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!
For the entire Good Food vegetarian show, click here.
in case you haven’t heard the news already, the LA Vegan Beer Fest has gotten so big that we had to move it across the street from The Roxy to a vacant lot on Sunset. we are going to have more food vendors and more beers than ever before, so don’t miss what’s sure to be the most epic event of the year!
VIP tickets and non-drinking tickets are already SOLD OUT! click here to buy your general admission tickets now! they will sell out soon!
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.
i could spend all day at crate, london’s craft beer brewery and pizzeria in hackney wick. not only is the pizza delicious, but it’s vegan-friendly when ordered without cheese (the menu even has the v word on it!) and the staff are happy to throw on some extra toppings in place of the dairy. while not all of the beer at crate is suitable for vegans, they are experimenting with animal-free finings and i was able to get a lovely vegan stout on cask. go support this place and their vegan beer when you’re in london. and order the sage truffle pizza with shredded potatoes, it’s mind-blowing.
recently traveled to colorado (denver and boulder) for the great american beer festival. food, food, food, food, beer, and food!
city o’ city in denver (pictured above and below): breakfast burritos, buffalo wings and savory waffles for brunch. pretzels, pizza, and kimchi stew for dinner.
…seitan wings, reubens, cesar salad.
vegan pizza by basic kneads at great divide brewing (they know what vegan means, separate utensils and everything!).
lodging at the brown palace.
breakfasting at watercourse: scrambles, burritos, homemade sausage.
dinner at watercourse: seitan wings, draught beer, a benedict special, and ricey tofu dish.
overall: gorgeous scenery, inventive vegan food, and craft beer…what more can i ask for?
wirsthaus on la brea is a german bar that has vegan pretzels*, sauerkraut, and beer by the liter…not to mention a decent vegan sausage selection. it’s a great place to waste your afternoon and the contents of your wallet—-god knows i’ve done it.
*i order the pretzel with beer mustard instead of sweet mustard, because i’m paranoid about honey.
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.
super excited! this thursday evening (9/27!), our pals at the roxy are taking over the sunset strip market with a mini craft beer fest that will include live music and a grilled cheese stand…and YES, there will be vegan options!
i sampled the vegan sandwich from the roxy grilled cheese club back at the LA vegan beer fest in may and it was mighty gooey and delicious—-i’m so glad they’re bringing it back on thursday! the weekly sunset strip farmers market was launched just a few months ago, and i’m thinking this is the perfect opportunity to check it out if you haven’t already. come on down to weho on thursday between 5-9pm to enjoy live music, quality beer, vegan grilled cheese, and organic goods from local farmers. bring your shopping bag, because you’ll need it! entrance is free.
a quick day trip to the bay area lead to our random discovery of delarosa, a high end vegan-friendly pizza bar with lots of great beer on draught (not to mention wine and cocktails). while the menu offers both vegan sausage and vegan cheese (soy-based/not daiya), we opted instead for the naturally vegan and cheese-less spicy marinara pie. exquisite!! check this place out. the pizza is phenomenal and the tap list isn’t fucking around.