Wow. Los Angeles is awesome. I liked it a lot when I lived there back in 2004, but I had forgotten how great it was. I'm in San Francisco now, with no real plans to leave, but if it's not as great as I imagine it will be, I could easily see myself heading back down South to Los Angeles for a while. Here are the highlights of the trip:
Best (Healthy) Restaurants
I ran out of time and didn't get to see everyone I wanted to see, but that's what next time is for!
As much as I hate Southern California for traffic and smog, I love it for all the food and beaches. There is incredible Pizza near the HB Pier and you can't be an arrested Development fan without having a Balboa Bar on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Good stuff.
Awesome Vegan picks for LA; I've been getting down there more and more, so I'll definitely hit them up.
I would recommend as well in San Francisco Saha on Sutter St. They're a middle-eastern restaurant, and not specifically vegan or vegetarian, but they have a LOT of vegan options.
Joshua Tree NP is nice, I climbed a rock formation out in the racetrack playa, and backpacked for 26 days.
thanks again for your help! still totally in love with the apartment. i went to meals by genet the other night and it was fantastic. more intense flavors, very impressive.
and i can't believe i forgot to tell you about/take you to manis on fairfax. check out their menu here, they have soooo many vegan healthy options.
miss you already! come back soon. xx
Yo Tynan!! I'm good friends with Jason Adams. He always has great things to say about all the stuff you're doing. And i'm just a huge fan of your writing as well.
Anyways, looks like you hit some pleasant food spots in La. So I wanted to make sure you enjoy the best that SF has to offer as well.
So if you get the chance, definitely hit up my 2 favorite Vegan spots below.
Enjoy your trip boss. Much peace.
Golden Era in the Tenderloin
(572 O'Farrell St.)
Cafe Gratitude in the Mission
(2400 Harrison Street)
Nice! I'm in LA now and will take up a couple of your suggestions... I appreciate your city guide posts like this... I looked like a real hero to my friends when we traveled to Austin together... your blog gave me better resto info than my friends from Austin! Well done...
(Yeah, I should have taken a picture of the meal, but I forgot about a photo until after I finished.)
I have no plans to make this blog into the cooking channel, but ever since writing about the MaxDiet, I get a lot of comments about how hard it is to cook healthily and questions about what sorts of dishes to make. Today I did an experiment to see if I could cook a delicious, well balanced, healthy meal in just one pot.
My basic formula for a well balanced meal is this:
In my last blogpost, I ended by writing: “When people ask me which diet or recipe book I recommend, I tell them that I have no idea, because I don’t know what kinds of food they eat. I could tell you which diet to follow or which foods to eat, but if you don’t like them, or they don’t fall within your religious or ethical constraints, or if you’re allergic or intolerant to them, then it doesn’t do you any good. When it comes to diet, the principles of weight loss are simple: Increase consumption of nutrient dense foods, decrease consumption of calorie dense foods, control portions sizes and don’t drink your calories.”
Following that formula then, you can turn nearly any recipe or meal into a higher-nutrient, lower-calorie one that falls in line with your weight loss goals. Here’s how:
1. Start with fresh produce – lots of it! It doesn’t matter whether you don’t like most vegetables. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like /any/ vegetables. So choose two or three of your favorites and make them the base of your recipe. (If it’s breakfast you’re cooking, then maybe fruit is a more appropriate choice.) The key here is the word /fresh./ Out of season, it’s fine to use frozen fruits or vegetables, but make darned sure there isn’t any added sugar, salt or other stuff you don’t want. Canned fruits and vegetables are a last resort, but there are some decent varieties out there – read the labels!
2. Reduce fat and processed carbs. You can usually cut between 50 and 200 calories from a meal simply by reducing or eliminating the amount of oil you cook with and/or by substituting more vegetables, fruits or whole grains for processed carbs. I always reduce the amount of oil any recipe calls for by half the first time I make it, and often times, I find that I can get by with even less. Where carbs are concerned, try using a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla; substitute crisp apple wedges for potato chips; or dip carrot or cucumber coins into your salsa instead of corn chips.
3. Add a lean protein. If you eat animal products, your best options are lean poultry or fish, egg whites and some plain yogurts (Greek style generally has the most protein). You’re aiming for more calories from protein than fat – not more grams! A gram of protein has 4 calories, and a gram of fat has 9 calories, so your protein choice needs to have more than twice as many grams of protein as fat. If you eat a plant-based diet, then you’re already ahead of the game, since lightly processed plant proteins are usually very low in fat. Lentils, beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan and quinoa are all great plant sources of protein.