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Mall Scrubs

dinner - lunch - vegan

Sunday morning, I ate my last Hippie Bowl – no avocado/nuts in this one, and we ran out of Goddess Dressing so I made a quick sauce using a TB of miso mixed with lemon and Melinda’s Hot Sauce.

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We headed to Sasson Scrubs to pick up some uniforms for Sam

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…then to the Little Tokyo Shopping Center for a little fun and food.

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A game where you kill zombies by typing words in Japanese. Image

I’m good at this!

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We sat down at the Korean BBQ place, but their rules were so confusing…

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…we ran right across the mall to the complete opposite restaurant, Shojin. Have only been here once before – this experience has won me over!

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Perfect appetizers for four – the Spicy “Tuna” on Crispy Rice (tofu and avocado)…

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…Pumpkin Croquettes with tomato sauce…

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…Mushrooms stuffed with Tofu, miso, and shiso.

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It was all yummy, and since Abe could eat everything off the menu, we also shared a few entrees – Apricot Kale Salad with raisins, avocado, orange, and crushed pistachios…

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…”Mother’s Soul” Sushi – shiitake and fried tofu…

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…and the Orange “Chicken” Seitan (the weakest dish) with brown rice, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

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I had 3 plates:

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The perfect amount – with just enough room for dessert.

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Cherry on Top has a lot more than mere cherries…

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…unfortunately, I think most of the toppings were mislabeled!

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I started with a fruit base of kiwi, mango, blackberries, blueberries, and lychee…

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…with Taro FroYo, carob chips, a granola crisp and mini Yogurt Pretzel.

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Look how artistic Sam and John’s are! There were paper dividers too, so you could keep the flavors separated.

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Back at home…frozen grapes and figs…

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…I haven’t had a cup of cocoa in almost a month. Now that I’m home, they’ll probably go back into nightly rotation.

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There was a bit too much sweetness going on, so I balanced it out with a package of Taiwanese Soda Crackers

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…then, some more saccharine stuff.

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John/Sam lent us their copy of How Can I Tell If I’m (Really) in Love?

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Hint – don’t ask this guy. It was like the idiot’s 80’s version of The Man’s Guide to Love!

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Can’t believe it’s only been a week since my father’s funeral….feels like 2 years. Having a fun but mellow weekend is helping me ease back into the swing of things.

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  • http://robynokrant.com Robyn

    I love Shojin. I can relate to Abe, as I’m vegan. It’s so nice to go to a place where I am able to eat almost every option on the menu. You made me miss the place with your descriptions and photos. Thanks Lynn!

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com/ Monet

    Hi love. Yes. A mellow week is good for you. Just give yourself as much time and space as you can. I am thinking of you guys. Let me know if you need anything!

  • Anne

    Love seeing you blog on your LA life again. Isn’t there something so great about a paper copy of the NY Times on a lazy Sunday? I always feel like I’m doing a small part to support journalism, and it just isn’t the same reading it online :).

  • Anne

    Also, you probably already saw it but be sure to read the heart-warming (and funny) story on the love we have for our dogs- in the Sunday Styles section pg.6 titled “Four-Legged Reason to Keep It Together.”

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com Sues

    Glad you’re doing OK :) All of that food looks seriously amazing! My stomach legit just growled :)

  • http://www.thevegtress.wordpress.com Emily

    I’ve been dying to try Shojin for months! Everything looks amazing- especially the kale salad and pumpkin croquettes. Maybe that can be the destination for our lunch date? (:

  • http://www.acaseoftheruns.com Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I love The Shojin!!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    Thinking about you! xoxo

  • http://www.theletmeeatcake.com Let Me Eat Cake

    love the LIttle Tokyo shopping center so fun!

  • http://huggerfood.blogspot.com Vegyogini

    I had a lovely dinner date at Shojin a week and a half ago. We also had the mushroom appetizer, but didn’t try any of the other dishes you had.

    The boba place looked interesting. I just wasn’t sure if they had vegan options and we ended up having dessert at Shojin, too.