Firstly, the winner of my 1000th comment non-contest is Megan/Herbstonne of The Sisters Vegan! Which is pretty cool, since she lives all of 20 miles or so from me. Thank you to everyone who reads and comments on this here blog, it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
As a freak coincidence, bf and I both had a mad craving for Mexican on the same day last week. Specifically, we wanted food from our favorite Mexican restaurant in Gainesville. But unfortunately it is all the way across the country. So I poked around online and found a family-owned Mexican joint in town to try. Things are picking up a bit financially, enough so that we can finally afford to go out for a meal or two.
Well, unbeknownst to us the restaurant we wanted to try is closed on Mondays, and a Monday it was. So we decided to make it ourselves. A quick trip to the grocery store yielded the makings of veggie fajitas with refried beans and spanish rice. I picked the quick cooking rice since we were very hungry by then.
We spent less money, had leftovers, and I was triply sure that everything was vegan. Win-win.
By Friday night I was really itching to eat out somewhere. While I love cooking at home, sometimes I just want to walk into a restaurant and pick something up. I didn’t think there would be many vegan options in San Leandro, but I came up with a few and opted for Thai Satay, which is “downtown”. I kind of felt like being a piggy, and also wanted leftovers, so I chose two entrees – pad thai and basil eggplant.
The pad thai was just okay. I’ve definitely had better veggie pad thai at a few places. The basil eggplant, however, was quite good. The eggplant was melt-in-your-mouth, and the sauce had a very nice flavor. The rice was just sticky enough and didn’t get dry in the fridge overnight. I will definitely be going back and trying something else off their menu, especially since it’s so close to home.
Laptop lunches from last week!
12-8 snobby joes, ezekiel bread, marinated mushrooms,
boiled cabbage, snickerdoodle, pb cup
12-9 fajitas – veggies, spanish rice, refried beans,
multigrain tortillas that I put on top, salsa, guacamole,
and a macadamia white chocolate chip cookie
12-10 quesadillas with refried beans & fajita veggies, spanish rice, celery
12-12 whole wheat fettuccine with marinara, meatless meatballs,
braised celery, cookies over a piece of fudge