What Vegans Eat – Day 979, Travel Edition


Breakfast: We’ve been in California for eleven days and it seems like years! We have been through so much – relaxing days in Carmel, a wedding in Loomis, having our car towed and feeling the anxiety of the region as the wild fires burn and leave the air unhealthy to breath. We got up in the pool house we are staying in and began the day with basic Oatmeal cooked with Apples and Raisins. I topped my bowl with Chia Seeds. When we are in California I often purchased Chia Seeds because they are less expensive here, and it’s not necessary to grind them, like flax seeds. Yes, they are better absorbed if they are ground, but with careful chewing, you can still get a lot out of them without grinding.
Lunch: We took our favorite long walk here in Monte Sereno from the house down to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It felt so good to get out and move. When we finished the trail, Gary asked me if I wanted a Freeze at the Pressed Juicery. Does it have Kale in it? Then yes! The Green Matcha Freeze is made with Kale and Spinach and other whole food, plant goodies. It’s a sweet way to eat your greens. Gary went for the Greens #1 bottled juice. An excellent choice.
Gary was off to see his dad and do some errands. I stayed in to prerecord my radio show for tomorrow. Feeling a little hungry I nibbled on leftover Chocolate I brought back from the wedding on Saturday and Organic, Dry Roasted Peanuts.
Dinner: Gary’s sister and brother-in-law are leaving for London. They invited the family to Aldo’s for dinner. We’ve eaten there many times and recently I figured out how to order there. I asked for a sautéed vegetable plate, being specific about the vegetables I wanted in it: Spinach, Broccoli, Artichokes, Potatoes, Onions, Olives. I also requested that the dish have no salt. Gary and I shared it and it was delicious. One downside however is that it was swimming in oil. I did’t have the heart to ask them to use very little oil. It’s a classic Italian restaurant and I thought that might freak them out. Maybe I will have more courage next time. It does make for a gorgeous photo though. Oil makes your food shine.
They were also featuring a Warm White Bean Salad with Arugula, Basil, Olives, Red Onion, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese. Yes, they could make it without the cheese, so Gary and I each ordered a plate. This was so good. I decided while enjoying every bite that I would be recreating this dish very soon.

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