We’re sitting at the airport waiting for our flight home after a fun and packed few days in Los Angeles. This may sound strange as a Californian, but it’s been years since I’ve vacationed in this area and after this trip we will be back soon. And goodness, I have so much to cover after stopping at tons of vegan restaurants and hitting lots of attractions. That will come as soon as I finish going through all the pictures. So let’s start with the first day for now that started with a short flight from Sacramento.
Heck no we weren’t driving, California is a huge state and Southwest flights are cheap. We picked up the rental car and navigated to Lotus Vegan for lunch. After a quick search, I was almost overwhelmed by the vegan options in the area!
Parking in the neighborhood sucked, that was our first intro to the driving challenges of LA. The street parking was packed and we ended up circling a few blocks before finally finding something in walking distance. But lunch prices were very reasonable and I liked that portion sizes weren’t crazy. I got a delicious pineapple curry tofu dish with brown rice.
Service was fast and the tofu and sauce did not seem greasy.
While walking back to the rental car, hubby spotted this on the sidewalk.
Dinner was really magical! When we got settled into the hotel, I started to look for dinner places near by and found Moby’s vegan restaurant, Little Pine, was just a few short miles away. And because it was a weeknight, we were able to get a reservation!
Shortly after we were seated, Moby walked in and hung out for a bit!
I seriously wanted to run over to him and gush about how awesome he is and the restaurant is, but he seemed a bit more low-key and no one else seemed shocked he was there, so I played it cool. :-) Our waitress said he’s in frequently as well as many other celebrities.
I really liked the atmosphere, it was clean, modern, and classy while making efficient use of smaller spaces. But I really love the purpose and passion of this restaurant because the entire menu is vegan and all of the profits are donated to animal organizations, the whole story is pretty awesome.
And the food – oh my! I could have ordered the entire menu. We started with the fried cauliflower and potato leek soup to share, then shared the fennel flat bread pizza.
Everything was simply amazing, creative and impressive. The soup is turned up with drizzles sage, chives, and pepper flakes – must add those next time I make potato leek soup. But the star was the pizza using house made vegan sausage and parmesan.
We saved room for dessert and they did not disappoint. I got a banana cream pie that was so new it’s not on the menu yet and huge! Hubby got the brownie sundae with peanut butter ice cream – both amazing and almost too big!
While we were walking back to the car, I spotted a tree about a block away that was beautifully lit up and remembered there is supposed to be a tree somewhere in LA filled with beautiful chandeliers. Turns out the Chandelier Tree is just a short walking distance from Little Pine, how cool!
And such a fun sight to see to wrap up our first day where we already saw tons, had a celebrity sighting, and ate at two great vegan restaurants in just half of a day. More to come on the rest of the trip, I have tons of pictures to sort through which will happen in time because it’s back to the grind tomorrow. So to the list!
Have you seen the ridiculous commercial for the Devour Bacon Mac N Cheese frozen meal? I love that Upton’s already has a vegan option, what a time!
Runner’s World offers advice on spring cleaning your vegan diet which I could use after this trip.