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Nick’s on 2nd

blogger meetup - breakfast - restaurant - vegetarian

Just got back from a little drive down to Long Beach with Emily to meet Karla at Nick’s on 2nd.

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The breakfast menu is small, but filled with many good choices.

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I ordered an egg white omelet with spinach, fruit…

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…and homemade English Muffin.

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Karla opted for waffles…

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…and Emily ordered Omar’s Skillet – eggs, hash browns, chorizo, cheese, salsa, black beans, avocado…basically everything in the world.

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Long time virtual friends, now real-life ones too!

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The Farmer and the Cook

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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Grain Lab

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

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Beachwood Cafe

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

Abe and I love driving around the Hollywood Hills after our (bi-weekly) vegan gelato trips to Scoops.  Often, we’ll end up passing Beachwood Cafe, which looks so cozy and comforting…

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…we finally took the time to stop in – and I’m so thrilled we did.

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I loved everything about this place, from its design…

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…to its food philosophy.

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Everything on the menu sounded good to me – I wound up ordering a “Fez Bowl” – quinoa, wild mushrooms, greens, baby carrots…

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…raw beet salad, shallot yogurt, and harissa sauce.

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Abe also went vegetarian (of course) with their homemade burger…

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…brown rice, shrooms, cashew, walnuts, vegan mayo, avocado, arugula, and tomato.

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Loved how low-key and mellow this place was.  In fact, I’m hesitant to admit how much we enjoyed ourselves, because we plan on coming back often, and don’t want it to get too crowded!

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Carvery Kitchen

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

“Ocean Park Boulevard” in Santa Monica = commercial auditions.  For me, there’s really no reason to hang around that street before/afterwards, but now there might be!

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Carvery Kitchen recently opened, and invited me in to try out the menu.  It kinda reminds me of Lemonade/Tender Greens

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…with my favorite soda machine!

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Roman, the owner, invited me in to try out their menu.  I brought Sam and John “for support.”

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Many, many sandwiches.  They’ve got several dip options, like the roast beef (above) and panini style too.

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This is the Puebla BBQ Brisket – everything in the world crammed inside from Balsamic Onion Jam to Pickled Jalapeño.

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Also pressed – the Chicken Caprese.

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All of their meat is slow-cooked and very flavorful – but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well.

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The L.A. Vegan Club (above) which gets its texture from falafel and potato, and the Grilled Veggie Cheesetta (below) – it includes flax seeds and a side of Tahini Basil sauce.

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You can also order vegan side dishes…

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…including brussels sprouts…

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…and roasted veggies…

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…or big entree salads – this one, obviously had meat on it.

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The Farmer’s Chop features Pastrami Bits – my kinda dish!

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Next time I find myself on Ocean Park Blvd. for a late afternoon appointment, I’ll stick around and wait out the traffic here.

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