Veg Out: Vegetarian Guide to Southern California: Vegetarian Guide to Southern Californiaby Kathy Lynn Siegel, Carey Ann Strelecki
Mama always told you to eat your vegetables, but she never knew it would be this much fun! With Veg Out!, the complete restaurant guide for vegetarian and vegan dining in Southern California, you'll find the best spots for satisfying those healthy cravings. Salad bars, soba noodles, dumplings, desserts, and dosas-we'll tell you who has the best and where to find
Mama always told you to eat your vegetables, but she never knew it would be this much fun! With Veg Out!, the complete restaurant guide for vegetarian and vegan dining in Southern California, you'll find the best spots for satisfying those healthy cravings. Salad bars, soba noodles, dumplings, desserts, and dosas-we'll tell you who has the best and where to find them. Veg Out! includes:
• Food reviews
• Suggested menu items
• Listing by location
• Listing by type of cuisine
• Addresses, hours, and parking
• Delivery services
• Farmers' markets
• Pull-out locator maps
From the see-and-be-seen cafés to those wonderful back-alley finds, Veg Out! guides you to all the best spots for excellent fare at excellent prices. So, relax, kick back, and veg out!
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When I started out to catalogue vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles, I expected to find a host of airy cafes where Annie Hall and Alvy Singer might discuss the finer points of West coast culture. Or sunlit terraces where the lithe, ethereal waiters bring picturesque plates of hand-raised baby greens dotted with lighter-than-air organic emulsions.
What I found was a microcosm of Los Angeles's larger restaurant scene. Not by any means a disappointment, but a twisting, multicolored road map of ethnic and religiously based cuisines of abstinence and celebration-destination restaurants with haute organic cuisine and neighborhood "dives" with fluorescent lights, hearty food, and warm welcomes for regular customers and newcomers alike. In short there is a place for every taste-dishes for the adventurous and warm comfort food for tender souls.
A word of warning: The words vegetarian and vegan mean many things to many people. The stricter your diet, the more sense it makes to ask before you eat. Even in the most casual of vegetarian cafes the staff is accustomed to a variety of dietary concerns; make yours known. On occasion vegetarian meats (the ones found at Buddhist restaurants especially) contain small amounts of whey. If in doubt or if language becomes a factor, opt for vegetable substitutes (mushrooms instead of veggie shrimp for instance), tofu, or seitan-all reliable whey-free alternatives.
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