Let’s be honest. I work a lot and can’t cook as much as I would like. I work a lot and I live in a town called Los Angeles with perhaps one of the most diverse food selections in the world and is privy to a ton of awesome restaurants. So, obviously, this town can be fairly vegetarian fare-friendly as I’ve kind of always known, but am really beginning to figure out with this adventure.
Perhaps it was fate that my GOOD LA local email today featured “Nine Los Angeles Restaurants Where It’s Easy to Go Meatless” and while I hope to dive into this list, I somehow started some restaurant adventures of my own for Day 2 and 3 of my #30DaysofGood Vegetarian Challenge.
Day 2 Lunch: Tierra Café – Vegetarian Cuisine Coffee and Tea House (818 Wilshire Blvd. #D, Los Angeles, CA 90017)
Hummus Spring Wrap – Hummus, lettuce, tomato, avocado, carrots, onions, and a dash of tahini dressing
Review: Spring fresh and delicious. Hummus was amazing. Service was awesome. This is actually down the street from my offices, so the convenience was an even better plus. It’s tucked in a small food court and kind of unassuming in its there-ness.
Day 2 Dinner: Veggie Grill – Farmers Market Location (110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036)
All Hail Kale – Marinated kale and red cabbage, roasted corn salsa, agave-roasted walnuts with a ginger-papaya vinaigrette.
Review: I didn’t think kale could taste this amazing. I’ve made a kale salad before – ages ago – but it did not taste anything like this. Whatever they marinate this stuff in, it must be related to heaven. I also had a side of sweet potato fries that were also pretty great too. The fries are pictured here with my friend Joni’s Chop Chop Chef Salad.
Day 3 Lunch: Mendocino Farms – Downtown South Flower (444 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA)
Market Roasted Vegetables Salad – roasted vegetables, local Gioia fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, Scarborough Farm’s greens, crushed honey roasted almonds with a basil pesto-balsamic vinaigrette
Review: Mozzarella and the honey roasted almonds put this dish over the top. The roasted vegetables gave the dish a nice filling heartiness.
Day 3 Dinner: California Pizza Kitchen (Various)
Roasted Artichoke and Spinach Pizza: Oven-roasted artichoke hearts, sautéed spinach and garlic, Fontina, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with spinach artichoke sauce.
Review: Not pictured because it was CPK take-out (I had a late work night), but it was very tasty and it was also nice to know how easy it was to order online at CPK! Vegetarian-to-go virtual style.