There’s a New Vegan Cheese in Town!

Along the lines of our last entry, be on the lookout for a new vegan cheese called “daiya.”  This is the real deal…the panacea to all of life’s problems…the answer to our collective prayers (especially those of us who love pizza!).  And, it’s NOT made from soy.

Of course, as I’ve covered extensively, there’s nothing wrong with having some soy in the diet.  But, 1) there are plenty of vegan products already made from soy, and 2) true vegan soy cheese (which does not contain casein), runs hot and cold, to be honest.  And one of the biggest problems with it – especially where pizza is concerned – is that it doesn’t melt very well.

Such is not the case with Daiya brand vegan cheese.  It’s actually made from some combination of cassava, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours.  And while I don’t believe they’ve launched it as a retail item just yet, there are a number of restaurants that are starting to offer it.

I’ve been digging it at a local LA pizzeria called Z Pizza.  Check this bad boy out!


This is the “Berkeley,” with daiya instead of their regular soy cheese (which contains casein) and minus the pesto.  Fantastic!

And for full effect, take a peek at this vid.  Here’s my friend, Andy Mars – a long-time, LA-based vegan/activist enjoying a slice right out of the oven.  Notice how this cheese sort of oozes and pulls like “real” cheese?

Kudos to Andy, by the way.  He was the one who persuaded the folks at Z Pizza to start offering daiya…AND he’s been a tireless supporter of them every since, getting a bunch of people to drop by and try it.  True activism, folks…

Check out the Daiya Foods web site for more info:

Bon appetit,


About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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3 Responses to There’s a New Vegan Cheese in Town!

  1. Despina says:

    I wish they had places like that here in New Jersey. There are plenty of supermarkets and places to buy vegan products but there are no vegan restaurants! Hmmm…. maybe I should open one LOL

  2. Lisamarie says:

    We have one pizza place called Pizza Fushion in Spring, Tx that offers vegan pizzas with casein-free soy cheese. It’s OK-tasting, but I like this other vegan cheese better that I get at Whole Foods; will have to try to make my own pizza with it sometime, or put it on one I order out for and see how well it melts!

    Oh btw Bobby, were these travels while on the road performing, or were they more like just personal visits with friends?
    I ask because I notice the tour dates section of you site is never updated; any way we can maybe change that so we can know where you’ll playing?

  3. Lisamarie says:

    Oh guess what?? I found out we had a Z Pizza in Houston and went last night and got the CA style with the vegan cheese. It was VERY good, so I’ll definitely be going back there! 🙂

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