Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill: Don’t Resist the Vegan Demands

Willamina visiting Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Willamina visiting Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Prior to winning gift certificates to Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill (locations in California and Nevada), I had heard of it from a restaurant guide by the San Diego chapter of Last Chance for Animals (revised 04/03/2012.) However, I didn’t visit until years later after winning.

When I first visited in early 2016, their menu indicated vegan options (01/28/16.)  The key had a V for Vegan and a leaf emoji for Vegetarian.  (It also had and still denotes GF for gluten-free.)  However, on subsequent visits I noticed that they took “vegan” right off the menu, which seemed passive aggressive.  Now the V is for “vegetarian” even though cheese aint a veggie (see their latest revised menu, 01/18/17.)  The waitress, however, informed me that none of the ingredients had changed and thus, whatever was vegan before was still vegan (that would be Baba Ghanoush, Edamame, Hummus, Wok’d Sesame Shishito Peppers, and Red Quinoa salad.)  No, not pizza!

BABA GHANOUSH. Yum.

BABA GHANOUSH. Yum.

Thus, I always got Baba Ghanoush and Red Quinoa salad. Both are quite good.  However, I felt that the salad had too much raw onion in it.  I once read in a cookbook called Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan that people consume too much onion and garlic and I agree (because then you can’t share with your dog!)  (By the way, the Scripps Ranch restaurant has a patio where you can bring your dog, but they don’t seem to like it.)

quinoia-salad

WILD ARUGULA AND RED QUINOA SALAD

Not until my last visit (after working a full day of temp labor) did I find out that I could order a vegan pizza.  At the Del Mar restaurant, an exceptionally knowledgeable waitress, Rachel S., explained how to modify a Margherita pizza to make it vegan.  I should have taken notes because I can’t remember what she said exactly, but it was something like rejecting the roasted garlic sauce, doing something with tomato sauce (maybe replacing marinara?), and substituting vegan cheese for a $2 surcharge.  Well, it was great!  I highly recommend that you win gift certificates on Entercom stations.

Vegan version Margherita pizza with Daiya Vegan Cheese

Vegan version Margherita pizza with Daiya Vegan Cheese

Sammy’s also sells cocktails with Han alcohol, so I decided to do my research and find out if it’s vegan friendly.  In March 2016, Michael Bacco of ProBev, Inc. said, “Yes. As are most all beverage alcohol products, HAN is vegan. No animal ingredients are involved.”  That’s good news, but are “most” beverage alcohol products vegan?  I hope so!

Margarita with Han tequila

Margarita with Han tequila

Here’s another tip about gift certificates.  If you win one that doesn’t have an expiration date, try to use it sooner than later because the restaurant could go out of business!  That happened to me with two (2) sushi restaurants, actually!  However, it turned out that one of them, Roppongi, was owned by the Ladeki Restaurant Group, the same company that owns Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill.  Thus, I contacted them and was pleasantly informed by Shannon Grillo from the Las Vegas Office that I could redeem my Roppongi certificates at Sammy’s.  Yay.

 

Broke Vegans Should Review Vegan Products on Social Nature

Vegan breakfast: GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drink, Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Breakfast Sausage, Parisian Star Bake at Home Baguette slices, scrambled tofu topped with salsa.

Vegan breakfast: GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drink, Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Breakfast Sausage, Parisian Star Bake at Home Baguette slices, scrambled tofu topped with salsa.

Have you ever heard of “Broke Vegans”?  They have a Facebook page!  They should review vegan products on Social Nature; not just to get free vegan products, but to raise the bar in reviewer quality.  Here are some examples of vegan product reviews by meat eaters if you want to see what I mean:

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I first heard about Social Nature from Heavenly Steals and it’s cool because they want people to #TryNatural.  Just avoid the non-vegan items since raping bovine is unnatural.  The good news is I have VIP status now.  I’m so special.  My reviews of vegan products follow. (The only one I didn’t know for sure if it was vegan was the Diabolo Soda, because of the vitamin enrichment, so my review is basically about the ingredients.)

 

Beverages

GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drink (Pomegranate Blackberry)

GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drink (Mango)

GoodBelly Daily Organic Probiotic Shot

Harvest Soul Superfood Juice (coming soon)

Marley Coffee Organic K-Cup Compatible Coffee

GURU Organic Energy Drink

Diabolo French Soda

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Tri-Pack

 

Food

Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Breakfast Sausage

Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Breakfast Sausage

Emerald Valley Kitchen Organic Salsa

Lightlife Smart Dogs and Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips

Cuisine Adventures Organic Fiesta Quinoa

Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Macaroni Casserole

Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Homestyle Burger

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes

Brewla Bars Ice Pops

(The Kim’s Simple Meals were so good, I bought the vegan sausage and waffles varieties, which were $1.99 each at the Grocery Outlet.  Plus, Grocery Outlet gave out a $5 off of $20 purchase coupon.  Thus, good deal.)

 

Products

Xlear Natural Nasal Spray

Kiss My Face Paraben Free Sunscreen