Tomorrow we are heading out to go camping with our friends from Toronto so I am spending the day working and trying to clean our house, prepare food for camping and locate all our camping gear. Last year our first camping trip was to Lafayette Campground at Franconia Notch in NH. Here is a recap:
Yesterday morning was a busy stressful one as I had a meeting with a prospective job that I really wanted. I brought hubby to work and then decided to stop into Healthy Living for a green juice and to waste some time since I had about 45 minutes before my interview. I decided on having a carrot, kale, parsley, celery and lemon juice which ended up with a redish tint because they had just juiced a beet for the person before me.
While I sat and sipped on my juice I flipped through Seven Days and came across an article on Aux Vivres!
Aux Vivres is one of hubby and my favorite restaurants in Montreal to eat at. Aux Vivres is vegan, prices are pretty good and they are open late! Last visit I had the Montreal Smoked “Meat” Sandwich and it was amazing! Usually we just go on the weekends and get brunch which is delicious but we decided to try something different on our last visit (mind you we went the day before for brunch haha).
Anyways back to the interview- I went to my interview and felt extremely confident that I was employed. Basically I was told that I had the job but they had to finish going through the motions of checking my references to make sure that they were 100%. I spent the remainder of the day anxiously waiting for my phone call confirming (or denying) my employment. Finally at 4:30 I got the call and I am officially employed and start this Friday!
After the call hubby and I headed to Duino Duende for a beer and snack to celebrate. Neil had a $5 Shake (Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout with a shot of espresso and a drizzle of maple syrup) and I had the Allagash Triepl. We then walked around a bit and I got some new shoes on sale at The North Face which I am pumped about wearing this summer for some trail hiking. After this we finally headed to dinner at A Single Pebble with my tweep @LynneLLisa who also has a great blog. We met Lynne Lisa and her son for dinner and we all had a great time chatting and eating. We ordered some of the standards: Mock Eel, Double Garlic Broccoli, Vegan Sesame Buddhas Beef and Vegan Mushroom LoMein. We weren’t going to order dessert but when our waiter came back and told us about this yummy sounding coconut milk tapioca pudding we decided to get one with 4 spoons to try (Lynne’s son also got some yummy mango sorbet). Lynne and I decided that we would have to try to make a rice version of this same pudding and I am working on a recipe to try (I will post if it is good). Overall we had a great night and can’t wait to meet up with Lynne and her family again!
Today is all about working on school warm-up classes, getting things done around the house and possibly doing a little online shopping. I haven’t bought new clothes in almost a year and I think that it is time since my body has changed a lot over the past few months. The worst part of getting pregnant is the new body and now after it’s all done I have wider hips and my clothes don’t fit the same. Since I can’t wear leggings or yoga pants to work everyday like I do at home I guess it’s time to buy new clothes. Question:How often do you buy new clothes? Do you order online or head out to the shops?
Hi Everyone! So as many of you know my husband and I have run off to Boston, my old home for a brief time, for some R&R and of course yummy eat s and drinks. I was recently asked about vegan options in Boston and I have put together a list of places that my husband and I love as well as some other options we have yet to try but I hear are good:
I hope this list is helpful! People say Boston isn’t vegan friendly but it so is! There are tons of options here are some:
Has the best bagels with tofu spread ever! These are my husband and I’s favorite thing to get when we go to Boston. These are usually located within Espresso Royale’s. Our favorite location is on Newbury St.
I haven’t visited this place yet but I hear that has amazing food and the vegan options are labeled on the menu. (There are a Boston, Cambridge and Waltham locations. Oh and reservations recommended).
The Other Side Café 407 Newbury Street
This was always my college standby when I was going to school in Boston. The atmosphere is really fun and the food is delicious. There are tons of vegan options as well as raw vegan options. The tea selection is amazing and so good as well. If there is one really great place to visit I would suggest here.
This place is AMAZING! My husband and i absolutely love it and the food is delicious. The place is Ethiopian and is served very traditional and is so good it is a must try if you like Ethiopian food or are interested in trying something new. Also all the vegetarian items are vegan. (I don’t care for their Cambridge location.)
I haven’t tried this place yet but people love it. The vegan options are listed on the menu.
