Chef’d & Beyond Meat Smash-Up – Part 1 – Vegan Beast Burger & Cucumber Dill Salad

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There has been a huge rise in food services that send either already-prepared meals to your home for you to heat up and, more interestingly, ones that send pre-measured fresh ingredients & recipes & you make the food at home.  I tried Blue Apron – which is the latter service – and was not totally impressed.  One issue was the lack of selection for vegetarians (and nothing for vegans) & the fact that there was no option for a single person.  Their subscription plan meant I would get 3 meals – for two – each week – which meant six of my seven dinners were decided for me each week – with me eating the same thing twice – three times in a row.  Also – if you happened to LOVE a dish – you could not order it again soon – but had to wait – indefinitely – hoping it would eventually reappear in the cycle.

Chef’d has solved those problems.  No subscription – meaning order what you want & when you want it.  Get the same thing every day for two weeks – or just get one thing – different things – a few times a month.  Here is how they work:

Choose from Famous Recipes

Browse through hundreds of recipes from your favorite chefs, and cook them in the comfort of your own home!

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Fresh pre-portioned Ingredients delivered to your door. Reorder what you like, when you like. No subscriptions!

Cook, Love, Live

Enrich your life by creating memorable delicious experiences of love through our hand-cultivated recipes.

And look at the various tastes & lifestyles they accommodate

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LIFESTYLES:

FAMILY FRIENDLY
GOURMET
VEGETARIAN
GLUTEN FREE

PROTEINS:

BEEF
CHICKEN
SEAFOOD
LAMB
PORK
TURKEY
VEGAN
HERE is the list of the famous chefs contributing recipes.  And HERE are the vegan & vegetarian meals currently offered (kind of amazing looking).  I was given the opportunity to try the service & jumped at the chance.  I am a long-time fan of Beyond Meat & the pairing of these two companies is exciting to me.  I got the Beast Burger & Tacos & will post about the burger here – and the tacos in another post HERE.
Here is what showed up (for the burgers):
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The box included everything I needed to make 4 Beast Burgers & the Cucumber Dill Salad.  I take childlike delight in tiny condiment bottles – to the degree that I didn’t want to open these & used some existing condiments I had.  So goofy.
Anyway – everything is outlined very clearly & the ingredients are pre-measured so – no measuring & no extra ingredients to leave around, unused, forever.
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The Cucumber Dill Salad came together in five minutes & was tangy & crisp & light.
And – no surprise – the Beast Burger was huge & meaty & delicious!  I have had many Beyond Meat burgers in the past but – it was nice to have all the things I needed right there – including just 4 buns for the 4 burgers.  My freezer is jammed with freezer-burned buns that I stuck in there after buying a whole bag but only wanting one burger.
Assembled – the burger really is a beast & just as messy as any burger ad you see on TV – in the best possible way.   I feel like this is a great choice for a family of four on a night when there is minimal time to get dinner together – OR – to bring to a meat-eaters BBQ.  With this meal plan – you can walk into a BBQ with everything you need to provide 4 vegans/vegetarians with something as tempting as anything else likely to be served there – no fuss & no waste.
Be sure to check out their TACO dinner (seen below) HERE.
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Vromage – A West Hollywood Vegan Cheese Shop

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2015 (except some here I took from Vromage’s site)

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OK – so – I am about 75% vegan – in that I eat vegan about that often or more.  I have not had a hard time giving up meat or fish (except for sushi) but the one thing that I still occasionally indulge in is cheese.  I have been experimenting extensively with vegan cheeses with mixed results.  I reviewed these cheeses below HERE.

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NOTE – THIS LISANATTI CHEESE  (below) IS NOT VEGAN!  IT CONTAINS CASEIN!

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And these from Miyoko’s Kitchen.

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You can read that blog post for my opinions of those cheeses but if you live in LA and you are vegan – have I got news for you!

Behold!  VROMAGE!

(PS – Vromage SHIPS – so you can get it – even if you are not in LA – VROMAGE online store.)

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I had long heard there was a vegan cheese store in West Hollywood but I always imagined it on Santa Monica Blvd in an area with heavy traffic & non-existent parking.  While I wanted to try the cheeses – I loathed the idea of driving west of La Brea & circling West Hollywood for hours – looking for some non-resident parking.

Then, last Friday, I had a photo session for a 90210 interview.  Here I am with the make-up artist, Noa Bolozky, and alone in a selfie in my bedroom afterward.  Noa does the MOST beautiful make-up!!!!  I will show some images from the session once the article runs.

