|Breakfast at Viceroy Santa Monica: fresh green juice, pancakes with bananas, strawberries and maple syrup with a side of fried potatoes.|
Let's end our Los Angeles series to food. As expected, food in California was delicious. Due to the short length of our trip, I didn't get to try too many vegan restaurants from my list, such as Native Foods, but I definitely enjoyed everything I ate. And the fact that I could order fresh juices and smoothies from our hotel room service was amazing.
|From top left: Fresh breakfast juices at Viceroy Santa Monica, huge salads with Madde at a place who's name I can't remember, Real Food Daily Santa Monica, Viceroy Mediterranean breakfast plate|
On our first night out we were driving around Beverly Hills seeing if we can get a glimpse of anybody famous' houses, but it turns out that everyone protects their privacy little better here than in the Hamptons and you can't actually see anything inside the huge fences and gates. So we gave up on that and started looking for places to eat dinner.
At the end of Rodeo Drive we saw a little balcony with heat lamps and decided to give it a try. 208 Rodeo has the most coveted terrace in town, perched atop the steps of Via Rodeo. Their host quickly pointed out all the wonderful vegetarian options on the menu and recommended their fresh fruit martinis. I had their pomegranate martini that was quite delicious.
We were so hungry we ate that entire big piece of oven fresh, hot bread with garlic olive oil while waiting for our appetizers... I can't remember at all what I had for appetizer because I was so tired, but for main course I had spicy Penne Arrabbiata that had capers, kalamata olives, spicy tomato sauce, crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil.
|Above is lunch from Real Food Daily in Santa Monica. RFD serves nutritionally balanced, organic vegan food. I had their Club Sandwich : Crispy seitan, tempeh bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and vegenaise on sourdough bread. Oh so good!!!|
On our last night in town we went to Thai Town for amazing Thai dinner. I was so extremely jet-lagged (it was 11pm at night, so 2am East Coast time) that I could not even take any photos, but I can tell you that the food was exceptional and the portions huge! I forgot the name of the place, but it was in some kind of plaza that had maybe 13 other Thai restaurants. Tom Yum soup I had was the best I've ever had. It came in a gigantic bowl enough to feed an entire family, but I finished it all by myself. Same thing with the green veggie curry. Yup, hubby was right, California does have amazing Thai food. Who would've known.
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