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  • - We're in Inglewood, California.

  • We're gonna eat a bunch of vegan soul food.

  • - Let me tell you somethin' about soul food, okay.

  • - So Daisha here, is in another video right now.

  • She's doing a 30 day vegan food challenge.

  • - What do I know about soul food?

  • I think mac and cheese.

  • I think fried chicken.

  • I think cornbread.

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  • - Inglewood, like many low income areas

  • of Los Angeles, really struggles

  • to feed people quality, healthy foods.

  • - Oh, welcome to Stuff I Eat.

  • - Babette opened this restaurant in 2008

  • to try and combat that issue.

  • She's inspiring the community

  • to understand food they love

  • in a broader context.

  • - I think we should put it on you

  • to come up with a rubric.

  • - This is all based around a party

  • in your mouth, all right?

  • So the first thing is a Shindig.

  • If things are, "Oh wow, this is great."

  • "I'd probably eat this on my own time,

  • "but I'm not, like, in love,"

  • that is a Kickback.

  • Then the next level up

  • is a House Party.

  • - House party.

  • - All right, house party.

  • And then if we are just completely,

  • completely blown away,

  • all it is is just a Rave.

  • (beeping)

  • - So is this your very first soul food,

  • vegan soul food platter?

  • Really?

  • So first of all, let me describe

  • exactly what you have on this plate.

  • - [Daisha] This is vegan?

  • - This is all vegan, 100% vegan.

  • Kale greens, black-eyed peas.

  • We've got mac and cheese.

  • - [Voiceover] Vegan.

  • - Vegan.

  • Barbecue tofu.

  • Get a little coleslaw

  • and potato salad.

  • You've got some gluten-free cornbread

  • and your yams.

  • - Ready, go!

  • - [Voiceover] Collin, you're an animal Collin.

  • - [Collin] I am an animal.

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  • - Yes.

  • Oh my God.

  • This mac and cheese is so good.

  • - Yeah, I wouldn't say it tastes like,

  • you know, like traditional mac and cheese.

  • - She's not trying to imitate

  • regular soul food mac and cheese.

  • She's, like, made it her own

  • and it's amazing.

  • - Everyday, I'd eat this everyday.

  • - The mac and cheese is a House Party for me.

  • - I think this is a House Party for tofu.

  • - I've never had tofu before.

  • - What? - Like, I've never had tofu.

  • In my mind, it's always been like,

  • - [Voiceover] Weird.

  • - scary and weird, yeah.

  • - Did y'all have this coleslaw?

  • This is a Rave.

  • - The coleslaw's amazing - The coleslaw's a Rave.

  • (beeping)

  • - [Voiceover] Daisha, Daisha (unintelligible) eat right.

  • Steven.

  • - My plate, almost done.

  • - [Voiceover] Freddy, pick up the pace, Freddy.

  • - I'm comin', I'm comin', I'm comin'.

  • - What's your definition of, like,

  • a balanced meal?

  • - That.

  • - This?

  • - What did you expect me to say? (laughing)

  • So when we first moved over here,

  • I introduced the Soul Food Platter.

  • It was only going to be a special.

  • A couple of the local residents came in.

  • They had the Soul Food Platter

  • and they liked it

  • and then I didn't have it, like, the next day.

  • And they were like, "Well, what happened to that?"

  • And I'm like, "Well, it was just a special."

  • They walked out.

  • That happened several times,

  • several weeks in a row

  • and we just made the Soul Food Platter

  • a part of the menu

  • and I think that's how

  • we became the vegan soul food restaurant.

  • - Why did you want to open in Inglewood?

  • - I live down the street.

  • First of all, every time I wanted a decent

  • vegan meal, I had to drive across town.

  • There are a lot of health conscious people

  • living in this community.

  • The rent was amazing.

  • I'm not paying $20,000 a month for rent.

  • Miss me Beverly Hills.

  • And they needed me here.

  • They needed this situated right here

  • where it is and why not?

  • Why not a good vegan restuaruant

  • in my community?

  • - So since you've been here,

  • have you noticed that more people

  • from the neighborhood have started to come?

  • - Oh definitely. - Like people who aren't vegan

  • who just come for the food?

  • - Most of my customers are not vegan.

  • I'm so grateful that I was introduced

  • to this lifestyle and made the transition.

  • I really am.

  • I started at age 40.

  • I'll be 65 in December.

  • I can still jump down and do my push ups.

  • I'm still running hills.

  • I'm not on medication.

  • - [Voiceover] Your life is (unintelligible)

  • - My life is (laughing)

  • my life is wonderful right now.

  • - You know I've never for one second

  • thought about becoming vegan,

  • but I'm actually legitimately considering it now.

  • Like, with how good the food is

  • and how good you look.

  • (laughing)

  • - If I could just say one thing,

  • if there are any kids out there

  • eating those spicy Cheetos,

  • maybe you shouldn't eat those things

  • and that's all I have to say

  • about spicy Cheetos.

  • I know we're not talking about spicy Cheetos.

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