Every time I visit Seattle, I obtain permanent heart-eyes over the seemingly endless amounts of vegan food at my disposal. Don’t get me wrong: I have no shortage of options in Los Angeles either, but there’s something about the charming atmospheres of Seattle restaurants that has me feeling right at home. I’ve only visited twice now, but I always make it a point to try a new vegan spot, in hopes I am overwhelmed with the feeling of, “Oh my god, this is the best meal I’ve had!” 

Whether you live in Seattle or are planning an upcoming trip, I’ve rounded up 5 restaurants you need to check out that serve vegetarian/vegan food, as well as my recommendations on what to get. Let’s do this!

  1. Plum Bistro 

The most recent vegan spot that Alex and I have tried, and oh man it is one of the best. PB encompasses an industrial-chic vibe with fresh greenery cascading from the walls. Talk about an instant mood booster! Get there during happy hour for reasonable prices and unique menu items you can easily share. I got the quinoa avocado tacos, and Alex and I shared their so-called “famous” spicy cajun mac and yease. I was hesitant to try this, as vegan “cheese” has failed to impress me 9/10 times. First bite in, my taste buds were screaming holy shit, give me more. Even my Wisconsin-native cheese-head boyfriend was wide-eyed and savoring every last bite. The full menu boasts organic and vegan ingredients from handmade pizzas to burgers and even “fish”. Alex tried the cuban black beauty and claims it is the best vegan meal he has ever had. 

Open For: Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner

Went For: Dinner

Must Try: Spicy Cajun Mac and Yease (it’s so good, you might want one for yourself!)

Must Know: The space isn’t huge, so expect a small wait if you go on a busy night. I’ve also heard they may not be the best place if you have celiac, but I would call and confirm if this is a deal-breaker for you!

Atmosphere: Industrial-Chic, Trendy

Price: $11-30

2. Frankie & Jo’s 

Recommended by one of you guys (thanks girl!), Alex and I stopped here on a toasty August afternoon. I used to love me some ice cream, but ever since I stopped eating dairy, I haven’t had a ton of plant-based ice cream. I’ve only ever been to ice cream shoppes that offer a few dairy-free flavors, but never a fully plant-based shop…so I was practically drooling upon arrival. First off, the aroma of the place is enough to get ya goin’, but for all you gluten-free folks, you should know it is entirely GF, right down to the maple-vanilla waffle cones. I loved every flavor I tried, but ended up getting a scoop of the California Cabin flavor with “moon goo”: their very own salted caramel drizzle with activated charcoal. The flavors are all so incredibly unique, and you can even take a pint home with you! I dare your dairy-eating friends to even realize their ice cream is dairy-free!

Open: Noon-11pm daily

Must Try: California Cabin with Moon Goo. 

Must Know: It’s entirely plant-based and gluten-free! They also offer sorbets, shakes, and seasonal flavors.

Atmosphere: Quaint, Trendy, Natural Light

Price: $-$$

3. Cafe Flora

Enjoy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free eats in the heart of Madison Valley. A short drive out of the city, but well worth it! A cozy, earthy spot that accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions. The outdoor area is adorable! We shared the warm beignets to start (although these might be vegetarian) but were absolutely delicious. You can easily find lighter, healthy options, or opt for some downright tasty comfort food. I got the hoppin’ john fritters and it’s one of those meals that had my mind running on how I can recreate it at home! They even have vegan biscuits and gravy and roasted potatoes, or blackberry lemon ricotta pancakes if you’ve got a sweet tooth, so you can’t really go wrong here!

Went For: Brunch

Open For: Weekend Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Must Try: Hoppin’ John Fritters. Black-eyed pea cakes with vegan cheesy grits and cayenne aioli!

Must Know: It’s mainly vegetarian, so ask your server for suggestions if you’re unsure!

Atmosphere: Earthy, spacious interior and natural light

Price: $11-30

4. Harvest Beat

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If you’re looking for the perfect dinner to celebrate, look no further than Harvest Beat. Alex and I spent our 2nd year anniversary here, and it was the most unique dinner experience we’d ever had! Vegan or not, you’ll be in absolute bliss with five courses of locally foraged vegan ingredients. Due to this, the menu changes every week (or even every day) so you’ll never have the same experience, which I personally love! The coolest part? Everyone in the restaurant eats at the same time! Dinner begins promptly at 7 (or 6:30 on Sundays) with the ring of a bell by the chef. He greets everyone, provides background on the food about to be served, and makes you feel right at home. I highly recommend utilizing the wine-pairings by the in-house sommelier, which you get with each course. It’s an extra $32/person, but once again, this is a place to come on occasion for celebration. The meals were unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before, so unique and thoughtful in composition and flavor. You will not be disappointed!

