Greens & Vines Restaurant (raw vegan) introduced some new menu items and I had to give them a try. My favorite dish was the Crimini Mushroom “Escargot” with a spectacular macadamia nut “butter” sauce. I seriously wanted to lick the dish, it was so delicious. Zucchini “Unagi” has a nice chew and the sweet sauce is spot on. Continue Reading →
Brunch is a simple luxury that I seem to only make time for when I travel. On my recent trip to LA, I packed up my bestie and we headed to Beverly Hills for a meal at LA Vegan Crepe. Continue Reading →
If someone asked me where to enjoy vegan versions of all their favorite comfort foods, I’d send them to Native Foods Cafe. From Reuben sandwiches to burgers and decadent desserts,these dishes hit the spot. Continue Reading →
One of the best meals on my recent trip to New York was the prix fixe lunch at Hangawi. The moment you walk in and surrender your shoes before entering the dining room,you know you are in for a different type of experience.Wear something comfortable on your lower half, as you will have a seat on a floor cushion and enjoy your lunch service on a low table. Order a soju mojito and get ready for some superb vegan Korean food. Continue Reading →
We came for the vegan cronuts but fell in love with the carrot cake. I recommend the paninis and pizza for lunch,so satisfying! The cheese-less mushroom pizza is served on a perfect thin crust,topped with red bell peppers and zucchini. I finally got to try chickpea fries- crunchy,savory and begging to be dipped in some vegan ranch dressing.
Get there early because the space fills up for lunch and they will sell out of certain baked goods.
First stop on the NYC vegan food tour was Beyond Sushi for some plant-based rolls. We had the Roll of the Month: black rice,haricot vert,okra,green slaw topped with miso sauce and a few individual pieces of the artistic sushi. The ingredients are fresh and the rice is done right. Quench your thirst with the cucumber mint lemonade.
The location near Union Square is teeny tiny with only three tables, so plan on getting cozy with some new friends if you’re dining solo or as a deuce. The Chelsea Market Green Roll location is take out only.
Ask most folks where to get the best shave ice on the island of Oahu and they will tell you to head out to the North Shore.If you want the real deal about getting a refreshing sweet treat that isn’t a freakishly neon-colored mess of HFCS,I’ll have to share my secret with you.Head to Aina Haina and visit Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha.
In this episode of Vegging Out,I visit HOPA for an all natural Hawaiian style shave ice.Every shave ice is served with the true aloha spirit.Try the kale-spinach syrup paired with pineapple or lilikoi (passionfruit) for a unique flavor sensation!Locals order their ice with a scoop of ice cream and red beans.I pass on the ice cream and top my shave ice with mochi balls. SO onolicious!
I’m allergic to malls. Time served in the conspicuous-consumer thunder domes was completed in my twenties,while working in the retail fashion industry. Since my escape,there aren’t too many occasions I find myself saying “Let’s go have lunch at the mall” but those are exactly the words that came outta my very own mouth as we headed to M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica Place,CA.
We passed the exhibition window showcasing the emerging talent from the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy and I had a feeling we were in for a special gastronomic experience.
James Beard award winning chef and best-selling cookbook author Matthew Kenney’s raw cuisine elevates plant-based food to another level. I wanted to try as much of the menu as possible.The intelligent foodie’s approach would have to come in after 5:30pm when the market tasting menu is available. A well thought out menu teases,excites and calms the palette to best experience the next wave of flavor. Since I was on an abbreviated trip to CA,my schedule only allowed for a mid-day visit. I ordered six dishes during the lunch service and got down to business.
My inner cocktail dragon was calmed with this Lemon Kefir Bellini before we started on the first course.
A trio of tree nut cheeses, sweet & spicy mustard seeds with fennel crisps.
Kimchi Dumplings.Ginger foam.Coriander. Best.Dish.Ever.The filling is savory with a slight kick from the kimchi. Plated to perfection like the work of art these scrumptious parcels are. I was so obsessed with these dumplings,I had to create my own recipe here. My version is a fusion of M.A.K.E.’s dish and the Edamame Dumplings I had at True Food Kitchen in AZ. Continue Reading →
Watch out California. Your reign as the vegan-friendly food capital of the world may be coming to an end, as Arizona is now home to some of the best vegan/vegetarian eateries I’ve tried in the past year. After my food warrior pal Ali and I returned from our weekend at the Raw Living Expo, we were ready to put on our comfy pants and start eating our way through the Grand Canyon State.
