Hey, gang! Hope you're all enjoying summer as much as I am. Let's talk food!
Urth is first and foremost a purveyor of the almighty bean, serving its own brand of 100% organic coffees and teas with an extensive menu of tantalizing hot and cold lattes that can be made vegan by nixing the honey and subbing soy, rice or almond milk for an additional charge. #VeganTax. I wasn't quite feeling caffeine, but David ordered the Spanish Latte and it smelled sexy as hell.
No, coffee was not on my gastro mission to Urth today. Today, I wanted food. Good food. Food that lived up to all the hype I keep hearing about this joint. And that, my friends, is exactly what I got.
I give you the Nori Plum Rice Wrap.
(Nori sheet stuffed with avocado, organic brown rice, carrots, broccoli, green onions,
Umeboshi plum paste, and five spice tofu served with a mixed greens salad and wasabi.)
You guys, this Nori roll is the tits. The brown rice, avocado and tofu weave a ridiculously moist blanket for the spice-spiked veggies swaddled inside, and when you add a fork-swipe of wasabi to each bite, you quickly realize why this place is always so jam packed with customers. (extremely beautiful customers, like models and actresses and oh. my. god. are they beautiful. Compose yourself, Brian. You have a blog to finish.)
Where was I? Right. Urth offers a nice selection of vegan options for an omni joint, such as veggie chili, a portabella panini, a spout sandwich, and a slew of salads, sides and yes, even treats! (Here's a peek at the menu: URTH MENU)
You kids should know by now how we roll in the Man Cave; Daddy's gots'ta have dessert. My palate NEEDS a happy ending. So here's how I got my "Oh face" on at the end of lunch today....
Check it: The Vegan Chocolate cake.
Two layers of rich, chocolaty cake with a chocolate creme filling and a ganache coat. I would have liked to see a thin layer of raspberry sauce inside as well, but that's just me; that's just what I like. I ended up getting it to go and am eating it as I type this. I can't help but picture enjoying this slice of heaven with one of their delicious lattes on their curbside patio as the sun sets. Seems like a boss way to end a gorgeous LA evening.
So what did I learn today? Unexpected visits from out of town friends are kickass, especially when they lead you to discover new vegan choices right in your own backyard. I also learned that Urth totally lives up to the hype.
Yes, it's a trendy Beverly Hills celebrity hot spot where the paparazzi loiter across the street waiting to snap pics for the next issue of US magazine, but the cool thing is, even if you're a nobody loser like me, you still feel famous just eating there. Beyond the Hollywood hoopla though, you have to go for the food. Everything is freshly prepared using organic, often local ingredients and both the quality and quantity of the grub you receive at Urth is exceptional. This is one of those rare occasions where the folks who rave about a joint actually got it right. I will undoubtedly be back for more Nori rolls, sugary vegan treats and fo' sho, next time I'm getting me a Spanish latte.
(Me left, David right.)
Safe travels back to Nashville, D. Can't wait to get back for a visit and to take the stage with you and the Music City Improv crew once again.