Hello Veggie Grill Winter Menu!

Hello Veggie Grill Winter Menu!

Love!

Two and a half years ago I got invited to a special pre-grand opening of the Veggie Grill in Torrance by Veggie Grill co-founder Kevin Boylan. I have loved Veggie Grill ever since they first opened their doors. 8 Yelp reviews for the El Segundo location and 3 for the Torrance one, my love for this place is pretty evident.

Within the two and half years though, I’ve pretty much tried almost everything on the menu. My favorites are the Santa Fr Crispy’ Chickin and Thai chickin’ salad. I truly love the old menu but really was hoping for some new stuff! Therefore when it was announced they had some new offerings via a new Winter Menu, I was pretty excited. I was even more excited when I learned that via downloading the new Veggie grill app, one can get a treat for one free Winter Menu item. (After downloading the app, there is a button labeled “love” and from there is a voucher for a free meal!)

Veggie Grill’s new Winter Menu consist of over ten new items that include new sides and starters like mini wraps and Yukon gold fries, new bowls and plates like herb roasted vegetable bowls, quinoa salads and BBQ. These items are great in price, with the mini wraps starting at $3.50. Veggie Grill really worked to have items on this new menu that are more affordable to the everyday consumer.

The other day, I got to try some items from the Winter Menu and redeem my free meal via the app/love button ❤️).

There are two new bowls that are being offered. They have a Bombay Bowl and a Harvest Bowl. Both are filled with herb roasted vegetables. One of the big differences between the bowls lies in their sauces. The Bombay bowl has a cilantro/green curry sauce with coconut milk and the Harvest bowl has a miso gravy. I love curry and was quite intrigued to see how Veggie Grill would fulfill my curry love.

The moment the Bombay Bowl was presented, I instantly did feel some love for this new dish. A bowl with very appetizing looking plating was presented in front of me. It was filled with lots of herb roasted veggies, grains, steamed kale, cannellini beans. It was drizzled with cilantro/green curry sauce with coconut milk and topped with almonds and hemp seeds.

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The love for this dish did not end however with it’s presentation because taste wise, it was equally as impressive. Crunchy cauliflower, savory kale, crispy almonds and a slightly spicy curry sauce instantly gratified my tastebuds. Aside from the cauliflower, I liked how there was a variety of different herb roasted veggies. There were some turnips, broccoli and mushrooms mixed in there! The cilantro green curry sauce was nice and thick. The touch of coconut milk added creamy texture. It definitely fulfilled my curry cravings. The Bombay Bowl is now added into my list of favorites at Veggie Grill.

The Harvest Bowl is the second new bowl on their menu. It had field roast sausage, herb roasted veggies, super grains, porcini mushroom and topped with miso gravy and hemp seeds. I liked the tender and tasty field roast sausage in this dish! It’s the first sausage offering I’ve tried from Veggie grill. I was also a fan of the soft porcini mushroom!

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Aside from the bowls, I tried the new BBQ “Steak” sandwich. For my sandwich side, I chose another new offering, the Yukon gold fries.

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The BBQ “Steak” sandwich was packed with Veggie Steak in tangy BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, chipotle ranch and coleslaw. The Veggie steak was soft and tender. The BBQ sauce added a sweet kick. The coleslaw and chipotle ranch added even more flavor.

The Gold Yukon fries matched the sandwich perfectly. They were thick skinned potatoes. It’s classic old fashioned steak fries. Dipping it into the chipotle ranch gave it a nice touch.

Aside from the Gold Yukon fries, I noticed they now also offer the onion rings as a side! I love how you can now add this to your meal. Their golden brown onion rings have a perfect crisp and a tasty buttery like batter. It will go well with any item on their menu.

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It’s another visit to Veggie Grill in the books and I love this place even more. The new Winter menu items are amazing and equal the previous entrees in deliciousness. Thank you to Veggie Grill as well for the love they gave with a free entree via the app! Love!

Hello pea sprouts!

Hello pea sprouts!

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Today’s homemade creation is pea sprouts with chopped garlic!

Ingredients: olive oil, pea sprouts, chopped garlic

I love pea sprouts! It is one of my favorite leafy greens because it is both delicious and healthy!

They are high in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. They even help moisturize the skin!

Cooking it is simple and easy, thus making it a quick healthy treat. They are often served sautéed but they can also be served on top of salads.

