LA Vegan Food Fest 2014

The Beetbox Cafe, Haleiwa HI :: Vegging Out


The RestaurantThe Beetbox Cafe 66-443 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712 Located inside Celestial Natural Foods. Phone (808) 637-3000. Vegetarian + Vegan 

The Dish: Portabella Stache’wich served with tortilla chips and salsa $11.00

The Rave: I guess I never thought about it before but a sliced mushroom does kinda look like a mustache, doesn’t it? This sammie is what all other portabella burgers wish they could be. Grilled portabella mushrooms get slathered with a Vegenaise based garlic aioli, tucked into a toasted wheat bun and topped with the crisp freshness of raw red onions, red bell peppers and sunflower sprouts. Every bite is a savory vacation to Umami Land. The toasted bun holds up well against dripping juices from the meaty ‘shrooms but you may have to opt for eating with a fork and knife near the end. Washed it all down with the Green Juice of the Day, a cooling mixture of apple, kale, dandelion greens and parsley, and left with a smile.

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3660 on the Rise :: Vegging Out

  • The Restaurant: 3660 on the Rise 3660 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 (808) 737-1177
  • The Dish: Pan-seared Panko Crusted Aloha Tofu $11.50 (appetizer)

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Inspired :: KimChi Edamame Dumplings


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.

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