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8th March 2013

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Menu announced for next week’s #castlegourmet pop up event! It’s looking mighty fine, we are very excited! Desserts by @twicebakedvegan  Limited seating still avail, so reserve now! Email us at CastleGourmetRSVP@gmail.com PUMPED! #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig @phyllisnavidad @veggiealchemy

Menu announced for next week’s #castlegourmet pop up event! It’s looking mighty fine, we are very excited! Desserts by @twicebakedvegan Limited seating still avail, so reserve now! Email us at CastleGourmetRSVP@gmail.com PUMPED! #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig @phyllisnavidad @veggiealchemy

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1st March 2013

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Main course recipe test for March 17 - Castle Gourmet Vegan celebrates St Patrick’s Day with DINNER UNDERGROUND, a #vegan popup dinner event at @poptartgallery in LA with @twicebakedvegan on desserts! The Irish  Main Course: ‘Meat and Potatoes’ - Traditionally Spiced Irish Blood Sausage, Curried Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Red Beet and Potato Pancake, White Potato Purée, Topped with Coconut Lemongrass Chutney Sauce. Oh so good! Reserve now! Email castlegourmetRSVP@gmail.com #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #foodie #veganfoodie #popup

Main course recipe test for March 17 - Castle Gourmet Vegan celebrates St Patrick’s Day with DINNER UNDERGROUND, a #vegan popup dinner event at @poptartgallery in LA with @twicebakedvegan on desserts! The Irish Main Course: ‘Meat and Potatoes’ - Traditionally Spiced Irish Blood Sausage, Curried Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Red Beet and Potato Pancake, White Potato Purée, Topped with Coconut Lemongrass Chutney Sauce. Oh so good! Reserve now! Email castlegourmetRSVP@gmail.com #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #foodie #veganfoodie #popup

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1st March 2013

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Recipe test for March 17th - Castle Gourmet’s DINNER UNDERGROUND St. Patrick’s Day celebration with @poptartgallery and 
@twicebakedvegan . The Green -  Zucchini Salad in Cilantro Avocado Pesto with Salsa Verde, Jalapeno Jelly, Black Edamame, and Chili Spiced Irish Oat Granola. RSVP now! Email castlegourmetRVSP@gmail.com #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #castlegourmet

Recipe test for March 17th - Castle Gourmet’s DINNER UNDERGROUND St. Patrick’s Day celebration with @poptartgallery and
@twicebakedvegan . The Green - Zucchini Salad in Cilantro Avocado Pesto with Salsa Verde, Jalapeno Jelly, Black Edamame, and Chili Spiced Irish Oat Granola. RSVP now! Email castlegourmetRVSP@gmail.com #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #castlegourmet

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28th February 2013

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Borrowed this from a friend. It’s too true and we should really think about these things! #vegan

Borrowed this from a friend. It’s too true and we should really think about these things! #vegan

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23rd February 2013

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Awe snap! Look what came in the mail! Things are about to get a little nuts around here. Soon I will have perfected my very own vegan & gluten free sausage… Mwahahaha!!!

Awe snap! Look what came in the mail! Things are about to get a little nuts around here. Soon I will have perfected my very own vegan & gluten free sausage… Mwahahaha!!!

8th February 2013

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Recipe testing for the next #castlegourmet pop-up dinner. This dish is called: Potato. What’s in Potato, you ask? Curried Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Jalepeño Spiced Purple Potato & Red Beet Pancake, White Potato and Garlic Purée Drizzled with Coconut Mint Sauce. This ain’t your regular potato party! #vegan #veganlife #veganspin #vegansofig #vegetarian #veganfoodporn #veganfoodshare #vegansofinstagram #foodporn #whatveganseat #yum

Recipe testing for the next #castlegourmet pop-up dinner. This dish is called: Potato. What’s in Potato, you ask? Curried Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Jalepeño Spiced Purple Potato & Red Beet Pancake, White Potato and Garlic Purée Drizzled with Coconut Mint Sauce. This ain’t your regular potato party! #vegan #veganlife #veganspin #vegansofig #vegetarian #veganfoodporn #veganfoodshare #vegansofinstagram #foodporn #whatveganseat #yum

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7th February 2013

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#tbt Sept 2012 From the Castle Gourmet Dining Asian inspired pop up dinner event - Coconut Kafir Lime Soup with Micro Cilantro #yum #veganlife #veganspin #vegan #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #vegansofig #veganfoodporn #vegansofinstagram #vegetarian #foodporn #castlegourmet #throwbackthursday

