brunch insanity at mohawk bend in echo park with my girls. starting to the left and going up clockwise, you’re looking at: hearts of palm “crab cakes” with hollandaise sauce, bottomless sangria, a pizza bagel with vegan cheese and seitan sausage, a “banh mi pizza” (marinated tofu, pickled carrots & daikon, jalapenos, herb salad, sriracha aioli), an asparagus potato pizza with leek puree and nutritional yeast, and a ballast point yellowtail beer. yes, this place rules.
beautiful day in LA
and i was so stoked about this all vegan bar and restaurant that was set to open soon in venice! shift posted tonight on their facebook page that the restaurant has been postponed indefinitely due to devastating factors beyond their control. i am beyond sad about this—-especially since they were going to serve craft beer and incredible food made by sara radovanovitch (formerly of the vegan spot), one of the best chefs around and maker of some of the greatest sandwiches i’ve ever eaten.
a moment of silence.
this weekend marked the re-opening of tom bergin’s, and of course we were there to celebrate. established in 1936, the fairfax bar is the oldest irish pub in los angeles, and it has been a staple haunt for me since before i was legally allowed to drink. i’m happy to report that after “renovations” not much has changed - it’s a bit brighter inside, the bathrooms are nicer, the beer selection is better (hello stone ipa!), and it’s all around cleaner. the shamrocks and NYC irish pub vibe are still intact.
just steps aways from tom bergin’s is LA’s little ethiopian district, so we decided to hit up rosalind’s for a vegetarian combination after our drinking session. big enough for 2 to share, the combo is a mixture of assorted vegan stews served on a giant piece of spongy bread for around $13. collard greens, lentils, carrots, potatoes, cabbage…all wonderful!
i’m telling you guys, fairfax date night. bergin’s and ethiopian. do it.
pink french vanilla vegan gluten-free scones that taste like the real thing by charmed scones. holy wow, delicious. how have i not heard of this local (and mother/daughter owned, awww!) bakery before?!
my kick ass co-worker spotted these treats at a bridal shower and scored me a bag. she’s neither vegan nor gluten-free, and she was raving about them. seriously so good.
charmed scones, you are now on my radar. can’t wait to try more flavors!
listen angelenos: this weekend you have not one, but two opportunities to be rollin’ in jackfruit tacos. plant food for people, one of this year’s LAVBF vendors and soon to be LA’s only vegan drive-thru restaurant, is serving up mexican eats in highland park on both saturday and sunday! on top of insane tacos that i can vouch for, plant food for people also rocks the homemade hot sauce like you wouldn’t believe. they’re a family owned business that cooks up their recipes from scratch with tons of flavor and no processed ingredients. here are the flyers:
VEGAN MINI PIES!! you need these in your life!
just got a delicious special delivery of adorable treats from LA’s mini pie shop, cutie pie that. they sent me 3 chilled vegan 4 inch pies—-all super fruity and flavorful in a nut-based crust. i loved them all!! here are the flavors, going clockwise from the top (click on the photos to enlarge):
strawberry lemonade (also gluten-free): a mix of strawberries and limoncello liquor, garnished with lemons.
sweet strawberry (also gluten-free): straight up simple yet incredibly tasty strawberries.
winter apple pie: a mix of fuji apples, brown sugar, winter spices, and toasted nuts. (my favorite!) please note, i usually don’t even like apple desserts, but this thing was fucking fantastic!
i can’t wait to eat may more of these pies in the future.
vegan sliders and tacos
gardein food truck offerings!
i can’t wait to try it! hey green truck, please keep this stuff on board indefinitely…!!
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.
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!