Saturday, January 5, 2013


This is the first in the Dinner with Friends series, in which I meet up with another vegan blogger or influencer for some bantering and binging at a local vegan (or v-friendly) restaurant.

The other week, I had dinner with Kristin, the illustrious author of the blog Will Travel For Vegan Food and my dear friend Jessica, creator of The Vedge brand.

Kristin and I first met a couple of years ago when she was a key organizer at the Vegan Expo in Albany, NY. She's now a bonafide vegan trailblazer, eating and blogging her way through all 50 states. Basically, my fantasy life incarnate. Like her blog, she's bomb and a total delight.

We met up at SunCafe - a personal fave - in Studio City, CA. SunCafe is a charming little spot up in the valley, boasting the holy triad: Organic. Vegan. AND a hybrid raw/cooked menu. Jess and I eagerly indulged Kristin's mission by tackling multiple cooked and raw items on the menu. Many delicious bites were had, but my top picks from the night were:

Sweet Kale Shake

This green monster of a drink was an intoxicating blend of kale, bananas, cashews and agave. Divine. I'd go back solely for the shake.

Sun Nachos

The platter of nachos was a beast - and I couldn't stop devouring it. It's a masterful concoction of SunChorizo, nacho cheese, cashew cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, olives, jalapeƱos, and green onions. You can either get the standard version with baked blue corn chips, or raw with thinly sliced jicama chips. We opted for half and half; who ever said you can't have everything?

From the left: Kristin, me and Jess

It was an evening of scrumptious food and excellent conversation. The three of us joyously cleaned the plates and rambled on for hours till we closed down the joint (they politely asked us to leave).

For more yummy food porn be sure to follow Kristin, Jessica (and me!) on the ol' Instagram.

Here's to many more evenings filled with exceptional food and even better friends.

xx E

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