VIDEO: quarrygirl presents masa of echo park. authentic chicago deep dish pizza veganized!
i’m so excited about today’s video with masa of echo park! as you probably know, i’m a huge pizza fan, and masa makes my all time favorite vegan version—an authentic chicago deep dish with teese soy cheese. we caught up with owner rob rowe and learned what makes the deep dish special, why it takes so long to bake, and which menu items everyone can enjoy at masa. check it:
i wish i could be more like owner mellissa morgan aka ms. cupcake. disappointed in the lack of british vegan baked goods when she moved to england from canada, she took matters into her own hands and started making treats in her tiny flat and selling them at a market stall. just three years later, ms. cupcake is a world famous bakery in brixton with over 150 different cupcake varieties, several other dessert lines, savory items, and a cookbook on the way.
we sat down with mellissa to chat about why she started baking, why all people (not just vegans!) enjoy her desserts, and how cupcakes can provide an inclusive experience. when in london, be sure to check out ms. cupcake—-you won’t regret it!
LA Vegan Beer and Food Fest 2013: Tickets on sale TODAY!
i can’t believe it’s already time for another vegan beer fest! the lastthreeevents have been nothing short of epic, so be sure not to miss the 4th LA Vegan Beer and Food Fest on may 4th! tickets go on sale TODAY at 10:30am. buy now because we always sell out!
if you haven’t been to one of our fests before, you’re in for a treat. presented by the roxy, tony’s darts away, and yours truly the LA Vegan Beer and Food Fest provides unlimited craft beer for the price of entry from several breweries plus musical entertainment and access to LA’s best vegan vendors and food trucks. for a little bit extra, you can get a vip ticket with early entrance and access to the on the rox lounge.
in this week’s edition of our new vegan video series, we catch up with mollie englehart, the owner of sage vegan bistro and kindkreme dairy-free ice cream parlors. sage has been open less than 2 years, but has already gained a reputation as one of the best vegan spots in los angeles, and is definitely one of my personal favorites. similarly, kindkreme is the go-to place in LA for vegan dessert and has already opened 3 locations! in this video, mollie, who was born and raised vegan, fills us in on what inspired her to open kindkreme and why all foodies should check out sage.
to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and do it soon because space is limited! an intimate get-together at a private home with fantastic food cooked by three lovely ladies…sounds like a perfect valentines day to me!
vegan fish and chips at coach & horses, london's first vegetarian pub!
what a time to be alive! london now has it’s very own vegetarian pub—-and i’m not talking about new age hippie stuff—-it’s a proper old traditional pub with meatless versions of traditional pub food! norman’s coach and horses in soho has been well known in the west end for years, and in 2012 the new owner decided to give it an all vegetarian menu with lots of vegan options. we had the “tofush and chips” with vegan tartar sauce…unbelievable! i have eaten vegan fish and chips a few times in my life, and this was by far the best. it even had nori mixed in with the tofu to give it a sea-like flavor.
be warned, coach and horses is still getting their act together when it comes to serving lunch. on one occasion we arrived and were informed food wouldn’t be served until the evening because of a chef scheduling issue. the owner was very apologetic though, and offered to make it up to us on our next visit. definitely try this place out if you’re ever in london. eating tasty vegan food in a lovely old pub was one of the culinary highlights of my life and i can’t wait to do it again.
unfortunately, vegan mexican cuisine can be hard to find, thanks to traditionally prevalent ingredients like lard and chicken stock…but hugo’s tacos eschews those animal-based additives in favor of healthier alternatives. an offshoot of the popular hugo’s restaurants brand, the taco stand has two los angeles locations specializing in authentic fare with a fresh vegan twist. we sat down with owner tom kaplan who filled us in on his favorite dishes, the inspiration for the menu, and why everyone loves the vegan food at hugo’s tacos.
Hey guys! It has been over a year since I stopped daily blogging, but my inbox still overflows with questions like “Where should I eat with non-vegan friends?”, “What are your favorite vegan recipes?” and “Which restaurants should I hit up when in LA?”. So, I decided the best answer would be to create a video series highlighting the amazing chefs and restaurants that appeal to vegans and omnivores alike! If you dig the videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, give feedback, and share them with your friends. We’ll keep making them if you keep watching them.
In our first episode, watch chef Roi Elam of Sun Cafe in Studio City prepare his award winning vegan mac ‘n’ cheese and tell us why we should all eat at his restaurant.
an early thanksgiving present from vegansaurus to you: how to make an unturkey! in case you aren’t aware, unturkey was the greatest vegan holiday roast known to man until it was discontinued a few years ago. now you can bring it back to life.
OK, so Thanksgiving is almost here. I think. It’s next week, right? To prepare for the main event, your Vegansaurus took one for the team and made a motherfucking UNTURKEY. I made it the original Unturkey way and I made one the new Miyoko Schinner one (she’s the original creator of the…
for a chance to win, reblog this post on tumblr OR leave a comment describing your ultimate dream plate of vegan nachos. good luck! a winner will be chosen randomly by midnight to win two jars of queso (one original + one mild) and announced tomorrow on it’s just nacho day.
but that’s not all. food for lovers is also giving away an ENTIRE CASE of queso to whoever submits a photo of the most outrageous plate of vegan nachos via instagram, twitter or facebook. just be sure to tag @NachoDay.
happy national nacho day, everyone! now go win some queso.
