This weekend I was invited by Pitzer College in Southern California to teach a class on how to veganize Filipino Food.
This was only my second time doing a demo so I was very excited and nervous at the same time. Plus, I was going to cook not just one but three vegan Filipino dishes so the idea was pretty nerve-racking. I featured: Vegan Roasted Eggplant Salad (Ensaladang Talong), Vegan Sisig, and Vegan Bibingka.
Professor Todd Honma, who organized the whole thing, asked me to emphasize the health aspects of my cooking so I did adjustments to my recipes by replacing natural sugar to agave, rice flour to coconut flour, and white rice to quinoa.
Below are snapshots of the demo:
I love that the students were so receptive. The workshop took about four hours and they paid attention the entire time! The students asked tons of great questions and remained inquisitive all throughout the demo.
I felt so lucky and fortunate to have been there sharing what I learned about vegan Filipino cooking. I’m grateful to Pitzer College as well as Professor Todd Honma for their interest in my work.
Before heading back to the Bay Area, of course I had to check out some vegan restaurants in LA.
It’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of vegan restaurants in LA. In fact, a new one just opened a couple of months ago: The Springs LA, an all raw vegan restaurant that houses a wellness center as well as an office for the organization, Farm Sanctuary. It also has sections for cute shops which I’m assuming also sell vegan products.
Here are some of the nice exteriors and interiors of The Springs:
For food, we got the raw vegan carbonara, hummus and crackers, raw tea leaf salad, raw rangoons (made of dried coconut skin wontons!) as well as raw vegan green curry.
For dessert, we got the raw cheesecake with blood orange ice cream, ice cream trio (black sesame, peach, and chocolate), and chocolate cake.
The place was spacious but homey. It also has a feel of both a luxurious loft and a tropical resort.
It was my third time meeting up with Yvonne and my first time meeting Hiram who was very nice and friendly in person.
The next night, my family and I went to Bright Star Thai Vegan restaurant. Interestingly enough, the sign “Bright Star” looks way too small compared to the sign “Thai Vegan”. I think that’s cool though that they’re proud to be a vegan establishment.
Bright Star reminds me of the vegan Thai restaurants in the Bay Area. It offers a variety of fresh vegetables and tofu as well as mock meats.
I highly recommend getting the orange tofu.
Bright Star restaurant is a personal recommendation of my sister and her husband who both frequent this place.
On top of my photos, I also shot some videos from the trip. I’ve put the footage together for a quick two-minute video. Please feel free to check out the video below.
Thanks for watching!
Have you been to LA? What’s your favorite vegan spot?