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Category Archive: Las Vegas

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  1. If you are a naughty Vegan who has been found guilty of being terrible and are sentenced to the Hell Pit that is Las Vegas, look on the other blindingly bright side; at least delicious Vegan food is plentiful.

    The best all-Vegan restaurant is Pura Vida, and not just because it’s off-strip. It’s off-strip in a way that is so strip-less it’s not even dressed.

    This is a breakfast, lunch and brunch place (closed Thursdays) helmed by Chef Mayra who is so good I can’t imagine why she’s condemned there.

    Ate & Rate:

    The Latin’Tude Burrito

    Southwest fusion burrito filled with black beans, refried beans, soy-riso, tofu scrambles, vegan cheese, avocado, veggies, onions, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, roasted organic potatoes with poblano peppers.

    This thing was huge and beautiful and delicious. I mean, just look at it– need I type anything? I mean, it had a friggin’ lavender sprig sticking out of it! That is classy. For an Angeleno who has a high bar when it comes to Mexican food, this made me wish Pura Vida was more local to my mouth.

    Cuban Puff Pastries

    This was a brunch special and I was warned would take 20 extra minutes to prepare. 20 minutes in Las Vegas time could mean 8th degree burns over 1730% of your body, and we were anxious to hit the road, but these were calling my name. Luckily we had a nice seat inside and a Tropical Smoothie to while away the time. These were so good. I demolished them. The puff pastry was so light and crisp and delicious. The filling was meaty and spicy and delicious. The cheeesy sauce on top was delicious and delicious and delicious.

    They also have sweet things like chocolate pancakes, waffles and cakes that look incredible, but I saved those for next time I’m bad.

  2. It’s good to be a Super Vegan in L.A., and it’s about to get better. There’s like a bajillion places to get your Vegan Pizza Day on. And now, or within a matter of minutes from now, not one, not six, but FIVE new Vegan restaurants are opening. They all sound pretty amazing, too. Here’s the rundown:

    Maddy’s
    This is the second shop, previously known as The Shoppe, from Madeleine Bistro brain–>stomach whizzes, the Andersons. Some of you might remember them from their fundraising efforts for an all Vegan ice cream shoppe slash sandwich spot on Pico and Westwood Boulevard (i.e. near the Westside Pavillion) that was to open in November. Well, howsabout June, or July maybe? Still waiting on word of the official opening but I think I might want to live in there, so landlord, consider yourself noticed.

    Shift
    Now, you might be judging this place based on the fact that their only web presence thus far is on The Facebook, but before ye cast thine Vegan stones, go look at the pictures of the food this Vegan bar is going to serve. Then wipe the drool off your keyboard and count down the days until it opens. LA’s first all Vegan restaurant, bar and music venue! I hope shoes are not optional.

    Cafe Gratitude Venice
    They close one, they open two! Due to the star-studded success of the first LA branch, Cafe Gratitude is opening a second in Venice, land of all 2nd branches of things. It was supposed to open today, but didn’t. Maybe Wednesday? Or whenever the tarot/astrologist/numerologist/Psychic Friends Network/Miss Cleo tells them is an auspicious day.

    Green Peas
    This place is a local favorite for anyone who is in or around Culver City, and has been sorely missed during their, what feels like, 18 year renovation. Jose, the nicest owner in the world, said that they were tentatively going to re-open today, but he also told me they were going to re-open in early June, so I dunno… but don’t give up just yet.
    UPDATE! Green Peas to re-open June 28th!

    The Village
    Now, this is an educated guess, but I believe that the long-hyped, well-anticipated Vegan restaurant from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Chrissie Hynde and Steve Bing with a menu written by none other than Tal Ronnen is called The Village and might open on June 30th. Now any google search will lead you, Super Vegan, to think I’m crazy, as there is no trace whatsoever of this news elsewhere. But! Staywithme: there have been reports for some time that this resty will be housed in the former Bokado space in Studio City. Being the SuperVegan Sleuther that I am, I called the phone number listed for Bokado, and was treated to a voicemail explaining that I had reached the place formerly known as Bokado, and as of June 30th, will be The Village. So, you do the maths. I might be wrong, but let’s hope I’m right, for our guts sake!

    UPDATE:
    Dangit, looks like my detective cap and I were mistaken.
    According to EaterLA, Bokado WILL reopen as The Village, but not with Ellen or any other Vegan star power. And while there will be a few Vegan menu items, it will not be the Tal Ronnen Haven of our dreams.

    2nd UPDATE:
    It’s now SIX! Another Native Foods will open in Santa Monica on July 3rd! Hurrah!

  3. I love the future and the future is now! The Great Vegan Cheese War of the 21st Century rages on! Teese vegan cheese is now available at Whole Foods in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii! AND, if you give the fine people over at Chicago Soydairy your email address over here you can get a coupon for $1 off!

    Is it in the tube or will it be a bag of shreds? Does it re-seal? Does it cost less then the $6.29 bag of Daiya? There’s also a handy list of participating stores. Now we have options, people! Which do you prefer? I’m gonna do a pizza test!

  4. I have never been a fan of people, places, or things that are dumb on purpose. That said, I have just returned from a weekend in Las Vegas. If you’ve never been, imagine a city on the surface of the sun where fountains are a legitimate form of entertainment and you’re half way there. But, amongst the oddities, perversities, and electricity is a shocking amount of vegan food. Pink’s has a vegan dog! Ronald’s has vegan donuts! And thanks to quite possibly the world’s richest vegan (and one of Keith Olberman’s “Worst Persons In The World”) Steve Wynn, you can blow all your gambling winnings on Gardein™ products because every restaurant in the Wynn and Encore hotels has at least one vegan option courtesy of Collaborating Chef Tal Ronnen (Vegan Chef To The Stars Who Gets No Restaurant Of His Own). Vegans infiltrating Vegas? Super!

    After perusing all the drool inducing vegan menus online, I was really excited to try some vegan fine dining (though there is also some vegan fast food but be forewarned, it closes at 3pm). After a “oh my god I want to eat at them all!” crisis I tried to get a reservation at Bartolotta, an Italian seafood restaurant. Sadly, they couldn’t seat us in time to make our 9:30 fountertainment, so I went to Plan B: The Country Club, a new American steakhouse. Chick’n Chimichurri? Gimme! Saltily, they are closed for dinner on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and apparently, that’s what day it was. Plan C was Botero, a modern steakhouse with a dress code, a $60 five-course vegan tasting menu and a lot of art by the restaurant’s Columbian namesake. Our waiter was a lovely New Yorker who let me create my own 5 course vegan tasting menu and even brought me some vegan margarine for the bread basket. Here’s what I had: Continue Reading…

  5. Vegan in Vegas

    vegan donuts

    Vegan donuts: delicious even after getting smushed on a transcontinental flight.

    Ah, Las Vegas. City of sleaze, exploitation, and hedonism; somehow ethical eating doesn’t seem to factor into the equation. So I was surprised that I ate well this weekend in Vegas.

    The city is full of ostentatious ads for steak and seafood, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find good vegan options. And–surreal and wonderful–Vegas is also home to Ronald’s Donuts, with two shelves full of delightful and fully vegan donuts.

    If there’s one thing not to miss in Vegas, it’s Ronald’s. Continue Reading…

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