Life is Delicious

I’ve blogged about M Cafe about a million times

It’s no secret that it’s one of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants!

That’s why last night’s dinner was beyond exhilarating – they invited me to try two “secret” dishes that you won’t find on their menus, but are available at both of their locations for those in-the-know…

Chili Cheese Fries

and The Loaded Burger

The organic fries are covered in Chili Beans and Daiya Cheese

The “Loaded” version is their Big Macro,with the addition of Tempeh Bacon and Fresh Avocado

Comes with a choice of your side – we got their famous Kale, of course

Abe and I split everything evenly

The fries were first to go – they needed to be eaten with a fork.

Everything was hearty and comforting; perfect for those skeptical of the “vegan” or “macrobiotic” label. Β Loved the extra chew on the burger too:

All of the above were comped to review for the blog, but we couldn’t resist dessert and forked over $7 for this strawberry shortcake

Well worth $3.50/each – creamy, loaded with fruit, and completely naturally sweetened – with no eggs or dairy

As usual, we saw a few celebs there – which you already know if you follow me on twitter:

The last person I mentioned was Lee Gross, one of M Cafe’s consulting chefs, who is in town to launch a few seasonal summer items.

He revealed to me some of the salads that will be in their cases by the end of June, including a few raw options. When asked what inspires his creations, he replied, “Life.”

Lee’s life must be pretty amazing, because his food is beyond words.

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  • Colline

    Yummmm, food looks good :)

  • Joey Ling

    the food looks so yummy~

  • Sara K

    I’ve never tried Daiya, I’m curious though to see how it tastes in comparison to real cheese

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      of all the vegan cheeses i’ve tried, it melts the best!

  • Gillian

    I’m dying to re-create those fries!!!

  • jessica o’brien | jessohbee

    i loooooove M Cafe. their Big Macro is one of my favorite veggie burgers. and that peanut sauced kale? heaven.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I’ve been here one time, but not sure if I saw someone famous…

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)

    Those fries look like something I ate in college only better.

  • Katharina

    Oh man! When I’m in LA I’m going there, and calling you up πŸ˜‰ that place sounds awesome!!!


  • emily (a nutritionist eats)

    How cool Lynn! I WILL go there next time I’m in LA! :)

  • Tori (Fresh Fruition)

    Those fries look unbelievably good. And I can’t believe that dessert is vegan! It looks so creamy dreamy. It just goes to show you can do anything and everything with the ingredients you have if you know what you’re doing :) So amazing!

  • Pure2raw twins

    the kale looks amazing, craving a kale salad now, yum!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      their version is truly crack. people who don’t even like kale love this. and people who love kale (like us)…SWOOOOOON

      • Pure2raw twins

        okay now I am really craving some πŸ˜‰

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage

    Oh, I am going to have to try Daiya cheese – it looks delicious on those fries.

  • miriam

    It’s the saddest thing even when you finally watch the last episode of Party Down…and realize there aren’t any more.

    “Are we having fun yet?”

    haha, you didn’t say that to him, I am assuming… πŸ˜€

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      oh my LORD i wish i HAD said that. no i didn’t approach him at all.

  • elise

    so glad im “in the know” now…i need to get myself to m cafe stat!!!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)

    Am now really starving!

  • Annie

    everything looks soo delicious!

  • Lauren

    I am dying for some strawberry shortcake now! :)

  • Erica

    owwww! Both look awesome! ESPECIALLY those fries! How fantastic. Glad you enjoyed the meal.

  • willgoh2

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and this is my first time posting a comment. I enjoy that you A) post practically day. and that your posts about food isn’t some snobby, gourmet speak sort of thing (not there’s anything wrong with gourmet food, just some people review it over the top). Anyway, I don’t have a eating disorder or anything and I am a total meat eater but your blog still speaks to me. I do, however, have food issues that some would label as “picky” -for instance I don’t like dried fruit of any sort, I eat tomatoes only if it’s cooked down, minced, chunked, etc but if it’s a wedge or larger and I don’t have a knife I can’t eat it. I’ll eat blueberries but only if it’s cooked, but I won’t eat cooked strawberries and hate cherries all together. You get the picture. Anyway, all that to say that I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures of the food even though half the time I wouldn’t eat the stuff (there’s that dried fruit issue again!) and I think part of the reason is because while I may not like some of the foods you eat I know the texture and for me… texture plays a part in my enjoyment of consuming food. I love mixing textures -cold, sweet, and creamy with something crunchy (yogurt w/ granola), rice with gravy, oatmeal on toast… you get it. Anyway, thanks for sharing your eating journey with us, every day I look forward to seeing what you’ve sampled.

  • Ameena

    I saw Elizabeth Berkeley at M Cafe the other day…how funny. Isn’t she gorgeous?

  • Jolene (

    Chili cheese fries = a perfect food.

  • Liz

    I had their beet lemonade a few years ago in BH- still remember that. The nibbles we had were good too, but the lemonade blew my tiny mind.

    Recently gave up dairy and now checking your blog with renewed interest for hints and tips and signs that there is yummy food (desserts especially) sans lactose. πŸ˜€