Hello Everyone! I hope you are all warm and cozy – wherever you are!!!
I’m thankful for each and every one of you out there! I hope you all enjoyed your day – whatever you chose to do!!!
My “taste-tester” and I decided to take a few friends out to a Vegan Thanksgiving Tasting! The restaurant was located in the heart of Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles. The name of the restaurant was called Shojin. They are known for Vegan Organic Japanese Cuisine! Since they are a pretty new restaurant, we felt it was time to try their food!
We all arrived at the same time and walked in together. As we headed up the escalator, there were all sorts of traditional Japanese Restaurants located in this building. Quite honestly, I have been going to Downtown Los Angeles for almost 10 yrs on business related matters. Now mind you, I am in the area of this restaurant about 4 – 6 times a week! I never noticed this building! What a nice surprise!
Upon being seated we were served some HOT TEA!
We ordered a Carrot Detox Drink and a Lemon Mint Detox Mojito.
This was pleasent to the palate! A very nice addition to the meal! It also felt really good in my tummy!!!
Both of our drinks prepared our palates for wonderful flavor!!! They were really great drinks. They almost seemed like great recovery drinks after an extreme amount of activity!! (Note to self!!!)
It was time for FOOD!!! Delicious Vegan Food!!!
This was a nice and tantalizing beginning! The green beans had been marinated and left RAW! So the amount of flavor along with the crunch was superb!
This was so wonderful! The soup was left in it’s orginal state of flavor. No additions of salt, or cinammon as I thought might be the case. Perfect and Clean!!!
This salad was great! Fresh and Flavorful! The dressing reminded me of a Thousand Island Dressing made out of Cashews I had experimented with last year! Very Nice!! Again and all RAW dish!!!
By this time everyone was so happy and content with the service and the food! :) We were so involved in our conversation we had forgotton about the final course!
In fact it was really nice to hear about our friends experiences from their childhood. Everyone at the table has been a vegetarian for a long time EXCEPT our friend Ignacio! He was so funny! He cleaned his plate and knew that he would like to go to another tasting again! Very postitive! He recently did some security work at the local meat market and was horrified by the animals being killed and dying in the manner in which they did! YIKES! After that particular “gig” he stopped eating meat. It has been over 3 months since then! He will be going back to Argentina for Christmas, so hopefully I will be able to find some great recipes for him prior to his trip!
Our other friend is a popular DJ on the radio and an MC at many of the Reggae shows we go to. Music! Sweet Music! During our meal, we heard some splendid JAZZ music! Quite a wonderful ambience in the restaurant!
It was time for out final course -
This was a nice meal with great friends and will leave us with “Delicious” Memories! Thanksgiving 2010!!! Thank you readers for reading this post. Thank you for your life and wonderful energy you add to our earth each day!!! For love, life and FOOD – I am thankful!!!