While you may know Angela Means Kaaya from her role in the iconic movie Friday, she’s spent the last few years making a name for herself in a new industry—vegan soul food. The founder of Jackfruit Cafe, Kaaya has quickly developed a loyal following of Angelenos hungry for authentic flavors and healthier options.
Thankfully, the days when vegan pizza meant flimsy crust, store-bought tomato sauce, and overcooked veggies that no one actually liked are long behind us. If you made it through the vegan pizza apocalypse, congrats! And if you’re just joining us on your vegan journey, welcome to the party! Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a slice (or a whole pie) of vegan pizza across the states.
Guac doesn’t have to be extra, but that doesn’t mean you and your culinary creations can’t be! From spur of the moment fiestas to mashed avo breaky toast to roasted veggie grain bowls topped with spicy guac, the possibilities are endless. With several packaged guacs available, it’s easier than ever to rock out with your guac out. Here are 10 store bought guacamole varieties you need to try.
You won’t want to miss these vegan pumpkin-flavored products! Break out your fall-scented candles, seasonal decorations, and pumpkin-craving taste buds, because fall is in full swing. Do you know what that means? The countdown to the return of the beloved pumpkin spice flavor is over––hallelujah! We know this is #basic of us, but pumpkin spice is basic for a reason––it’s just so dang good! Here’s a list of pumpkin-infused vegan products we can’t get enough of.
Veg out with us! Emerging and existing brands from across the country are launching innovative products every day, so we searched far and wide for the best of the best—everything from lentil pasta, ice cream, and chocolate to vegan pudding, cheese, and more. Check out our list below of the hottest new plant-based products for the month of September.
Everyone needs a go-to chocolate cookie, so consider this your new one. Gooey and thick, this rich chocolate cookie is grain-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free—sweetened only with Just Date Syrup. It’s gonna be a ritual, starting tonight.
This uber creamy 20-minute vegan mac delivers the tang of sharp cheddar from a surprising source—sun-dried tomatoes! A few basil leaves add complexity to the flavors without making it taste “tomato basil-y.” I like to top it with hemp seeds for a little extra texture and nutrition, but that’s totally optional. Use chickpea or lentil pasta to make this mac ‘n cheez super healthy! Add a side of steamed green beans or broccoli for a complete meal.
Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is adding to his collection of plant-based restaurants in Los Angeles. His latest LA project—Sestina—is a pasta and wine bar concept opening in Culver City this November. The menu will merge comfort food pasta dishes with small plates and desserts, accompanied by a sustainable wine program. The open kitchen floor plan will allow guests to dine in the presence of the bustling kitchen and glass-enclosed pasta bar, watching chefs create noodle dishes before their eyes. The decor is chic and minimalistic—staying true to Kenney’s style. Ample patio seating will also be available.
Wondering what to feed your vegan fur babies? We’ve got the answers! When it comes to finding food for our pups, we want to make sure they have the best nutrition possible. That’s why we’ve curated a list of vegan and veg-friendly brands that offer dog food, treats, supplements, and more!
These brands offer biker shorts that are trendy and earth-friendly––hey, that rhymes! Whether you’re an avid mountain biker, spin class enthusiast, or have never sat on a two-wheeler in your life, we can all agree that biker shorts are one of the hottest new movements in the fashion scene. With the stretchiness of leggings and the breeziness of short-shorts (without all the chafing), these mid-length bottoms hit the sweet spot for comfort and style. Here are a few of our favorites!
LA-based Goodmylk Co. delivers frozen and powdered plant mylks straight to your door. Available in hemp, almond, and a new Almond Latte Creamer, these organic mylks can stay frozen up to a year and, once thawed, provide a rich, creamy, homemade taste without all the draining, straining, and hassle of making it yourself.
Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.
Anja is a pediatric dietitian by day and vegan foodie by night. She posts recipes, nutrition tips, and mediocre foodtography. Her New Year’s resolutions include building a virtual nutrition coaching business for vegan and veg-curious clients. Check out her blog at vegcentricdietitian.com.
Cayla is an event planner, copywriter, catering manager, and vegan foodie. If she’s not working, she’s probably catching one of her favorite composers in concert, riding her bike to the movies, watching a gorgeous sunset at the bluff in Long Beach, or convincing her girlfriend to go out to eat at another vegan restaurant ... again.
Vegan 4 years, Kayla Pasko is originally from Milwaukee, WI and graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with a degree in communications. When she’s not scoping out trendy vegan spots in NYC you can find her reading, taking a yoga class, or shopping at Trader Joe’s.
Vegan 15 years, Tammie is a VegOut OG, with the team since its beginnings. Self-proclaimed super-woke wellness guru, she's an author, dreamer, and YouTube star wannabe. Her passion, aside from writing about #alltheveganfood, is helping individuals overcome personal barriers to happiness and success.
Tanya Flink is an Orange County journalist willing to run for vegan food. She's written for several plant-based publications, including VegNews, Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and LIVEKINDLY. She currently serves as the Content Manager for Switch4Good.