Went For: Dinner

Open For: Dinner Only (7pm Wed-Sat), 6:30pm Sundays

Must Try: Wine-pairings! You get to try a variety of wines that complement each course perfectly.

Must Know: Dinner begins promptly, with everyone eating at the same time, so get there ahead of time. Must make a reservation, but they have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and you will be charged some if you don’t show. Plan accordingly!

Atmosphere: Dimly lit, charming. Feels like you’re at a relative’s home!

Price: $$$ ($56/person + $32 wine-pairing or $18 non-alcoholic pairings)

5. Wayward Vegan Cafe

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The only spot on the list that I haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by…yet. The positive feedback I’ve heard about this place, and how much I’m personally dying to visit it, is why Wayward made the cut. I’ve only been (almost a full) vegan for just about 2 years now, so for most of my life I was a picky eater who loved her American comfort food. Some vegan spots can be too much and a little try-hard, so when I heard about Wayward I was more than intrigued: veganized American diner food served all day. Yes, please! They’ve also got bottomless coffee (Seattle, you know the way to my heart) and large portions to fill your appetite and your soul. They’re serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner food all day long, plus they have an entirely gluten-free menu available. I’m particularly drawn to the stuffed hashbrowns and omelettes, but who am I kidding, I’d try it all!

Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (served all day)

Price: $11-30

There are so many veg spots in Seattle, I’m dying to know your favorite! Let’s chat below! If you have another place I have to try, or have been to any of these above, I want to know! Stay tuned for my must-try drinks in Seattle, coming soon!

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Hey beauties! Today I have some yummy vegan recipes to share with you today! All of these meals were featured in my most recent What I Ate Today video, so feel free to watch along below!

I’ve done many What I Ate Today style videos on my channel over the last year or so, but sometimes you guys have questions about cook time, heat settings, ingredients, and food swaps. While I do my best to answer all your questions in the comments of my videos, not everyone may see those! So I thought a great way to help you guys out would be to make a blog post for every future recipe video, so you can easily see what I’m using, how I’m cooking it, and any other tips I have for the meal!

Before I get on to the recipes, I want to update you guys on where I’ve been, and why I haven’t posted much on here in the last week. In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may not know I was in Cape Cod for a Bachelorette party, and back home in Minnesota briefly before I flew back to LA! I won’t touch too much into it because I have a full post coming about the Cape, but it was ah-mazing. I also hit a huge spark of inspiration while I was traveling, so I’ve been creating and designing behind-the-scenes and will revamp my blog soon! I know I just launched it, but it was never the final look! While I love how my blog is clean and easy to navigate, it’s missing my creative touch! I’m so excited for you guys to see this baby transform!

Lastly, I just want to thank all my newsletter babes, those subscribed to the blog, for all your wonderful feedback from the survey I sent out not too long ago! I have made a comprehensive list of all of your responses, and will be taking your feedback into account when creating content! It’s so helpful to see what you guys like seeing from me, as I want you guys to love what you’re seeing here, and help you in all aspects of our crazy, young-adult lives! I am also so incredibly happy to see you guys are loving my surprise goodies I sent to your inbox! I smile so big whenever you tweet me a photo of your phone background, desktop screensaver, or my printables on your walls! I hope all of you are sticking with your August challenge! Make sure you tweet/instagram me your progress using #BeautiesChallenge! If you missed this month’s goodies, don’t fret! I’ll be sending out new goodies every first of the month, including a new challenge! Make sure to enter your email in the sidebar to the right to make sure you won’t miss out!

