Posts Tagged ‘Vegan Restaurants’

We’ve put together a wonderful collection of veg related links to help you lead a more compassionate life.  There’s a guide to restaurants in the Los Angeles area that are vegetarian, vegan or offer veg friendly options.  We’ve listed animal rights groups and animal sanctuaries to help you get involved.  We’ve also included some veg forums & message boards and a a few of our favorite vegan blogs.  If you’re interested in food (and who isn’t!) then check out our links to vegan recipe & cooking sites and places to order yummy vegan food online.  Don’t forget about all those veg magazines too!

If you have any veg related links you’d like us to include please let us know!  We would also very much appreciate it if you added a link to Alternative Outfitters on your site (if you have a resources or links page) in order to spread the word about compassionate fashion. We offer vegan shoes, handbags accessories & more.

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KindKreme’s 2nd location in Pasadena is having it’s Grand Opening tomorrow!  We’re all very excited to have them within walking distance of our Alternative Outfitters showroom!  I stopped by today to get a little preview of what’s in store.  I was greeted warmly as soon I walked in and offered samples of any of the ice cream flavors I wanted to try.  They have great customer service!  I decided on 1 scoop of the chocolate almond butter and 1 scoop of cookies & cream…. delicious!  They have toppings you can add for $.99 like raw caramel syrup & cacao nibs.  And don’t forget to try the soft serve ice cream or a super decadent Brownie Sundae or Banana Split.

Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Almond Butter Ice cream

Sandwich of the Day!

Kind Kreme is also offering food including soup, sandwich & kale salad of the day.  There is a nacho plate with seasonal veggies or chips to dip and a raw cheese plate.  I opted for the sandwich which came with choice of hummus or raw cream cheese on gluten free rye bread topped with spinach & avocado (and cucumbers if you’re into that!)  & grilled on a panini press.  It was so good and totally filling.  Check out their full menu with prices here.

The Grand Opening is from 11am – 10pm and the first 100 people get a FREE mini BabyCakes ice cream sandwich with any purchase! Also if you buy any regular size scoop you get a kid’s scoop for FREE!  If you can’t get enough of KindKreme be sure to head back on Sunday for their Super Bowl Party.  There will be FREE vegan snacks and you can hang out and watch the game.

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I am a huge fan of Purgatory Pizza’s vegan pizza.  If you haven’t see the blog on that check it out here.   I found out they now have vegan sandwiches as well.  I was thrilled and so I stopped by to try them and, just my luck, they were out of bread!  I ended up getting delicious pizza instead.  The guy working told me that they would have bread by the next day.  I didn’t get a chance to go back right away but 2 days later I tried again and they were STILL out of bread.  It’s not difficult to run to the store and get bread so this was a little ridiculous but I wasn’t giving up on eventually getting to try these elusive sandwiches.  Last night I called before I made the drive over to Purgatory and they actually had bread this time!  I ordered both the vegan grilled cheese, made with cheddar Daiya and tomato, and the vegan pesto chicken sandwich with Gardein chicken, spinach, tomato, mozzarella Daiya cheese, pesto, basil and vegenaise.  They also were able to make the sausage sandwich vegan for me even though it is listed as not vegan on their menu.  They use field roast sausage, mozzarella Daiya cheese, marinara sauce, onions & peppers.

The vegan grilled cheese was  first and I was not impressed.  Two normal slices of bread with a dab of cheese and they forgot the tomato.  Tasted fine but for $4.50 not worth it.  This one gets a 2 out of 10.  Grilled cheese is something super easy to make at home so if you offer it in a restaurant it needs to be different.

Vegan Grilled Cheese

Where's my tomato?!?!

Next I tried the field roast sausage sandwich which was much larger on a toasted french roll.  It is supposed to come with onions & peppers but the cook must have been forgetful that day because there was none on my sandwich.  Luckily I hate onions so I didn’t mind but I would have enjoyed the peppers.  There was an ample amount of “sausage” and the marinara sauce was great.  A perfect amount of Daiya cheese as well.  It was definitely messy to eat and the picture doesn’t really do it justice but I would give it an 8 out of 10.  Totally worth the $5.50.

Field Roast Sausage Vegan Sandwich

I definitely saved the best for last… the Gardein chicken pesto sandwich was amazing!!  It had all the ingredients promised on the menu and was also on a large french roll so it was very filling.  It cost $6.50.  I would give it a 10 out of 10.  Good job Purgatory!

