VeganMoFo: Where to eat in Monterey, California
After witnessing an Anglo-American argument about whether the US has any decent curry restaurants the day before my visit, and whether the UK's currys are overrated, I approached Ambrosia with a bit of trepidation. Luckily, it managed to emulate both the good and bad bits about England's finest.
Good: poppadums and chutney arrive whether you want them or not. You always want them though.
Bad: well-intentioned if a bit chaotic service.
Good: vegan friendly. In Ambrosia's case, there was a separate vegan menu. The server also asked if we were vegans and made sure we knew what to avoid. Hurrah! Only it does make you wonder what they do to the white rice, but not to the brown rice, to make it not vegan
Ambrosia India Bistro
565 Abrego Street
Monterey, California 93940-3229
While I was out in Monterey I spent a lot of time walking and carrying picnics with me - at which point, Trader Joe's kicked ass.
It kicked ass not only because it had, by and large, a decent selection of readymade picnic options but because the shop trumpeted proudly what was vegan and what wasn't, so you could pick up your picnic without all the usual microscopic label checking.
Yep, there were a huge amount of stalls selling amazing-looking fruit, veg and nuts - the strawberries to the left were a farmers' market purchase - but there were also a couple of meal options.
While we were there, there was a sushi stand with a few veggie, and more than likely vegan (I didn't have a chance to quiz the stall owners), items. Maha also had a stand selling what looked like some vegan scran too.
If you're jonesing for some farmers' market goodness, it's there every Tuesday afternoon come rain or shine, apparently.