WHOOPI'S DOGGIE SALON
I love my dogs very much and as such, it is imperative that they have a great grooming experience and that I am not the one having to do it. Whoopi's salon is not only fantastic with their little furry clients but they are wonderful with people as well. The owners are amazing women and they make sure you and your fur babies feel welcome, cozy and at home but keep the place in tip top and professional shape.
The salon has a quaint studio feel, with inviting bold colors and textures,, seating and of course the awesome smells of different shampoos and spritzes to make every furry client smell their very best.
I came to pick up Bear and I have never in my LIFE seen him so incredibly happy and geared up after a groom! He looked so soft and fluffy, smelled wonderful (awesome shampoo smell lasted a whole week!) and was so excited that he didn't want to leave the girls! I couldn't have been more thrilled.
It is incredibly affordable here but if you are looking to save a little more cash I would suggest using their self service wash station. It comes equipped with everything you need to make your baby squeaky clean, fresh smelling, dried and primped, to-go!
There's ear cleanings, teeth cleaning, nail trims, even natural and organic treats. You name it they got it and they are amazing at their jobs. I would highly recommend getting your babies used to grooming as young as possible. This will help alleviate any future anxiety or stress about nail trims or grooms. This is wonderful and welcoming place to bring your already hesitant pooch or kitty, as well as new and unsure puppies and kittens!
Also, your pet can be a little social media star for a day on the Whoopi's Instagram page! After your groom, they post a great pic of your baby. I love seeing all the before and afters of the doggies and kitties. They do such great work with cleaning up these little guys! Plus just look at how much time they take to get great shots of your baby's faces! What awesome photography!
Check out their FB page, pet gallery and pictures of the adorable salon! If you want to make an appointment, which, come on, OF COURSE you do, just call 757-962-5855.
The environment was nothing more extraordinary than any other pizza place; it smelled like pizza, it had tile on the floor and friendly people behind the counter.
The only major distinction was a vegan dish on the menu. The girl behind the counter greeted us with a smile and was very friendly and didn't even bat an eye or make any judgmental expressions when we asked for vegan ingredients. She gladly obliged and punched everything into the register tap, tap, tap. We paid, sat and waited.
The wait time wasn't any longer and shorter than any other fast food/pizza place and they even delivered it on a cute little stand with little checker board paper. Unfortunately, the gluten free crust is only available in a small and I do not believe it's a vegan crust. I believe she said that it contained eggs but I may be wrong about that.
So, yes, there was a problem getting a pizza that's gluten free and vegan which made It more a chore than fun trip for me. If you get the gluten free crust they only come in small so it would be a pizza that my husband and I wouldn't be able to share. You see, when the Hubs wants a special treat like pizza, he doesn't want to have to split a tiny pizza. He wants gooey, cheesy, loaded topping pizza. He wants multiple pieces and he doesn't want to have to worry about who gets the last piece and if I have had enough to eat yet. I fully understand as I just want a small gf/vegan pizza to myself.
Now, had I ordered the small, gluten free crust with vegan toppings, the vegan beef crumbles are NOT gluten free. So you see the conundrum. It is a rarity to find a vegan/gluten free dish, especially in Hampton Roads, unfortunately.
So I decided I would just have a taste of the regular crust pizza and get it with Vegan toppings. The pizza was okay the crust was decent but the toppings weren't anything to write home about I'm not sure that they were very fresh, there weren't very many and Daiya cheese is my least favorite shredded vegan cheese on pizza. Now don't get flustered, Daiya cheese is one I actually really like in the block form. The shredded kind just doesn't seem to melt or come out very well on pizzas and tastes nothing like real mozzarella to me. I actually love Follow your Heart vegan cheese for pizza!
Needless to say my husband and I were less than impressed with our outing to this pizza place but if it hadn't been for the very sweet woman behind the counter then I would most likely be giving this an even less enthusiastic review than I am now. Its not by any means a terrible pizza place and it's certainly nice to have an option close to home.
I would like to note that I have a great appreciation for the fact that there are growing Vegan options in the Virginia Beach area, I just feel this could be better and have more topping options. There are, after all, gluten free faux meat products out there!
My recommendation? We baked up a thick crusted Vegan pizza at home using whole foods already prepped pizza dough (not gf) and I sprinkled on some Italian herbs (per instructions of Miscellany) and smothered my pizza in a block of Follow Your Heart "mozzarella cheese" that I shredded myself. It came out awesome! You could also grab a pre-made gluten free crust from the freezer section or perhaps do a DIY with this killer Gluten free/vegan crust recipe from Minimalist Baker. ENJOY!