mark your calendars, folks, because november 11th is the vegan chili cook off at tony’s darts away! 5 chefs will go head to head during a 6 hour event to find out who makes the best vegan chili in LA! i will be there as a judge, and you should join me. here is the vital info:
Sunday, November 11th
Price: $10 (includes five 3oz tastes of Chili, and a voting ballot)
Panel of Judges:
Editor-in-Chief of Vegetarian Times, Elizabeth Turner
LA Weekly Food Blogger/Restaurant Critic, Garrett Snyder
Local Vegan Blogger, Quarry Girl
Participating Chef Teams:
The Hot Knives: Alex Brown & Evan George, authors of The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook: Salad Daze
world vegan day at two boots: FREE PIZZA and music!
hey guys! thursday is world vegan day, and we’re teaming up with two boots pizza to celebrate! between 6-8pm both LA two boots locations will be giving out FREE slices of the new quarry girl vegan pizza (designed by me!) which comes piled high with san marzano tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, artichoke, fresh garlic, and a swirl of basil pesto. after thursday, the pizza will be available for one week…so make sure you get a chance to eat it.
in addition to free pizza, the echo park location will have free live music by LA’s own moses campbell. they’re an awesome band, and if you missed them at the el rey a couple weeks ago, this is your chance to make up for it. (huge thanks to clara from clara’s cakes for suggesting them).
really hope to see you all at two boots on thursday! come try my new pizza, dance in the street, and celebrate veganism in general. here are the official event deets:
Two Boots & Quarrygirl World Vegan Day Celebration: FREE PIZZA and Live Music!
heads up: one of our absolute favorite los angeles haunts, the pub at golden road brewing, has added a slew of new tasty vegan options to its menu. as if i don’t hang out there enough already… additions include: jackfruit tacos (2 for $4, pictured above!), french fries, the fried ALT (ipa battered avocado, lettuce, tomato) sandwich, the southwest burger, and vegan oreo cheesecake. check it out!
went to seattle last week and while i was there, i visited 2 upscale mexican fast food chains that i’d never been to before: taco del mar and qdoba. both serve up awesome gigantic vegan-friendly burritos, but taco del mar comes out on top for having the word “vegan” on their menu, and for making my favorite fast food burrito to date. i’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
taco del mar beauty wrapped up with a side of hot salsa.
just look at that spinach tortilla, one of many vegan flavors!
it’s what’s inside that counts: black beans (although there are other vegan bean options!), seasoned rice, 3 types of salsa, and pico de gallo. for a full list of what’s vegan at taco del mar (and there’s a lot!) check out their website.
and now for qdoba…
veggie burrito bomb!
i went for the whole wheat tortilla, but white is also an option.
inside was cilantro lime rice, black beans, guacamole and salsa. very chipotle-esque, but even better. for a list of what’s vegan at qdoba, check out the vegan eating out site.
i love burritos, and both of these babies earn high marks from me. like i said earlier, taco del mar’s was extra exceptional…so definitely make it a point to eat there if you ever have the chance.
we are very lucky to have sage vegan bistro in los angeles. i’ve only eaten there a handful of times, but on each visit i’ve been astounded by the high quality of the food and the inventiveness of the menu. where else can you get fried mac n cheese balls, a croissant club sandwich, and potato broccoli pierogies—-all animal-free—-all in one place? they’ve got everything from comfort food to haute cuisine, brunch through dinner, and desserts provided by kind kreme, the best vegan ice cream maker in LA. what’s not to love? i hit up sage with brittany recently for the first time in years and loved every bite of it.
french lentil soup in a bread bowl - fantastic. vegan soup in a bread bowl is super hard to find and sage does it perfectly.
banh mi sandwich - this was britt’s and she loved it.
from here on out, i make a vow to eat at sage more often. and next time, i’m gonna order dessert. i deserve it.
santa barbara has more restaurants per capita than any other city on the west coast, yet surprisingly only one of those establishments is vegan: adama. fortunately, the place rocks - the decor is sheik, the service is impeccable, the booze list is plentiful, and most importantly, the food is varied and delicious. recently we chowed down on some hearty sandwiches and a knish appetizer, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed.
potato knish with mustard. $4
club sandwich: “bacon”, seitan, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. served with salad. $14
"pastrami" sandwich: slices of pepper encrusted seitan seasoned with fennel and caraway, thinly sliced cucumber, mustard, and cole slaw. served with a side salad. $11
everything was on point—-large portions of extremely well prepared tasty food. in addition to their lunch menu, adama serves breakfast, dinner, and dessert. seriously, this place is a must when visiting santa barbara. i know i’ll never pass through without a meal at adama.
i know what you’re thinking: "all LA needs is another vegan-friendly beer and sausage bar." and it’s TRUE! there can never ever ever be enough!! link n hops in atwater village is the latest addition, and it’s fantastic. an impressive variety of vegan sausage flavors, a solid toppings selections, condiments galore and lots of craft beer on tap…bonus points for being super close to my office. i’m sold.
just a quick update with more info on the new fall menu at native foods that will hit all locations tomorrow!
pizzas will be off the menu. the caesar salad will be off the menu. they’re bringing the OC raw chopper salad back, along with a new cobb salad that contains crispy shallots and tofu bacon. the bistro steak sandwich (pictured above) will be added to the menu!! the maryland tempeh cakes are history, and will be replaced with polenta bites. new soups include split pea with garlic croutons and french onion with native cheese. vanilla cupcakes, cardamom rose cupcakes and strawberry shortcakes will be taken off the menu and replaced with pumpkin pie (served with ginger cream on the side), pumpkin cheesecake (served with a maple pecan sauce), and an oatmeal cookie cream sandwich!