Month: February 2011

North End Caffe, Manhattan Beach

Every time I drive by North End Caffe in Manhattan Beach there is a huge crowd waiting outside. I looked over the menu the other day and fell in love! North End Caffe is a casual beach cafe with 5 star homemade food. Even though they are known for their delicious Panini’s, burgers & fancy bacon wrapped hot dogs (as seen on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives) no need to worry they have plenty of vegetarian options. They serve breakfast, lunch, & dinner and the menu has a little bit of everything to choose from.  I went to North End for lunch today with my foodie sidekick Chrissie and my little Aiden. There were so many things I wanted to try (I will definitely be going back) I ended up getting the Greeko sandwich which has goat cheese, pesto, olive tapenade, carmelized onion, pickle, cucumber, tomato, & greens on a homemade baguette & Chrissie had the California panini which has cheddar, pepper jack, avocado, pesto, green salsa, corn, tomato, & onion. We also shared the fries with chipotle …

Cafix

I am not a huge coffee person (I am a tea girl) but I am trying to cut out caffeine as much as I can. Lately I have been drinking Cafix wich is an instant beverage with a coffee-like flavor yet none of the caffeine or acidity found in coffee or tea.  Only 5 calories, no fat, no sodium and it taste great. Cafix has barley,chicory, malted barley, figs & extract of red beets. Such a healthy alternative and I wanted to spread the word.

M Street Kitchen, Santa Monica

Fresh, Organic, & Seasonal……. that is M Street Kitchen in a nutshell! My boyfriend Chris introduced me to La Grande Orange in Pasadena when we first started dating (this is the sister restaurant to M Street Kitchen) , I immediately fell in love with their vegetarian grain and nut burger and of course the house made, fresh juice margarita is a must. After moving to the west side we still made the drive out to Pasadena for our weekly LGO fix! (that is how good this place is) when M Street Kitchen opened in Santa Monica we were enthused and we immediately became regular diners. Although the menu is slightly different both restaurants are wonderful. We had brunch at M Street Kitchen with a friend over the weekend, I usually stick to my spicy commuter  sandwich or Venice beach burrito but something else on the menu caught my eye! The Root vegetable hash which has butternut squash, fennel, celery root, beets, tarragon aioli, and poached eggs. For a vegetarian dish I must say it was so rich and …

Healthy Hostess Cupcakes From Babycakes

For Valentines Day I decided to take a healthy route and bake the Healthy Hostess Cupcakes from Babycakes Bakery. Here is the recipe! ENJOY!!!! The ingredient list may be overwhelming but I encourage you to dash off to the market to try a new way of baking. 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup garbanzo-fava bean flour 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup potato starch 1/4 cup arrowroot 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup coconut oil 1 1/2 cups agave nectar 1 cup applesauce 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup hot water vanilla and chocolate frosting Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin tins. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Add the oil, agave nectar, applesauce, and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Stir until you have a thick batter. Pour in the hot water and continue mixing until the batter is smooth. Pour 1/3 cup batter …

The Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

Last week my friend Chrissie invited me to lunch at  The Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant in Redondo Beach. I had heard about this place from my friend Andrea so I was very excited to try it out! I am always excited to hear about successful vegetarian restaurants. The Green Temple is a cute serene restaurant in the Riviera Village .  In this six block radius you’ll find a unique collection of clothing and gift shops, restaurants and cafes! There are great views of the Pacific Ocean and the golden green dramatic cliffs of the Palos Verdes peninsula. My meal at The Green Temple was fresh and relaxing. I started with peach green tea and Chrissie had the Jamaica (Organic hibiscus flower water sweetened with maple syrup, served on ice). Chrissie and I both had the Avocado Melt made with whole wheat walnut bread (contains honey), tomatoes, lettuce, sprouts, and soy mozzarella cheese, served with a side of garden mix vegetables topped with organic tofu sauce. We also had the Simple Dinner Salad made with Organic hand torn green leaf lettuce …

CHOCO VIVO

Over the holidays I received the most thoughtful “California” gift. It was a box filled with items from local vendors. One of the items in the box was hot chocolate & a chocolate candy bar by ChocoVivo. The “Drinking Chocolate” came with a glass jar filled with Cacao Nibs. (A Cacao Nib is the remaining part of the cocoa bean, often referred to as the kernel, once the husk has been removed after roasting).  The chocolate “bar” was actually little thin sheets of chocolate in a bag. Chris and I were craving chocolate the other night so we cheated on our cleanse and had some ChocoVivo. The ChocoVivo was no ordinary chocolate, after eating a piece the first words that came to mind were rustic & raw, the chocolate just taste so good and pure. Chris instantly fell in love and we immediately looked ChocoVivo up on-line. We were so excited to read how they make their chocolate from bean-to-bar. We were also so excited to read that our favorite restaurant Rustic Canyon & our favorite …

Vegan Lunch Box…… Get your children to eat healthy

I have been vegetarian for 13 years and for this past year I have been Vegan-ish (I heard that term on Oprah yesterday when she spoke about her 1 week vegan challenge). I care so much about what I put in my body and now that I am a mom I want to make sure that I do my best to encourage my son to make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle. I truly believe we should start this process when our kids are young. I encourage all parents to take their children to Farmers Markets, plant a garden and have your kids pick their own veggies for their meals, and visit farms and make sure your kids know where their food is coming from. Now I know this is difficult, my son Aiden has been eating healthy since birth but recently it has been extremely hard to get him to eat anything at all. I have had quiet a few sandwiches thrown in my face over the last couple weeks. I got frustrated and …