Mall Scrubs

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.



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


…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!


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


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


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


…Pumpkin Croquettes with tomato sauce…


…Mushrooms stuffed with Tofu, miso, and shiso.


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…


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


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


I had 3 plates:




The perfect amount – with just enough room for dessert.


Cherry on Top has a lot more than mere cherries…


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


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


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


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


Back at home…frozen grapes and figs…


…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.


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


…then, some more saccharine stuff.


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


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


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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  • 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!

  • 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.”

  • Sues

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

  • 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? (:

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I love The Shojin!!

  • Lauren

    Thinking about you! xoxo

  • Let Me Eat Cake

    love the LIttle Tokyo shopping center so fun!

  • 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.