CLOSED—Giveaway: Win FREE tickets to vegan pop-up restaurant Wildflower in L.A. this weekend! »
It’s the first giveaway from Vegansaurus Giveaway Week! This one is just for women-type people who will be in the L.A. area this weekend. But we’ll have plenty more prizes this week for everybody!
Hey ladies! Remember when Chef Ayinde Howell’s vegan pop-up Wildflower was in S.F.? Now it’s coming to L.A.! This Saturday, Sept. 22, Chef Ayinde will be cooking a five-course meal, JUST for ladies. And Vegansaurus is giving away two free tickets! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post explaining why L.A. is a vegan food wonderland.
Wildflower, the one-of-a-kind crowd-funded vegan pop-up phenomenon that debuted last year to sold-out crowds of New York foodies, will be bringing its artisanal plant-based creations to Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 22. Chef Ayinde Howell will be curating the first of the brand’s “Good Living” sessions—a festive dinner party, with cocktails and a chef demo. This is a ladies-only event, and guests will receive special gift bags filled with goodies.
Why woman-only? Women are the last minority in America to rise, and their power years are just in their infancy. Managing stress, work, success, family and a healthy diet can be hard to balance. Chef Ayinde is here to show you how it can be done.
Wildfllower Good Living will be a night of good food, fun and education. Just like the short-lived beauty of blossoming annuals in the field, Wildflower is here today and gone tomorrow. But this experience is designed to keep on giving. Complementing the ever-growing trend of food trucks and pop-up restaurants, Wildflower is a culinary experience with a purpose. Tickets can be purchased here.
Amuse: Scalloped Mushrooms with Sea-Sciutto
Mac & Yease
Cesar Howell Salad
Gran Marnier Bananas Foster
Who’s ready? Ladies, let me hear you say “yeah!” I’m SO jealous. I went to the pop-up in NYC and it was SO good. SO SO SO good. For all you L.A. people, now’s your chance! I will pick a winner on Thursday morning—leave your comment before then!
You can also skip the contest and buy tickets online. Up to you! Or buy tickets online and then win two more and then have a big party! It’s ladies’ night! The feeling’s right!
For the vegan sports fan, PETA’s best veggie food at baseball stadiums »
I grew up on baseball. My parents took me to my first Baltimore Orioles game when I was two months old. I didn’t realize you couldn’t throw peanut shells on the ground in polite company until I was way too old. And when I became a vegetarian at age 11, one of the few things I missed was ballpark hotdogs (I now shudder at the thought, but kids will be kids).
As a grown-up vegan, baseball games are still fun, but I don’t ever go for the food (though I do love the garlic fries at Giants’ Stadium). I usually bring my own version, scoff at the suckers around me paying $12 for a crappy hamburger.
Now PETA’s gone and messed that up, by pointing out there’s some veggie food at stadiums, and giving them publicity for it, so they maybe have an incentive to add more. Last week, they released a Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks list.
Surprise! No. 1 is in Philadelphia. Apparently the Phillies offer a vegan chicken-steak sandwich. Sign me up!
Other top contenders, and the things there I really would want to eat, are:
2. Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field: Vegtastic has the run-down of what to eat here. Sushi! Vegan hotdogs!
3. Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park: vegan hot dogs.
4. Oakland Athletics’ O.co Coliseum: Eh. I’ve been here, not impressed. Not much vegan that I know of, though the vegetarian offerings might be OK.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dodger Stadium: vegan sloppy Joe, veggie sushi, and edamame, hurray!
6. New York Mets’ Citi Field: veggie dogs, veggie burgers. Here’s an outdated report!
7. Los Angeles Angels’ Angel Stadium of Anaheim: veggie dogs (I’m noticing a theme here), black-bean burgers, bean burritos, veggie wraps, and California cucumber rolls. Plus gluten-free options!
