More Comfort Food from Doomie’s

Vegan MoFo Day 27:

I think I may have found one of my new favorites at Doomie’s Home Cookin.  I was actually craving some mac and cheese, but I wanted something in addition to that.  It was like their BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($8.95) was meant for situations like this.  The sandwich is piled with pulled pork drenched in a sweet and delicious BBQ sauce (my favorite kind!).  It’s served with fries or fruit and the mac and cheese I was craving.  Bonus – they might still be serving up their new thicker mac and cheese that  they were serving up at the Vegan Mac and Cheese Showdown I mentioned in a previous post (ask for it… seriously!).

Doomie's Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

My vegan guy also got one of his favorites: the BLT ($8.95) – also served with fries or fruit (although my vegan guy upgraded to chili cheese fries).  Guys just love (vegan) bacon.

Doomie's BLT with Chili Cheese Fries

BLT with Chili Cheese Fries

And have you heard of Green Menu?  Well, if you sign up, you get all sorts of discounts at veg restaurants – including Doomie’s.  Here, you will get a free dessert (cupcake or fried oreos).  The Chocolate Cupcake reminded me of the cupcakes you got from the grocery store as a kid.  The cupcake was dense and chocolatey and the frosting was whipped and airy.  I plan on trying one of each of their cupcakes with my Green Menu Card.  Yum.

Doomie's Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

1253 N Vine St Suite #9
Los Angeles, Ca 90038
323-469-4897

Open Everyday: 12pm – 10pm

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Vegan Deliciousness at Evo Kitchen

Vegan MoFo Day 25:

I’m here to tell you that there’s an upscale (yet casual) pizza place in West Hollywood that is serving up delicious vegan eats.  This used to be the location of a Pizza Fusion (which also had some vegan eats), but is now Evo Kitchen.  They have a bunch of vegan options, including three of my favorite items combined into one: bread, Daiya, and garlic.  Evo’s Garlic Cheese Bread ($4.99) is basic but good.  The marinara is the perfect compliment.

Evo Kitchen Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread

They also have gross meat mini burgers, but you can substitute to make them vegan.  The Mini BBQ Burgers ($6.99) are made vegan with portobello mushrooms and Daiya cheese and weren’t my favorite.  I liked the concept, but the execution wasn’t the best.  I think the smaller pieces of mushroom made these hard to eat (the mushrooms kept falling out).  The BBQ sauce was great, though – that’s why I got the next item…

Evo Kitchen Sliders

Mini BBQ Burgers

My favorite item here was the BBQ Chicken Wrap ($9.99).  You’ve got nice chunks of vegan chicken covered in that wonderful BBQ sauce and wrapped in a nice, soft tortilla. Yumsters!

Evo Kitchen BBQ Chicken Wrap

BBQ Chicken Wrap

And, like I said before, they create pizzas here.  My vegan guy and I had to try one, so we created our own and got a Vegan Chicken and Mushroom Pizza.  I liked everything about it, except the chicken.  I thought the chunks were too big – next time I think I’ll just leave the pizza with veggies only.

Evo Kitchen Mushroom and Chicken Pizza

Mushroom and Chicken Pizza

And for dessert, we (well, mainly I) got a Vegan, Gluten-Free Brownie a la mode ($6.99).  I liked this brownie.  It was one that sticks to your mouth, but the flavor was good and they were great about warming it up.

Evo Kitchen Brownie

Brownie a la Mode

We parked at a meter on the street, but then noticed that there was a sign indicating that they have a parking lot for the restaurant behind the building.  This makes it so much more convenient.

7950 W Sunset Blvd #104
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-375-3390

Sunday – Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm

Vegan Mac and Cheese Showdown Recap

Vegan MoFo Day 16!  We’re already half way through this fabulous month!

This past Saturday I was one of the lucky 100 people that got to taste test (and vote on) five different mac and cheeses from local LA restaurants.  Get ready to be jealous, because I’m about to recap this showdown.

