice bowls, burritos, soup and breakfast. And the toppings. I can’t even begin to describe the toppings. Although I could probably list them all of  the top of my head, a testament to the number of times I go, instead go check it out yourself at their website’s list. Although they have a menu from which you can choose their most common items, you can also make your own. Which is my go to.

The Vegan Collegiate Bowl (I’m convinced they should name one after me): Noodles, artichoke hearts, edamame, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, tofu, and their peanut satay sauce. The satay sauce should be sold by the gallon. I would it eat it plain it’s so good.

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But there are a few cons to Freshii. For one, the product can sometimes be inconsistent. I’ve gone before and gotten the perfect bowl and other times had some that had too much sauce or too little vegetables. And considering it is on the more expensive side of fast food, I think customer’s should be able to get what they expect. Another turn off is more of an aesthetic thing. I try very hard to get my guy friends to venture into the restaurant, but as soon as you step into the building there is an overwhelming smell of “bland.” If I was a random person on the street and choosing between Subway and Freshii, I might choose Subway just because it smells way more delicious. I’m not exactly sure how they could change it but I really think they should.

However, overall I am an infallible Freshii fan. I could eat there breakfast (their muesli is so so good), lunch and dinner. All the vegan options are clearly labeled, and almost everything is gluten free as well. So if you’re looking for a healthier place to go, that’s fast and delicious, I 100% recommend Freshii. Check out their website to find a chain near you.

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Freshii for doing this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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