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Wake Up LA: Vegan Breakfast at Madeleine Bistro

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All good things come from the Valley first. Lucky for those who stay "over the hill," Executive Chef David Anderson at LA's fanciest and tastiest vegan affair in the Tarzana Safari Walk (yes, that's an official Los Angeles Neighborhood, city blue sign and all), there is plans to open up a new vegan eatery with full bar on the Westside according to VegNews, who gave his West Valley restaurant a 2007 Veggie Award (Note: VegNews is the real magazine for Vegetarians, not that other mag). But first thing's first; and that's starting your weekend brunch at his restaurant on Ventura Boulevard -- Madeleine Bistro.

Before opening up his own restaurant, the Boston native's first organic job in Los Angeles was as the Sous Chef at Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga for a short time (tip: Sunday morning vegetarian buffet!). Next came the big gig as Executive Chef at the over-popular Real Food Daily. "Finding the format too confining, he left" the Westside institution, according to his bio. Before pursuing his dream of opening up his own restaurant, he spent a short time with Playfood, but probably realizing the project was going no where, or too slowly (the restaurant still hasn't opened, but an offshoot Kansas factory is producing excellent vegan cheese for sale in grocery stores), he finally went for for the gold and his Bistro became a rave.