Month: June 2017

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS | VEGAN BURGERS

It’s officially summer time and the fourth of July is right around the corner. Tis the season to fire up the barbies! As a whole food plant-based advocate, throw on a portobello mushroom cap for me please! However, I know that there are plenty of […]

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies | Recipe

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies | Recipe

I literally came across photos of these cookies less than 2 hours ago and immediately decided to whip up a batch. I made some minor tweaks to suit my taste, however the base of this recipe comes from Sweet Potato Soul’s 5-ingredient Chocolate Tahini Cookies, (love […]

Donut Friend | Restaurant Review | *

Donut Friend | Restaurant Review | *

Let’s just cut to the chase with this one. Donut Friend makes the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. Period. This review is over! Seriously… what more is there to say?!

Ok ok, I suppose I’ll keep writing for those who care for a bit more detail. Even though it’s only a 2 hour drive away, I hardly ever spend time in Los Angeles. Apparently it’s the mecca of all things vegan/plantbased though so I’ve literally got a LOOONNGGG list of places to eat for when I’m in the area. Donut Friend has been on that hit list for quite a while now, ever since seeing photos of their drool-worthy doughnuts pop up all over my Instagram with special thanks to VeganFatKid, my Instagram soul mate! They’re fun, creative, colorful, and absolutely delicious. So much so, I’ve awarded the title of this review with a * which means that it has earned a spot on my list of favorites, aka put this place on your TODO list whilst in LA!

  1. Atmosphere/Ambiance – Donut Friend is located on an unassuming street, in an unassuming neighborhood. We arrived around 9am on a Saturday morning and found street parking relatively easy, with just a short walk away. There was a line to enter the shop which quickly moved along, and the shop’s interior is casual. You’ll walk up to a bar with doughnuts displayed behind a glass, and work your way towards the front/cashier where you’ll have an option of customizing your doughnuts with different fillings, toppings, and even ice cream (all vegan of course)! Feeling less than creative that day, we went for their signature collection of flavors (x6). Along the opposite wall were bar/stool seating, where we literally took a bite of each one before leaving. The doughnuts are affordable, especially given how unique they are!
  2. Cleanliness – Hats and gloves were worn by the associates. We didn’t feel turned off by anything unsanitary.
  3. Service – The staff were patient and polite, quickly boxing up our doughnut selections and ringing us up. I only wish we had noticed that there was a physical menu we could’ve glanced at prior to arriving at the bar. The menu is also available online.  All of the beautiful doughnuts were clearly labeled with names and descriptions, yet we felt a tad bit rushed because we had only seen them once it was our turn at the counter; there was a large selection to choose from and a long line behind us, but we can chalk that up to being a rookie mistake. Next time I’ll come prepared!
  4. Food –  Take a look at the photo, starting from the top and going left to right. We ordered the: Polar Berry Club, Custard Front Drive, Panda Berry, Youth Brulée, Green Teagan and Sara, and the Fritter Seems Forever. We could’ve (should’ve) easily ordered more; I’m looking at you Bacon 182 and Drive Like Jelly! Next time… Alex’s favorite was the Youth Brulée which I’m sure you could guess by the name, was like a creme brulée and doughnut had a baby. Heavenly! Even though they were all amazing, with a dough that’s soft, fluffy, and not too sweet, my favorite was the apple fritter because I haven’t had a fritter since transitioning and I was prepared to never have one again honestly. But the universe loves me after all!
  5. Would we go back? Absolutely! We’d literally be here every day; thank goodness we don’t live close enough to turn that dream into a reality!
Donna Jean | Restaurant Review | *

Donna Jean | Restaurant Review | *

As you may know, this blog is brand spanking new which means that I actually have a lot of catching up to do in terms of restaurant reviews. I’ll be playing catch up with reviews of: Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, VeggieGrill, Cafe Gratitude, Donut Friend, Nomad […]

EVE Encinitas | Restaurant Review

EVE Encinitas | Restaurant Review

Whoo hoo! Cheers to my first official restaurant review! My goal is to keep these short and sweet, yet informative as well. Let me know how I do! Most of the time I will likely have company during these reviews, and I think it’d only […]

Social Media Detox | Well-being

After a SUPER long hiatus, I recently logged into the video manager section of my Youtube account and was semi shocked to see how long it has been since I last filmed and uploaded a video! Yes, logically I know it has been a while, but has it really been an entire year already? Well, technically there were some one-offs sprinkled in since then, but the last time I filmed on a consistent schedule has been over a year ago! Time flies!

Not only did I stop making youtube videos, I also removed myself  from social media during this time and became quite the hermit. I may as well permanently delete my Facebook account, if that’s even possible, because I don’t miss it at all, which is a crazy statement coming from an ex social-media junkie like myself. I used to brag about being on Facebook before it was cool (circa 2005). But over time, between attaching my self-worth to likes/double-taps, comparing myself to those I admired, constantly feeling the need to check for notifications or others’ updates, and feeling like I HAD to post (as a dutiful Youtuber “should”),  I knew I had come to a point where social media was no longer fun for me; it was actually unhealthy for me. I needed a break and time to heal. Comparison truly is the thief of joy.

So much has changed since this last video (minus that fact that I honestly still eat the same) and I’m happy to report that I’m in a much better state: mentally, physically, and spiritually. I’m ready to create content again, and share this newfound positive energy with the world.

PB Banana Oatmeal | Recipe

PB Banana Oatmeal | Recipe

Print Recipe PB Banana Oatmeal Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup Rolled Oats1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Plant Milk1 Very Ripe Banana1 tsp Cinnamon1/4 tsp Nutmeg1 pinch Sea SaltOptional Topping Ideas: 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Nuts, Nut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup Rolled Oats1 […]

EPIC Green Smoothie | Recipe

EPIC Green Smoothie | Recipe

Although this recipe makes enough to share between 2 people, I usually drink the entire thing myself! Print Recipe EPIC Green Smoothie Prep Time 5 minutes Servings Ingredients 3 oz Spinach1/4 Cucumber5 oz Frozen Mango1/2 Fronzen Banana1/4 cup Parsley1/2 Juice of a Lemon1 tsp Cayenne […]