Saturday, September 8, 2007

Biking & The Vegan Zone (San Diego 2 of 5)

We had a great time in San Diego enjoying the summer fun! Back in the day, we lived 2 blocks from this location.

Bicycles are the best way to get around. We rode from Mission Beach to Bird Rock and everywhere
in between. You can see the Crystal Pier in the background, and if you want, there's a hotel on it so that you can sleep over the water! (though we have never stayed there)

We eventually made our way back to Mission Beach. We locked the bikes, and headed into Canes for some libations. This is the breezy, outdoor view from my chair. (Yes, it was difficult to leave!) But after a couple cocktails and our fill of people watching, we got hungry for some "real food."

I was excited to try Vegan Zone "the exotic vegan bistro" -- the newest veg restaurant in Pacific Beach after reading this and this. It's close to the beach, but has more of a "Melrose" vibe with it's dramatic paint colors, giant golden Buddha, and modern flare. It's vegan, so if you're in the San Diego beach area, you gotta try this. They offer lots of starters, salads, sandwiches & soup, noodle & rice dishes, as well as curries & sushi rolls.

'Golden Nuggets' $4 Lightly battered and fried soy chicken nuggets with choice of a sweet chili sauce or BBQ sauce.

We were hungry from bike riding, so the smoothie & nuggets helped calm our tummies. The nuggets would have been too bland without the sauce, and we weren't given a choice -- I think it was the BBQ that was automatically given.

Art had the 'Pineapple Burger' $8 Grilled pineapple on fried soy chicken in kamut flour, with home fries. (I had a bite, it's yummy!)

Below that is my 'High Protein Salad' $8 Crispy romaine, garbanzo beans, edamame, avocado, red onion and tomato topped with crunchy walnuts. I chose the Peanut dressing over the Tahini and Italian. The waitress happily subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts at my request. It was just right -- light & satisfying. Again, this place is definitely worth a visit!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 15 years. Marty and I are half-way there. :)

Your vacation looks really fun. How cool you got to meetup with Karen again!

VeggieGirl said...

such a gorgeous backdrop for your bicycle ride; and oooh, Vegan Zone sounds yet again like a great restaurant - I'm LOVING that High Protein Salad!!

urban vegan said...

How beautiful. I can't believe people can enjoy that view--and that food--every day.

maybepigscanfly said...

What a gorgeous looking bike ride. I love going on a nice refreshing ride by the water (especially in Santa Monica).

Yay- you got to try out the Vegan Zone after having to hear about if from Art. If I visit my cousin in SD, I will definitely stop by there.

Carolann said...

Aw looks like a ton of fun :) The food looks great too!

Anonymous said...

great photos!

zippiknits said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary. Great Photos of San Diego, now I'll have to find all the places you listed and snapped. Lovely foody tour! Thanks for showing it all. My avatar is Torrey Pines State Beach. I'm from San Diego.