December 28, 2012

Restaurant Review: Mondo Taco

Mondo Taco

I swear, hole-in-the-wall restaurants always have the best food. And that is in no way meant to be offensive to Mondo Taco, a newly discovered spot (thanks to Blackboard Eats) in the Miracle Mile/La Brea area, where the gourmet taco varieties are damn near endless.

August 12, 2012

Product Review: Isabella's Cookie Company

Isabella's Cookies

I'd always passed by Isabella's Cookies while shopping in Whole Foods or other natural food stores, but I never thought twice about them. Of course I prefer to bake my own goodies, so it's not too often that I peruse the cookie aisle. What was unbeknownst to me was that of their 25+ cookie flavors, five of them are vegan. Vegan cookie review? Here we go!

July 29, 2012

Product Review: Mini Pops

Mini Pops

I have to admit: I wasn't immediately impressed when I tried these snacks. They looked, smelled, and tasted just like popcorn. So why not just eat popcorn, right? Mini Pops is actually air-popped sorghum grain, which from a nutritional standpoint turns out to be a lot healthier than popcorn. Here's where the points start adding up.

July 28, 2012

Product Review: Nate's Meatless Meatballs

Nate's Meatballs

Vegan meatballs are very underrated. I don't know enough people that talk about or eat them, myself included. Now perhaps some of you may have heard of, tried, or are already loyal fans of Nate's Meatless Meatball, but I was a complete newbie. Sure, I've tried other brands of vegan meatballs, but I never quite liked the taste or the texture. Until I tried Nate's.

April 22, 2012

Product Review: Cafe Rivva Juice Cleanses

Cafe Rivva Raw for a Day Cleanse

My first ever juice cleanse, thanks to the fabulous Cafe Rivva! For the sake of the being able to say I've done it, I hopped on the latest bandwagon to check out this booming, oh-so-LA trend. Although I was a bit apprehensive, it ended up being quite an experience.

April 21, 2012

Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

Somehow I just KNEW this was going to be amazing as soon as I laid eyes on the recipe. Quinoa, almonds, and apples tossed in a honey-curry-lemon dressing. I mean, what could be better? In fact, I'd deem this one of the best grain salads I've ever had in life! Everyone who knows me knows I don't like making the same thing twice, but this is definitely an exception.

April 15, 2012

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro and lime, one of the great Mexican flavor combinations. Apply that to rice, and you've got an excellent side dish waiting to be paired with bold, spicy flavors. With a few adjustments to the original recipe, this can be a staple for almost any meal.

April 11, 2012


Update! (4/11/12) I've corrected all broken links with the exception of the following categories: Italian, Main Dish, Side Dish, and Soup/Stew. Thank you for your patience!

So it looks like Vegetarian Times, the magazine I've gotten most of the recipes on the site from, has revamped their website. And like a not-so-smart web redesign, they've changed the titles of each and every one of their recipe links. This means for me, and probably many other bloggers out there, that there are broken links galore running rampant through this site (probably around 400 recipes!).

I plan on fixing each and every one, but as you can probably imagine, that's not going to happen overnight. Please bear with me, and if you can't find a recipe, it's probably easiest to just do a search on the VT website.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

April 6, 2012

Product Review: Lightlife


The Lightlife you've come to know and love--featuring vegan and vegetarian products in major supermarkets across the country--has a new look and a load of new items. They've expanded into the veggie burger and frozen meal realm, with four new varieties for each, available everywhere in June. The new items are only vegetarian (not vegan), which is strange, considering that seems to be the direction most companies are headed these days. But fret not veggies, you'll be able to add most of these new products to your quick meal option lineup.

March 17, 2012

Product Review: Sol Cuisine

Sol Cuisine

With so many veggie burgers on the market, how do you know which to choose? The possibilites and varieties seem endless: some are more "natural" than others, some taste flat out horrible, and some even contain egg whites and dairy (watch out, vegans!).

