We paid the West Coast a visit recently. This time, the air was noticeably dusty and dry. I could feel the drought! It’s the first time I visited where I didn’t wish I lived there. There was a persistent haze. Maybe that’s why for this trip, suddenly I was noticing all the cons. Like it smelled of pee. And the sidewalks are cracked, raised, overgrown. The neighborhoods are a hodgepodge of disheveled and maintained. They’re not ones for order. I still love the walkability. The succulent plants and gardens everywhere. The sun. The food. Of course, the food.
We ate at:
- Cancun Tacqueria – I almost always come here. Excellent veggie burrito.
- Asha Tea House – I only got here once during this trip. I wish I had gone sooner so I could go more often.
- Kamado Sushi – Big sushi selection. Delicious.
- Venus – Great breakfast place. Probably my fave of the 3 we went to (Crepevine and Guerrilla were the other two).
- Tokyo Fish Market – I could spend all day here shopping and eating. They have the best natto onigiri (Full disclosure: I’ve only ever had theirs.)
- Gather – I wish I was hungrier when I came here, but I could only stomach tomato soup after a big farmer’s market lunch.
- Kaz Ramen – Veggie ramen was great. Much better than the one we had in Quebec City (which at the time, I really liked. It was just too salty).
- Farmer’s Market – Everything is good here. Just eat your way around the place.
- Mi Southeast Asian Eatery – Standard chowfoon style noodles. Tasty, but heavy.
- Pepples – Out of this world banana or apple fritters and cinnamon swirls.
- Philz – Smooth coffee. Perfect with sweet pastries.
- Crepevine – Second best breakfast place. They have steamed vegetables.
- Out the Door – 8 tiny morsels of mung bean dumplings for something like $10. They were delicious. I was so glad I got them, they were very good.
- Huong Lan Sandwich – I made sure to try Banh Mi DC’s veggie banh mi before coming here. Huong Lan’s veggie banh mi was better. They’re more generous with the vegetables.
- Loving Hut – A bigger menu than the Loving Hut here, but they needed more servers.
- Mission Heirloom Cafe – bulletproof coffee seems gimmicky to me, like the Paleo or Atkins diet.
- Guerilla Cafe – Unless you want their one vegan breakfast offering, you’re out of luck. I had a side of fruit and then made a pb&j after. If there’s one thing I hate, leaving a meal hungry.