Ã‚Â Downtown Los Angeles, Little Toyko
Ã‚Â Looking for Shojin, A Vegan, Raw, Organic &Ã‚Â Marcobiotic Dining Gem!Ã‚Â
There’s no doubt that there are so many things to do on every given weekend in sunnyÃ‚Â Los Angeles!Ã‚Â As a native to Southern California andÃ‚Â 4th generation “Los Angelina”, Ã‚Â I have been blessed to have grown-up withÃ‚Â an incredible amount ofÃ‚Â Ã‚Â cultural diversity, access to unique activities, world class museums, abundantÃ‚Â art galleries, and last but not least, THEÃ‚Â FOOD!
This weekend I spent the afternoon and evening with my brother and his finance,Ã‚Â whoÃ‚Â are both Ã‚Â living in theÃ‚Â heart of Downtown Los Angeles, nearÃ‚Â the historic BoyleÃ‚Â Heights area. As residential artists, they areÃ‚Â most definitely in theÃ‚Â “know”Ã‚Â about the best places to shop and eat.Ã‚Â We started the evening withÃ‚Â aÃ‚Â stroll through the Los Angeles StateÃ‚Â Historical ParkÃ‚Â whereÃ‚Â weÃ‚Â found theÃ‚Â up-and-coming Renegrade Craft Fair. The Renegrade Craft fairÃ‚Â is anÃ‚Â amazing traveling market,Ã‚Â and consists of about 300Ã‚Â talented artists and their DIY goods and classy artwork. The jewelryÃ‚Â artisans were my favorite! Check Ã‚Â http://www.renegadecraft.com/ , it is heading up to San Francisco, July 31- August 1st . So don’t miss it, if you are in the Bay Area!
Okay, now for the food!!!
We stopped in on Shojin, located in the heart of Little Tokyo, just inside the Little Tokyo Shopping Center 3F.
Shojin, is a JapaneseÃ‚Â restaurant and createsÃ‚Â the most wonderful vegan, raw, organic, and macrobiotic cuisine. The menu is extensive and delicious.Ã‚Â During July theyÃ‚Â serve a Vegan & Organic Sushi night, the manager recommended we come back for more on Monday and Tuesday Nights! What makes Shojin so unique is that EVERYTHING is made fresh from their very own kitchen. “Everything” includes, the original broths and organic ingredientsÃ‚Â that make up their delicate dishes.Ã‚Â Shojin makes their ownÃ‚Â miso and soup broth bases, the noodles, and all of the original sauces. Shojin takes prides in the fact that that they do not use outside food purveyors for many of their ingredients and create traditional, fromÃ‚Â scratch, Japanese OrganicÃ‚Â Vegan and Raw cuisineÃ‚Â coming directlyÃ‚Â from the Ã‚Â kitchen. The food is absolutely delicious.Ã‚Â
They serve two amazing RAW salads, the RAW Apricot Kale Salad and the RAWÃ‚Â Ume Sea Vegetable Salad. I ordered the Bento Box (vegan)Ã‚Â which served up a sushi roll of the day (Avocado & Shitake) and choose two entrees, theÃ‚Â Okara Cake with Vegan Mayonnaise, and theÃ‚Â Spicy Tofu.Ã‚Â ThereÃ‚Â are so many choices on the menu, and everything is amazing! Don’t Forget the dessert, we practically tried them all! I loved the RAW Cheesecakes, Spicy Carrot Detox Cake was my favorite, along with the RAWÃ‚Â Lemon Cheese Cake.Ã‚Â Check out http://www.theshojin.com/index.htm!