Sunday, September 20, 2009

Not The Most Exciting Food Weekend

As the title of this post indicates, not much was worthy of posting about this weekend.
We had lunch at Mimosa on Saturday. I don't know what was going on in the kitchen, but they salted my Asparagus Tempura and left Mr. SV's Edamame completely salt free.
My Kung Pao Tofu didn't 'agree' with me either if you know what I mean.
I found a few good deals at Big Lots -- Organic Soda for $2, Polish Mustard for $1 and imported Marzano Tomatoes for $1.50.Today I made Susan's Split Pea Soup.

It turned out great as usual. Hopefully, this week will prove more interesting.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Learning To Like Eggplant

Eggplant was never a favorite of mine to say the least. The texture...the seeds....the bitterness. Life is short and tons of people seem to enjoy it, so today I was adventurous and got an Eggplant Panini from Uptown Pizzeria in Herndon. Sans cheese! It was actually kinda good (Hey Mikey!) although that could be due to the generous amount of Oil & Vinegar they used to dress the sandwich. I'm going to continue to try and be more accepting of this vegetable. (Beets, however, are simply a lost cause).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vespucci, Fairfax

The restaurant highlighted on VegDC this month is Vespucci. Today we ventured out with very high expectations in $upport.
The building was formerly a Chinese restaurant for many years. I was surprised to see it was now Vespucci.
The $20 AYCE buffet includes one glass of Champagne as well as Tofu Scramble:Buckwheat/Whole Wheat Pancakes:Vegetable Soup, Salad:Spinach, Eggplant..
Bolani (Triangle shaped crepes filled with mashed Potatoes),Veggie Spring Rolls:Store bought French Rolls, Raw "Spaghetti"/Squash with Raw Tomato Sauce, a dip composed of Sun-dried Tomatoes, Olives, Basil, Parsley and Tofu and Quinoa Salad...Fresh fruit and sweet Rice for dessert.
I had one Pancake along with some Tofu Scramble..
..some raw Spaghetti, Quinoa Salad, Spinach and a Bolani..
...Sun-dried Tomato dip on a French Roll with a few more Bolani......and a cup of Vegetable Soup.They've only been offering the vegan buffet for a month and are still working out the amount/type of food offered. My personal opinion is that $20/pp is way over-priced for what was served today. None of the food was exceptional or unusual (unless you consider the raw spaghetti unusual) or even organic that I could determine. Why offer Tofu Scramble (Soy) and French Rolls (white flour) but no Veggie Sausages, Grits, Oatmeal, Hash Browns etc? I'd choose the salad bar/hot bar at Whole Foods over this any day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Mediterranean Cafe, Charles Town, WV

This is turning into our new favorite place. Today, Mr. SV had the Vegetarian Pasta (tossed with Zucchini, Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives on the side) made with Olive Oil instead of butter. I wanted to try the Baba Ganoush, but it wasn't ready yet, so I got the Salata Horiatiki sans cheese.
The owners said I could put a 15% off coupon on my site, so just right click on the pic below to print and give the place a try.

They don't serve beer or wine yet, but you can bring your own.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Community Canteen, Reston

Today I got carry-out from this restaurant in Reston Town Centre. For $5.95, you take a bowl of salad to the counter and they toss it with whatever fixins you want and then you have it turned back over to you as or salad or a wrap. I chose Spinach Salad (they also have Romaine or Field Greens) to have tossed with Tomatoes, Black Olives, Red Onions, Artichokes, Carrots and Red Peppers.
Delicious and kinda fun. Highly recommend.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Random Meal Pics

Last weekend we were in NYC. The best vegan cuisine I ever had in my life was from Wild Ginger, however, I gobbled it (Black Pepper Seitan) down before taking any pics. Another meal was at Sacred Chow: I had the $10 Soy Meatball Hero with a topping of 'Oat Cheese'. The Slaw and Pickles on the side were too spicy to eat.
It was just so-so. I would not go back.
Below is my dinner from Friday night:
Carry-out from Yuan Fu Vegetarian Restaurant in Rockville, Maryland. They have a daily $6 buffet where you can pick three items (eat-in or to-go) plus Rice. I couldn't make up my mind, so I picked one order of the Vegetable Roll (diced Vegetables rolled-up in Tofu Skin) and two orders of the Curried Potatoes and Meatballs. An incredible value and very tasty!Finally, today's lunch of Falafel from The Mediterranean Cafe in Charles Town, WV. I was so happy to see they were doing lots of business, this place is a real treasure amongst all the chains.