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quarrygirl presents: a new vegan video series

Hey guys! It has been over a year since I stopped daily blogging, but my inbox still overflows with questions like “Where should I eat with non-vegan friends?”, “What are your favorite vegan recipes?” and “Which restaurants should I hit up when in LA?”. So, I decided the best answer would be to create a video series highlighting the amazing chefs and restaurants that appeal to vegans and omnivores alike! If you dig the videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, give feedback, and share them with your friends. We’ll keep making them if you keep watching them.

In our first episode, watch chef Roi Elam of Sun Cafe in Studio City prepare his award winning vegan mac ‘n’ cheese and tell us why we should all eat at his restaurant.

spaghetti with vegan meatballs at hugo’s restaurant. i usually eat here for breakfast, but their dinner items are just as delicious.

spaghetti with vegan meatballs at hugo’s restaurant. i usually eat here for breakfast, but their dinner items are just as delicious.

beyond meat hits LA in the madeleine bistro box!!!

fuck yes. the long awaited vegan meat that tastes scarily (awesomely?) like the real thing is finally hitting LA. BEYOND MEAT. get it. food critics, news outlets, bloggers, omnivores, and herbivores alike all agree: it rules. we got a sneak peek several months ago and we are beyond excited that it’s finally available to the public.

while beyond meat is commonplace in norcal whole foods, the only place you can get in LA is in the bistro box! that’s the weekly home delivery service from our all time favorite restaurant, madeleine bistro. to check out this week’s menu (meatloaf, chicken chopped salad, fajitas and more!) plus get some killer discounts, peep the MB facebook page. trust me, you really can’t go wrong with the box or with beyond meat. this is a match made in heaven. happy nommin’! 

vegan pizza is everywhere! even at little 818 area shacks like lenzini’s in noho. remember when brittany said this place was worth checking out? she was right!
they have daiya, but I roll cheese-less. i’ll be back.

vegan pizza is everywhere! even at little 818 area shacks like lenzini’s in noho. remember when brittany said this place was worth checking out? she was right!

they have daiya, but I roll cheese-less. i’ll be back.

deep dish at follow your heart for vegan pizza day!

sweet!! follow your heart, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in los angeles, will be serving up vegan deep dish pizzas with their signature cheese on saturday june 30th for vegan pizza day! they’ll be offering special deep dish pizzas in 2 traditional flavors: margarita & ‘meat’ lovers, from 10:30am-4pm (or until supplies last). i have heard nothing but incredible things from people i trust about the FYH deep dishes, so check it out!

photo credit: imearthkind.com

pitfire pizza: get it together!

let me start by saying: i think pitfire pizza is awesome and delicious. they have several locations in LA and serve some pretty tasty “artisan” (what does that word REALLY mean?!) pizzas with daiya cheese as an option. i raved about them previously here. 

however after eating several screwed WTF? meals at the north hollywood location, i need to voice my frustration! for the most part, i love it. i love ordering at the counter, i love the crisp toppings, the craft beer selection, the sunlit dining area. however, my last 4 pitfire experiences have included vegan orders that accidentally/negligently included animal products. fucked up! here’s the latest:

hit up pitfire today with a group of vegan homies. we scheduled our break from work accordingly—-at noon, before the lunch rush. here’s what went wrong:

-sublime was playing when we arrived, only to be followed by the red hot chili peppers. awful vs terrible.

-after braving the long line, we were told pitfire was out of vegan cheese. our crew had to roll cheeseless. that’s fine, but not so great when you’re getting a bunch of vegans together to have a special lunch.

-my pal’s pizza came out covered in the correct toppings…plus arugula. she mentioned it was wrong, and the staff apologized but didn’t immediately offer her a new pizza. she decided to just eat it, only to find out after one slice that it had random REAL CHEESE shreds streaked across it. 

-to be fair, pitfire offered up a gift card, but the damage had been done.

such a weird, uncomfortable dining experience. right? previous to this, i’ve had the following fuck ups: real cheese in my vegan salad (twice), real cheese AND daiya on my parents’ vegan pizza. WHO PUTS REAL CHEESE AND VEGAN CHEESE ON A VEGAN PIZZA?

glad that’s off my chest. i encourage you all to eat at pitfire. it’s great. but if you eat at the valley location, inspect the fuck outta your food!

another treasure from this week’s bistro box: vegan strawberry mascarpone crepes.
i’ll post all the pictures from this week’s haul eventually…

another treasure from this week’s bistro box: vegan strawberry mascarpone crepes.

i’ll post all the pictures from this week’s haul eventually…

madeleine bistro valentine’s day menu

madeleine bistro has announced their 2012 valentine’s day menu and you can check it out right here. above is a photo of one of the several courses from their 2011 v-day tasting menu, which happened to be one of the best meals of my life.

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!  

vegan banh mi special at tony’s darts away! i tried a bite of brittany’s and was super impressed. at first i was skeptical because it didn’t look like your usual vegetarian banh mi—-it was made with seitan (not tofu) on a typical roll (not a baguette). i was dead wrong though; this thing ruled! the flavors were exquisite and it was spicy as fuck. try it.

vegan banh mi special at tony’s darts away! i tried a bite of brittany’s and was super impressed. at first i was skeptical because it didn’t look like your usual vegetarian banh mi—-it was made with seitan (not tofu) on a typical roll (not a baguette). i was dead wrong though; this thing ruled! the flavors were exquisite and it was spicy as fuck. try it.

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!

vegan options at the federal bar

heads up, angelenos! the federal bar in north hollywood now has vegan options! i hit up the watering hole with brittany for some post work beers recently, and we were surprised to find a vegan burger, vegan sausage, and vegan chili on their dinner menu.

britt got the vegan burger, and it was ace. the patty was made of lentils and brown rice, and it came on a whole wheat bun. just be sure to tell the bar not to put cheese on your fries (i guess by default they come with parmesan?).

anyways, i’m looking forward to returning and trying out the “vegan weena”.

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