Also Faniuel Hall has a big food court with a ton of options that vegans can eat from sushi to indian to thai. There is also a great Mexican place at Quincy Market that I can’t remember the name of but it’s on the left side of Quincy Market and has great food.
There are also tons of options at the Prudential Center food court.
If you are going with Omni’s Legal Seafood has one vegan dish.
There is also PF Changs and CPK which has some vegan options.
For quick items there is Bolocco and Qudoba that both have vegan options.
Finishing up our Valentines Weekend posts we ended our weekend and spent our Valentines at Paul & Elizabeth’s in Northampton MA. We have visited this restaurant before and loved it last time and were excited to spent our Valentines here. We had so much good food it was crazy and we brought tons of it home. The food here is fresh and delicious and it is almost all vegetarian (there are a few fish dishes). My husband was delighted the special for Valentines night was the Vegetarian Platter which has these delicious croquettes that he loved last time. This is now our staple Northampton restaurant.
Hummus Appetizer we ended up bringing 1/3 of this home because there was so much delicious hummus
Hubby got a Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout and I got a glass of Luzon Verde however I guess I forgot to take a picture of it
Noodle and Vegetables in Broth with Vegetable Tempura (so much food I brought most of it home)
Vegetable Platter: veggies, tofu and amazing croquettes
This past weekend when my hubby and I were in NYC we decided that even though it was freezing out we just had to stop in to Stogo to try gourmet vegan ice cream. After tasting a few different flavors we settled on Salted Caramel Pecan and Peanut Butter Fudge both of which were delicious. The ice cream here is so good and unlike some other vegan ice creams it isn’t icy and if you didn’t know it was vegan you’d think it wasn’t. It’s a little pricey, $4.50ish for a small, but it is well worth the treat.
This past weekend while we were visiting the Big Apple my hubby and I met up with some of my girlfriends for breakfast at ‘SNice in Chelsea. To our disappointment we were unable to get sandwiches (which all sounded amazing) until 11am and we were too hungry to wait an hour so we decided to start with some lattes. After sipping on our lattes for a while hubz and I decided to split the tofu scramble wrap which was not bad and pretty filling. The GF’s went with a bagel with cream cheese and the other granola with fruit, yogurt and honey.
Everything at ‘SNice is vegetarian and all vegan options are marked accordingly. The menu is mostly that of salads and sandwiches with bagels and breakfast sandwiches in the morning. The place was pretty quiet for the sit in crowd until around 11am however there was always a line at the counter for take out bagels and coffee. I really would like to return during lunch ours to try one of their yummy salads or sandwiches. There is also a location in Brooklyn which I understand has a similar menu.
Friday night my husband and I had one of the most amazing meals of our lives. It was one of those meals that not only had amazing food but was topped off with the best service and experience at a restaurant that we have ever had. Prior to our trip away I had contacted Bun the owner of Miya’s Sushi about the vegan options as well as what was included in a vegan platter. He quickly responded back to me to give him to tell him how much we would like to spend and that he would put together a great vegan spread for us. Before we left he followed up on our reservation and told me to just let one of the guys know when we got there that we had a special vegan meal waiting for us. Much to our delight we were seated, ordered our drinks and then the food just started to come out. It was the best feeling to just sit down and not have to worry about what we were going to order and it was an exciting adventure to see what dish would be coming out next. Below are photos with descriptions of all of our dishes we had (we had 8 samples of vegan sushi rolls and I can’t remember what they all were):
sweet mother’s milk: a whole steamed artichoke served with our sauce made from spicy homemade middle eastern pureed jalapeno makdoos.
Vegan version of Tokyo Fro: hip hop is the most popular music of japanese youth & has made the afro tokyo's most popular hairstyle; to have japanese hair processed into an afro costs over a thousand dollars at a trendy hair stylist. this recipe was inspired by the afro; it looks & tastes exactly like a japanese processed fro, drizzled with a delicious chef secret sauce.
Deep Fried Spinach
A tasting of 8 vegan sushi rolls
Overall the food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and the staff were great. Although Bun was not he created a magical experience for the two of us and I can’t wait to return for some more sushi.
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