i’ve been out of town on vacation for just over a week, and i really wasn’t looking forward to coming home, but on my arrival i was super excited to find 2 things i’ve been waiting for in LA: gardein beefless sliders and beyond meat. what a warm welcome home. i have loved the adorable gardein sliders since i tried them at natural products expo west back in march, and beyond meat since i got a sneak preview at madeleine bistro. both products are pretty big steps forward in meat substitutions, so be sure to try ‘em!
i found the sliders at ralphs on sunset in hollywood (though i’m sure they’re available at other places too) and beyond meat is now available at all whole foods in southern california. what a time to be alive!
Welcome to Denver (Taken with Instagram at WaterCourse Foods)
Breakfast of champions! Cheeseless Seitan Meats Jesus from PizzaNista with sausage, pepperoni, bacon and sriracha!! (Taken with Instagram)
vegan sausage party at link n hops!
i know what you’re thinking: "all LA needs is another vegan-friendly beer and sausage bar." and it’s TRUE! there can never ever ever be enough!! link n hops in atwater village is the latest addition, and it’s fantastic. an impressive variety of vegan sausage flavors, a solid toppings selections, condiments galore and lots of craft beer on tap…bonus points for being super close to my office. i’m sold.
just tried this fantastic kimchee from dave’s korean food, an entirely vegan company that sells goods at local farmers markets. from their kimchee to their spicy tofu and several varieties of tempeh, everything rocks. plus they don’t skimp on the free samples. track them down at the markets in west hollywood (sunset strip - that’s where i got it!), studio city, burbank, south pasadena, culver city and more…?
LIMITED TIME ONLY at m cafe. do it to it.
new fall menu at native foods on TUESDAY!
just a quick update with more info on the new fall menu at native foods that will hit all locations tomorrow!
pizzas will be off the menu. the caesar salad will be off the menu. they’re bringing the OC raw chopper salad back, along with a new cobb salad that contains crispy shallots and tofu bacon. the bistro steak sandwich (pictured above) will be added to the menu!! the maryland tempeh cakes are history, and will be replaced with polenta bites. new soups include split pea with garlic croutons and french onion with native cheese. vanilla cupcakes, cardamom rose cupcakes and strawberry shortcakes will be taken off the menu and replaced with pumpkin pie (served with ginger cream on the side), pumpkin cheesecake (served with a maple pecan sauce), and an oatmeal cookie cream sandwich!
photo via native foods on facebook
heads up! starting today, two boots pizza in echo park will be selling vegan cookies for just 75¢!! if the cookies are popular, they’ll be stocked on the regular. go buy some along with a giant pizza, arguably the best in LA, and have a happy weekend!
VEGAN DONUTS in LA!!
fuck yes. LA has been in dire need of good vegan donuts, and finally the wait is over. starting now hedgehog coffee shop in echo park will be stocking limited quantities of twice baked vegan donuts on fridays and weekends starting at 9am in the following flavors: maple glazed with coconut bacon, maple glazed with crumb topping, and chocolate glazed with sprinkles. GO GET SOME. if the donuts sell well, they’ll become a regular fixture at hedgehog which would be good news for everyone!
if you haven’t heard of twice baked vegan, it’s a fantastic little local bakery that makes some of the most delicious and inventive treats i’ve ever tried. seriously, go go go get some donuts. i will race you to the maple bacon one. it’s miiiiine!
follow @twicebakedvegan on twitter to track their donut drop offs, and you may also want to call hedgehog for availability in case they sell out.
This is happening right now. vegan grilled cheese by the roxy in the sunset strip market beer garden. Get over here! Best grilled cheese ever: pepper jack, soyrizo, jalapeños and fresh salsa.
UPDATE 10/1/12: check out all the new menu items here. BTW, the bangkok curry bowl is staying!
UPDATE 9/24/12: this just in! new menu items will also include polenta cakes, quesadilla, pea soup, and french onion soup. supposedly it’s all phenomenal.
new native foods menu coming on october 2nd! the bad news is, the restaurant will be getting rid of pizza, the bangkok curry bowl, caesar salad, and both vanilla and cardamom rose cupcakes. the good news is, they’ll be adding a steak sandwich, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cheesecake! can’t wait to try the new stuff.
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’!