Friday, August 12, 2022

Review: El Cocinero Restaurant

The core of Mexican cuisine is savored through the technicalities of cooking meat, but a place in the San Fernando Valley proves it can be pleasantly replaced by plants. El Cocinero Restaurant proclaims itself as being the first of its kind in the Valley–vegan Mexican food.

Zig’s Diner

On the corner of White Oak Avenue and Vanowen Street, Zig’s Restaurant is a small mom and pop diner that is often overlooked by many San Fernando Valley residents. The diner exudes tranquility and peace of mind. Its big windows allow sunlight to peek in from every direction. With several options, such as booths, outside seating and countertop stools, it is...

Review: New York Chicken and Gyro

The combo plate at New York Chicken and Gyro includes rice, chicken and lamb. Photo by Peter Villafane. When I lived in New York City, there was a halal truck on nearly every street corner. These food trucks served halal foods such as gyros and meats over rice, and the smell of spices and...

REVIEW: RING Donuts

Petite rings that fit perfectly in the palm of one’s hand are spongy in texture, sweet in taste and warm and cozy with every bite. RING Baked Tofu Donuts is a specialty donut shop that crafts gluten-free, GMO-free and nut-free baked goods with vegan options available upon request. Each bite is luscious and pillow-soft in texture and distinct in both...

Review: Topanga Living Café

A view of Topanga Living Cafe’s front entrance from Topanga Canyon. Photo by Madison Creekbaum. Just off Topanga Canyon, there lies a coffee bar oasis named Topanga Living Café, or TLC as locals call it. Inside this café lives an all-natural interior with modern wood-paneled walls and plants tucked in...

Review: Sage Plant-Based Bistro & Brewery

The entrance into Sage Plant Based Bistro and Brewery in Culver City, Calif. is lined with plants to fill the ambiance of a vegan setting. Photo by Adam Baron.A 100% vegan Pulled "Pork" sandwich paired with fresh cut fries at Sage Plant Based bistro and brewery in Culver City, Calif. Shot on a macro lens to...

A Falafel-ot of Goodness

Tucked away in an unassuming Tarzana strip-mall, Tel Aviv Grill serves up generous helpings of home-style, kosher Israeli traditionalism. The restaurant itself is as unassuming as its location. Ice-white walls with hints of vibrant green accenting, do little to indicate the customary cooking that happens in an open kitchen, which greets you upon entrance.     An unorthodox ordering procedure ensues....

Review: Leo’s Superfood Vegan Cafe

Black bean burrito from Leo's Superfood Vegan Cafe. Photo by Katya Castillo.Tiramisu from Leo's Superfood Vegan Cafe. Photo by Katya Castillo.Leo's Superfood Breakfast Burrito from Leo's Superfood Vegan Cafe. Photo by Katya Castillo.Tumeric/Ginger Cookies from Leo's Superfood Vegan Cafe. Photo by Katya Castillo.Tumeric/Ginger Cookies from Leo's Superfood Vegan Cafe. Photo by Katya Castillo. From...

REVIEW: Nostal Cafe

  As the fragrant scent of Italian cuisine with a Persian twist engulfs the air, the evening began to wash over the restaurant. A homely mood, with outdoor string lights and carpeted couches welcome all patrons in the night-time glow. Those choosing to dine inside are given a more traditional bench seating, with tables for parties of two or more...

Review: Nat’s West Café

Nat’s West Café on Topanga is definitely a spot you should go to for a meal anytime of the day.  Their staff is so sweet and patient and the whole ambiance of the little cafe is very mid western for sure with all the beautiful...