1 Medjool Date
1 TBL Veg Cuisine Soy Bleu cheese, crumbled
1 walnut

Make a slit lengthwise in date. Carefully remove pit. Stuff date with crumbled bleu cheese. Top with walnut.

Makes 1 stuffed date


 I’m always looking for great vegan restaurants in my local area. My daughter’s piano teacher told me about the Golden Mean Cafe’ in Santa Monica, CA. I dragged my husband with me, as he is my partner in crime when it comes to new finds. Actually, I like to try what he orders, and vice versa.

Our server spouted off several specials, all sounding delicious. I was told prior to going to order the Lean Mean Veggie Burger with the works (added tempeh bacon, vegan cheese and avocado). The burger is made from beans, grains and veggies. My dish came with a side salad of spinach, black beans and yams dressed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious and I would return just for this dish alone.

My husband ordered one of the specials, which was a sweet corn tamale cake garnished with a red sauce and soy cheese accompanied with a couscous side salad that was light and fresh tasting. I loved his too and would go back for this dish as well.

We decided to take home a slice of the top 3 cakes in the  picture. I love chocolate, and as this cake was delicious, I found myself loving the coconut iced cake even more. How could that be?! All 3 desserts were to die for! There are gluten-free desserts too!

Golden Mean Cafe serves up soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, shakes, pastries and several appetizers and entrees. The cafe  is quaint and has a very comfortable and eco-friendly atmosphere using warm tones and cozy cushions.

Check out their website for location and hours and plan your visit this week.

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green

Being vegan, ordering pizza to be delivered has always been something I never thought I would be able to do again. After all, what pizza joint makes dairy-free pizza? On my search for one that did, I was thrilled to discover Pizza Fusion, an organic pizzeria. Aside from regular pizzas, they have a few vegan choices. I have ordered pizza to be delivered on many occasions from the Santa Monica Ocean Park store, and have dined at the Hollywood Sunset Blvd location. Consistency is a good thing, and this place delivers the best tasting vegan pizzas. I opt for the Very Vegan with crimini mushrooms, roasted garlic, tomato sauce and soy cheese. I actually have them make half with soy cheese and the other half with Daiya (soy-free and gluten-free). I had this on both crusts, the organic white and the multi-grain gluten-free. I love them equally.

I always get the Fusion Salad with Goddess dressing, since these are dairy-free. My family loves the food and anyone would be happy with a place where you can order from both sides of the menu and please everyone. They even have a vegan dessert, a homemade brownie that is gluten-free and highly delicious.

The Hollywood store has dine-in specials, from free pizza Monday, wine and dine Tuesday, draft beer Wednesday, gluten-free Thursday, and a daily happy hour from 4-7p. Check them out today!

Visit their website for locations and hours.

The Freegan Vegan
Eat Smart…
Eat Green