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Farm Sanctuary Benefit Brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen
A few weekends ago I had the exciting opportunity to photograph my talented chef friend Katie’s pop-up vegan brunch, benefiting the 2014 San Diego Walk for Farm Animals.It was absolutely delicious & for a wonderful cause!
On the menu:
- Organic fair-trade coffee with coconut creamer, green tea, & citrus mimosas
- Banana-nut Muffins
- End of Summer Parfaits with Coconut Yogurt, Chia Pudding, Local Peaches & Housemade Granola
- Lentil Mushroom Tacos
- Raw Strawberry Acai Cheesecake
Yum! So much goodness. I’ve got a full recap & review & am sharing the "Banana Nut Muffin" recipe over at Vegenista’s Kitchen.
If you are local to San Diego & have not come to one of Katie’s events, I encourage you to sign up for her newsletter so you can get up-to-date announcements, as they sell out fast! Katie has some classes coming up soon at Great News, & her next pop-up, although not yet formally announced, will be a dinner on October 26th. So come on out!
And in the meantime, now that fall has officially arrived, put on your oven mitts & get baking.
LOVELIKEBEER Announces Latest Menu Series Collaboration!
Hot of the press, San Diego’s LOVELIKEBEER has announced their latest installment of the “Menu Series.” LLB created this project to deliver full-time access to some of the culinary creations for which the vegan pop-up charity beer dinners are known.
You may remember my announcement for last July’s addition to the Monkey Paw menu, the scrumptious "Mumbai Monkey Sandwich" paired with the refreshing “Lemon Balm & Mint Saison,” which continues to be a fan fave & generate donations to Ferdinand’s Familia All Species Animal Rescue, one of my favorite places in town!
Finally, more than a year later (time flies), they’re unveiled their third & latest collaboration with Tacos Perla, a new & exciting restaurant concept in North Park, that serves up delicious traditional & non-traditional street tacos, with vegan options already available. As part of San Diego’s LWP Group, the taco shop also has an existing association with a charitable organization through LWP’s "Community Gives" project, whose mission is to support the traditions & enhance the quality of life in San Diego’s urban communities by providing greater access to education, arts & culture.
As for the beer pairing, after sampling a variety of different beers, they decided that the Mike Hess Brewing "Vienna Cream Ale" was a perfect companion for the vibrant taco, & it is quite fitting that the beer pays homage to the spanish word “Gracias.”
I had the opportunity to preview the pairing last weekend, along with a few other vegan items on the menu, & let me tell you….you’re gonna wanna get all over this, stat!
The taco filling is a play on the Mexican “Chilorio” which traditionally consists of pork or chicken, but made vegan here with the help of Beyond Meat, & “meat” is marinated in a rich & earthy ancho chile sauce. It is absolutely delicious. Beyond Meat is really something else & almost a little too like chicken for my comfort zone. The omnivore at the table said he never would’ve know it was vegan if he hadn’t been told. I’ve had a few Beyond Meat experienced where I had to be reassured more than once that what I was eating was vegan! Back to the delicious taco…it’s topped with crunchy nopales, & a bright fresh salsa of radish, parsley, capers, & cinnamon - such a unique flavor combination. I love the warmth of the cinnamon, it adds just a little preview of fall! Top off the taco with one of Taco’s Perlas signature house made salsas & BOOM ~ flavor extravaganza! Oh & speaking of “house made” the tortillas are freshly made in house as well, adding to the overall freshness of the dish. The paired beer was smooth & refreshing, with its subtle layers of vanilla, caramel, & malt, bridging each bite along with a delicate hop finish.
So when can you experience this for yourselves? They’re having a shindig on Sep’t 25th! Here are the deets, yo!
LOVELIKEBEER Menu Series Pairing No. 3
Of course, this dish will be available any time after the launch, so not to worry, you won’t miss out. But LOVELIKEBEER loves to party with their people, so come on out & support awesome vegan food & a great cause! RSVP & get more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/873299656015264/
Hope to see you!
(Photos courtesy of Justin Barrow, for LOVELIKEBEER)
Farm Sanctuary & Veggie Grill Fundraiser
The Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser Event
WHEN: Tuesday September 23rd, 4pm - Close
WHERE: Veggie Grill UTC // 4353 La Jolla Village Drive #H28 La Jolla, CA 92122 // 858.458.0031
Please join us & spread the news! :)
The “Organic Scramble” - locally made organic tofu, mushrooms & bell peppers with the most delicious blend of seasonings. Best vegan breakfast in town! And fantastic Mexican coffee too. (at Ranchos Cocina North Park)
"Garden Grill" Debuts Today at Hillcrest Farmers’ Market
Here is a sneak peek at some of the menu items ~
- STONE IPA BEER BATTERED AVOCADO TACOS ~ A crispy Stone IPA beer battered avocado on a bed of fresh cilantro, purple and green cabbage. Topped with our house made creamy cilantro Pepita dressing and organic Sriracha.
