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Road Trip: What I Ate in LA


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Charlie’s Brownies

I recently spent a few days in LA, primarily to attend Vegan Street Fair. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I honed in on Charlie’s Brownies (above) and Your Vegan Friend’s Concha Bomb (below). The ice cream sandwich was a little tough to eat because there was so much ice cream, but it was amazingly delicious. I could eat Charlie’s Brownies all day, every day – they’re not too sweet and provide the perfect chocolate fix. There are other flavors, but I always go for chocolate.

My friend Lynda aka Plant Based Fat Kid has posted about the conchas from Your Vegan Friend, and I knew I had to have one. You can check out the Concha Bomb below in Vegan Fat Kid’s video, too. Like the brownies, it wasn’t too sweet, and it was filled with bananas and banana cream. It’s enough to share between at least 4 people and met all of my expectations.

The NYC Vegan Street Fair is June 10, and I can’t wait to see who the vendors are and what they come up with!

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Your Vegan Friend: Concha Bomb

When I arrived in LA, I went straight to Doomie’s with my friend Dave who’s organizing the first Kansas City VegFest, and we split a Vegan Fried Chicken Basket with Mac & Cheese and Animal Fries. It’s seriously the best vegan fried chicken I’ve ever had, and the whole menu is filled with amazing comfort food.

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We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Cocobella Creamery afterwards thanks to a heads up from Janette aka VeganGirl4Ever. It’s basically right next to Doomie’s and the perfect dessert. I enjoyed Unicorn Magic, Toasted S’mores, and Cookie Dough. It was all so creamy and flavorful! They accommodate people with a variety of dietary needs, too. Everything is dairy-free, but they also have ice creams free from soy, gluten, and nuts. For me, it’s on par with Minneapolis’ Milkjam Creamery as far as taste, texture, and variety. Check out the shop in MsVegan’s video.

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Cocobella Creamery

Janette never steers me wrong when it comes to food, and we headed to Suncafe Organic for the last dinner of my trip. I ate there with her summer 2016, and it was just as delicious as I remember. We ordered a plate of nachos to share between us, Dave, Elana (Klean Slate) and Sierra (Sielburt), and my entree was the Italian Stallion pizza which was packed with all sorts of creamy goodness. From what I remember, there’s a vegan pesto and rinotta along with tomatoes and basil but I was too into it to pay close attention. The cold leftovers were just as good as the hot, fresh za. There’s something for everyone at Suncafe, and they prove that to eat healthy, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor.

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Italian Stallion Pizza at Suncafe

Dave and I spent a day at Universal Studios – Hollywood, and we stumbled upon a brand new Voodoo Doughnuts on the CityWalk before we reached the park. Score! We were there when the park was just opening, so it was smart of us to wait in line which took about 20 minutes, versus the end of the day when it was at least twice that. The first time I tried Voodoo was in Austin, and I had the Gay Bar Doughnut, but this time I decided to go for the original Voodoo Doughnut. It’s a great cake donut and filled with raspberry jelly. The pretzel stake through the heart is a fun touch.

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Voodoo Doughnut

While I’m perfectly happy with the vegan options here in the Twin Cities, it’s so fun to explore other places and try the local faves. My next trip is to Chicago in a couple of weeks, and Kāl’ish and Kitchen 17 are at the top of my list. I’ve been to Chicago Diner several times, and during my last visit I hit up Handlebar, Amitabul, and Ground Control, so I’m looking forward to scoping out a couple new (to me) places.

7 thoughts on “Road Trip: What I Ate in LA

  1. Cadry

    It looks like you ate very well in LA! Of course, that’s not difficult to do there. When I lived there, I went to SunCafe almost weekly. So good! I can’t believe they have a Voodoo Doughnuts there now. I used to live 10 minutes from Universal Citywalk. I would have loved that!

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Kāl’ish and Kitchen 17. I haven’t been to either one of them.

    1. Laura VanZandt Post author

      It would be dangerous to live near a Voodoo Doughnuts – or SunCafe! But J Selby’s is about to open so soon enough I’ll be spending all my money there. 😉 I’ll be sure to let you know about Chicago!

  2. Trin Carl

    J. Selby’s looks like the perfect place to eat. I may need to try that Buffalo sub. My husband eats only halal food and I’m sure a place like this would be right up his alley with the vegan options they serve. Tristan, I saw that you also do play reviews. If you like theater, you may like my interview with Chloe Bell, a student actress from the U of M. She recently performed in Servant of Two masters. I’ll be posting her interview tomorrow.

    1. Laura VanZandt Post author

      Thanks, Trin! I’m so excited about J Selby’s and think it’ll thrive once they’ve regrouped and re-opened. Thanks for the heads up on your post! We’re so lucky to have an amazing theater scene here. -Laura

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