Cleo Redbury Hotel

Cleo Moussaka

I've been trying to take in more culture in Los Angeles lately. Surprisingly, LA does in fact have some culture and interesting happenings in the city, but you have to look for it. With new events in different venues, it also brings me to new restaurants. Recently there was a great Moth Story Slam event at the Avalon in Hollywood. I noted Cleo in the Redbury Hotel right next door and booked a reservation. I packed a snack, water and a friend and left the westside for the long journey to Cleo Hollywood.

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Clean Eating Valentine's Day Desserts

Valentine's Day Desserts

I'm sure you've now seen the stacks of Whitman chocolate samplers and giant sugar filled hearts plastered throughout most stores celebrating Valentine's Day. While you may want to be "sweet" to your spouse, significant other or friends, you don't have to load them up with sugar and refined ingredients to express your love. Serving clean eating Valentine's Day desserts might show you care even more about them and their health.

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Fala Bar Abbot Kinney

Fala Falafel Bar plate

Abbot Kinney has been going through a bit of a metamorphosis over the years. It's gone from artsy enclave to high-end hipster hang. I recently saw valet parking in front of a clothing shop. There's been a lot of restaurant turnover, but have to say that I'm pretty happy to have Plant food and Wine on the block now. So I guess it makes sense that Chop Daddy's barbecue joint closed and has reopened as Fala Bar, a vegan, organic, nut-free, gluten-free falafel serving cafe.

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Vegan Cashew Caesar Dressing

Vegan Cashew Caesar Dressing

I'm off eggs and dairy. It doesn't work for my system, and it doesn't work for many others', whether they're vegan or not.

If you're vegan, dairy free or simply looking for an interesting new salad dressing, you have to check this one out. It's kind of addicting. You might not guess that cashews make the base for this, except if you've been reading my blog, you know how much I like to make sauces with cashews like smoky cashew chipotle cheese or this cashew curry sauce.

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