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!
the vegan burrito at swinger’s diner on beverly is always a good standby. tofu and sautéed spinach, with quinoa and black beans wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, topped with chipotle sauce…only $6.50.
on a recent trip to the bay area, we were super lucky to be treated to an epic vegan brunch at the donut farm by none other than laura, the queen of one of our favorite blogs ever: vegansaurus! it was so insanely good. fresh donuts, lots of savory items, and giant portions. dear donut farm, please open in LA. dear vegansaurus crew, i can’t wait for you to come to LA so i can take you out and return the favor. here’s what we ate:
biscuits AND DONUTS and gravy! fucking intense. having a breakfast donut covered in gravy is one of the most gluttonous/crazy things i’ve ever eaten, and i loved it. it came with hash browns too.
breakfast burrito w/ mole and potatoes. topped w/ avocado.
waffles w/ fixins and homemade vegan butter.
good old fashioned scramble w/ toast, potatoes, loads of vegetables.
if i lived in the bay area, i’d be at the pepples brunch every weekend! no doubt.
vita cafe is one of my favorite spots to hit up in portland. the menu is huge, almost entirely vegetarian, and everything on it can be made vegan. big hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, entree platters, even tap beer—-vita has it all.
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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.
vegans have it made in england. there are multiple clearly-indicated vegetarian options on virtually every restaurant menu—-and most morning spots (as well as some pubs!) offer a vegetarian “full english breakfast”. this usually includes eggs, veggie sausage, baked beans, mushrooms and/or tomatoes, toast, and some sort of potato product. you’re usually safe to order this (just omit the eggs and in most cases the veggie sausage, specify no butter, and check the bread—-you know, the usual vegan 5th degree).
most places are happy to top you off with some extra mushrooms/beans/tomatoes/hash browns/whatever they have on hand. my advice is to take what’s available and make it into a breakfast sandwich:
this works almost ANYWHERE in england! diners, rest areas off the highway, hotels, bars, nice restaurants, you name it—-it’s crazy. there’s no menu item that’s this trusty and reliable for vegans across the country in the US. i’m jealous.
every vegan needs to visit portland before they die. the city is overflowing with amazing restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops—-almost all of which offer a plethora of animal-free dishes. i’ve heard it referred to as “the vegan capital of america”, and that sounds about right. one of our favorite morning spots in portland is paradox cafe. the menu is mostly vegetarian, and almost anything can be made vegan. they open early everyday, and the breakfast rocks.
i highly recommend the biscuits and gravy…
as well as the smothered taters with almond gravy.
notice i recommended two gravy-heavy dishes. yeah, the gravy at paradox is ridiculously good. get over there next time you’re in pdx.
one of the best places to get a vegan breakfast in london is inspiral lounge in camden. there’s nothing traditional about this little restaurant’s take on the “traditional” english breakfast—-in fact their version is quite extraordinary!
this breakfast was so good, i ate it three times in one week, and even that wasn’t enough. for a mere ₤6.45 it comes with scrambled tofu, homemade veggie sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns, homemade baked beans, and toast! the whole plate is amazing, but the stand outs are definitely the beans and sausage.
beware: inspiral can be inconsistent, not in the quality, but in the quantity of certain items. depending on when you go, they may be out of something…but they’re always happy to give you extra of something else.
more bad news: service is slow and the wifi situation is absolutely bonkers (you have to go through a code obstacle course to get connected—-just ask for the password and you’ll see what i mean; it’s a trip!), but overall this place gets a solid A in my book.
definitely one of the best vegan breakfasts in london. served from 9am-11:30am daily.
oh, and please note this place seems entirely vegan, and the food is, but they use dairy milk in coffee. bastards!