Friday, August 28, 2009

Time to take a blog vaca

I've been feeling super busy lately, so I've decided to take a 2 month break from blogging. I'll be back in November to tempt you with all the food I've been eating as well as what's been happening with the critters. I'll miss all of you! You'll probably see some comments from me on your blogs over the next few days as I catch up on what you've been doing before I take off.

Before I go and do some yard work, I thought I'd shower you with a ton of restaurant pics.

Golden Chopsticks
This is an eastside not completely veg restaurant in Redmond. I love this place. They are really consistent with the dishes and I have a favorite waitress.

Szechwan Tofu. I ask for this with pineapple. mmmm! The tofu is fried to perfection, and I'm not typically somebody that likes fried tofu without breading.
Kung Pao Tofu. delicious.
Leftovers. Yeah, I'm the type that brings my own takeout containers.

This is the first time I've been to this place. It's a very tiny vegan place in capitol hill that serves up asian food. They have a huge menu and it took forever to decide. I don't exactly remember what we ordered, but you can still look at the pretty pictures :).

They are not kidding w/ #2.

Some kind of fake rangoon. They did a good job w/ the deep frying, but I wasn't a huge fan of the inside part. Should have gotten a spring roll.

I don't remember. Knowing Andy, it would have to be General Tso's.

Don't know the name, but the picture is on the menu. The noodles look strange in this pic, but they also looked like that in real life. The taste of the dish was good, but the noodles were overcooked. Thanks to house rule #2, I didn't need to use the big ball of hot sauce they put on top.

I absolutely love it when they give you oranges at the end of the meal.

Cafe Flora
Yeah, I know. I love to whine about this place as well as praise it. This particular visit was for lunch.

Coconut Tofu. They always have this on their menu. It is fried to perfection w/ a nice coating. The first one you eat is divine. After that the law of diminishing returns kicks in. I finally figured out that they must soak their tofu in brine, because it's always so salty. The solution, only order this if you are with a group - unless you are a saltoholic.
Polenta with sour cherry sauce. This was alright. I mean, you can't really go wrong w/ fried up polenta, can you?

Falafels. I typically don't order this in a restaurant, but their other vegan choices didn't excite me. They were good.
Surprisingly, they have a couple vegan items - including french fries!

Hummus Wrap. I didn't get this, but it looks good.

Boca burger. oddly, they have a garden burger (non vegan) and a boca burger (vegan) on their menu. be careful to clearly specify you want a vegan boca burger. then check it when it comes to the table. if it looks like their are lots of grains in it, then it's not the boca burger. I didn't write that to freak you out, just as a heads up.
If you haven't been to this veg restaurant/bar, you have to go! They make the best sandwiches - all of which are veganizable. Plus every Wednesday, they have a free trivia night at 8:30. ooh, they also have atari game consoles that you can use for free.

Beer and a really strong blueberry lemonade. Perhaps I got a bit drunk off it. Leia's Tacos. These tacos were good, but let me tell you, you should only order a sandwich because you'll be stuffed. Andy, why do you torture me by ordering too many tasty vittles?
The Lowell. This is my current favorite. Vegan ‘ham’, green chiles, baby greens, roma tomato and chipotle aioli on a toasted whole wheat hoagie bun. perfection!

R2 Pita 2. This was a sloppy delicious mess! By now, I think you are seeing there is a pattern to their naming process.
should I do one more??? why not!

This is a non veg restaurant that gets just about all of it's food locally. They don't have a huge vegan menu, but it's very good. The type of dinner that can take more than an hour.

Full Circle Farm Lettuces. Walla Walla Onion (cold) Soup. I almost sucked this whole thing down before I remembered I had to switch w/ Andy.
Pot au Feu. Pretty tasty stuff.

Risotto. I think this might be the same one that is on the menu, but I can't remember. Let's just say that they got me to love a risotto and I'm a risotto hater.

We had the sorbet for dessert, but it was nothing special. I wish they would have cracked open vegan cupcakes take over the world...


Tubs looks like he's up to no good in this pic. He might look calm in this pic, but really he's surveying the cat cage in hopes of causing some mayhem.

See you all in November and have a great September and October!


For the Love of Guava said...

:( I 'll miss ya B... but I'll find some fried tofu to eat in your honor....

Tara said...

Great post! I love how Tubs looks like he is definitely about to get into trouble.
Have a fantastic blog vacation, but know that you will be missed!

Vegetation said...

You'll be greatly missed but we all need a break from time to time. Enjoy yours!!

And wow, what a lot of gorgeous food! Almost enough to keep me going till you get back :P

Haha, I wonder if Tubs was actually up to no good?

Sal said...

wow, that's a lot of awesome looking food.

aww i'll miss your posts! enjoy your break and i'll look forward to your return in november!

Andrea said...

Thanks for all the restaurant info. I'm not feeling much like cooking lately. BTW We had some really excellent vegan sushi at Kisaku in Green Lake. At lunch they bring a complimentary salad and soup but the soup has fish stock.

beastmomma said...

Enjoy your vacation! I will miss your updates and look forward to your return!!!

Felicity said...

I'll miss you! Have a relaxing and enjoyable blog vacation. I hope you're planning on doing some garden planning for next year ;)

Hannah said...

Have fun these coming months! And if you have food anywhere near as tasty looking as what you just posted, I'm sure you'll be eating well. It all looks so good!

Take care!

janelle said...

Have a happy Vaca! When you're back I'll be gone... It's babyville for me! I can't believe there's only 2 months left. Thanks for the reminder :P

wingraclaire said...

Have a great vacation! And keep eating!!!! Thanks for all the mouthwatering photos. You and Andrea are making me want to come to Seattle, big time!

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