VIDEO: quarrygirl presents veggie grill + a GIVEAWAY
we have been long time fans of the hearty comfort food at veggie grill, and now it looks like the rest of the nation is catching on as well. the entirely vegan fast-casual chain was recently named in forbes’ list of "15 explosively growing companies to watch", and currently has 20 locations across 3 states with plans to open several more this year. we caught up with co-founder and “chief foodie” ray white to chat about what makes their delicious cuisine both healthy and unique.
ALSO, we are giving away 2 $15 gift cards to the new veggie grill location in encino! so watch the video, then read below about how to win.
now! in order to win a $15 gift card to the new veggie grill location in encino, leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite veggie grill menu item. never been to veggie grill? that’s okay, check out the menu here and leave a comment telling us what you would order on your first visit. 2 winners will be chosen at random.
**please note, this blog theme is a little funky. if you are reading this from the homepage, you may not see the comment option below. if that’s the case, click on the date at the top of the post, then scroll down and comment using the “pick a name” option. we will contact winners using the email address they provide in the email field. get your comments in my midnight PST on sunday june 16th for a chance to win. best o luck!
VIDEO! quarrygirl presents clara's cakes! a teenage-run vegan bakery in LA.
you’re probably already familiar with teenage baking sensation clara polito, who owns and operates her own vegan business in los angeles called clara’s cakes…after all we’ve posted tworecipe videos with her in the past. clara went vegan at the age of 12, and frustrated with the animal-free dessert options in her area, she decided to learn how to make her own treats. four years later, she’s got her own bakery with a menu that wows all kinds of eaters. in today’s video, we sat down with clara at her home in LA and learned about her most delicious creations and why she went vegan in the first place.
VIDEO! At Home with Susan Feniger: Vegan Avocado on Toast
Time for another video in our Quarrygirl Presents: At Home with Susan Feniger series! This time we go to the famous chef’s Los Angeles pad for a simple breakfast of mashed avocado on toast. It’s so easy and the perfect way to use up avocados before they spoil! Watch as Susan shares her favorite and quickest recipe and also gives us tips on pronunciation, her favourite knife, and why buying fresh pepper is important.
VIDEO! At Home with Susan Feniger: Vegan Masoor Dal
Hey guys! What, with me moving across the world and throwing LA Vegan Beer Fest and everything, I feel like it’s been ages since I posted a Quarrygirl Presents video! Well, the wait is over. Welcome to our new series At Home With Susan Feniger, where we head to the house of one of LA’s most beloved chefs to see what she makes for breakfast. Susan is the driving force behind popular restaurants such as Border Grill, Ciudad, and of course Qurarrygirl favorite Susan Feniger’s STREET. While she isn’t a vegetarian or vegan, Susan tends to cook an eclectic vegan menu at home, much of which is inspired by her travels around Asia. In this series we explore extremely quick and easy animal-free recipes in the intimacy of Susan’s kitchen.
First up: Masoor Dal! Watch the video above and follow along with the recipe below, and be sure to stay tuned for more vids!
Makes 7 cups
2 ounces vegan butter or olive oil
2 cups diced white onion
Sweet potato (optional)
1 Tablespoon Mustard Seeds
1 Tablespoon Cumin Seeds
1 Tablespoon Turmeric
Neem Leaves aka Curry Leaves (optional)
2 - 7 cups water, depending on desired thickness
1 pound masoor dal (2 1/2 cups)
1 1/4 Tablespoons kosher salt
Heat the vegan butter or oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepot over medium-high heat.
Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until caramelized a rich golden brown.
Reduce the heat slightly to medium. Add the sweet potato and season with salt. Then add the dried spices: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, neem leaves. Cook a few minutes (while stirring) until all the aromas of the spices are released.
Add the dal and stir to toast with the spices for 1 minute before adding the water or vegetable stock. Stir again & season with salt. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until the dal is completely soft and cooked through and has taken on the flavor of the spices.
Stir occasionally so that the dal does not settle to the bottom of the pot and burn.
