Homemade: Kelp Salad. MHM

Kelp Noodles & Smart Strips

So I love to eat out ( which you can see by my blog) but on occasion I like to whip up something simple and delicious in the kitchen! Today I decided to make a “Kelp Salad” Fresh Kelp Noodles, with ‘Steak Strips, Mixed Vegetables, and a Tamari and Pepper Flavoring. This dish is so simple and low calorie.. Kelp Noodles($4.99 per pack) are healthy and essentially 18 calories

Finished Product

for a huge pack ( they come already prepared raw so you dont have to cook them) Then you add  a pack of  “Smart Strips Steak”(3.99 per pack) : *You can find both items at Wholefoods or most other health food stores*. Then a mixed bag of “Vegetables” Fresh broccoli, Zucchini, Carrots, Spinach Leaves, and mixed Peppers. This dish totals about 400 calories, and like 1 gram of healthy

Raw Kelp Noodles!

fat. SUPER delicious, a great raw dish!! Try it out friend:)

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food at home,

Kris

Golden Mean: Fantastic Santa Monica Grub!

Golden Mean

One of my favorite places in California is Santa Monica, so Im always super excited for a new vegan find in the area! Golden Mean is a quaint little vegan cafe situated on Wilshire Blvd. They have a great menu with salads, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, pizzas, wraps, and some crazy amazing desserts! I decided to start my meal with an appetizer; the “Hummus of the Day” ($5.50) Fresh Homemade Hummus served with Fresh Vegetables. The hummus was so yummy, and I

Hummus of the Day

loved the fresh veggies for dipping- very refreshing! To go along with my veggies I got the “When in Rome Salad with Veggie Chicken” ($10.50 + $2.00) Romaine Hearts, Red & Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Pumpkin Seeds, Sweet Potato Cornbread Croutons, Creamy Hemp Caesar Dressing with pieces of ‘Veggie Chicken’. This salad had so much stuff going on and it was fantastic! It was like a different take on a traditional “caesar salad” BUT so much better!! The dessert case is crazy so it’s

When in Rome Salad

hard to choose but somehow I did! I got a “Chocolate Mint Cookie” ($2.75) Vegan Batter filled with Chocolate Chips and a fresh Mint Flavor. I’ve never had a mint chocolate chip cookie before but this was so delicious! Im a big fan of mint desserts and this was a killer cookie!! I also got the “Vanilla Cheesecake“($5.95) Fresh Vanilla Cheesecake, Drizzled with Chocolate & Coconut with a Crispy Crust underneath. Im not a big ‘cheesecake’ type person but this definitely changed my mind. It

Chocolate Mint Cookie

was creamy and crunchy and flavorful!! If you go to Santa Monica you should totally hit up Golden Mean! SO YUMMY! Keep it healthy all the  time!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Golden Mean:

1028 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA.

310.393.6500

Vanilla Cheesecake

Yummy Cupcakes: an understatement!

Yummy Cupcakes!

So Yummy Cupcakes is a cute little cupcake shop right near the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. They also have a couple of other locations in CA. They are not a “vegan cupcake bakery” but they have a couple of different vegan choices each day and will make special orders on request! Today while I was wondering around SM I stumbled in to Yummy Cupcakes. I was so excited when I saw they had 2 vegan choices today: Snickerdoodle, and Chocolate/Vanilla. I was super excited about the Snickerdoodle one so for my cupcake today I

Snickerdoodle Cupcake

got the “Snickerdoodle Cupcake” ($3.25) Fresh Vanilla based Batter Snickerdoodle flavor, fresh Cinnamon with a Creamy Frosting. YUMMY CUPCAKE! Really, this thing was so delicious!! Hard to believe that it was vegan, so flavorful and moist! An absolute favorite. I also love how ‘cute’ this little cupcake shops was, they have so many different flavored fresh baked cupcakes! So make this a *must* cupcake on your list of vegan cupcakes to eat! {and if you don’t have a list you should;)}. Eat HealthY!

YUM

Peace, Love, and Vegan Cupcakes,

Kris

Yummy Cupcakes:

313 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA.

310.393.8283

 

Sante La Brea: “Let them eat cake”!

Carrot Cake {Gluten Free}

So I was so impressed with Sante La Brea last time I visited, that I decided to head back over for lunch today. I loved what I got on my first visit that I ordered the *exact* same thing as last time.. I know

Yummy!

way to broaden my horizons right?! ha.. but I mean if something is that tasty it’s worth getting a second time:) The only thing I did different today was dessert. I had a killer dessert last time I was there the Chocolate Cake, but today I decided to try a new Gluten Free Cake. The “Gluten Free Carrot Cake” ($7.00) Brown Rice Flour, Carrot, Pineapple, Alcohol-Free Vanillla, and Fresh Spices. Dear Sante La Brea, does every piece of cake i eat at your restaurant have to be SO AMAZING??! I think yes! This was like the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. It’s also Gluten Free and it was so moist { a lot of times gluten free items are really dry}. The frosting on this was just lovely. So flavorful and amazing! Another win for Sante La Brea! Stop in for a bite or just a big bite of dessert- you will never look at a vegan cake the same. 🙂

