Eating Vegan In Vegas

FOR ANIMALS...FOR HEALTH...FOR THE PLANET

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Sofritas Are Finally Here

It is time for a little cruelty-free food rejoicing as the long-awaited Sofritas have finally made their way to Las Vegas and most of the rest of the country’s Chipotle Mexican Grill locations.  Chipotle has been testing these out in California to great results and have now brought them to us so that we can enjoy them whenever the need arises..and I am supposing that will be often.  Chipotle has already built a strong bridge by moving towards all non-GMO ingredients and this is another step to not only healthy but conscious eating as well.

Sofritas are small bits of organic tofu cooked with chipotle and poblano peppers and a variety of aromatic spices.  You can get them as a meat substitute in all that Chipotle has to offer…burritos, bowls, and more.  You can still mix them with black beans, rice, your choice of salsas, lettuce, and guacamole to take it to another level.  The sofritas have have wonderful flavor and are great any time of the day…whether for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Chipotle is now considered the leading fast-food establishment in the country and for good reason.  You could always get a veggie option with them, but with the sofritas we now have even more options and goodness to enjoy.  Yes, they still serve meat options, but the non-GMO and sofritas are great steps forward.  Let us start a Sofritas Revolution and perhaps even more wonderful options will come our way.  I hope other companies take notice.  I am having it my way and lovin’ it.  Welcome Sofritas…

Chipotle Mexican Grill

www.chipotle.com

At locations around the valley

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Accepting widespread cruelty is the worst thing a society can do because it will all be reflected back on us. Whatever damage we do for the animal kingdom we are doing to ourselves and to our own children and families, the whole human community.
Chrissy Hynde

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Garden Grill Just Keeps Getting Better

Someone asked me recently what was the most significant thing that happened on the vegan food scene here in Las Vegas over the past year or so, and taking the overall impact into consideration, I would have to say that it would be Garden Grill.  If you have not had the opportunity to visit them at one of their four local Farmers Market locations or at a First Friday, then you owe it to yourself to visit them as soon as you possibly can.  Their food is a revelation.

The 100% vegan food served by Chef Leslie and her wonderful staff is conscious, creative, flavorful, and oh so comforting.  The first thing I had at Garden Grill was their fabulous street tacos…the beer-battered avocado, the teriyaki chick’n, and the jackfruit. Did I forget to mention the breakfast tacos?  Each of these varieties are memorable on their own, but when you add in the not-Cheesesteak Sandwich, the raw vegan desserts, and their weekly specials…well you indeed have something very, very special.  These are the reasons why so many of us keep coming back for more and more.  The food prepared by some of the nicest people in the world is just flipping fantastic.

Garden Grill was recently voted by the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal as the top vegetarian/vegan eatery in Las Vegas…and for very good reason.  Not to rest on their laurels, they just introduced the new Spicy Crispy Chick’n Sandwich and anyone who has tried it would agree that it is something to savor.  A thick spicy and crispy Gardein-Chick’n patty between two fresh buns, chipotle sauce, avocado, lettuce and tomato.  You can’t help but be won over by it.  So good.  If you live in Las Vegas and have not yet visited Garden Grill, or if you are going to be traveling here soon…it would be worth your while to get to them any way that you can and try their delicious cruelty-free creations.  Garden Grill is truly one of the real treasures we have here in now in Las Vegas and we are so thankful that they are here…

Garden Grill

www.gardengrilllv.com

(619)888-2579

Wednesday - John Trent Park (Rampart & Vegas Blvd.)  

                       4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Friday -          Fresh 52 Farmer’s Market - Whole Foods Town Square

                      3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Saturday -     Fresh 52 Farmer’s Market - Tivoli Village

                      9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday -       Fresh 52 Farmer’s Market - 9480 S. Eastern Ave.,Henderson

                      8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Veganism is the easiest thing in the world—if you want to do it.
Elizabeth Castovia

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Eating Vegan at The LINQ

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There is a new place to shop, eat, and play in Las Vegas…and it is called The LINQ.  It is situated in the shadow of the new High Roller, the largest observation wheel in the world and the newest and rather appealing addition to the Las Vegas Strip view.  The LINQ Stretches from the High Roller all the way to Las Vegas Blvd. and is situated in between The Flamingo and O’Shea’s.  It is filled with restaurants, shops, salons, bars, and the fabulous Brooklyn Bowl.  It may be one of the best places to now see a concert in Las Vegas.  The great news is that the LINQ has a number of vegan options.

There is a massive YardHouse there which has a number of vegan-friendly items on the menu.  The Brooklyn Bowl has a number of items that will work with a little modification.  The new place that you really should try as soon as possible is Flour and Barley Brick Oven Pizza.  They can do any kind of pizza that you want with the non-dairy Daiya cheese.  The easiest, and best I would recommend, would be to order the Verdure Pizza with the Daiya substituted for the regular cheese.  The amazing crust is topped with zucchini, eggplant, artichoke, mushrooms, and spinach.  The pizza has four large slices and is a nice sharing size for two people.  I think it has already established itself as one of the best pizzas in town.

