Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!
I normally don’t do much on this “holiday”.. it’s probably because I’ve always lacked a significant other. But I’m sure once I have one this day will have more meaning. Plus, it is my personal dream to have my wedding day take place on Feb 14! 😉
Anyhoo, not only is it Valentine’s Day.. but it’s also my Veganniversary! What a coinky-dink that it falls on Valentine’s Day, no? It was a year ago today that I made the decision to become a vegan (having been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 9 months). I took the plunge and haven’t looked back since. I have never looked or felt better in my whole life and I owe much of that to my vegan diet. I am very happy to have made this decision.. it truly changed my life (for the better!).
What better way to celebrate V Day than to have a delicious meal at none other than The Chicago Diner?
I ordered today’s raw special, which is zucchini-liguine noodles with crimini mushroom cashew alfredo sauce, with macadamia-porcini “crab” cakes, served with marinated kale-vegetable salad. Wow, was the “alfredo sauce” soooo good, guys! I don’t know what they did to the zucchini, but they totally felt like actual noodles. The crab cakes were salty with just the right amount of crunch to them and the marinated kale salad was so light and flavorful, it rounded off the meal ever so nicely! This was a great way to celebrate my veganniversary, though sadly, they did not have the dessert I was planning for (the raw blueberry cheezecake), but I think it was for good reason.. this meal left me stuffed! Maybe next time?
Before I left to go to the Chicago Diner, I had my mom prepare a favorite of mine.
A Thai baby coconut that was filled to the brim with delicious and refreshing coconut water. The meat was so good as well, being slighty “slimy” and perfectly sweet. Yum! If you’ve never drank pure coconut water, you’re missing out!
While on a Whole Foods run this week, I noted a new prepared goodie available at the prepared food section: a vegan tamale!
The tamale was very good! More tasty than the chicken ones I used to eat in my pre-veg days. I used to LOVE eating tamales in the wintertime.. but ever since I became veg, I knew I would have to say goodbye to these lovely packets of masa goodness, because lard is used to make them. But thanks to my WF, I can FINALLY get my tamale fix. Hooray!
Others eats this week include…
Umm, I didn’t really like this protein powder. Has anyone tried this flavor? It tasted like.. nothing! Is there any tasty vegan protein powder anywhere??
I didn’t know Amy’s made gluten free pasta, but VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE PASTA.. I had to get my hands on some and I was so glad I did! This was 100x better than I imagined it to be. Kudos to Amy’s for making a bowl of deliciousness.
I tried a new bar this week…
I decided to give this a try after Brooke raved about it, but I found it to be just ok.
My first raw breakfast!
The recipe comes from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and while at first I was hesitant about this pancake, I found it to be super filling. I was surprised this little pancake could satiate me for a full 5 1/2 hours, but it did just that. Not only was it filling, but it was quite tasty as well. Delicately sweet with a hint of coconut in every bite. Raw food does it again!
This soup sent my taste buds back in time to the days in which I had Chicken Ramen Noodles for lunch. It was so good, the noodles were perfect and so reminiscent of ramen, I felt a bit naughty eating this. It’s actually quite healthy!
MY SECRET CUPID!
Allison from Green Dog Wine was my secret cupid and she sent me a box full of goodies! She noticed my love for Larabars and WCMN Clif bars, and also added in some cute VDay stuff, such as socks and a kitchen towel (how did you know I needed one?). THANK YOU SO MUCH ALLISON.. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift. You seriously rock, girl!
And before I leave, here’s a little dessert I had from Borrowed Earth Cafe…
And yes, it was out of this world.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys!