Monday, 8 October 2012

Day 1 and 2: Los Angeles

Howdy  everyone!  This is our belated beginning of Vegan Mofo.

We arrived in LA at about 6am yesterday morning.  The hilarity started when we were lining up for customs.  Their air-conditioning had broken down, so the nice woman from delta was having issues with her colleagues on the walkie-talkie.  I guess you had to be there.  They were complaining that it was hot.  They haven't been in North Queensland in February, so they really have NO IDEA.  Lol.

Anyway, after picking up the car (and getting used to driving on the other side of the road), we headed to Veggie Grill for lunch.
Buffalo Wings

WOW. This place is relatively new as far as I'm aware. It was so good! I had a Chikin' Burger thing, Cam had the Bayou burger, and we shared Buffalo Wings.

Pretty freaking awesome. probably only We managed to stay awake all day (despite not getting much sleep on the plane). We headed to the Snake on Mullholland Highway. Cam tells me it's some sort of motorcycle thing. There were lots of bikes winding up and down the road. Pretty cool.

After checking in to our nice hotel in Santa Monica, we walked down to the pier. So cool! We took a ride on the Ferris Wheel and watched the sun set. Cam got a pretty awesome photo:

We then headed to Real Food Daily for dinner. We've had the Real Food Daily cookbook for many years (and have only made one recipe from it - I'm lazy and a lot of the recipes seem to be pretty long). We started with the Lentil Walnut pate:

I had the Supreme Burrito (it was deliciously cheezy and yummy): 

Cam had a taco:

We shared the brownie bowl for dessert.

This morning we discovered that there's a Trader Joe's right on the next block. So we had Hickory Smoked Tofurkey on sourdough (OMG, that Tofurkey).

Lunch was at Native Foods Cafe in Westwood. This place was so cool! I had a meatball sub. Cam had a bacon cheeseburger.

I'm running out of superlatives to describe how good the food was. We thought we should start a goodly meter for the food. (This was actually the conversation at Native Foods)

Dinner was takeaway from Vegan Thai in Santa Monica. We had Tom Yum soup, Penang Curry, Pad Thai and Mango and Sticky Rice. It was spicy but good.

We're heading out of LA tomorrow, up to Pismo Beach. Woo!


Kate said...

Haha, so was this like the pom's whingeing about it being hot but it's only about 25 degrees? lol. All of that food looks ridiculously good (the brownie bowl esp). I like the idea of a "goodly" meter too :)

Kari said...

That sunset and your brownie bowl look amazing :) I'm also glad I'm not the only vegan mofo blogger to be juggling posting with travel (although I just got home so we're backwards) :)

Vegyogini said...

Welcome to LA! So happy to see you're hitting up as many delicious spots as possible. Make sure to dine at Cafe Gratitude when you're back from Pismo.

Andy said...

That sunset and your brownie bowl look amazing :)

Four said...

I'm also glad I'm not the only vegan mofo blogger to be juggling posting with travel (although I just got home so we're backwards) :)

Vegan Stereotype Writer said...

I also was just in LA and pretty much made the same rounds as you! Native Foods, RFD, and Rawvolution were my ultimate faves! There wasn't enough time!

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Dawn said...

It all looks fabulous!

Theresa said...

All the food! Beats Brisbane, maybe a little?

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