On the last Wednesday of 2009, I had the pleasure of dining at Real Food Daily in West Hollywood with one of my closest friends. Hours of chatter over dinner at RFD used to be an extremely regular occurrence for us, but hasn't happened in well over a year. In the ensuing time, RFD revamped their menu and increased their prices. They kept all of my favorite menu items, though, so I didn't expect much of a difference.
I started with the Sweet Green Juice (from the menu: cucumber, celery, parsley, spinach with a splash of apple) and added ginger. It was fresh and a tiny bit sweet, but I wished it contained kale for a heartier taste.
With my impending cleanse only days away, I decided to order my very favorite menu item, which is The Club Triple Decker (from the menu: Seitan, tempeh bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, vegenaise, sourdough bread) minus the avocado and tomato and with a Caesar side salad (from the menu: Romaine hearts, capers, wheat-free blue corn croutons, Caesar dressing). I'm sorry to say that what once was a very flavorful sandwich with soft seitan and smoky tempeh bacon was quite bland this time (Real Food Daily, if you happen to be reading this, please reinstate the original version of The Club. Thanks!). The Caesar was crisp and garlicky and I've always loved the touch of capers.
For dessert, we split one of the December specials: White Iced Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake (from the menu: ginger cake, light white icing, toffee sauce). The cake was soft and lightly spiced, but the sweet, thick toffee sauce was the star, in my opinion.
In a fortuitous coincidence, Quarrygirl just wrote a post about Follow Your Heart's vegan club with a plan to review all of the vegan club sandwiches in Los Angeles. I've also tried and enjoyed the FYH club, but it has been so many years that I think I need to order it again!