Eating Vegan In Vegas

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

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Buddha

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El Dorado Cantina Brings It Organic, GMO-Free and Veg-Friendly

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El Dorado Cantina has grown on us in a very short time.  We found it really quite by accident after an event that we were a part of.  You may have seen their ads in the weekly magazines touting fresh Mexican food that is almost all organic and GMO-free.  What they also have is a handful of vegan and vegetarian items that can be easily modified to allow you to get your vegan Mexican groove on in a sensational way.  

The restaurant is located right next to the large Sapphire Gentleman’s Club on Industrial Rd.  So good news…there is lots of parking.  The Eldorado Cantina is it’s own thing and you don’t have to go into the club to get to it.  It has a very strong appeal on it’s own. A colorful, comfortable, and spacious interior with one of the nicest staffs you will find anywhere.   Chef Paco has come out both times we were there to greet us and re-affirmed their commitment to organic, non-GMO food and a desire to expand their vegan offerings.

We had their veggie street tacos each time we have been there and can’t get enough of them.  Grilled zucchini, Mexican squash, portobellos mushrooms, carrots, celery, roasted peppers, sliced avocado, red onion, salsa cascabel and pico de gallo on corn tortillas.  Just ask them to leave off the queso fresca.  They have some amazing chips and three varieties of salsa that will rival anything you have ever tried.  The orange habanero is a favorite and is a must to be slathered on the tacos.  We also tried the Veggie Burrito plate with cilantro rice and black beans.  The burritos were filled with a very similar filling to the tacos and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Ask them to leave off the cheese. Throw on some salsa and then make it all disappear. Delicious.

El Dorado Cantina has some great Happy Hour specials and we have made good use of them.  Are you ever out on the Strip and want a place to go that is open late after a night of dancing, a show or concert?  Well…here is the good news…the Cantina is open 24 hrs. a day!  That will come in very handy sometime…I just know that it will.  We love what El Dorado Cantina is doing and have been very impressed by the food and everyone that works there. Stay tuned for information on our October Las Vegan Eatz event that we will have having at The El Dorado Cantina.  You can join us and see for yourself or head on down anytime and enjoy this great spot for yourself. This is a great edition to the local vegan-friendly food scene…Bravo indeed.

El Dorado Cantina

3025 S. Industrial Rd.

Las Vegas, NV. 89109

(702)722-2288

www.eldoradovegas.comimage

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Juice NV Brings it Organic and Raw to Las Vegas

Shift is happening…you can see it almost everywhere.  A shift towards conscious eating and living.  It is something we need to do for our health, the animals, and the planet.  It is happening here in Las Vegas…around our country…and around the world.  There are so many wonderful establishments that have been opening up here in Las Vegas that are offering fabulous, healthy alternatives to what has been out there.  In order for this to reach the mainstream we need to see these restaurants in every part of our Valley.  We have another great option in the southeast near Henderson with the recent opening of Juice NV.

Juice NV is located in the same shopping center on Eastern near the 215 that also hosts the Fresh 52 Farmers Market on Sundays.  Juice NV is 100% organic and has an impressive line-up of fresh-pressed juices with no added sugars.  They also have a strong selection of delicious smoothies to fit every taste and need.  Things don’t stop there though as they also have some raw sandwiches, salads, and desserts.  Juice NV is a take and go establishment as there is no place to eat there, but it is definitely worth your stop and will fill your juice, smoothie, and food needs no matter the time of day.

We sampled a bunch of juices and they were all outstanding.  Vibrant colors and rich flavor combinations.  We tried a couple of smoothies The Macas Paradise and The Pomegranate Joy.  The Macas Paradise was rich and creamy with almond milk, pineapple juice, banana, maple syrup, maca, ginger and ice.  The Pomegranate Joy was a fruity explosion in the mouth with coconut water, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pom powder, and maple syrup.  Both sandwiches that my friend Luke and shared were easily something we could consume on a daily basis.  The Avocado Pesto Sandwich was avocado, arugula, and walnut pesto on sprouted grain bread.  The Walnut Tuna Sandwich was rich with flavor and goodness…spinach, walnut pate and spicy cashew cheese on a sprouted grain bread.  One a day and I will be good.

