I had the pleasure of working alongside Christine Oppenheim at a vegan restaurant for over a year and learned of her ventures in the catering/cooking lessons world. Before I quit my job at this restaurant I shall leave nameless, I saw a vegan fruit tart that Christine made for a frequent customer. That’s when I inquired about making a cake for my mom’s birthday. Christine happily brainstormed some ideas with me and we settled on this delicious chocolate with coffee buttercream frosting double layer cake (all vegan and organic of course!). My mom loved this cake so much, describing it as “not too sweet, decadent and perfect.”
Veggie Fixation, based in Santa Monica, currently offers private catering and cooking classes. Be sure to check out her website and blog for updates and info on future Whole Foods cooking demos!!
if you are a vegan living in los angeles, you should make it a priority to eat at urbano pizza bar downtown. trust me. the establishment just changed chefmanship, and under the supervision of exec chef bruce kalman, there’s a newfound focus on fresh vegetables and vegan options. most of the ingredients are handpicked at a local farmers market, and it really comes through in the taste. in fact, i’d venture to say that even though urbano is new to the vegan pizza game, they already make the best pie in town. here’s what we ate:
vegan farmers market pizza special of the night: daiya cheese, truffle oil, hedgehog mushrooms, spring onions, green garlic, leeks and pea tendrils. $14
(we sat at the chef’s counter, which has a great view of the kitchen!)
let me start by saying: i think pitfire pizza is awesome and delicious. they have several locations in LA and serve some pretty tasty “artisan” (what does that word REALLY mean?!) pizzas with daiya cheese as an option. i raved about them previously here.
however after eating several screwed WTF? meals at the north hollywood location, i need to voice my frustration! for the most part, i love it. i love ordering at the counter, i love the crisp toppings, the craft beer selection, the sunlit dining area. however, my last 4 pitfire experiences have included vegan orders that accidentally/negligently included animal products. fucked up! here’s the latest:
hit up pitfire today with a group of vegan homies. we scheduled our break from work accordingly—-at noon, before the lunch rush. here’s what went wrong:
-sublime was playing when we arrived, only to be followed by the red hot chili peppers. awful vs terrible.
-after braving the long line, we were told pitfire was out of vegan cheese. our crew had to roll cheeseless. that’s fine, but not so great when you’re getting a bunch of vegans together to have a special lunch.
-my pal’s pizza came out covered in the correct toppings…plus arugula. she mentioned it was wrong, and the staff apologized but didn’t immediately offer her a new pizza. she decided to just eat it, only to find out after one slice that it had random REAL CHEESE shreds streaked across it.
-to be fair, pitfire offered up a gift card, but the damage had been done.
such a weird, uncomfortable dining experience. right? previous to this, i’ve had the following fuck ups: real cheese in my vegan salad (twice), real cheese AND daiya on my parents’ vegan pizza. WHO PUTS REAL CHEESE AND VEGAN CHEESE ON A VEGAN PIZZA?
glad that’s off my chest. i encourage you all to eat at pitfire. it’s great. but if you eat at the valley location, inspect the fuck outta your food!
vg burgers in boulder is closed. but really, who cares!
should i be sad that vg burgers, boulder colorado’s ONLY vegan restaurant, has now closed? i dunno, maybe. but it sucked big time. i went there on my birthday and had the most awful and expensive meal. everything was pre-packaged and not properly cooked. i know places like veggie grill proudly rock the generic frozen gardein in all their dishes, but at least they put some effort into it!
anyways, in memory of vg burgers, here are some snaps of my underwhelming birthday meal—-which cost $30 and tasted like 5. BTW ATTN ALL RESTAURANTS: IF YOU EVER SHUT DOWN, UPDATE YOUR FUCKING WEBSITE!
burnt frozen hot wings. $5.99
boca bacon cheeseburger. $9.99
reuben that i could make at home. $7.99
tempeh was out of a package—-not heated, seasoned, nothing!
sorry you closed, vg! but you truly gave vegan restaurants a bad name.
we have long been huge fans colLAboration pop up beer gardens, and the one next weekend looks like it’s going to be pretty epic: we’re talking lots of rare specialty brews, vegan food available for purchase, and several different glass/taster packages to choose from. plus, it’s located close to the metro blue line so you can cut loose without having to drive.
to win ONE free glass of your choosing, plus 3 free beer tokens: all you need to do is comment on this post. (just type out your comment and post it as a “guest”, and please use a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!) 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on monday february 20th. best of luck!
PS: i know we’re only giving away one glass/ticket, so if you win, consider buying one as well for your buddy or date. you’ll be so popular.
denver colorado is one of america’s top beer cities, and it’s also home to some of the tastiest vegan food i’ve ever eaten—-who’dve thought! on our latest trip there (you already read about our debaucherous meals at city o’ city), we hit up freshcraft: one of the town’s best beer bars that happens to boast a surprisingly vegan-friendly menu. here’s what we ate:
fresh avocado salad wrap: sliced avocado, marinated rice noodles, shaved cabbage, radicchio, red onion. (no honey vinaigrette!) garnished with cashews and chili sauce. $8
mole bello tacos: cocoa chili marinated roasted mushrooms, southwestern slaw, tomato junks, creamy lime sauce. (this dish is VEGAN by DEFAULT! it even says so on the menu!) $8.75
if you must watch football this weekend, tony’s darts away is the place to do it. they’re going nuts with a vegan super bowl menu that will include: wings with ranch dressing, tortilla chips and five layer dip, frito pie, and jackfruit sliders. the normal menu will be available as well.
oh, and golden road beers will be on sale for $3.50 each. TOUCHDOWN!