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vegan super bowl @ tony’s

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!  

the pretzels at golden road brewing seem to get even better and better by the day. i feel kinda bad because this place has a gigantic menu stuffed with crazy vegan items, and i’ve tried almost none of them! i get the pretzel every time i go; i can’t help it! it’s just so soft and perfect, and the mustard it comes with is hotter than any i’ve ever tasted (and i’m a colman’s addict). be careful dipping into this stuff. it’ll blow your brains out!
since my last posting on this pretzel, GR now offers 2 sizes: small and large. get the large. you won’t be sorry (unless you eat too much mustard). these pretzels are the PERFECT bar food! i wish they were available at tony’s darts away and mohawk bend as well. until then, i’ll keep getting my fix at golden road!

the pretzels at golden road brewing seem to get even better and better by the day. i feel kinda bad because this place has a gigantic menu stuffed with crazy vegan items, and i’ve tried almost none of them! i get the pretzel every time i go; i can’t help it! it’s just so soft and perfect, and the mustard it comes with is hotter than any i’ve ever tasted (and i’m a colman’s addict). be careful dipping into this stuff. it’ll blow your brains out!

since my last posting on this pretzel, GR now offers 2 sizes: small and large. get the large. you won’t be sorry (unless you eat too much mustard). these pretzels are the PERFECT bar food! i wish they were available at tony’s darts away and mohawk bend as well. until then, i’ll keep getting my fix at golden road!

spud buds at stone world bistro & gardens in escondido: stone ipa organic garlicky mashed potatoes, balled up and deep fried in arrogant bastard ale batter. served with a side of stone smoked porter bbq sauce for dipping. all vegan!

dude, if you haven’t been to stone brewery yet, stop reading this and GO! it’s an incredible brewery with a super classy vegan-friendly restaurant attached to it. there are a few hotels within walking distance, and i highly recommend a food field trip just to eat and drink there. i’ve done it many times!

had a ridiculously good dinner tonight with some friends at the somewhat recently reopened fatty’s in eagle rock. top notch food in a really nice environment—-this is definitely one of the best vegetarian restaurants in LA, and the ambiance can’t be beat. go there if you haven’t been.

clara’s cakes provided the delicious dessert (not available at fatty’s).

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vegans: don’t eat gardein at yard house

i know that on my old blog, i posted about the vegan options at yard house several times…and i was super stoked when they started carrying gardein. after some back and forth with their staff in person and their PR company via email though, i’ve determined that it’s probably not safe to eat the gardein options there. the yard house prides itself on its ambiguity when it comes to vegan items, and though they have a menu full of the most popular fake meat on the planet, they refuse to confirm that they offer even one vegan item. i’ll spend my money and my calories elsewhere.

below is an abbreviated email exchange with someone on team yard house, which started with them sending me a press release about gardein items:

the first is the original email from yard house’s PR team about the gardein menu items:

then my response:

and their reply:

fucking bummer! what a wasted opportunity to offer vegan items at a huge chain restaurant. yard house should take a clue from zpizza and expand their customer base to include vegans.

if you have any more info on yard house’s continuation or departure from lameness, let me know.

russian river damnation at the little bear, a new belgian bar in downtown LA. this place rules: the beer selection is killer and it even has a vegan burger option!

russian river damnation at the little bear, a new belgian bar in downtown LA. this place rules: the beer selection is killer and it even has a vegan burger option!

the weekend is almost here which means two days of BRUNCH coming up at tony’s darts away from 10am-afternoonish. this only happens on saturday and sunday, so get with it. my favorite thing thus far is the breakfast burrito: quinoa & tofu all scrambled up, onions and salsa in a giant tortilla. it normally comes with daiya and bell peppers—-but i opt out of both.
is that a beer at 10am? it sure is!

the weekend is almost here which means two days of BRUNCH coming up at tony’s darts away from 10am-afternoonish. this only happens on saturday and sunday, so get with it. my favorite thing thus far is the breakfast burrito: quinoa & tofu all scrambled up, onions and salsa in a giant tortilla. it normally comes with daiya and bell peppers—-but i opt out of both.

is that a beer at 10am? it sure is!

it’s coming…
The 3rd LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival presented by The Roxy, Tony’s Darts Away and Quarrygirl! 
Save the date: May 12th 2012

it’s coming…

The 3rd LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival presented by The Roxy, Tony’s Darts Away and Quarrygirl

Save the date: May 12th 2012

pizza port!

pizza port rules. i mean, their slogan is “tasty grub and grog”…my 2 favorite things.

fresh beer

vegan cheese-less pizza with loads of toppings

vegetables with hummus

beer buddies (no cheese)

not all beers are vegan, so check with the staff about which ones are.

we will miss you, blue palms!

