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shojin organic & natural, part two

Posted by vegetablediaries on November 30, 2009

Shojin

i’ve been eating at Shojin since they opened last year and it’s been amazing to see how well they are doing and how their menu is constantly growing and changing. in addition, they also offer cooking classes, which i’m hoping to attend soon. it’s always a treat to eat at Shojin and here are some photos from a recent visit.

the bento box! you must must try the pumpkin croquette and the hamburg steak (i’m not a fan of seitan but Shojin makes it so YUM)! i also tasted the okara cake and spicy tofu and they are delicious, too. it’s truly a hard decision when ordering at Shojin but they offer great lunch specials so you can try different things. the bento box also includes a big bowl of brown rice and a small bowl of the daily soup. it’s a fantastic lunch deal for $10!

Shojin's bento box!

and now to my favourite, dessert! i tried the spiced pumpkin tart with chocolate ice cream and thought it was really good. i was a bit hesitant because i usually don’t like to mix pumpkin with chocolate but it actually went together quite nicely. on my last visit to Shojin i ordered the chocolate and banana parfait and thought it was exquisite. there were layers of vanilla ice cream, fudgey sauce, almonds, and bananas. i don’t have a photo but you can find it on their website.

Shojin's spiced pumpkin tart

i’ve also tried the shitake avocado sushi rolls and enjoyed them. there are so many things to try.. i can’t wait for my next visit! to see my part one review of Shojin you can go here.

by the way, i took my meat loving family to Shojin and everyone, including my finicky-eater-10 year old niece loved it!

Shojin Organic & Natural
333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310
(Little Tokyo Shopping Center 3F)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-0305
www.theshojin.com/

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cha-ya vegetarian japanese restaurant

Posted by vegetablediaries on August 19, 2009

senroppon salad (shredded salad) at cha-ya, san francisco

senroppon salad (shredded salad) at cha-ya, san francisco

i visited cha-ya’s san francisco location and was more than pleasantly surprised. first off, you should believe the rumours that cha-ya gets crazy busy, but i visited during lunch and it wasn’t too bad. i didn’t even have to wait for a table.. maybe it was an off-day.  i ordered the senroppon salad, which is so lovely you don’t even want to eat it! there is shredded daikon, turnip, cucumber, carrots, tofu, radishes, soybeans, sprouts, and pine nuts, all topped with a soy-vinaigrette dressing. YUM. everything is really affordable, but just remember it is cash only. it’s also all vegan.

vegan roll at cha-ya

vegan roll at cha-ya

hello vegan roll. these sushi rolls are massive! there is asparagus, tofu, cucumber, broccoli, pickled burdock, and shiitake all waiting for you. i must have looked funny mooshing it all into my mouth; however, i enjoyed it and i can’t wait to go back for more!

i don’t have a photo, but the vegan chocolate cake is amazing!

thank you, cha-ya for existing.

Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant
762 Valencia St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 252-7825

p.s. there is another cha-ya location in berkeley.

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casa de tree

Posted by vegetablediaries on June 29, 2009

casa de tree's curry tempeh sandwich

casa de tree's curry tempeh sandwich

hello vegetable diaries,

lets talk japanese organic vegan cafe and bakery in west los angeles!

boy oh boy, i hope i get to go back to casa de tree soon. this curry flavored fried tempeh sandwich is so delightful! its a nice crusty curry tempeh slathered with tartar sauce and nestled between a little bed of cabbage and fresh bread of your choice.. i like the six-grain. you will also receive a side of pasta salad and green salad.. always fresh and always good! if you are gluten-free you can rest assured that they use wheat-free soy sauce, but still inquire about gluten in their dishes because there is a lot of seitan on the menu. they have a great buffet for $7.99/lb!

i like to look at their butternut speakers:

butternut squash speakers at casa de tree

butternut squash speakers at casa de tree

and here are some excellent tacos!

casa de tree tacos

casa de tree tacos

everyone must try this place. the menu is so creative and not overly priced. by the way, its cash only. go go go!!

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shojin organic & natural

Posted by vegetablediaries on June 23, 2009

shojin's tomato tartar

shojin's tomato tartar

shojin is my favourite japanese restaurant in los angeles. prepare to be pampered when you eat here as the shojin staff are very attentive and hospitable. you simply can’t go wrong with whatever you order and everything is moderately priced. their creative menu is always growing and they also offer cooking classes! shojin cuisine is inherently vegan and you always feel so fresh and alive after you eat here. remember to make room for their beautiful desserts!

green tea "moss" cake with sweet adzuki beans

green tea "moss" cake with sweet adzuki beans

 Shojin Organic & Natural
333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310 
(Little Tokyo Shopping Center 3F)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-0305
http://www.theshojin.com/

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