Peace, Love, and a lot of Vegan Cake,

Kris

Sante La Brea:

345 N. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles CA.

323.857.0412

Urth Caffe: Santa Monica:)

Urth Caffe

So I’ve heard chat about Urth Caffe from a few different people as well as some TMZ reporting ( apparently Jessica Alba is a frequent visitor). ha. I was just exploring around Santa Monica today when I came across one of their locations( they have 4 in the LA area). I had already eaten but I noticed that they had vegan desserts!! You know I can’t pass up vegan dessert;). But before we get to that let me say the

Blackberry Ice Tea

ambience of this place is warm and inviting, the type of place you’d meet friends for a “brunch” type setting. Huge menu, not vegan but has a lot of vegetable dishes and many vegan options, some great hot coffee drinks, teas and the best some vegan desserts! I started with a “Blackberry Ice Tea” ($2.50) Fresh Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Blackberry accent. This was a delicious tea.. Im a huge tea drinker so Im always looking for a unique blend and this was it. So refreshing! The vegan dessert that caught my eye today was the “ Vegan Chocolate Cake ($5.25) Layers of Vegan Chocolate Cake filled with a Creamy Chocolate Layer, topped with a Chocolate Shell. I have to say and Im sure you’ll agree, this doubled as a gorgeous piece of art as well as a

Chocolate Cake

decadent dessert. Just a lovely simple and eloquent dessert. Loved it! The feel here is simple and eloquent like I said, a cute little cafe to dine at with friends! Eat clean and Urthy;).

Peace, Love, and Vegan Cake,

Kris

Urth Caffe:

2327 Main St.

Santa Monica, CA.

310.314.7040

 

Nothin’ like a good vegan muffin!

Groundworks Coffee Co.

So I recently wrote about my fantastic vegan find  “Seed” in Venice which is amazing!! that same day however I wondered in to a coffee shop on the boardwalk called Groundwork Coffee Co. just to grab me an ice tea for such a sunny day. I did get that ice tea, and just decided to ask if they had any vegan goodies…to my surprise they did!! I got the

Peach Tea & Muffin

Peach Ice Tea($1.75) Fresh Brewed Ice Tea with a Peachy flavor. Delicious Peachy Tea, it tasted fabulous under the Venice sun! I got myself the “High Protein Pumpkin Muffin” ($3.50) Whole Wheat Flour, Bran, Hemp, Pumpkin, Soy Milk, Pumpkin Seeds, Flaxseed,  Rolled Oats, Almonds, Cranberries, Coconut,

Pumpkin Muffin

Sesame, Ground Clove, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Man oh man what a total bite of energy! Just writing all of that stuff makes me feel more energetic! On top of being super healthy it was so delicious!! This place is a great find for us vegans wandering the boardwalk in search of a little snack!! Check them out.. The guy at the counter was really friendly and helpful to!! They also have a couple of other locations as well but Hit the boardwalk!! Cheers to good energy!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Muffins,

Kris

Groundwork Coffee Co:

3 Westminster Ave.

Venice, CA.

310.452.2706

 

Seed: Venice Beach baby’!

Seed

Venice Beach is one of the greatest places in LA in my opinion.  Crazy artsy people, tons of shops, the great boardwalk that runs to Santa Monica and to top it off a new favorite vegan place “Seed” just off the boardwalk. They have a great menu full of sandwiches, salads, some top rated burgers, grain bowls, and killer dessert! The atmosphere is earthy and totally beach, friendly staff as well! Today I decided to grab a nice cool

Seed Chop-Chop Salad

salad so I got the ” Seed Chop-Chop Salad ($9.95) Romaine, Red Cabbage, Cucumber, Carrots, Tomatoes, Tempeh, Roasted Almonds ( i Subbed for Seitan), and Ume-Ranch Dressing. Wow, Wow, and Wow.. a new *Favorite* salad. All of these flavors combined in the creamy dressing was gourmet in my book! I also got a side of BBQ ( side note: I adore BBQ sauce, so I order it at every vegan place ha). This homemade

Coleslaw

BBQ sauce was the * best* I’ve had! It was so unique and different, just perfect to drizzle over a salad:) I also got a side of “Coleslaw” ($3.00) Fresh Cabbage Shaved and Seasoned. First off let me say for $3 this portion was crazy big!! At first look I thought I would never eat it all but that changed after first bite 😉 I love cabbage and this stuff was amazing!.. Now dessert time! I got myself a “Chocolate Truffle” ($1.75) Fresh Chocolate

Chocolate Truffle..

Creme Covered in a Chocolate Shell. I’m smitten with this truffle my friends. I bit into it and it was just super creamy and decadent. You have to try this truffle.. so good! They also had a couple of cookie selections so I bought two to try. “Chocolate Chip Cookie”($3.00) Fresh Vegan Batter Filled with Chocolate Chips. This was a yummy, and super chewy cookie! It paired perfectly with a hot cup of tea.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

MHM.. I also got a “Almond Jam Cookie” ($3.00) Vegan batter with Crushed Almonds with a Jam filling. Once again there cookies are so chewy and I love me a chewy cookie! The Jam filling was fruity and tasty! I have got to say now that I know how close I am toVenice Beach I will be a frequent customer here! I loved every little thing about this place!!! Eat Seed people!