UPDATE: this just in via a tweet from a blue palms bartender: they have 3 more days in business, get over there!

sad, sad, sad. due to some totally bullshit lease drama, today is the last day of business for one of our favorite bars in los angeles: blue palms brewhouse. we said goodbye to it this afternoon with a craftsman triple white sage. if you read this in time, go hit up blue palms tonight for some damn good beer and a vegan sausage. end of an era.

the pub @ golden road brewing…

…AKA my new favorite place to hang out.

golden road brewing recently opened the doors of their very vegan-friendly pub, and after one visit, i’m hooked.

in addition to a growing roster of freshly brewed beers, golden road offers an extensive menu with plenty of inventive meatless options. we tried:

the pretzel with spicy mustard. it was simple yet tasty, and the mustard was hot as hell. this also comes with a vegan cheese option for an extra charge.

next up: vegan meatballs! not all soy fake meaty, instead these were made out of rice! so delectable, and served with cornbread.

lastly: the potato sandwich (CARB HEAVEN!): roasted tatties with cheesy sauce, onions, and arugula in a huge baguette. (no peppers!)

we washed it all down with plenty of point the way IPAs, which made for a splendid saturday.

on top of the plentiful vegan food and craft beer, the atmosphere at golden road is chill and comfortable—-there’s loads of seating, the servers are friendly, and there’s a jukebox stocked with lou reed, pixies, and the smiths. the only thing i would warn about is the fact it got a bit chilly due to the giant doors, so bundle up!

OH!!! and i ran into tal ronnen today at golden road—-haha! this place is obviously a hub for vegan “celebs”!

definitely check out golden road ASAP. there’s nothing like it in LA. cheers!

vegan in paris

last week we were in paris for a few days! instead of planning our trip around crazy vegan restaurants (although that is a very fun thing to do), we spent most of our time exploring the city on foot and snacking on whatever was nearby. that means we ate A LOT of baguettes, and you won’t hear any complaints from me about that. we did manage to hit up 2 noteworthy spots though. check it out:

one of our friends told us that l’as du fallafel has “the best falafel outside of israel”, and that we should check it out. i have never been to israel, but this stuff was definitely special. the default “vegetarian” sandwich is vegan, and the staff speak english, so it was easy to ensure that our food was safe to eat. on top of the killer sandwich, l’as also provided a pot of insanely hot harissa chili sauce and offered cold israeli beer to wash it all down. 

because l’as du falaffel is known to have an insane line, we showed up 15 minutes before they opened, and actually got a seat inside…which is supposedly unheard of. i guess most customers eat their sandwich in the street? next time i go, i’m definitely showing up early again! QG don’t eat in the street.

of course we scoped out the eiffel tower…

but the line was ridiculously long, so we didn’t go to the top. we did manage to get up the arc de triomphe though for some gorgeous views of the city…

not too far from our hotel was the ubiquitous loving hut. by far the biggest vegan chain on earth, they’ve got over 120 locations! the paris one is unique though, and we got some pretty nifty stuff including a wonderful cheesy mushroom crepe:

and a plate of the best vegan cheese i’ve ever eaten in my life:

this stuff is called vegusto, and it’s magical! i already tumbled about it here—-none of the other fake cheeses come close! loving hut also sells it at their counter along with some seitan products, and i was sure to stock up before leaving.

we also got some spring rolls which were nice, but nothing extraordinary.

the bar scene isn’t very hoppin’ in paris, but there are lots of quaint little “cafes” where you can get a nice beligian beer. i got several.

the coffee in paris is ridiculously good, and you can usually get it at the same cafes that sell beer—-tiny little portions of high quality espresso.

we smuggled some ms cupcake vegan sausage rolls into france from vx in london, and enjoyed them late at night in our hotel room with some french wine…

and lastly, on the train back to the UK, we ate yet another baguette and a wheaty spacebar sausage that we bought at loving hut.

we didn’t try hard at all, and we were able to find really memorable vegan food in paris. just a quick happycow search reveals all the places we didn’t visit, of which there are many! so whoever says paris isn’t for vegans is dead wrong.

rosamunde sausage grill

good times: some beers and a vegan field roast sausage at rosamunde sausage grill in san francisco’s mission district. unlike the haight location, this one is a proper bar and sit down restaurant. 

the food at rosamunde is excellent, the staff members are knowledgeable about veganism (separate grill!), and the beer list rules. i did, however, see a mouse in the bathroom…if that sorta thing bothers you!

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