Tocaya Organica: Restaurant Review

Hey there pals!!

A couple of weeks ago I went on a spontaneous week-long trip to California and it was much needed let me tell you!!! I had so many feel-good-feelings and the good vibes were in abundance, it was insane! I can’t wait to go back– while I was there I ate some pretty amazing food too. Of course, I didn’t want to leave all of you out of it, so I recorded everything. This place was one of my favorites.

Tocaya Organica  — This restaurant was founded in 2016, and has changed the concept of organic Mexican Food. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic, no doubt with a title like this one. The whole menu is chef-driven and Tocaya Organica only serves meats and fish that are fresh, never frozen, and are 100% percent free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics.

From the first moment that I walked up to the restaurant, I feel. My friend Elisabeth was traveling with me, and she chose the place to eat! There were so many good options, but my favorite thing about the restaurant was that I didn’t have to fight for a good, filling vegan option!
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We wanted to try as much as we could, so I decided on the combo of 2 tacos, 2 sides, and a drink for $9.95 USD – not bad, right!

 
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The tacos were served in a homemade fresh corn tortilla. The taco on the left is the “BARRIO STYLE” with adobo tofu: roasted tomato salsa, avocado, diced red onion & cilantro. The taco on the right is the “BAJA CHIPOTLE” with adobo tofu: shaved cabbage, sweet chipotle sauce, cilantro & vegan chipotle crema. YUM!

And my two yummy sides, guys let me tell you!! On the left is the amazing “TORTILLA SOUP” Not only is it Vegan, but it is also Gluten Free. It is made with tomato, roasted bell pepper, avocado, vegan mozzarella & tortilla strips. The soup had so much flavor and made me warm and happy inside! Tortilla strips were topped on the soup and I enjoyed it so much. Now, the side on the right was everything I ever wanted in a guac. The “GUACAMOLE” was also Vegan and Gluten Free. It has pomegranate seeds, lime pepitas, jalapeño, cilantro and is served with house-made crispy plantain chips. What? Plantain Chips AND Guac?! You heard righttttt and it was so good!!!
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I mean. just looook at that gorgeous plantain chip! It was crispy, salted just right, and not oily at all. I think all guac should be served with plantain chips this way, don’t you?

 

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Now I’m big talk on the food, and I haven’t even gotten to the drink! This. This is the “WATERMELON LIMEADE” Squeezed fresh and made new daily. It was a thirst quencher, exactly what I needed to make all that biking along the beach worth the miles! Served in a mason jar with a paper straw, I had no complaints. This drink is a winner. The watermelon and the lime played together perfectly, one did not overpower the other. You guys have to try this!

 

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Safe to say that I loved my experience at Tocaya Organica . There are 9 locations across California and the word is that they are expanding further!! How much do I have to beg to have this restaurant put roots down in Atlanta or New York?? Crossing my fingers on that wish, but for now, I’ll be counting down the days until I get to walk through these doors again. Thank you so much to Tocaya for this great experience! You made this newly made vegan very happy. I hope when you guys go to Cali, you take a chance on this charming little restaurant!

Sending you all the feel-good-feelings that I felt when I ate those tacos haha!!

Sincerely,

Subi xoxo

#SubiAdventures: Spontaneous Trips & Nostalgia

Hey there pals!!

Summer has come to an end, classes are in full swing, and I find myself wondering where all the time has gone. The days seem shorter, the sun peeks into my window a little earlier, and I feel like I’m rushing against the clock. In an effort to keep the summer magic alive, in the middle of July, I made spontaneous plans and took a trip to Florida. I had no qualms about searching for a flight and booking it the same day, and it was so cheap, I couldn’t pass it up! (Let me know if you guys want details on how I book my flights and travel and I’ll be sure to post about it!)

From Monday – Saturday I had a whole spread of sunshine and opportunity to glow, recharge and enjoy life with my OG travel pals: family. From visiting places that I used to love as a child, to trying new foods, I could feel all my worries slipping away and becoming simple whispers upon the wind. There are tons of things that I want to share with you guys, videos and pictures and laughs, but I’ll save that for the Tube. (Yes, Guys!! I’m headed to YouTube finallyyyyy) All the content I’ve been creating will be live for you guys to see by the beginning of October, so stay ready so you never have to get readyyy!! For now, I’ll share with you guys some of my favorite highlights from the trip.

