Category Archives: vegan

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Just Mayo and Just Cookie Dough

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Have you heard the hoopla over Just Mayo?  I’m actually loving that they’re getting so much publicity – because this egg-free, vegan mayo may be my new favorite condiment.

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Hampton Creek sent a variety of flavors to try.  I’ve been eating it straight up, as a dip, with chips.  I don’t even do that with “normal” mayonnaise!

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A few months ago, the company launched Just Cookie Dough.  Like their Just Mayo, it is vegan, affordable, cholesterol-free, all natural, tastes great, and has zero salmonella risk…

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…which means you can eat it raw!

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Pretty great baked, too.

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Oh, Hi Again

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Abe and I had such a tremendous time in Ojai beginning of September, we immediately booked another trip following Thanksgiving, when we could stay a little longer.

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This time, we opted for the much more affordable Ojai Rancho Inn.

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Julius tagged along, too!

IMG_1673 Our room was comically dark so we spent a lot of time outdoors…
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…and explored a few new spots, too.

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Hip Vegan Cafe may have one of the best veggie burgers on the planet…

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…made from tempeh, with caramelized onions and vegan cheese.  (My raw salad, above, was stellar too – it included sea veggies and seed pate.)

IMG_1717More salad at Boccali’s – just okay, like the pizza…
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…but I loved the setting!

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We also ate at The Farmer and The Cook and Knead Bakery again – both experiences did NOT disappoint.  More pictures of the trip on both Instagram feeds!

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The Springs

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Can’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited to blog about a new discovery.  That’s probably because there’s never been a place like The Springs before.

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Housed in a former paper factory in downtown LA, the space is wide open and swimming in natural light.

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When you first walk in, you’ll immediately notice their (all organic) juice/coffee/wine bar…

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…which also spills into a pop-up shop.  Currently, the goods are from Atomic Garden in Oakland.

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Hang out during the day, enjoy live music at night (the owners – partners in business/life – both come from a Broadway background)…

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…followed by a visit to the Wellness Center for a massage, acupuncture, Reiki, or Infrared Sauna.

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Of course, I was particularly interested in the food part.  The entire menu is raw and vegan!

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Joy and I sipped on the “Bug Bite” – strawberry, apple, orange, and lemon juice…

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…and noshed on chips and guacamole.

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(These take 3 Days to make.)

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We were both pretty blown away – the culinary team did a tremendous job.  Sometimes raw food leaves me a little bit weirded out, intimidated (and still hungry) but these options were impressive and definitely filling.

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Nacho and Tea Leaf Salads – hearty bowls packed with flavor.

DSCN7261Last but not least – dessert…
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…Black Sesame, Wasabi Pea, Beer, and Smoked Avocado Cilantro Ice Cream – kinda mind-blowing.  I’m currently writing an ice cream article for an outside publication and did not expect me to be wowed the way I was.

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In fact, I had rather high expectations coming in visit The Springs, and they were exceeded.  Expect to see me back often – for my monthly massage, a yoga class, and to try this dinner menu!

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