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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chefs vegan burger in Disneyland

This is the Chefs Vegan Burger at Carnation Cafe on Main Street in Disneyland (sorry for the dark photo!). It's a decent attempt, but the house made patty was bland and fell apart. I drenched it in the chipotle sauce and ketchup to give it some much needed flavor. The plain wheat bun was just as boring. I did eat it (I hate to waste food), but nicely informed our waitress it wasn't very good. To my surprise she said we weren't the only ones dissatisfied with the burger. Hopefully they'll rethink the recipe. It would be even better if they went with a gardein patty topped with daiya cheese and a pretzel bun (a girl can dream!). Then they'd have a decent burger! I'll give the chefs vegan burger another shot eventually, in the off chance the chef was just having a bad vegan burger day. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vegan & gluten free pizza in California Adventure park

Stopped in at Boardwalk Pizza in California Adventure thanks to a tip from a friend who said they also have vegan and gluten free options. I ordered the vegan Daiya cheese pizza with a gluten free crust. Unlike Pizza Port in disneyland, they had no problem adding my choice of veggies on top. Perfectly grilled mushroom, garlic, and red and green peppers! It took about 10 minutes for them to bake them custom pie, and at the register they advised its extra $ for the modified pizza. Came out to 9.99 (they charged it as a spaghetti dish), but I had a couple of bucks knocked off thanks to my annual pass. It was piping hot and delicious! I highly recommend it! Oh, and this time the employees didn't seem clueless when I asked about the vegan and gluten free option. Go DCA! 😘🍕

Vegan & gluten free pizza in Disneyland

There have been many rumors about Daiya cheese at Disneyland these days, so after a few drinks in California Adventure Park, we scurried over to Red Rockett's Pizza Port in Disneyland. I asked two employees about vegan/non dairy cheese options, and they had no idea what I was talking about. Thankfully one of them called out the chef who was very knowledgable and seemed very happy and eager to "meet my dietary needs". He was more than happy to whip up a personal sized, Daiya vegan pizza with a gluten free crust! 😁 He asked if I had any food sensitivities or allergies and I made the mistake of saying "yes! Dairy!" (Which I know comes from many years of fibbing at restaurants just so they won't mess up and put cheese on my food). Because of this they didn't add any veggies due to possible cross contamination. (At least they're taking this seriously!!) It took about 10 minutes to make, but the chef walked it over to my table and gave the piping hot pie a grand presentation upon serving it. ☺️ It was the perfect junk food after a bit of binge drinking! Piping hot crust, and gooey vegan cheese. 

What I learned: 1. Don't waste valuable pizza nomming time, just ask for the chef.
2. Don't tell them you have a dairy allergy unless you really do or you're concerned about possible cross contamination. Otherwise you'll probably get some rad veggies too.
3. Be prepared to wait, but it's worth it.
4. Pizza Port seems to close a few hours before the park shuts down, so get there early. 
I'm just happy to slowly but surely see more vegan and gluten free options in Disneyland. 

Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Fest


The 6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest is this weekend! May 16th at The Rose Bowl with unlimited pours of 60+ breweries, 40+ vegan vendors, and bands. It's going to be ridiculous! Who's going? 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tofu teriyaki with rice & veggies in Ca Adventure

Lunch at the Lucky fortune cookery in California Adventure park. Tofu teriyaki with veggies and white rice, and a side of edamame. Keep in mind, 2 of the 4 sauces are vegan, the teryaki (slightly spicy) and the spicy Korean sauces. The coconut curry and mandarin sauces contain dairy. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Veggie and grain salad in Disneyland

Dinner at Jolly Holiday on Main St. Disneyland. Grilled Vegetable & Whole Grain Salad, with vegetables, mixed greens, barley spelt, with basil vinaigrette. Comes with a breadstick. There was nothing mentioned in the menu about cheese on the breadstick, I learned the hard way. Ask for it without the breadstick to make it vegan. The basil vinaigrette is vegan. :)

Tofu & veggie skewers in Ca Adventure

Vegetable and tofu skewers served with rice pilaf, cucumber salad, chimichurri sauce and grilled pita bread at the Paradise Garden Grill near Goofy's Sky School ride. Only two of the four sauces are vegan, be sure to ask before ordering. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Watermelon and sorbet in California Adventure.

Drinks and appetizers at Carthay Circle restaurant and lounge in California Adventure Park. 
Mojito and a watermelon cubes topped with dairy free mango sorbet, sprinkled with chili powder. 

Vegan sushi in California Adventure


Did you know at Carthay Circle Bar they can veganize the sushi rolls? These were the lobster rolls, minus the lobster, of course. Usually they ask me if I want it wrapped in rice paper or seaweed. Just let them know you're vegan and they'll omit all the seafood in the sushi and the sauce.