One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Golden Era Vegetarian Cuisine San Francisco, CA

Forgive me if this is slightly incoherent. I have been traveling all day and trapped in a banquet hall listening to corporate bs all day. The first piece of joy in my day has come in the form of Sweet and Sour Chicken, Spicy Gourmet Chicken, Golden Rolls and Chicken Salad (all vegan of course). Yes I'm a pig, no I didn't eat all of this in one sitting. Right now I have made it half way through the sweet and sour chicken and the only thing that i keeping me from devouring it is writing this blog. I had two bites of the Spicy Gourmet Chicken, which isn't exactly spicy but is perfect in every other way. The texture of the "chicken" is amazing. Golden Era is definitely a place to take your omni friends to convince them that vegan food is good food.

The Golden rolls are your standard egg rolls (minus the eggs) but what really makes them soar is the sauce that goes with them. It's akin to the sweet and sour sauce with sesame seeds, it's just decadent. The chicken salad was purchased intentionally to be eaten tomorrow at lunch (because I know I'll be stuck eating from a horrible hotel buffet line).

The bottom line is Golden Era Vegetarian Cuisine is one of the best Chinese restaurants I've ever had. The only place that has come close thus far is Zen Palate in New York (which I will be blogging about soon). The only thing that is wrong with this place is that it's closed on Tuesday's and I still want to try their soups! But for now I'm just going to sit back, rub my belly and rejoice over the magnificent meal that I just had.


  1. Sounds great! I think I should start making my vacations all about great vegan food. :-)

  2. I love Golden Era!!!! Reading your post made me miss San Francisco so much!

  3. Don't they have a location in Oakland as well? I could swear I went to one in Oakland.

    I love San Francisco. Much better weather than here (Seattle) too.

  4. Their soups are out-of-control GOOD. Golden Era is killer. I saw someone pissing in the radiator of a car right across the street once! I usually walk pretty fast through this hood- There is a parking garage half a block away, it's a good idea to park there. Eating at this place is worth possibly getting mugged/stabbed.


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