What We Ate In LA
One of the reasons I signed up for the Leona Divide 50/50 was to have an excuse to travel to Los Angeles. I'll be honest, I've never had a real desire to travel to LA. I don't know why, but when planning a vacation it just wasn't ever on the table.
And then I kept seeing all this amazing food on Instagram. The more I looked, the more I realized that Los Angeles was a must go to place, solely for the food. I found a race that sounded like fun to do and booked our tickets. Run 50k, then go on an eating tour of LA.
Our LA trip included A LOT of brunches because restaurants in LA have vegan brunch everyday! Brooklyn needs to catch on to this.
I couldn't wait to try Little Pine. Moby owns it and the proceeds go to animal welfare charities. I had my 50k celebration meal there and it was amazing. I had the French Toast, and split some tempeh sausage and breakfast potatoes with Chris, who had the Breakfast Sandwich. The space was beautiful and the food was on point. All the employees were incredibly nice and friendly.
Press Brothers Juicery
I was informed that people in LA take their avocado toast very seriously and was shown this at Press Brothers. The toast was ridiculous. Three different kinds, plus kombucha on tap. Perfect snack before we hiked Griffith Park.
How could I not come here? I'm a big fan of Amanda Chantal Bacon and I've definitely spent some major bucks on ordering various adaptogens from Moon Juice. The Silverlake store is beautiful, with a rainbow of different mylks, juices, and ready to go food. I definitely would be broke if I lived within walking distance of the store.
Powerplant Super Food Cafe
I found Powerplant Super Food Cafe when I was just doing a search on Yelp for vegan places near our Airbnb. I loved it as soon as we walked in. I felt immediately at home. The woman at the counter was so friendly and inviting. Most of the menu is gluten free and vegan. I got the banana coconut pancakes and Chris got the french toast and we split some breakfast potatoes and green juice. Everything tasted like it was made with love if ya know what I mean.
Sage Vegan Bistro
Sage Vegan Bistro was the only restaurant we ate at twice for dinner so you know it was good. The menu is so big I felt like it warranted two meals. I joked that it was like eating at a vegan Cheesecake Factory. We ate at both the Echo Park and the Culver City locations. The nachos are insane but my favorite dish was the Jalapeño Poppers. We ordered the cauliflower wing sample which was HUGE. I love when a restaurant doesn't depend on fake meat so it was nice that everything on the menu was centered around whole foods.
I had been dying to try Gracias Madre out since I saw the CBD cocktails on Instagram. The space is beautiful and the food was good. Gracias Madre has the same owners as Cafe Gratitude and I like Cafe Gratitude better. It was definitely a fun place to eat.
This was our first stop when we got off the plane. We went to the one in Venice (which is right across the street from Moon Juice BTW). We got the nachos and I got the DEVOTED (blackened tempeh, black bean dirty rice, smashed yams, coleslaw, deep-fried chickpea frittata, sautéed kale, barbecue sauce) and Chris got the COMMITED (pulled mushroom sandwich: barbecue sauce, creamy coleslaw, spicy cashew aioli on slow-fermented ciabatta) It was perfect for a pre race dinner. We ended up going back here before our flight to get brunch, I got the Pancakes and Chris got the Tempeh Scramble. (I don't think I've ever eaten more pancakes or nachos in my life then on this trip)
There where so many places that I wanted to try (Ramen Hood, Doomies, Stuff I Eat, Kitchen Mouse, etc) that we are already planning a second trip out there. I'm definitely in love with LA and I can't wait to go back.
Let me know in the comments if there are some must go places to eat for our next trip!