Continuing on with my California adventures, I thought I would post about Gracias Madre in West Hollywood.Gracias Madre was a place that I had on my to-go-to list for a while, and was glad that while we were out exploring the rest of Hollywood that I was able to stop by.
Let’s talk about the first restaurant I went to when I got to California: Suncafe in Studio City.I was tired from the flight out, and had to be up really early the next morning to get to Anaheim for the first day of VidCon, so my friend Mercy (who I was staying with) suggested Suncafe as one of her favorite restaurants. It wasn’t too far from her place, so we didn’t have to travel far.
I’m still trying to catch up on all the amazing food I had while in California (there’s a lot, and I didn’t even get most of it on camera). Although Veggie Grill is a chain, I had never been there and wanted to make sure I got the chance to go while on the West Coast. I ended up stopping by one after day two of VidCon, so that I wasn’t on the road at rush hour.
If you live in California, you’ve probably already gone to one. There were several in the area that I was in, but I ended up at the one in a shopping area in-between Anaheim and Hollywood, and thought it might be busy, but got lucky and got in just before a huge crowd came in.
It’s been about a week since I last updated, and for that I’m sad. I had been doing so well in my resolutions, and was really enjoying regularly updating this blog. Life has been a struggle, and I’ve let my anxieties and depression about the current president and all the horrendously disgusting and hateful things he is doing to others (and that there are people who actually voted for him that I know) get the best of me. It’s been hard bouncing back.
I’ve been struggling with my want to do more, and the want to not do anything (hi, depression!), and then that just makes it an ongoing cycle. It doesn’t help that we’ve been semi-slow at work too. I have more time to think, and sometimes that isn’t a good thing. I’ve been escaping more in kdramas, which mentally is probably for the best, it just creates a problem since I have to read subtitles to know what’s going on, I can’t do much of anything else while I watch like I would a show in English.
I’m also trying to not let myself be upset that I am doing these things. Mental health days are extremely important even from things outside of the workplace and that it’s ok to take some time off when things get too stressful. The important thing is to get back up, and continue on.
I’ve thrown in a bunch of random pics into this post that I find soothing and love looking at. When I see them, it makes me happy. I need happy right now.
I have some major catching up to do, and as I was sorting through the pictures on my computer, I found a bunch from a great restaurant I ate at last summer while I was in Clarksville Maryland, called Great Sage. It’s located in an adorable strip mall that has number of vegan and eco-friendly stores (including the amazing Roots Market).
My flight from LA landed later at night in Baltimore, so instead of driving back to Virginia at that time, my Mom and I ended up staying at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. The next day they suggested going to this restaurant after having been there several times. They are by no means vegan, so I knew that it was probably a good sign if they suggested going.
It’s a really cute spot. We sat inside, but there was outdoor seating. There were signs for local music nights, which would probably be really nice during the cooler months. The menu is entirely vegan, which is always a plus. I can’t begin to describe how awesome it is when you can look at a menu and the only thing stopping you is choosing between things
I ended up getting the roasted veggie panini and a side of the baked mac and cheese. Mac and cheese is one of the things I miss the most, and I’m always trying out different versions to find the best one. Theirs was ok, it was made with Daiya and I’m not a crazy fan of it and can pick out the taste when it’s used in items. It was creamy, and I really liked the bread crumbs. I prefer mac and cheese to use actual macaroni, but I think the penne-type noodles worked with this specific sauce.
The panini was good but the real star was the potato salad. Seriously, probably one of the better potato salads I’ve had anywhere, vegan or not. It was everyone’s favorite.
They had a pretty decent sized dessert menu, and we ended up sharing the carrot cake.
Oh. My. God. I mean, look at it. It was so good. I still think about that cake. Carrot cake isn’t even my favorite cake. It’s not even a cake I typically go for, but it was so good. They also have a variety of baked goods for take out.I’d really love to go back and try more, I just wish it wasn’t so far away! The menu had a lot of great options that I really wanted to try. If you are in the area, I highly recommend you check it out!