• Vegan Food in Jersey City: More Life Cafe

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    “Eat living foods. Live longer.” This is the message at More Life Cafe, a new vegan restaurant in the West Side area of Jersey City {191 Mallory Avenue} where Marcell Portes hopes to encourage his liquor store-lined neighborhood to make healthier choices. Read on to learn more about this new vegan restaurant, the story behind it, and the menu courtesy of our Jersey City contributor, and go-to girl for all things vegan, Jen of Doody Free Girl:

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    The Story

    Born in the Dominican Republic, Marcell Portes grew up in the inner city of Jersey City, where his mother owns a staple Dominican restaurant, El Sol Del Caribe. While he grew up around the kitchen {his uncle and cousin own restaurants too}, Marcell ate either McDonald’s or Chinese food every day after school as a child. Marcell started transitioning to a vegan diet in May of 2014 after making the connection between the migraines and stomach aches he was experiencing with the faux food he had been consuming. Fast forward to 2018 and we have More Life Cafe, a vegan restaurant that is sure to please those who don’t eat animal products.

    Location + Atmosphere

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    More Life Cafe is located off-the-beaten-path on Mallory Avenue, so it lacks the hustle and bustle of downtown Jersey City {which is sometimes a great thing}. The interior definitely boasts a casual vibe, however, don’t let that underestimate the food they’re whipping up in the kitchen. Read on to see what the buffet-style menu is like.

    READ: 13 Vegan Restaurants in New York City to Try

    The Food

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    There is something for everyone at More Life Cafe. Most of the food consists of less refined, plant-based items, but there is also plenty of vegan “junk food” — to introduce even the pickiest eaters to delicious vegan fare. At the vegan self-serve buffet, you will find at least two different mixed greens salads, potato salad, Waldorf salad, falafel, baked empanadas, Mac & “cheese,” black beans, rice, sweet potato mash and different stews.

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    Jackfruit sliders

    There are daily specials and menu items such as the popular BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and the Spicy Chick “N” Burger. The menu boasts plenty of juices, smoothies, shakes, and desserts, perfect if you have to grab something on the go.

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    Pizza-stuffed empanadas…and they’re vegan.

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    See More: Vegan Eats: Tea NJ in Jersey City

    Final Thoughts

    More Life Cafe literally breathes more life into Jersey City by making healthy food accessible to everyone. Marcell shared with us, “I really believe the inner city youth are the most susceptible to deceptive advertising and social programming,” Marcell shared with us, noting that he is on a mission to make healthy food more accessible {including offering student specials}. Marcell hopes to spread the positivity of the vegan movement, fostering a culture of healthier and happier children in Jersey City. Look out for open mic night and other community events at More Life Cafe, coming soon.

    Have you been to More Life Cafe? What did you like about it? Share your experience with us in the comments below and tag us in your foodie pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl <3

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    Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.


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