I didn’t try any desserts this time but I will on my next visit.  They had a great looking raw cheesecake, truffles, and a chia pudding.  Everything was impressive and I look forward to return visits.  Great things are happening here in Las Vegas as more and more healthy and compassionate plant-based options are coming available on an almost weekly basis.  Welcome to the community Juice NV…take an opportunity to stop by and see if it is all as good as I think that it is.  Smiles.

Juice NV

9500 S. Eastern Ave.

Las Vegas, NV. 89123

(702)463-1689

www.juicenv.com

Hours:  Mon-Sat  7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

             Sun         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

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Take a Big Bite Out Of These Waffles

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The vegan breakfast options just got a little easier this past Saturday as Bite Vegan Bakery introduced their new Belgian Waffles at the Fresh 52 Farmer’s Market at Tivoli Village.  Bite is one of the true bright spots in our local vegan community and they are now offering these fresh waffles made to order along with their regular selection of wondrous vegan baked goods. They are also at the Fresh 52 Market now in Henderson on Sundays.

It was necessary for our community and the world to check out these wonderful sounding creations by Holly and Martin.  We started out with The Purist, a hot waffle with maple syrup and vegan butter.  Sublime.  It will evoke some great memories of breakfast times past.  The batter that Holly has created is delicious and totally free of any animal products of any kind. They taste so much better knowing that the ingredients have brought no harm and will bring you nothing but good.

Next, we had to try the Notellanaberry, a waffle with bananas and strawberries topped with Notella and Whipped Cream.  If it could even be possible, it tasted even better than it looked.  Outrageous.  We managed to find some room for some Monkey Business, topped with peanut butter, bananas, and chopped peanuts.  We had high expectations for these waffles and they exceeded them.  Holly and Martin do a great job with everything they do and will always make you smile.  Enjoy a waffle and take some baked goods home with you…your weekend will just have got a whole lot better.

Bite Vegan Bakery

www.ivebeenbitten.com

holly@ivebeenbitten.com

Saturdays

Fresh 52 @ Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV. 89145

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

Sundays

Fresh 52 @ Sansone Park Place

9480 S. Eastern Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89123

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

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Since becoming vegan, my running has improved considerably. Vegan food is ideal: high carbohydrate, low fat, and plenty of vitamins and iron. I’m proud that I run without exploiting animals in any way.
Sally Eastall, Marathon Runner

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V-Cuisine at The View Wine Bar & Kitchen

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We shall spill the truth.  We enjoy hanging out at Tivoli Village.  This beautiful little European-inspired village of shops and restaurants on the outskirts of Summerlin has a definite appeal.  It has charm and a great feel to it.  From the Fresh 52 Farmers Markets on Saturdays to the bars and vegan-friendly dining options there is always good reason to go there.  The View Wine Bar & Kitchen is definitely one of those reasons.

Located on the second floor of Tivoli Village surrounded by some fun and unique shopping options is the View Wine Bar & Kitchen, looking down on one of the main squares there.  The restaurant has had some vegan-friendly options but they are moving more and more to offer even more wonderful options for plant-based eaters.  They have recently added a vegan cheese plate from local Virgin Artisan Cheese to their menu. They recently hosted a vegan wine and cheese night there with Virgin Artisan Cheese that was very well attended. They have a number of other items on the menu right now that are vegetarian now but can be slightly modified for vegans.

We started off with the Avocado Bruschetta, which was a delicious mixture of avocado, orange, tomato, red onion, and chives atop a sliced baguette. Just leave off the lime crema and you have a great starter for any meal or to enjoy during Happy Hour.  Everything is served on on these wooded trays which offer a rustic charm and feel.  Next came the Farmer’s Market Salad with market vegetables drizzled with a delightful citrus vinaigrette.  Just have them leave off the goat cheese croutons. Fresh and fabulous.

