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 Post subject: 48 Hours in LA
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:50 pm 
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I'm treating myself to a little weekend trip down to LA from SF next month. I'm arriving on a Friday night and leaving on Sunday night, flying in and out of LAX. I'll have a rental car from the airport and I'm staying in Hollywood.

Wise LA-area PPKers, help me out! What are your top two recommendations/must-haves for brunch, lunch, and dinner? More importantly, where can I get late-night eats (9-10pm) in Hollywood or reasonably close by on a Friday night? I have plans to hit up Moo Shoes for sure, and I know Sage Bistro is relatively near there. My only other solid plan is a 10pm show at Largo on that Saturday.

I know there's so much to see and do (and eat) that I won't be able to fit it all into one weekend, but I plan on taking advantage of how close I am and how cheap flights are, just as I have not done whatsoever in the past 35 years. :P

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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It's been a couple years since we were last there, but we still talk about how much we liked Shojin: http://www.theshojin.com/

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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Holy crepe, that place looks amazing! And it's open till 11, woot! Thanks for the tip, that's definitely something I'll consider.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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Here's where I went in LA last year. I loved Crossroads and Doomies the most.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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I'm a Shojin fan as well.
I love Real Food Daily.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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Thanks, dudes! That Doomie's spread looks pretty amazing, and it looks quite close to my hotel, too! It looks like there are also an RFD and a Veggie Grill close to my hotel as well. It's embarrassing to admit, but I've never been to a Veggie Grill before. The nearest one to me is a good hour or so away in San Jose, and I never got around to it during the last Vida Vegan Con.

ETA: I was worried about this- I may have an embarrassment of riches here. I might need help narrowing down my choices!

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
but I've never been to a Veggie Grill before.


I don't like them as much now that they've expanded all over the place. The V-burger used to be amazing, now it's just meh to me. Anyway, near LAX, just south or west a bit on Sepulveda there is a huge shopping center with a gigantic Whole Foods and a Veggie Grill. So, you may be able to work it in that way.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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Follow-up question: I am definitely heading to MooShoes to spend 25-50% of my tax return (kind of joking but maybe not really). Would you recommend Flore, Sage, or Mohawk Bend for brunch and/or lunch? Or another option nearby that I'm missing? Are there any other fun shops/things to see in that area before I take off to explore something else?

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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There is a Mooshoes in LA? How did I not know this.

I was pretty disappointed when I went to Veggie Grill, I think Native Foods is much, much better.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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linanil wrote:
There is a Mooshoes in LA? How did I not know this.


It's only been open a couple months, if I remember correctly! At any rate, less than a year. And they are getting All My Moneys.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:29 pm 
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Erika, if you like Thai food even a little you MUST try Satdha. For my money it's the best vegan eatery in LA right now, an all-vegan Thai restaurant with upscale and innovative dishes at reasonable prices. Some of my favorite dishes there include the Meang Kham, the Endive Cups with cashew "tuna," the Snap Pea Thai Salad, the Beet-Dyed Noodles, the Pad Thai, the Shallot Tempeh, the Prik King, and more. You can see the full menu here.

After that, well Crossroads is very, very good but $$$.

Real Food Daily has upgraded their menu. It was good to begin with but it's so much better now, just terrific.

As for your MooShoes question, I'd pick Sage.


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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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I don't hate Thai by any means, but I simply don't go bananas for it. I think a big issue for me is that I'm allergic to peanuts and so Thai food is always fraught with potential contamination issues!

That said, I realized while looking at a map today that Real Food Daily is literally right across the street from Largo. I guess I know where I'm having my dinner that night!

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
I don't hate Thai by any means, but I simply don't go bananas for it. I think a big issue for me is that I'm allergic to peanuts and so Thai food is always fraught with potential contamination issues!

That said, I realized while looking at a map today that Real Food Daily is literally right across the street from Largo. I guess I know where I'm having my dinner that night!


I hear you. I have a good friend whose husband has a lethal peanut allergy and Thai food is pretty much out for both of them! Once, my friend had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and on the night of the same day, she kissed her husband on the cheek. He got a big welt where her lips had touched!