Quick Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal
Serves 1
A filling, plant-based breakfast with macronutrients to provide lasting energy!
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
4 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
  2. 1/2 cup Water
  3. 1/4-1/2 cup Almond Milk
  4. 1 tbs Organic Almond Butter
  5. 1 Banana (ripe & spotty recommended)
  6. 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Measure the oats into a microwavable bowl.
  2. Add water and almond milk to oats. You can do just water or almond milk, or mix them like I do! If you go with one or the other, make sure to double the amount! Stir with spoon.
  3. Microwave oats for 1 min. Take out, stir, let liquid absorb for another 30 seconds.
  4. Chop up banana and stir into bowl of oats.
  5. Microwave for another 1-2 min.
  6. Once done, add almond butter and cinnamon. Yum!
Notes
  1. Tip: I enjoy my oatmeal more on the dryer side. If you prefer more liquidy, you can always add more water or almond milk!
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Along with my morning oats, I enjoy a cup of coffee! I know a lot of vegans do not consume caffeine, as carbohydrates are often their main energy source, but I truly love the taste. I don’t have one every morning, but I’m not against it by any means. My current way to enjoy my cup o’ joe is below:

Coffee
A cup of coffee with the ability to regulate your hormones and improve brain function? Yes, please!
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Ingredients
  1. Organic Coffee Beans (quantity varies)
  2. Water (quantity varies)
  3. 1 tsp Organic Maca Powder
  4. Barista Blend Almond Milk
Instructions
  1. Make your coffee following the instructions on the bag. This will vary depending on how much you make, hence why there is no quantity listed! Fill coffee maker with water and brew away!
  2. Pour cup of coffee.
  3. Add maca powder and stir thoroughly.
  4. Optional: Add a splash of almond milk or plant-based creamer if desired. I prefer my coffee black, but sometimes it's fun to switch it up!
Notes
  1. Tip: While maca is considered safe for most, please consult your doctor before consuming if you suffer from thyroid issues, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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After posting this video, a lot of you asked me about what the heck maca powder is and why I consume it! I will definitely explain this more thoroughly in an upcoming video, but maca powder has a range of health benefits! I started integrating the powder in my daily routine due to the hormone regulating effects, as I recently have been suffering from acne, especially PMS! It’s super easy to incorporate into oatmeal, smoothies, coffee, or sprinkled in your meals!

I also try to get in a big glass of lemon water in the morning! 

Healthy Vegan Oil-Free Stir Fry
Serves 1
An easy to make, quick lunch favorite of mine!
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Trader Joe's Frozen Brown Rice
  2. Trader Joe's Frozen Multigrain with Vegetable Blend
  3. Trader Joe's Frozen Roasted Corn
  4. 1 Zucchini
  5. 1/4 White Onion (chopped/diced)
  6. Green Onion (topping)
  7. 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  8. 1/3 can Organic Black Beans (rinsed, drained)
  9. Nutritional Yeast (amount differs)
Suggested Sauces
  1. Trader Joe's Island Soyaki
  2. Sriracha
  3. Organic Dijon Mustard
Instructions
  1. Add onion and minced garlic to a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 min.
  2. Add zucchini, roasted corn, and multigrain/vegetable blend. Add as much corn and multigrain blend as you desire! Cook for a few min.
  3. Add a splash of Island soyaki sauce and stir. Add any other seasonings at this point as well (I love smoked paprika, onion/garlic powder) Cook for another minute.
  4. Add drained/rinsed black beans to pan.
  5. At this time, microwave the rice according to directions. If using the Trader Joe's brand, cut 1/4 in. slit and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add rice to the pan. Amount will differ depending on how much you are making. If you want leftovers, I suggest the whole package.
  7. Add sauces! I love organic dijon mustard and Sriracha!
  8. Sprinkle nutritional yeast over stir fry! Amount depends on how much you made.
  9. Serve in bowl! Top with chopped green onion, sriracha, and salt if desired.
Notes
  1. Tip: I try to not cook with oils, but if you do, you can add a little in the beginning with the onion and garlic. If you find your veggies are sticking to the pan, keep water on hand and add a splash whenever you desire!
  2. Tip: If you can't get your hands on these Trader Joe's items, you can substitute any soy or teriyaki sauce for Island Soyaki, any frozen or canned corn, any kind of rice you like, and omit the multigrain/vegetable blend! You can add as much variety of vegetables you want, get creative with it!
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I absolutely love making this lunch! In fact, I probably make a version of it 3x/week! I switch up the veggies depending on what I have on hand and what’s in season, but it is so delicious and satisfying! When going plant-based, you have to shift your mindset a bit to not worry about portion-control. Vegetables are so low-cal, you’d have to eat a ton of them to equal the calories of meat, oil, or dairy. This is all about caloric-density, which I want to talk more about in a video soon! It changed my life guys! To put it more visually, I love this graphic provided by forksoverknives.com! If you haven’t seen this documentary, add it to your list!

