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Pizzeria Delfina – San Francisco, CA

Pizzeria Delfina  -  San Francisco, Ca

Pizzeria Delfina

(1) 415 – 437 6800
3611 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110


5:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Monday
11:30 am – 10:00 pm  Tuesday – Thursday
11:30 am – 11:00 pm  Friday
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm  Saturday
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Sunday

Since 2005 Craig and Anne Stoll’s neighborhood gem has been serving up their crunchy delightful pizza, along with soups, antipasti, salads and deserts.  As is the excellent trend in the Northwest, they are using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible.  This is the type of pizza that is so good, you wind up ordering one for dessert!

We were lucky, staying with a friend and ordered a couple pies for pick-up.  I wish we had ordered more.  The star for us was the Broccoli Raab pizza featuring Star Route Farms broccoli raab, caciocavallo, mozzarella, olives and hot peppers.  On our next strip to San Francisco, we will definitely be making a more detailed visit to Pizzeria Delfina!

Pizzeria Delfina  -  San Francisco, Ca

mural2(above photo  Andre Karpov mural © Pizzeria Delfina)
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M Cafe De Chaya – Los Angeles, CA

M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA

M Cafe De Chaya

(1) 310 – 858 8459
9433 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210

7119 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046

9343 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232


9:00 am –    9:00 pm    Sunday – Thursday
9:00 am –  10:00 pm    Friday – Saturday

After studying macrobiotic cuisine for fourteen years, executive Chef Tachibe was certified as a Kushi Macrobiotic Chef Premier  by the Kushi Institute International.  This combined with his formal French technique, brings us his delicious Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine in this deli-style restaurant.

The M Cafe offers  a good selection of breakfast items as well as yummy soups, macro-sushi, rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, pastries and the best of healthy side dishes; like Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Scarlet Beet Quinoa, Grilled Vegetables, Kabocha squash,
Sesame Soba Noodles, Broccolini Pepperoncini, Sesame Seaweed… quite an appetizing list.  We especially liked the Rice Milk Corn Chowder and all of the sides that we tried.  The 4 side plate is an excellent heaping of color.

We searched pretty hard for truly healthy and tasty food in LA.  This was actually much harder then we thought it would be.  By chance, we found theM Cafe and it was a happy ending. 🙂

M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA
Rice Milk Corn Chowder


M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA
Inari & Macro Sushi
M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA
Hijiki Inari
Quinoa M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA


M Cafe De Chaya  -  Los Angeles, CA

Planet Raw – Santa Monica, CA

Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CA
Kelp Cheezy Pasta

Planet Raw

Organic Raw Food Restaurant
(1) 310 – 587 1552
609 Broadway  (@ 6th St. corner)
Santa Monica, California 90401


10:00 am – 10:30 pm   Sunday – Thursday
10:00 am – 11:00 pm    Friday – Saturday

We believe the Raw food world can be divided into two distinct camps- both of which have excellent representation in Santa Monica, California.  The first group is focused on the lifestyle of raw and is expressed well by many restaraunts; the second, spearheaded by Planet Raw, is a Culinary perspective.

At Planet Raw, the shakes were phenomenal.  Hands down the best we’ve ever had.   And add in an extra superlative for good measure!  We started with Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonade (lemons, honey, ginger, Strawberries, & electrolytes).  Then continued with the Vanilla Protein Shake (nut mylk, sapote, ice, honey and Juliano’s protein powder which consists of pumpkin & hemp seeds, super enzymes, maca, spirulina, blue & crystal mana, mesquite, tocos, sprouted buckwheat, bee pollen, bio culture and silica).  And then for dessert, the blueberry instant cleanse with blueberries, gogi berries, maca, bee polen  and we added bioculture (lactobacillus micro organisms of L. salivarus, & l. plantarum).  All the shakes we tried where topped with a granola and were just really special!

The Tahini Salad was full of tomatoes , seaweed, buckwheat sprouts, avocado, leafy greens and was topped with an excellent tahini dressing.

The Cheezy Pasta is made with kelp noodles; a nice change from the omni-present zuchinni strings- and much more comforting.  Combining excellently with the nut cheese sauce the dish was a true delight.  We followed the recommendation from our lovely waitress and ordered the side of marinated mushrooms to mix in.  Bliss, just bliss!

Everyone working at Planet Raw shown with the light of health. No gray wasted vegans here, only sun-filled smiles and hearts.  Having been tooling around the health food world for a while, it is easy to see places where the staff is under-nourished.  Here the food gave them all a joy and happiness that you want to tap into.  Our waitress shown with an interior sun that made us delve into the menu!

Juliano Brotman has created a truly delicious oasis of  texture and flavors.  He has also authored  Raw: The Uncook Book and The Complete Book of Raw Food; currently he is in the process of publishing a third.

In retrospective, the food was so good at Planet Raw that it helped us make the decision to return to LA- a trip that was  worth it just for another of the Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonades 🙂

Planet Raw - Santa Monica, CACinnamon Rolls with Vanilla cream
Planet Raw - Santa Monica, CA
Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonade & Mango Tango Shake
Planet Raw - Santa Monica, CA
Special Mushroom Ravioli in Daikon
Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CATahini Salad
Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CAKelp Cheezy Pasta
Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CA
Maki S&M
Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CA
Vanilla Protein Shake
Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CA
Vanilla Protein Shake

Planet Raw  -  Santa Monica, CA