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Eating Green in the Golden State

Today is World Meat Free Day, a day which aims to highlight the impact that meat has on our lives, bodies and the environment. Considering that the USA are amongst the biggest eaters of meat in the world, we considered just how doable a day without meat would be, even for tourists and holidaymakers. So we focused on the popular destination of California and hunted for the best places to stay meat free.

Millennium Restaurant, San Francisco


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An award-winning vegan restaurant, the Millennium has excelled at providing innovative vegan cuisine for 20 years. Offering plant-based dishes in a glamorous fine dining atmosphere, the restaurant sources fresh ingredients from local farms and places emphasis on the sustainability of it's ingredients. 

A particular treat is the Brik Purse, which is wheat risotto with black lentil sauce, Porcini cooked in sugar, peppercorn cashew cream and grilled rapini green-olive relish. This particular dish does open your eyes to how much you can actually do with plant-based ingredients and detracts from the traditional 'meat and two veg' notion.

Crossroads, Los Angeles

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Encouraging exploration throughout, Crossroads promotes taste experimentation to both it's staff and it's customers. Serving up small, Mediterranean-themed dishes, the restaurant successfully brings local favourite and fine dining together with it's overall, non-fussy nature. You'll find a fantastic choice of flatbreads, salads and small meals on offer including a Market Stuffed Farinata, which is a chickpea flour pancake stuffed with locally sourced vegetables.

Also on offer are a number of spectacular desserts, ranging from chocolate peanut butter gateau to coconut sorbet, and some classy cocktails to liven up your evening.

Samosa House, Culver City

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Samosa House is one of the largest Asian Indian markets in the region and a family-owned gem. It's original location still being used as a market selling the very ingredients it uses. The restaurant focuses on it's local custom and lets it's food do the talking rather than it's decor or presentation. As you'd expect, a range of vegetarian curries are available here, though notably there is a much greater variation. With it's combination plate offer, customers are encouraged to sample as many of the lively flavours and spices cooked up. 

You will be surprised at the size of the menu and the imagination that has gone into some of the dishes. Kicking off with a Papri Chaat (chips tossed in spices, yoghurt and chutney sprinkled with flour flakes on top) will convince you that you've made a good choice.

Kaju Tofu Restaurant

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A popular meat substitute in many diets, tofu is the order of the day at Kaju, a Korean restaurant which specialises in creating a soft soup called "SoonDuBu". As is the case with soup, the possibilities are almost endless at this restaurant, as you can order an incredible variety of dishes. 

Each soup is made to order and is tailored to your preferred amount of heat (from mild to very, very spicy!). Each one comes with real pieces of what you ordered (rather than just being cooked with it) which makes the seafood and vegetable options all the more enjoyable. The dumpling tofu soup is especially good in this matter and isn't likely to be found in too many restaurants this side of the ocean. 
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