Eating Vegan In Vegas


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Brunch is Beautiful…

In the short time that Pura Vida Bakery and Bystro has been open, I have had breakfast, lunch. and a special grand opening dinner.  Each meal has provided creative, beautiful, and delicious vegan food.  I left each meal a little better than when I had come in.  It is a place like no other and you have to just love Chef Mayra and the rest of the staff and all the wonderful they bring our way. The only meal that I have not experienced at Pura Vida was the Weekend Brunch.  It is not time to cross that off my local culinary bucket list.

I just love coming down and seeing Chef Mayra and the crew at Pura Vida. There is always such happiness and joy in the air.  As the sunshine filters through the window into the cozy little restaurant I can see that this is going to be not only a great place to stop in during the week, but a weekend destination point for brunch as well.  People talking to the people at their tables and also getting to know the people next to them as well.  It is just like one big family…some you have met, and others that you are going to…it is just a matter of time.  All I can say that Pura Vida is attracting some wonderful people to enjoy the wonderful food and atmosphere that makes this place so unique.  

When you see the food…you have to remind yourself that this all vegan…all the time. Each plate is beautiful and this brunch was no exception.  I have had my eye on “The Frenchie” which is the french toast and decided to make that my pick.  I can say that I have never had french toast veganized before…so as a result I have not had french toast in years.  I was surprised with a platter of baguette slices steaming with the aroma of fresh vanilla and dusted with powdered sugar…drizzled with a wonderful sweet syrup…and topped with sliced strawberries.  Oh yes, indeed.  I was kind of looking in the corner of the plate to see if the Chef had signed this work of art.  As I was eating The Frenchie I could hear Grace Potter and the Nocturnals somewhere singing, “Oooh-la-la.” If that was not enough, The Frenchie comes with a plate of delicious vegan sausage slices with peppers and onions. Absolutely delightful.

I have said this before but you really need to find your way to Pura Vida.  It is already establishing itself as a very special place in the hearts of many.  For the food…for the friends…to have a little daily philosophy and love from Chef Mayra as she and her staff truly make you feel welcome and part of their family.  The family is growing…and the family is happy.  I would love to write some more…but in fact, my beautiful vegan niece Sarah is in town with her lovely family visiting…and I need to meet them for breakfast…at Pura Vida. Won’t you join us?

Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro

1236 Western Ave.

Las Vegas, NV. 89102


Hours:  Mon-Wed, Fri     7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

             Closed Thursdays

             Sat-Sun Brunch 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Notes and Musings:  Here is number four of Christina Pirello’s Top Ten Reasons for Becoming a Vegan from This Crazy Vegan Life:

Reason #4: You will have stronger, healthier bones. “This one is easy; just connect the following dots.  Animal protein is best digested by serum calcium in your blood. When there isn’t enough calcium in the bloodstream, your body leaches it from your bones. The result is that over time our calcium-deprived skeletons become porous and weak as more and more calcium is used to digest animal protein. Most experts agree that the best way to keep your bones healthy is to get the calcium you need from food (with supplementation used as your condition requires) just the way nature intended. The good news is that the right foods automatically also supply you with the nutrients needed to support your use of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and magnesium. But before you pick up that glass of milk, think about this: You can get all the calcium you need from beans, tofu, tempeh, and leafy greens like collards, kale, turnip greens, and broccoli.  And this calcium is readily available to your bones without the side effects of milk, which can include lactose intolerance, bloating, gas, diarrhea, growth hormones, pesticides and herbicides (in commercial dairy), allergies, obesity, sinus congestion, and even increased risks of some cancers.”

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