Sunday Morning at Origin.
Vegan food can also be indulgent. This is what a Sunday morning looks like from Origin.
The 100% vegan menu from Origin Vegan Food is already wildly popular in Aruba. Located in the heart of Noord, it is easily accessible, but you can miss it if you drive by because it is located at the back of the Island Yoga Studio. It's worth the visit! not only you can find vegan delights for breakfast or lunch but they also have a variety of coffee, tea, and products like vegan cheeses, desserts, and a myriad of bottled beverages, even beer if you're in the mood.
Crafted by the mastermind of Manuel Palacio, the menu has something for everyone. From breakfast items like pancakes to the -of course- avocado toast, smoothies, bowls, paninis and burgers, salads, and many more. Here's the menu:
A pre-beach fuel was needed and Origin seemed like the perfect idea to avoid a highly sugared or heavy breakfast. Don't get me wrong, there is a time and a place for those too! just today a healthier choice sounded better.
It's not a good day if it doesn't start with coffee. I believe they offer a great variety of plant-based milk but today called for black.
While you enjoy the glorious first sips of coffee, you can chill in their backyard area. It is so nice out there.
The order was out of the kitchen and just look at the beauty of these pancakes:
A stack of 3 pancakes decorated with seasonal fruits and topped with yogurt syrup. Not overly sweet and I gotta say, the fluffy adjective is an understatement. $9
The avocado toast was a surprise. A generous portion of mushrooms topped the artisan bread like no other I have seen. Avocado, arugula, and a few dashes of balsamic reduction really bring the flavors together. Lime in the avocados for sour, salty and garlicky in the mushrooms, and a touch of sweetness from the balsamic. $9
The Royal breakfast I assume is their interpretation of the English Breakfast and it is plenty of food. I could say it's shareable.
Housemade bacon, 2 vegan sausages, JustEgg tortilla, hashbrowns, baked beans, and roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Nothing to envy about the animal products. I do say that the tofu or plant-based products have a distinctive taste that might not be for everyone but I encourage you to give it a try. I personally find it tasty. Also, Manuel's Colombian roots give every dish a fantastic taste that can only come from a Latinx household. $17
These are the morning tacos:
Tortillas filled with scrambled tofu, vegan chorizo crumble, and guacamole, topped with pico de gallo and cashew sauce. Every bite felt fresh, light and tasty.
If you are not a fan of the heat of the island, you can sit inside too, where they have a nice air-conditioned area.
I am not vegan and this blog is a testament to that but I do find Origin a fantastic place to go en enjoy something delicious, reasonably priced, and beautifully plated. If you have been thinking about dipping your toes into more plant-based options when eating out, this is one of the best options on the island.
My suggestion is to go with time to spare. It is a small business and we are on island time. Plus, you get to enjoy the vibes. Grab a snack or a sweet treat and go about your day.
They have merch too!
After the fueling breakfast, we proceeded to the beach with full bellies and happy hearts. It was a beautiful morning in Aruba.
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