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A Weekend in Los Angeles: Part One

23 May

I finished up the semester on Wednesday! Hooray! I am looking forward to spending my extra two days off a week over the summer reading and knitting both by hand and on my machine. I have so many plans! But first, Alex and I made the 12 hour round trip drive down to Los Angeles and back so that he could table for his job with FARM at WorldFest in Van Nuys. We both have friends and family in LA, and there’s so much great food that we decided to make a weekend of it.

We had heard that Madeleine Bistro would be closing up shop indefinitely on Saturday the 21st so we made a reservation for Friday evening with a few friends. I ordered the Filet No Fish with a caesar salad and gluten free macaroni and cheese on the side*. The lighting was so bad I had to ask my friend with a masters in photography to take the photos for me. I think he did a great job!

Filet No Fish and Caesar Salad

GF mac n' cheese

While I thought the food was great (someone please teach me how to make the seitan in the Filet No Fish!), it was pricey for the portion sizes. I don’t think anyone in our group felt satisfied after our meal. I hope that Madeleine will reopen one day with some minor adjustments to the menu pricing! I would love to eat there again.

Early on Saturday morning we went for brunch with our friends at Sage, an all vegan bistro in Echo Park not too far from where we stayed the night. I immediately zeroed in on the Smoked Macaroni and Cheese. Mac n’ cheese at 9 in the morning? Yes, please!

Smoked macaroni and cheese with biscuit & gravy and walnut sausage

The mac n’ cheese was an instant favorite and the walnut sausage was unique and delicious! The prices were also shockingly fair for an all organic restaurant. Next time I’m in the area I will absolutely be going back.

That afternoon we drove about an hour to Irvine where Alex’s younger sister lives; his older sister and her family also met up with us and we all went to Native Foods for lunch. I had a really hard time choosing what to order, everything on the menu looks so good! I finally went with the Wild Buffalo Wrap with a side of kale and Alex ordered the Classic Deli Reuben.

Wild Buffalo Wrap

Classic Deli Reuben

My wrap was great, but I love any combination of buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, so I pretty much already knew I would enjoy it. However, I stole a few bites of Alex’s reuben and I am fairly certain it is the best sandwich I’ve ever had. The seitan was perfect! and they did not skimp at all on the filling. Native Foods, please open a location in San Francisco (there have been rumors!) so that I can eat this sandwich all the time!

For dessert we split a chocolate cupcake. I can’t even properly describe how good this frosting was. Kind of like eating sweet and creamy air?

Chocolate Cupcake

On the way back to LA form Irvine I finished my Watershed Cardi in the car! Turns out you can get a lot of knitting done when you’re stuck in traffic for most of the day! It’s blocking now so I’ll have a post soon!

I’m skipping over our dinner at Stuff I Eat (a vegan soul food restaurant) because I didn’t really like it. I would be willing to try it again, but I would get a sandwich or enchilada pie instead of the Soul Food Platter.

We left Stuff I Eat and went to visit my Aunt who just happens to live near a Veggie Grill. Since we were both still hungry after not eating much for dinner we headed over right before they closed and each had a Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ Sandwich. I added a side of the GF Mac-n-Cheese to mine.

Santa Fe Crispy Chickin Sandwich and Mac-n-Cheese

I had eaten at Veggie Grill before so I already knew I loved the chickin’ sandwich (I’ve pretty much been dreaming about it since my last trip to LA 2 years ago), but this was my first time trying the mac and cheese and I really wasn’t into it, I took about 4 bites before I quit. Not too surprising since it’s made with Daiya and I don’t really like Daiya!

So that concludes Friday and Saturday eating in LA! I’ll have another post this week talking about WorldFest.

Have you tried any good restaurants in the LA area?

* You will be able to find a detailed report of the mac n’ cheese dishes I tried on The Noochy Noodle.