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Veg eats in Los Angeles / the best vegan sushi I’ve ever had!

This past Friday was my birthday, holla at my fellow Leos, and David took me to Los Angeles for the weekend. Our first weekend trip together, and I’m happy to report it was a success! The getaway was full of great vegetarian food, and plenty of fun times (including a trip to the Getty museum).

When we arrived in Los Angeles on Friday we had lunch at Urth Caffe. We hit up their West Hollywood location, as it was a short walk from our hotel. The people were friendly, the vibe was great, and the outdoor patio was shaded. Totally my kind of place Their menu isn’t exclusively vegetarian. They have lots of delicious sandwiches and salads, for both omnivores and herbivores.

I had the Sprout Sandwich (pictured below). I went with the full, and I’m glad I did, because this shit was amazing. The sprouts and onions were fresh, and the swiss cheese was nutty and smooth. I gave my tomatoes to David, not really a fan myself, but figured I’d leave them in for the photo opp. The salad was also surprisingly good. I usually like a bit more than just greens with dressing though (why not throw in a couple more veggies like grated carrots or a few cucumber slices), but the Urth balsamic vinaigrette made this salad a winner.


For dinner we headed to Little Tokyo, and David surprised me with a candlelit dinner at Shojin. I’d mentioned to a friend of his once that I generally avoid sushi restaurants as their vegetarian options are often an afterthought. It’s like they just remove the crab from a California roll and call it a day! So Daivd made it a point to find a place where we could enjoy a meat and fish free sushi dinner.

Honestly, the food at Shojin was the best vegetarian sushi I’ve ever had. No joke, it was mind blowing.

Here’s a picture of David and I outside the entrance. It’s located inside the Little Tokyo Shopping Center, and they offer free valet parking. Super convenient.

The ambiance at Shojin was quite romantic. It was dimly lit with one or two candles per table, which definitely made it hard to get a quality photos of the food. I didn’t want to be that asshole ruining the vibe with a flash after flash. I was glad though when David snuck in a flash when he took a photo of me in front of my birthday fruit cup, see below. They even gave me a Happy Birthday hat to wear!

We started with the Shojin Gyozas. They were nicely seared, and had great color. I firmly believe that we eat with our eyes, nose, and mouth, and appreciate a visual experience. Shojin definitely catered to all of these senses

Next, I had the kate and carrot miso soup. The concept was intriguing, and the broth was great. I wasn’t a fan of the kale in the soup though. The pieces were a bit large, and the flavor combination wasn’t my favorite.

For our main course we had the “Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Pirates of the Crunchy” rolls. I didn’t think my own picture of the half eaten Crunchy Tiger picture didn’t do the roll justice, so I borrowed this professional photo from their site.

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The BBQ seitan was the best fish replacement you could possibly imagine. Even David commented how surprised he was by the fact that this roll was vegan.

The Pirates of the Crunchy roll was equally delicious. Not too spicy, which is how I like my food, but it definitely packed a punch. I highly recommend checking out Shojin when you’re next in the Los Angeles area.

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