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Beyond Vegan

ed fontleroy | Jul 26, 2014 11:33 PM

When it opened, just after I moved to LA, I spent several months deconstructing the Father's Office burger (long since a cliche activity). I drove around LA in search of anything even close to the cheesesteak of my Philly college years. When I went home to NY, I ate dirty water dogs in NYC and Italian wedges in Westchester. I craved and ate
copious amounts of Pepes bacon pizza as often as I drove within 10 miles of New Haven. I ate a lot Brats Brothers. I grilled a lot of excellent steak. My ten hour pork roast brought me neighborhood fame. The first meal I had at Animal -- fried egg over fois gras over spam over a burger -- was sublime. I could go on....

Despite all this gluttony, I was 6'2" and around 195 lbs. -- pretty much right where I should have been. I've run a marathon and did triathlons. Though, I smoked in my 20s.

Three months ago, one week before my 44th birthday, I had an emergency angioplasty and stent put in and was diagnosed with heart disease.

With young twins, there is not a thing on Earth I wouldn't do to help that condition. So, I am now on a strict vegan diet AND I have also eliminated all oil from my diet. Coming from where I came, described above, to say this is a whole new world for me would be a gross understatement. All the recipes I read look aweful!! I'm sick of rice end beans, Boca burgers, and rice and beans, roasted vegetables, and rice and beans.

Can you recommend any vegan restaurants (Valley or Weho area) who can work with me on providing great dishes with no oil (that part seems to be a huge challenge) so as to learn appealing dishes and flavors i can emulate at home? Or, a great private cook to teach me?

I'd like to enjoy eating during what I hope will be a long life.

Thank you.

PS - Good snappy, hot dogs, I'll always love you.

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