Shojin and the Japanese Tsunami Relief Effort

Japan Earthquake and Pacific TsunamiHi everyone. If you've been a regular reader of this blog, then you'll already know that our favorite vegan restaurant in Los Angeles is Shojin. Shojin is a Japanese, vegan restaurant which focuses on organic and macrobiotic vegan foods.  We love this restaurant so much that we eat there about once a month.  We've also grown quite fond of the staff.  So it was with heavy heart that we went to the restaurant tonight.  We were very concerned that someone would have been negatively impacted by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor disasters which have recently struck Japan. Thankfully, no-one was directly impacted and everyone reported to us that their family and friends were all doing well.

Shojin is involved in fundraising efforts to help the Japanese relief effort.  They are selling their delicious Rosemary Cookies.  The cookies are made of rolled oats, whole wheat pastry flour, cashew nuts, olive oil, maple syrup, rosemary, vanilla extract, sea salt and baking powder.  They are delicious and unique.  They are more savory than sweet, but still perfect for dessert.  All proceeds from the sale of these cookies will be given to the Japanese relief effort.  Shojin is also working with Sarah Williams, their in-house artist, to create tote bags.  The graphic for the bags is to the left.  Proceeds from the sale of these tote bags will also be donated to the Japanese relief effort.  If you would like to donate to the Red Cross directly, click on the Red Cross image above.

And on a lighter note, if you're in the Los Angeles area, you must try Shojin.  We highly recommend the Dynamite Roll (vegan sushi) as a starter.  (If you're not into spicy foods, then try the Caterpillar Roll.)  It's got a wonderful smoky spicy taste to it.  Make sure to have something to cleanse your palate afterwards otherwise  you may not be able to taste the first few bites of your next course .  ;-)  For dinner, the Seitain Pepper Steak is our recommendation.  Or, the Bento Box, if it's your first visit.  This way you'll get a taste of many different items.  Whatever you choose, you'll leave there satisfied!

Visit Shojin's website for current hours and their menu.

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