Real Food Daily‘s restaurant in Beverly Hills is now certified kosher. Ariella and I went there for dinner last night and saw a statement of rabinnic supervision in the window.
Since they serve only 100% vegan food, RFD has always been “kosher by ingredient” in my personal opinion. Many people in the observant Jewish community will only eat in restaurants that have rabinnic supervision, so the fact that RFD is now certified kosher should open their cuisine to a wider audience.
Apparently they’re also going to be opening a 4th store in Studio City, and are considering expanding to Northern California as well. Closest thing I can think of to compare it to is Herbivore in San Francisco.
The Vegetarian Resource Group recently published the 2004 edition of their Guide to Fast Food. If you’re a vegetarian and you eat out at non-vegetarian restaurants, it’s well worth the $6 investment.
The VRG publishes updates of the 24-page book every couple of years. I first found out about the VRG a couple of years ago and bought a copy of the 2001/2002 Fast Food guide. As I was purchasing my 2004 copy today, I was delighted to see a checkbox that said “Please do not trade my name with other organizations.”
The VRG also does a free bi-monthly VRG-NEWS electronic newsletter.
A couple of weeks ago UPS dropped off a 30 lb. box of Indian food from TastyBite. Every box has been absolutely delicious.
My personal favorites are the Kashmir Spinach, Madras Lentils, and the recently discontinued Curried Mashed Potatoes. They’re about $3 a box in the local supermarkets, but you can get them for as low as $2.09 a box when you buy them by the 6-pack online. And they do free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Twenty-four meals for fifty bucks is a pretty good bargain.
Most importantly, all of TastyBite’s vegetarian Indian foods are 100% Kosher. We’re hoping that someday they’ll also get rabbinic supervision for their vegetarian Thai products, too.
I’m not a big fan of the Malabar Mixed Vegetables. We bought a dozen of those because they were on sale for $1.25 apiece, but we haven’t enjoyed those as much as the more mainstream dishes. They’re a little too rich and creamy for my taste.
It’s a shame that TastyBite is no longer selling their Curried Mashed Potatoes dish. Those were absolutely fantastic. Fortunately, there are no shortage of recipes for Pav Bhaji available on the Net.