#tbt Sept 2012 From the Castle Gourmet Dining Asian inspired pop up dinner event - Coconut Kafir Lime Soup with Micro Cilantro #yum #veganlife #veganspin #vegan #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #vegansofig #veganfoodporn #vegansofinstagram #vegetarian #foodporn #castlegourmet #throwbackthursday

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4th February 2013

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CAFE GRATITUDE (Larchmont location): CRAP! i ate my food so fast i forgot to take a sweet pic! oh well. If you’re veggie and live in LA, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been to this place. If you’re vegan/raw vegan and live in LA, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve been here. I’m well aware that in some circles this place has the stigma of being some new age hippy cafe that forces you to make like affirming statements to get a meal (it’s true!). In fact, there was recently an article written naming this place as one of the top 10 reasons to hate LA. (If the smug New Yorker who wrote it had done any research, they would have known that Gratitude is actually a child of the SF/bay area where it started over 10 years ago and only recently opened in LA. But whatever. Details.) Anyways. If you haven’t been to this place yet, you are missing out. For reals. I seriously CRAVE this place sometimes. My favorite dish is ‘I am pure,’ a kale and sea vegetable salad with the best ever ginger-tahini dressing. Add their house made Kim chee, and it is seriously one of the best, most refreshing salads on the planet. Tonight I had the macrobiotic bowl, ‘I am whole.’ The word macrobiotic might scare off some people, but let me tell you, don’t let it. Every bite was an adventuring flavor and texture. From savory, to sweet, to crunchy, to awesome. And the cool thing about this place is that you always leave full, but the kind of full where you still feel like partying. Speaking of partying, they also have a pretty sick selection of organic beers and wines. (I personally go for the prosecco). To sum it up: this place is legit. So don’t be a wuss. Get to cafe gratitude and order yourself some hippy new age life affirming food already! Veggie/vegan rating: 10/10 (DUH!) (at Café Gratitude)

CAFE GRATITUDE (Larchmont location): CRAP! i ate my food so fast i forgot to take a sweet pic! oh well. If you’re veggie and live in LA, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been to this place. If you’re vegan/raw vegan and live in LA, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve been here. I’m well aware that in some circles this place has the stigma of being some new age hippy cafe that forces you to make like affirming statements to get a meal (it’s true!). In fact, there was recently an article written naming this place as one of the top 10 reasons to hate LA. (If the smug New Yorker who wrote it had done any research, they would have known that Gratitude is actually a child of the SF/bay area where it started over 10 years ago and only recently opened in LA. But whatever. Details.) Anyways. If you haven’t been to this place yet, you are missing out. For reals. I seriously CRAVE this place sometimes. My favorite dish is ‘I am pure,’ a kale and sea vegetable salad with the best ever ginger-tahini dressing. Add their house made Kim chee, and it is seriously one of the best, most refreshing salads on the planet. Tonight I had the macrobiotic bowl, ‘I am whole.’ The word macrobiotic might scare off some people, but let me tell you, don’t let it. Every bite was an adventuring flavor and texture. From savory, to sweet, to crunchy, to awesome. And the cool thing about this place is that you always leave full, but the kind of full where you still feel like partying. Speaking of partying, they also have a pretty sick selection of organic beers and wines. (I personally go for the prosecco). To sum it up: this place is legit. So don’t be a wuss. Get to cafe gratitude and order yourself some hippy new age life affirming food already! Veggie/vegan rating: 10/10 (DUH!) (at Café Gratitude)

24th January 2013

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#TBT one of my favorite dishes to date! From our mediterranean inspired menu Jan 2012 - Eggplant Parmesan Timbale with Walnut Pesto, Celery Root and Sweet Potato Gratin, Seared King Oyster Mushroom Scallops, Parsley Oil #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #castlegourmet

#TBT one of my favorite dishes to date! From our mediterranean inspired menu Jan 2012 - Eggplant Parmesan Timbale with Walnut Pesto, Celery Root and Sweet Potato Gratin, Seared King Oyster Mushroom Scallops, Parsley Oil #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegetarian #castlegourmet

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21st January 2013

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From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner - Coconut Rum & Medjool Date Ice Cream, Fennel & Persimmon Coulis, Butter Pecan Lace Cookie. #vegan #vegetarian #foodie

