Good Urth

20111217-150010.jpg

It’s always a treat to discover a good restaurant that is super veg-friendly, and that’s just what the Urth Caffé in Santa Monica, California is. I ordered the Urth Tamales, and they were incredible. The ground corn was sweet and fresh, and the cheddar and green chillies were the perfect filling — not overkill on the cheese, nice and spicy with the peppers. I ate this so fast it was literally gone in the blink of an eye! I also enjoyed a Green Matcha Boba Tea (pictured below) which I split with my sister. It was light and refreshing, and we got it with the vanilla flavoring, which made it even more tasty.

20111217-150004.jpg

My sister ordered the Mediterranean Platter (pictured below), which I sampled liberally as we ate. Everything was fresh and light, and the spices were excellent — not too heavy, but full of flavor. The olives (a personal favorite of mine anyway) were particularly fabulous. This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants, and I am already looking forward to the next time I’m in the area so I can visit one of the 4 Urth Caffé locations!

20111217-150016.jpg

Urth Caffé on Urbanspoon

a pink drink & enchiladas

photo by Anne Jansen

Yesterday I ended up at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar — a truly wonderful culinary experience (albeit with an unbelievably, comically horrible waiter). Dinner started with the lovely pink drink pictured above: a virgin blended Prickly Pear Margarita. Delicious! Then came the guacamole (pictured at the bottom of this post), made-to-order right in front of us to our desired level of hotness. The accompanying chips were lightly spiced with a chili powder medley that lent them a nice mild flavor of their own. Finally, the main course:

photo by Anne Jansen

That’s right: cheese enchiladas verdes, and boy was that sauce fresh! As you can see, the meal came with rice and beans — light, fluffy rice and vegetarian refried beans — and the enchiladas were perfectly cheesy without being sickeningly rich. A hard balance to attain, I’ll admit, but nicely done in this case! Yummy! Slightly overpriced, but definitely worth it if you’re willing to splurge.

photo by Anne Jansen

¡poblano perfectamente!

Photo by Anne Jansen

These cheese enchiladas poblanas, served up in a rich mole poblano sauce, made my day. No, they made my trip to California a few months ago. I stayed with a friend in Nob Hill, and we went to this wonderful place called Parilla (“Casual Latin Dining” is their subtitle). Its high ceilings and friendly waitstaff, coupled with the delicious food, made this one of my stomach’s happiest encounters in months. I’m only a little embarrassed to admit that my plate was empty in under five minutes. If you’re ever in the area, swing by Parilla and grab a quick bite of Latin goodness to warm your belly and your food-loving soul!

naturally delicious

photo by Anne Jansen

These black bean enchilladas from The Natural Cafe in Santa Barbara, California, are not only delicious but also vegetarian. In fact, the entire menu offers a wide variety of options for vegetarians and vegans alike. This is not to say that meat-eaters will have to go without — in fact, the grilled chicken pita (pictured below) proved more than satisfying for one of my dining companions. The portions are more than enough, and the prices are highly competitive. The Natural Cafe is one of my all-time favorites.

photo by Anne Jansen

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...