The early part of the afternoon was also something of an oddity for me. On a quick lunch run with my sister, I recalled hearing word of a local cheese shop selling vegan grilled cheese sandwiches. Sacred Wheel, the shop of interest, was mere steps away from the deli from which my sister purchased sandwiches for herself and the birthday boy. Opting to indulge my curiosity about whether the aforementioned vegan grilled cheese sandwiches were still in circulation, I ended up wandering into a place I normally would not expect to find vegan-friendly food options.
Sacred Wheel was indeed serving vegan grilled cheese sandwiches today. Vegan seafood chowder was also on the menu, but I decided to stick with just a small sandwich: a combination of sliced artisan bread, cheddar-style Sheese vegan cheese (also sold prepackaged in a small variety of flavors), and basil pesto, pressed panini-style to a golden crisp. The vegan cheese seemed to melt just as its dairy counterpart would, stretched impressively, and featured a very cheese like flavor--more like American cheese than cheddar. I didn't mind, as I used either variety when composing grilled cheese sandwiches back in my non-vegan days. The herbal element from the pesto made for a simple but tasty upgrade from the comparatively plain after-school snack of my adolescence. The entire package was a delightful surprise. I can now add vegan grilled cheese sandwiches to my working knowledge of vegan food options within walking distance of my sister's house.
|The image doesn't show it, but trust me, there is properly melted vegan|
cheese hidden between those toasty bread slices. It's a shame that my
phone's camera couldn't get a good shot of the stretch.