Remove from heat and serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator when cooled, until ready to use.
hey guys! over the weekend i had the honor of being interviewed on Good Food’s very first all vegetarian show on KCRW. they asked me to talk about some of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles where omnivores could get acquainted with excellent vegan food. listen up to learn about my top picks and where the name “quarrygirl” comes from.
also, in the same show, Good Food sat down with my pal Tony Yanow (owner of Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, and Golden Road Brewery; co-organizer of LA Vegan Beer Fest) to talk about what makes beer vegan. check it out and don’t forget to buy tickets to this week’s LA Vegan Beer Fest!
today’s episode of quarrygirl presents features m cafe de chaya, my favorite spot in los angeles to get decadent yet healthy food. the restaurant focuses on contemporary macrobiotic cuisine, and other than fish, the entire menu is vegan. whether you’re craving a hearty burger, a slap up breakfast, or something light like sushi or salad, m cafe has it all. we caught up with chef lee gross to talk about healthy eating and the best dishes for everyone at m cafe. check it out!
technique aside, the carrot dog blew my mind. it was soft and flavorful with vegetable toppings, spicy mustard and sriracha ketchup (!), served on a fluffy bun. a word to the vegans: only the parker bun and gluten-free bun are suitable for us. the others contain egg or dairy.
get ye to farmers market and try this thing. just trust me.
i’m super excited because today’s video is on our favorite pub in los angeles, tony’s darts away. many of you are probably familiar with the numerous meatless sausage options at tony’s…but did you know about the long list of inventive rotating daily specials, most of which are vegan? we caught up with chef randy st. clair and learned how he makes traditional meat offerings vegan, as well as his favorite vegetable based dishes. if you haven’t been to tony’s darts away yet, definitely check it out. the food and beer cannot be beat.
totally obsessed with this recipe. it’s super simple. all you do is dump ingredients into a bread machine and hit start, and three hours later you have delicious turkey-flavored seitan. give it a shot!
VEGAN GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! a public service announcement.
hey guys! i just wanna make a quick little public service announcement on how to find vegan girl scout cookies. as you may or may not know, girl scouts of america get their cookies from one of two bakeries—-little brownies (which has no vegan options) and abc (which has a few vegan options). if you find girl scouts selling abc cookies, the thin mints, peanut butter patties, thanks-a-lot and lemonades are all animal free. SCORE.
for a quick and easy way to tell which bakery the cookies are from, pay attention to the cookie names. little brownies brands their peanut butter cookies as “tag-a-longs” while abc calls them “peanut butter patties”…therefore if you run into girl scouts selling “peanut butter patties”, you are good to go. however, if they’re selling “tag-a-longs”, you are outta luck.
unfortunately the girl scouts in LA get their cookies from little brownie bakers, but vegan cookies can be found just south in orange county where abc is the bakery of choice. my friend david who lives down there was kind enough to send me a few boxes of thin mints and thanks-a-lots, and i’m kinda freaking out. they’re so good, just like i remember, and i haven’t eaten girl scout cookies in over ten years. if you feel like making the trip to the OC to buy some of these babies, you can use this super convenient tool called the girl scout cookie stalker to find out where girls will be selling cookies.
now go stalk some girl scouts and stock up on thin mints!
people may not realize it, but due to ingredients like butter and gelatin, traditional rice crispy treats aren’t vegan…or even vegetarian! in this video clara shows us how to make cruelty-free raspberry rice crispy treats that taste even better than the original using vegan substitutes like earth balance and dandies.
watch and learn, and be sure to hit up clara’s cakes for treats next time you’re in LA.
get vegan donuts this weekend from clara's cakes!!
this weekend just got a whole lot better because clara’s cakes added donuts to the menu at their sunday atwater village farm pop-up event. it has a valentine’s day theme, so you’ll be able to get heart pocket pies, chocolate caliente cookie sandwiches, red velvet cupcakes, and now…DONUTS! vegan donuts are pretty hard to come by in LA, and clara’s are incredible, so you don’t wanna miss this pop up!
so excited about the upcoming launch of dairy tree, a brand new vegan cheese made right here in LA!
their first release is going to be bleu cheese, which makes me super stoked because i have never tasted a decent version of that. i know people who have sampled dairy tree, and i have heard nothing but rave reviews. plus the chef behind it is sara from the vegan spot, and if you guys remember that place, they had the best vegan cheese in the land.be sure to sign up for updates!!!
VEGAN VIDEO: Quarrygirl Presents Susan Feniger's STREET
hey guys! today’s vegan video is on one of the very best restaurants in los angeles, susan feniger’s STREET. this is the kind of place you want to take your non-vegan friends to show them how amazing meatless food can be. from their inventive all vegetarian tasting menus to their vegan holiday specials, STREET is always pushing the limits of plant-based cuisine and coming up with new delicious experiences. we caught up with chef kajsa alger to learn about the best items on the menu and why everyone can eat together at STREET.
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 email@example.com, 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.