The first Mac and Cheese is from Hugo’s Restaurant and happened to be my favorite from the event (and the #1 pick of the judges).  I had had their mac and cheese when it was a special at the restaurant and didn’t really like it – I thought it was a lot of crap with a little bit of mac and cheese.  At the competition, however, it was mac and cheese with a little bit of crap in it.  The Hugo’s team serving up this deliciousness described the dish as their homemade noodles with a sunflower and nut (cashew?) cheese mixed with peas and mushrooms and topped with crispy onions.  I absolutely loved their cheese sauce.  It must be the sunflower part.  I thought it tasted very similar to the mac and cheese at Sugar Plum in Sacramento (which also uses sunflower cheese).  You can get this at their restaurant – just hope that they prepare it with more parts mac and cheese than the stuff they mix in it.

Hugo's Mac and Cheese

Hugo’s

My second favorite was hard to choose.  I thought it was a toss up between Doomie’s and M Cafe.  Doomie’s was definitely the most like a traditional mac and cheese from your childhood.  It was a creamier version of the kind you can get in their restaurant (and is currently on their secret menu).  I definitely like it better than the one they have been serving on the menu.  The thicker consistency makes a big difference.  My one problem was that I was tasting a certain flavor.  As described in a previous post on the Mac and Cheese by Daniel’s Choice sold at Follow Your Heart, it had this flavor that reminded me of having mac and cheese as a child with gross hot dog juices.  Did Doomie’s add some kind of roasted red pepper?  It tasted like it and I wasn’t a fan.  That’s my own weird thing, though.  The people didn’t think there was anything weird about it – Doomie’s came in second place in the People’s Choice prize.

Doomie's Mac and Cheese

Doomie’s

My other second favorite was the Mac and Cheese from M Cafe.  To be honest, it didn’t really taste like mac and cheese – more like a pasta with creamy white sauce.  It was really good, though.  It was gluten free noodles with a cashew cheese and mixed with sun dried tomatoes and asparagus and topped with arugula.  I thought the sun dried tomatoes were a little overpowering and would have preferred just the noodles with sauce.

M Cafe Mac and Cheese

M Cafe

Coming in at third place for me was the #1 pick for People’s Choice and #2 pick from the Judges.  A Mac and Cheese from SunCafe.  Described as gluten free noodles with pecan garlic cheese and nacho cheese.  I liked it, but something about it just didn’t sit right in my throat.  One of the flavors was just overpowering and I kept having to drink some water to wash it off the back of my throat.  Is that weird?  I guess so, since everyone else seemed to love it.

SunCafe Mac and Cheese

SunCafe

And my least favorite was from Southern Fried Vegan.  It looked like there was Daiya in it, but it didn’t really taste like it.  I’m not really sure how to describe the flavor.  Honestly, I didn’t get the comforting mac and cheese flavor out of it.

Southern Fried Vegan

Southern Fried Vegan

Here’s hoping they do this again next year and bring on more vendors!  Although, the portions were big for sampling (I’m not complaining!) and I’m not sure how much more mac and cheese I could have eaten.

Vegan FroYo at Tutti Frutti

Vegan MoFo Day 15:

Have you heard?!  Tutti Frutti has soy frozen yogurt!  They have all the nutritional information on their website.  It lists quite a few flavors, but I have only tried the Vanilla and Peanut Butter.  This was at their Marina Del Rey location.  I’ve also been to the one in Los Angeles on Wilshire, but they only had the peanut butter flavor.  The Irvine location got rid of it due to low demand.  I liked the flavor (more sweet and less tangy), but my vegan guy thought there was a chalky aftertaste.  I can kind of see what he means, but it didn’t bother me that much.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla and Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurts

So go out and try it.  If you like it, keep buying it – or it just might be gone forever.

More Brunching at Real Food Daily

In relation to where my vegan guy lives, Real Food Daily is quite convenient.  And this makes it especially nice when we want some breakfast foods, since RFD serves brunch on Sundays (you can see more brunch items in my last RFD post).