8. Washington Nationals’ Nationals Park: Hell yeah, I want me a tofu sandwich with Vegenaise, and a falafel! Last time I was here I brought my own Chipotle; that was good too.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park: Vegetarian lo mein and salad with fried green tomatoes sound interesting, but not sure they’re vegan. Sigh.
10. Minnesota Twins’ Target Field: “vegan mousse martinis”?! What is that? Why don’t I have one? Plus veggie kabobs!
The California foie gras ban finally takes effect (after eight years of fruitless searching for a “humane alternative” to gavage) in less than a week! Dana Goodyear wrote a brief post for the New Yorker about a protest of one of those creepy last chance foie gras dinners chefs are putting on here, this one in Los Angeles; the quote is from Mark Peel of Campanile and it is rich.
Did you know that foie gras protesters are actually victimizing people who eat foie gras? Victimizing! Is there anything more ridiculous than a defensive omnivore? Yes: an omnivore getting defensive about a nonsensical, disgusting luxury food.
But don’t worry, California foie gras-lovers; chefs can still serve your precious food, as long as they don’t sell it, which Bloomberg reports some chefs are totally planning to do. Or they might charge a preparation fee to customers who bring in their own foie gras! FREEDOM!
Recipe: Wilted kale salad! »
Are you sick of kale yet? I’m not! I just keep finding new ways to eat it that are better than the last. My new favorite is the wilted kale salad!
Call me late to the party, because I usually am, but my first experience with the mystical wilted kale salad happened on a trip to LA in January, at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park.
Very tasty! Spiced to perfection and topped with crisp jicama slices!
So, I’ve come up with my own version!
1 bunch kale
1 tsp. olive oil
dash of salt and pepper
juice of one lemon
1 sliced avocado
Clean, de-stem and roughly chop the kale. Heat up your pan to about medium-high, with the oil drizzled in. Once it’s hot, put in the kale and keep it constantly moving, cooking between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. You are not sauteing it, but lightly wilting it. The point is, you don’t want it fully cooked, but just heated enough to take some of the bitterness out.
Transfer to a bowl and toss with avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Easy enough, right?
I personally think this salad pairs beautifully with pasta doused in vodka cream sauce!
How do you make your wilted kale salad? Next time, I think I will use strawberries instead of avocado, and balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice!
You probably already know about this but if you’re in L.A. this weekend, you better be drinking all the beer and eating all the food at Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival! It sounds INSANE and so you must go for me and live for me because clearly anyone who is not at this tomorrow is basically dead inside and everywhere else. LIVE OUT LOUD FOR THE REST OF US!
What in the name of heaven and earth is THIS? It’s the Aurora Borealis, the vegan grilled cheese masterpiece by Compassion Over Killing’s Gwendolyn Mathers, and it won third place, Pro “Honey Pot,” in L.A.’s 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. I have several questions:
1. Gwendolyn Mathers, how’d you get to be so brilliant?
2. Why haven’t we hosted an all-vegan grilled cheese invitational yet? (This one I can answer: STUPID.)
3. Who wants to make this for me, like, yesterday?
[image by Compassion Over Killing via LAist]
10 best vegan-friendly restaurants in LA! Let’s all move there! I’m serious! Mostly! »
LA Weekly just published a list of the 10 best vegan-frendly restaurants in Los Angeles. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Want to road trip down this weekend to try them all so you can tell them what they got wrong on Monday? Arguing on the internet is literally THE BEST.
[Chicken and Waffles from Flore Vegan heeeeyyyyy!]
Seriously, I love LA. Like Randy Newman before me, I am a fat white person who hates short people and loves Los Angeles. They’ve got the hot-ass weather (BUT ALSO BOYS IN SPEEDOS ROWR), terrible celebrities (BUT ALSO BRUCE VILANCH), air pollution (GLORIOUS SUNSETS), unbearable traffic (MORE TIME TO BUMP THAT GROOVE), mad delicious vegan reubens (NOTHING ELSE TO SAY HERE), the lovely quarrygirl (SHE’S STILL BRINGING THE DELICIOUS EATS, SON!), my three best friends in the whole world (hi ladies!), and what else? Me, this weekend! That’s right, Los Angeles — I’m coming to gitcha. Let’s eat the damn thing.