Almond Jam Cookie

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Seed:

1604 Pacific Ave,

Venice, CA.

310.396.1604

Sante La Brea: A new vegan favorite!

Sante La Brea

So Im pretty stoked that I decided to try Sante La Brea on La brea( go figure) in West Hollywood today! This place is not 100% vegan ( serves some fish, chicken) but most everything can be made vegan and all of their desserts are 100% vegan and prepared without sugar! They have a huge delicious menu full of

Vegan Chili

sandwiches, salads, chili, entrees, and like i said some decadent desserts! The service is fast and they are super friendly!! A very welcoming and calm environment! I started off with the “Vegan Chili” ($3.50) Fresh Hearty Chili topped with Scallions and served with Toasted Whole Wheat Pita Chips. My waiter said

Southwestern Salad & Un-Chicken

he wasn’t vegan and adored this chili so I had to see what it was all about and it was BOMB! Thick and full of flavor and “meat”.. Just amazing!! Then for my entree I got the ” Southwestern Salad + Un-Chicken($10.00 + $2.00) Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions, Corn & Black Beans tossed with Mild Fajita Sauce over a bed of

Choco-Lotta Cake

Mixed Greens. Topped with Cilantro Lime Dressing & decorated with Fiesta Corn Chips. Fresh Un-Chicken marinated and Grilled. Im really into ” mexican” type salads these days and this one was delicious.. it was like a blend of delicious pure flavors. I really loved it! Just heavenly. Now onto dessert… I got a slab of the

Chocolate Banana Cookie

“Choco-Lotta Cake” ($6.00) Made with Spelt Flour, Soy Milk, Chocolate Chips, and a Creamy Chocolate Frosting baked to pure yum. This is the most moist cake I have ever eaten, it stuck to my tongue, oh so gooey and amazing.. I am really in love with this cake ( Im making it sound so good I may have to go get a piece tomorrow 😉 }. really people, you have to eat this. ahhh! I also got a little something to try for later the ” Chocolate Banana Cookie ($2.00) Fresh Banana Mixed with Chocolate Chips and Vegan Batter. This cookie was like a muffin top! It was soft and tasty! MHM really, these desserts are crazy delicious.. if nothing else go there just for the dessert!! MHM – Eat Clean!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Sante La Brea:

345 N. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles CA.

323.857.0412

 

Cafe Muse: A gem on Santa Monica BLVD:)

Mexican Salad

SO I love the food at Cafe Muse! I’ve been here a couple of times before, and haven’t been disappointed in anything I’ve ordered. They are located in the Theater District on Santa Monica Blvd, situated comfortably on the corner. They have a huge menu with some delicious fake ‘meats’ , salads, sandwiches, wraps, some killer chili and delicious appetizers! Last time I was there they had a mexican salad as a special so I stopped in today in hopes they would

BBQ 'Chicken'

still have it..and they did! I got the ” Mexican Salad” ($10.95) Fresh Romaine Lettuce topped with Black Beans, Veggie Meat, Onions,Corn, Vegan Cheese, Fresh Tomatoes, Avocados ( i traded those out for peppers), and Tortilla Pieces served with Ranch Dressing. One of the best mexican salads I’ve ever had…  It had so much going on!! Crunchy textures, creaminess of the dressing and flavorful veggies and meat! I will definitely be ordering this again!! MHM. In addition I got a side of ” BBQ Chicken” ($3.95) Strips of Soy ‘Chicken’ flavored with a fresh BBQ Sauce. I love this stuff chopped up and mixed in the salad!! Has a lovely smokey flavor- super good!  Needless to say I am a big fan of Cafe Muse – However I would LOVE if they baked their own vegan goodies..that would be the topper on my cake;) Eat clean and healthY!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Food,

Kris

Cafe Muse:

6547 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles CA.

323.464.6873

 

Cobblermania: True That!

Cobblermania : Hollywood Farmers Market

For the first time while in LA I headed to the Hollywood Farmers Market and right upon arrival I saw Cobblermania. A vegan, sweetened with agave cobbler company! Yes, it does exist!! They have Cobblers ( pies) with some delicious variety like: Blueberry Peach, Apple, Blackberry Apple, Sweet Potato, and more! Each

So Many Cobblers!

Pie is $7.00 and so delicious. I got the “Blueberry Peach Cobbler” ($7.00) Crusty Cobbler Dough Filled with Fresh Blueberries and Juicy Peaches. This is some freaking amazing cobbler.. just lusciously melts in your mouth!! It is really yummy but really healthy – AND safe for diabetics which is pretty cool! You have

Blueberry Peach Cobbler!

to head down to the Farmers Market and grab a cobbler!!

Peace, Love, and Vegan Cobbler,

Kris

Cobblermania:

Hollywood Farmers Market:
1600 Ivar Ave.
Los Angeles CA.

323.316.4793

 

 

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