requires a little bit more advanced planning on my part when it comes to going
out to eat. Although I’m not picky and I can almost always find something
wherever I go (there’s always buttered noodles) there are definitely places
that are better than others. Café
Gratitude which I was lucky enough to visit when I was in LA
(also locations in Venice, Berkley and Santa Cruz) has become one of my
place serves completely local, organic vegan food, and every dish is named as
I split the “I Am Present,” bruschetta on sesame bread with pear and macadamia
macrobiotic bowl jam packed with sea veggies, squash, kim chee, sea whip, kale
and adzuki beans.
had the terrific “I Am Terrific,” kelp noodles in almond thai dressing. (I
didn’t grab a photo, although you can see it behind mine, but you can see it on her Instagram page here.)
I know that many of
my friends shudder when I describe meals such as these to them, but I can tell
you, this is my second favorite vegan place in the world (the
first being Manna, which is in London).
the coolest part was a celeb sighting,
or having the affirmation my dish was named after repeated to me when my food
was delivered. It was quite nice hearing, “You are whole” from the waiter.
If this post makes
you hungry, you can find monthly recipes Café Gratitude whips up here.
vegan food? Will you give these recipes (or the restaurant, if you’re in
California) a try?