My vegan guy went with his usual tofu scramble, but I wanted something new and got The Weekender ($14.25): scrambled tofu, onions, tomatoes, cashew cheese, tempeh bacon, half order french toast or two pancakes with hash browns or fruit.  I got it with pancakes (added blueberries) and hash browns.  I love this meal, because (1) it fills you up and (2) it combines sweet with savory.  This is great for those of us (like me) who are indecisive when it comes to menu ordering.  I still don’t like their tempeh bacon, but everything else was delicious!

RFD Weekender

The Weekender

And this sweet-aholic always eyes the bakery display case at their Santa Monica bakery.  I didn’t want something too heavy after eating that large meal, so I got the lightly sweetened Blueberry Coffee Cake.  I only thought it was decent – not spectacular.   Maybe it was just too dense and not moist enough for me.  Won’t stop me from trying their other desserts, though!

RFD Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Did you here?  RFD is now serving Pasadena!

Vegan at zPizza

Vegan MoFo Day 9:

Daiya vegan cheese has really revolutionized vegan pizza.  I remember when vegan pizza was just a mythical creature in childhood fables.  Now, vegan pizza can be found all over the place.  On a recent trip to Tennessee, it seemed vegan pizza was our only vegan option.  Progress, I tell you.

zPizza is a national pizza chain that is helping spread the gospel of vegan pizza.  They have a pizza called the Berkeley that is full of veggies and fake meat.  I never was a fan of real meat on my pizza, so I tend to just stick to veggies – which is what my vegan guy and I did on our last trip to zPizza.  We got a vegan Mushroom and Olive Pizza.  The crust is a one-size fits all kind of crust:  not to thick and not too thin.  I like it.

zPizza Mushroom and Olive Pizza

Mushroom and Olive Pizza

But my vegan guy likes the fake meat, so he got a Hawaiian Pizza to eat the next day.  They put a good amount of hearty-sized bits of the fake meat and look at all the pineapple.  Fruit on a pizza is a great way to get your 5-a-day!

zPizza Hawaiian Pizza

Hawaiian Pizza

Check their website to see where your local zPizza might be.

Dinnertime at Real Food Daily

Day 4 of Vegan MoFo:

My last two posts from Real Food Daily have been about their brunch items.  Because it is one of the few places to get vegan breakfast foods, my vegan guy and I come here a lot in the (late) mornings.  Very rarely do we actually come here for dinner, but sometimes we do.

In my pre-blog days, I tried numerous lunch/dinner menu items here that I did not document.  I am a big fan of their sandwich menu, including their Reuben ($11.75): tempeh, tofu cheese spread, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing on sourdough rye bread.  I got it with a side Caesar Salad (really good!!).  This reuben is full of sauerkraut and is so juicy.  It doesn’t make you feel heavy after eating it, either.

RFD Reuben

Reuben

Another great item is their Mexico City Tacos ($15.95): two crispy tacos, red chili beans, tempeh, vegetables, smoky chipotle cheese, avocado, jicama slaw, and Fiesta rice.  This is one item off their specials menu.  I am a big fan of mexican inspired dishes and this had all the components of a tasty south of the border meal.   Two things I loved were the creamy beans and cheese.  One thing I wasn’t that into was the jicama slaw – not a big fan of jicama.

RFD Tacos

Tacos

And again with the dessert!  I have terrible willpower when it comes to dessert.  A few other tables around my vegan guy and me ordered a Cookie a la Mode, so I did too.  The thought of a warmed chocolate chip cookie with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream sounded so wonderful and decadent.  Unfortunately, the cookie was not warmed and wasn’t particularly good at room temperature, either (I think it was gluten free).  I did like the ice cream.

RFD Cookie a la Mode

Cookie a la Mode

Nite Moon Cafe in LA

Nite Moon Cafe is a vegetarian cafe located inside of Golden Bridge Yoga.  It’s the type of place where you order at the counter, sit down, and they will bring you your food.  I don’t go here that often, because they have limited hours on the weekends (and sometimes I’m not even ready by the time they close – bummer for this non-morning girl).