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Anyway – as I looked out the window from the photo studio – I spotted Vromage!  It is in the strip mall – a block east of the mall at Sunset & Crescent Heights – the one with a Crunch.  It is in that plaza on the left (NOT The Crunch mall) – and it nestled near the elbow of the mall.

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So – as soon as I got out of that photo session – I headed directly to Vromage!  Noa beat me there & left swinging $70 worth of vegan cheese & a wearing a huge grin.   I braced myself for what promised to be a vegan adventure.

My mom & I were greeted by Youssef (seen below – in a photo I took from his site).

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Isn’t he cute?  He was so excited to let us try his cheeses – it quickly became overwhelming.  In a good way!  If you look at the second picture from the top  – that was the selection he had available that day & we still must have tasted 7-8 cheeses.  Once I had that many flavors going on – I lost my ability to keep them straight.  I THINK – I left with a mozzarella, a truffle brie, a pepper jack and a Gorgonzola (Veganzolla below).

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I added this video so you can see how outrageously creamy & spreadable Vromage’s cheeses are.  The truffle brie (the top picture – first in this post) came the closest to matching both taste & texture (as this Gorgonzola was way creamier than real Gorgonzola – but I am not complaining!).  The mozzarella – seen center, below – was mild & light & creamy & Youssef advised that, if I was making a pizza, to add this cheese at the very end & just flash-bake it.  I did not make a pizza but I will soon & I will report back.

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The pepper jack is the yellow cheese with the red on it – not sure what spice(s) that might be but the cheese is peppery & yummy!

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Those are kiwi berries, by the way.  They are about the size of large grapes & are just like tiny, hairless kiwis.  I recommend trying them if you ever come across them.

Youssef also offers sandwiches etc.  See below.  My mom tried the caprese sandwich & raved!

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Because my photos do not do Youssef’s whole situation & products any justice – here are some photos I nabbed from his site.

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So – for my money – Vromage has produced the best vegan cheeses I have tried, to date, and by a wide margin.  Most will not fool a real cheese eater (though the brie really might) but these guys are SO fucking creamy & bursting with flavor – I think they really hold their own.  And if you are a long-time vegan – these cheeses will make you lose your shit.  They truly are creamy & decadent & just BEG to be spread on a crusty baguette with some jam or veggies & basil.   Treat yourself and run – don’t walk – to Vromage.  And be sure to engage with Youssef – the owner.  He is kind & accommodating & very proud of his product & will let you sample anything you want.

And remember!  Vromage SHIPS – so you can get it – even if you are not in LA – VROMAGE online store.  Whatcha waiting for?  Get your ass some cruelty-free cheeses!

Part 6 – The Final Post – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri – where Chili Dogs are seasonal!

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Apple Pan – West Los Angeles, CA

See my portfolio of Americana photos HERE.

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Highland Park Diner – Rochester, NY.

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Somer’s Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio.

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive. So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years. This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits. I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.

HERE is the link to Part 1.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

HERE is the link to Part 3.

HERE is the link to Part 4.

HERE is the link to Part 5.

I am also taking this opportunity to post a few of my favorite images that I have taken of restaurants not in Los Angeles –  above.  Enjoy!

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TACOMIENDO – West Los Angeles

My blog about Tacomiendo is HERE.

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TACOS POR FAVOR – West Los Angeles, CA

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TEDDY’S CAFE – West Los Angeles, CA

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THAI PEPPER –  Hollywood, CA

True dive but great food!

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CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH at THE BILTMORE HOTEL – Santa Barbara, CA

INSANELY awesome!   My blog about the Biltmore Brunch is HERE.

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CAVA – Montecito, CA

My blog about Cava is HERE.

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THE ORIGINAL PANTRY – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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TOI ON SUNSET – Hollywood, CA

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TORUNG – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Torung is HERE.

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TOWNSHIP SALOON – Hollywood, CA

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TRAXX – Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

My blog about Traxx is HERE.

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VINOTEQUE on MELROSE – Hollywood, CA

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And there you have it!  Twelve more spots you can investigate yourself.   In the last 6 days – I have shared 60+ great Los Angeles (and Santa Barbara) restaurants & bars.  All are worthy of a visit!   ENJOY!!!!

Take a peek at my pin-up, pet & decaying American photographs HERE.  They are for sale as greeting cards & framed prints etc.

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Part 5 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA

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Highland Park Diner – Rochester, NY

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Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive. So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years. This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits. I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.

