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San Diego isn’t new when it comes to vegan eats, but this Convoy Street concept is taking things to the next level. Introducing, The Yasai, an all-vegan Japanese restaurant dishing out authentic flavors and fish-less sushi in the city’s unofficial Asian Restaurant Row.
Far from your everyday sit-down spot, The Yasai is on a mission to craft creative, plant-based meals made with fresh, sustainable produce — and, as far as we can tell, they’re nailing it.
The first-of-its-kind menu is led by a lengthy list of vegan sushi. While you may be skeptical about replacing the tuna or salmon in your go-to rainbow roll or spider roll with tempura kabocha pumpkin or vegan no-crab — trust us: These rolls are on point. Not only are they packed with all sorts of veggies, but they taste eerily similar to your favorites (if not better!). We highly recommend The Hype, made with kanpyo gourd, konjac, takuan, spinach, inari, and carrots and topped with pickled beets, wasabi mayo, and vegan caviar.
Alongside their selection of rolls, you’ll find a list of plant-based nigiri that’s just as good as its fish-laden counterpart. Think sticky sushi rice topped with veggies like fermented eggplant, roasted red pepper, “filets” of trumpet mushrooms, and pickled pineapple with marinated konjac that mimic the texture of the traditional Japanese staple. Feeling adventurous? Ask for the “Chef’s Choice” and indulge in whatever flavor-packed nigiri the chef is feeling that night.
If sushi’s not your thing— no worries. The menu also features specialty ramen bowls with your choice of classic, kale, beet, or gluten-free noodles and toppings like bamboo shoots, wakame seaweed, grilled tofu cutlets, garlic chips, and more. The next time it rains, stop in for a piping-hot bowl and definitely go for the curry broth.
While plant-based plates are at the center of everything they do at The Yasai, they also put an extra emphasis on presentation.
So, no matter if you order a roll, a bowl of ramen, or a small plate, you can expect an art-inspired creation designed with a unique attention to detail, plus garnishes and sauces that come together for a meal that looks almost too good to eat (almost).
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!