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my appetite and the east bay: a compendium

Posted by vegetablediaries on March 2, 2010

the moderate meal at Manzanita

today i will cover three wonderful east bay eateries: Manzanita Restaurant, Vik’s Chaat Corner, and Cafe Colucci. all of them are very affordable and delicious and will summon you from far away (i write this from southern california)!

you can find my older post on Manzanita here, and as i mentioned before i find the grain at Manzanita to be a little on the mushy side. so when my friend and i had lunch we ordered our moderate meals without the grain and it was just as excellent as ever! we also didn’t waste any food. i don’t have a photo of the soup but i think it was a miso vegetable and bean soup. it was probably one of the best soups i’ve had at Manzanita.. it was hearty and loaded with veggies. the entree included split peas, dinosaur kale with some sort of dill dressing that was outstanding, steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with a tahini dressing (i think), and a mixed green salad and beet dressing. i really enjoyed everything and it was also nice to sit outside in their sunny patio.

dosa from Vik's Chaat Corner

later that afternoon we headed to Vik’s Chaat Corner to snack on some dosa. by the way, Vik’s recently moved to a new location… don’t worry, it’s nearby to their old location. the new space is airy and huge! it seems like it will accommodate crowds better then their old place. when we visited it was a weekday around 3pm, so it was calm and their menu was limited. i recommend going on a weekend (although it will be crazy crowded) where they offer more menu items. the vegetable dosa is so tasty and only available on the weekends! the idlis, which are like little steamed rice & lentil cakes are also so yummy. i could drink the sambar and coconut chutney! oh, how i miss Vik’s!

veggie combo from Cafe Colucci

and last but not least, i give to you Cafe Colucci! i’ve had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Colucci’s and lately i seem to be loving them. when i first tried them years ago i thought their food was really good, although my favourite ethiopian restaurant lives in the city of angels– Meals By Genet. anyways, i’ve had my share of not liking Colucci’s for various reasons from service to food quality, but lately they seem to be consistently really really good. i usually tend to visit them during lunch, because the veggie combo is so cheap at only $10! i always end up leaving so incredibly stuffed!

veggie combo from Cafe Colucci

Manzanita Restaurant
4001 Linden Street
Oakland, CA 94608

Vik’s Chaat Corner
2390 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Cafe Colucci
6427 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

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ethiopian on the ready

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 2, 2009

Rahel's miser (red lentils)

Rahel's miser (red lentils)

well, here we are on day two of vegan mofo (vegan month of food)! i’m lacking a kitchen at the moment but in the meantime i’ve been able to sample some prepared meals at whole foods. most things haven’t excited me, however i found some ethiopian food from the los angeles restaurant, Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cusine. everything is vegan and i’m really quite fond of the miser- red lentils with injera. it’s around $6.50, which seems a bit pricey, but i ate one half for lunch and i’ll save the other half for tomorrow. i cooked up some spicy savoy cabbage on the electric skillet and it went perfectly with the lentils. i’ll post the recipe for the cabbage later. there will also be a review of Rahel’s restaurant soon to come. hold on to your pants!



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ethiopia restaurant

Posted by vegetablediaries on July 31, 2009

nene'wee at ethiopia restaurant

nene'wee at ethiopia restaurant

dear east bay,

you are so lucky to have so many fine ethiopian establishments to choose from. we visited ethiopia restaurant in berkeley and were happily delighted. i ordered the nene’wee, which consists of five vegetarian items to choose from a possible twelve, and all for $10.95 ($9.95 for lunch). the injera (spongy crepe-like sourdough bread) is made with 100% teff! i loved the engudai we’t (mushroom stew) and yemisir we’t (red lentil). it was all so good and fresh!

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meals by genet

Posted by vegetablediaries on June 22, 2009

veggie combo

veggie combo

meals by genet! you shouldn’t even waste your time reading this drivel.. just go and NOW (although they are closed on monday and tuesdays)! this is by far the greatest ethiopian restaurant i have tried.. because i am vegan i haven’t tried the meats, however i hear that those are quite amazing, too. but we won’t talk about that here. i have tried the tofu tibs (cooked in oil, not butter) and those are down right fantastic, too.

if you don’t like the injera (bread), you can order your veggie with rice. its not officially on the menu but i have a gluten-free friend who has done it quite often. although this meal is intended to be shared, i have on many occasion finished it solo! remember to say hello to genet when you pass by the kitchen to wash off your hands!

veggie combo injera belly

veggie combo injera belly

Meals by Genet
1053 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-9304

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