From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner - Coconut Rum & Medjool Date Ice Cream, Fennel & Persimmon Coulis, Butter Pecan Lace Cookie. #vegan #vegetarian #foodie

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21st January 2013

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From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner -  Curry Spiced Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Black Eyed Peas and Caramelized Onion topped with Romesco Sauce. Served with Yam Purée and Herbed Sweet Corn Polenta Cakes. #vegan #vegetarian #foodie

From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner - Curry Spiced Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Black Eyed Peas and Caramelized Onion topped with Romesco Sauce. Served with Yam Purée and Herbed Sweet Corn Polenta Cakes. #vegan #vegetarian #foodie

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21st January 2013

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From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner -  Hearty Winter Kale Salad with roasted Butternut Squash, Fresh Peas, and Candied Walnuts in a Maple and Blood Orange Vinaigrette.  #vegan #foodie #vegetarian

From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner - Hearty Winter Kale Salad with roasted Butternut Squash, Fresh Peas, and Candied Walnuts in a Maple and Blood Orange Vinaigrette. #vegan #foodie #vegetarian

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21st January 2013

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From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner -   Duo of Haricot Verte and Cream of Mushroom Soup, topped with Crispy Fried Onions. 

A fun play on the traditional holiday favorite “Green Bean Casserole.”  #vegan #foodie #vegetarian

From Thursday’s #castlegourmet popup dinner - Duo of Haricot Verte and Cream of Mushroom Soup, topped with Crispy Fried Onions.

A fun play on the traditional holiday favorite “Green Bean Casserole.” #vegan #foodie #vegetarian

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20th January 2013

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Sqirl Kitchen - this new spot on Virgil is really cute. I love the concept- 2 small local businesses coming together under 1 roof to make a great little venture. Sqirl Kitchen specializes in jams made in house from locally sourced organic fruits and veggies. G&B coffee comes from 2 guys who used to work for Intelligentsia. Together, you get a great little cafe that also serves brunch and lunch. The small but awesome menu is built to feature the jam, but butters, fresh cheese, etc that is all made in house. There are a lot of “things on toast” items with bread from the local Proof Bakery, as well as a selection of “things on rice” (even the rice comes from a local organic family owned farm). For brunch, the menu was predictably primarily egg dishes. Haven’t been during the week for lunch, but I have a feeling it’s not too different. The only issue I had was the seating. Eating brunch on low coffee table is slightly uncomfortable. But I’ll let it slide. So to sum up. Local local local, blah blah blah. I recommend this place for sure. Not good for large parties. Veggie option rating: 9.99/10. Vegan option rating: 2/10 (lots of eggs, but also a lot of jam. Could probably alter some items to make it more vegan friendly) (at Sqirl Kitchen)

Sqirl Kitchen - this new spot on Virgil is really cute. I love the concept- 2 small local businesses coming together under 1 roof to make a great little venture. Sqirl Kitchen specializes in jams made in house from locally sourced organic fruits and veggies. G&B coffee comes from 2 guys who used to work for Intelligentsia. Together, you get a great little cafe that also serves brunch and lunch. The small but awesome menu is built to feature the jam, but butters, fresh cheese, etc that is all made in house. There are a lot of “things on toast” items with bread from the local Proof Bakery, as well as a selection of “things on rice” (even the rice comes from a local organic family owned farm). For brunch, the menu was predictably primarily egg dishes. Haven’t been during the week for lunch, but I have a feeling it’s not too different. The only issue I had was the seating. Eating brunch on low coffee table is slightly uncomfortable. But I’ll let it slide. So to sum up. Local local local, blah blah blah. I recommend this place for sure. Not good for large parties. Veggie option rating: 9.99/10. Vegan option rating: 2/10 (lots of eggs, but also a lot of jam. Could probably alter some items to make it more vegan friendly) (at Sqirl Kitchen)

19th January 2013

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Going big time and created an Instagram account for my popups/foodie bs… If you like food pix, follow this shit cuz meals eaten and created will be documented! 👻🐣 @castlegourmet will also be reporting on restaurants. Critiques will be made. You might learn something, who knows! Yeay!

Going big time and created an Instagram account for my popups/foodie bs… If you like food pix, follow this shit cuz meals eaten and created will be documented! 👻🐣 @castlegourmet will also be reporting on restaurants. Critiques will be made. You might learn something, who knows! Yeay!