- BREAKFAST TACOS ~ Scrambled organic tofu, plant-based sausage served on a bed of sauteed spinach. Topped with our house made creamy cheeze sauce.
- RAW TACOS ~ Organic dino kale, walnut “meat”, fresh tomato salad, and nut-cho cheeze all wrapped in a romaine leaf. Gluten Free - Raw!
- CHICK’N ‘N’ WAFFLES ~ Cinnamon spiced waffles, country fried chick’n, herbed mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.
- THE REUBEN ~ Two toasted artisan pumpernickel rye swirl deli style bread slices, smeared with our house made Russian dressing, our locally made raw organic sauerkraut and thinly sliced house marinated deli style Reuben meat topped with melted mozzarella style cheeze!
- BEER BATTERED MUSHROOMS ~ Stone IPA beer battered crimini mushrooms along side our house made creamy dill sauce.
- AND MORE!!!
All ingredients are 100% plant based Vegan. No MSG, no GMOs, no refined oils or sweeteners. We use local organic ingredients whenever possible.
Oh my heavenly yum! Be there.
"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"
Hey San Diego Friends! "COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is premiering this Tuesday July 15th at the Hillcrest Cinema & a few tickets are still available. Please join us in viewing this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, & investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it! This film is expected to be as eye-opening as "Blackfish" & as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth."
Tickets can be purchased here & be sure to stick around after the film for in-depth Q & A with the filmmakers.
If you are not in SD, click here for screenings in your area.
Hope to see you!
Sunday Pop-up Vegan Brunch with Katie’s Healing Kitchen!
Today, Katie took over this typically omnivorous restaurant & prepared an all out awesome vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, & refined sugar-free brunch! She delighted us with 4 courses of amazing eats, mimosas, fair trade coffee & more. Check out this menu:
- Morning Jolt | Fair Trade Coffee / Coconut Cream
- Superfood Green Tea | Goji Berry / Pomegranate
- Citrus Mimosa | Champagne / Orange
- Health Nut Muffin | Lemon / Chia / Strawberry Jam
- Grammy’s Birchermuseli | Coconut Yogurt / Local berries / Oats
- Breakfast Panini | Gluten-Free Sourdough / Tempeh Bacon / Avocado / Basil Aioli / Roasted Bell Peppers / Savory Potato Hash / Wilted Greens
- Minty Sundae | Quinoa Brownies / Mint Chip Ice Cream / Raw Chocolate Sauce
Yum! Right? The proof is in the pictures! And all of this deliciousness for only $30!
My favorite dish of the day? Hmmmm, it’s a tough call, but if I had to choose…I really loved the "Breakfast Panini" ~ some of my favorite things wrapped up in a sandwich! Contrary to popular belief, when grilled or toasted, gluten-free bread is not bad at all! Of course not all are created equal, so I asked Katie which brand she prefers. She uses Cook’s GF Sourdough Bread which you can find at the co-op if you’re local. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the "Minty Sundae" knocked my socks off, come on! Ice Cream for brunch? Don’t have to twist my arm. But honestly, in true Katie fashion, everything was fantastic!
So, if you are in San Diego & you have not been to a pop-up or cooking class with Katie you are missing out! Katie has an upcoming dinner pop-up on July 22nd that you do not want to miss. The theme "LONGEVITY." Who wants a bit more of that? I know I do!! Check out Katie’s lovely website for more information & to RSVP. And to learn more about Katie, be sure to read my extensive review of her Thanksgiving Cooking Class & her Superfood Breakfast Guest Post.
Be sure to sign up for her mailing list & newsletter. Hope to see you at a future event!
Restaurant Review & Interview with Juan Miron of JUKE
For several years the "MIHO Gastrotruck" has a fixture on the San Diego foodie scene. They were the first “gourmet” food truck to hit the scene back in 2010, & inspiring single handedly inspired the San Diego Food Truck movement. Prior to MIHO rolling around in their artfully designed truck selling delicious hand-crafted farm-to-table street food, about all you’d see on the streets were “roach coaches” that you were better off avoiding. MIHOs arrival changed everything. I remember tracking them down at the Adams Avenue Art Walk, their very first weekend in business, ordering a vegetarian "Bahn Mi" & sang its praises here. Not only was the food awesome, the guys behind the wheel/kitchen/concept were awesome too. MIHO started showing up all over town, & soon you were fighting off long lines & big crowds in the hopes of reaching the counter before the good stuff sold out. The best part…they always offered a few vegetarian/veganizable items on the menu. So imagine my disappointment when I heard the announcement that the truck would be semi-retiring. The truck would still be available for private catering events, but no longer making the weekly rounds. Major sadface.
