My Dinner with Ironman

Last night I was invited to a media dinner sponsored by OpenSky at Cru in Silver Lake


I’ve been wanting to try this vegan restaurant for years – it’s tiny; our party took up 1/2 the space!


First to arrive – plenty of time to check out the menu…


…and the amazing bathroom ceiling!!!

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Soon after, other people started showing up, including my dear buddy Leslie


…and a blogger I’ve been trying to meet up with for months – Bess!


The man of the hour was one of OpenSky’s curators, Brendan Brazier. I was already familiar with him because Christy was obsessed with his book, so it was cool to pick his brain about exercise and nutrition. But even more interesting was talking to him about the similarities between actors and athletes.


Onto the food! Cru’s menu is almost entirely raw; we started off by sharing all the appetizers…

Mezze Platter


Rubbed Garlicky Kale, Tunisian Apple Beet Salad, Fig Pate, Cucumber Tztziki, Olives, and Cashew Cheese – with Flax and Pumpkin Seed Crackers


I tried a piece of the Bruschetta – more cashew cheese with tomato, capers, basil, red bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, chive oil, served on a sunflower seed and kabocha squash flatbread


One of the Nachos – Dehydrated flax and corn chips, pumpkin seed chorizo, guac, salsa, vegan nacho cheese and cashew coconut sour cream


I had two spring rolls…


…and an amuse-bouche as well


For my entree I ordered one of the few cooked menu items – quinoa risotto with asparagus and mushrooms


Wound up polishing off the salad, and taking most of it home for Abe…


…I also traded bites with other peeps at the table – Cru Pizza…


…mac n cheese (the other only non-raw option)…


…and a raw veggie lasagna made of zucchini, pesto, shrooms, cashew cheese, and coconut cream


For dessert I had a bite of the Banana Cream…


…and Chocolate Mousse pies


What a delicious, fun evening…


…woke up STILL totally stuffed this morning. Who says raw food isn’t filling?!?

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  • runeatrepeat

    Looks like a delicious blast! So so bummed I couldn’t make it :(

  • Bess @ I Dream of Greenie

    Delicious food, wonderful company…who could ask for more? I’m still stuffed as well, though I’m sure I could make room for more bites of the banana creme pie!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I’ve been wanting to try Cru!! If you’re ever down in the OC, Au Lac is also another restaurant with some really good raw options.

  • vanillasugarblog

    how was that banana cream?
    you have no idea how much i LOVE these kinds of places.
    we have zero vegan and zero raw food places here :-(
    so i have to live thru you.

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      it was delicious – i liked it better than the chocolate one!

  • stephsnacks

    it’s times like these i wish I was back in LA… this restaurant looks too good to be true!

  • Emily Lawi

    Great post! It was so great to meet you last night. I will say, I’m not Vegan and the cuisine is somewhat new to me and CRU was delicious!! I was very impressed.

  • Mina

    My sister has been chirping about this place for forever!! The Mac n cheese looks especially yummy, as does the lasagna!

  • Natasha

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Brendan! AND – he signed his book for me…he has some great recipes, and Rob and I use some of his endurance products in the summer for Tennis etc. – they’re pretty amaze…
    Lucky Duck! The food looked j’yummy – and you as darling as ever!

  • Leslie Sarna (@VeggieDreamgirl)

    It was such a fun time! and Mina, I ate almost that whole plate of mac n’ cheese! It was delish!

    • Mina

      I’m definitely jealous…that Mac n cheese looks like perfection!

  • Becki @ Bites ‘n Brews

    I ate at a raw vegan restaurant once in Arizona. Woke up the next morning feeling STUFFED and like I’d swallowed rocks the night before – that food was so filling and heavy!

  • pure2rawtwins

    YUM everything looks delicious! Cru sounds like a great place! and yes raw foods can be very filling 😉 glad you enjoyed everything!! the desserts looks soooo good

  • Kartik @ Bakeology 101

    First time visiting the website and I’m very impressed with all the dishes here. They all look so beautiful. Love it.

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      thanks, kartik!!!

      • Kartik @ Bakeology 101

        You are welcome. Now I have another set of recipes I can make :D, thanks to your site. Food blogs are awesome.

  • elise

    i am sooooo freakin’ jealous. brendan brazier is SUCH an idol. was he nice? smart? nerdy? details!!