A Vegan Lunch at BLD’s in Valley Center, CA (San Diego County)

As promised, I’m posting my review of BLD’s (Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner), casino dining at Valley View, Casino & Hotel (16300 NYEMII PASS ROAD, VALLEY CENTER, CA 92082.)

I won a $100 dining credit and wondered what I could possibly get.  Even though the BLD’s menu showed no signs of vegan-friendliness (the “Tofu & Mushrooms” is actually vegan, though), lucky thing I stumbled on in there because the chef (Michael Pinson) was happy to accommodate (even happy to accommodate the fact that I don’t like mushrooms.)  Not only that, but Chef Pinson, server Samuel, and other workers were happy to help me make the most of my dining credit by filling up a heavy bag full of items to take home.  Sweet people!

For lunch I enjoyed a lovely garden salad with green vinaigrette, garlic tofu stir fry with baby bok choy and steamed rice with soy sauce, and bread (no butter, of course.)  Since my dining credit didn’t cover alcoholic beverages I ordered a refreshing juice and seltzer water mixed together.

My to-go bag kept me in delicious meals for days and included: roasted vegetable quinoa-pilaf, veggie lo mein, chilled quinoa salad, garlic tofu + steamed rice, root vegetable risotto, garden salads with tofu & green vinaigrette, and fruit cups. Some of those veggie-dishes included special veggies like orange and purple cauliflower.

I did spend $16.99 out of pocket (yes, a lot of money!) because, of course, my dining credit did not include gratuity and that was the recommended gratuity.

If you want to experience special order vegan dining at BLD’s too, then you might want to call first to make sure they can accommodate: 760-291-5500.  The chef said the kitchen regularly cooks vegetable stock.

If only the other casino diners knew they could order healthy.

If only the other casino diners knew they could order healthy.

Maybe in the future I’ll review The Buffet because I still haven’t claimed my “Free Lobster Buffet” (ewwww!) that you get for joining the Player’s Club.  But I’m scared because one of the servers at BLD’s said they put bacon in the veggies (ewwww!)  Maybe between now and then they can take inspiration from the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet and serve vegan pizza and enchiladas for breakfast!


A New & Unique Restaurant Review Blog for Vegan Promotion

I’m finally starting my blog. Not a novel idea and yet the world needs this blog. For this blog I will post restaurant reviews based on my testing for vegan friendliness. But instead of paying out of pocket to dine at such restaurants, I win the gift cards or gift certificates. I save animals by winning the prize that a meat-eating prize hoarder would otherwise win.  Then I agitate for vegan options, which is basically a public service.  I’m such a do-gooder.

One secretary at a radio station I win from says she likes that I win restaurant gift cards because she knows lives will be spared (as opposed to when one of the other regulars win.) I’m such an inspiration.  She also thought my idea to start this blog was a really good one.

I’ve been putting off starting this blog for a long time because I really don’t have spare time, especially to work for zero remuneration. And yet I’m such a giving person.  Sometimes I’m rewarded. I recently scored a lot of vegan food at a casino restaurant of all places and knew it’s time to start this blog. (BLD’s at Valley View Casino will definitely have to be my first restaurant review post.)

I don’t know any vegans in my community who are into this same hobby. They seem to be into protests, potlucks, and meetups at vegan restaurants and that’s all very cool, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t have a lot of leisure time or spare money for that kind of stuff (although I’m sure I’ll eventually get it together to do a potluck.) But I have to eat, so I might as well dine for free, and keep the demands for vegan options going strong. Yes, I am a hard working person of strong moral character.

I’m sure this blog will be beloved, although I doubt I’ll have much time to work on it. Also, WordPress. com seems user-unfriendly so far. Oh well.

Example of regular contest winners/qualifiers in the community.

Example of regular contest winners/qualifiers in the community.