Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Street Restaurant, Los Angeles

This happened back in June, 2010. Our friend Stacy works at Street, Hot Tamale Susan Feniger's latest restaurant, and we got invited for a special all-vegan multiple-course meal invented just for us. It's always a treat to have a a world renowned chef cook for you, and a complete rarity to have one cooking vegan. Street is not a vegan restaurant, but has many things on the menu that are vegan, and a vegan can have an excellent meal there, no problem. But this menu was concocted just for us!

Here's a peek at our exclusive menu with our names printed on them!

A closer peek.

These are the Mandoo Vegetable Dumplings. Ridiculously good.

The Burmese Melon Salad.

These were the hit hit of the night, Jackfruit Tostadas and Soyrizo Empanadas.

Soba & Satay, green soba noodles with Tofu satay. Yum.

Heirloom Tomatoes with black garlic vinaigrette and Thai basil.

Indian potato & Eggplant Curry. This was so good!

These weren't even on the menu, special Indian savory crepes!

The Nectarine & Strawberry Cobbler. Whoa.

These were some slightly alcoholic, sweet tamarind style drinks that were delightful.

These were called "Kajsa's and Christine's Coco Marshmallow Thing." And they were wolfed up in seconds.

The blessed party who ingested all this sweetness.
Thanks to Stacy and all the people at Street who made this such an amazing culinary evening! Vegans looking for a different place to go in LA can try this place out, and do some celebrity watching while you're there.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seabirds Truck

If you are in Orange County and are vegan it is well worth the effort to look up the Seabirds all vegan food truck and see if your paths will cross, or better yet, make sure your paths will cross.

You can find their schedule on their WEBSITE, or via Twitter and Facebook.

It's clean and the people are friendly. As a vegan for a couple of decades now I have never really had too many chances, nor have I had much desire to eat from a food truck. But food trucks have become all the craze as of late, and I kept seeing articles about them, and started to feel like I was missing out on some interesting food. Seabirds fills that void for the vegan who wants to be included.

Deanna got two tacos. One, the Beer Battered Avocado Taco (Topped w/shredded cabbage, red onion and a creamy jalapeno sauce.) and the the other a Jerk Jackfruit Taco (Jerk seasoned jackfruit topped w/onion, cilantro and a green salsa.) She loved them! The avocado taco is amazing. "Anything fried is good." Deanna says.

I got the BBQ jackfruit sliders. What is jackfruit? The seabirds website can clue you in. (Pure Luck restaurant in LA uses this a lot too.) I have to say it tastes real good, different, but good. And it's much healthier than eating highly processed tofu, or fake meats. These are not always on the menu and it was quite a treat to get a few of these into my stomach. Deanna thinks they are very "cute."

We also got some Potato-Jackfruit Taquitos to split. These are freshly made, and basically perfect with the guacamole they come with.

Deanna is a fan of Cute food. We didn't try the Grant Burrito, or the Ashley Burrito, name yet to be decided upon, but it's their "Locals Burrito" (Potatoes, organic beans, organic brown rice, caramelized onions, guacamole and vegan sour cream.) But switch the potatoes for sweet potatoes. They may even call it the "Grashly." Named after the couple who turned us onto the truck.
UPDATE: We finally got the visit Seabirds a second time and tried the "Grashly." The verdict? Along with the stuff mentioned above, yet another tasty reason to keep going back.