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Finally we are at the best part of the trip to California (or any trip that is), the food!  We were only in California for a short few days so we didn’t venture too far out.  Okay, we did adventure a bit but we didn’t plan very well and were just in the mood for our favorites from last trip.  I’ve dreamt about these two places since being there the first time. Nom nom nom

Happy Veggie: Okay, so let me explain about the lighting, it is very dim in the restaurant which is wonderful if you are relaxing after a long day. But it is terrible for taking photos… ha-ha Let’s just say I already edited this photo and took out some green and it still has a bit more. This was actually brownish with a few green jalapenos on top. There is a side dish of brown rice. Non-vegan friend ordered: Clay Pot Tofu: golden tofu braised in a special clay pot with poatoes, taro and fresh carrots in a hearty vegetable broth.  He said it was wonderful!

Happy Veggie: (This wasn’t green either) Heavenly Salad: Tasty soy chicken mixed with a medley of purple and white cabbages, carrot, tofu. So scrumptious!  This is a large.

Happy Veggie: (Nope, this wasn’t green either) Curry Chicken: Soy chicken simmered with sweet potatos, red potato, taro and yucca in a light curry, coconut sauce. This was a bit bland for a curry but Genki Husband loved it. It was a full dinner plate and he ate the entire thing. They were out of chick’n but had vegan beef and a side of brown rice.

Tricked you by thinking we weren’t going to Veggie Grill, didn’t I? Nope, we went here a lot. They have so many things to try that we are working our way through the menu. It’s just that good! Did I mention the freshly made organic tea bar – it’s in this photo.

Long Beach Veggie Grille

Inside Veggie Grill on the other side. Each one is a tad bit different but they are all very friendly. This one feels smaller than the others but it could be due to the layout, no idea. It is right next door to a Trader Joe’s.

Love the lamps in the veggie grill. The designer really took some time to think things through.

Veggie Grill: Thai Chickin’: Grilled Chickin’, quinoa, romaine, cabbage, corn salsa, green onion, mandarin oranges,sesame seeds, cilantro, wonton strips, spicy Thai dressing. This was really tasty, especially with the fresh cilantro. We would recommend this to anyone.

Veggie Grill fries – with a cajun seasoning on top.

Veggie Grill Coleslaw- this was okay but I don’t think I would order it again. There are definitely different types of coleslaw and each person loves it differently so I would tell you to test it out and see what you think but for us it was a miss.

Veggie Grill Chili: we had this last time too and it was amazing! But, unfortunately it was a miss this time around. It was nice but it lost the spice it had last time. I assume since it’s made fresh each person putting it together adds their own flavors to the dish. You just never know what you’re going to get.

Veggie Grill: Mondo Nachos: “Chicasa” taco blend of veggie proteins, caramelized onions, mashed avocado, VG-Cheese, jalapeños,soy cream, corn chips. Okay, let’s talk about this dish! It was on the appetizer list and it was something I heard others enjoy. So we ordered it to eat before going to the airport. We also bought a few other sandwiches so we could take the for the trip home. Little did we know it would be a great bang for ones’ buck. This was the most delicious dish of nachos I have had since going vegan! I would eat this daily! Genki Husband and I shared it since I wasn’t that hungry but we devoured the entire thing. I don’t think I could eat it alone. Mmmm

Another instant favorite from Veggie Grill: VG-Cheeseburger: Topped with VG-Cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, chipotle ranch. El Dorado Style upon request with jalapeños and caramelized onions. We would suggest this to burger lovers.

We actually carried this all the way back to Michigan with us on the plane. It looks a little warn, sorry about that. Veggie Grill: All-American Stack: Grilled Veggie-Steak, pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings,thousand island dressing. Even though it took a plane ride and a trip in the microwave, it tasted amazing!

Finally a gorgeous sunset that would make anyone cry. It was funny because this was the only night we didn’t make it to the beach for the sun-setting – and look at the view! ha-ha

Finally our trip ended with a nice flight back to Illinois and a 3.5 hour car drive to Michigan.  Our trip was short but we had a really nice time exploring this foreign land to us. It’s so different in California even though it is technically America.