Little Barn Coffee House (PRIDE 2024)!

It is already difficult to open a restaurant in the best of times.  However, co-owners Joana and Seleste successfully opened the vegan cafe,  Little Barn Coffee House, right in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This adorable shop is nestled next to a quiet residential neighborhood.

Above: Co-owner Joana

The biscuit they make for the Vegan Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is worth coming back for alone!  Buttery, soft, scrumptiousness!

My favorite thing we ordered on this visit was the Vegan Chicken Sandwich with green pesto.  The artisanal bread was hardy, but not too heavy.  This sandwich has the perfect amount of kale for a nice crunch and vegan cheese to enhance the flavor. It is definitely the best vegan sandwich I’ve ever had! I’m looking forward to going back and trying more of their selection.

They are very friendly and have great customer service. For PRIDE month and throughout the year, support this lady Latinx/2SLGBTQ+ owned business!

Little Barn Coffee House

ADDRESS:

3329 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

PHONE:

(323) 612- 6000

HOURS:

Mon: CLOSED

Tues: 9am – 3pm

Wed: 9am – 3pm

Thurs: 9am -3pm

Fri: 9am – 3pm

Sat: 8am – 3pm

Sun: 8am – 3pm

FACEBOOK:

https://m.facebook.com/littlebarncoffeehouse

Vurger Guyz (Juneteenth 2024!)

In honor of Juneteenth 2024, we decided to highlight an African American owned business in Los Angeles.  When I say we were not prepared for such a great find – I mean it!

Wow!  That’s what we have to say about the vegan cheeseburger at Vurger Guyz.   It is amazing!  The soft bun, carmalized onions, melted vegan cheese, pickles, and nicely chard patty all mix so well together.  You can add yummy seasoned fries or sweet potato fries on the side.  I usually get their lemonade soda pop for a refreshment with the scrumptious meal.  Yes – I have already gone back TWICE! They also have a great cream soda option.

Above photo of Vurger Guyz owner – Mr. V

Mr. V, the owner, is super friendly.  He has brought the positive small community energy of Brooklyn right to the streets of L.A.

Everyone I’ve seen leaves the truck full and satisfied!

Parking tip for their regular location next to Whole Foods:

For one free hour of parking, park in the parking garage under Whole Foods – get something small at Whole Foods for parking validation and walk to their back balcony.  You can see and walk to the Vurger Guyz Food Truck from the back balcony.

Juneteenth Celebration

Vurger Guyz will be at the Leimert Park Juneteenth Celebration (Wednesday, June 19, 2024).

Event Location: 4317 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008.

Festivities are from 11am to 8pm.

Vurger Guyz

ADDRESS:

788 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles (Downtown), CA 90014

[This is their regular daily location]

HOURS:

Everyday 12pm – 7pm

PHONE:

(213)-298-1724

EMAIL:

CATERING@VURGERGUYZ.COM

WEBSITE:

https://www.vurgerguyz.com/

Vegan Gifts for Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is right around the corner!  Here are some vegan gift ideas for your Dad’s special day. Many of them are also eco-friendly!

Compostable Phone Case

The Pela brand has created a variety of phone case designs. They have collections for both iPhone and Android phones. The pliable material provides the ultimate protection for your cell. Better yet, when the phone case reaches the end of its life cycle, it can be composted!

Eco-Friendly Cell Phone

Fairphone has made the most eco-friendly phone on the market.  The company originated in Europe and their cell phones are finally available in the United States.  They even offer materials and online video tutorials to fix your phone yourself.  Their goal is to provide a sturdy cell phone that lasts.  This reduces waste in landfills and the use of natural resources.

Vegan Wallet and Vegan Belt Gift Set

Get your dad a classy and practical gift set. This vegan wallet and vegan belt are sure to match the majority of his attire. Watson and Wolfe can always be trusted to add style to any wardrobe.

Vegan Chapstick (Vegan Lip Balm)

Most chapstick is packaged in a plastic tube and plastic cap that would end up in a landfill mountain of trash. No more polluting the earth or the ocean. Eco Roots has the solution to protect other beings from getting hurt from our unnecessary garbage. The compostable container for this lip balm is the answer we need.

Vegan Soap

Let your dad start his day with a refreshing organic bar of vegan soap! Help him keep his rugged good looks with a charcoal Facial Vegan Soap Bar. Both are sure to be great additions to his gift bag!

Vegan Deodorant in Compostable Packaging

Daddy-O will be smelling fresh with this vegan deodorant by Meow Meow Tweet. Better yet, the thick paper packaging they use can go right back into Mother Nature – unlike the pollution plastic of other deodorant brands.

Vegan Body Butter (Fragrance-free vegan lotion)

Live Like You Green it is taking the eco-friendly mission seriously. They provide a variety of vegan self-care products. This vegan lotion is a must-have to help your dad keep his skin healthy.

