• October 17th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), seattle

    what’s it like to be a vegan musician on tour? just ask alex estrada from silver snakes. while the band is on the road, he’s texting us updates of their vegan meals, and today they were in seattle!

    check it out his updates below, and go see the band when they’re in a city near you. tomorrow they’ll be at the 2 bit saloon in seattle, and i expect to see all you local readers at the CD release show on 10/23 at amplyfi!

    Wayward Cafe in Seattle

    Wayward cafe. Seattle, WA. The special of the day – chicken and biscuits with gravy and a broccoli slaw. The chicken was made out of tofu that was definitely frozen and thawed. The texture was amazing! We love this place.

    Arayas Vegetarian in Seattle

    Tofu tod gatiam and phad see-iew from arayas vegetarian in seattle, WA. Tomorrow is our last day in seattle so it’ll be pretty epic! Playing tomorrow night at the two bit saloon. That thai food was amazing. Best pad see eu I’ve ever had.

    aw that all looks so good. i wanna go to seattle.

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  • October 16th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), san diego

    this looks absolutely amazing. my advice for those who live in LA: plan a trip to san diego for the weekend of november 5th. i went to the last LOVELIKEBEER event, and it was AWESOME. i promise i’ll post on it soon, but in the meantime, do not miss this.


    LOVELIKEBEER and San Diego Beer Blog have joined forces to kick off San Diego Beer Week 2011 with a beer dinner unlike any other the city has seen.  We’ll be returning to Sea Rocket (site of our first event) for a prix-fixe, multi-course dinner featuring Chef Chad White’s culinary creations paired with rare and world famous beers from fellow vegan and head brewer Ron Jeffries’ Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Dexter, Michigan.  It’s the first completely vegan/vegetarian event in San Diego Beer Week history and proceeds will benefit the San Diego Chapter of Engineers Without Borders – USA.  We’ll also be releasing a limited, hand-signed/numbered 18″×24″ screen-printed event poster by artist Josh Higgins.

    Different from previous events, advance tickets are required and can be purchased here starting at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th.  GET TICKETS HERE.

    Get a sneak peak of the menu here.

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  • October 15th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), vegan events

    hey guys! we’re still tracking silver snakes and posting all the great vegan that they eat on their tour, as texted to me from band member alex! today they went from reno, NV to boise, ID. check out what the dudes ate today…and go see them if they come to a city near you!

    There is nothing but mountains on our way to boise but we are going to hit up a place called Oriental express before the show. My stomach hates me. I haven’t had a raw vegetable in 5 days…

    Whole Foods in Reno, NV

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  • October 15th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA)

    dudes, i totally forgot to include this in my silver snakes vegan update yesterday! in case you aren’t aware, we’re following the band as they tour california, nevada, idaho, washington, and oregon. it’s our mission to post everything note-worthy that they eat, as sent to us via text by band member alex.

    vegan chili dogs at Freeman's Natural Hotdogs

    Reno, nv. Freeman’s natural hotdogs. Vegan chili dogs with different toppings. I put an obscene amount of mustard on mine. Gluten-free bunfell apart but it was still awesome.

    if you want to know more about them (other than what they’re eating on the road) check out their website and follow them on the twitters.

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  • October 13th, 2011quarrygirlbands, more restaurants (not LA), sacramento, vegan events

    finding vegan food can be hard sometimes, but imagine being a vegan musician on tour. shuffling around from city to city, being away from home, and dealing with the pressures of performing—all while trying to find 3 animal-free meals per day in uncharted territory. sounds challenging, eh? well that’s what alex estrada is up to right now, as his band silver snakes embarks on a 10 day tour from california to nevada, to washington and oregon and back again. for educational purposes, alex has agreed to document his vegan tour experience via text to me, and i’m gonna post it all here on the blog. the tour culminates here in LA with a CD release party on october 23rd, so i expect to see you all there after reading what’s gone into the silver snakes’ stomachs for ten days straight. if you aren’t familiar with silver snakes yet, check out their site, listen to them on spotify, and read up on them at peta2.

    their tour kicked off today in sacramento, and the band stopped off at a chipotle in lebec, CA for lunch, followed by some sugar plum vegan in sacramento for dinner. here are the photos, along with alex’s direct words via SMS.

    chipotle veggie bowl with extra beans, all the salsas, and extra corn tortillas

    California classic. Lebec, CA – chipotle veggie bowl. Extra beans, all the salsas, corn tortilla on the side. I have no idea where we are… I think we are by bakersfield.

