Sunday, January 30, 2011

Great Foodie Weekend

What a fun filled foodie weekend this has been.  My weekend actually started a day early because of the snow storm that we had Wednesday evening.

With that snow storm I also lost power and did not have to work Thursday.   Some time Thursday afternoon the power came back.  Went to one of my favorite restaurants, Great Sage,  to eat and have coffee Thursday morning since I had no power.  Love the atmosphere of this place and the food is great too.  I had the Southwest Ranch"Bacon" wrap...delish!!!!

On Friday I met a couple of co-workers for food shopping at Korean Korner and lunch at a Vegan restaurant called Yuan Fu.  It was my first time there and it was delicious!!!!  We ordered 3 entrees and 1 appetizer.  And I must say that we devoured all of the food.  It was delicious!!!
 Minced veggie lettuce wraps
Pineapple "Chicken"...great presentation!

Notice the Wendy's cup in the background.  My co-workers son had Wendy's burger, fries and frosty.  We almost got in "trouble" for bringing meat into a Vegan restaurant be he destroyed the evidence quickly...oops!  Above is Crispy Orange "Chicken".
Mushrooms and basil...scrumptious!
Great food and great friends. It's nice to work with people that you actually enjoy being around.

And on Saturday, I made vegan pancakes for the very first time.
I enjoyed, hubby not so much.  I think he'll stick to the "regular" pancakes.
Also enjoyed Vegan Pizza Day which I blogged about earlier.

Spent this morning in the kitchen preparing food for the work week.  Chopping, slicing, marinating etc...
Green smoothie for breakfast and 2 large glasses of water with lemon.  Lunch was marinated cucumber, tomato, and watercress salad with a scoop of "tuna" salad.
And for dinner a little quinoa pasta with marinated veggies and sun-dried tomato marinara.

Whew!  After all this good eating I did this weekend it will be green smoothies and kale salad all week for me!  Yoga too!!!

Vegan Pizza Day

Yesterday was Vegan Pizza Day.  I was pretty excited about this day to say the least.  I have only had pizza once since my vegan/raw journey began and it was a raw pizza which I loved.  When I found out that is was vegan pizza day I started looking for places that served it around me.  Since I have incorporated some cooked foods into my diet I thought I would give a cooked pizza a try.  After much research I decided to go to ZPizza.  Also did a little research as to what they did to made the pizza "vegan".  Since I have become vegan I am very aware of what I am putting in my body as we all should be.  One thing that I have never eaten is vegan cheese which is what they use to make it vegan,  in addition to the vegetables and organic tomato sauce.  They also have a gluten free crust.  Did a little research on the cheese that they use.  It's a dairy free cheese called "Daiya Vegan Cheese.  I was very excited and looking forward to try this pizza.  Have not had cheese of any kind since October 2010.

This is my pizza...tomatoes, olives, zucchini, jalapenos, caramelized onions, and mushrooms.  I must say that after eating this pizza I don't think that I really miss cheese at all.  I can definitely see how someone who loves cheese would love this cheese.  It is probably the best Vegan Cheese out there.  I know that my taste buds have changed because I felt that the cheese took away from the taste of the veggies.   Bottom line is that I don't miss cheese but it is good to know that there is a vegan cheese out there that actually melts and taste like cheese.  They have two kinds, cheddar and mozzarella.  Notice that it is a little pricey.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Vegan Pizza Day and will participate again next year.  Maybe by then I will have a favorite pizza place or I will have perfected my own "vegan pizza".