There’s no denying that California is spoiled with some really wonderful produce. On my frequent weekend trips to Ventura, I pass by orange trees, freshly-picked strawberries (I bought a case on Saturday), avocados, and much, much more.
And aside from the gorgeous produce grown in this sunny state, we have access to some pretty amazing restaurants. While it’s clear Lisa and I could talk pizza and hearty pastas all day and night, lighter plant-based cuisine holds a special place in my heart, too.
A few weeks ago, Holly and I visited Suncafe in Studio City. We had a great afternoon sampling a variety of their dishes, including the French Onion Soup (my favorite) and the Farro Risotto with Chanterelles (Holly’s favorite). And their vegan "cheese"cakes made from a cashew base put my imagination in high gear. Look for a recipe on the blog soon!
For a fun, food-gawking post, here are some photos of some of the dishes we shared. As you'll probably tell, our eyes were a bigger than our stomachs, but the leftovers were just as good, too!
Sun Nachos – guacamole, pico de gallo, jalapeño, green onion, cashew sour cream served a top raw thin-sliced jicama “chips” and baked blue corn chips
|classic French Onion soup topped with cashew cheese and croutons|
the daily "farmers market" pizza loaded with mushrooms|
|Farro Risotto with Chanterelles –roasted acorn squash and almond milk puree topped with chanterelle mushrooms & fresh thyme|
What are your favorite LA restaurants? I’d love to know!