Vegan Eating in Southern California

I’m sorry my posts have been infrequent lately. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a lot of time to try out new recipes and put together new posts. But, I had a half day at work today, since we’re coming up on a three day weekend. It’s nice to have a little break, and a chance to do a new post.

I was in LA a week ago for work, and while I was there, I tried out a vegan restaurant in Ventura. It was called Mary’s Secret Garden. It was a cute little place! It was nice out, so we decided to eat outside.

Their specials included a coconut cauliflower soup that had a curry flavor as well. It was really yummy, though I didn’t get a photo.

For the main courses we ordered the Syrian Falafel Wrap and the Tofu Pad Thai with a side of grilled pita, and a pot of tea. Everything was really tasty! I would definitely recommend this place if you find yourself in Ventura.

Most of the trip I was in Pasadena, which seems to have a lot of vegan/vegan friendly restaurants. Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of the food I ate at other places, but they’re all worth mentioning in case anyone finds themselves in Pasadena.

One place I tried was called Tender Greens. They are mostly not vegan, but they have a vegan salad which is actually really yummy. I ended up getting it twice during my trip. It has farro wheat, cranberry and hazelnut quinoa, cucumber, green hummus tabbouleh, and greens. I like that they put some thought into their vegan salad and took the time to make it yummy.

I also tried out the Himalayan Cafe, which also isn’t all vegan, but they have vegan options. They were really friendly there, and the food was really yummy. The chef even came out to ask us how everything was and seemed proud of his food and happy that we were enjoying it. We had vegetable momos, which are like gingery dumplings – very yummy! We also had Aaloo Kauli, which is a cauliflower and pototo dish, and Aaloo Paratha, which is thin bread stuffed with mashed potato and served with a mango chutney.

It’s not always easy to find vegan food when you travel, but in Pasadena and California in general, I usually find plenty of yummy food to choose from!

On a completely different topic, before I wrap this up, I’d like to make a recommendation to anyone planning a barbeque over Labor Day weekend. If you’re looking for a vegan hot dog that is actually good, try Field Roast Vegan Frankfurters. They are so much better than any other vegan hot dog I’ve ever tried.

Other brands are okay, but usually a bit rubbery. These taste much better and have a better texture than any other brand I’ve tried. They’re really good when you saute them in a little olive oil because the outside get’s crispy. They say they can be grilled too, though I haven’t tried it myself. I bet they would be really good right off the grill though! Hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend!

11 thoughts on “Vegan Eating in Southern California

    • No vegan restaurants over there? It’s hit or miss here too. Most parts of the US don’t have much in the way of vegan restaurants, but East/West Coast cities usually end up having vegan/vegetarian options. When you get into a rural area it’s tricky.

      • The nearest I have got to a vegan restaurant is living in a UK city with two vegetarian ones that had vegan options, both of which closed 😦

        I did live in a UK town with a vegetarian restaurant, but that was a one-off and only because originally it was started by a vegetarian author, and the next owner continued with her recipes.

        There are some decent vegetarian restaurants (with vegan options) in Spain, but you need to know where they are.

        Here in Gibraltar it’s back to the days of vegetarian lasagna. Made with dairy milk and the cheese prob has animal rennet too. I don’t eat out. An Indian take-away is about the safest non-home made food.

        But I love to read about the amazing delights people have over there and think it is great you do at least have some choice and some acknowledgement.

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