Good Guys Socks

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather has added the slogan , “Good Guys Go Vegan,” to their brand. If you have a vegan dad, he’ll love these socks and the variety of colors. These statement socks are great for the gym, lounging at home, or playing sports.

Compostable Tennis Shoes

BlueView is doing its part to save the planet by offering eco-friendly tennis shoes. The materials used are not just natural. Once they are warn out, these shoes can be buried in the back yard, the vegetable garden or your own compost pile!

Vegan Dress Shoes & Vegan Tennis Shoes (Masculine vibe)

Go from the office to a fun holiday with shoes from Gentleberg. Whether your father has to dress up or can be casual, with this brand he won’t skip a beat. Browse their site for the perfect kicks for your dad!

We hope this list has made Father’s Day shopping a breeze! Let us know your favorites in the comments. Have other vegan gift ideas? Send those to us to share in the future!

Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Vegan Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day!!!  Whether you are getting gifts to celebrate your biological mother or the lady or ladies that have been wonderfully motherly to you, this list of gifts will help you out.  These Mother’s Day gift ideas are vegan and keep the environment in mind.  So let’s get our mothers something plastic-free, cruelty-free, and lovely!

Bath Kit (customizable)

Photo credit: The Refill Shoppe

The Refill Shoppe

Allow your mother to relax and rejuvenate with this wonderful vegan Bubble Bath Kit by The Refill Shoppe.  They have a large variety of pre-blended scents: Citrus Blend, Tropical Blend, Flowery Blend, Caramel Latte and many more.

You also have the option to create your own signature 2 – 5 scent blend from a collection of over 50 scents!

Vegan Cactus Soap

Photo credit: Nopalera

Nopalera

You May recognize the founder of Nopalera from the TV show Shark Tank! She has created earth-friendly vegan soap from the hearty cactus plant. The soap and the packaging are eco-friendly!

Vegan Shampoo & Vegan Conditioner

Photo credit: Fat and the Moon

Fat and the Moon

Are you pretty sure your mother knows magic? Moms do some magical things! Get her these eco-friendly vegan shampoo and vegan conditioner bars so she is nice and fresh for her next coven gathering under the moon!


Vegan Organic Deodorant

Photo credit: Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It makes this vegan organic deodorant for sensitive skin. It is plastic-free and we’ve heard the scent is amazing!

Vegan Deodorant

Photo credit: Meow, Meow, Tweet

Meow, Meow, Tweet

Meow, Meow, Tweet’s vegan deodorant has a plastic-free compostable cardboard & paper push-up container. Their deodorant provides all-day protection that keeps you smelling great!

Organic Vegan Body Butter (OrganicVegan Lotion)

Photo credit: Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It

After a relaxing bubble bath, your mother deserves this calming mixture of lavender and vanilla. This vegan body butter will moisturize and soothe any nerves from a long day. It is even soothing for eczema. Cruelty-free organic vegan lotions like this are the way to go from now on!

Vegan Lip Balm

Photo credit: Eco Roots

Eco Roots

Eco Roots provides cruelty-free vegan products. Their vegan lip balm is offered in different flavors and they even have an unflavored option. Our busy moms may forget to moisturize, so lip balm is a great gift for self-care.

Vegan Lipstick

Photo credit: Cheekbone

Cheekbone

For an extra boost in her day, treat your mom to Cheekbone’s sustainable vegan lipstick line. She can return the container for refills so it doesn’t end up in a landfill! With a variety of colors, there is sure to be one that will become her favorite!

Oh, did we mention all of these companies are lady-owned? We hope this list is helpful to you! If they’re in town, enjoy Mother’s Day with your mothers and all the motherly ladies in your life. If not, sending one of these gifts will surely brighten their day!

BeeWali’s – Mediterranean & Indian Restaurant

I had the chance to visit the diner style vegan restaurant BeeWali’s this weekend!  

One side is facing the main road – Eagle Rock Blvd. – and the other side is tucked on a corner just off of the quiet residential street Addison Way.

This family owned restaurant started with a father who loves to cook, worked as an electrician, and decided to become vegan.  His wife, Bee, teasingly called him “Wali” when they were dating because it’s the beginning of his unique last name.  Bee was working full time as a hotel manager and she eventually chose to become vegan as well.  They were surprised at the variety of good food they were enjoying.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they decided to go even further with their new way of eating and start a vegan restaurant: BeeWali’s!  A fun mixture of their first and last names.  They recruited their teenage son as a server and hired an additional staff member who also has become like family.

While at BeeWali’s I got the Meddi Bowl Falafel (that is the half sized Falafel plate – they have a full sized falafel plate also).  They give good portions.  The Meddi Bowl Falafel comes with hummus, pita bread, rice topped with veggies, three large falafel balls, and a side of the house sauce.  I also want to try their plant-based chicken Kabob Wrap and fries – next time I guess!  They have Mediterranean and Indian options!

If you go and can only get one thing, get their pita bread and hummus – yum, yum!

After you eat at BeeWali’s, let us know in the comments what you got!

