Gastrophoria is an organic, veggie-ful meal from Dr. J’s Vibrant Cafe.
A project of love from a mother-son duo, Dr. J’s is a rare find in that it serves macrobiotic, gluten-free, organic and vegan (that’s a mouthful) fare that is also delicious. Or as I like to say, food that you can stuff yourself silly and still feel like a million bucks afterwards.
How can I make this claim? Because I did.
Being an open-minded omnivore, I previewed Dr. J’s with a fellow food explorer where we proceeded to “sample” (devour) a copious variety of vegan-friendly dishes. Brown rice medley with peas, onions, carrots, baked tofu and curried potatoes? Check. Massaged kale toss with kidney beans, carrots and toasted walnuts? Got seconds. The quinoa spring salad with apples, radishes and Persian cucumbers? Yup. Rice noodle wok-fried with mixed veggies? Way ahead of you.
The most swooned-after dish of the night was their spring wrap. Although they are not lookers, they have the power to end friendships as my dining partner and I couldn’t stop ourselves from fighting over the last one. Crisp carrots and celery match sticks, marinated-tofu and ground almond come together in little rice wrapper packets that are so good that you don’t even miss its traditional, meat-filled version.
For dessert, we had the Supersnack and carob brownies—both of which were made without sugar, flour and eggs. How do they do that?! I’ll never know. What I do know is that they satisfied my sweet tooth just as the real deal, without the sugar crash afterwards.
Though we were both stuffed after the meal, we felt energized instead of comatose. The next morning was even better—without going into details. Thanks Dr. J’s!
Dr. J’s Vibrant Cafe
334 S Main St.
Los Angeles, California 90013