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Trilogy Sanctuary

Trilogy Sign

Trilogy Sign

 

LA JOLLA.  I wandered off of Girard Avenue, wound my way through a hallway, and found the elevator.  After a short ride, I found myself on a roof deck set up for a yoga class with palm trees framing the horizon line against the ocean.  I instantly knew I had found a special place.  Trilogy Sanctuary serves a 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO menu, and they strive to source their ingredients as locally as possible.  Chef Scott’s Steele’s attention to detail is evident in the quality of the food served — all of the dishes are thoughtfully assembled and their flavors are in harmony.

 

During my first visit to Trilogy, I was sitting next to a group of girls who ordered the Vega-Nachos, a mix of gluten free veggie chips smothered in cheesy sauce with quinoa chorizo, avocado, and pico.  They raved about the dish the entire time they were eating them.  I decided I needed to try them … after all, how often does a vegan get to eat nachos?  On my next visit, they were the first thing I ordered.  I loved that the “chips” were made from dehydrated sweet potatoes –a healthy alternative to the normally fried nacho base.  The best part? The quinoa chorizo.  It gave each bite a bit of a kick.  I will DEFINITELY be ordering these again.

 

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Another amazing Trilogy menu option is the Wrap of Zen.  The wrap (which by the way is vegan, raw, and paleo!) is filled with sprouted homemade hummus, butternut squash, beets, avocado, and cucumber and topped with almond love sauce.  The wrap is bursting with fresh veggies.  I don’t know what is in the almond love sauce, but it is special.  This wrap far surpasses the tired veggie sandwich and is a truly unique dish.

 

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The “Two Perfect Tacos” dish is aptly named.  The tacos are comprised of house made corn tortillas stuffed with quinoa chorizo, roasted sweet potatoes, eggplant bacon, avocado, pico, and spicy almond love sauce.  The roasted sweet potatoes acted as an excellent anchor for these tacos and contrasted deliciously with the salty taste of the eggplant bacon.  Yum!

 

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Trilogy also offers a delicious Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash entree made from  warm spaghetti squash tossed in home made pesto mixed with roasted portobello mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and toasted pine nuts.  Personally, I’m predisposed to enjoy any dish with pesto and sun dried tomatoes and this dish did not disappoint!

 

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Trilogy offers a wide array of fresh smoothies.  I finally decided on the Lust Smoothie: a mix of almond miilk, cacao, banana, avocado, date, maca, vanilla, cayenne, and cinnamon.  And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds! Chocolatey goodness with a little bit of a kick.

 

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Trilogy also offers a wide variety of scrumptious sounding desserts.  Think chocolate mousse, cheesecake, and raw carrot cake just to name a few.  I confess I haven’t yet tried one of the desserts, because I always fill up on appetizers and entrees!!  I’m excited to try one (or more!) soon!

 

The interior of Trilogy is cozy and made up predominantly of earth tones.  I love the open kitchen concept so that curious customers (like me!) can watch the food preparation.

 

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Trilogy also offers a beautiful outdoor patio space — tables and umbrellas make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the rooftop view.

 

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7650 Girard Avenue, #4

La Jolla, CA 92037

858.633.3893

Native Foods: 100% Vegan

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POINT LOMA and ENCINITAS.  If you have never been to Native Foods, you are missing out.  It is a haven for vegans and is guaranteed to impress even habitual meat eaters.  The menu boasts an array of starters, salads, bowls, burgers, and desserts that will leave you feeling satiated, happy, and planning your return trip!

On my most recent trip to the new Point Loma location, I started with the chili — white beans and Native chili meat simmered with tomatoes and special spices — and cornbread.  I thoroughly enjoyed this starter.  It has a great flavor thanks to the spices, and I enjoyed dunking my generous piece of cornbread in it!  We’ll just say that it disappeared (with the help of my lunch partner!).  Quickly.

 

[caption id="attachment_2534" align="alignnone" width="640"]Vegan Chili and Cornbread Vegan Chili and Cornbread[/caption]

 

You can’t go wrong when ordering one of the bowls from Native Foods.  The Rockin’ Morrocan is a satisfying mix of grilled veggies and quinoa mixed with tofu or Native Chicken and topped with homemade Moroccan sauce, currants, and toasted almonds.  There is a lot going on in this bowl, but it is all good!  I love the crunch from the toasted almonds mixed with the sweetness from the currants.  Plus, you end up eating a good number of veggies without even realizing it!

