A vegan's adventures cooking for her meatatarian husband

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Please let me start off my saying, my favorite treat is ice cream. Let me also point out that most vegan ice cream tastes more like ice than cream. SIGH. I was recently visiting my sister and stinking cute new nephew in L.A and had The Kid with me so naturally we had to find ice cream one afternoon. I also needed to try on some new running shoes so I dragged The Kid along with the promise (re: bribe) of going for ice cream right after I was done. I asked the store manager if there was anywhere nearby for decent ice cream and he suggested a new place called Quenelle. He mentioned that the owner was somebody well known and it would probably be pretty good.

Feast your jealous eyes on this bad boy.

quenelle ice cream

Oh Em Gee. It was so good.  This was the soy based peanut butter fudge and it was pretty much to DIE for. The Kid selected a traditional option of marscapone vanilla and he inhaled it. I really think this was the best thing I ate on our trip (more posts to come on that) and I hit all my favorite spots. L.A is probably the most vegan friendly city in the United States with New York City vying for the top spot. Regardless, if you want a serious treat (they also had about a dozen other gourmet flavours as well as some popsicle options!) head over to Quenelle next time you are in the Los Angeles area. You will love me forever. And maybe them too….

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So to cap off our family vacation in southern California we spent a weekend at my sister’s house near Burbank. One of her favorite places for brunch is Bea Bea’s. I had been there once before with her and the Kid and remembered it being pretty great, plus they had vegan pancakes. Don’t have to ask me twice.

The awesome thing about the menu is that any of the dishes (pancakes) could be made with the vegan pancake batter! There are like a trillion to choose from (okay, like a dozen) and they all looked SO good. Now I didn’t ask, but I am going to make an educated guess that the ones with super heavy dairy based toppings don’t actually work as vegan dishes. But there were so many that would work that it wasn’t really a big deal.

I decided on the apple cobbler vegan pancakes and they were ginormous and really tasty!!!

beabeas vegan pancakes

The Kid got the french toast (bigger than his head!) and the Hubs got some meaty thing with a side of french toast and everybody was pretty pleased with their dishes. They were also super kid friendly with colouring available and very reasonably priced options for the wee ones.

I do find that this is a major problem in Canada. Very few restaurants have kid’s menus and or kid’s sized portions available. My son is four. He is not a big enough eater to justify ordering him is own entree, however, he is big enough that I don’t want to share with him.

Canadian restauranteurs? If you’re listening, please add a kids menu. PLEASE.

Anyways, it was a super busy spot but it was worth the wait. Will go back to try the pumpkin pancakes. Yum…