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Skylark’s Hidden Cafe

Strolling with my family through Bellingham’s old Fairhaven district on a warm Sunday morning landed us in an Orleans-esque alley filled with charm and a secret destination: Skylark’s Hidden Cafe.  Being noon, we readily grabbed the first table and I quickly realized that there was not much on the menu that fit the no-fat vegan formula.  Plan B: talk to the server!  She was a gluten-free gal, so completely on board with my “special needs” and had the kitchen whip up a large and delicious spinach salad – fresh baby spinach and chopped tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, a sprinkle of pine nuts (not normally on the Esselstyn diet, but I requested) and balsamic vinegar on the side.  

Skylark's spinach salad

Skylark’s Vegan No-Fat Spinach Salad

 We got very nice service, a charming in and outdoor setting, with a fair amount of garden and alley seating.  There is also a pretty main dining area upstairs and street level access.   The menu for a no-fat vegan was very limited, but the spirit in the place was good, and they will do their best to make you something if you direct.

No-Fat Vegan Queso

This stuff is wonderful, and this chef gets a giant star for recognizing the importance of offering a tasty vegan convenience product that contains no oil!  This is a delicious sauce used to accompany beautiful vegan dishes, OR to make a meal out of a simple bowl of pasta or mashed sweet potatoes.   Let’s be honest…no-fat vegans have to spend a lot of time planning and cooking from scratch, and the choice of no-oil vegan convenience foods are scarce.  It feels as decadent as a day at the spa when someone else cooks for me!  Find it at Whole Foods.