 

[caption id="attachment_2535" align="alignnone" width="640"]Vegan Rockin' Moroccan Bowl Vegan Rockin’ Moroccan Bowl[/caption]

 

I have fond memories of inhaling fish tacos on San Diego’s pervasive “Taco Tuesdays.”  Since becoming vegan, I’ve looked for a replacement.  And I finally found it in Native Food’s Baja Blackened Tacos.  These tacos are comprised of two grilled soft corn tortillas stuffed with blackened Native Tempeh and topped with creamy chipotle sauce, salsa fresca, shredded cabbage, and guacamole.  Delightful!!    Native Foods completely transforms the tempeh, so it is soft and tender to bite.  The best part?  The creamy chipotle sauce and guacamole give these plant-based tacos a rich, full flavor and ensures they are not dry.

 

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Native Foods doesn’t rely on typical offerings to prop up the burger section of their menu.  Instead, you will find unique items like the Portobello and Sausage Burger.  Juicy grilled portobellos and home made Native Sausage Seitan make up the base of this burger.  It’s then topped with caramelized onions, salsa pomodoro, sweet roasted garlic, creamy pumpkin seed pesto and mayo.  The full-bodied sausage seitan contrasted nicely with the mellow portobello flavor.  Plus, the caramelized onions were cooked to perfection.  And who can say no to pumpkin seed pesto?  This is a choice that is sure to please everyone.

 

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Native Foods has some great home made beverage options that are great alternatives to soda.  Pick from Lavender Lemonade, Watermelon Fresca, or home brewed iced teas.  The Hibiscus iced tea pictured below was a refreshing option.  Particularly, if you are visiting Native Foods during part of a heat wave like I was!  And did I mention that you get unlimited re-fills?  That means you can rotate among the drinks if you want to try them all!

 

[caption id="attachment_2540" align="alignnone" width="460"]Hibiscus Tea Hibiscus Tea[/caption]

 

Of course, I couldn’t get out of Native Foods without a dessert.  They are too good.  And for a chocoholic like me, the chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting was the perfect choice.  The desserts are all made in house, and you can tell.  Each chocolately bite was well worth the indulgence.

 

[caption id="attachment_2538" align="alignnone" width="523"]Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Vegan Chocolate Cupcake[/caption]

 

Native Foods has a friendly, bright interior.  It’s perfect place to pick up a “to go” lunch when you’re in a hurry or to sit and linger with friends and family.  The staff is also extremely helpful in offering suggestions whether it’s your first time visiting or you just want to try something new.

 

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Native Foods also provides outdoor patio seating with umbrellas.  A perfect spot to enjoy warm weather and relax.

 

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Native Foods is also a great to place if you have any additional dietary restrictions or preferences.  The restaurant offers gluten-free, soy free, and nut free menus for customers’ convenience (check out the links below).  So enjoy!

 

 

Point Loma:

3369 Rosecrans Street

San Diego, CA 92110

619.225.1155

 

Encinitas:

127 N. El Camino Real

Encinitas, CA 92024

760.634.7607

 

Pokez: Vegan Friendly

Pokez Sign

 

DOWNTOWN.  Vegan Mexican food can be difficult to find.  Especially downtown.  Most Mexican restaurants rely on greasy meat and cheese for taste and flavor.  Pokez proves that these fat bombs are unnecessary.

Pokez has a huge selection of vegan dishes, including tortas, tostadas, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, salads, and breakfast options all day long.  Making a decision was tough!

But some traditions persist.  While perusing the voluminous menu, we munched on chips and salsa.

 

Chips and Salsa

 

Before becoming vegan, enchiladas were my favorite Mexican dish.  So I ordered the Mixed Vegetable Enchiladas, curious to see how this traditionally cheese covered (or filled) dish could be made vegan.  At Pokez, the answer is two flour tortillas rolled around mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions.  The enchiladas were then smothered with a house made vegan red sauce (made primarily from chile, water, and flour).  The dish did not disappoint.  The vegetables were not too oily, and the vegan sauce was mild but added significant flavor to the dish.

 

Vegan Enchiladas

 

Next, we tried the Tofu Fajitas.  They arrived in two parts.  First, a sizzling platter arrived with tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions.

 

Vegan Tofu Fajitas

 

Second, we received an additional plate of tortillas (customers choose between flour and corn) and fajita toppings like guacamole, salsa fresca, rice, beans, and limes.  The highlight of the plate is the seasoned tofu, sliced in long pieces with maximum flavor.

 

Vegan Tofu Fajitas

 

One of my favorite parts about Pokez is the interior décor.  Stickers cover the front door, and a life size cut out of a person holding a taco stands in the entranceway alerting customers to “Please Wait to Be Seated.”  (Curiously, most people simply walk in and sit down.)  Add in the vibrant green walls and eclectic artwork, and you have a fun place to eat.

 

Pokez Interior   Pokez Interior

 

947 E St

San Diego, CA 92101

619.702.7160