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While I am not a connoisseur of Mexican style dishes on the regular, I certainly enjoy a good hearty seasoned rice and bean combo. The Husband and I have been on the hunt to find decent eateries offering Vegan options around the Hampton Roads area.
He had an old co-worker recommend Pelon's , she is also Vegan and said she really enjoyed grabbing a bite there. His finding out about this tasty place was what set the fire under me to search for more local, vegan fare recently, so be on the lookout for more reviews!
The Pelon's in Virginia Beach just recently began carrying Vegan options , which is great. The Hubs tried to surprise me by driving us out to the oceanfront Pelon's in Virginia Beach only to find they didn't have anything Vegan as an option that wasn't your typical "just leave out the meat" dishes. I wasn't wanting rice and beans, I wanted something special to write about. This was a few weeks prior to them changing their mind and starting to finally offer the vegan choices. i'll have to visit and update you on their atmosphere, customer service and food soon.
Fast forward to a few weeks later and here we are at the Norfolk location, Pelon's. This one was more inviting and had less of a surf shop vibe. It was calmer, quieter and had a wide, covered and enclosed, dining patio. It was gorgeous outside that day, so sitting on the patio was a no brainer.
In lue of my writing a review, the Hubs knew we needed options. He ordered 3 of the Vegan "carne Esada" steak tacos (corn tortillas) a chicken burrito and a Vegan brownie. Just to let you know the faux meat products are Vegan but they are NOT gluten-free so if you are a Celiac I wouldn't reccomend anything but the rice and bean combo, which was super delicious anyhow.
We sat at a fence side table in the sun and i snapped some pictures quickly so that we could get down to business. After all, we came to eat food not photograph it. I had a bite of each, as I am gluten sensitive I needed to taste it for you guys but not make myself feel ill. The Carne Esada steak tacos were filled pretty well with the vegan steak, green tamatillo sauce, fresh cilantro, diced onion, fresh avocado (guacamole) and other spices. The texture of the steak was pretty close to the real deal. It had a firm almost crispy thin layer on the outter edges and a tough red-meat like texture on the inside. It reminded me of blackened steak strip tacos. The spices, fresh herbs and cool veggies, warm tortillas made it crispy, cool , warm, crunchy, soft and a tad spicy. All a perfect combo. We ate them pretty quickly. While the ingredients seem simple, you must know that the cooking technique and spices added to faux meat products is imperitave to getting a good dish, let alone a great one like this.
Now onto the Chicken burrito. This puppy was stacked and stuffed. The flour tortilla was doughy, warm and super soft. It completely wrapped all the ingredients inside helping you not make a huge mess while gobbling it down like someone who hasn't eaten in days. This had loads of seasoned beans and rice and chicken with a nice hot- off- the -grill texture and a kick of flavor. There were also your typical ingredients like cilantro, onions, lettuce. However, typical does not mean that you could do without these. Yet again, these typical and seemingly "normal" burrito ingredients played up the flavors extrememly well. Another win!
Now the Vegan brownie. I don't know about you but when I indulge in a baked pan of brownies, my favorite is the coner peices, you know, the crispy edged ones. This browni reminded me of that. It was crispy and firm outside and soft an brownie-like inside. The taste was of low sugar content and real cocoa baking powder. I am not a huge fan of processed foods and i like a touch of sweetness. The sweet didn't overpower and the crunch was a nice change of pace from typical heavy and fudgy brownies. In all honesty, at first, i thought it was just some regular, possibly partially stale brownie. Now, my Husband IS a huge brownie lover and wasn't the biggest fan of it. I feel if it were taken home as a treat, popped in the microwave for a few seconds and eaten alongside a cool glass of Vanilla Almond mylk, that would be a much fairer situation for this brownie.
All in all it was a lovely day and a great meal. We also didn't get the typical heavy feelings or bloat associated with meals that combine carby/animal by product and spicy. If you're in town be sure to pop on over to Pelon's and try out some of their scrumptious Vgean options at 738 West 22nd Street Norfolk, Va. Please mention my article!
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Beach town girl, on the hunt for Vegan fare. Most important; my fur babies, the Hubs and some good healthy magazines. Vegan cupcakes once in awhile.