My preference is sautéed pea sprouts with garlic. Simply add a little oil to a pan, simmer and then add chopped garlic. Stir for a couple seconds and add the pea sprouts. Continue to stir for two minutes and then serve while still fresh.

Healthy, delicious and will give glowing skin, what’s not to like? Pea sprouts are great!

Hello Ichimi-An!

Hello Ichimi-An!

I enjoyed a Friday night dinner with my good college friend and fellow Yelper Mary Ann V at Ichimi-An

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I did not know until I was there that Ichimi-An is actually a sister restaurant of the previous restaurants I’ve blogged about before: Inaba and Ichimi Ann Bamboo. Comparing between the three, Ichimi-An falls in between. Ichimi Ann Bamboo is the place with more simple dishes (eat by yourself type of place). I-naba is the restaurant with the fancier meals (go here for a date or special occasion type of place). Ichimi-An is the one with simple but yet more than your average hole in the wall eats (hang out with good friends type of place). It is therefore the perfect place for hanging out with one of my college besties :).

My friend got the assorted tempura combo. It’s a nice combo that comes with salad, miso soup, white rice, sashimi and radish. For $14.95, it is a great deal of fresh and delicious food.

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I got the Vegetable Ten Kake (w/Vegetable Tempura). It comes with vegetable fried rice and hot soba. This set is $11.95 and is a perfect for vegetarians.

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The vegetable tempura was great! There were a variety of different veggies from green beans to sweet potato. I could tell it was freshly made! You have your choice of matching it with the fried rice or you place it on top of the soba but either way it was hot, crispy and very tasty.

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The vegetable fried rice was flavorful! I was happy to see fried rice versus white rice. The fried rice paired nicely with my vegetable tempura. The small bowl size is just right for this set because you will already have a fair share of carbs via the buckwheat noodles in your soba.

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The soba was in a large bowl. The bowl was filled with flavorful warm broth and fresh buckwheat noodles. It is the perfect meal for dinner because it’s not too heavy but yet still hearty and fulfilling.

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Our meals were complimented with some barley tea. We enjoyed the hot tea a lot. It was so soothing to be drinking this tea. It was nice to be enjoying the meal with this tea and just chit chatting about life and friendship.

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Ichimi-An like their sister restaurants was a great food experience for me! I’m glad I got to spend a nice Friday dinner here with my good college friend.

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Ichimi-An.

Hello Happy Veggie!

Hello Happy Veggie!

Ever since I gave up meat for Lent, I have been on a vegetarian kick! Even though it’s after Easter, I am trying to still be vegetarian. It would be best to say that I am a flexitarian or a semi-vegetarian. I’ve been eating meat only once in a while. When I heard about Happy Happy Veggie, I knew I had to check it out. After all, I am a happy person and a happy (semi) vegetarian.

During my trip here, I tried out the crunchy casaval rolls. The rolls had jicama, tofu, roasted peanuts, carrots, basil inside rice paper and a peanut dipping sauce. It was like eating a fresh salad but egg roll style! There was peanut sauce for dipping and it had little peanuts in them and added the taste into these rolls. It was a great sauce that gave plenty of flavors to the rolls.

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I also got the vegetarian pho which is their specialty. The vegetarian pho was filled with noodles, shallots, tender soy meat and lots of healthy herbs and spices.

Happy Veggies makes me one happy flexitarian!

For more smiles, please see my recent yelp review on Happy Veggie.

Hello homemade tempura!

Hello homemade tempura!

Ingredients: Mushrooms, sweet potatoes, eggplant

Those were my chosen veggies for the first time try at homemade tempura! Tempura can be expensive at restaurants but I found that making them home is easy and not expensive at all. I love tempura vegetables but after this first try I’ve realized one can make tempura almost out of anything! I want to make banana tempura next! Happy tempura cooking :).

Hello vegetarian kare kare!

Hello vegetarian kare kare!

Ingredients: tofu, eggplants, green beans, Chinese cabbage, peanut butter

Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino stew made with peanut butter, vegetables, oxtail, beef & sometimes tripe. Since I also gave up meat for Lent, I tried experimenting with a vegetarian version. I put no oxtail, beef or tripe but instead replaced it with tofu. It has tofu & lots of veggies. It is my healthier version kare kare.

See my other photo of my dish at http://instagram.com/p/Xld2BRhpKx/