On day two of our trip to Los Angeles, Matt and I made the mistake of deciding to drive to Santa Monica for breakfast. The traffic was a nightmare, but it actually turned out to be worth it. We grabbed a quick morning meal at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, Matt Amsden‘s casual raw restaurant.
Matt had an upset stomach, so he kept it light with a Sweet Green Smoothie. I went for the Simple Buckwheat Granola.
It was served with almond milk, raisins, strawberries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I was hoping it would be chunkier, but any buckwheat granola is good in my book.
I couldn’t resist grabbing a raw chocolate chip cookie dough ball on our way out.
We barely had enough time to drive back to our hotel and get ready for the day before we had to leave again. At noon, we met up with Brendan Brazier and Krystal from Vega at Real Food Daily! It was nice to see Brendan again and get reacquainted.
I started with a Power Green smoothie (raspberries, strawberries, banana, MacroGreens, raw almonds, ﬂaxseeds, and coconut water) and Matt drank a fresh apple juice. The whole table shared this epic order of Not-Chos: tortilla chips, melted cashew cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, tofu sour cream, and more.
I didn’t get a photo of Brendan’s meal, but Krystal ate this raw Living Wrap with red pepper sunflower spread, cucumbers, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, salad greens, and citrus herb dressing wrapped in collard greens.
I had a Basic Four bowl with quinoa/millet pilaf, anasazi beans, mixed vegetables, and marinated tempeh.
Matt had the prettiest platter of the bunch, if you ask me—Taco’O The Town, with corn tortilla shells, seasoned seitan, onions, peppers, guacamole, pico de gallo, tofu sour cream, spanish rice, and black beans.
After lunch, we headed into HOLLYWOOD, BABY! We joined Victoria at the Vega table in the Alive! Expo Green Pavilion in Beverly Hills.
We snagged some promo pics with Brendan and chatted with the Vega team for a bit before touring the Expo center ourselves, snagging free samples of lots of eco-friendly products.
I wish I could say I saw people I recognized, but I don’t actually watch many tv shows or movies!
Next, we sauntered out onto the patio, where we took advantage of the open bar and had a few cocktails while people-watching.
The view from the 4th floor terrace was pretty impressive.
We mixed and mingled for a little while, talking to a few people in between trying to celeb-spot. We also met Peggy Kotsopoulos, Vega’s house nutritionist, who was a total doll; I’m so sad we didn’t get a photo together! Luckily, I did get a copy of her book, Must’ve Been Something I Ate, so I’ll be reviewing that here on the blog sometime semi-soon.
After chilling at the Expo for several hours, we’d worked up an appetite. I was inexplicably craving pancakes (must’ve been the alcohol talking…), so I searched high and low for a vegan restaurant in L.A. that served pancakes at 8pm. California Vegan seemed to be the only place! The pancake I had there, though (made with a combination of kamut flour and gluten-free flour), was surprisingly fluffy and yummy; thumbs up.
Matt had the Cowboy platter, with teriyaki-grilled seitan and steamed vegetables. It was super-salty, but still quite tasty.
We were so zapped from the long day that we didn’t even entertain the idea of going out that night. Instead, we went back to the hotel, relaxed, and basked in the glory that was our amazing second day in Los Angeles. THANK YOU again to Vega and Brendan for bringing us there! We had a BLAST!
But the trip’s only half over! Stay tuned for more amazing SoCal vegan eats.