Sunday, May 4, 2008

Vegan Variety along the 101

After a nice long winter in Idaho, we are stoked to have a short visit to California to see family, friends, and have some fun!

We visited the Hollywood Farmer's Market, this morning, where we used to shop for organic produce and enjoy socializing and some food when we lived in LA.

Now, it's great to visit and see that many of the vendors are still there, and some have gotten better.

After passing some irresistible strawberries and piles of asparagus and other yummy veggies, we had to take time out for some grub.

We have loved the vegan soul food place for years, but we had never known the name, they are called
A Taste of Life and we thought it was more like a taste of heaven.

The food was served, as always, with a smile and there were so many choices. As I snapped this photo, they asked if I was a vegan blogger. At first I was hesitant but I then admitted my mission, and they were very happy to let me know that they love vegan bloggers and they also love all things vegan!

We shared a $10 plate of food: mac & cheese, greens, bar-b-que tofu, and black-eyed peas. Of course, it's all vegan, along with the cornbread. We were tempted to go back for seconds but we had to save room for later.

Our market bounty: HUGE artichokes, strawberries, fingerling potatoes, oranges, lemons, and beets, as well as some pistachios.

After Art treated himself to a haircut in Silverlake, and myself to a Goodwill binge, we went to Flore (3818 W. Sunset Blvd. 323.953.0611), where they were having their Sunday brunch. I got the bagel, soy cream cheese, tomato, onion, avocado and a side of potatoes. Art got the Tofu Benediction which was amazing with a tahini style hollandaise, tofu on toast with kale, tomatoes and avocado. Art ate his quickly and did not flinch when the man at the table next to us asked what Art had ordered. It was too late because now brunch had ended and it was lunch time. Too bad for us because the lunch menu is amazing and extensive ... we will have to come back now (awww, too bad, huh?)

We also had a late nite dinner last night at Astro Burger (on Melrose near Gower) which was great as usual, I got the gardenburger with vegan patty, avocado, soy cheese, tomato/lettuce, veganaise and mustard! Art got his usual.... veggie ham sandwich. Along with fried zucchini sticks the tab was $17!
This fast-food restaurant sells it all ~ meat, vegetarian, & vegan.

We worked up another appetite after taking a 3 mile walk that we used to do many times back when we rented an apartment in the "Beachwood" area of LA. It's a beautiful loop through the Hollywood hills with amazing architecture, lush landscape, and breath-taking views of the city and Hollywood sign. Art had the great idea to go to Leonor's Restaurant. There was a point in our lives when we ate here every night. We ordered the same things. Mine is their "Salad Forever-Young" with cabbage, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, & soy oil & apple cider vinegar. Art goes for the "Chicken Salad" made with soy mayonnaise, soy chicken and topped with soy cheese & avocado. They serve massive portions of food featuring super fresh veggies and all vegan. Go to their Studio City 818.762.0660 or Valley Village 818.769.6315 locations for great food with no frills.



Sounds like you had a blast.
I live in LA and I've never been to any of the places you and your family visited.
Darn, I should get out more.
Great pics of the farmers market.

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, the Hollywood Farmer's Market looks like so much fun!! Look at all that fresh produce!!

Calimaryn said...

Oh how wonderful! The meals all look and sound fabulous but its the artichokes that make me weep. If only I could get such splendor here in the Northeast. *sniffle*

Catherine said...

Those artichokes . . . man! It would take an hour to eat one of those, but it would be a great hour. :)

Have to check out southern California sometime . . .

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Everything looks awesome! Especially those artichokes ... Yum :)

Candi said...

i should take pictures of one of the couple farmers markets we have here. Jean-Talon market has so much produce, since i have moved, this is my new veggie place. I just went there on the weekend, but it was raining... next time pictures. with sun...

Ps. great looking food as always!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow, look at all that gorgeous produce!

julie hasson said...

How fun Vicki! I feel like I'm right there with you in LA. It makes me want to go visit soon.

I love reading about all of your culinary treasures. When are you coming to Portland?

Vegan_Noodle said...

Gotta love California produce! Hope you are enjoying your trip :-)

whoXcares said...

wow all those fresh vegetables made me really hungry.that market looks amazing!

trina said...

Ack! Now it's my turn to be jealous of YOUR time at the Hollywood Farmer's Market!

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