Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If the Arizona Cardinals want to retain the services of wide receiver Jaron Brown, they may need to dig a little deeper into their checkbook than expected.Former Cardinals assistant wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said nine teams have called him about the free agent, Mike Jurecki revealed on The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki on Monday morning. Some have expressed interest in signing him as a No. 2 receiver.“It’s definitely encouraging to have some teams showing interest,” Brown said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I really only need one team to take a chance and just give me an opportunity to show what I can do.” Related LinksReport: Cardinals, three other teams finalists to land QB Kirk CousinsArizona Cardinals’ cap space to limit aggressiveness in free agencySteve Keim: Cardinals looking to re-sign ‘four or five’ free agentsBrown spent his first five years in the Valley after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He started every game for the first three seasons, but in October 2016, he tore his ACL. He finished the season with only 11 catches but averaged 17 yards per reception.Healthy again in 2017, Brown showed bursts of solid play – most notably, an eight-catch, 105-yard game against San Francisco – but was inconsistent and averaged only 29.8 yards per game. He finished the season with 477 yards and 31 receptions, second-most on the team.His upside as a deep threat and impact on special teams has prompted interest from others around the league.Despite up-and-down play last season coming off injury, Brown is confident he can be a No. 2 receiver.“I don’t feel like I put up the numbers I should have put up,” he said. “That’s what the offseason’s for, and I’m going to come back next year even better.”Brown said he’s open to returning to the Cardinals if they have interest. As the team that took a chance on him five years ago, it’s the only professional environment he’s known. He also has veteran influences such as Larry Fitzgerald.“That’s one guy that kind of taught me how to be a pro,” Brown said. “Outside of football, taking care of your body, just doing the little things during the offseason, throughout the week during the season. I could go on and on, but just kind of learning how to be a pro.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 16 Comments Share
Au Lac Downtown Los AngelesTucked away in the Promenade Plaza, Au Lac is an upscale gem that offers imaginative raw and Vietnamese fusion dishes. The salt and pepper yam “shrimp” are eerily real, while the rich desserts are perfect for sharing. It’s a good place for celebrity sightings but the true star is Chef Ito, who has taken a vow of silence and just might grace you with a visit your table. Don’t forget to ask the server about the “secret menu.”ShojinPerfect for a date night, Shojin offers macrobiotic vegan sushi in a fine dining setting in Little Tokyo. An extensive menu of flavour-popping creations and a large selection of sakes are sure to please even the pickiest palates. It’s reassuring to see their “no chemical preservatives, no artificial colour and no chemical seasonings” promise on the menu, too.Mohawk BendThis craft beer restaurant and bar sits across the street from PETA headquarters in Echo Park, which may explain the vegan-heavy menu. Mohawk Bend serves arguably the best vegan pizza in the city and it’s a little cheaper during happy hour specials.by CHLOECupcake Wars winners, Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser, opened a Silver Lake version of their New York eatery in May 2016. Nestled inside the 365 by Whole Foods Market, by CHLOE is fast food at its finest, with innovative grub like Portobello meatball sandwiches, sweet potato-based mac-n-cheese, quinoa hash browns, beet ketchup and much, much more.Flore Vegan CuisineYou can’t beat the healthy home-style cooking at this little Silver Lake favourite. The best vegan biscuits and gravy in the West, consistently great service and the gluten-free friendly menu make Flore a cosy place for a rendezvous. It’s easy to see why Zagat has called Flore a “vegan lover’s dream.”VromageFrom the blond butcher block tables to charismatic cheesemonger Youssef Fakhouri running around behind the counter, Vromage is delightful. Stop by L.A.’s first vegan cheese shop for lunch (the tiny menu offers pizza, salad and sandwiches) or grab a hunk of muenster, brie, “veganzola” or gouda to go. All cheeses are nut-based and dairy-free. Some are good for melting while others are best for party platters. Vromage ships internationally, too!For more information, see the Discover Los Angeles website – https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/eat-drink/guide-to-the-best-vegan-restaurants-in-los-angeles Lead image: Au Lac Downtown Los AngelesGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterPlant-based diets have spread like agave and Los Angeles is fortunate enough to have vegan hotspots in every neighbourhood. Wherever you may find yourself in this expansive city, vegan food is never far away. Whether you’re celebrating World Vegan Month in November, or you’re looking for the best vegan restaurants in your area, here is a list of local favourites that can be found across Los Angeles.