March 3, 2012

Product Review: Galaxy Nutritional Foods

Galaxy Nutritional Foods

With so many "uncheese" cheeses in the market these days, how do you know which to choose? For over 20 years, Galaxy Foods has offered a wide range of cheesey products, including vegetarian, vegan, and rice-based slices. But it's perhaps their newest products that are giving other companies a run for their money...

February 25, 2012

Restaurant Review: Sky's Gourmet Tacos

Sky's Tacos

It baffles me that more Los Angelenos don't know about Sky's Gourmet Tacos, the self-proclaimed Mexican restaurant with a "splash of soul." Let me be the first to tell you, this place is WAYYYYY underrated. It's also the true definition of a hole in the wall: small and obscure, but some of the best food that may ever cross your palate. Plant-eaters and carnivores alike can dine here in culinary harmony, as there's an entire vegan/vegetarian menu containing faux meat, tofu, vegan cheese, and more!

February 18, 2012

Kung Pao Tempeh Triangles

Kung Pao Tempeh Triangles

I'm still on the fence about tempeh. That bitter, slightly sour flavor just does not appeal to me. Well, until now, that is. Apparently, marinating it in a delicious, addictive sauce and broiling it is the way to go. Although this isn't a traditional kung pao dish in the sense of the ingredients, it's an absolutely wonderful Asian-inspired dish that you won't be able to get enough of!

January 17, 2012

Orange Chipotle-Glazed Tofu

Orange Chipotle Glazed Tofu

So I think I've found my new favorite way to cook tofu: broiling. It does things to tofu that you'd never think possible. This recipe is so delicious that you'll be amazed at how simple it is to make, and you may find yourself making it again and again. If you're trying to turn someone on to the joys of this soy food, this may be just the recipe to use.

January 2, 2012

Curried Squash, Broccolini, and Tofu

Curried Squash Broccolini and Tofu

Butternut squash, tofu, and broccolini in a Thai-inspired curry-coconut sauce...sounds amazing, right? Unfortunately, this dish was a disappointment on many levels. Although I did adapt the recipe a tiny bit, I can assure you it's the recipe (and not me!) that has problems. If you're a big fan of this type of dish, make your own modifications, but read on to see where things went wrong.

December 27, 2011

Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta

Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta

I wanted to use up a bag of dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, so this recipe seemed like a sure winner. Unfortunately, it turned out to be something quite different from what I expected. It wasn't a total disaster, but look elsewhere if you're looking for a true bruschetta recipe.

Product Review: Funky Monkey Snacks

Funky Monkey Snacks

Dried fruit is sooooo 2011. Enter Funky Monkey Snacks for 2012 and beyond! Freeze-dried fruit (as opposed to regular dried fruit) is where it's at, from flavor to texture to nutrition. This stuff is perfect for a quick snack any time, and it travels so well!

December 17, 2011

Pesto "Pasta"

Pesto Pasta

Pasta made out of...squash? And not the spaghetti kind? I can't tell you how frightened I was to try this. I know this is what a raw foodist's dreams are made of, but I'm not quite on that level myself. Still, the pesto on its own sounded delicious, so I was willing to give in to the idea of raw pasta.

December 3, 2011

Product Review: Sophie's Kitchen Seafood

Sophie's Kitchen

Seafood is probably one of the hardest vegan things to emulate AND make taste good. You can find a lot of faux fish products at your local Asian markets, but (speaking from experience) they're often unpalatable and always have a strange not-quite-right smell. Enter Sophie's Kitchen...

November 26, 2011

Restaurant Review: Pepple's Donuts/Donut Farm

Pepples Donuts

The glowing red neon "vegan" in the window and the huge pink sprinkled donut is all that distinguishes Donut Farm from the outside. This inconspicuous, cruelty-free Oakland bakery not only creates some of the tastiest and creative vegan donuts around, but there's also a fabulous weekend brunch that is clearly a popular choice with nearby residents. Don't be put off by its no-frills, hole-in-the-wall appearance: Donut Farm (aka Pepple's Donuts...actually, I'm not sure which is the "correct" name) is one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets.