• Vegan Guest Review: FreeSoulCaffe in Tustin

    January 24th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), orange county

    Hi, kids. JennShaggy of “Vegnize It…Don’t Criticize It” and author of the newly released cookbook “Veganize This!” Well, I feel luckier than overnight YouTube celebrity. Why, you ask? With the help of a vegan friend, I discovered FreeSoulCaffe on a recent trip to Tustin, CA. It’s an “Animal-Friendly, While, Sustainable” establishment that serves “Fine Vegan Foods and Organic Coffees & Teas” in a clean, gorgeous environment. An all vegan coffee café? Fuck’s yeah, dude!

    Unfortunately for me, I went during breakfast hours…meaning only the breakfast menu was available. But the food we ate was so good, I was happier than a fat kid in a candy store.

    For starters, check out this heavenly display of baked goods:

    Here’s the selection of cakes and cheesecakes, including Pineapple Coconut Cake, Golden Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, etc.

    And here’s even more! This case includes Pumkin Scones with Spice Icing, Green Tea Pistachio Biscotti, Creamy Peanut Butter Cookies and FreeSoul Brownies:

    So what exactly did our hung over, hungry asses use to satiate ourselves? For starters, I went with the Vegan Vanilla Late and the Coconut Pineapple Cake. What can I say? I’m not much of a chocolate girl, and I can’t refuse cake for breakfast. Inner fat kid = released.

    Vanilla Late…Gorgeous.

    Pinapple Coconut Cake

    My friends, less fat kids and normal breakfast eaters, opted for the following:

    Classical Waffle topped with Fresh Fruit, Pure Vegan Maple Syrup and Vegan Butter

    My other friend opted for a waffle that’s a little out of the ordinary:

    The Green Tea Waffle served with Pure Vegan Maple Syrup and Vegan Butter

    I know the waffle doesn’t look exactly green from my shoddy Samsung Epic camera, but believe me, kids. This puppy looked adnausium green…in a good way (yes, it’s possible).

    They also have a giant selection of coffee and tea drinks, as well as even more types of Waffles, jumbo Muffins and oatmeal as breakfast fare. I believe a Panini or two was on there as well.

    For lunch, they still serve all the coffee and tea drinks, as well as a large selection of Paninis, Salads, Soups and Sandwhiches. Here’s a picture of the menu:

    I don’t remember if breakfast is served all day, but if not, it’s worth it to get your ass up early while the waffles are cooking and the pastries are still available.

    I also happened to really dig their “About Us”, which is displayed on every table. You can view it here:

    Well that’s it for this post, kids. I’m so glad I finally got to do a guest post for my home girl QG, and be sure to check out my cookbook, available on Amazon and at major book retailers.

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11 responses to “Vegan Guest Review: FreeSoulCaffe in Tustin” RSS icon

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Oh my gosh I must have those waffles and the pineapple coconut cake!!!! Looks fantastic.

  • FreeSoulCaffe, Native Foods or Veggie Grill? So many OC options for my trip to Laguna on Sunday. Grateful!

  • I believe their breakfast goes until 11am. I’ve only been to their lunch, but I’m a big fan of their BLT and dessert!

  • Oh, LOVE the Jenn Shaggy and her blog. Just ordered the cookbook yesterday. And lucky for me, I will in Orange County tomorrow and will check this place out. 🙂

  • Everything I have tried there has been insanely good! The paninis are a must for everyone to try. Also the tea bar is awesome!

  • where is Tustin? (going to google maps) this place looks rad!

  • I love this place! I would only have one recommendaton: I wish they carried unsweetened soymilk or unsweetened almond milk (for people with allergies to sugar).

    Does anyone know if they have wi-fi now?

  • I had never heard of a buckle before lol Nice to know there is an all-vegan coffee place out there. Who knew we could enjoy latte creamer art just like other folks lol

  • they do have wi-fi!

  • This place is REALLY good. I tried it for lunch after reading this review, and I feel like the review, while positive, didn’t even do it justice. The restaurant is stylish, well priced for the amount of food you get, and has plenty of artfully created foods and desserts that don’t “taste vegan.” IMO, this is a “must try” for anyone in the area.

  • I found Free Soul on a Trip to O.C recently. Hadn’t been there in years and went for family crisis. It was a rainy night, and we found parking right by the caffe. Hell yeah! Vegan Tortilla Soup. Delicious.
    I’ll be writing a review about it on my blog. I’ll send you the link when it’s finished.
    Thanks for being out there!

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