Me & Ali at Postino Wine Bar for sangria brunch with friends
I’ll get to the all-vegan eateries in a quick second, but let me tell you about Postino Wine Bar for just a moment. The ritual of Sunday brunch is my favorite way to embrace the weekend. Gathering a bunch of friends, sharing a nosh and listening to some live music feeds my soul.
Sangria brunch- Postino
There are three locations for Postino, but we love the Arcadia vibe. It’s an unpretentious mix of hipsters,lovey-dovey couples and groups celebrating birthdays/showers/what-evs.
Bruschetta- White bean w/tomato basi,white bean w/dates+pistachio,Buratta w/tomato+bacon(ordered by omni friends)
The menu is not vegan/vegetarian, but there’s an ample selection of panini,salads and bruschetta that can all be veganized. My only caveat will be to those trying to stick to a gluten-free diet, this is not your joint. Ali raved that they served the best bruschetta she’d ever had, and she wasn’t lying. Four big, crusty slices of bread with sweet or savory toppings are served on a cutting board and sliced into four smaller,pieces that can be negotiated from hand to mouth in about three bites. Try the white bean spread as a base for the toppings to keep it vegan. Check out your wine selection on Barnivore to verify that it’s vegan-friendly. The cost: Five people had two drinks each (10 adult beverages),we ordered one bruschetta board, one salad, one bowl of soup and a panini for $97+tip. I was actually shocked that our bill was less than $100 but then again, I’ve lived and eaten out in some of the most expensive cities like New York, San Francisco,Los Angeles and my hometown of Honolulu.
Aaron,me,Ali and Mike- Do you like our RHOAZ pose?
Pomegranate Cafe is everything I’d want a vegan cafe to be. An inventive mix of raw offerings,cooked comfort foods, fresh juices/elixirs and ridiculously divine desserts.
Screenshot of Pomegrante Cafe’s website. I was too concerned with ordering food to remember to take pics of the front of the cafe!
We got down to business and Ali ordered the Breakfast Chimichanga. She could barely finish this monster wrap filled with a well-seasoned tofu scramble, topped with fresh salsa and guacamole.I’ve had more breakfast burrito type things than I can count but this is the one I will remember.
Breakfast Chimichanga- Pomegranate Cafe
The New Yaw-kah in me craves a simple bagel and caw-fee.Then I spy a raw “everything” bagel on the menu and order it despite my apprehension that I’ll get a flax cracker with Tofutti cream cheese on it. I don’t know how they did it, but the texture of the bagel was moist and kinda chewy, my mouth approved. The bagel is schmeared with a flavorful vegan herbed cream cheese and piled high with a gorgeous mix of sprouts,peppers, carrots,tomato,cucumber,onions and lettuce. I demolished the whole thing, leaving only a faint trace of the red bell pepper hummus on the plate. Go here and eat this, you won’t be disappointed, especially if you’re trying to end your relationship with gluten like I am. Continue Reading →
Happy Aloha Friday friends! It’s been a busy week but I made some time to enjoy the beautiful weather and visit with family.
My cousin Tim and his girlfriend came to town for a visit. We enjoyed lunch at the new Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko’olina. The selection for vegans is limited but if you order the Vegan Portugese Bean Soup (labeled as such on the menu) and the Kale Macadamia Nut Salad, you won’t be disappointed. The soup is highly spiced and very flavorful, served with pita bread for dipping up the last bits of broth. To be honest, I wasn’t particularly excited about the kale salad when I ordered it, because I was hoping they had vegan pizza. But this fresh salad, loaded with sweet Maui onions, golden raisins and the mac nuts tossed in a sesame miso dressing really is something special. Ono mouth explosion!
Then it was back to the drawing board, literally, as I started story boarding for my next video recipe. I’ve been staring at a 10 pound bag of organic carrots and tried to come up with easy ways to use them.
Most of the time, I play a round with a few ideas before I film the video.
I filmed my carrot video and realized the footage came out like complete crap, so with a very sad face,I scrapped it all and took a drive to the beach.
I got a kale,spinach and pineapple shave ice from the House of Pure Aloha and a big hug from Uncle Clay,the owner. Suddenly, everything was right in the world again.
So then the carrot video evolved into this Walnut Salad amuse bouche…hey, I still used ONE carrot
Rooted some more pineapple crowns to put out in the garden this weekend.
Gratuitous pug photo: Winston doing his Yoda impersonation- “Do or do not, there is no try”
So let’s have a toast to the weekend with this super yummy lychee sake I recently discovered. I lurrrve lychee and this sake goes down so smooth. Be careful! It will catch up with you. Kanpai!