VG Beyond Burger

Since moving to Hollywood I’ve seen the Veggie Grill every time I go to the gym. Last Friday I decided to try out this vegetarian restaurant. It might even be vegan.


The quote unquote meat tasted like very lean beef. The vegan cheese like substance tasted more like thousand island dressing, which isn’t a bad thing. Organic corn nuts were served in a ramekin. They were okay, but I don’t think they added anything to the fake burger experience.


More exciting to me was the organic lemonade and juice offerings and the most amazing was the organic artisanal soda dispenser!


The lemongrass soda was awesome! I have to return to try the other sodas.

VG Beyond Burger

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Yellowtail Sashimi Garlic Ponzu Sauce

Last week an old friend was in town, so we went to Sushi Stop, a surprisingly affordable yet good sushi restaurant in Hollywood next door to the Upright Citizens Brigade club.


I had more before I thought about taking pictures, on account of the medicine I had taken. 


My buddy isn’t the adventurous eater that I am, so I couldn’t convince him to try sweet shrimp (amaebi). 

All of the fish was excellent as well as the echinoderm (sea urchin) and crustacean (sweet shrimp). 
I didn’t see any celebrities but there were plenty of attractive women.

I recommend the place.

Boston Cream Doughnut 

As I allow myself to eat dessert on the weekend, a few weeks ago I decided to check out Winchell’s Donuts, an established doughnut shop.


It was a good Boston cream. It tasted more wholesome than a Krispy Kreme of the same varietal. There was more chocolate on the doughnut than the latter. The coffee was as bad as one might expect, but this late morning treat gave me a huge caffeine and sugar rush. 

Fried Chicken and Parmesan Kale 

I’ve been so busy with my new job that I haven’t updated this blog in months. I’m in Hollywood and I have been eating out, so post I will. 

Tender Greens is a chain restaurant, this location on Sunset and Vine.


The fried chicken was okay, but at a restaurant emphasizing vegetables I should have expected it. In addition to the chicken I chose roasted cauliflower, roasted yellow peppers and kale that was sprinkled liberally with shredded Parmesan. 

The kale was excellent. As a matter of fact, that was the best kale dish I’ve ever had. It was soft and chewy, salty and savory. 


I should go more often. 

Singapore Noodles

For the three people who read this blog…huzzah!

Rejoice for I have moved to Hollywood and there are many interesting and inexpensive restaurants around. 


It’s close to kway teow, with plenty of bak kwah pork tossed with shrimp and scallions and mung bean sprouts. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. It was one of the best Asian dishes I’ve had in California.
It was very good.


I added all of that chili oil which wasn’t that fiery.


Now I know that los palillos means chopsticks (筷子). 


I started off with a huge seaweed salad. 


I recommend Noodle World.

http://noodleworld.com/nw/
It’s only two (!!!) blocks from my new apartment!

Chalupa

Last month I worked at a summer school program and I didn’t take lunch because I had these expectations that this college in Los Angeles would have many ethnic restaurants around.

There was a pizzeria, a sushi restaurant and………..Taco Bell.

It was Taco Bell fused with KFC, so customers could order fried chicken and liquid cheese (no by itself, but as an integral component of many Taco Bell dishes).

Okay, i was in Long Beach and the lunch situation was grim. I didn’t have much time so I went into the Taco Bell-KFC hybrid.

Taco Bell was something I dreamt about during my sojourn in Singapore. 

The fantasy version of Taco Bell is much better than the sad truth. 

The chalupa sounded promising. 


In lieu of a taco shell a fluffy pita-like bread substance was used. The pale iceberg lettuce and tomato chunks made this a healthy lunch. 

The meat was the traditional Grade D beef used by Taco Bell chefs for ages.

The jalapeños were the soft olive colored pickled ones that cost $2 for two quarts. 

Sadly the cheese wasn’t liquid. 


The Doritos taco was pretty good. I devoured it before I even thought about blogging this elegant repast. 


Adding to the ambience were dirty tables and filthy floors. 

Sooo Cali Hot Dog 

On my way to the FYF Festival I stopped off at Dog Haus, a restaurant apparently specializing in hot dogs. 


On this beef hot dog were fried onions, tomato slices, avocados and a spicy basil aioli.

The toasted bun was decent bread. 

It was good, albeit messy. 


I went to the FYF Fest to see MGMT and they put on a good show. I bought a ticket from a scalper for $200. Ouch!