I much prefer cooking for myself than going out to eat in a restaurant or ordering in. I know exactly how I liked my food prepared and I also like knowing HOW it was prepared. Sustainability in food preparation is something I have been trying to master this year so it helps me quite a bit to prepare my own meals so I can be consistent and improve upon this new (new to me) more conscious way of consuming food.
A month or so ago a friend and I had the chance to go to a new vegan restaurant in downtown Los Angeles that gave me the option to let me see exactly how my food is prepared (for the most part) and customize every ingredient. The place is called the Bodhi Bowl and it has the feel of a very healthy subway but with bowls instead of subs and excellent customer service.
I chose the build your own (Base plus six toppings) option from the menu. It is a fair price at $7.95 considering the base/toppings/sauce options are very dense in nutrition and not lacking at all in flavor. (I highly recommend the curried garbanzo beans, YUM!) Check out the build your own options below:
Bodhi Bowl‘s menu also offers breakfast options and endless combinations of bowls and other menu items with names derived from ideas and people from the Buddhist and Zen schools of thought. These are some of the names that caught my eye, Samsara, Om, Dharma, Bankei Sangha and Mandala. I love when restaurants are creative with every aspect of their image! Since this blog has been focusing more on sustainability lately and has always been a proponent of spreading good karma I wanted to point out that Bodhi Bowl is not only 100% vegan and is owned by vegans, they also donate their extra food to local food banks.
Normally restaurants have a difficult time trying to donate extra food (which they tend to have consistently due to government regulations on certain foods that by law are not allowed to serve next day. Food shelters are often short staffed so it is difficult for them to pick up extra food. Restaurants also face staffing issues and other barriers that impede the food donation process.
Earlier this year, Chef Alison Cruddas, the entrepreneur responsible for Bodhi Bowl teamed up with meal delivery app, Door Dash to pilot a their new program called Project DASH. This program, allows restaurant employees to upload a photo of their extra food to an app called Meal Connect (it was developed for he charity Feeding America). Meal Connect finds a nearby nonprofit or food bank in need and Door Dash’s algorithm finds the most efficient way to deliver it. As of this month, Door Dash is set to deliver 6 million lbs of food by the end of 2018. Now that’s good karma! Kudos to Bodhi Bowl for being a part of this benevolent effort.
Bodhi Bowl‘s commitment to creating delicious cruelty free meals, sustainability and altruism are more than enough reasons to try them out or recommend to friends that live in or will be visiting the Los Angeles area. The food will not disappoint and the customer service was outstanding. They also cater!
Bodhi Bowl Address (Closed May 26-28 for Eat, Drink Vegan Festival.)
645 W 9th St #107
Entrance on Hope st at 9th.,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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