Café Blossom Offers a Haven for Vegetarians and Vegans

May 16, 2018

To say that Café Blossom is family-owned and operated would be quite the understatement. Dana Miranda opened the healthy foods eatery in Barnegat Township in March, after some encouragement and friendly prodding from her daughter, Gianna Miranda, a Southern Regional High junior who is a vegan.

“I’ve been vegetarian all my life, so this looked like a good fit,” said Dana.

Located at 34 South Main St. (Route 9), Café Blossom specializes in “healthy local eats,” as it says on its menu. Two popular specialties are pitaya and açai bowls. The smoothie-based salad dishes offered include “Coconutty by Nature,” featuring blended pitaya topped with granola, coconut shreds, cacao, pineapple and honey. “The Athlete” has the blended pitaya mixed in with plant-based vanilla protein topped with granola, strawberries, cacao, hemp seeds and banana.

Sample açai bowls are Popeye’s Açai, featuring blended açai and spinach topped with granola, chia, banana, hemp and cacao, and the “Berry Merry,” which has blended açai and blueberry topped with granola, blueberries, strawberries and chia.

“People also like our veggie and plant-based burgers,” said Dana. 

Café Blossom also has a wide selection of smoothies and salads, along with vegan and gluten-free personal pizzas.

“Being a vegan as a teenager isn’t easy,” said Gianna Miranda. “It’s especially tough when you want to go out to eat. Menus don’t cater to the vegans. But at the café, that won’t be a problem. You can order and not make any exceptions.”    

Gianna has spent plenty of time working at the restaurant, since when it comes to family, they all pitch in. Dana’s sister, Joanne Horvat, is the restaurant manager. Mother Angela Perrone works in the kitchen, and her uncle Lou Perrone is often at the register. Also helping are her brother-in-law, Andrew Horvat, along with Miranda’s other three children – Marky, Michael and Dominic.

“My fiancé, Russell Conti, did the construction work,” she said. “The place was vacant for a while and a lot of work had to be done. He made it into a very nice looking café.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and noon to 5 on Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Telephone is 609-339-2727.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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