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the veggie-lover’s sriracha cookbook arrives with epic LA launch party

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i have been anxiously anticipating the veggie-lover’s sriracha cookbook ever since i was lucky enough to test a few of the recipes back in summer 2012. my copy finally arrived here in london a couple days ago and it’s even more beautiful than i imagined. filled with gorgeous color photos, it packs 50 ridiculously tasty-sounding vegan recipes that revolve around my all time favorite condiment: SRIRACHA. we’re talking beer-battered fried avocado tacos with sriracha curtido, jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwiches with pickled red onion, and fiery pho chay just to name a few.

the official release date for the cookbook is july 2nd (tomorrow!), and to celebrate, author randy clemens is throwing an epic sriracha-themed LA launch party at golden road brewing. GOD I WISH I COULD GO TO THIS. not only does the menu look fantastic, but david tran (founder of huy fong foods!!) will be in attendance with special limited edition bottles of cock sauce printed with “The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook — July 2, 2013” for everybody who purchases a book that evening. I WANT ONE, IT ISN’T FAIR!

full details from randy clemens himself pasted below:

The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook Release Party
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — 6 to 11 p.m.
Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewing
5410 W San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles

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I’m beyond proud to announce that The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook will be released on July 2nd, and naturally, I’m throwing a big party to celebrate.

Join me and a bunch of people with exceptional taste at Chloe’s, the semi-private club at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. We’ll have tasty grub and splendid beers to fill your mouth-hole, and sweet bluegrass tunes to serenade your ears. 

Try some of the following dishes from my book expertly prepared by Golden Road’s Executive Chef Adam Levoe: 

  • Not Your Mama’s Party Mix 
  • Southeast Meets Southwest Lettuce Cups
  • Burning Thai Bruschetta
  • Edamame-Sriracha Succotash
  • Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sammiches with Pickled Red Onion
  • Beer Battered Fried Avocado Tacos with Sriracha Curtido

I’ll be there to chat about all things vegan and to sign copies of both The Sriracha Cookbook and The Veggie-Lovers Sriracha Cookbook. (They will of course be available for purchase at the event.) 

The event is free to enter; food and beer are available for purchase à la carte. There will be a list of suggested Golden Road Beer pairings and a TBA Sriracha-infused DESSERT. Stay tuned for other rooster sauce madness… 

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please, please, please go to this event and eat lots of sriracha jackfruit sandwiches for me. i’m so bummed to be missing it. 

in closing, here’s a photo of the mean quiche florentine i tested from the book, which i can honestly say is the best quiche i’ve ever eaten (vegan or otherwise) in my life. 

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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! 

heads up!! the echo park vegan pizza crawl is coming back this year on june 29th for vegan pizza day. don’t miss it!! same deal as time: there will be deals and specials at all your favorite echo park pizza spots including mohawk bend, masa, two boots, sunset beer co, and los angeles pizza company. join the facebook event here, and check out specifics after the jump ——->



Mohawk Bend (2141 W Sunest Blvd) will be offering new signature specialty pizzas along with some surprises TBDTwo Boots (1818 W Sunset Blvd) will be offering 15% off vegan slicesMasa (1800 W Sunset Blvd) will be offering 20% off all vegan deep dish pizzas (dine in only)LA Pizza Co (1498 W Sunset Blvd) will be offering 2 vegan slices for $4Sunset Beer Co (who shares a patio with LA Pizza Co) will be offering $1 off draught beers for pizza crawlers who have a receipt from one of the participating establishments!

heads up!! the echo park vegan pizza crawl is coming back this year on june 29th for vegan pizza day. don’t miss it!! same deal as time: there will be deals and specials at all your favorite echo park pizza spots including mohawk bend, masa, two boots, sunset beer co, and los angeles pizza company. join the facebook event here, and check out specifics after the jump ——->

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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 two recipe 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.

to learn where you can find clara’s cakes in LA, check out her website, twitter feed, and facebook page. i know that right now, you can find her cupcakes at pizzanista which happens to make the best vegan pizza in town. so go get ‘em.

Good Food’s 1st all vegetarian show on KCRW

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.

VIDEO: quarrygirl presents m cafe de chaya

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!

photos by cindy choi.

check out our first round of vendors for the LA Vegan Beer Fest! many more to come! GET TIX NOW! 

check out our first round of vendors for the LA Vegan Beer Fest! many more to come! GET TIX NOW! 

vegan carrot dog at fritzi! it’s crazy!

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this is definitely a new addition to my “OMG YOU MUST EAT THIS” list of food items in los angeles. hat tip to randy clemens from la mag for telling me about it…because i’m officially smitten with the vegan option at fritzi dog in the fairfax farmers market. it’s made from an actual carrot (can you wrap your mind around that?!)—-but not just any carrot, a special carrot marinated in special stuff and cooked in special ways. check out the la mag story for more about the process. 

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.

VIDEO: vegan specials at tony’s darts away!

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.

oh, and don’t forget to buy tickets to the upcoming LA vegan beer fest that we’re throwing with tony’s and the roxy! it’s gonna be the best vegan event of the year. 

VEGAN GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! a public service announcement.

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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!

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VIDEO: vegan raspberry rice crispy treats with clara’s cakes!

heyo! today’s episode of quarrygirl presents is a recipe video with one of our favorite people, local teenage baking sensation clara polito of clara’s cakes!

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! 

see you sunday 11am-4pm

atwater village farm, 3224 glendale blvd 

 

new vegan cheese coming soon!!! dairy tree!

so excited about the upcoming launch of dairy tree, a brand new vegan cheese made right here in LA!

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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: 

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