    I found a place in Sacramento I want to try. I hope we make it in time! Dude I heard this place has a jackfruit/walnut tuna melt and animal style fries.. pray4me ;)…

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  • October 7th, 2011quarrygirllas vegas, more restaurants (not LA)

    hey dudes! did you know las vegas has a new all vegan restaurant?! i didn’t, until fred (@cycled) sent me this field report on pura vida. looks awesome, and i can’t wait to go! check it out…

    Due to its proximity to Los Angeles, a short journey to the desert is always on the horizon for the most trivial or celebratory events. My first stop whenever I go to Vegas is always Ronald’s Donuts so I can stock up on donuts for the duration of the trip and to take back home. After Ronald’s, we decided to make another short drive in order to try Pura Vida. After passing through an industrial sector, I managed to spot Pura Vida on the opposite side of the street, overlooking vacant lots and surrounded by empty business. This sector is certainly an unlikely place to find delicious vegan food, but after searching through their website and a handful of Yelp reviews I knew we were going to be in good hands. It appears the menu on weekends is mostly focused on “Sweet” rather than “Savory”. Seeing as how we were in the mood for “Savory” we decided to forego the waffles and ask for some recommendations. Our server was very accommodating, along with Chef Myra, who personally came out to assist us and explain what she could make for us.

    Spinach/Tofurky Sausage/Daiya Quesadilla & The Jace Wrap

    Spinach/Tofurky Sausage/Daiya Quesadilla
    One of my pet peeves when dining out is ordering an item that you could easily make at home. For this reason, I don’t think I have ever ordered a vegan quesadilla at a restaurant. However, I have to say this quesadilla was fantastic, easily better than any I have made at home. I could try to duplicate it, but I doubt it would be as delicious….

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  • October 4th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), portland

    the hungry tiger too in portland has to be one of my favorite places on earth. not only is it a bar with a pretty good craft beer selection, but it’s a full on restaurant as well with a separate vegan menu and the best biscuits and gravy known to man. why, oh why can’t we have somewhere like this in los angeles?

    we’ve been fans of hungry tiger too for a couple years now, and make it a point to eat there on every trip to portland. imagine how delighted we were on our recent visit, to learn from friends that the already giant menu had expanded to include even more vegan options! we headed over for what turned out to be one of the best brunches in recent memory. check it out:

    portobello scramble: fresh portobello mushrooms with tofu, garlic, spinach, mushrooms and nutrtional yeast. with hashbrowns and toast. $5.75

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  • October 1st, 2011brittanyflorida, more restaurants (not LA)

    i recently spent some time in fort myers, fl, visiting my parents. fort myers has pretty limited vegan options and i’d been to them all over the years. i was checkin’ around on my happycow app i found out about cool hand luc’s, a new ice cream shop/cafe that serves (GASP) vegan ice cream! i HAD to have it!

    i strolled on up to the ice cream case and one thing i noticed right off the bat – anything that HAS dairy is marked as having dairy. anything that is vegan is just labeled with the flavor. lovesssitttt. i got peanut butter, naturally. lemme tell you this: it was fucking delicious. super creamy and peanut-buttery. i’m even going to go so far as to say it’s better than local LA heroes, scoops. cool hand luc’s, why are you so far away from me?!

    my mom was hungry and decide to get the “burn after eating” – a pita stuffed with buffalo tempeh and vegan ranch.

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  • September 24th, 2011quarrygirllondon, more restaurants (not LA)

    COR BLIMEY! it’s about time! vegan drinks are finally coming to london. sure, here in LA it’s a regular occurrence—but this is london’s official “vegan drinks” gathering! epic news, if you ask me. let’s support the UK’s capital in getting pissed whilst celebrating the vegan lifestyle.

    the food boat at tibits...it will be even better with vegan humans and vegan booze!

    the inaugural london vegan drinks will be held on thursday september 29th from 6:30-9:30pm, at tibits in the west end. more info after the jump…

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  • September 24th, 2011quarrygirlbay area, more restaurants (not LA), san francisco

    a seagull with one leg on alcatraz!

    this post is like a joke with a crappy punch line. there’s no food at all (vegan or otherwise) on alcatraz island, and the stuff that’s available on the ferry is nothing to write home about. that being said, i’m sure some that someday a starving tourist who has skipped a meal will wind up in the long ass line to get a boat to the island, and search for vegan alcatraz options on their smart phone. it’s that person who this post is written for…because that’s EXACTLY what i went through a couple of months ago.

    i booked my alcatraz tickets way in advance (you have to—tours fill up quickly), i mapped out the appropriate public transport, and i allowed for enough time to eat breakfast at a nearby vegan-friendly restaurant. however, the bus was late and my plans were foiled. i boarded the alcatraz ferry hungry as fuck and was beyond relieved to see an old vegan standby staring me in the face.

