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Café Gratitude – Beverly Hills, CA

My brother-in-law, who’s a vegan now, has been raving about this place for a while now.  While I’m not vegan myself, I do have an appreciation for plant-based food so I decided to check it out the last time I was in LA.  First impression was that the space is beautiful!  Open and airy, white and minimalistic…it’s a very peaceful environment.

My friend and I decided to share two things – the Mucho/Mexican Bowl and the Lucky/Torta Española Chopped Salad.  Our server recommended adding braised oyster mushrooms to the Mucho bowl to give it that carnitas taste and texture.  GREAT rec!!!  Had I not eaten breakfast already, I probably would have gone for the Festive/Chilaquiles…I’m a sucker for those.  Next time!

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Agrodolce – Seattle, WA

Located in the old 35th Street Bistro spot in Fremont, Agrodolce has knocked it out of the park!  The atmosphere is welcoming and charming and our server couldn’t have been more enjoyable which was very refreshing.

The food was to die for!  I seriously would go back tonight for the exact same meal I ate last night.  We started with the burrata with beets, a citrus honey gastrique and mint…as delicious as I expected!  For my main course I chose the ricotta ravioli with roasted garlic, green garlic and stinging nettle.  Everything about this dish was perfect!  You would have thought I had licked my plate based on how clean it was at the end of the night.  Do yourself a favor and go get this before they take it off the menu.We also got the seared broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts to share…all of which I would order again.  For dessert we got the rice pudding fritters with a citrus honey, vanilla dipping sauce and powdered sugar.  Nothing to complain about there!

Something notable about Agrodolce is how organic the menu is.  It took us a bit to realize that the few things on the menu that are unlined are those ingredients that are NOT organic.  Just to be clear, there are hardly any.  Pretty impressive!  Not to mention on the reverse side of the menu there are vegan and gluten free options.  This isn’t something I’ve seen yet in Seattle but I think it will soon catch on.

Overall, Maria Hines has outdone herself and I can’t wait to go back!

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