L.A Story

Los Angeles, California

LA is probably my greatest love in this world. I have always known since spotting a picture of Mary-Kate and Ashley on a sunny red carpet sporting some hideous 90’s attire in a trashy magazine, that I wanted to be where they were -I was 7 or 8?? I soon learned this was the land where everyone paid for spray tans regardless of the year round sun, dodgy earthquakes, traffic for days, diet fads and plastic surgery obsessions – none of which took my interest.

L.A Story, Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker
I was  more focused on the old Hollywood history and film and television studios.  I will admit my obsession with Marilyn Monroe, old movies, aswel as 90’s sitcom nostalgia definitely romanticised my definition of “Hollywood”…

 

Friends, warner brothers studios 

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Marilyn 
…but like every other girl my age, I’d watched The Hills so I wasn’t naive that I would walk into a magical land of cinema….although that show did seem to make it look like everyone got their dream job just by clicking their fingers,


at least we have Vanderpump Rules now to bring us back to earth and everyone can see majority are just working in restaurants.

Anyway, my point is I always knew I wanted to live in LA …and I did! In 2012 to early 2013 I lived in Sherman Oaks, California while attending a full time acting program. I always return to LA for visits and hope to move back properly in the near future…but for now I am just going to reminisce as I think of some of my favourite and vegan friendly places the city has to offer.

 

 

Veggie Grill- ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿช

I love Veggie Grill!! …I wouldn’t say this is the healthiest option out there, but it’s not too bad! (Obviously a healthier option then In n Out). Veggie Grill has burgers and fries, Buffalo wings or salads. My pick would be the Caesar Salad and the Chill out Wings.

Multiple locations in California: http://www.veggiegrill.com

@luxuryvegan

 veSTATION ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฑ

This was my go to while I was attending classes in LA. Its Asian style vegan food and on the healthier side. I always order the exact same thing every time…satay skewers with relish w/ a side of 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 brown rice.

veSTATION: 14435 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, USA

                                                            

Crossroads -๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ

When I walked into this restaurant I thought I had died and gone to vegan heaven ๐Ÿฆ„โ˜๏ธโ„๏ธโœจโ˜„

Crossroads is an upscale vegan restaurant on Melrose. I felt so hazed when I walked into this establishment (although that could have been because I’d been drinking at a rooftop Australia Day party earlier that day), with the mood lighting and classy decor, it is refreshing to see a vegan restaurant that hasn’t gone for the typical rustic vibe.

I ordered a carbonara (that tasted legit! bacon flavour I have not had in a very long time) and my friend had gourmet pizza, all was amazing! Dessert was a chocolate ice cream sundae- amazing beyond words!

You must definitely go to Crossroads, take all of your non vegan friends because you can completely convince them it is not a vegan restaurant; and then at the end tell them and they will all convert to this crazy plant based lifestyle.

Crossroads Kitchen: 8284 Melrose ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046, USA 

         

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@veganlens
            

The Beverly Hills Hotel โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ๐Ÿพ
When I was a vegetarian I had high tea here when my sister came to visit me, at The Polo Lounge. Although the high tea is not suitable for vegans (as far as I know) I still love it here ..so maybe not the greatest vegan visit, but definitely still a fave of mine in LA.

You can order a pot of tea…

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Saving Mr Banks, filmed at Beverly Hills Hotel
…or order a Think Pink cocktail ๐Ÿธ at BarNineteen12. (low cal, of course-this is Beverly Hills) 

The Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210, USA

                                                      


 

The Grove-  Where L.A. Comes Together ยฎ๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ‘ 
The Grove is my favourite place…probably ever๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ If I could live at The Grove, I would! I would rent the sofa in the bathroom of Nordstroms to sleep on if I knew I’d be waking up at The Grove everyday. 

The Grove is a Disneyland-esque shopping, dining, entertainment complex in West Hollywood. My favourite store is Anthropologie, which carries clothes, cosmetics, bags, shoes, homewares, books; some of which are vegan and cruelty free.

I am obsessed with book cafes so I usually head upstairs in the Barnes and Noble and order a soy latte from Starbucks. The only problem with the grove is (if you can believe there is any) there’s no real vegan dining options available in the complex,

(at least I found that last time I was there in Jan ’16) 

but no need to worry because there is Veggie Grill in walking distance on Fairfax Avenue. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

The Grove: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90036, USA |  www.anthropologie.com

                                                


 

Barry’s Bootcamp- โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™

Now if you take to Veggie Grill’s burger and fries a bit too much then this is the place to burn it off!

Barry’s Bootcamp is a really great place to go to knock you out of your comfort zone, and not just in fitness, but in life!

Barry’s is an hour long group fitness class with some of the best personal trainers in LA. It is basically 30 minutes weight training and 30 minutes treadmill cardio, it’s interval training so the 30 minutes can be in 10-15 minute breakups of cardio and weights or sometimes you find yourself in quick 3 minute intervals. It’s amazing, it teaches you just how much your body can actually do.

Barry’ Bootcamp, Sherman Oaks: 14622 Ventura Blvd #201, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403, USA | multiple locations: http://www.barrysbootcamp.com

 

Halloween class 2012
Disneyland- ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿญ
Disneyland is the happiest place on earth and that is partly because they have cruelty free options. I was only vegetarian, all the times I have been to Disneyland, so I didn’t always focus on the dairy free options, but I can vouch for the vegan burger at Carnation Cafe in Disneyland Park.
I also heard that the Pineapple Dole Whip is now dairy free; which I always crave, but like the “It’s a Small World” ride, I never get around to trying it. ..next time, next time …

more veggie Disneyland options here…

http://disneylandnews.com/fact-sheets/2015/04/30/vegetarian-and-vegan-food-options-at-disneyland-resort-fact-sheet/

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒดLove and Palm trees ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒด,

      Michaela ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’—xxx

P.S

MK&A circa 1995
I cannot confirm this was the exact picture that inspired me all those years ago, However I can confirm the 90’s outfits are hideous๐Ÿฌ








Photo credits: some my own- @luxuryvegan, some google image & @veganlens

B12

One of my biggest tips for a new vegan or vegetarian is to watch your B12 levels.
When you’re vegan most people ask you how you get your iron or protein- that’s easy!

Iron = dark leafy greens.
Protein = Most foods provide it, it’s just about learning how to combine food to make a complete protein – but that’s for another post!

But B12 is a vitamin that is only available to us through meat, dairy and other fortified foods, so it is really important we take a supplement. You are unable to tell if you have a B12 deficiency for 3-6 years and can cause physical illness and even depression.

You can buy B12 supplements everywhere and if you need a real boost, shots are also available.