They always have a bunch of vegan goodies in their display cases tempting you to buy them as your order your meal.  I guess I get tempted pretty easily – just look at the bounty of goods I got!  The PB&J Bar was like solidified, sweetened peanut butter with just the right amount of jam – I loved it.  The Cinnamon Roll seemed a bit over baked – kind of crispy and drier.  The Daiya/Spinach Pocket was a nice savory snack – simple and delicious.

Golden Bridge Spinach/Daiya Pocket, Cinnamon Roll, PB&J Bar

Spinach/Daiya Pocket, Cinnamon Roll, PB&J Bar

For my entree, I got the Bridge Burger ($11.50): tempeh patty, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and 1000 Island dressing.  It comes with a large salad that if full of ingredients.  The burger seemed so simple, but it was so good!  I don’t know what they did to the tempeh, but it was seasoned just right.

Golden Bridge Tempeh Burger

Bridge Burger

My vegan guy got the Reuben ($11.50): sauerkraut, tempeh bacon, mustard, and 1000 Island dressing.  I liked this sandwich, but I don’t remember if my vegan guy did.

Golden Bridge Reuben

Reuben

And the best part about this place is that if you feel guilty about what you ate, you can always go in for a yoga class.  The more you move, the more you can eat!

1357 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 2:00pm

¡Hola! from Native Foods

It seemed both my vegan guy and I were craving a bit of mexican inspired cuisine, because we both picked something with that south of the border taste at Native Foods.  My vegan guy went with the Nachos ($7.95): corn tortilla chips covered in black beans, Native Taco Meat, Native Chipotle Crema, Native Cheese, salsa fresca, and guacamole.  I’ll say it over and over, but I love cashew cheese (which is what the Native cheese is).  It’s just so creamy!  And it goes well on these nachos.  In fact, everything in the nachos tastes exceptionally well.

Native Foods Nachos

Nachos

Unlike the nachos, my Roasted Chile Taco Trio ($7.95) was not so great.  It sounded good with refried beans, roasted jalapenos and layered with brown rice, mango salsa, guacamole and cilantro.  But, sadly, the difficulty in eating them was just not worth the taste.  I prefer soft tacos or burritos over hard shelled tacos, but I definitely prefer hard shelled tacos over this mini taco salad shell crap.  Who eats a taco like this?  I expect to bite into a taco – not break off a piece of shell and scoop up the filling.  No bueno on the presentation, Native Foods.

Native Foods Tacos

Tacos

Who knows when this item will be taken off the menu, since they change it so frequently.  Get it while you can (if you so desire).

I am Addicted to Chili Addiction

It has recently been announced that Chili Addiction will now be called The Addiction Bistro.  Whatever the name, I love this place.  It is an omnivorous restaurant with a large vegan menu (seen here).

I had never tried their Truffle Fries ($5), but decided to get them.  I love their fries, but I wasn’t getting a lot of truffle flavor in these.  I think the bottom fries ended up with most of that flavor.

Chili Addiction Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries

I always get a Chili Cheese Dog ($5.95) when I come to Chili Addiction – er… The Addiction Bistro.  They always have two vegan chilis to choose from, with two different spiciness levels.  I got a soyrizo-based chili on my dog, which was good, but I think I like the bean based chilis better.  I also wish they were able to melt the vegan cheese a bit more, but they end up topping the chili with cheese right before serving.

Chili Addiction Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

My other favorite is the Chili Cheese Fries ($6).  This time I got it with a bean based chili.  I love this chili!  This one had a bunch of garbanzo beans – yum!  I can never find any recipes for chili like this.  Most chilis I see are the kind full of tomatoes.  I just want a nice beany chili – is that so hard to ask?  If anyone knows of any good recipes with limited or no tomatoes that are full of beans, please let me know.

Chili Addiction Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

On another visit to The Addiction Bistro, my vegan guy and I tried their Chili Cheese Nachos ($8).  They make their own tortilla chips, but I actually wasn’t such a fan of them.  It was nice to try, but I think I’ll stick with the chili cheese fries.

Chili Addiction Chili Cheese Nachos

Chili Cheese Nachos

408 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
323-203-1793

Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
Closed Mondays