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VIDEO: quarrygirl presents veggie grill

I’m not sure how this is possible, but I have yet to eat at Veggie Grill. Believe meit’s on the top of my list & I hear amazing things about their "All Hail Kale Salad with Blackened Tempeh."So happy to see that Veggie Grill is expanding, & rumor has it they’re coming to San Diego too! Here’s to vegan food taking over the world!

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we have been long time fans of the hearty comfort food at veggie grill, & now it looks like the rest of the nation is catching on as well. the entirely vegan fast-casual chain was recently named in forbes’ list of “15 explosively growing companies to watch”, & currently has 20 locations across 3 states with plans to open several more this year. we caught up with co-founder & “chief foodie” ray white to chat about what makes their delicious cuisine both healthy & unique. 

VIDEO! quarrygirl presents clara’s cakes! a teenage-run vegan bakery in LA.

You go Clara! I wish I was this awesome at 16!

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you’re probably already familiar with teenage baking sensation clara polito, who owns & operates her own vegan business in los angeles called clara’s cakes…after all we’ve posted two recipe videos with her in the past. clara went vegan at the age of 12, & frustrated with the animal-free dessert options in her area, she decided to learn how to make her own treats. four years later, she’s got her own bakery with a menu that wows all kinds of eaters. in today’s video, we sat down with clara at her home in LA & learned about her most delicious creations & why she went vegan in the first place.to learn where you can find clara’s cakes in LA, check out her website, twitter feed, & facebook page. i know that right now, you can find her cupcakes at pizzanista which happens to make the best vegan pizza in town. so go get ‘em.

At Home with Susan Feniger: Vegan Avocado on Toast

quarrygirl is back with another video with Susan Feniger! Avo on Toast! Such a delight!

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Time for another video in our Quarrygirl Presents: At Home with Susan Feniger series! This time we go to the famous chef’s Los Angeles pad for a simple breakfast of mashed avocado on toast. It’s so easy and the perfect way to use up avocados before they spoil! Watch as Susan shares her favorite and quickest recipe and also gives us tips on pronunciation, her favourite knife, and why buying fresh pepper is important.

Seabirds Menu
Cheesy Vegan Taquito from Seabirds
Cheesy Taquitos from Seabirds Beer Battered Avo Tacos from Seabirds
Quesadilla making at the Follow Your Heart stand I heart Vegenaise!
Cryptozoological Gonads on a Stick from Doomie's Home Cookin' Mint Chip Cone from Kind Kreme

LAVBF, PART II

Hey, there, heeeeyyy! I promised you part two, so I give you part two of my one day adventure to the 2013 Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest. In part one I gushed about meeting Tony Kanal, & shared delicious eats from Shojin, The Franken Stand, Mohawk Bend, & Susan Feniger’s STREET. And as if that wasn’t a lot of food already, oh you betcha, there’s more!

  • At last year’s LAVBF (recapped here) I experienced the magic that is the Seabirds Truck for the very first time. Their fried avocado tacos & jackfruit tacos are legit. I seriously craved them all year long, counting the days for the next LAVBF! They make daily appearances throughout Orange County, & will be opening a restaurant, Seabirds Kitchen, in The Lab this summer, so I really have no excuses if I let another year fly by without visiting them again! It was while I was in line at Seabirds that Tony Kanal walked by, so I jumped out of line to bother, harass gracefully approach him & when I returned to order my food I was so starstruck/flustered that I forgot all about the jackfruit tacos & delicious cupcakes they were offering. I did manage to blurt out a frenzied request for an order of the "Beer Battered Avocado Tacos," while I tried to gain my composure. And once again those tacos did not disappoint! My friend also ordered the "Cheesy Potato Taquitos," oh yeah! I had serious a late night love affair with potato taquitos back in my bar-hopping days, & pretty much O.D.’d on them years ago, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try out the Seabirds creation! Crispy, cheesy, comfort food, a perfect beer fest snack, for sure! Please, Seabirds, please come to San Diego before you retire the truck!
  • Follow Your Heart, the makers of everyone’s coveted vegan staple "Vegenaise," & of my favorite vegan mozzerella, was there cooking up samples of grilled cheese sandwiches & quesadillas to show off their new line of gourmet shreds & sauces. The samples were gone just as quickly as they were plated, so I wasn’t able to snap photos, but I did catch them in their cute shirts while I stuffed my face! And lemme tell ya, move over Daiya, there is a new shred is in town! This stuff gets melty like whoa, & in the best way possible, & tastes divine! I cannot wait to get my hands on these shreds, & the "Chipotle Vegenaise!" Oh the culinary possibilities!
  • Next up a trio of "Cryptozoological Gonads on a Stick" by Doomie’s Home Cookin’! Holy, ha whaaaaat??? While I did not sample these myself (my friend got them for the road) I absolutely had to take a photo to share the ridiculous but creative awesomeness that is "Unicorn Nuts, Abominable Snowballs, & Loch Nesticles." OMG! Haha! I wish I could give a better description of what these were comprised of, but I all know is that, while they appear to be sweet treats, they were actually savory! Absolute A+ for presentation & marketing!
  • Last, but most certainly not least I enjoyed a cone of vegan "Mint Chip Ice Cream" from Kind Kreme. They share a space in Echo Park with Sage Organic Bistro, where I had the pleasure of dining for lunch on my birthday! Although I was tempted to try a scoop of Kind Kreme that day, I knew there would be much more indulging later, so I refrained. When I saw them set up at LAVBF, I knew I wouldn’t be leaving without an ice cream cone in my hand! Even though I’d had more than my fair share of food that day, what’s a tiny scoop of ice cream? Besides, “vegan” means “guilt free” right? Sure! I hadn’t had a lick of mint chip since the dairy days & it was worth the indulgence. Sage was there as well, serving up mozzerella sticks & butternut squash tacos, but then my friends would’ve been rolling me out the door!

