A Long Weekend and a Short Trip.

First of all, is anyone watching “Broad City”? I’ve only seen a handful of episodes, but it took all the strength I had not to title this post “YASSSSS QUEEN” and do a moonwalking shimy out of here. It’s been a while since my last post and I attribute it to frequent baby freak-outs about possible future employment and basic life predicaments. But you guys don’t want to hear about that, do you? I take that silence as a giant HELL NO and so I will now talk about the most important thing of all time: FOODZ.

The crew and I were total slackers when it came to a new restaurant on the scene probably because it’s in Alpharetta: Vito’s Pizza and Ristorante. We finally set a date and made it happen. When I say that this tiny place brought THE HEAT with vegan Italian food, please trust me. When it comes to restaurants with so many vegan options, we all tend to want all the things and order too much and are too full and regret nothing. Here’s what we got:

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The menu! Check out all of the vegan items!

A delightful side salad that came with my lunch.

A delightful side salad that came with my lunch.

We HAD to share the crab cakes!

We HAD to share the crab cakes!

GARLIC ROLLS

GARLIC ROLLS

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Homemade Cheesecake

Homemade Cheesecake

Here’s the deal, people. I’m gonna be super honest with you all. Have you guys been to Provino’s? The place where they serve the endless amounts of garlic rolls swimming in vats of melted butter with chunks of garlic floating? I have been so tempted by those damn rolls before that I’ve come thisclose to saying “Eh, I’ll go back to being vegan tomorrow….shhhhhhhh no one will ever know….” And now, they’re here: vegan garlic rolls that melt in your mouth and leave you weeping for more. I’m surprised a riot didn’t break out between us friends as we grabbed for the last one. The crab cakes were breathtaking and will be added to the menu soon. My baked ziti was phenomenal. Do I even need to talk about the homemade cheesecake? I didn’t think so. I wish it was sitting next to me right now.

Immediately after eating and being so full that I thought I might die a slow, yet satisfying death, I ran to the H Mart to get my dumpling fix on.

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The great thing about the H Mart is, aside from it pretty much rocking my face off, that you can buy a 50 pack of dumplings for the low price of around $5. Vegan dumplings. DUMPLINGS. I don’t know about you, but I would be tickled pink if I could only eat dumplings every single day of my life. And now I do! Oh, joyous day!

Last week, my mom and I had to make a quick run to Mobile and be surrounded by a slew of German-Alabamian family members as we celebrated the life of my mom’s uncle. It was an overnight trip; only enough time to rest a bit, eat a ton, and hug plenty.

Southern food at its finest.

Southern food at its finest.

We were both pooped when we got home. I was just alive enough to hit up the glorious Loving Hut and eat until my heart’s content:

Energy juice!

Energy juice!

Wonton soup!

Wonton soup!

Golden tofu!

Golden tofu!

Ugggghhhhhhhhh. The ways I love Loving Hut are many, but I wish I had that wonton soup in my hands at all times. Oh, and I got some cake to go because YOLO.

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I woke up early the next day to hit up some meditation at my Tibetan Buddhist Monestary. I haven’t been in FAR TOO LONG but that is changing.

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Afterwards I met a friend for lunch which equaled tacos, guac, and margaritas because that’s how Holy Taco rolls.

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Those vegan tacos were money. They had pickled radish on them! A revelation.

For dinner, I went to my friend’s house and helped them cook some vegan goodies:

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We had sauteed Brussels sprouts with onions and tofu, kidney beans with tofurkey kielbasa, and a medley of kale/edamame/tofu/sunflower seeds/hoison sauce. When I tell you all that I love people that love to eat, it’s the honest truth. We chowed down on this grub like it was our last meal and we didn’t want to share.

Fun news! I will have some product reviews coming up soon, so get those mouths ready to water. Happy Wednesday to us all, and a special shout out to all of the teachers who are finishing their school years! You guys deserve to sit on your couches for a minimum of 7-12 days and watch marathons of old school Real World.

 

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