Favorite Things

Although there are many fabulous vegan companies, chefs, products, etc. out there, these are things we've actually tried and think you should know about.  They are not in any order of preference.

Chefs & Cookbooks
Kim Garr - C'est La Vegan - Studio City, CA
Sarah Kramer - GoVegan! - Victoria, BC

Vegan Desserts & Bakeries
C'est La Vegan - Studio City, CA
Clara's Cakes - Echo Park, CA
Babycakes NYC - New York, Orlando, Downtown & Larchmont (Los Angeles)
Stephanie's Bakery - Ocean Beach (San Diego), CA
JAM Vegan Bakery - Los Angeles, Ca
Peace Pies - San Diego
Kind Kreme - Echo Park, Studio City & Pasadena.  Not all flavors are vegan
Scoops - East Hollywood, Ca.  Not all flavors are vegan
Whole Foods Markets - baklava, cookies, ice cream, cakes, etc. available at your local store!

All Vegan Restaurants
Shojin - Japanese cuisine in Downtown Los Angeles, Ca
Vinh Loi Tofu - Vietnamese cuisine in Reseda, CA
Sage Vegan Bistro - American cuisine in Echo Park, Ca
Free Soul Caffe - American cuisine in Tustin, Ca
The Veggie Grill - American cuisine in SoCal & Portland, OR
Native Foods - Globally inspired dishes with an American twist located in SoCal, Boulder, Portland & Chicago
Sun Cafe - Raw and cooked, California cuisine in Studio City, Ca
The Vegan Joint - Thai cuisine with some American favorites located in Culver City & Woodland Hills
Evolution Fast Food - Hillcrest (San Diego), Ca

All Vegan Food Carts & Trucks
Plant Food For People - Jackfruit Tacos in Highland Park, Ca
SeaBirds Truck - healthy fast-food without feeling like a "greaseball", Orange County, Ca
The Franken Stand - vegan franks with a variety of condiments

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants & Markets
Mohawk Bend - Echo Park, Ca
Hugo's Restaurant - West Hollywood, Studio City, Agoura Hills
Hugo's Tacos - Studio City & Atwater Village, Ca
Mendocino Farms - 4 SoCal locations!
Lemonade LA - 10 SoCal locations!  
Tender Greens - 7 SoCal locations!
The Original Pizza Cookery - Woodland Hills, Ca
Whole Foods Markets - soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, and other made to order vegan goodies!
Figueroa Produce - made to order vegan deli sandwiches and market items.

Documentaries
Forks Over Knives - Why is the idea of going under the knife to treat illness considered normal, but eating plant-based so extreme?  FOK explores the science behind eating vegan and treating disease the natural way.
The Cove - 2010 Academy Award Winning film that takes an viewers on an action packed adventure to Taiji to discover what's really going on with the dolphin trade for meat and entertainment.
Skin Trade - Do you know the truth about the fur industry?  Fur comes from the bodies of animals who are kept in tiny cages until they are beaten, electrocuted, then skinned alive and left to die slow, painful deaths. You may even want to take a second look at the "faux" garments in your closet.

Apparel & Accessories
Vegan Collection - an online vegan shoe and accessories company from Los Angeles, Ca committed to providing stylish, cruelty-free products at reasonable prices. 25% of all profits are donated to one of four animal rights organizations of your choosing and 1% of all profits go towards retiring verified greenhouse gas emissions offsets.
Alternative Outfitters - an online store and showroom based in Pasadena, Ca which offers a selection of fashionable leather alternatives and cruelty-free products for men and women including vegan shoes, vegan boots, bags and other animal friendly accessories.
Vaute Couture - an online store and showroom based in New York which offers luxury coats and accessories for men and women.  

Non-Profit Organizations
Farm Sanctuary - Mercy for Animals - Mercy for Animals is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. Over 99% of cruelty to animals in the United States occurs at the hands of the meat, dairy, and egg industries - which confine, mutilate, and slaughter over 9 billion animals each year. As such, MFA primarily focuses on farmed animal advocacy and promoting cruelty-free food choices.
Compassion Over Killing - COK is dedicated to ending animal abuse by focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman. They have offices in Washington DC and Los Angeles, CA.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) - FARM is dedicated to ending the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. They believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. They operate just outside of Washington, DC and work through our Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) with volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries.
Vegan Outreach - VO is dedicated to exposing and ending cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets.
California Wildlife Center - CWC is a non-profit organization whose mission is two-fold: to assist sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife by ensuring each receives the highest level of rehabilitative care for release back to its natural habitat; and to promote protection of wildlife and its habitat through public education. They are located in Calabasas, Ca.

Web Tools & Resources
Humane Consumer - up-to-date resource for conscientious shoppers concerned about the effect their dollar has on animalwelfare. Humane Consumer promises to extend beyond federal, private, and non-profit standards to provide lists of truly humane manufacturers of groceries, home goods, supplements, body care, cosmetics, pet care, and apparel. Brands listed are re-evaluated annually.