Socal Eats: Part Three

This late post is 80% due to the lovelies who have been visiting me on their spring break this week and 20% due to my choice to read instead of blog. As usual, I’ve been throwing down my spending money on veg food (I’ve sadly lost my taste for material objects like clothing and subsequently, good taste) and as usual, forgetting to bring my camera half the time. That means that delicious Whole Foods salads and vegan donuts and a heinous rancid Laotian tofu noodle soup will go undocumented. I think we will survive, as Whole Paycheck is always a safe bet and I don’t like writing bad reviews. Just remember never to go to “Vientiane Cafe” if you are ever in the ghettos of Oakland. After being harassed by pedestrian video hos and drunk drivers in that neighborhood, I didn’t need to be further abused by a bad meal.

Actually I like the ghetto areas I just hate ghetto food.

Which brings me to the perfect segue – as Jay-Z puts it in this amazing song I heard three times in the car today

Back on my home turf in San Diego, I had one plan only, which was Evolution formerly known as Nature’s Express also known as my favorite restaurant to get all forms of vegan food – raw, salad bar, hot bar, fast food, baked goods, you name it. With the change in ownership the place has gone through quite a few other changes, namely in the pricing. The small plates for the salad bar which originally cost under 4 were now 7. My friends also said that the food wasn’t as tasty, but I can’t speak from experience. The bad food, in addition to an awkward relationship with one of the chefs, is reason enough for these omnivores to avoid the place from now on. But I enjoyed my visit a lot!

So this is a ugly photo captures part of my beloved salad bar in addition to the free sample of vegan pizza we got. The pizza had a kick-ass marinara, but making my own pizza is usually half the price and twice the nom-ability

I bought a really affordable broccoli crunch salad (3.5) with fuji apples, onions, toasted praline walnuts, and a creamy tahini-based dressing. Weird savory-sweet combos like this usually put me off and I definitely never try them in the kitchen, but I am not surprised that I enjoyed it because I liked all the separate components. I did sort of save the walnuts to eat last for "dessert". I mean, until I had this chocolate cookie (1.5?) an hour later. Omg moment upon biting into one of the best cookies I've ever tasted. Heavy with chocolate chips and crunchy toasted flaxseeds. It stays moist for days on end, i imagine. It has an amazing aroma of either coconut butter or some nut butter (almond?) but I can't discern what it is. I wouldn't be surprised if it was flourless. I've been looking all over the web trying to find a recipe but no luck. Seriously, who does a girl have to sleep with at Evolution to get this cookie recipe? Actually, my friend knows who.

M got the pesto burger (5) with a side of sweet potato fries (2.5), which we always get. She had some big problems with the parm-less pesto and unappetizing patty, which tasted like a bad boca burger,so she took those off. I felt sad watching her eat a bun with veggies and Veganaise (which always rocks). As you can see, the fries were more like chips this time, and we were not feelin' it. Last year, they were made with yellow sweet potatoes and cut like fries with a crispy seasoned coating. Dunno what this imposter is.

Still, I owe it to Evolution to base my reviews on the food I ate.

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One thought on “Socal Eats: Part Three

  1. oh man, I want to visit evolution when I’m in town for my bro’s graduation!

    it’s really a shame about the lao food. don’t let it scare you from lao food again!

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