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A LIST OF THE MOST NON-VEGAN, VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN LA

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Okay I’m just going to put this out there. Some of my favorite restaurants in LA are vegan restaurants. YEP – totally serious.

Maybe it’s because they pay more attention to the ingredients and flavors put into each dish to make up for the lack of meat, and in doing so, the dishes they create are so deliciously thoughtful. Maybe I’m just turning a new, healthier leaf. But whatever it is, I can’t keep myself from “going vegan”.

I’m not a vegan, and the liklihood of ever becoming the full blown thing is slim to none. I blame cheese. But restaurants like these put up a good argument for taking the plunge. Because isn’t it great when there’s healthy, plant-based options that don’t actually seem like they’re made from vegetables. Being a vegan doesn’t have to be as hard as it may seem. Aside from cutting out meat and all animal by-products, eating a plant-based diet is made a lot easier (and tastier) with the following restaurants. 

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THE BEST FIRST DATE SPOTS IN LA

 

Dating is hard. We all knew that. But for whatever reason it has always felt especially hard in LA. Are there too many options? Too little? Is there anyone just nice or normal out there? The simple fact of the matter is you can meet people anywhere if you’re motivated enough – yes, even in LA. If you’re lucky enough to find said nice or normal person – and god willing they even live on your side of the 405 – the first date is crucial. We’re all about big first impressions in LA, and whether you’re swiping right or meeting people IRL, I’ve listed out some first date spots that will at least set a good vibe. It’ll be up to you to do the rest maestro!

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THE 5 MOST “LA” COFFEE DRINKS

 

LA is full of trends. And as we know, trends fade. One thing that has stood the test of time amid the ever-changing LA climate? Coffee! With entire Instagram accounts dedicated to latte art alone, coffee shops in LA have learned to get creative when it comes to their concoctions.

The crazy thing is that these drinks look as good as they taste. So below are five of the most LA coffee drinks you can get in this fabulous city that taste as good as they look. And trust me, I’m an expert.

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WINE & DINE LIKE YOU’RE IN PARIS AT BELLE VIE

 

If you’ve been to Paris you know there’s just something special, something different about the whole vibe of the city. From fashion, to food, to architecture, the whole town is a one-of-a-kind type of magical and thus a bit difficult to emulate or replicate outside of France. But here in LA with our smorgasbord of cultures, you betcha we have Parisians willing to take a risk and bring a bit of France to the streets of Los Angeles. And if anyone has done that and done it damn near perfectly, it’s Westside located French restaurant Belle Vie.

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MY 5 FAVORITE “TO DIE FOR” PIES IN LA

 

I don’t know if you knew this but… calories don’t count in November or December. I know it’s weird, but if there were a time to feed those pie cravings, it’d definitely be now. I’ve been on a pie adventure lately, well truthfully I’ve been on a pie adventure all my life, but in the spirt of the holidays and giving slightly less f*cks about sugar consumption, I’ve been doing a bit of taste testing with proven positive results. Some slices I’ve revisited, some I’ve just discovered, but in honor of truly #treatingyoself these are my top 5 favorite pies in LA right now!

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THE BEST SPOT FOR BREAKFAST IN VENICE | GREAT WHITE

 

The search is over, I have officially found my go-to weekday breakfast and coffee spot. Not only is it beautiful, neighborhood-y, and trendy, they also just happen to make some of the best coffee drinks and breakfast bites to eat I’ve had in this city. Great White only just opened at the beginning of September and these days judging by the packed tables and numbers of patrons in line, there are clearly a lot of people who share my sentiment. For very good reason I’ll have you; at first glance the assumption for the frenzy might be Great White’s perfect location. It happens to be situated right in the heart of Venice Beach foot traffic, just across across the way from the “VENICE” sign and right off Pacific Ave. But take a closer look, or have a sip of coffee or a bite of one of their small dishes and conclude that, yeah this place is trendy and ideally located, but it’s also just really fu*king good?

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THE FILIPINO FIX AT SARI SARI STORE

 

Outside of the occasional delightfully purple ube treat, I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with Filipino cuisine. But my best friend/fellow Angeleno/food blogger Nastassia of @letmeeatcake fortunately is. She’s not only 1/2 Filipino and a foodie by trade, but she actually started the first Filipino food truck in LA back in 2010. Though Nas (as I like to call her) has moved on from her food truck days, she is still the authority on the local cuisine and I have loved learning about the delicious and colorful culture through her recommendations.

Nas is a dessert blogger, an excellent choice in profession if you ask me, and when she’d heard that Jonathan Gold had high praises for Sari Sari Store and their buko pie, it was decided that Sari Sari would be the perfect destination for our next “bff foodie adventure”. Take Grand Central Market, plus a lesson in Filipino food, plus eating said delicious Filipino food, plus friendship, and you’ve got a recipe for a wonderful quintessential LA experience.

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LUNCH AT WE HAVE NOODLES

 

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I said it once (a day) and I’ll say it again, my happy place is wherever I can find a delicious bowl of noodles. And boy oh boy does aptly named “We Have Noodles” indeed have delicious noodles. Helmed by chef Darren Sayphraraj, We Have Noodles opened in the heart of Silver Lake just a few weeks ago with a concise menu that is focused on pan-Asian favorites. They’re offering all of the classics you know and love; everything from cold sesame noodles to pho, to khao soi, to ramen, and beyond. In short, it’s the place where all of your Asian noodle fantasies can come together in one convenient spot. And the best part? They’re all made quite fantastically. Sometimes I find that when a restaurant concept tries to do too many different things at once – *and do them all well* – everything ends up being just “ok”. But with We Have Noodles, I happened to be very pleasantly surprised to conclude that every noodle dish was delish in their own right. Authentic with certain creative licenses, but not off-puttingly so. Not a word, but let’s just go with it. If I lived any closer I’d probably be ordering from them on a daily basis.

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DINNER AT PIZZANA

 

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Let’s just immediately note that when Jonathan Gold says Pizzana‘s pizzas are comparable to some of the best in the world… you take that shit seriously. Pizzana, owned by Candace and Charles Nelson (the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes) and actor Chris O’Donnell, is officially the best thing that has ever happened to Brentwood. And I totally mean that. I feel like I’ve been eating a lot of pizzas lately, namely “wood fired” pizzas, and while I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t really like, Pizzana blows any and all competition completely out of the water. Italian born Chef Daniele Uditi is a pizza whisperer. A genius. A master. I sound like a complete and total super fan, and truth be told I totally am. Ask me my favorite pizza place in Los Angeles… Pizzana is it. End of story, drop the mic.

 

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BRUNCH AT BOTANICA

 

“Vegetables, cocktails, natural wine, good times” – if that doesn’t just about sum up the epitome of life in Silverlake, then call me crazy. “Veggies, cocktails, natural wine and good times” is also exactly what you can expect to experience at Silverlake’s latest little obsession, Botanica. Botanica is an adorable little restaurant and market right in the heart of the Silver Lake Blvd action, and in just a few short months has become a beloved local mainstay.

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