I have been a vegetarian for nearly 8 years now and while I've dabbled with vegan cuisine from time to time, I never really had the pleasure of experiencing it in such delicious variety until I came to Los Angeles. Here, plant-based dishes are as commonplace and plentiful as their meat counterparts, with the vast majority of restaurants catering to vegetarian and vegan diets in some way. And, of course, there are incredibly delicious stand-alone vegan joints that are frequented by passionate veggies and devout meat-lovers alike. Here are a few of my top dishes at my favourite vegan hotspots - Cafe Gratitude, Real Food Daily and Sage Vegan Bistro.