But don’t fill up completely on pizza because you will want to travel across the plaza to Sprinkles.  This is the first Las Vegas outlet of the popular Beverly Hills shop.  They have cupcakes and ice cream galore.  As far as the vegan side of things go, they don’t have any vegan ice cream at this time but they always have some terrific vegan sorbets available.  On the cupcake side of things, they have a vegan and gluten-free Red Velvet cupcake and it is fabulous.  Moist, rich, and delicious and the perfect compliment to a great pizza.  Follow that up with some bowling or a concert at the Brooklyn Bowl or hang out at the Blvd. Cocktail Room where you can enjoy some live music most of the time as well.  Las Vegas has some amazing things to see and do already, but this town just keeps getting better and better.  The LINQ has already established itself as a place to come play, eat, hangout, and perhaps take a ride on the High Roller and enjoy a view like no other.  The LINQ is a winner all the way around…

Flour and Barley Brick Oven Pizza

3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Inside The LINQ)

Las Vegas, NV. 89109

(702)430-4430

http://flourandbarley.com

Hours:  Mon-Sun 11:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight

Sprinkles

3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Inside The LINQ)

Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702)733-0522

www.sprinkles.com

Hours:  Sun-Wed 10:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight

            Thurs-Sat 10:00 am.-  1:00 a.m.

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We’ve destroyed 90% of the fishes. Coral reefs in the entire planet will be gone in 20 years. That’s an irreversible situation. That’s the first major collapse of an ecosystem on the planet. People are really ecologically stupid. We don’t realize that if we just wipe out a couple of species here, we’re gone.
Paul Watson

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Getting My Pasty on At Cornish Pasty Co.

First of all…it is not those things that the dancers wear.  They are in fact something special that our British friends have shared with us…a lovely turnover kind of pie sort of thing that can be filled with all kinds of wonderful.  We can now enjoy these here in Las Vegas…with some great vegan versions available…at The Cornish Pasty Co., which is located in the Commercial Center on E. Sahara between The Strip and Maryland Parkway. You will know the shopping center because it is where Komol is…actually right next door to The Cornish Pasty Co!

The Cornish Pasty Co. is a nice little pub that serves a great pasty.  It is has gotten the stamp of approval from my British friend Dan and some of his mates.  There are many different kinds of pasties that you can enjoy, including a number of vegetarian ones and they also have a couple of vegan ones available.  On this particular night we sampled the Southwestern one filled with peppers, onions, chiles, tomatoes, and Daiya served with a side of salsa.  It was pretty amazing.  The other was a Balsamic Portobello with mushrooms, Daiya, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil served with a side of marinara. Absolutely “brilliant” as my friend Dan would say.

These pasties are hearty enough for the miners to take with them to sustain them through a long workday and it is more than enough to sustain us as well.  The combinations you could enjoy here are numerous and I love that they are building a strong bridge to vegetarians and vegans.  There will always be a couple of vegan pasties available each day. They make them on the spot and are open to doing what is going to make you happy by modifying whatever and however.  I love The Cornish Pasty Co. and it is going to be one of the places that I am going to frequent often. Another sign that we have indeed gotten some really good things from our friends across The Pond.

The Cornish Pasty Co.

953 E. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas, NV. 89104

(702)862-4538

www.cornishpastyco.com

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The beginning of mindful eating is the realization that eating meat is not about the meat-eaters; it is about the animals who are tormented and killed.
Norm Phelps

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Vegan Arepa Heaven

Arepas are made of cornmeal, salt, and water and are naturally vegan and a staple of Venezuela…something they enjoy daily.  I was first introduced to arepas a couple of years back when I was in my 365 day vegan blog project and I was instantly enamored with them.  The problem with the ones that I found here Downtown was that their batter was not vegan, though the could make up a vegan batter on request.  That may not always be convenient and certainly a reason why I didn’t enjoy them more frequently.  There is an answer to that now in the Las Vegas area, and that is the Rika Arepa Express food truck that I happened to come across recently parked near the County Offices in the Downtown Area.

Rika Arepa Express has a Vegan Arepa that is pretty amazing.  It is delicious arepa filled with avocado, sweet plantains, and black beans.  Get some of their spicy sauce to go along with it and you have something really fantastic. This is the best arepa I have enjoyed and I will definitely be back to enjoy more from them.  I found out that they can be found regularly at the Farmers Market at John Trent Park on Wednesdays in Summerlin and also the Downtown Farmers Market on 3rd St. and Stewart on Fridays.  They are also at the Farmers Market at Floyd Lamb State Park the first and third Saturdays of the month.  You will enjoy these arepas so much and be able to take advantage of all that the Farmers Markets have to offer as well.  The vegan community here in Las Vegas needs to show these arepas a little love as soon as you can get to them!

Rika Arepa Express

www.rikaareapexpress.com

(702)762-6360