Vegan Meal Option on Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines Vegan Island Style Meal (Teriyaki Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots, Baby Bok Choy, and Rice), requested in advance through their Dine-Up Meal Program

Hawaiian Airlines Vegan Island Style Meal (Teriyaki Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots, Baby Bok Choy, and Rice), requested in advance through their Dine-Up Meal Program

On a trip to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines earlier this summer, one of the flight attendants mentioned that they had just started a new meal program that she thought included vegan meals! Ryan and I had just both declined the warmed non-vegan chocolate chip cookie (still trying to spread the word just how easy it is to make vegan chocolate chip cookies, even ones that beat out non-vegan ones in competition!), and when she inquired, we told her we were vegan.

So on our return flight, we found their new Pre-Purchase Meal Program website called Dine Up www.hawaiianairlines.dineup.com , and tried to order the Island Style Lunch, which was the only option that looked vegan. You have request and pay for your special meal at least 48 hours before your flight. We kept getting a pop-up window saying they were "unable to process your request", so we emailed a message requesting vegan meals to the address provided support@dineup.com in the Contact link. We emailed twice and never got a response, so we weren't hopeful. We tried calling as well, but the reservation agents we spoke to, although very friendly and pleasant, didn't know much about the program and referred us back to the Dine Up website.

Imagine our surprise when we were on the plane, and were delivered our Island Style Lunches, with a sticker that clearly said "Vegan" right on it! And it was pretty darn good especially for airplane food. The chefs that created this entree clearly put thought and effort into making something that was visual pleasing as well as tasty.

There were some non-vegan milk chocolate-covered Macadamia Nuts on our tray which we didn't eat of course, but I think they just automatically put that on all the trays without really thinking about it. We also noticed that the non-dairy margarine contained vitamin D3, so we chose not to eat it.

There were a couple of other delicious-sounding meal options that looked like they were or could easily be made vegan, such as the North Shore Salad with a Quinoa Kale Salad and Hummus with Pita, as well as the Rainbow Lunch with Roasted Vegetables over Rotini Pasta, but the description says they contain both eggs and milk. We sent an email to support@dineup.com and requested clarification, but never received a response. We also noticed that "Eggs" were added to the description of the Island Style Lunch we ordered, but don't remember it being there before. We'll try again to get confirmation on our next trip to Hawaii. Maybe if more of us ask, they will provide more confirmed vegan options (their website once again in case anyone is wondering is www.hawaiianairlines.dineup.com and their email is support@dineup.com). ;)

All in all, this is a wonderful step in the right direction. Mahalo nui loa to everyone at Hawaiian Airlines who worked to make a cruelty-free vegan meal option available to your vegan, animal-loving, and environmentally-conscious travelers! We look forward to flying with Hawaiian Airlines again soon.

Thanks for reading. Peace and love to all who live.

Susan

Pomegranate: Exquisite Vegan Dessert Shop Opens in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pomegranate Garden: A Sampler of 6 of their signature desserts -- Strawberry Shortcake, Tiramisu, Raspberry Chocolate, Orange Chocolate, Chocolate Gateau, and Apple Pie.

Pomegranate, LA's newest all-vegan, gluten-free dessert shop will celebrate their official Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 11am to 5pm! They are located at 8556 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 (near S. San Vicente, very close to Cedars Sinai and The Beverly Center). Pomegranate has already had their soft opening, so we were able to visit (twice so far!) and sample their many of their offerings. The shop itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the people there are very warm and welcoming. I'm not going to admit exactly how much I ate there last weekend, but let's just say I just couldn't stop myself. Everything was absolutely delicious, and I was so happy!

Chocolate Gateau Cake

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raw Pyramid Cake with Chocolate, Berry, and Pistachio Mint Layers

Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Mousse

One thing I love about Pomegranate desserts is that they are not overly sweet. Their Pastry Chef does not use any refined cane sugar, but instead utilizes the complex flavors of more natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, dates, and Japanese beet sugar. There is also a very wide variety of desserts, so there's something for everyone. There's Crème Brûlée, Strawberry Shortcake, and Tiramisu for your classic special-occasion desserts, but there's also a Green Tea Cake, studded with bits of mochi (sweet sticky rice cake) and a red Azuki Bean filling if you're in the mood for something with a Japanese flair. I also really enjoyed the Sweet Potato Soy Sauce Ice Cream, which we got sandwiched between two Sesame Seed Cookies...SO yummy! And then there are the cookies...which can be taken home to be enjoyed later or given (even shipped; check with them for costs) to special friends, family, and bloggers who write about new vegan dessert shops. Cookie flavors include Salted Caramel, Pumpkin, Pineapple, Rosemary, Green Tea, Earl Gray, Spiced Almond, and many more. 

Vegan Box lunches and Sushi

Cruelty-free Vegan Bath and Body Products

 

Desserts are their specialty, but there's so much more, too! Pomegranate offers box lunches and sushi from the one and only Shojin Organic and Natural Restaurant. Some of the things we spotted were a White Mushroom Pasta, Roasted Tomato Pasta, plus Dynamite and Baked "Scallop" Sushi Rolls. There is also an extensive drink menu which has Intelligentsia coffees, American Tea Room teas, several green teas from Shizuoka, Japan (a region known for producing some of the finest green teas in the world), as well as juices from California Juice and juices they press themselves.

Pomegranate also has their own line of cruelty-free vegan bath and beauty products, including Body Scrubs, Bath Milks, Lip Gloss, Perfumes, Body Butters, Spray Face Mists and more in delightful scents and colors. They have testers for everything, so be sure to try some before you leave!

As I write this post, I know they haven't even had their official Grand Opening yet, but I'm calling it. Pomegranate is bucket-list level for all vegan dessert lovers and anyone with a sophisticated sweet tooth. Definitely worth the drive from anywhere in southern California. You can also order whole cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Be sure to follow them on Instagram or Facebook for the latest news and special offers. I myself can't wait to go back. I think I hear the Mixed Berry Pineapple Cake calling my name...I'm coming for you soon my sweet!

Thanks for reading. And thank you Pomegranate for helping to make cruelty-free vegan living so delicious. Peace and love to all who live.

Susan

Vegan cookie monster heaven

Strawberry Shortcake

Lovely patio where you can enjoy your Pomegranate treats!