ADDRESS

4862 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

PHONE: (323) 289-2660

PARKING

– Free 2-hour parking on their cross street Addison Way

– There is also untimed free parking a little further up the street on Addison Way in the residential area

WEBSITE 

https://www.beewalisveganaf.com

“Stuff I Eat” is a Lady-Owned Restaurant! (Women’s History Month)

We visited “Stuff I Eat” – one of our favorite lady-owned vegan restaurants – and found great new items on the menu! The restaurant is co-owned by Chef Babett.

Chef Babett – Source: StuffIEat.com

The portions were always good, but this time they were great! So – Much – Food!

Vegan Enchilada Pie

I know Stuff I Eat normally advertises its Soul Food Plate, but I’m there for the vegan Enchilada Pie – best thing ever! However, we saw the special was Vegan Lasagna … and Vegan Nachos are on the menu now too. Sooooo *drum roll please* we got them all. Yeah, 3 meals for two people was WAY too much food – especially considering the super large portions – we had to take a bunch of it home.

Vegan Lasagna

I’ve always thought the Enchilada Pie was super good, so I was surprised how much I equally liked the Nachos and Lasagna too! *Nom Nom*

To top it off I got the Vegan Cranberry Cheesecake. I didn’t think I could be any more satisfied and I was wrong! This vegan cheesecake is the perfect mix of sweet and tart deliciousness!

Another completely satisfying visit at Stuff I Eat – let us know your favorite meals there below and/or at our YouTube page:  https://youtube.com/shorts/DtYvRI14c5A?feature=share

ADDRESS:

Stuff I Eat, 114 N. Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301-1710

PHONE:

(310) 671-0115

WEBSITE:

www.StuffIEat.com

Vegan Valentine!

Have your future Vegan Valentine find you with these “Lady Vegan” and “Vegan Lad” shirts!

Watch the Vegan Valentine commercial at our YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/@veganavigate1764?si=TA6HA48OE1g1L7jr

Get the Video Cooking Tutorial for Vegan Greens!

Did you know one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite foods were greens?  Did you know his wife, Coretta, and son were both vegan?  So he was most likely no stranger to yummy vegan food!  In honor of African American History Month, we’re partnering with Angela Marie Homestead with Me to give you this FREE offer of our favorite greens recipe and our e-Newsletter.  Just email the word “GREENS” to VEGANavigate@gmail.com for the VEGANavigate e-Newsletter and access code to a free cooking video tutorial that will help you make the best vegan greens ever!

Offer ends March 31, 2024

Holiday Shopping at Indigenous Abya Yalan Stores! (aka: Native American Businesses)

As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month and continue with the holiday season getting gifts for friends and family – lets shop at stores owned by the people from the First Nations of this land!

Heart Berry

New Day Socks

These cute socks are a must-have! Woven by artists of the Ojibwe nation. We also love the “thank you” noted at the bottom of their product page – reminding us of the importance of purchasing from indigenous communities – not products by large corporate companies designed to look as though they are designed by people from First Nations.

(Note: This item is advertised with a non-plant-based blanket on their website.)

B. Yellowtale


Bethany Yellowtail  is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, and proudly hails from the Mighty Few District of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation”

Sacred Circle

Double Wall Glass Mug

The paintings on these machine washable mugs were done by Darrel Amos of the Haida Nation.

Native American Tea Company 

100 Tea Bags – Choose your tea

Shima

Blue Cornmeal (limited supply)

This food staple is provided by the Dine Nation.

Eighth Generation

Rose Hip Warrior Blanket

Of the Muckleshoot Nation and the Chehalis Nation, the artist SiSeeNaxAlt is a weaver and Lead Culture Teacher.

Calling Mountains Throw Blanket

Of the Salish Nation and Kootenai Nation, Josh Swift designed this blanket due to his love of connecting with nature.


Sage and Oats

Cards for Decolonization 

Sweetgrass Trading Co.

Hopi Blue Corn Facial Mask

This product is made by the Ute Mountain Nation.

Beyond Buckskin

Jewelry and Ties

Not to be confused with the vegan “Beyond” brand.  Beyond Buckskin does accept non-vegan products from indigenous designers.  However, there are still plenty of beautiful vegan products made by First Nations artists on their site.

Aconav

Maple Wood Earrings

The founders of this business are Loren from the Acoma Pueblo Nation and Valentina from the Dine Nation.

Cheekbone Beauty

Refillable Bronzer / Blush / Hilight / Contour

The founder of this company is Jenn Harper from the Anishinaabe Nation. “Keeping in line with her Anishinaabe roots” she is proud her products are sustainable, vegan, and cruelty free!

Trickster Company

This sibling team – Crystal and Rico – are from the Athabascan Nation and the Tlingit Nation.

Book Stores

As the daughter of a librarian, this is my favorite section:

Books & Burrow

Eleanor’s Bookshop

Birchbark Books

Word Carrier (Bird Cage)