Thus, that concludes my 2013 LAVBF recap! There were so many other amazing food vendors with amazing looking food that I wish I could’ve stuffed into my belly - M Cafe, Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre (yep, they’re opening one in West Hollywood, yay!), LA Vegan Crepe, Mandoline Grill, Golden Road Pub, & more, more, more! LA, you’ve got it going on! I only hope that San Diego can get more on the ball & follow suit. Maybe a SDVBF in the future? We’ll just have to see!

Big props & THANK YOU to QuarryGirl, TDA, & The Roxy for a rocking good time!

quarrygirl presents: M Cafe de Chaya

As mentioned in the Good Eats interview, M Cafe de Chaya is one of quarrygirl’s favorite Los Angeles vegan establishments. Although I’ve only been there a small handful of times, M Cafe is definitely one of my top dining picks in LA too, & surely some place I wish to visit again & again. There is too much vegan coolness going on in LA. Oh, heck maybe I should just move there…ain’t nothing holding me back, no more!

Anyhoo, in this awesome vid, quarrygirl features chef Lee Gross, who breaks down some of the dishes that make M Cafe! Ooooooh, I’m hungry! I’ll take a “Big Macro” please!

Who else is digging these awesome vids from quarrygirl? Tony’s is definitely high on my list of LA vegan joints to check out, & stat! OMG THOSE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!!! And you better believe I’ll be headed back up to the The Roxy for this years LAVBF!

i’m super excited because today’s video is on our favorite pub in los angeles, tony’s darts away. many of you are probably familiar with the numerous meatless sausage options at tony’s…but did you know about the long list of inventive rotating daily specials, most of which are are vegan? we caught up with chef randy st. clair and learned how he makes traditional meat offerings vegan, as well as his favorite vegetable based dishes. if you haven’t been to tony’s darts away yet, definitely check it out. the food and beer cannot be beat.

oh, and don’t forget to buy tickets to the upcoming LA vegan beer fest that we’re throwing with tony’s and the roxy! it’s gonna be the best vegan event of the year. 

quarrygirl presents: Sage Vegan Bistro & KindKreme

I’m loving quarrygirl’s new "Vegan Video Series" & was so excited to see that she recently featured Sage Vegan Bistro & KindKreme! I have an ever growing list of Los Angeles area vegan eateries that I want to visit, & blog about, & Sage has definitely been at the top.

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in this week’s edition of our new vegan video series, we catch up with mollie englehart, the owner of sage vegan bistro & kindkreme dairy-free ice cream parlors. sage has been open less than 2 years, but has already gained a reputation as one of the best vegan spots in los angeles, & is definitely one of my personal favorites. similarly, kindkreme is the go-to place in LA for vegan dessert & has already opened 3 locations! in this video, mollie, who was born & raised vegan, fills us in on what inspired her to open kindkreme & why all foodies should check out sage.

Lucky for me, this March I’ll be spending the weekend in LA, (kicking off with a Morrissey concert on my birthday, yay!!!), & was trying to decide what to knock of my vegan-foodie bucket list. After watching this video & seeing the owner Mollie’s heartfelt enthusiasm, I have now added Sage to my agenda! Perhaps for brunch (check out the yummy menu here) before my visit to The Gentle Barn? My birthday weekend is shaping up to be a blast!