All was not lost, however, just re-imagined, as Juan & Kevin, the duo behind MIHO, partnered up with Bottlecraft in North Park to open "JUKE", a small farm-to-table “cafe” counter hidden in the back of the shop. Their culinary concept focuses on a “neo-traditional” menu that highlights internationally inspired street foods. For those of us of the veggie inclined about 1/3 of the menu is vegetarian &/or veganizable. While it’s not a physical restaurant, communal style seating is available outside.
JUKE is a new school of thought on what, how & why we eat. This means a healthy balance of ingredients, an honest way of cooking, & a more conscious approach to the composition of each dish. JUKE’s neo-traditional menu draws inspiration from the beloved flavors of California, Baja, Asia & the Mediterranean. With a bedrock of local farms & sustainable food practices, JUKE features a menu that celebrates vegetables & grains, but is still in many ways an homage to the casual, international street food that MIHO is known for.
Last month, Juan graciously invited me to JUKE to try out their veganizable options & of course I jumped at the chance! I was treated to the "Cauliflower Steak" with roasted cauliflower, curry-apple sauce, herbed couscous, toasted marcona almonds, & greens, & the "Bibimbap" with roasted tofu, forbidden rice, pickled shiitake, greens, radish & gochujang, made vegan by holding the poached egg. Both were super fresh, flavorful & delicious. If I have to play favorites, the cauliflower steak it is! As I am a fan of every component of this dish, it was an easy choice. Sweet roasted cauliflower over a mild, yet tangy, green curry, fluffy couscous, tender greens & crunchy marcona almonds? Sounds like my kind light, yet satisfying meal. While I, gracefully, stuffed my face, Juan & I chatted about MIHO, JUKE, & the future:
Vegenista: The MIHO Gastrotruck really helped to shape the San Diego Food Truck scene. How did you get involved in the food business & what led you to launch a food truck?
Juan Miron: Kevin & I have always been super passionate about food, where it comes from, how its prepared & the experience it creates. My wife & I were hosting underground beer supper clubs since 2006 as a creative outlet for both of us. In 2008 I started working at The Linkery, SD’s original farm to table restaurant, that’s where I met Kevin & soon enough he & his fiancé joined Farra & I on the beer dinners. We did that for a couple of years & ultimately, we knew we wanted to strike on our own & pursue a business opportunity. That’s when we caught wind of the food truck scene in other cities & instantly we knew that was our next step.
V: You recently retired the highly successful food truck & launched JUKE inside of Bottlecraft North Park. What inspired you to make the change? How did the concept of a counter & the partnership with Bottlecraft come about?
JM: For us every decision is all about progressing & enhancing the experiences we offer. We left the streets at the beginning of 2013 as we had planned to transition into a full time catering company. The essence of the food truck scene had evolved & was not fulfilling anymore. Catering had been an area of our business that we always enjoyed, creating memorable experiences around food for special events, this just felt right. A year later the opportunity to reconnect with our followers came when Brian from Bottlecraft mentioned that he was planning on putting a kitchen & would love us to do it. We then decided to open up JUKE.
V: Thank you for offering vegetarian & vegan friendly menu items! How would you describe the style of food you are serving at JUKE & how is it different from MIHO?
JM: MIHO is internationally inspired street food., where JUKE is a new style of food, “neo-traditional” as we call it. It’s our take on traditional dishes, with our twist, while maintaining our bedrock of sourcing from local farms & using a sustainable approach to all that we do. It’s a reflection of the styles of food we enjoy eating, baja, mediterranean, asian, with a conscious thought on balancing greens, grains & meats, with a few vegetarian & vegan items too.
V: Do you have any other exciting plans/projects in the works that you would like to share?
JM: Yes, we just launched our cocktail catering company, "Please & Thank You," & we thrilled to be able to add that on as another service under the "A MIHO Experience" brand. Again this was another project where it just seemed natural for us to offer bar catering for all the events that we do.