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  • September 21st, 2011quarrygirlarcata, more restaurants (not LA)

    hey everyone! time for another northern california post from our field reporter, righteous fist! you may remember his last soul food find in eureka, and today he’s bloggin’ breakfast foods from arcata. enjoy!

    On our way out of Eureka we made a stop for breakfast at Wildflower Cafe in Arcata. They serve eggs and dairy there but also have a good number of vegan choices. Since having so many options to choose from was a rare occurrence on this road trip, I opted for both a savory AND sweet dish.

    Scrambled Tofu - Locally made tofu, sauteed with ginger, garlic, onions, and a wonderful blend of herbs and spices. Served with homefries. $8

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  • September 17th, 2011quarrygirleureka, more restaurants (not LA)

    heyo! today we’re bringing you a field report on soul food in northern cali. who doesn’t LOVE soul food? nobody! now sit back and enjoy this post about bless my soul in eureka…courtesy of field reporter, “righteous fist”!

    Stopping off in Eureka on my way up the coast my Happy Cow app (which I’m grateful for) lead me to Bless My Soul Café, a small soul food spot on 5th street that serves both meat and veg options.

    I opted for the “Veggie Plate” with sweet potato and collard greens…

    veggie plate (vegan): red beans and rice and a choice of 2 veggie sides, salad and corn muffin. $12.95

    And my mom who went on this adventure with me ordered the same but with different sides (creole corn and sautéed cabbage)washed down with their very own secret recipe sweet tea…

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  • September 13th, 2011mr meanermore restaurants (not LA), nashville

    As a vegan that routinely travels on business I’ve become used to sustaining myself on overpriced chips from the in-room minibar due to the almost 100% lack of vegan offerings at most business hotels. Back in the day I used to take sandwiches in my carry-on, but they don’t let you bring food through security any more, so I’m bereft of and bites when I land – especially a problem when I get back to the hotel late, tired and hungry.

    My recent trip to Nashville, TN was no exception: Early flight, endless meetings punctuated with nothing but salad at the office and a late arrival to my hotel room at The Hutton Hotel – a relatively new hip and trendy place on the outskirts of downtown. I usually don’t bother studying the in-house restaurant menus at hotels and have long given up calling room service to see if their pizza dough is vegan, but something prompted me to read through the menu for the in-house bistro, 1808 Grille.

    chile relleno (vegan). brown rice, pinto beans, tomato, red chimichurri. $16.50

    To my shock and surprise, the menu clearly listed a “Vegan chile relleno” which sounded wonderful: brown rice, pinto beans, tomato, red chimichurri…

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  • September 11th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), new york

    not only is NYC the best city in america—it’s arguably the vegan restaurant capital of the world, with an literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from. healthy food, comfort food, junk food, breakfast food, traditional food, dessert food, fancy food, shit food…new york has it all! no trip to the big apple is complete for us though without a meal at franchia, NYC’s fine dining vegan korean restaurant on park avenue. the food is always exceptional and the atmosphere is slick. whether you’re on a date, chillin’ with friends, or dining with colleagues, franchia sets the perfect tone. the menu covers everything from casual lunch and sushi to prix fixe tasting menus and intricate entrees.

    spicy franchia noodles: stir fried noodles with peanuts, dried chili, vegetables and mushrooms. $14.95

    franchia is usually our first stop after landing in NYC, and the above meal is no exception…

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  • September 11th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), portland

    that’s right. it’s sunday, which means sweetpea baking in portland is holding its weekly all you can eat vegan buffet…and today is biscuits and gravy day!

    there is a whole lot of good food to eat in pdx, and if you are there on a weekend, make sure to put sweetpea’s sunday brunch buffet at the top of your list. it’s ten bucks for all you can eat, and it’s absolutely fantastic. it starts at 9am, and be sure to get there early because it gets crowded pretty quickly.

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