Miami Beet Reporter Finds "Vegan Glory" in LA
I'm running an all-terrain, 12-mile, 25-military obstacle race in San Bernadino on Saturday. That's sure to be a challenge, but endurance races also come with their perks. Among them is that you get to carbo-load guilt-free for a few days before the race. Vegan Thai food anyone? Yessir, I'll take a double.
A two-mile walk from from my friend Gia's adorable (and spacious and reasonably-priced... What? No, no, of course I'm not thinking about moving) rental in the Park La Brea neighborhood of Los Angeles, we found Vegan Glory. Literally. It's a restaurant with a six-page menu featuring kamut flour pancakes, lentil wraps, pepper "steak" sandwiches, Pad Thai, and vegan carrot cake. We've got nothing like it in Miami. The selection was actually overwhelming, so we asked our smiling server to steer us toward a few of the best Thai dishes on the menu. She obliged.
The lemongrass-flavored soup was tasty, and loaded with veggies like cabbage and carrot. Then came the sukiyaki stir fry ($11.95), a hodgepodge of tofu, soy fish, soy shrimp, mung bean noodles, celery, spinach, scallion, and Napa cabbage, served in spicy sukiyaki sauce.
|The sukiyaki at Vegan Glory - made with soy shrimp, tofu, and soy fish chunks.|
|Vegan Glory's green curry|
|Mango sticky rice at Vegan Glory|
Beyond good food, our waitress was incredibly attentive; our water glasses never dipped below half full and she was happy to bring us out extra sauce and answer our annoying questions about the gluten content of different dishes. We loved everything about Vegan Glory, and I'm pretty sure we're heading back to try those pancakes tomorrow morning.
|The immense bulk foods section in Whole Foods in the Grove area of Los Angeles|
Later, we made a trip to the local Whole Foods, where I was astounded by the selection of bulk items. It must be five times the size of the one in our South Beach Whole Foods. I found things like hemp superfood cereal (which I thought was a bin of weed on first glance), mounds of dehydrated golden berries, and vats of local honey ready for the pouring (though many vegans don't, I eat bee products).
|California's breakfast of champions?|
Finally, one of my friends had to grab my arm and pull me away. It would, I guess, be ridiculous to spend a big chunk of my vacation in a store I can (and do) visit at home just about every day (even if it is a really big and super cool version of the store).
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