On my first trip to California last month I discovered why so many locals are either vegan or vegetarian: the restaurants! LA offers an abundance of amazingly tasty, fresh, organic and local joints that were the best culinary experiences I have ever had. Here were my favourite:
About: This was the best restaurant I have ever been to. Once I discovered it, I came back four days in a row. Head chef Juliano is famous for his raw-vegan cuisine, and this joint only serves up raw vegan culinary delights. They suggest you eat desert first for optimal digestion.
Best Picks: Irish Moss Kream Cheeze Sushi, Avo Sandwich, The Sundried Tomato Cheeze Wrap, Macho Nachos, Best Ever Chocolate Cheeze Cake
About: This cute dine-in or take-out is just beyond the Venice beach boardwalk.
Best Picks: Seed Chop-Chop Salad, Carrot-Ginger Soup, Seitan Pepper-Steak Grain Bowl, Chocolate Cupcakes
About: First fast-food vegan restuarant I’ve spotted. Amazing food, prepared fresh and fast.
Best Picks: Sweetheart Fries, Sant Fe Crispy Chickin’, Chop Chop Chef Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookie
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About: This wasn’t my favourite pick, but the food was good and there was a lot of variety. Definitely not as much flavour as the other spots, though.
Best Picks: Mexicali Chop, Pizza, Oatmeal Cookie
I also felt the need to mention that there is a Whole Foods every other block. Seriously. This is unspoken of in Toronto (I think there are two in the whole city?). I love, love, love this grocery store.