City of Angels

I always thought of LA as a big, dirty strip-mall that extended for miles in every direction. Now, however – after visiting for a few days with an amazing tour guide, I think of LA as a big, dirty strip mall with tons of vegan joints for miles in every direction. I arrived in LA with a suitcase and a big bag of Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese to share with the west coast.

Here’s some highlights:

Vegan Spot

Vegan Spot, Silver Lake
3206 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Vegan Spot had some yummy sandwiches. I had the “Cheesy Roast Beef” and Zoe had the “Philly Cheese Steak”. They thin-slice seitan, and smother it in onions and melted-vegan cheeses. It was pretty scrumptious.

Wine and Cheese

We headed over to a wine and cheese party where we ate copious amounts of Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese with the likes of Skinny Bitch: Rory Freedman, Emily Deschanel, Ari Solomon of Scent of Scandal, Karen Dawn and Paula the pitbul of Thanking the Monkey, among other amazing veggies!

Vegan Beer, Dr Cow Cheese, and Olvera St Market

Good Micro Brew & Grill
3725 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Casa de Sousa
213 703 5236
634 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Located on historical Olvera Street)

We shared some Pinkus organic vegan beer over Hemp-Nut and Blue Manna Dr. Cow’s Tree Nut Cheese at Good Micro Brew & Grill. This appeared to be their only known vegan beer – and lucky for us – it’s a really delicious, light German beer. The Germans don’t use Fish Bladder (AKA isinglass) in their beer. Thanks Germany! This places serves meat but they have some decent veg options like the orange tofu. Ana loved the cheese! She works with Guayaki Yerba Mate, and gave me mate and a gourd!

Then we visited the historic Mexican district of Olvera Street and had vegan Mexican-chocolate lattes at Casa de Sousa, a vegetarian Mexican cafe!


5 Responses to City of Angels

  1. mmmona says:

    hope you weren’t in LA when I was.
    LA is not only a big dirty city of strip malls BUT ALSO one with a new, constantly expanding TRANSIT system.
    Yes it’s true. For example I took the train to brunch, walked to go shopping and see the city, and took an express bus to the airport. After studying the transit map and seeing signs about their long-range transportation plan to include new subway lines, I think LA is doing exactly the right thing…I already know of actual Los Angelenos who are car-free.

  2. al says:

    is that blue/green cheese dr. cow too?

  3. kevin says:

    Are you saying the Pinkus was the only vegan beer at Good Micro Brew & Beer? Just glancing at their website - – they have a ton – everything from Green Flash, North Coast, Allagash, Victory, New Belgium, Lindemanns, Hebrew, Stone (their previous head brewer was vegan too!), Rogue (only their cask conditioned ales and 1 honey beer are not vegan). That’s just a quick glance though, at 3am. Generally, I steer clear of all British beers (except Samuel Smith and Fuller’s) because almost every single one uses the ol’ fish guts.

  4. Well, we asked the waiter (which may have been a mistake). He claimed that was the only vegan beer – but clearly you’ve pointed out there are more. I expected that a waiter in LA would know these things, but next time I’ll have more to choose from! thanks!

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