The main event was the Vegetarian Burger…a large Portobello Mushroom cap on a bun with a fantastic vegan pesto.  Have them leave off the cheese and add some of the Tomato Jam.  You will be glad that you did.  Ask for the vegan bun option now, not the brioche featured on other burgers.  Soon enough they will have it on all of the Vegetarian Burgers and maybe they will then just rename it the View Vegan Burger. It is served with their amazing Just Fries with truffle oil…leave off the parmesan and fall in love!

There will continue to be more and more vegan-friendly items added to the menu and we are excited that Las Vegan Eatz will be helping to host some events there this fall. They have a strong wine list and offer many reasons to take in the view and all that Tivoli Village has to offer.  You really have to love all of the options that we enjoy here in Las Vegas…a city like no other.

View Wine Bar & Kitchen (Tivoli Village)

420 Rampart Blvd. Suite 240

Las Vegas, NV 89145

(702)280-7390

www.viewwinebar.com

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I have taken after my mother: I’m an entertaining maniac. The only difference is that animals are on the guest list, not on the menu.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Beautiful, Delicious and Vegan at Table 34

Las Vegas is a wonderful city filled with so many things to do…one of which is dining out.  We have gone from a town known for its steakhouses and cheap buffets to a world-class dining destination.  People would be remiss if they thought that all of the prime dining destinations were all located on The Strip in one of the casinos.  We also have a number of fantastic restaurants off The Strip that the locals know and love and are also becoming places sought out by those visiting our city as well.  One of those restaurants is Table 34, led by celebrated Chef Wes Kendrick.

Located just a few blocks east of The Strip on Warm Springs Rd., Table 34 has garnered much praise from locals and visitors alike for their wonderful and inventive food and stellar service.  Table 34 is now expanding their reach even farther now with an expanded menu featuring plant-based options. Nearly one-seventh of the world’s population is either vegetarian or vegan with that number growing by tens of thousands each day.  Las Vegas has seen this change coming and has embraced it with many restaurants now offering vegan menus or a section of vegan-friendly options and has become one of the top ten vegan-friendly cities in America.  Table 34 is the latest to add it’s fine name to this list.  

We will be hosting our July Las Vegan Eatz dinner at Table 34 where we will be enjoying a five-course meal featuring many of the items from the upcoming plant-based menu that will be debuting in the near future.  We had the opportunity to enjoy a little preview of what is to come and we were impressed to say the least.  Things started off with an Organic Summer Asparagus Puree.  It was an explosion of fresh flavors and a perfect consistency.  It was followed by a salad of Organic Baby Arugula with Ruby Grapes, Crisp Green Apples, Candied Pecans and a superb Citrus Dressing. It was not only visually appealing but was one of the best salads I have enjoyed in quite awhile.

The main entree was not only a thing of beauty but taste-tempting layers of plant-based goodness all working together to create something magical. Every bite of this Grilled Eggplant Stack with Zucchini, Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, Marinara, and Basil was memorable.  It was one of those dishes that as you are eating it you know that you will be enjoying it again and again.  The dessert was something to behold. The Grapefruit Granita with Grapefruit Segments and Fresh Berries was a revelation and so enjoyable on a hot summer day. A perfect way to end a fabulous meal.  We will be enjoying it all again at our upcoming Las Vegan Eatz Dinner.  A limited number of tickets are available at http://lasveganeatzeventsjuly.brownpapertickets.com.  I will also visit Table 34 again soon after and try a few more items from their new menu before it is released.  Las Vegas and the world awaits.

Table 34

600 E. Warm Springs Rd.

Las Vegas, NV. 89119

(702)263-0034

http://table34lasvegas.com

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People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.
Pino Caruso