I am an extrovert, an optimist, an academic, a scholar, a professor, a glorified nerd, a PhD student, an author, a vegan in the making, an amateur photographer, happy, a liberal, a lover of life, an advocate for equality, an advocate for animals, an admirable Scrabble opponent, an InstaGramer, adventurous, sarcastic at times, an iPad addict, a wannabe yogi, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, and a sufferer of chronic pain.

I don’t know about you, but I am always searching for healthy, but amazingly delicious, vegan alternatives to foods I loved when I still consumed animal byproducts.  I am from Arizona, so one of the types of food I grew up on and love with every fiber of my being is Mexican food.  However, as plenty of you know, Mexican food is generally made with one or more of the following: cheese, butter, lard, or, well, meat.  So, finding vegan-friendly Mexican food is not always the easiest task.  In fact, there have been many occasions where I have been fed  “fake” vegan Mexican food, and gone home with a stomach ache because people often forget to mention that the dish you ordered was prepared with the use of butter, large, or chicken stock. 

Luckily, during a recent trip to San Francisco, California, I found exactly what I was looking for: a 100% vegan, 100% organic, and 1,000,000,000%* delicious Mexican food restaurant. Gracias Madre.  If you are ever in the area, you have to try it.  If you aren’t in the area, make a special trip just to eat here - yes, the food is JUST THAT GOOD.

As an added bonus, this is the brainchild of the Engelharts, who, as some of you hardcore vegans know, created the AWE-inspiring Cafe Gratitude.

*Yes, I know that 1,000,000,000% isn’t actually a thing, but the food was so good that the use of an outlandishly large, non-existent percent demonstrates my point.  Deal with it, math nerds… ;)

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