Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lunch at Sun Cafe

Today I met a friend for lunch at Sun Cafe in Studio City. This place is organic and vegan and has some raw stuff on the menu. We both ordered the Raw Fiesta Burger - a seasoned patty topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, nacho "cheese, " cashew mayo, and jalepenos. I ordered it served on a raw "bun." The bun was a chewy, raw cracker that broke into pieces once I bit into it. That part wasn't great. If I ordered it again, I'd chose the other option and get it wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The burger part was good and held together in a way that most veggie burgers don't. With all the stuff on it, it was heavy and a bit rich.

Dessert was a raw lemon and blueberry cheesecake. It tasted strongly of coconut oil, as these things generally do, but it was good.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• raw oatmeal w/ maple syrup
• orange
• Raw Fiesta Burger
• green salad - arugula, lemon basil dressing
• green drink -  kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, apple
• banana
• steamed spinach with olive oil and garlic
• carrots
• kale salad


Thursday, January 15, 2015


I'd had a toothache for a few days before I finally got into the dentist on Tuesday. Apparently I have a tooth with a previous root canal that has become reinfected. I'm on antibiotics now which is helping to take away the pain and sensitivity to cold. The last few days of eating were the same thing over and over. Lots of soft stuff - bananas, avocados, and coconut milk yogurt.

Today I was finally ready for some non-soft food. I picked up a tempeh BLT at a cafe in the neighborhood. If you're not familiar, tempeh is a soy product, not unlike tofu, but with a more firm texture. It does not taste at all like bacon but it's good, in its way.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1 kiwi
• green drink - kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon (Grassroots)
• tempeh BLT - tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread, veganaise (Fiore Market Cafe)
• 1 banana
• lightly sauteed tatsoi greens, red chard, tomatoes, and garbanzos w/ olive oil
• 1 orange

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Day After the Thing

The Prevention photo crew was terrific. (My kitchen and I have never looked so glamorous together!) Having a team of pros to make you up, dress you fancy, and light you in a flattering fashion is something I could get used to. But, they are gone now so it's just me and my kale hanging out together. Sigh.

Have you seen red spinach before? I picked some up at Trader Joe's. It tastes like green spinach but is a deep berry color. Fun to try for something different.

What I ate today:

• handful cashews
• 2 bananas
• coffee, you bet
• kale, red spinach, radicchio, green onion, pecan, dried cranberry salad w/ vinaigrette
• Satsuma mandarin orange - so good right now, you guys
• avocado w/ lemon, Himalayan pink salt
• vegetable red curry - cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, peas w/brown rice

Friday, January 2, 2015

Making It Happen

The photo above is evidence of some amazing grilled baby eggplant I had last week at my friend Jennifer's place. If you ever get the chance for Jennifer to make these for you, you should totally eat them.

I'm still here in Raw-V Land. Perhaps the holiday season brought a little less Raw and a little more V. Perhaps I'm feeling a tad squishy and off. Perhaps. One thing's for sure, the fastest way I know to get back on track is the knowledge that Prevention Magazine is coming to my house in four days to take pictures of my Raw-V self. The article about transformational clean eating will be out in a few months. I'll let you know when that happens.

Meanwhile, hello bananas. Howdy, avocados. Oh my glorious green drink, how I've missed you.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• 2 bananas
• 1/2 cup of Brazil nuts
• 1 avocado
• green drink - kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon (Grassroots)
• mixed greens w/vinaigrette (Nicole's)
• cold lentils  (Nicole's)
• hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, tomatoes salad  (Nicole's)
• green salad - tomatoes, avocado, mixed greens, baby kale, slivered almonds, ginger vinaigrette

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It Was a Happy Thanksvegan

We made it through the eating-est holiday of the year and kept on the vegan track. My mother-in-law brought turkey for the meat eaters. Everything else was vegan-ified.  We had five meat eaters in the crew and four veggie/vegans. The menu looked like this:

  • Celebration Roast - a vegan nut and vegetable loaf thing. It was pretty good. (Whole Foods)
  • Dried Apricot and Black Currant Stuffing - my favorite recipe with Earth's Balance "butter" substituted for the real thing, and vegan stuffing mix substituted for the regular. It was fantastic. Couldn't tell the difference.
  • Mashed Potatoes - I made these with Earth's Balance faux butter and a little salt and they were great.
  • Vegan Mushroom Gravy - This was pre-made and sort of meh. (Whole Foods)
  • Caramelized Brussel Sprouts w/ Toasted Garlic
  • Sauteed Carrots w/ Honey and Lemon
  • Bread Rolls - vegan
  • Cranberry Sauce - just raw cranberries with a little sugar and some orang zest
  • Vegan Coconut Cake - I bought this from Real Food Daily and it was terrific
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie - I ordered this from Real Food Daily too and it was terrible. Really terrible, like no one ate more than a bite and we threw the rest away terrible.
  • Water
  • Sparkling Juice
  • Red Wine for the drinkers
  • Coffee

This whole thing was much easier to pull off than I had anticipated. 
For a list of what I ate Friday and Saturday, consult the list above.

Monday, November 10, 2014

More Things That Want To Be Other Things

I had a vegan salami and vegan cheese sandwich today. It tasted so strongly of onion that I pulled the sandwich apart to remove the onion and there was no onion. So, I guess we know what they put in the "salami."

HERE is a good link to some vegan Thanksgiving options. I also got some ideas from my vegan guru friend, Trina. I'll share them here soon. I think this weekend will be my trial run for new vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Probably.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• oatmeal w/ bananas, raisins
• vegan salami/vegan cheese sandwich (Grassroots)
• green drink - kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, orange
• green salad - mixed lettuce, sunflower seeds, avocado, tomato, olive oil, Bragg's Nutritional  Yeast
• apple
• pear