Since my recent move from Southwestern Ontario to Northern California, we have been able to do so many fun things. And one of the great things about living here is the proximity to Southern California. It’s like a veritable vegan paradise there! NorCal is ok, but I find the options just ok until you get into San Francisco, and even there, I haven’t found anything as super amazing as LA. This past weekend, Terry and I made the trip out to LA and I have some fun vegan eats to share with you.
We are really trying to budget our money right now (it’s tough with just his income as I currently cannot work as I cannot get a work permit being Canadian), so we found a place to stay on AirBnb.com. If you haven’t come across this site yet, I highly recommend it. Airbnb can really help you find a great place to stay with a very reasonable price. We found a great place that was incredibly budget friendly and we had our own space (a whole studio to ourselves!).
Beautiful isn’t it?
We even had full use of the “amenities” =D
Not too shabby huh? Waaaaay cheaper than any hotel I looked at. Much quieter too! And a great location.
After a good night’s rest, we went out to find some breakfast. And breakfast we did find!
Planet Raw is a most awesome raw and vegan restaurant in Santa Monica. It is on a cute and quiet street and has a lovely atmosphere. And they cater to every last one of my dietary restrictions and more!
And the staff are incredibly friendly. You can see them posing in the picture for me below in the background haha =)
And the food is pretty amazing! At first I was a smidge disappointed with the portions, I thought they seemed a little small. But that was me just becoming accustomed to normally getting too large of portions at other places and after eating I felt comfortably full and was not hungry again until lunch.
Terry ordered the Godzilla Sushi and I wanted to try the Seasonal Fruit Crêpes and we split the dishes. They were delicious!
If you are ever in the area, be sure to check them out. It was my first time there and I definitely want to go back. You can find their website here:
After breakfast, we headed out to Santa Monica Pier. When we woke up, it was pretty overcast, but by the time mid-morning rolled around, the sun decided to make it’s appearance and made for a bright and sunshiny day =)
After some wandering around and more biking, we decided to go for lunch. I was excited about lunch as it was planned for Real Food Daily and we stumbled across it on our last vacation to Santa Monica. We had just finished lunch the last time, so we just went in for a snack and I was looking forward to trying out their food menu.
I had mentioned in my last post, that I did have some gluten while on vacation. But I would like to confirm that I managed not to have any chocolate whatsoever in the spirit of my “no chocolate January”. I even passed up their famous fauxtess cupcake. I would say that shows some pretty good restraint!
Terry started with a smoothie and got the Grilled Veggie Wrap. I didn’t try any of it, but he assures me it was quite tasty.
I was trying to decide between the pizzette (which was actually gluten-free) and the Supreme Burrito and our waiter talked me into the Burrito. I’m glad he did as I’m pretty sure it was the best burrito I have ever had. Ever.
I really need to figure out how to make some cashew cream cheese as I’m always blown away by it in restaurants.
I encourage you to check this place out while in Santa Monica – the food is amazing! I did not have room for dessert, but the last time we were in Santa Monica a couple of years ago, I did try their fauxtess cupcake and it was pretty awesome. You can find their website here:
The food we had all day was incredibly filling, but we also were doing quite a bit more biking than I’m used to in a day. I normally do 5 miles on a given day. I get a little enthusiastic about once a month and bike to my closest Whole Foods, but that’s only about 8-9 miles round trip. That day we did about 13 miles. Needless to say, we were hankering for a mid-afternoon snake.
Isn’t this place adorable? This wasn’t originally part of our plan, but I found it on HappyCow.net when we were on the pier and had to try it out. Please note I normally eat vegetables or a rice cake and some nutbutter for my mid-afternoon snack ;p
It is a cupcake place that just sells non-vegan cupcakes, but they happen to have 2 vegan cupcakes daily. They actually had 3 different kinds the day I went in, but I settled on Vanilla Bean.
What are vacations for if not for having a cupcake as your mid-afternoon snack? The place is aptly named as my cupcake was indeed yummy.
You can check out their website here:
And we of course did more biking after this, so I wasn’t feeling particularly guilty ;p
This was my view while biking. I almost dropped my phone. Clumsy people should probably not try taking pictures while biking.
Well, this is probably enough bragging for one day. Part 2 is coming up in a few days.
Have a great weekend everyone!