HERE is the link to Part 1.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

HERE is the link to Part 3.

HERE is the link to Part 4.

I am also taking this opportunity to post a few of my favorite images that I have taken of restaurants not in Los Angeles –  above.  Enjoy!

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THE PIKEY – Hollywood, CA

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PIMAI IT’S THAI – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Pimai It’s Thai is HERE.

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SADDLE RANCH – Hollywood, CA

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THE SERVING SPOON – Inglewood, CA

My blog about The Serving Spoon is HERE.

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SETTEBELLO PIZZERIA – Pasadena, CA

THINNEST crust pizza ever.  Wonderful!

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SPITZ – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Spitz is HERE.

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ST. FELIX – Hollywood, CA

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STATE SOCIAL HOUSE – West Hollywood, CA

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SUSHI SPOT – Tarzana, CA

THE BEST SUSHI around Los Angeles

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SUSHI STOP – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Sushi Stop is HERE.

BEST PRICED sushi in town!

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And there you have it!  Ten spots you can investigate yourself.  ENJOY!!!!

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Part 4 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Cheese Shop – Montmartre, Paris

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Shiver Shack – Saugatuck, Michigan

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Somer’s Diner – Cleveland, Ohio

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive. So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years. This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits. I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.

HERE is the link to Part 1.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

HERE is the link to Part 3.

I am also taking this opportunity to post a few of my favorite images that I have taken of restaurants not in Los Angeles-  above.  Enjoy!

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LOTERIA GRILL – Hollywood, CA

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LUCKY’S TAVERN – Hollywood, CA

Note the badass Miles Miller’s favorite part of this particular lunch spot – the weed candy truck outside selling marijuana candies out in front of God & everyone.

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MISSION CANTINA – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Mission Cantina is HERE.

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MO’S – Burbank, CA

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PIZZERIA MOZZA – Los Angeles, CA

My blog about Pizzeria Mozza is HERE.

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MUSSO & FRANK GRILL – Hollywood, CA

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NARIYA THAI – Hollywood, CA

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NICK’S CAFE – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

My blog about Nick’s Cafe is HERE.

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THE OINKSTER – Eagle Rock & Hollywood, CA

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OSTERIA LA BUCA – Hollywood, CA

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And there you have it!  Ten spots you can investigate yourself.  ENJOY!!!!

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Part 3 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive. So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years. This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits. I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.

HERE is the link to Part 1.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

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GUISADO’S – East Los Angeles, CA

Best fucking tacos in LA & lots of vegetarian ones!

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HOME RESTAURANT – Silverlake, CA

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HUNGRY CAT – Hollywood, CA

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IN AND OUT BURGER

That is the secret menu “Grilled Cheese” below.  It is basically a cheeseburger with everything & the meat patty removed & not replaced with anything.

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JAMESON’S IRISH PUB – Hollywood

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KETTLE GLAZED – Hollywood

Clearly – I go here every day.  DEFINITELY try the Cruffin!!

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KITCHEN 24 – Hollywood

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 L.A. ROSE CAFE – Hollywood

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LA SIRENA AZUL – Inglewood, CA

My blog about La Sirena Azul is HERE.

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LARCHMONT BUNGALOW – Larchmont Village, CA

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And there you have it!  Ten spots you can investigate yourself.  ENJOY!!!!

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Part 2 – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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It’s Tops Coffee Shop in San Francisco.

All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2014

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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All my posts now have a VERY customizable PRINT & PDF option.  Create a PDF & save the recipe to your computer or print it out.  It offers a “remove images” option & you can delete any part of the post you do not need before printing.  The button is below by the Twitter & Facebook links.

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Alex Donuts

Chocolate Glazed from the defunkt Alex Donuts – now Kettle Glazed Donuts in Hollywood.

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Reata Grill, Dallas, TX

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive.  So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years.  This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits.  I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.  HERE is the link to Part 1.

Below is a place called Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen, CO.   Sorry for the out of area teasers but – hey – maybe you will go to one of these places, too!

OK!  Let’s get started!

Cactus Jack in Evergreen CO

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DESANO PIZZA – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Desano Pizza is here.

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DINAH’S CHICKEN – Glendale, CA

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DOOMIE’S HOME COOKIN’ – Hollywood, CA

READ MY BLOG about Doomie’s VEGAN FOOD – including lots of pics & info about the vegan fried shrimp & vegan Big Mac you see here – and more – HERE.

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EL CASERIO  – Silverlake, CA

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