I had just landed to LAX with a 2-hour drive ahead of me. Of course there was no decent grub on the 6-hour flight from Baltimore and I was rushing and hadn’t packed my brown bag. So I opened up the Happy Cow app and chose the closest vegan eatery from my location dubbed Stuff I Eat. Yes, I was in nutritional heaven.
Going through the menu was daunting due to the plethora of magnificent and colorful choices. Serving both cooked and raw meals, Stuff I Eat ascertains that every meal is comprised of protein, fiber, complex carbs, good fats and vitamins and minerals. I selected a fresh juice and the Nut Burger, which was paired with a salad, baked potatoes and steamed veggies. I knew I shouldn’t have eaten it all, but who knew when I would return. Babett was in the kitchen working her culinary magic as usual and came out to check on me. She was congenial, energetic and ultra friendly. After speaking for a few moments on health and fitness – yes, she loves to run – she stated her age and I almost spilled my green juice. “Sixty what,” I shouted! I would have estimated 42 years old at the most. Amazing how plant-based foods heal, nourish and enliven opposed to age, sicken and diminish like meats and dairy. The experience was unforgettable and I left very appeased.
After a few days I was driving back to LAX for the return flight home. Of course I was running late again but had to chance it and made another pit stop at my new favorite LA Vegan Pro establishment. Since, I have taken quite a few friends and business associates to Stuff I Eat. You should see the look on omnivore’s faces when they bite into a Nut Burger! Babette is also an accomplished singer and entertained us with a live performance while we ate enjoyably. What a beautiful and energetic spirit I thought. So make sure to visit when you are in the Inglewood area. Or simply plan a special day trip to get you some of the Enchilada Pie, Lava Burrito, Carrot Croquettes, or my favorite, the Nut Burger!
Here is Chef’s Babette’s Story
My journey to health is very interesting, to say the least. My mom was from Gaffney, South Carolina and one of her greatest expressions of love was through food, Southern Comfort Food of course. I remember plenty of mornings waking up to the smell of bacon and golden brown pancakes. Food was an essential component of our family life. The kitchen and the dining room table were our gathering places.
Though weight has never been an issue for me, as a child I suffered with various ailments, including eczema and asthma. The main contributing factor was my diet. Had my mother known then what I know now, I would have been a much healthier child.
A major turning point in my life occurred in the winter of 1990, when I met my husband, a health conscious vegan musician. I found his knowledge about health quite interesting and I was astounded by his level of discipline. After expressing an interest in his lifestyle and sharing my many ailments with him, he quickly referred me to two books that changed the course of my life forever: Fit For Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond; and The Mucusless Diet Healing System, by Dr. Arnold Ehret. The lifestyle changes that the books suggested appealed to my common sense, and I was convinced that they were worth giving a try. Having grown up eating “soul food,” however, I was not sure if I was willing to compromise my taste buds.
I experimented with new cuisine, and soon realized that healthy food is delicious food. My husband had taught me to slow cook with love. Eventually, I literally became a chemist in the kitchen, perfecting good tasting, healthy food. My newfound philosophy and relationship with food led to an astonishing transformation in the way I looked and felt and I was compelled to share my new knowledge. I became a Sunday food vendor at the churches I attended, ultimately leading to the birth of Stuff I Eat Vegan Restaurant, which opened its doors in the summer of 2008.
As I become healthy, I realize that my journey is greater than “me.” I am a part of a Universal whole that is in desperate need of healing. Our nation is SICK and in order for it to heal, we must all embark on a journey to health. As I transition from vegan to “raw foodist,” I realize that life is sustained by life; thus the food we eat should be alive!
114 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301