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Swap Shop Drive-In Movie Theater!!

3291 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

(954) 791-7927

https://www.floridaswapshop.com/

Swap Shop

To an outsider this may not look like much, but the Swap Shop is a Caribbean Gyal’s paradise. Here, vendors and hagglers, schemers and dreamers alike all gather the same roof to sell their goods. There are food carts, and clothing booths, electronic stores and beauty corners. But the best part has to be the fresh food isle. Located in the back of the market grounds, Haitian men and woman dominate the playing field.

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My top and shorts are from Forever 21, and my sandals are from Marshalls!

There are fresh dragon fruit, sweets, mangoes and my favorite- fresh coconuts. As a little girl I used to come here and beg my dad to get a coconut for me and have the coco-man cut a hole into it. He would stick a straw in it and just like that, my favorite drink was ready for the taking. Over the course of the week I returned here 5 times with my parents, to buy new threads, eat coconuts and have a few laughs with the woman we always buy mangos from. It was all good fun- from the first day we got stranded there in the pouring rain to the final day when she gave me a free avocado for the road- I was in paradise.

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My top is from Marshalls and my shorts are vintage Old Navy!

Key West

It was first time this far south in Florida, and the drive was long. From Miami to the Keys during that 5 hour drive it seemed that with every 20 miles the sun shone brighter and the sky turned more blue.

How can you come to Florida and not visit the beach? You can’t. If you stayed on the coast like we did, then it is unavoidable, and for good reason. Here, you can find the house of Ernest Hemingway, one of my favorite writers, and some of the yummiest homemade ice cream on the coast. I was asleep the whole ride minus a few times I woke up to film the spreads of water that we would pass, and I woke up in an iguana filled wonderland. No seriously – this place was filled with iguanas! In the streets, on the trees, lurking in the grass, basking in the sun, they were living it up! The picture above is the southern most point of the continental US. Here, you’ll be just  90 miles away from Cuba!

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Little Haiti

This town is everything that I thought it would be. From the colorful murals ,the blues the pinks, the yellows, it was like stepping into a tropical crayon box. From the fruit filled markets, all the way to the warmth of the people who lived there, Little Haiti felt just like home. As a Haitian American living here, I make it my mission to stay connected to my culture. Diaspora communities like these are not few and far between, especially in Miami; little Haiti was in a less than glamorous part of town, but even so, the charm and genuine nature of the inhabitants was clear.  We started off at a community center that had an art exhibition of Haitian paintings and a summer program for children in the community.

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My choker is from Asodáre, my overalls are vintage Tommy Hilfiger and my sandals are from Marshalls!

Rita’s Italian Ice

This way to Happiness! That’s how I feel whenever I eat Rita’s. I convinced the fam to stop and let me get some shopping in st Sephora; down the street something caught my eye- Rita’s!  The Ice’s are either water or cream based and they taste so good and have such yummy flavors! My favorites are Swedish Fish and Cotton Candy, and I get it in a Gelato, which is a dessert that has a base layer of a cream or water ice, custard (vanilla, chocolate or swirl), another layer of  italian ice, and then a last dollop of custard. The Vanilla is my favorite!! Ice cream and ices are one dessert that i can eat anytime and anyplace– this includes the winter time — and not feel guilty about it. xoxo Rita’s I love you.

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My Choker is from Asodara, my crop top from Forever 21 and the overalls are vintage Tommy Hilfiger!

This trip was essential to prepare me for the beginning of my last year at University. It was the first time in a long time that i travelled with family, I visited places that I only remember from memory and the food was bombbb. I can’t wait to share all the magic of this trip with all of you!! Be on the lookout for more updates on social media, and let me know in the comments below, or email, what you’d like to see more off, less of, of if you just want to say hello!

Sending you smiles and a healthy promise of good things to come. xoxo

Sincerely,

Subi