Vegan cupcake ATM, what the what?
Kathy (Lunchbox Bunch, Finding Vegan, your entire internet) at Babble did the research and, yes, the red velvet cupcake at the Sprinkles 24-hour cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills is 100 percent vegan and 100 percent delicious. Leading us to ask for the billionth time, Why does L.A. get all the good stuff? Come ON, Bay Area, spoil us! You know we’ll actually digest those cupcakes, no “eating with all the senses except taste” or “chewing and spitting” nonsense, we’re not actors, no one needs to think we’re pretty. GIVE US CUPCAKES AT 2 IN THE MORNING.
[image by Kathy Freston for Babble]
The vegan Sarah Brown Cookie! Celebrating the Sarah Browns in the world! »
There’s a good chance you know at least three individuals named Sarah Brown. From the character in Guys and Dolls, to that woman who writes for Vogue, and the Sarah Brown at your work, home, school, gym, or friendly neighborhood juice/lesbian bar, it’s clear: We’re everywhere!
Despite knowing this, I am still, somehow, always surprised to discover another Sarah Brown in the world. We pop out in the least expected places! Prior to shopping at Erewhon yesterday, I didn’t know that there is a Sarah Brown who played Carly on ABC’s General Hospital. This Sarah Brown, who has celiac disease, was so beloved that she provided the inspiration for these gluten-free VEGAN
boobie cookies made by Eat Me Cookies. Can you believe it?!
They tasted delicious, as any Sarah Brown gluten-free vegan cookie should. So far, they’re available in stores throughout Los Angeles, and online. Get yours now, and maybe share them with the Sarah Brown(s) in your life!
Review: Pressed Juicery in Los Angeles »
Do you know when the best time to travel is? The dead of winter! Seriously, plane tickets are so cheap. I’ve taken it upon my myself to whisk myself away on weekends (like any self respecting socialite) to
eat visit friends near and far. Now, I’m back to report on all my meals from Chicago, to LA, to Reno! But first I gotta get some sleep — I’m not a machine. Jeez! In the meantime (while I’m catching up on SF life), here’s a roadtrip preview!
One of my favorite places I hit up in the last three weeks was Pressed Juicery in L.A. It was the spot I was most excited about checking out; I love vegetable juice, especially when it’s raw, cold-pressed, and unpasteurized. And celebrities go there! I learned of Pressed Juicery from following Hello Giggles, as the editors of that blog are always praising it. [Ed.: Jenny LOVES Hello Giggles!]
I went to the West Hollywood location, which was a long bus ride from Echo Park, but so worth it. Normally I can be kind of shy and nervous, but not when I got to the counter of this Pressed Juicery. I talked the counter guy’s ear off: I told him where I lived and worked, and how I heard about the place; he told me a story about Erin McKenna of Babycakes—all kinds of good stuff. As I felt indecisive about which juices to try, I inquired as to what his fave was, which, as seen below, is Roots 3. I asked for one with beets and he recommended the Roots 3, then told me it happens to be Sophia Rossi’s fave. SOLD!
I’m trying to detox from Reno and am pining for another one of these juices!
Where can I get raw vegetable juice in San Francisco? I always drink the Super 8 at Source and used to down gallons of the Healthy at Café Gratitude. Lately I’ve been hitting up Jamba Juice for wheatgrass shots, but where else can I go? I need reader recommendations, please!
“Blink and you’ll miss it” storefront in West Hollywood.
Pressed Juicery has three locations in Southern California: In West Hollywood at 8714 Santa Monica Blvd.; in Malibu (out of a truck!) at 3939 Cross Creek Rd.; and in Brentwood at 13050 San Vicente Blvd. #120.