Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers (Gaslamp, San Diego)

My favorite sign at Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers gave out a lot of gift cards on the radio, especially on KFMB-FM, and because their veggie burger can be made vegan by rejecting the cheese and requesting a lettuce wrap instead of the bun, it was pretty smart of vegans to win them (pretty smart of me anyway.) I won mine from Robin Roth. (Years ago, there was a radio contest where the cue to call was Roth reading Morrissey lyrics. I won, of course, and saw her outside after the show where she hugged me. LOL.)  Anyway, the vegan patty is made of brown rice, black beans, and oats with a “sweet soy glaze.” Pretty good.

I got the Alpine Duet beer, which is purportedly vegan-friendly, although used to not be (Barnivore.com.)  It’s more bitter than a jealous person.  I saved some in a drink container to finish later.

Alpine Duet beer

The Gaslamp location is only seven (7) blocks west of the Central city public library branch in the East Village, which means two (2) hours of freebie parking (validate your parking stub for free.) (You can use Ancestry.com for free at the library too.)  When you walk out you’ll see the homeless camped on the sidewalk. (By the way, my cyber-bully who I wrote about here tried to cyber-bully me again by falsely accusing me of “disparaging the homeless,” but didn’t back it up of course. I’m the one who called out 10 News and the police for showing bias against the homeless in favor of homeowners!)

Vegan version veggie burger with lettuce wrap

Then I headed off to Hillcrest to score $100 worth of free groceries because I won a Whole Foods gift card on Star.  (But I had coupons too so I still have a balance.)  There was a lady with a kid and a dog by the parking lot with a “HUNGRY VEGAN FAMILY” sign.  I gave the lady a card for VeganTownUSA.Wordpress.com and said, “Lots of referral links for vegan freebies.” (Yes they had a smart phone and I presumed they already knew about food stamps, food banks, and Food Not Bombs.) (Since I posted the list of birthday freebies I noticed that Jersey Mike’s also has a birthday freebie sub when you subscribe to the E-mail Club.  I just didn’t realize it before because when I originally signed up it didn’t ask for my birthday.)

I like to win iTunes gift cards because they get me what I need

The receipt suggested 0.00 gratuity amount, but I decided to leave a generous tip anyway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Osteria Panevino and Greystone

Willamina visiting Panevino.

Osteria Panevino is a Tuscan restaurant in the Gaslamp of downtown San Diego (on 5th Ave. between F & G Streets.)  They participate in Restaurant Week and give out gift certificates on the radio.  I visited for lunch three times spread out over a long stretch of time and brought my dog each time (and a human once.)

At first they didn’t have anything labelled “vegan” on their menu, but they had a “vegetarian” section if I remember correctly.  I got the gluten-free veggie pasta (“no cheese, no butter”) my first two visits.  Their pasta is great and house-made. Ironically, I saw the same couple having lunch both times (they totally weren’t vegan.)

McFadden’s is across the street from Osteria Panevino

Eventually they changed their menu and took that pasta dish right off the menu. But now they have a “VF” (vegan friendly) omelette on the menu (under the “Breakfast” section), which I would have tried, but they were out of tofu that day.  However, the good news is that you can order the pasta with marinara sauce even though the menu says “Fettuccine Alfredo Spaghetti.”  They seem to only bring out bread if you ask, but I guess it all depends.

I also got bottomless mimosas each time and they’re strong.  The carafe they bring you could be large or small, so be prepared.

Greystone

Greystone steakhouse is their nearby sister restaurant and I got a similar veggie pasta dish as I did at Osteria Panevino, which was a modification of their shrimp pasta. (Ewwww!) (I’m proud to say I’ve never eaten shrimp in my life!)  They had musicians playing downstairs and dining upstairs.  I haven’t been there in ages.  They should go vegan!

Downstairs at Greystone

You know, I respect the freegans and all, but I prefer to dine for free in fancy restaurants than eating out of garbage cans like George Costanza. How about you?