For dinner, Alex and I love to get creative and try new recipes all the time! As fun as it is to go out to dinner in LA (I mean, the options are endless!) it gets really pricey, really quickly. Ratatouille is a delicious meal that is honestly so inexpensive to make! It’s all vegetables, so you can buy a lot for a really good price!  In fact, ratatouille was initially known as the poor man’s dish! How true for college students?! Only kidding…kind of.

Obviously we did not create this recipe, so we scoured the internet for ratatouille recipes! We’ve made a few different ones over the years, and improvise it now to our liking, and to keep it exciting! You can find some yummy versions here, here, or here! As with any recipe, feel free to switch it up to your liking! If you prefer to cut it in medallions versus chopped, do it! Don’t like eggplant? Use more zucchini instead! You can always make it your own! Ideally I would omit the oil, as I stay away from it whenever possible, but this recipe would be rather dry without it. I can live a little sometimes, okay?!

That’s about it for my first accompanied post to my What I Ate Today video! I hope this is helpful for you guys who need a little more info, or like to save the recipes for later! I’ll make sure to take some photos of the meals next time around! Let me know what meals you want me to make next, or your go-to recipes, in the comments below!

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make out everyday? don’t mind if I do…

 One of my favorite things about LA is the abundance of aesthetically-pleasing yet downright delicious cafes. I have college to thank for my addiction to coffee, and the shops I’d spend most of my afternoons studying in and working on videos. The hours I spend each week editing content creates an element of solitude, so I crave an inspiring environment to get to work. Hence my love for cafes: the stomping grounds for fellow caffeine enthusiasts to get their fix while getting shit done. A place to mingle, collaborate, and people-watch (obligatory).

 Welcome to Make Out, a cafe that promises everyday plant food, set in the heart of downtown Culver City. When I first strolled past this place, I was drawn in by the plump silhouette of lips that almost seem to be drooling–a great foreshadow for what I’d look like shortly after trying their chai for the first time. 100% vegan and 90% raw, Make Out provides a breezy experience for health connoisseurs looking to get their daily dose of fuel. Any fellow veg heads can back me up when I say not having to scour a menu for the limited veg options is as close to paradise as it gets.

Find a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and your standard coffee and specialty drinks. I must admit, I keep going back to the almond milk chai tea latte. You can also sub brazil nut or pumpkin seed milk if that’s more your jam. They say when you find a good chai, you don’t let it go…okay maybe I just say that. They hold a special place in my heart okay? It can be difficult finding that perfect chai–not overly sweet, the right amount of spice, not watered down. This baby checked off all the boxes, so if you’re unsure of what to order, try this! Something I am not a big fan of is their matcha latte, but I am very picky when it comes to this drink! I’m into the westernized version of the drink, typically with a milk (as opposed to water) and slightly sweetened. They’re always a hit or miss with me, as they are often way too sweet, or taste like straight up water with a hint of tea. If you enjoy the latter, you would like their version, but for me it lacked that hint of sweetness and creaminess I crave in a matcha.

Don’t get me started on the aesthetics of this place, because I will not stop raving about it. Prepare to walk into an open, clean and modern space. Crisp and white with a pop of nature, like this wall plant. Oh my gosh, I want this in my apartment so badly!

Whether you live in LA or are planning a visit, consider adding Make Out to your list of pit stops, or bring a book or your laptop and stay awhile. I adore the airy yet cozy environment to spend an afternoon or catch up with a friend. It’s nestled in the charming plaza of Culver City, so you can walk around and explore the historic Culver Hotel next door, catch a movie at the Arclight, do some shopping at the nearby Platform, or stroll to the nearest production studio.

Have you been to Make Out? What are your favorite cafes here in LA, or in your town? Do you prefer an airy, calm coffee shop, or a dark, rustic kind of vibe? I wanna know your thoughts!

xx cait

 

photos by: taylor noelle krause

Make Out | 9426 Washington Blvd