What Vegans Eat – Day 504: Special Travel Edition


Breakfast: We are now at our second destination during our extended Bay Area stay – housesitting at Gary’s sister and brother-in-law’s home. Breakfast in the backyard is especially lovely; it’s quiet and fragrant. We found “our teapot” (the one we gifted our hosts one of the last times we stayed) and made Earl Grey Tea. The Steel Cut Oats with Apples, Bananas and Raisins were topped with a surprise ingredient: Chia Seeds. At home we opt for flax seeds which we buy whole and grind before using. But that’s been challenging here without a spice grinder so we have gone without for a while. I broke down and bought a bag of the pricier source of omega 3 fatty acids – Chia Seeds at Trader Joe’s. I’ve eaten them before in smoothies and baked goods and friends’ homemade puddings that I didn’t really care for. I thought since chia seeds don’t have to be ground we would try them while traveling. Just before gobbling up my cereal I remembered we had purchased the chia seeds the night before. I sprinkled some on top and enjoyed their light crunch. I know, I know, they are better for you when soaked. When I find something to soak them in I will do that. Until then, I’ll be crunching my chia seeds and instructing my body to make the most of them.
Lunch: With Gary out and about, I was getting hungry. Celery and Peanut Butter is a quick and statisfying meal. I knew we’d be going out for dinner later and had to leave room for that. Cold brewed Green Tea went well with this meal.
Dinner: We were headed to the Vegetarian House to meet Gary’s cousin Nancy and husband Wade. We forgot that this restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. How many times have we made that mistake? Who closes on Tuesdays?? After sending off some quickly composed text messages we all met up at the Veggie Grill in Santana Row.
We all started with Sweet Potato Fries while ordering.
Once again, Gary ordered the B-Wing Salad, but you knew that, right? This B-Wing Salad comes with vegan tenders Buffalo Wing Style over chopped romaine, avocado, celery, tomato-corn salsa, creamy ranch dressing.
I don’t remember what Wade ordered but it sure looks good!
Nancy had the Banh Mi Salad with organic glazed tofu, chargrilled eggplant, house-pickled carrots, white
cabbage, cucumbers, daikon, fresh jalapeños, basil, cilantro, mint, marinated kale and 5-spice glaze.
I ordered the new Seoul Bowl with organic crispy tofu, supergrain + rice mix, gochujang sauce, carrots, house-pickled red onions, cabbage, arugula, scallions, sesame seeds. What I liked was that the carrots, arugula and cabbage were plain with no sauce. I like plain. But I also like spicy and the crispy tofu was topped with a gooey spicy sauce. My only complaint, and it’s a tiny one, was I was expecting a deep bowl. When I visited South Korea many times on business back in 1999 I would have many big deep stone bowls of vegan Bibimbop that I loved. This bowl at Veggie Grill was shallow and really nothing like the Bibimbop of my dreams. Still it was tasty and fun.
We walked around Santana Row a little bit and stopped into Pinkberry. Gary and I shared a small cup of Just Fruit-Peach Passion made with Fruit (Fruit (Peach Puree, Pear Puree, Apricot Puree), White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pear Juice Concentrate, Apple Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors), Water. It was Sweet!

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