Cinnamon Vegetarian: (Soy) Chicken Mole & Key Lime Pie

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Jameson Rollins

For this episode, KCET treated Jameson Rollins, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology's LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Laboratory, to Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant in Highland Park. The emphasis at Cinnamon is vegetarian Mexican food (it also provides vegan options for almost any dish they serve) which is not typical for this heavily Latino neighborhood.

Interior of Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant.

It was great to meet Jameson for lunch and to learn about his work detecting cosmic gravitational waves. It reminded me of Contact, the science fiction movie starring Jodie Foster that's based on Carl Sagan's novel of the same name. Unlike Jodie's character, Jameson does not believe his project will make contact with other life forms in space, but rather that it will continue expanding the field of astronomy for scientists. It's a rather complicated subject and I'm not sure that I could do Jameson justice so I've included a brief clip instead:

Jameson ordered a fresh juice made with carrot, celery and beet to go with his chicken (soy-based) mole and ended things with a tofu-based key lime pie. The dishes he selected created a colorful combination on the table and according to Jameson, they also tasted as good as they looked. In case you're wondering, the key lime pie was made with tofu.

Carrot, Celery and Beet Juice.

Vegetarian Chicken Mole with Spanish Rice

Key Lime Pie (Vegetarian).

I'm glad we reviewed a vegetarian restaurant and hope to cover some more in the future. Do you know of any other vegetarian Mexican restaurants in town? What's your favorite vegetarian and/or vegan restaurant in Los Angeles?

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Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant
5511 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 982-9480


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I am so intrigued with the taste of that key lime pie above. It looks yummy to me.


I have so many favorite veggie restaurants! In no particular order...Veggie Grill, Real Food Daily, Madeline Bistro, Garden Wok, Vinh Loi Tofu just to name a few.