First thing I did when I arrived in town was take a picture of the first palm trees I saw. This has nothing to do with being a vegan, but words cannot even begin to describe my pleasure and joy whenever I see a palm tree. I can't even explain it; they just somehow represent so many great things to me that it's really hard for me not to appreciate them.
I had done a bit of research before I arrived in town, but until I arrived, I didn't really know where I wanted to dine. I finally chose Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian for my first meal. I wrote a review on This Dish is Vegetarian, which you can find here.
Friday morning had me driving around and exploring. I started out at the vegan bakery Sugar Plum Vegan. I also visited the awesome vegan shop Never Felt Better located just upstairs from the bakery (check out my review HERE on Quarry Girl).
The owners of Never Felt Better are soo nice (they used to live in Portland, and Shawn is gluten-intolerant, so we had a lot to talk about). They shared with me a few great places in the area to check out, including one a few blocks away from their shop. Gluten Free Specialty is a completely gluten-free grocery store that also had a HUGE selection of vegan items.
From there, I made my way about 30 miles east to Azna Gluten Free, a dedicated gluten-free AND vegan bakery located in Cameron Park (I will be writing a review of them for Vegansaurus, but until that gets posted, just know that they are an awesome bakery).
I returned to Sacramento in time to enjoy the last few hours of sun by taking a leisurely walk along a canal near my aunt's house.
And to take more pictures of palm trees.