Guam Diner Bytes: Heavenly Veggies
Dear Guam Food Guy reader,
Vegetarians REJOICE! Finally, your prayers have been answered for a truly vegetarian restaurant location in Tamuning! “O give thanks unto the LORD: for He is good. … Who giveth food to all flesh” for his mercy endureth forever.” -Psalms 136
Yes, after what seems to have taken months to complete, this spring Heavenly Veggies has opened its doors for w e e k d a y lunch service from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with daily menu creations featuring home-style vegan cooking. This is the real deal, folks, if you are serious about extending your life and improving the quality of your health! The foods served here are all natural plant whole foods that are free of cheese, dairy milk, eggs, animal products, trans-fats, cholesterol, MSG and preservatives!
Moreover, aside from being nutritious and low calorie, these meals are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, bioflavenoids, antioxidants, plant proteins, and omega-3-essential oils! Now if that’s not a super sales pitch for healthy guilt-free dining, I don’t know what is. Oh, I should tell you that the price is pretty reasonable too, with your main meal costing you $6.50/plate (includes salad or soup).
We stopped by and determined this was definitely not your typical restaurant – seems more like a commune where you order your food at a cafeteria type counter, take your tray to your table to graze, and then remove your tray and refuse to a back area. The premise is simple. You order a starch, entree, vegetable and get your side choices. You can also order a beverage (I had herbal tea, $2). The day we ate, Zee’s choice was rottini pasta, mushroom stroganoff, potato bean casserole, and chinese broccoli. She had the salad.
I had the brown rice, mushroom stroganoff, broccoli and celery fennel soup. I have to admit that everything was fresh and palatable. This food doesn’t require a lot of biting nor chewing, and somehow, it’s a relief not having to eat meat. The portions are also designed to give you what you need. Every day there is a different menu selection so you can surprise your palate and body with good eats.
They do have Fruit Smoothies (12 ounces for $4.50, 20 ounces for $5.50). Heavenly Veggies is certainly a welcome addition to Guam’s restaurant landscape. In fact, it’s long overdue! When we were there, they had only just opened their doors and still had some work to do on their interior. Don’t let that deter you from coming here and taking a break from the steak! For you vegans out there, this should be music to your ears! Rejoice!
This article was originally posted on Stripes Guam website on Oct. 17, 2012.