RFD is really really good now. I love their lasagna, the supreme burrito bowl with the taco mix, the kung pao, the mediterranean bowl salad... all excellent! The chocolate fudge cake and the coconut cake (when they have it-- the latter is a special) are great too.


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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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RFD is awesome. They have some good wines. And their Fauxstess (?) cupcakes are great if they still have them.

Edit to add: The iteration of RFD at LAX is now open. I've yet to try it. I imagine it's an abbreviated menu so I wouldn't eat only at the LAX location, def go to the H'wood one. I like that one best.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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what are you seeing at Largo. RFD is right next door. so awesome! and veggie grill is not that far away. Last time I went to a show at largo we met up with friends for lunch at veggie grill. walked around, went to meltdown comics and then ate an early dinner at RFD and went to the show. it was perfect!

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
what are you seeing at Largo.


How did this get made! If I can see Jason Mantzoukas call someone a "dum dum" in person just once, I can die happy.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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You're going to have a great trip, Erika. I wish I was going to be in LA that weekend! (What weekend is it?) (I understand if you don't want to post, it's just that I do have to be in LA on one of the Fridays in March. . .)

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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I ate at Crossroads last night and it makes me want to plug it more strongly. The food we had ranged from very good to incredible. It is a fine dining restaurant and you should expect to pay $50 per person or so if you go there, but if you can swing it, it is really quite something.


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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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I've got 24 hours in LA and I'm heading to Shojin and Flore. But y'all are making me want to investigate Crossroads. And the new vegan cheese shop looks compelling.

Anywhere to get donuts in Silver Lake?

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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I had brunch at Sage and thought it was really, really good.

Have fun at Largo! I've always wanted to see Paul f. Tompkins's show there. Didn't know RFD is right across the street! Their crab cakes are great.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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molasses jane wrote:
I've got 24 hours in LA and I'm heading to Shojin and Flore. But y'all are making me want to investigate Crossroads. And the new vegan cheese shop looks compelling.


I think I'm in the minority in this but I wasn't that impressed with either Shojin or Flore, and Shojin is pricy. So I'm all in favor of your checking out Crossroads.

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Anywhere to get donuts in Silver Lake?


I'm rarely in that part of town so I haven't tried it yet but I have heard good things about the vegan donuts at Donut Friend. It's in Highland Park, so not too far from Silver Lake.


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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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~Sz wrote:
You're going to have a great trip, Erika. I wish I was going to be in LA that weekend! (What weekend is it?) (I understand if you don't want to post, it's just that I do have to be in LA on one of the Fridays in March. . .)


I'll be there in two weeks, but I'm getting in a bit late since I'm coming directly from work.

ETA: Aside from Donut Friend, are there other spectacular vegan donuts in LA? I'm happy to try more than one shop. :)

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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If you put "vegan donuts" in Yelp's search engine, it should give you a bunch of places. Check the individual reviews quoted in that search to make sure the place has vegan donuts. There are a lot of options but none I've tried (well, I once tried Babycakes but they seem to have gone under).

It might be a good idea to call ahead and make sure they have them on hand when you come in, too. In Santa Monica alone I know of three places-- the Real Food Daily there has vegan donuts, called fauxnuts, on occasion but not always. Not sure if other RFD's have them but they might. Viva La Vegan grocery store has, or had (I can't find a mention in recent reviews) Ronald's Donuts which come form Las Vegas. And DK's Donuts and Bakery has or had vegan donut options too. There are other vegan donut options outside Santa Monica too.

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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And it looks like my plans may change anyway, Erika. Oh well!

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 Post subject: Re: 48 Hours in LA
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LFL wrote:
molasses jane wrote:
I've got 24 hours in LA and I'm heading to Shojin and Flore. But y'all are making me want to investigate Crossroads. And the new vegan cheese shop looks compelling.


I think I'm in the minority in this but I wasn't that impressed with either Shojin or Flore, and Shojin is pricy. So I'm all in favor of your checking out Crossroads.



Fascinating! Shojin and Flore are my two absolute favorite LA restaurants.


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