A few days later I was back for more, bring my friend Anna along for a Sunday afternoon brunch. I’d had some cocktails the night before, so a strong pour-over coffee & a belly filling meal was calling my name, so naturally, I was drawn to the "Chilaquiles," - hold the carnitas add tofu - with vegetarian refried beans, tortilla chips, avocado, roasted tofu & gochujang. While it was tasty enough, it doesn’t quite rival the vegan chilaquiles masterpiece from Gracias Madre, but it was just what the doctor ordered to ease my hangover. Need I say more? Anna went for lighter fare & ordered the "Romesco Salad" with roasted root vegetables, manchego, toasted hazelnut, raisins, greens, & romesco dressing. If you wish this to be vegan, hold simply omit the cheese. She enjoyed the fresh & flavorful salad, however, as I’ve read in other reviews, it was a bit overdressed causing the greens to get a little soggy. Romesco is a rich dressing, so just a dab will do ya! Maybe order it on the side? As we were finishing up our coffee, another patron sat beside us with the most beautiful bowl of fresh fruit & cashew “yogurt.” We decided that our bellies could expand just a little bit more to make room for that delicious treat…”Cashew Parfait” topped with homemade granola, seasonal fresh fruit & mint. As expected, it was divine. I could definitely taste the cashews, as I use them for various creams & sauces around here, but never thought to make it a thick, yogurt consistency. It was definitely rich! But the fresh fruit & mint helped to lighten it up a bit. I will most certainly be back for more of that!
So, if you are in the San Diego area & have not made your way over to JUKE, why wait any longer? They’re open Tues-Saturday from 11am-9pm, & from 10am-7pm for Sunday Brunch. Remember, they are located INSIDE Bottlecraft in North Park, between 30th & Ray Street. Keep up with JUKE on their website, Facebook, & Instagram.
A big thank you to Juan, JUKE, & the MIHO family for the hospitality invitation to check out this exciting new establishment! #EATJUKE
Sorry for the shot notice on this friends, as it has just come across my radar! If you love KALE, you’re in San Diego, & your Saturday hasn’t already been jam packed with activities…then check out the "Kale Festival 2014”at the San Diego Peace Garden. There will be demos, workshops, yoga, films, children’s activities, FOOD, & more!
WHEN: Saturday Februarary 22nd 9am - 5pm
WHERE: SAN DIEGO PEACE GARDEN
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105
FESTIVAL MISSION: The Kale Festival is a day to celebrate & learn about local & sustainable food through workshops & demonstrations. We come together to envision a better & more just food system.
Get more details & the full family friendly schedule here.
HAIL TO KALE!
Sunset Cliffs Beach Cleanup & Yoga Jam!
San Diego friends! Join me this weekend for Local Earth’s Sunset Cliffs Beach Cleanup & Yoga Jam
When: Saturday February 22nd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Sunset Cliffs State Park
Sunset Cliffs has a special place in my heart. I spent my early years in Ocean Beach living with my Mom, & after we moved out to the “country” I would return to OB to spend time with my Dad. My Dad was an “avid surfer” & still is today - in his 60s (he lives in Costa Rica, go figure). Most of my time spent with my Dad was on the beach. I’d play in the sand while he surfed, then we would picnic on the cliffs with chips & sandwiches. Those are some of my fondest memories of time spent with my Dad, who doesn’t have much of a presence in my life anymore. You’d think going to the cliffs might make me sad, but it’s just the opposite - being there brings me peace. It’s one of 2 places in San Diego (the other is Self Realization) that I go when I want to sit in nature & decompress. Being as it is one of the “sweet spots,” I was so happy when I received this invitation. Environmental activism, yoga, organic/vegan potluck, community, music, & dance. Sign me up!
Local Earthlings, we are so excited to join together in community once again! Our February Beach Cleanup social is an event that you don’t want to miss! It will be a day to connect with the earth, each other, and the power of the breath.
We are starting our spring cleaning a little early this year with the Sunset Cliffs Beach Cleanup & Yoga Jam taking place Saturday February 22nd from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM at Sunset Cliffs State Park in Ocean Beach. The plan is to meet in the Sunset Cliffs parking lot around 10 AM, spend a few hours cleaning up the trails in Sunset Cliffs park breaking around noon to share some delicious organic food that will energize our bodies for what’s coming next. At 1:00 PM there will be a community taught yoga class with live guitar, followed at 2:30 PM by an amazing immersive yoga Samba dance experience led by Elka Haeckel. So bring your hands, a willingness to get a little dirty, some yummy food, & the light of your smile. We can’t wait to share your presence coming together to beautify our community, flow through asana, connect with our breath, drink in the sunshine, & dance to the vibrant beats of some live percussion….together.
The weather has been pretty close to perfect around here, so I expect this will be a gorgeous day! Hope to see you there!