Vegan Pesto Chicken Sandwich

If you decide to try any of these vegan sandwiches CALL BEFORE YOU GO!  If you can’t call and they are out of bread (which I was told happens often) you can always grab a pizza.

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Please join Compassion Over Killing (COK) for a fun-filled night of dancing, karaoke, eating, drinking, and more at the 2 Headed Horse Art Studio in Los Angeles.

Advance tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) and include a drink ticket plus all the delicious vegan food you can eat from some of LA’s top veg-friendly restaurants, including Cinnamon, The Spot, and SunPower Natural Cafe. There will also be vegan cheese pizza from Fresh Brothers and desserts from The Fakery Bakery! They are also having a raffle where they are giving away a Valentine Heart Tote from Alternative Outfitters! All proceeds go to benefit Compassion Over Killing.

WHERE: 2 Headed Horse Art Studio at 1770 Glendale Blvd. LA, CA 90026
WHEN: Sun., Feb 14 at 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
TICKETS: Advance tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.
RSVP: On Facebook or info@cok.net

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dineLA is here and it’s the best time to get to try all those restaurants you have been dying to try.  From Jan 24-29 & Jan 31-Feb 5 you can enjoy three-course lunches and dinners at some of LA’s hottest restaurants  at a very reasonable price.  The best thing is, many of the restaurants on the dineLA list are happy to offer vegan options!

XIV by Michael Mina is located on Sunset and Crescent Heights and they offer an entire vegan menu! All you have to do is ask.  It’s great being vegan at XIV during dineLA because instead of getting a 3 course meal you get 8!  The 8 course vegan meal usually costs $65, but for dineLA you get it for $44! You get to choose 8 items from their incredible vegan menu (anything you want!). They also offer 50% off bottles of wine on Mondays, so we had a fabulous time. Totally worth going. I highly recommend it!

To view a list of restaurants offering vegan menus during dineLA check out quarrygirl.com. They actually made the effort to call all the restaurants participating in dineLA to see if they would offer vegan options.

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Green Leaves RestaurantWe arrived at Green Leaves Vegan Restaurant at 7:30 on a Wednesday night. It was fairly empty and we were wondering how they could possibly stay open until midnight with such little business. Apparently I just had to be patient because after 8:00 hungry veg*ns from all over showed up to partake in the yummy vegan fare that makes Green Leaves so popular. 

We had a big group and we were determined to try as many menu items as possible.  We started with the Drum Sticks.  They are described as deep fried soy “chicken legs” served with house sauce.  Maybe it’s because they were deep fried, but they were oh-so-good.  We even ordered a second round.  We also had the Quesadilla with Vegan Vegan Drum SticksCheese.  I haven’t had a quesadilla in so long and this one did not disappoint.  It was exactly as I remember.  The Chicken Sa-tay is soy chicken served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.  The peanut sauce is delicious and is probably what makes this dish so delectable.

Now on to the main dishes.  There are so many different styles and choices of food here that it becomes a real challenge to decide what to get.  We pretty much stuck with the Thai style food, but there are breakfast burritos, pancakes, and scrambled Egz (the tofu version) that are served all day.  Not to mention wraps, sandwiches, and burgers.  We loved the Pineapple Fried Rice which Pineapple Fried Ricewas loaded with chunks of pineapple and cashews. The Rock & Roll Noodle dish is one of their “Signature” dishes.  The name and description (pan fried wide rice noodles with tofu, chili sauce, basil, tomato, onion, bell peppers, bean sprouts & special house jalapeno sauce) implies that it’s a spicy, but it wasn’t really spicy at all.  It was still full of flavor and very tasty.  The Mongolia Beef was our least favorite dish.  It had a nice presentation, but didn’t live up to our expectations after tasting the rest of the food.  The Shitake Curry was delicious and had a slightly unusual flavor (but in a good way).  We even got the Fish Dinner which is served with tahini sauce.  I am always a little apprehensive when trying “fish” in a vegan restaurant, because sometimes they tend to be too fishy tasting, but this dish was just right.Vegan \

This is a great restaurant for sharing since you can order everything family style.  The food comes out fast, but don’t expect exceptional service.  This place is about the food.  Oh, by-the-way, there is no alcohol served here, but you can play Guitar Hero while you are waiting for your food which is fun.  Parking can be tough since they don’t have a parking lot.  It can definitely be a challenge to find a spot on the street. The key is to carpool or ride your bike and go with a large group so you can try lots of dishes. 

Green Leaves is located at 1769 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
You can view their website at GreenLeavesVegan.com.

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